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COVID-19 Special Education Resources

presentations & Town halls

Distance Learning Tips Webinar April 16, 2020

Managing Stress & Anxiety Webinar 

April 23, 2020

Supporting Literacy at Home 

May 7, 2020

Special Education Town Hall (Moderate to Severe)

June 17, 2020, 5:30 pm

Special Education Town Hall (Mild to Moderate)

June 18, 2020

Special Education Town Hall (Mild to Moderate)

July 23, 2020

Special Education Town Hall (Moderate to Severe)

July 30, 2020


The global public health crisis presented by COVID-19 has impacted the learning and support services available to public school children around the world.  AUSD is deeply committed to supporting our students and families who receive special education services.

To the extent feasible and in line with health and safety, students with IEPs will continue to receive instruction and support during the 2020/2021 school year through AUSD's "Remote Learning Program" or "Flexible Learning Program."  Descriptions of the programs follow as written in the 7/15/2020 letter to families: 


As announced at the June 23 Board of Education meeting, the District is currently planning to provide both a “Flexible Learning Program” and a “Remote Learning Program” in 2020-21. The Flexible Learning Program will provide in-person instruction - with precautions - on a part-time basis to students. If health officials mandate a suspension of in-person instruction, students in the Flexible Learning Program will revert to distance learning. The Remote Learning Program is 100 percent distance learning; students will receive instruction through the Acellus on-line learning program, with the support of AUSD teachers and an adult in the family. Extensive information on these two programs - including FAQs, board presentations, and copies of all letters sent to families in recent weeks - are available on the Special Education Update 7-15-2020.​​​​​  Please click here to read this letter.


These learning programs will not be exact replicas of existing IEPs, due to the constraints under which we are all operating. Please be assured, however, that it is our goal to fully implement IEPs when students can safely return to school.  In the meantime, we will align instruction and related services to the IEP to the greatest extent possible within the Learning Programs available.


We have created this page to serve as a hub for resources about special education plans and services during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please check back often as we will be updating the page on a regular basis.