COVID-19


Published: May 26th, 2020

PD INFO: Special Education Check-In Meeting – Thursday, May 28

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for the start of our summer series Special Education Director Check-Ins on Thursday, May 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This week’s topic is an IDEA fiscal update and will include information related to the IDEA grant, funding from the CARES Act, Maintenance of Effort (MOE), and more.

Join Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, May 28

ADE/ESS will continue to use the Microsoft Teams or Zoom platforms for Special Education Director Check-Ins and TALES events, and topics will be driven by current needs and input from the field. If you could take 5 minutes to complete a short survey on these webinar offerings, your feedback will help inform the schedule and topics for future discussions.

Take the survey

NOTE: In order to respond to feedback provided by participants and ensure that new information is covered, ESS will use any remaining check-in time to provide an overview of new/revised Q & A and resources on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please first check the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage to see if what you need to know is already provided. If you have new questions, feel free to send them to the ESS Inbox.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: May 20th, 2020

COVID-19 and PD INFO: Special Education Director Check-In Schedule Change and Survey Need

Special Education Directors,

As we approach the end of the “school year,” ADE/ESS is changing the summer schedule (May 18 through August 7) for the Special Education Director Check-Ins to every two weeks. The next Check-In is scheduled for Thursday, May 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the topic will be “IDEA Fiscal Update.” There will be no Special Education Director Check-in this week (May 21).

Additionally, the Thursday Afternoon LEarning Series (TALES) will be moving to every two weeks for the summer. However, there IS a TALES session this Thursday, May 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the topic is: “I Want SMORE of That! A Free Tool for SLPs, Teachers, and Other Related Service Providers during COVID-19 and Beyond.”

ADE/ESS will continue to use the Microsoft Teams or Zoom platforms for Special Education Director Check-Ins and TALES events, and topics will be driven by current needs and input from the field. If you could take 5 minutes to complete a short survey on these webinar offerings, your feedback will help inform the schedule and topics for future discussions.

Take the survey

Thank you for joining us for these newly designed webinar sessions during school closure – we look forward to continuing these professional development and networking events as we move through the summer and into the next school year. We thank you all for your hard work during this exceptional time!

Please submit questions or comments to the ESSInbox.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: May 11th, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Special Education Check-In Meeting – Thursday, May 14

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for our weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, May 14, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is the eighth in a series of weekly “check-ins” ESS has planned during school closure, or as long as they are needed.

This week’s webinar will include information about Extended School Year (ESY) and will introduce a revised ESY Arizona Technical Assistance and Support (AzTAS) document from ADE/ESS.

Join Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, May 14

NOTE: In order to respond to feedback provided by participants and ensure that new information is covered, ESS will use any remaining check-in time to provide an overview of new/revised Q & A and resources on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please first check the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage to see if what you need to know is already provided. If you have new questions, feel free to send them to the ESS Inbox.

NOTE: The Q & A parts of the Special Education COVID-19 webpage will be updated weekly. Additionally, the Q & A are time stamped and revisions have been noted.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: May 6th, 2020

UPDATE: COVID-19 INFO: Special Education Check-In Meeting – Thursday, May 7

Special Education Directors,

There has been a change to ADE/ESS’s weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, May 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To join the meeting please follow this new link:

Topic:  Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting

Time: May 7, 2020 01:30 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85436789750?pwd=R0Fjdkl4UXg5a0t4VmE4aUlWMEtRQT09

Meeting ID: 854 3678 9750

Password: 449589

This week’s webinar will include information about Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) referrals, assessment, and service delivery during COVID-19, presented by AzEIP/IDEA Part C colleagues; and educational evaluation best practices during school closure, presented by representatives from the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP).

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: May 5th, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Special Education Check-In Meeting – Thursday, May 7

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for our weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, May 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is the seventh in a series of weekly “check-ins” ESS has planned during school closure, or as long as they are needed.

This week’s webinar will include information about Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) referrals, assessment, and service delivery during COVID-19, presented by AzEIP/IDEA Part C colleagues; and educational evaluation best practices during school closure, presented by representatives from the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP).

UPDATE 5/6/20:

There has been a change to ADE/ESS’s weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, May 7, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To join the meeting please follow this new link:

Topic:  Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting

Time: May 7, 2020 01:30 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85436789750?pwd=R0Fjdkl4UXg5a0t4VmE4aUlWMEtRQT09

Meeting ID: 854 3678 9750

Password: 449589

NOTE: In order to respond to feedback provided by participants and ensure that new information is covered, ESS will use any remaining check-in time to provide an overview of new/revised Q & A and resources on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please first check the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage to see if what you need to know is already provided. If you have new questions, feel free to send them to the ESS Inbox.

