Education

Emergency Planning for Students with Disabilities

6/22/2020 | Article

Published in NJSBA School Leader - May/June 2020

Authored by: Kerri A. Wright and Elizabeth M. Shea

No doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has raised new and unanticipated challenges for schools across the state and the nation.

The state’s administrators, teachers, and aides find themselves in new and unchartered territory trying to navigate an entirely remote learning environment. Basic educational strategies that assume a face-to-face environment are now unavailable, and teachers are using new technology and products with which they had little, if any, prior experience. To make matters worse, no one in education had much notice about the shift to online learning and everyone remains unsure how long this “new normal” will last. In fact, no one knows when things will be “back to normal”; the only thing we know for sure is that things will look considerably different for a while.

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