Parents have options as ECOT closes

January 18, 2018 / education

Recent news coverage has reported the closing of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) due to the loss of a sponsor. ECOT is the largest online school in Ohio and its closure would affect roughly 12,000 students. ECOT is a community/charter school, and is considered a public school. Students who have attended ECOT are enrolled in ECOT, not their local school district. If your child has a disability and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and attends ECOT, you have several options as ECOT closes.

You should begin planning for your child’s educational placement and services now that ECOT is closing. Students with disabilities should not be without IEP services. Some of your options include:

An explanation of all options is available on the Ohio Department of Education's website.

During any transition in educational placement, your child should continue to receive the services on his or her IEP. If your child is not provided with the services on his or her IEP, your child may be eligible for services to make up for the services that were not provided. For more information about what to do if your child’s IEP services are not provided, visit the Special Education page in Disability Rights Ohio’s Self-Advocacy Resource Center or contact Disability Rights Ohio's Intake Department.

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