NOTE: The Q & A parts of the Special Education COVID-19 webpage will be updated weekly. Additionally, the Q & A are time stamped and revisions have been noted.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: April 28th, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Special Education Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 30

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for our weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, April 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is the sixth in a series of weekly “check-ins” ESS has planned during school closure, or as long as they are needed.

This week’s webinar will include information about Compensatory Education Guidance In Light of COVID-19 and will be presented by ADE/Dispute Resolution.

Join Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 30

NOTE: In order to respond to feedback provided by participants and ensure that new information is covered, ESS will use any remaining check-in time to provide an overview of new/revised Q & A and resources on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please first check the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage to see if what you need to know is already provided. If you have new questions, feel free to send them to the ESS Inbox.

NOTE: The Q & A parts of the Special Education COVID-19 webpage will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, the Q & A are time stamped and revisions have been noted.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: April 21st, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Special Education Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 23

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for our weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, April 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is the fifth in a series of weekly “check-ins” ESS has planned during school closure, or as long as they are needed.

This week’s webinar will include information about collaborating with parents and families of students with disabilities during school closure, and will be co-presented by representatives from Raising Special Kids. There will be time for additional questions and answers related to family/school collaboration following the presentation.

Join Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 23

NOTE: In order to respond to feedback provided by participants and ensure that new information is covered, ESS will use any remaining check-in time to provide an overview of new/revised Q & A and resources on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please first check the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage to see if what you need to know is already provided. If you have new questions, feel free to send them to the ESS Inbox.

NOTE: The Q & A parts of the Special Education COVID-19 webpage will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, the Q & A are time stamped and revisions have been noted.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: April 20th, 2020

PD INFO: Enhanced ESS COVID-19 Webpage Resource: “Distance Learning and Special Education”

Special Education Directors,

Last week during the ESS Special Education Check-in, ESS mentioned an enhanced resource developed to help special education teachers as they provide ongoing learning opportunities for students with disabilities. “Distance Learning and Special Education” is intended to help to all special education teachers, with an additional focus on supporting students with significant needs.

Screenshot of resources page.

Please feel free share with your staff members.

Click here to reach the ESS COVID-19 Guidance web page.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: April 10th, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 16 from NOON – 1:00 P.M.

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for our weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, April 16, from noon to 1:00 p.m. This is the fourth in a series of weekly “check-ins” ESS has planned during school closure, or as long as they are needed. Content for weekly check-ins will be determined based on current needs.

This week’s webinar will include information about the Medicaid School Based Claiming (MSBC) program during school closure, and will be co-presented by representatives from AHCCCS. There will be time for additional questions and answers related to the MSBC program.

NOTE: In order to respond to feedback provided by participants and ensure that new information is covered, ESS will use any remaining check-in time to provide an overview of new/revised Q & A and resources on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please first check the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage to see if what you need to know is already provided. If you have new questions, feel free to send them to the ESS Inbox.

Join Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 16

As a reminder, the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage contains guidance and resources related to special education for students with disabilities for Arizona’s public education agencies (districts, charters, state institutions, and secure care schools) as they navigate the COVID-19 response. NOTE: The Q & A parts of the Special Education COVID-19 webpage will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, the Q & A are time stamped and revisions have been noted.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |
Published: April 8th, 2020

COVID-19 INFO: Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 9

Special Education Directors,

Please join ADE/ESS for our weekly Special Education COVID-19 Check In on Thursday, April 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is the third in a series of weekly “check-ins” ESS has planned during school closure, or as long as they are needed. Content for weekly check-ins will be determined based on current needs.

This week’s webinar will cover: How to Leverage the Principles of FIEP to Conduct Virtual IEP Meetings. There will be time for additional questions and answers.

Join Special Education COVID-19 Check-In Meeting – Thursday, April 9

As a reminder, the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage contains guidance and resources related to special education for students with disabilities for Arizona’s public education agencies (districts, charters, state institutions, and secure care schools) as they navigate the COVID-19 response. NOTE: The Q & A parts of the Special Education COVID-19 webpage will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, the Q & A have been time stamped and revisions have been noted.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and school closure related to students with disabilities or the IDEA, please send them to the ESS Inbox.

Posted in COVID-19, Updates |