Hosted by the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Date | October 21, 2021

Presenters |

David Cantrell, Acting Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Dan Schreier, Policy Specialist, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Lisa Pagano, Policy Specialist, Monitoring and State Improvement Planning (MSIP), U.S. Department of Education, OSEP


This webinar for Parent Centers focuses on important guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, issued on September 30th and entitled Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs in the LRE.  OSEP issued the guidance in a direct response to questions from the field about returning to in-person learning after nearly a year of remote schooling due to the pandemic. The guidance stresses the importance of revisiting the needs of students with disabilities as they return to classrooms. Have the needs and learning difficulties of individual students changed, given the impact of COVID-19, remote learning, and isolation? Is a re-evaluation of a student needed to gather current data? Do goals in the IEP need to be changed, do the services and supports to be provided need to be adjusted? Presenters from OSEP explore these questions in some detail, including compensatory services and addressing the  school-related health needs of returning students.

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Valuable resources were highlighted during this webinar, most especially OSEP’s September 30th guidance on which this webinar was based. For your convenience, CPIR is pleased to list key resources below, with links, so you can readily connect with those of interest.

Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of IEPs in the Least Restrictive Environment
Access the roadmap in English via CPIR’s abstract, at:

Desarrollo e implementación de programas de educación individualizada en el entorno menos restrictivo 
Access the roadmap in Spanish, also via CPIR’s abstract at:

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