Montana

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

COVID-19 Response:

COVID-19 Special Education Information

Summary: This is a document with resources for parents, teachers, and students on special education during COVID-19. The document lists various resources and policies for Montana teachers seeking to provide the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. It also provides various resources for parents to help assist their student with a disability in the transition to virtual instruction.

Operated by: Montana Office of Public Instruction 

Topic: Distance Learning

Re-Opening Montana’s Schools 2020 COVID-19 Special Education Information

Summary: The Montana Office of Public Instruction created a web page that offers guidance, resources and tools to assist districts, IEP teams and families as they work together to provide the most appropriate services based on the unique circumstances of each student, school and community. The web page includes federal guidance, state guidance and resources on school reopening, IEPs, telehealth and much more.

Operated by: Montana Office of Public Instruction 

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Telehealth

Pivot Plan

Summary: This new webpage section discusses an alternative form of IEP available to Montana students specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “Pivot Plan” allows students with disabilities to list different potential IEP options in IEP meetings. Students, parents, and IEP local educational agencies can then adjust their plan as the risk related to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, shifting between in-person instruction and distance learning based on the student’s immediate needs. This plan ensures that students with disabilities continuously receive an adequate IEP plan even after significant changes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Topic: IEP

OPI Special Education Trainings

Summary: This blog-style web page provides information on training sessions for Montana educators relating to special education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trainings include best practices for providing mental health services and responding to mental health crises during the COVID-19 pandemic and adjusting IEP assessment methods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Operated by: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Topic: Mental Health, IEP