Discuss FAPE, safety when parents seek in-home services by your staff

Overwhelmed parents may request related services be offered to their child with a disability in their home as part-or full-time remote learning continues. They may fear that their child is falling behind and that they don’t have the skills or time to support his or her learning. 

Consider the parents’ request and discuss why in-home services may or may not be necessary or possible. If you dismiss the request out of hand because of the pandemic, you may deny the parents’ meaningful participation.   

Here are five things that should be discussed and/or considered:

1. Discuss FAPE; 

2. Consider health, safety, and labor constraints;

3. Examine logistical issues;

4. Document proposed provision of in-home services; and 

5. Seek out resources in the community.