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Back to School Considerations - Options for Ensuring FAPE: A Resource Document (PEATC) March 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant learning disruption. School divisions had to make decisions about closures, types of instruction (virtual instruction, hybrid instruction, in-person). Students with disabilities may need additional services and supports to regain skills lost as a result of decreased instructional time, lack of access to modifications, accommodations, or technology, etc. Even though school systems are not at fault for pandemic disruptions, students with disabilities are still entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). This chart clarifies the differences between types of “make-up” services. Pages 2-4 provide additional considerations for families, an area for notes, and resources.


Individualized Education Program (IEP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504)