What is Comp Ed?

Federal and state laws remain in effect during the pandemic

Parents who have concerns about a child’s access to special education services including compensatory education can contact us to speak with an attorney free of charge

When a student with a disability has not received a free appropriate public education (FAPE), the school district may be required to provide the student with compensatory education services or “comp ed.”  The purpose of comp ed services is to place the student in the same position they would have been in had the student received a FAPE.

Just like all special education services, the type and amount of comp ed services that will be provided is determined based on the student’s individual needs.  School Districts and parents must work together to determine whether their students require comp ed and what compensatory services are needed as a result of school closures and switch to remote learning.

Pursuant to Emergency Order #48 issued by the Governor in May 2020, school districts throughout the state have 30 days from the start of their school year to hold IEP Team meetings for all students who receive special education to discuss what compensatory services they may require. Remember, federal and state special education laws remain in place during the pandemic, including the right to a FAPE.  Children who did not receive all of their education services during the spring or summer or who were not able to access or benefit from remote services may be entitled to compensatory education services.

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Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with disabilities across New Hampshire. DRC is the federally designated protection and advocacy agency for New Hampshire and has authority under federal law to conduct investigations in cases of probable abuse or neglect.

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