If a child has not received the special education services they require, they may be entitled to compensatory education / recovery services. These services may make up for skills or progress lost during the pandemic. They are determined by the Local School System / Public Agency (LSS / PA), who will take each child’s needs and circumstances into consideration.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services has created A Parent’s Guide: Navigating Compensatory Education / Recovery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic to explain how compensatory education / recovery services are determined for children with IEPs and IFSPs.
Determining compensatory education / recovery services is complex, but there needs to be a system in place. How each school system works with families might look a little different, but this process is designed to help school systems approach this very complicated task to support all of our children with IEPs and IFSPs and give parents a voice in the process.