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Individual Educational Plan (IEP) & Section 504 Meetings

IEP/504 Meetings

IEP Teams are not required to meet in person while schools are closed. If an evaluation of a student with a disability requires a face-to-face assessment or observation, the evaluation would need to be delayed until school reopens. Evaluations and reevaluations that do not require face-to-face assessments or observations may take place while schools are closed, so long as a student’s parent or legal guardian consents. These same principles apply to similar activities conducted by appropriate personnel for a student with a disability who has a plan developed under Section 504, or who is being evaluated under Section 504.

ESE Services during School Closures from Orange County Public Schools:

  • Due to the State’s decision to close all Florida schools, the delivery of your child’s education model will, by necessity, be different during the time that schools are temporarily closed.
  • Your child’s IEP team has not proposed a change of placement but is trying to make a good faith effort to educate your child during this pandemic.
  • Given the nature of the unprecedented events we are facing, Orange County Schools will be utilizing the “flexibility” afforded to it under the law to provide for your child’s needs for exceptional student services.
  • Normally, a change in an exceptional student’s educational program would be considered a “change of placement”, which would be a decision recommended by your child’s IEP team (of which you are a part), and which would necessitate the amendment of your child’s IEP during a properly noticed and scheduled IEP meeting.
  • Due to the immediate and uncontrollable closure of schools, it was impossible for Orange County Schools to follow the typical, above-referenced IEP amendment procedures for the thousands of exceptional students it serves.
  • These same principles apply to similar activities conducted by appropriate personnel for a student with a disability who has a plan developed under Section 504, or who is being evaluated under Section 504.
  • We want to confirm that your child will be temporarily educated through the District’s distance learning program, and that your child’s instructors will alter the instruction, and mode of instruction as best possible to specifically meet your child’s individualized needs.
  • The team will be implementing and applying your child’s IEP goals and services during this period to the fullest extent possible.
  • Once the COVID-19 emergency has passed, and schools re-open, the Distance Learning Plan will automatically cease and your child’s IEP will be implemented as usual.
  • The Distance Learning Plan will also work to temporarily amend any IEPs that are due to expire during the State of Emergency, so as to render them current and implementable until the state of emergency has past and schools re-open. Schools will be doing their best to continue the IEP amendment and re-evaluation process during the school closures. However, to the extent that the circumstances prevent your IEP team from completing that work during the closures, upon the re-opening of schools, a formal IEP meeting will be performed to update the IEP and perform any needed re-evaluations.
  • In accordance with the USDOE’s guidance, to the extent that your child was not able to receive adequate access to their educational during the COVID-19 emergency, upon our society’s return to normalcy and the re-opening of schools, you will be invited to participate in an IEP meeting, during which the IEP team will “make an individualized determination as to whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed, consistent with applicable requirements, including to make up for any skills that may have been lost.”[1]

[1] USDOE (March 2020) Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak