Covid Regulations and School
There are many resources available for supporting your dup15q child’s learning during the pandemic. We have collected a few that you may find helpful.
Please let us know if you have discovered something that has been helpful to your family so we could share it.
How to decide between online and in-person learning?
The CDC created a decision-making tool for returning to school. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/decision-tool.html
Autism Speaks’ article, “Carrying a Heavy Load with Back-to-School Choices,” lists some pros and cons for each family to consider. https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/carrying-heavy-load-back-school-choices
How to advocate for your child during remote instruction?
A video on how to engage with your child’s IEP team while remote learning and on creating structure at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GdfdmvNLkw&feature=youtu.be
Here are five ways to help shape your child’s virtual learning experience. https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/five-ways-parents-can-advocate-their-child-autism-virtual-learning?utm_source=LiveClicker&utm_medium=poll&utm_campaign=BTS
Autism Speaks put together a helpful checklist for preparing a special needs student for school. https://www.autismspeaks.org/expert-opinion/prepare-back-school?utm_source=LiveClicker&utm_medium=poll&utm_campaign=BTS
How can schools safely social distance; particularly for students with special services and full-time aides?
How to teach your child to wear a mask when it is hard for them to do so?
This blog post is a summary of tips and guidelines for parents. As always, consult with your child’s team. I’m not trying to speak as an OT or behaviorist. If you are concerned about mask-wearing because of medical conditions, consult your medical team. This post will mostly be sensory and behavior-based ideas for parents.
How to get compensatory education?
Here is the federal government’s guidance that IEP teams must make an individualized determination about whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed when schools resume normal operations” https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf There may be state-specific guidance on determining compensatory education, such as Pennsylvania’s, which says that schools need to assess each student’s levels and start skill recoupment programming as soon as school starts, and the IEP team must determine if comp ed is warranted within 3 months of starting school: https://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Special%20Education/FAQContact/Pages/COVID-19-Compensatory-Services.aspx
Here is another resource about comp ed during coronavirus from A Day in Our Shoes (Lisa Lightner, a dup15q parent, has a whole section of her education advocacy website on covid): https://adayinourshoes.com/comp-ed-iep-services-esy-covid-19-crisis/
How to protect your family from coronavirus?
What social stories can I share with my child?
Staying home because of the coronavirus. https://qrcgcustomers.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/account4876975/6552153_1.pdf?0.85841887098649
Washing hands: https://paautism.org/resource/hand-washing-social-story/
Getting a covid test: https://www.ucucedd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/How-Do-I-Get-Tested-For-COVID-19.pdf
Lots of other covid-related social stories by Autism Little Learners and the Autism Society:
A Day In Our Shoes - Fall 2020: Back to School with an IEP, Q&A with Laura Heneghan
IEP Help Ticket
Volunteers at the Dup15q Alliance are striving to support families to advocate in the IEP process based on our experience with our own families. Please be clear that these suggestions are not legal advice. Local educational advocates or lawyers would know better how to navigate federal and state laws and school district policies for your child’s specific situation.
Once you submit a help ticket, it can take a few days to receive a response from the committee