Ask the Advocate Q: My child’s school is discontinuing some of her IEP services and blames Covid-19. Is the school correct? A: No. Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, students with disabilities are entitled to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are entitled to receive early intervention services.
August, 3, 2021: The Justice Department announced today a settlement agreement with Florida's Volusia County School District (VCS) to address the district's systemic and discriminatory practices that punish students with disabilities for their disability-related behavior and deny them equal access to VCS's programs and services. The department conducted an investigation under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle