School Year 2020-21 Compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act for Reopening Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional
Children Act require school districts to provide special education and related services to students with
exceptionalities. The Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) Special Education and Title Services
(SETS) team created this document to provide a response to questions we are receiving in a uniform and
consistent manner. As you all are aware, this is a rapidly changing situation, and this document will be
continually revised to provide the most up to date information.
Special education timelines and requirements are set forth in statute, which was written and
enacted by the United States Congress and the Kansas Legislature. The Kansas State Department of
Education (KSDE) does not have the authority to alter or waive these statutory requirements and
Please note that the Navigating Change: Kansas’ Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations
document, released by the Kansas State Department of Education, is simply guidance. When a district
creates its own plan for the 2020–21 school year it must balance this guidance with the requirements of
special education law, as well as the context for its staff and students, including any guidance or
requirements issued by state or local health officials.