COVID-19 Pandemic Information

Updated April 30, 2020

This page provides current information to assist California’s early intervention programs, preschool special education programs, practitioners, and families to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Guidance

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has designated the ECTA Center as the clearinghouse for COVID-19 related information for early intervention and early childhood special education. This site provides state Part C and Part B, Section 619 programs with the latest information on funding and guidance, as well as information on talking to children and families during this national emergency.

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Tele-Intervention and Distance Learning

Information compiled by ECTA on effectiveness, service delivery, technology and privacy, and state guidance on tele-intervention.

screenshot of video A Home Visit with Sam's FamilyVideo: A Home Visit with Sam's Family (April 29, 2020)
This video illustrates an early intervention home visit delivered by Ohio occupational therapist Angela Spano via video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video shows how home visits support the entire family and features insightful observations offered by Sam's mother Kayla and Angela.

screenshot of video A Home Visit with Zander’s FamilyVideo: A Home Visit with Zander’s Family (April 27, 2020)
This video illustrates an early intervention home visit delivered by Ohio physical therapist Paula Clark via video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic and features insightful observations offered by Zander's mother Margaret and Paula.

Video: An Illustration of Using the SS-OO-PP-RR Framework to Guide Home Visiting (April 20, 2020)
screenshot of video An Illustration of Using the SS-OO-PP-RR Framework This video illustrates an entire home visit delivered by Iowa early interventionist Jenny Seuntjens via video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video includes an introduction by Juliann Woods and annotations throughout that point out key strategies used by both the provider and the family. You can watch the video on two different sites:
ECTA
FGRBI

Video: Supporting Families During the Pandemic: Four Therapists Share Their Wisdom (April 9, 2020)
screenshot of video Supporting Families During the Pandemic In this video, four early intervention practitioners from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Ohio) share their experiences and advice about using video conferencing to deliver home visits.

A companion viewer's guide provides space for a provider to take notes on the discussion and reflect on the content's application to their own work.

Video: SS-OO-PP-RR: Guiding Home Visiting during the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 4, 2020)
screenshot of video Guiding Home Visiting during the COVID-19 Pandemic A new video has been posted on the ECTA website, Using the SS-OO-PP-RR: Guiding Home Visiting during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which discusses the use of the SS-OO-PP-RR framework for guiding home visits, whether in-person or delivered through video conferencing, and reviews general considerations when delivering home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PDF with more information about the SS—OO—PP—RR framework from the Distance Mentoring Model Project.

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FERPA Information

FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (March 2020)

Student Privacy Policy Office FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources (March 2020)

Student Privacy Policy Office FERPA and Coronavirus Disease 2019 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (March 2020)

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HIPAA Information (for covered entities)

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

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California Guidance

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response (April 29, 2020, 10:26 PM)

California Deafblind Services: CDBS has resources to share with families and child care providers for engaging children throughout the day. Assistance available in English and Spanish, by phone or Zoom.

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Expand Support for Vulnerable Populations (April 20, 2020)
Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that provides additional support for older adults and vulnerable young children.

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California Department of Education

Coronavirus (COVID-19) page (April 24, 2020)

Getting Internet Access: Available Plans (March 19, 2020)

Friday Emails to the Field (April 3, 2020)

Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 (April 9, 2010)

Help for Students in Crisis (April 15, 2020)
Resources for students and families for addressing mental health and wellness while school sites are closed.

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Early Intervention

Department Directive on Requirements Waived Due to COVID-19 (March 12, 2020)

Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing for Early Intervention Home Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF (April 15, 2020)

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Preschool

Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing in Preschool Special Education and Early Care and Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF (April 15, 2020)

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DRDP Guidance

DRDP Spring 2020 Assessment Policy Statement for Special Education
In light of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Education, Special Education Division is not requiring the submission of rating records that would have been completed between March 16th and June 30th, 2020.

Programs may choose to continue to use the DRDP (2015) to document and inform children’s learning this spring for their own purposes.

For Service Providers/Assessors

  • You should submit any DRDP rating records that were completed prior to March 16th. Do not submit any partially completed rating records.
  • Enter these completed records into your local MIS (i.e. SEIS, SIRAS) or DRAccessReports.org.
  • Adhere to your local due dates for DRDP data submission as determined by your SELPA.

For SELPA

  • Data submission due date will remain the same, July 1, 2020
  • Data collection system remains the same: DRAccessData.org

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Families

COVID-19 Resources Specific for Individuals with I/DD and ASD and their Families
Compiled by Deepika Patel, Erin Engstrom, Tamara Rosen, Katherine Pickard and Nuri Reyes Developmental Pediatrics, JFK Partners – University of Colorado School of Medicine (March 25, 2020)

Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19
Teaching Strategies
En Espanol: Sano en casa: Un conjunto de herramientas para apoyar a las familias afectadas por el COVID-19

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team

Tips for Families in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats
Florida Inclusion Network

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