West Virgina

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

COVID-19 Response:

Providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) during School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic through Distance Learning, Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: This FAQ document addresses questions related to the continuation of services, IEP monitoring and meetings and providing FAPE.

Operated by: West Virginia Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Re-entry Guidance for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities

Summary: This document provides FAQs and links to resources to help schools and educators prepare for a number of re-opening scenarios (blended or in-person, and remote). It focuses on re-entry, recovery and the re-establishment of procedures, processes and protocols for students with IEPs.

Operated by: West Virginia Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Special Education & Student Support Resources for Families & Educators

Summary: This resource connects families to a variety of services that may be needed during distance learning. These resources are divided by disability type, and they include assistive technology applications and software, virtual transition services, mental health services, services to assist families with distance learning, educational materials and so on.

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, Mental Health, Transition

Supporting Continuity of Teaching and Learning for Students with Disabilities During an Extended School Closure

Summary: This guidance document is designed to help school districts and educators provide special education services to students with disabilities. It addresses FAQs that emerged during the state’s ordered school closure.

Operated by: West Virginia Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

West Virginia Remote Learning Framework for the COVID-19 Emergency

Summary: This document, produced by the State Superintendent’s Taskforce for Remote Learning, provides guidance on how schools can implement continuous learning during COVID-19. It includes a section for “Special Education and Related Services,” which addresses student engagement opportunities, family support, grading and social emotional considerations. The document also includes guidance around providing counseling to students (though not just students with disabilities).

Operated by: West Virginia Department of Education

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

Summer 2020 Pre-Employment Transition Services

Summary: NUSkool Scholars, a DRS community rehabilitation provider (CRP), is one of the first to deliver a virtual Career Exploration and Opportunity 2.0 (CEO 2.0) class. NUSkool’s class is intended to provide tools and information to support students in obtaining long-term career success. The curriculum includes career planning and preparation, self-assessments, completing job applications, interviewing skills, how to dress for employment, work ethic, cell phone/social-media appropriateness, self-advocacy, and other critical skills necessary to successfully transition to the next phase of clients’ lives.

Operated by: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services

Topic: Transition

COVID-19 Recovery Services vs Compensatory Services

Summary: This resource discusses the circumstances under which students’ IEPs should include either compensatory or recovery services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The document defines each service, and it describes scenarios under which both services may be provided

Operated by: West Virginia Department of Education

Topic: IEP