School districts across the state are working tirelessly to develop reopening strategies for the 2020-2021 school year. However, while many resources exist to support overall district planning, few resources provide specific planning considerations for special education departments.  NJSBA has planned a four-part series to help boards work through the many questions surrounding a return to school for special education students.  

We will be kicking this off with a Facebook Live event on July 28 at 10 a.m Matthew Korobkin, a senior advisor at the Public Consulting Group, will discuss some of the pressing questions related to reopening schools and serving students with disabilities.  

This will be followed by three 90-minute sessions, which will also be conducted by the Public Consulting Group. Registration is required for these sessions, which are free.  On July 29, at 1 p.m. key decisions for special education and free resources will be discussed. Register here.  On Aug. 5 at 1 p.m., the topic will be costs related to reopening schools for special education students in the age of COVID-19. Register here.  The final session, on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m., will cover the assessment and monitoring of special education programs. Register here 

School board members, superintendents, and others included on the census may register themselves online for the July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 programs.  Registrants will receive an email with the agenda and information on how to access the session prior to the program date. Attend online via computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access.  

For questions regarding this program, please email Lucia Gershman, program coordinator.