Minnesota

Learn more about what Minnesota is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Impact on Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Part C and Part B/619 Identification, Evaluation and Provision of Services

Summary: This is a document with questions and answers about early childhood development for students with disabilities during COVID-19. Specifically, it discusses the process by which families can apply for and join the “Help Me Grow” program, a completely online program in which youth with disabilities receive developmental assistance.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 Guidance for Employment Services

Summary: This bulletin provides guidance to lead agencies and HCBS employment service providers about the importance of implementing Employment First policy, the availability and use of HCBS waiver employment services, both in person and via remote technology, and the right of people with disabilities to make informed choices about returning to work during the peacetime emergency.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Human Services

Topic: Transition

COVID-19 Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Summary: Minnesota created a document with resources for families who have a student with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include learning activities for students with disabilities, mental health assistance for special education families, tips for dealing with the stress of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual support services for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Family Engagement

Parent Guidance

Summary: This is a document with guidance for parents containing frequently asked questions regarding special education during COVID-19. It explains what distance learning is, how schools will adjust distance learning to accommodate for students with disabilities, and how families can best engage with the distance learning process for students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Family Engagement

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Due Process

Summary: This is a document with questions and answers about special education during COVID-19. It discusses eligibility for extended school year services, requirements and processes for IEP teams to make necessary COVID-19-related adjustments to IEP plans, and legal requirements for schools to remain in accordance with both Minnesota and federal law when providing additional virtual services to students with disabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education 

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Special Education Instruction, Services, Programming, Funding and Resources

Summary: This document contains questions and answers regarding special education during COVID-19. It provides information regarding the legal requirements for providing additional educational services for students on an IEP, scheduling adjustments for students with disabilities, and both legal and logistical information to help students with disabilities and their families adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Special Education COVID-19 Resources

Summary: The Minnesota Department of Education developed a web page that provides guidance related to special education services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information on the following topics: special education instruction, services and programming, due process, early learning, special education finance and resources for families.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Q & A In-Person Instruction and Services Provided by School Staff to Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document informs IEP providers and families of youth with disabilities of new IEP requirements for Minnesota students. It includes a discussion on whether IEP providers should recommend that students return to in-person learning or continue to participate in school virtually, as well as additional safety accommodations necessary for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Q & A: Determining In-School In-Person Services and In-Home In-Person Services for Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document discusses considerations for students with disabilities deciding whether to return to in-person learning or to continue distance learning. It provides information on school requirements for both in-person and distance learning for students with disabilities, resources for students continuing distance learning, information to help keep students with disabilities returning to in-person education safe, and potential updates to IEPs for either option. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

COVID-19, Distance Learning and Special Education Resources

Summary: This web page provides resources for students with disabilities participating in distance learning. It lists resources informing students with disabilities of their legal rights while distance learning, information for teachers on adjusting distance learning procedures to provide the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities, resources to assist with secondary transition while at home for students with disabilities, and so on.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Transition

Fall Guidance 2020-21: Special Education Due Process

Summary: This document focuses on legal requirements for service providers of students with disabilities in Minnesota public schools. More specifically, it highlights IEP meeting and provision requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic and additional COVID-related requirements regarding parental communication. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Family Engagement

Compensatory Services Q and A: Related to COVID-19 and school closures and distance learning through the 2019-20 school year

Summary: This web page discusses considerations for adding compensatory services to students with disabilities’ IEPs due to COVID-19. It discusses legal requirements regarding compensatory services and actual processes by which IEP providers should add and implement compensatory education services to a student’s IEP.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Considerations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities in
Hybrid and In-Person Models for Returning to School

Summary: This document details requirements for schools reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic to promote the safety of students with disabilities. This includes additional cleaning requirements for assistive technology, the provision of new assistive technology, additional social distancing procedures for such students, and so on. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology,

Special Education and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Special Education Instruction, Services, Programming, Funding and Resources

Summary: This document discusses considerations for reopening regarding students with disabilities. It highlights necessary updates to IEPs if a student decides to return to in-person instruction, as well as requirements for providing additional assistive technology for students with disabilities. It also provides telehealth services links specifically targeted at students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Assistive Technology, Telehealth

Guidance for Delivering Direct Student Support Services: Staff Protective Equipment

Summary: This document discusses practices and procedures for the provision of at-home services for students with disabilities. It highlights additional protective devices, technological devices, and other considerations necessary for the safe provision of at-home services. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Health

Topic: Assistive Technology

Supporting Students and Families COVID-19 Resources

Summary: This resource page lists resources for families attempting to assist with their student’s education during COVID-19. It includes resources for parents and educators seeking to facilitate family engagement, and it highlights both distance learning and in-person educational resources for family engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools

Summary: This guidance provides information for students with disabilities either continuing distance learning or returning to in-person learning. It requires that Minnesota service providers continuously update IEPs for new COVID-related considerations throughout the school year, instead of just having one IEP update. It also discusses best practices for including family members in decisions for students with disabilities. The guidance lists multiple potential manners to provide a least restrictive education to students with disabilities over distance learning, such as in-home supports. Finally, the document provides resources and best practices for supporting the mental health of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, Mental Health

Guide to Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on
Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document discusses potential ways to adjust IEPs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that students with disabilities receive a fully compensatory education. These adjustments include extended school year services, general education recovery services, revised IEP services, COVID-19 compensatory services, and so on.

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Guide to Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document communicates additional information with families regarding the Minnesota DOE “Guide to Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Students with Disabilities”. It discusses best practices for providing certain compensatory services to different age groups, as well as the procedure for related IEP adjustments. 

Operated by: Minnesota Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Mental Health Support

Summary: This web page notes best practices for providing mental health support for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes mental health crisis hotlines for youth and information on youth mental health supports.

Operated by: Minnesota COVID-19 Response

Topic: Mental Health