FAPE Considerations for Return to Learn
The disruption caused by the reaction to the coronavirus affected every area of society, including education. This disruption exposed the need for the education system to anticipate a significant interruption of services and be prepared to continue educational services. In order to support a fluid change in the delivery of services so that educational services are not interrupted in the future, IEP teams need to discuss and decide the services and supports a student will need in a variety of educational delivery models. Iowa schools are currently planning for three possible models: On-Site (brick and mortar), Hybrid, and Continuous Learning (virtual).
Regardless of the delivery model used (On-Site, Continuous Learning/virtual, or Hybrid), districts must ensure that eligible individuals receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). FAPE is determined individually based on a complex intertwining of concepts, meaning that FAPE will look different for each eligible individual.
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