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Special Education Guidance

The MDE Office of Special Education (OSE) is committed to ensuring students with disabilities continue to receive special education and related services during this unprecedented time.

The information on this page is intended to support school districts by providing information and guidance in response to the impact of COVID-19 school closures on students with individualized education programs (IEPs).

Guidance on the Recommended Use of Contingency Learning Plans (PDF)
Recommendation regarding the use of contingency learning plans as a way to ensure districts are able to provide FAPE for students with IEPs. 

Give Us Your Feedback

The OSE would like to hear from you regarding COVID-19 related topics ISDs, districts, parents, and students are facing and experiencing out in the field. The best way to stay ahead of potential issues is to stay informed of the topics, which is why we are asking stakeholders to ask clarifying questions about existing COVID-19 related guidance and to provide suggestions for new topics for which you'd like to receive guidance about.

If you have questions about the current guidance or suggestions for future updates to the guidance, please call 888-320-8384 or email