Oklahoma

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

COVID-19 Response:

Coronavirus/ COVID19 FAQs for Oklahoma Public Schools

Summary: This document created by the Department of Education is comprehensive for all school services. The guide has a section for students with disabilities, which includes resources on distance learning. It also contains a “checklist” for IEP teams participating in a virtual IEP meeting.

Operated by: Oklahoma Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Engaging Families in Reopening Our Schools

Summary: This document outlines the four step process by which Oklahoma schools are instructed to engage with families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It emphasizes clear communication of reopening plans, responding to parental concerns, engaging both the immediate and extended family and utilizing multiple communication methods to ensure that schools are as accessible as possible to families.

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

Planning for Virtual or Distance Learning Services and Developing a Contingency Plan in OK ED Plan

Summary: This document provides guidance for updating and supplementing IEPs due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides sample COVID-19-related IEP adjustments, provides step-by-step instructions for using Oklahoma’s IEP adjustment system, discusses contingencies regarding whether students on IEPs should participate in distance or in-person learning, and describes the process by which IEP teams can request assistive technology for students.

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, IEP

Return to Learn Oklahoma: A Framework for Reopening Schools

Summary: Oklahoma’s plan to return to in-person learning emphasizes the need to address mental health concerns quickly to prevent the long-term exacerbation of cognitive disabilities. It provides resources for schools determining whether a student is “at risk” for mental trauma, notes that schools must provide counseling services both in-person and online, and mandates the creation of “crisis response teams” for student mental health crises. It also requires schools to consistently communicate with families over multiple mediums (newsletters, social media, and so on) to increase family engagement.

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Mental Health

Return to Learn: Social Emotional Learning Resources

Summary: This web page provides mental health resources for educators and parents helping students cope with COVID-19-related mental health concerns. Multiple resources are directed toward assisting educators adjust to mental health concerns in the classroom and parents seeking to speak to their child about mental health.

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Special Education and Related Services During the 2020-21 School Year

Summary: This document provides a comprehensive review of Oklahoma special education policy updates in response to COVID-19. The document states that IEP teams must consider whether an immediate IEP plan review is necessary to adjust for COVID-19-related complications, such as additional distance learning requirements or compensatory educational services. It emphasizes connecting with the families of students on an IEP over multiple mediums. It further outlines necessary changes to transition services for students with disabilities, requiring the implementation of online transition services. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Tools to Teach: Helpful Tips for Parents

Summary: This info doc discusses various strategies for parents seeking to help with the distance learning process. These strategies include scheduling tips and teaching assistance. The document also provides resources for parents struggling with distance learning.

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Distance Learning Guidance for Special Education

Summary: This Web page divides distance learning information by grade level and by subject material, with each corresponding resource providing guidance for instructors. This guidance includes information on adjusting remote instruction practices to best teach students with various disabilities, as well as information on providing mental health services and support to different age groups. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Mental Health

Distance Learning Guidance for Special Education

Summary: This document discusses best practices and resources for students with disabilities participating in distance learning. It notes different ways in which IEP providers may need to adjust IEPs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also lists counseling options for students with disabilities, as well as other potential mental health assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, this document provides informational and practical resources for expanding secondary transition safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Transition, Mental Health, IEP

Coronavirus/COVID-19 FAQs for Families and Parents of Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document was created to help the families of students with disabilities adjust to the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides information for families on adjustments to the IEP meeting process in Oklahoma, as well as informing parents of legal requirements for the provision of services for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

Parent Engagement: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities

Summary: This document explains legal and other requirements for services for students with disabilities to parents. It lists potential resources for parents engaging in their child’s distance education, and it also notes potential services for parents participating in IEP meetings to ensure that their student receives full extent of available services. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Distance Learning, IEP

Parent Tips for Virtual IEP Meetings

Summary: This page provides parents of students with disabilities with information on virtual IEP meetings. This includes potential virtual formats for meetings, how to achieve best results from an IEP meeting, and resources for assistance during virtual IEP meetings

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

Special Education IDEA FAQs During COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This document discusses adjustments to distance learning that may be necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights adjustments for “low-needs” individuals with disabilities and “high-needs” individuals with disabilities. It also informs IEP providers of changes in the IEP process due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in IEP placement, IEP meetings, IEP services, and IEP progress monitoring. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Extended School Year Services (ESY) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This document discusses the situations under which a student with disabilities’ IEP should be adjusted to include extended school year services. The document defines what ESY may include, what legal requirements constrain ESY, how to add ESY to a student’s IEP, and how these services should be provided to students via their IEP.

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Counseling Resources

Summary: This web page provides mental health resources for counselors and parents to address COVID-related mental health concerns. It includes virtual social-emotional learning resources, resources discussing mental health while distance learning, and mental health resources for parents and educators. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Special Education: Other Resources

Summary: The Oklahoma State Department of Education has adjusted all resources on this page to help students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources largely focus on IEP adjustments, including a virtual IEP meeting checklist and related IEP documents for a virtual environment. The page also includes general resources for distance learning and information on obtaining assistive technology for at-home learning. 

Operated by: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Topic: IEP, Distance Learning, Assistive Technology

Mental Health Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Summary: This web page lists multiple webinars to help parents learn to address mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes resources to help parents and educators seeking to talk to children about COVID-19, as well as child-friendly resources and videos to help explain COVID-19-related changes in day-to-day life.

Operated by: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Topic: Mental Health

Mental Health Guide for Teens

Summary: This web page provides resources for helping teenage youth respond to COVID-related mental health concerns. These resources include webinars, crisis lines, informational documents, podcasts, web pages, and nonprofits who help Oklahoma youth with mental health-related concerns. 

Operated by: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Topic: Mental Health