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School Psychology Practice during COVID Series #1 – Assessment Guidance

On March 13, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-26-20 requiring the California Department of Education (CDE) to issue guidance for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) responding to COVID-19 issues. This included ensuring students with disabilities (SWD) receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with their individualized education program (IEP) and meeting other procedural requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and California law. Following that, many districts believed that Senate Bill 117 protected them from special education timelines. However, the bill made clear that “it is not waiving requirements imposed by federal law.” CDE has since posted frequent Special Education guidance updates for COVID-19.

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