Special Education Recent Guidance, News and Events

What’s New? Please refer to this webpage for new guidance, news and events from the Special Education Team concerning Vermont special education.

Recent Guidance:

COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools:

This page contains information and guidance specific to Vermont schools and Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts (SU/SDs). 

Special Education Guidance

COVID-19 Information for Vermont Schools

Vermonters can find the most up-to-date and complete information on state and nationwide COVID-19 response, including information direct from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the Vermont Department of Health's COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 Federal Emergency Funding Overview for Special Education Directors (3/10/2021)

Presentation Slides

Vermont Special Education Guidance:

Special Education State of the State Reports with Dr. Jacqui Kelleher

February 18, 2021

Presentation Slides

October 22, 2020

Presentation Slides

June 11, 2020

Presentation Slides

January 23, 2020

Act 173:

Educational Support Teams in School District Systems: Act 173 Technical Guidance (10/23/2019)

Act 173 Technical Guidance: Developing Systems to Support the Success of All Students (8/26/2019)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):

Vermont’s State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) (10/2020)

IDEA 101 Subgrantee Programmatic Consideration

This video covers considerations for IDEA Subgrantee Applications, specifically programmatic activities, work plans, and requirements concerning IDEA Basic/PreK Budgets, Proportionate Share, Coordinated Early Intervention Services, and Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervention Services.

Presentation Slides


Memo: Accounting for Certain Special Education Expenses (11/1/2019)

News and Events:

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

Additional funds are being made available to states for IDEA Section 611, Section 619, and IDEA part C funds. Below is a list for Vermont’s awards. The U.S. Department has let us know that the they are working to finalize the award numbers and will send as soon as possible.

There is a set aside for State Incentive Grants (SIGs) totaling $37.5M, which represents 15% of the IDEA part C supplement. Any IDEA Part C unallocated amount will be re-allotted to all eligible states based on IDEA part C FFY 2021 funding formula.

In general these funds are subject to the same requirements under IDEA and the Uniform Guidance as all IDEA funds. The Department intends to provide additional guidance on ARP funding in the near future.

Vermont Estimated ARP IDEA Supplemental Grant Allocations

  • Part B Grants to States (Section 611) - $6,625,874
  • Part B Preschool Grants (Section 619) - $472,522
  • Part C Grants for Infants and Families - $1,040,479

2021 Paraprofessional Education Series Session 3: Pick a PT’s Brain! With Pamela Cummings and Tamara Yandow April 14, 2021 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

We will share strategies for increasing students’ engagement and participation in their classrooms and wider school environment (specials, lunchroom, playground, PE, etc.) from a PT perspective. This will include topics such as positioning, mobility, classroom set-up, furniture, materials, etc. Lots of time for questions! Participants will gain increased knowledge in:

  • the impact of physical environments on student engagement and participation
  • the impact of positioning on student engagement and participation

Register for 2021 Paraprofessional Education Series Session 3: Pick a PT’s Brain! With Pamela Cummings and Tamara Yandow

Contact: Ana Kolbach at Ana.Kolbach@vermont.gov 

Upcoming Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state establish and maintain an advisory panel for the purpose of advising the State special education staff regarding the education of eligible children with disabilities.

Vermont PBIS

Vermont Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (VTPBIS) is a state-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.

Public Comment:

From time to time the Agency seeks comment from the public on documents, plans and reports on special education in Vermont. Such documents will be available on the webpage and comments can be submitted to AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov.

Vermont Agency of Education IDEA Part B Grant Application – Opportunity for Public Comment has been extended to April 30, 2021

March 16, 2021 Announcement: Vermont’s Part B Federal Application for Federal Fiscal Year 2021 (FFY21) is available for review from March 16 through May 16, 2021. All states applying for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for those federal funds. These funds support provision of special education services to children with disabilities who are ages 3 to 21 in Vermont. The Vermont Agency of Education has developed a draft application packet for IDEA Part B funds and, by this notice, is making the application available for review and comment. The application packet, developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs includes a summary of the assurances, certifications and IDEA use of fund descriptions the state will use to implement Part B of IDEA. Upon the Office of Special Education Programs’ approval of Vermont's Part B application, the state will receive a federal grant award under Part B of the IDEA for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. In reviewing the application, please note the following: The application is in a format required by the Office of Special Education Programs. Vermont is providing general assurances to the Office of Special Education Programs that the state will be implementing the provisions of state and federal regulations for Part B of IDEA 2004. The dollar amounts listed in Section III, Use of Funds, are for state-level administration and targeted initiatives; not the cost of serving students with disabilities or the total cost of special education services in Vermont.

The Agency will accept public comments from March 16 through April 30, 2021.  Email public comments to AOE.SpeciaEd@vermont.gov with the Subject Line IDEA Part B Public Comment.

The U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) details specific procedures that states are to follow in order to receive annual grant funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at section 76.102 makes clear that the Part B fund applications are considered to be state plans for the use of Part B funding. The USDoE under the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) at 20 USC1232d (b)(7)(B), sets forth the public participation requirements. GEPA requires each state to publish its proposed application for Part B funds in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the state at least 60 days before the date on which the application is submitted to the Secretary of Education or on which the application becomes effective, whichever occurs earlier, with an opportunity for public comment on such application to be accepted for at least 30 days. 

View past items whose public comment period has closed.

Quick Links to Other Special Education Webpages:

Early Childhood Special Education Services


General Supervision and Monitoring System

Resources for Families

Resources for Special Educators and Administrators

Special Education Advisory Panel

Special Education Data and Reporting

Special Education Forms

State and Federal Laws and Requirements

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP)

Technical Assistance Requests and Professional Development

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Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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