The School Year 2019-2020 Indicator 8 Parent Involvement Survey collection period is upon us. Please note that the format of the Indicator 8 survey has not changed from last year. There will be a printed survey and postage paid return envelope sent to each local educational agency (LEA) special education administrator for dissemination to parents of children with disabilities, by any means they deem appropriate. There will also be an online survey for parents to access. The printed surveys will be mailed directly to all LEAs no later than April 21, 2020, in quantities to match your LEA’s December 1 Child Count, plus an additional ten percent.
The online survey will be opened on April 15, 2020, and will be available for completion in English and Spanish at the following web addresses:
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is asking for your assistance in promoting the completion of the survey by each of your families who has a child with a disability and is provided special education services through an individualized education program (IEP), by whatever means you deem appropriate. Families who have more than one child receiving special education services should complete a survey for each of their children.
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in school closures through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we understand the difficulties you will face in getting the hard copy survey into the hands of your parents. As such, we encourage you to have parents complete the survey using the online links listed above. The VDOE will also work with our parent agency partners to make the availability of the online survey known to parents across the Commonwealth.
Copied in part from an email dated April 3, 2020 from the Virginia Department of Education, Samantha M. Hollins, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education to the Directors of Special Education throughout Virginia.
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Virginia Medicaid is taking action to fight COVID-19
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is working with Governor Northam, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and other state agencies to take immediate actions to help fight COVID-19. DMAS is committed to increasing access to health care for the over 1.5 million Virginia Medicaid members and the thousands of low-income residents expected to seek coverage due to concern about the spread of COVID-19. Our members are our highest priority, and we have adopted policies to make sure that no one loses coverage during this critical time. Virginia Medicaid covers all COVID-19 testing and treatment. DMAS recently announced it is taking the following steps, effective immediately, to remove barriers to care for its members and other eligible Virginians: Ensuring members do not inadvertently lose coverage due to lapses in paperwork or a change in circumstances. For the length of the emergency, renewals and redeterminations are extended. Any member who files an appeal during the emergency will automatically have coverage extended while waiting for the appeal. Eliminating co-pays for all Medicaid and FAMIS covered services, including COVID-19 testing and treatment. Allowing Medicaid members to obtain a 90 day supply of many routine prescriptions. Waiving pre-approval requirements for many critical medical services, and enacting automatic extensions for approvals that are already in place. Enabling Medicaid providers and members to make greater use of telehealth. Medicaid officials are working closely with providers to review and respond to the needs of higher risk and older members who are most susceptible to COVID-19. The agency is developing additional policies and initiatives to address health challenges related to the coronavirus as conditions evolve. Virginians who need health coverage can visit coverva.org to find out if they may be eligible for Medicaid. They can apply for health coverage at any time by going online to commonhelp.virginia.gov.