Pete and Pam Wright Answer Questions about Compensatory Education, IEPs and IEP Meetings in New Webinar


In May 2020, Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge invited four special education attorneys to a webinar for parents,  “Special Education in the COVID-19 Quarantine.” The attorneys, Pete Wright, Jack Robinson, Piper Paul, and Wayne Steedman, covered several topics, including:

  • Compensatory education,
  • Your child’s special education rights during the pandemic,
  • How and why of data collection (progress monitoring), and
  • How to best advocate for your child

After the May webinar, Dr. Roseann received more than 1,000 follow-up questions. Last week, she gathered the most frequently asked questions, then sat down with Pam and Pete Wright of to answer these questions. The new webinar is available today.

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12/16/2020 7:54 pm

Are Parents that watch secretly their child’s virtual classes violating the privacy rights of the other students or teachers?

12/17/2020 4:41 pm
Reply to  Steve

Generally, no. This is what TX is telling educators, & parents. covid-19_privacy_and_ferpa_considerations_for_virtual_instruction_april_2.pdf (

12/05/2020 11:44 pm

Does a student’s absence for medical reasons excuse the school from providing FAPE? My daughter can’t benefit from virtual learning (certified by her doctors in writing) but the school won’t consider any other option (they said on the record they wouldn’t consider anything except virtual public school even though I specifically refused consent for virtual.) Being away from the structured environment of in-person school has seriously degraded kiddo’s mental health and behavior, so I put her in 12 hours per week of in-person ABA in desperation to stop the regression. In response to my state SPED complaint, the state is now saying that since she was absent for medically-necessary ABA, they won’t “penalize” the school for her total lack of progress. But she couldn’t have progressed anyway!

11/05/2020 9:22 pm

Can a child enrolled in special ed be placed in a new class without the parent receiving notification from special services?

11/06/2020 2:28 pm
Reply to  Andrea

Schools must involve parents if a change of placement is being considered. Placement means type of service provided, not the location of those services. If a student is moved from one “resource” or self-contained special ed classroom to another on the same or even a different campus that is not a change of placement under federal rules. Of course, it is best practice to inform the parent ahead of time and the reasons for this..

11/06/2020 2:40 pm
Reply to  Andrea

Depends, was it just a class (different teacher, different period) change or a service change (was co-taught and then moved to small group w/o parent notification). In my state, the answer to the first scenario would be yes while the answer to the second would be no.

09/26/2020 6:55 pm

Can a school district have a music teacher, art Teacher or person who does in school suspension teach as part of special ed services inside the General ed classroom?

09/28/2020 1:49 pm
Reply to  Kathy

Your state should have rules on what certification is required for that situation. I suggest contacting your state education agency or state parent training & information center.