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Important information related to COVID-19 response

Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS), a grant-funded initiative of the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education, strives to serve all educators and parents with communication training and collaborative dispute resolution resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To safeguard the health of all concerned in meetings in which SEMS is a participant, SEMS will abide by the prevailing federal and state directives and health guidelines. It will expect all participants to do so as well. SEMS reserves the right to withdraw or discontinue the provision of services, including at the point of delivery, if prevailing protocols are not followed.

SEMS encourages school personnel and parents requesting a  facilitator or mediator to consider a virtual meeting. Virtual meetings protect all participants and can be run in a productive, efficient manner.

SEMS can host virtual meetings for parents and schools, or our facilitators will join an already scheduled virtual meeting.  Documents will be distributed via DocuSign for signature.

Our no-cost services remain available to assist families and school staff while planning for the education of students with disabilities.  In addition to mediation to resolve identified disputes as part of procedural safeguards, SEMS also provides neutral facilitators for all special education meetings. 

Please direct any questions regarding this policy to 517-334-0034.