Document Type

Capstone Experience

Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Services Research & Administration

First Committee Member

Stephen Peters, M.A.

Second Committee Member

Abbie Raikes, PhD

Third Committee Member

Rachel Lookadoo, J.D


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) formally recognized the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a global pandemic. This global issue compelled governments to announce careful virus containing policies in order to prevent further spread and control of the disease. Although it has been proven that measures like social isolation could aid in scaling the spread of illness, the resulting extended school closures that occurred in response to an increased number of COVID-19 outbreaks posed significant challenges for all students, but especially those students with special needs. The unpredictable nature of COVID-19 at the outset of the pandemic presented didactic stakeholders with several hurdles stemming from uncertainty concerning how to guarantee student safety and account for continuing modifications to instructional delivery and, most importantly for this study, services to special needs students.

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