To lead the improvement of outcomes for preparing all children and students with disabilities and their families for learning, earning and living through effective use of data, collaboration, communication, and a framework of differentiated support.
The NDE is committed to assisting school communities during public health emergencies. We support school districts in their decisions to keep student and staff safety their top priority. Should a crisis arise, NDE will work closely with other state and federal agencies to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the teaching and learning environment.
Below is communication released by the Office of Special Education Programs to support you as you implement IDEA during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please reach out to our office should you have any further questions.
Schools reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic are facing extraordinary challenges at this time. We know parents have many questions and concerns about what the return to school will look like for their children in special education. Parents want to know how the school district’s plans will meet their child’s needs. How will the school districts address health and safety precautions for students, educators, and other school personnel in regards to scheduling, staffing, social distancing practices, transportation, and more? Please see the linked video for a presentation by our Administrator, Amy Rhone in collaboration with PTI Nebraska: https://www.pti-nebraska.org/amy-rhone/
You may also access the slides and notes for this presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZTbZ5cGvazIbcdCJNcCXEFpyeIqGCgarrCi2K5U7yTQ/edit#slide=id.g8c1f228135_0_0
Upcoming SPED Events
As the State of Nebraska has experienced many disruptions in their “normal” way of doing business, The NeMTSS Team has made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person 2020 Summit. However, The Team is excited to announce our 6 week Summit Series that will be brought to virtually . Similar to our 5 week summer series, the virtual series, “Moving Forward into the Unknown,” will feature sessions to help schools promote success and wellness for students and staff.
Visit nemtss.unl.edu for more information on the six weeks, beginning August 11th, that are FREE to all who register and gain you access to live and recorded sessions focusing on:
WEEK 1 (August 11th and 13th): Equitable Opportunities for All
WEEK 2 (August 18th and 20th): Engaging and Strengthening Partnerships
WEEK 3 (August 25th and 27th): Adults as Change Agents
WEEK 4 (September 1st and 3rd): Creating a Climate of Support
WEEK 5 (September 8th and 10th): Prioritizing the Core
WEEK 6 (September 15th and 17th): Putting the Pieces Together Moving Forward
The Virtual Summit will bring messages from National Experts around Social Emotional Learning and is intended for all educators with tracks focused on Administration/School Leaders, Instruction, and Early Childhood. Many of the days have concurrent sessions that will bring specific support information to sessions in the different track to those who may be looking for support in those specific areas.
We are excited to bring these amazing presenters and their messages to Nebraska Schools and Educators and hope that you will join us for 6 exciting weeks!
FREE Registration for any/all event at:
Clarification on guidance for 92 NAC 51 – 009.04 and IDEA 60 Day Timeline for School Age Children
Guidance on Special Education Certification – April 2019
Public Reporting and Determination Guides
Early Childhood Inter-Agency Coordinating Council
Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education – Office for Civil Rights
Maintenance of Effort