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Month: March, 2020

Offices Closed March 27th from 3PM-5PM

Friday, March 27, 2020

Please note that DRSD offices will be closed today (Friday, March 27th) from 3PM - 5PM. We will still be open from 8AM - 3PM, so if you need assistance or have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-658-4782 or complete an intake form on our website here

Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Joint Statement on Serving Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 25th, 2020 - From the SD Department of Education, SD Parent Connection, and Disability Rights SD

(Pierre, SD) - The South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs, South Dakota Parent Connection, and Disability Rights South Dakota remain committed to the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We believe the rights of all students with disabilities must be maintained, even during school closures, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is our firm belief, despite the unprecedented challenge facing districts and families, that students with disabilities will be served by parties coming together to make decisions on how to provide services in a manner that ensures the health and safety of all parties and that allows for meaningful progress on IEP goals and educational standards.

During this time, we encourage all parties to keep communication lines open and work together. Meetings may need to be held by phone or video conferencing, but time and effort should be on ensuring continued provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education for students with disabilities to meet the IEP goals and services. At the conclusion of this outbreak, IEP teams can assess if services provided allowed the student to make sufficient progress on goals and educational standards, and then determine if any additional or compensatory services should be made available due to any limitations in the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education.

Thank you for your attention to the health and safety of students and educational providers during this time. We will get through this by working together. If you have questions during this time, please feel free to reach out to the Special Education Program representative for your region, South Dakota Parent Connection, or Disability Rights South Dakota.

COVID-19 Resources

Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Page

In order to stay updated on the current coronavirus outbreak, DRSD has created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page to provide information about COVID-19 and its impact on disability-related issues. Visit https://drsdlaw.org/resources/covid19resources/ for resources on education, mental health, absentee voting, and more. 

DRSD not accepting walk in clients at this time...

Monday, March 16, 2020

Please note that starting today, March 16th, Disability Rights SD will not be accepting any walk in clients at our offices due to COVID-19 concerns. We are still open, however, to receive phone calls. So if you are in need of assistance, please contact us at 1-800-658-4782 or 605-342-2575. You may also complete an online intake form at https://drsdlaw.org/intakeform/. Stay safe out there!


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