The purpose of this section is to provide guidance and resources to Catamaran users about changes made to their timelines and activities due to COVID-19 closures and policies. Initial overall guidance memos for Part B and Part C are available below along with a link to all MDE resources related to COVID-19. This is followed by individual guidance for currently impacted activities in Catamaran.
Early Childhood Guidance per Executive Order 2020-65 (05/04/20)
Executive Order 2020-65 states that in-person K–12 instruction, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) program delivery, and early childhood programs are suspended for the remainder of 2019–2020 school year and requires development and implementation of a plan for learning at a distance. The requirement in this executive order to suspend all in-person instruction applies also to Early On (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C) for infants and toddlers
(both for children eligible for Part C Only and for children eligible for Part C with Michigan Mandatory Special Education (MMSE) services).
The full text of the memo is available at the following link:
Guidance for Compliance with the IDEA and the MARSE During the COVID-19 Pandemic (04/10/20)
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE) is releasing Guidance for Compliance With the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This guidance document is designed to assist districts in meeting the IDEA Part B and MARSE requirements in support of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-35. The MDE has worked to ensure this guidance is aligned and consistent with information provided by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt special education both in Michigan and across the country, and therefore this guidance will be regularly updated as new and more information becomes available. Districts will be notified of updates.
* To access all COVID-19 Updates, go to the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/mde.
Part B Guidance Memo
This memo outlines all decisions made to date about current and future Part B work in Catamaran. It will be updated as new decisions are made and posted here. additional information about each activity can be found under the toggle menus below for ease of reference.
Part B COVID-19 Catamaran Guidance Memo
Part C Guidance Memo
This memo outlines all decisions made to date about current and future Part C work in Catamaran. It will be updated as new decisions are made and posted here. Additional information can be found under the Part C toggle menu below for ease of reference.
General MDE COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
The link below is to MDE’s central repository of all information and orders related to COVID-19. It is updated as new information becomes available during this fluid situation.