South Carolina

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

COVID-19 Response:

Accelerate ED Task Force Guidance and Recommendations for 2020-21 School Year

Summary: This document, which gives overall guidelines for South Carolina public schools returning to in-person instruction, outlines the process for updating IEPs for the 2020-21 school year. It asks guiding questions for whether schools should make additional accommodations for IEP students, and it specifies the importance of continued virtual, hybrid and in-person options, based on the student’s needs.

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

COVID-19 Resources

Summary: This website provides general resources for coping with mental and behavioral health difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, it contains a video that discusses guidelines for schools and parents attempting to benefit their child’s mental health as they return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Topic: Mental Health

Online Professional Development

Summary: The South Carolina Department of Education has created a series of online professional development courses for transition-age students. This web page includes links to pages with the necessary online professional development programs, as well as links to pages assisting educators with providing transition services to applicable students.

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Education

Topic: Transition

Virtual SC and Students with IEPs

Summary: This web page describes virtual learning options and contingencies for students with IEPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that IEP providers must determine whether a particular student can receive a free and appropriate public education through a virtual format. It also discusses potential mechanisms to adjust virtual learning to provide accommodations for students with disabilities. Finally, it outlines legal requirements for IEP providers in the virtual learning process. 

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Education, Virtual SC

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Accelerated Task Force

Summary: This reopening plan requires the creation of mental health crisis response teams for students experiencing COVID-related trauma or mental health concerns. It also discusses South Carolina requirements for holding IEP meetings, as well as determinations for IEP providers regarding whether students with disabilities should return to in-person learning or continue to receive virtual instruction

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health, IEP

Tips for Parents and Families During School Closures

Summary: This web page provides advice for parents seeking to engage in their child’s distance learning experience. It lists best practices for parents and families in this scenario, and it provides potential educational activities for parents and caregivers to do with their child during at-home instruction.

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement

Navigating COVID #1

Summary: The South Carolina Department of Education created this webinar to explain distance learning and reopening protocols to families of children with disabilities. It discusses best practices for distance learning, as well as additional resources available to students with disabilities participating in distance learning. With regard to reopening, the webinar highlights considerations for parents as they decide whether their child should participate in virtual, hybrid, or in-person instruction, emphasizing considerations for each. Finally, the webinar notes IEP meeting requirements, as well as noting progress tracking requirements for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Operated by: South Carolina Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Distance Learning, IEP