Region 15 SPED COVID-19 Resources

Updated As Quickly As Possible

TEA Updates

Federal Updates

FERPA and Virtual Learning during COVID-19 (Webinar Recording)

This webinar is intended to provide information on privacy best practices and insight into helpful resources available to the education community during this critical time of national emergency. Addressed are commonly asked questions related to the challenges of complying with student privacy laws like FERPA during this time and present a series of scenarios which highlight privacy best practices and considerations when adopting distance learning approaches.

Professional Organization Guidance

LSSP Guidance

  • Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council - http://www.bhec.texas.gov/ The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (“Council”) was created by the 86th Legislature in 2019 following consecutive reviews of its member boards by the Sunset Advisory Commission. The Council consists of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

  • Wednesday, September 2nd - Derek Clark will be presenting, “From Early Childhood Trauma, Emotional Behavioral Issues to Positive Outcomes.” The session is open for registration and will be presented live(pending recommendations) and virtually with limited seating. Derek has walked the walked and now talks the talk. He came from an early childhood of abuse and neglect, lived in the foster care system and now presents to educators as well as other audiences about how to move from trauma to positive outcomes. This session will offer first-hand knowledge of what children from trauma experience while sharing strategies to improve student outcomes.

  • Please see the link to access the TSBEP required (and free) training regarding Human Trafficking as part of HB 2059: https://www.train.org/main/course/1087568/

LPC Guidance

  • Providing Counseling as a Related Service (TEA)
  • Remote Counseling and Student Support Services (TEA)
  • https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/
  • Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council - http://www.bhec.texas.gov/ The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (“Council”) was created by the 86th Legislature in 2019 following consecutive reviews of its member boards by the Sunset Advisory Commission. The Council consists of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

  • Wednesday, September 2nd - Derek Clark will be presenting, “From Early Childhood Trauma, Emotional Behavioral Issues to Positive Outcomes.” The session is open for registration and will be presented live(pending recommendations) and virtually with limited seating. Derek has walked the walked and now talks the talk. He came from an early childhood of abuse and neglect, lived in the foster care system and now presents to educators as well as other audiences about how to move from trauma to positive outcomes. This session will offer first-hand knowledge of what children from trauma experience while sharing strategies to improve student outcomes.

SLP Guidance

PT Guidance

OT Guidance

DSHS Guidelines for Home Visits

  • The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released guidance for public health workers and other home visitors. That guidance, titled COVID-19: Guidance for Public Health Home Service Providers, is on the DSHS COVID-19 website. Please note that, in the context of this document, CSHCN Services Program clinical services may fall within the definition of critical services, so the information on personal protective equipment is applicable.

SHARS Billing

  • TASB SPED Solutions SHARS Q&A
  • Texas Medicaid Telecommunication Services Handbook (check out 3.3.2 School-Based Telehealth Service)
  • SHARS: Starting 2020-2021 Services

    As districts prepare to begin a new school year, SHARS implementation requires attention and preparation. Below are general SHARS tips to keep in mind:

    Targeted Parent Consent and Notification

    Parental consent for SHARS billing is required. The rules have not changed. Written parental consent must be obtained by the district before services can be billed to SHARS.

    The parental consent form may not be provided to all parents of children with disabilities... The parental consent requirement … is only applicable to a parent of a child with a disability who is enrolled in a public benefits … program and from whom a public agency seeks to access that parent’s or child’s public benefits...

    Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    Districts can ask parents if the student receives Medicaid benefits. Once a district has reason to believe a child receives Medicaid benefits, consent may be requested. Enrollment can be verified through the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP).

    Third Partly Liability Billing

    All SHARS districts and charters are expected to clearly explain the HHSC Third Partly Liability policy (TPL) to all SHARS parents. Details are available on the TEA and HHSC websites (see "Additional Information" in the sidebar).

    Telehealth Services

    In 2019, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling were approved for telehealth SHARS billing. During the 2020 spring school closures, HHSC approved reimbursement for additional SHARS telehealth services. This included audiology and physical therapy. As of the date of this notice, the authorization for additional telehealth will expire on June 30, 2020. After that date, only speech therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling will be allowed through telehealth.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

General Resources

Sample Forms

Walsh Audioconference - Coronavirus and Your Special Education Program: The Legal Issues

Resources for Your Staff Members

COVID-19 Google Calendar

Inclusion

Transition

Virtual Graduation

I know this isn’t what anyone is hoping for, but I think we all need to start looking at the possibility of not having a traditional graduation in May. There are so many ideas out there with online learning being so popular. Below are some links of some schools below that have held video based/virtual graduations in the past. Some create videos with each student’s name, picture, and future plans, and some run through the whole ceremony as they would normally including commencement address, valediction speeches, etc…

18+ and Transition Assessment Considerations