Special Education Recovery Services Update June 2021

Special Education Recovery Services Update June 2021
Posted on 06/18/2021

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Special Education Recovery Services Updates for June 2021

Recovery Services Guidance and Resources

Recovery services are similar in function to compensatory education—both are additional services for students with disabilities designed to address lack of appropriate progress on IEP goals due to missed or limited services or for other reasons as a result of the pandemic. OSPI’s expectation, consistent with the need to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), is that schools consider the individualized need for recovery services for every student with a disability from PreK through age 21 and possibly beyond if a student turned 21 during the pandemic.

  • Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan: Planning Guide 2021
    This planning guide was developed to support districts with the development of Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plans, which were due to OSPI on June 1, 2021. These plans identify specific assessments by grade level to identify gap in learning/wellbeing for all students, including students with disabilities. The plans also outline general student recovery supports to address impacts of the pandemic, including additional instruction, well-being support, and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Washington’s Roadmap for Special Education Recovery Services
    To support Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams with determining recovery services needed for students with disabilities due to the impact of COVID-19, OSPI developed the following guidance document: Washington’s Roadmap for Special Education Recovery Services: 2021 & Beyond. The document is being translated into additional languages, and the translations will be posted to the OSPI Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 page by the second week of June 2021.
  • REVISED - Questions and Answers: Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 in the 2020-21 School Year
    The Q&A resource has been updated as of June 1, 2021 to clarify guidance on recovery services, including transition recovery services. See the last section of the Q&A for a list of questions that have been added, deleted, or revised. If you have questions, please contact Glenna Gallo, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, or call at 360-725-6075.

Transition Recovery Services

Transition Recovery Services are additional transition services for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). These extra services can address lack of reasonable progress on IEP goals or the transition plan because of missed or limited special education and related services or for other reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OSPI Special Education hosted a webinar for school and district partners and an information session for families on transition recovery services. Both of these sessions were recorded and have been posted to our Monthly Webinars page:

  • Webinar for School and District Partners on Transition Recovery Services Recording | Presentation Slides
    This webinar on May 20, 2021 for school and district partners reviewed guidance for determining, documenting, providing, and funding transition recovery services, including for students with disabilities over age 21.
  • Information Session for Families on Transition Recovery Services Recording | Presentation Slides (with speaker notes)
    This information session on May 26, 2021 for families reviewed guidance on transition recovery services for students of transition age, including options for students over age 21. For specific questions on transition recovery services, families may call 360-725-6075 or email OSPI Special Education.



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