April 22, 2020 - PDE, BSE, Early Intervention Special Education, and Preschool Early Intervention Evaluations & Virtual Assessment Guidance Letter
April 7, 2020 - ASPP Position Statement on Virtual Testing during COVID-19 closures.
March 30, 2020 - Pennsylvania Department of Education Receives USDA Waiver to Allow All Children to Qualify for Free Meals
March 23, 2020 - Letter to PDE regarding internship hours due to the impact of COVID-19.
March 19, 2020 - Take Action and contact your legislator now to ask for emergency policy changes to help schools deal with the impact of coronavirus.
March 18, 2020 - A joint letter was issued to legislators was issued regarding the COVID-19 . Thank you, PSEA, for communicating with ASPP during this critical time.
March 17, 2020 - NASP provided an Update Regarding Graduate Intern Hours in Response to School Closures allowing flexibility in accruing hours for the remainder of the school year.
March 16, 2020 - The US Department of Education has issued a fact sheet for Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students which states the following:
Additionally, IEP Teams are not required to meet in person while schools are closed. If an evaluation of a student with a disability requires a face-to-face assessment or observation, the evaluation would need to be delayed until school reopens. Evaluations and re-evaluations that do not require face-to-face assessments or observations may take place while schools are closed, so long as a students parent or legal guardian consents. These same principles apply to similar activities conducted by appropriate personnel for a student with a disability who has a plan developed under Section 504, or who is being evaluated under Section 504.
COVID-19 General Information:
As you likely know, officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into communities across the United States. Coronavirus.gov offers the most up to date information about this rapidly evolving situation. Some of these steps have included social distancing measures and school closures. In Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf announced a 10 business day closure of schools effective Monday, March 16th.
The materials referenced on this web page are optional educational resources. This information is solely a set of curated resources for you to use at your discretion. It was compiled to assist school psychologists, students, educators, parents, school psychology graduate students, and trainers of school psychologists. While resources were compiled by a team of school psychologists as a means to distribute information and resources to the public, it is important to note that ASPP has not provided extensive evaluation of all resources and does not endorse any of the information on these pages. Check with the Pennsylvania Department of Education or your state department of education, as well as your local education authority about requirements for instruction.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The following table provides you with general information regarding COVID-19.
|Mental Health Support Line (toll free for anyone)||1-855-284-2494|
|COVID-19: Centers for Disease Control||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
|Pennsylvania Department of Health: COVID-19||Pennsylvania Department of Health|
|School Dismissals and Children||CDC Guidance for Appropriate Activities During School Closures|
Meals for Children: Pennsylvania is approved to provide student meals at no cost to families while schools are closed.
*Note: Specific meal pick up information varies by LEA/district
|PDE Guidance on Access to Meals|
HYGIENE: The following resources provide guidance on teaching students safe hygiene practices.
|Covering Your Cough|