Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2020) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement about the Education Department’s supplemental fact sheet on serving students with disabilities amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“State chiefs are committed to serving all students in this unprecedented time, and CCSSO has been working closely with officials at the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to receive clarity on the provision of services for students with disabilities. We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights for releasing additional information on March 21 on what flexibilities may be considered for qualifying students,” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller. “Teachers and school, district and state leaders are working around the clock to find the best possible solutions to serve all students at this time. We all know it is critical for schools to provide enrichment and instructional supports for all students in new, innovative ways as we navigate this global pandemic, and we have seen many examples. CCSSO will continue to support states as they provide leadership and guidance for schools to find the best solutions that meet the needs of all students.”
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
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