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Students with disabilities are most impacted by the disruption in learning brought on by COVID-19. The Transition Academy, in partnership with School Smart KC and UMKC School of Social Work, is administering the “State of Special Education During COVID-19 In KCPS and Charter Schools.” The goal of this project is to understand the experiences and needs of teachers and families of students with IEPs and 504 plans during virtual learning as a result of the pandemic.

Survey & Focus Group

Families and teachers will have two options to participate in the survey – online or via phone. The survey is available Oct. 9-23. Families can click here to complete their survey. Teachers can complete their survey here.

Those who would like to complete the survey over the phone can contact Raven Bunn at 816.585.1136.

After completing the survey, families and teachers are also invited to participate in an online focus group on Oct. 24.


The project includes:

  • Separate surveys for teachers and families to complete from October 9th to 23rd. Participants who complete the surveys will receive a $50 gift card.
  • Participants will also have the option to participate in a focus group led by a representative with Children’s Mercy on October 24th for an additional $50 gift card.

In summary, families and teachers of students on IEPs and 504 plans will have the opportunity to complete a survey for $50 and participate in a focus group for $50 for a total of $100.

For more information

Contact [email protected] for more information.