Washington

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

COVID-19 Response:

Continuous Learning Plan

Summary: This learning plan template is to support individualized student planning for the delivery of special education and related services through continuous learning instruction during school facility closure. The Continuous Learning Plan is not intended to replace a student’s IEP, but rather, to document individual decisions for special education services during school facility closure. Additionally, the state provided an implementation guide for the Continuous Learning Plan.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Guidance for Families on Special Education Services During COVID-19

Summary: This presentation serves as a resource to families of special education students to help them understand what to expect from school re-openings. It focuses on IEP implementation and evaluation for both remote and hybrid settings.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment During Novel Coronavirus 2019

Summary: This bulletin reminds health care providers and payers that it is unlawful, under both federal and state law, to ration care on the basis of an individual’s existing or perceived disability, in addition to other socio-demographic characteristics. Such a bulletin helps ensure that students with disabilities receive adequate telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Washington State Department of Health

Topic: Telehealth

Online (and Offline) Resources to Support Continuous Learning for Students with Disabilities

Summary: This Excel document provides a curated selection of links to external online and offline educational materials for educators to use with students with disabilities. These resources include courses, lessons, videos, educational games and physical and outdoor activity suggestions. Resources can be filtered by content area, student age range and whether the link includes supports and activities for teachers, parents, and/or students.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning

Professional Development Opportunities for Supporting Students with Disabilities

Summary: This Excel document lists professional opportunities for educators to help them better support students with disabilities during new COVID-19 conditions. Topics include assistive technology, family engagement, IEP development and implementation, inclusionary practices, remote instruction and secondary transitions. The resource includes information on how to access these professional development opportunities and what they cost (most are free).

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Questions and Answers: Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 in Fall 2020

Summary: This regularly-updated document explains the services provided to students with disabilities, to assist educators and administrators in their provision of services. It includes guidance on how to access technical assistance for web platforms, how to provide services to students who require a 1:1 paraeducator and how to provide counseling and training to parents.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Questions and Answers: Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During School Facility Closures for COVID-19

Summary: This document provides guidance to schools regarding providing services to students with disabilities during COVID-19 closures. It includes guidance on communication with families and completion of IEPs.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Special Education Guidance

Summary: This document complements the overall Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide document, providing guidance, best practices, resources and unique considerations to support students with disabilities, their families and all educators throughout the school reopening process. It covers multiple topics, such as staffing considerations, social-emotional and behavioral supports, IEP development, assistive technology and supporting students with specific disabilities.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Resource Guide for Families and Students

Summary: In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations to support students with disabilities through school closures. These resources include courses, lessons, videos, educational games, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, and a section for supporting students with disabilities. We have also noted resources that include offline activity options, such as downloadable worksheets, lesson plans and activities. 

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning

Special Education Planning Guide for Reopening Washington Schools 2020

Summary: This planning guide gives school districts prompts to consider when providing special education and related services throughout the school reopening process. Areas of consideration include family partnerships and communications, instructional delivery, IEP development, assistive technology and secondary transition.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, IEP, Transition

Special Education Reopening Guidance: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Case Studies

Summary: This document includes multiple case studies (including elementary, behavioral and secondary transition case studies) to help schools and educators understand how to provide least restrictive environments for students with disabilities during remote learning

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Summary of Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Special Education Guidance

Summary: This summary of the full Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Special Education Guidance document was created specifically to help students and their families know what to expect when schools reopen and make informed decisions.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Family Engagement

Supporting Inclusionary Practices during School Facility Closure

Summary: This resource includes recommendations, strategies and resources for providing inclusive continuous learning opportunities for students with disabilities during school facility closures. The resource includes information on family collaboration in the distance learning process and virtual transition services for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance LearningTransition

Attendance and Truancy During COVID

Summary: This section of the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds’ web page discusses truancy issues for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it provides contact information for school administrators for students with disabilities to inform their schools that they will participate in distance learning, ensuring their schools will not mark them as absent.

Operated by: Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Information and Resources for Families

Summary: This web page provides resources and information for families of students with disabilities. Specifically, it discusses how families can receive support from governmental officials with COVID-19 related issues regarding their student with disabilities. It also discusses alterations to IEP plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, informing parents of best practices for IEP meetings during the pandemic.

Operated by: Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

Feedback on Special Education Guidance for Reopening Washington Schools 2020

Summary: This survey has been set up by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to collect feedback and suggestions for the OSPI guidance document, Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Special Education Guidance.

Operated by: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement