DOE Approves the Use of Virtual Instruction for IEP Mandated Services

April 02, 2020

On Wednesday, April 1st, the New Jersey State Board of Education held their first virtual meeting to discuss an emergency action to temporarily suspend a rule that prohibits school districts from delivering special education and other related services to students with disabilities through the use of electronic communications, virtual, remote or other online platforms. The board voted in favor of the emergency action and agreed to move quickly in order to provide additional guidance on how districts should implement these changes.

This action will allow the state’s 200,000 students with disabilities to access their IEP-mandated educational and related services via virtual instruction for this period of time that schools are closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

We applaud the Department of Education for taking these necessary steps at this time and acknowledge there will be ongoing questions regarding implementation and the need for guidance and clarity from the Department.

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