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Covid-19 & American Rescue Plan Resources

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 the 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.

New Q&A Highlights Certain IDEA Requirements Related to Individualized Education Programs Amidst COVID-19

Questions and Answers on Implementation of IDEA Part C Provision of Services (OSEP Oct 2020)

Parent Resources

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?  You may access the slides and notes from a video presentation by our Administrator, Amy Rhone in collaboration with PTI Nebraska:  Special Education Services During Covid-19 – Amy Rhone/PTI


Ceeder Center Family Guide to At-Home Learning

Early Childhood Resources – Pyramid Model

Helping Your Child with Routines at Home

Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Communication at Home

Helping Your Child with Communication at Home

Helping Your Child with Academics

IDEA Best Practices Document

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) – “Open-Access”  Resources for Educators & Parents to Use At Home / Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak.

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Supporting Child and Family Well-being

Talking to your child about COVID-19

TVI O&M Activities for School at Home

Tips for Families – Distance Learning for Special Education

Translating IEP Goals to Home – Using SEL Fundamentals

Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets from the Progress Center

Additional Covid-19 Special Education Resources

Teaching Special Education Online Resource Toolbox


4 Ways to Help Kids Relax as the Coronavirus Upends Everyday Life

Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities Resources Guide

Electronic Consent OK During Covid-19

Five Formative Assessment Strategies to Improve Distance Learning Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Guidance and Resources for Para-educators During Remote Learning

Home-school Services During Covid-19

How to Be a Better Online Teacher – Advice Guide

KSB School Law Coronavirus Blog

MHTTC Resources around Mental Health

Meeting Assessment Needs of Students with Disabilities

NCDHH Communications NCDHH Communications

NSPA Testing Considerations Document

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resources

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) – “Open-Access”  Resources for Educators & Parents to Use At Home / Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak.

Navigating Special Education Evaluations for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Letter regarding Clear Masks

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators

Remote Use of Paraprofessional Supports for Students with Disabilities During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Rethinking Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility in Post-COVID-19 Classrooms

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Updated February 26, 2023 9:40pm