The governor has announced that school is closed through May 20, 2020 and the Commissioner of Education made clear that closure through the end of the school year is possible. It’s April 14, 2020 and most schools have been closed since March 16. This means parents have been stepping up to the plate to educate their children at home for almost three weeks. It’s hard for adults to imagine continuation of “distance learning” for 6 or more weeks. For kids, that concept is even more difficult to grasp.
Well, it’s official, the Governor’s Executive Order 7X has extended in class cancellations through May 20, 2020. Guidance from the State Department of Education has been coming out daily. There are a few things you should know. First, the Governor’s Executive Order 7N suspends all state summative and alternate assessments, universal reading screening assessments, and administration of reading assessments in priority districts for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. So, that SBAC testing your 8th grader was worried about? Not happening.
Schools are closing across Connecticut in an effort to slow the pace of the coronavirus pandemic. The federal Department of Education has issued a Q&A. Here is what parents need to know.
As the risk of coronavirus reaches Connecticut, children are starting to hear about it and some may become anxious. Parents may be wondering if/when schools may close and what that means for their children. Many parents are wondering how to talk about coronavirus with their children without causing alarm. The Child Mind Institute has put together this helpful guidance on talking to children in a way that will be reassuring and won’t cause more worry.
While coronavirus has not yet hit Connecticut hard, schools around the state are gearing up in anticipation of needed closures of schools. In relation to this, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) has issued guidance to school districts, in the form of a planning tool.
You may not know about these free training events happening throughout the state in Connecticut. If you are a parent or caregiver of a child who requires special education, has a learning disability and/or developmental disability then you can't afford to miss out on these free upcoming events in Connecticut.
As the rush of the first few weeks of school ends and you begin to settle in, it’s a good time to pause and take a look at your child’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”). The IEP is a critically important document. It is the document that describes what your child’s needs are and what the school is doing about it. So, it is really important that it be accurate and comprehensive.
A parent’s attendance at IEP meetings is essential, but some parents may struggle to take time off in order to attend these meetings. If this sounds like you, you are in luck! A recently published opinion from the Department of Labor (DOL) details how parents can take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in order to attend meetings to develop your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), known in Connecticut as PPT meetings.
I am thrilled to partner with Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN), and Oak Hill to offer an upcoming training to parents and caregivers on the prevention of sexual abuse. One in 10 children will be sexually abused.
SpEdCT will soon be holding its annual “What You Need to Know About Special Education," a seminar for parents and professionals. This year, as always, the series will be packed with