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March 8, 2022 | Issue 20 (View newsletter as webpage)

Important News

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Extension of Statute of Limitations Legislation Passes!

Rebecca Spar of the Special Education Practitioners group created a helpful summary of the recently passed legislation.

The legislation extends the period of time for filing special education due process petitions related to COVID-19 school closures and periods of virtual, remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction.

The latest date you can now file a due process claim is September 23, 2023.

Read the entire Summary here

Review updates and related information on the SPAN page here


Talking to Children About War

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For some children and families, the war in the Ukraine may remind them of their own trauma or loss.

Military families may be worrying about loved ones who are or may be deployed.

Families who have loved ones in the Ukraine, Russia, and the surrounding region may need to discuss children's concerns as they relate to the safety of their relatives and friends.

This resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network includes suggestions for:

  • Communicating with children about war
  • Understanding media exposure
  • Fostering resilience

Download the resource document here

Working Effectively with Military Families: 10 Key Concepts All Providers Should Know

Connect with SPAN's Military Family Support 360 Center

Court Grants Final Approval of Settlement that Reforms Special Education Services in New Jersey Prisons

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"Because of this case, people who go to prison at a young age, like I did, should now get the education and extra support they deserve. "

Adam X. (a pseudonym), plaintiff

Three students filed a class-action case stating that they had been denied special education services when they were in prison. The students were joined by two organizations: The American Civil Liberties Union of NJ and The Arc of NJ.

The settlement class includes anyone who:

  • Was in NJ Department of Correction (NJDOC) prison after January 11, 2015 and was age 20 or younger during any of their time in prison
  • Received special education services before they went to prison; has an educational disability or may have had an educational disability in school before going to prison.

The settlement includes:

  • New NJDOC policies regarding special education
  • Five years of monitoring
  • A compensatory education program

Both people who are still in prison and those who have been released who think they are eligible and want to receive compensatory services should apply. An independent expert determines whether each person is eligible for compensatory services.

Download the Compensatory Education Application here

Read the Class Settlement Notice here

Read the Court's Opinion here (CORRECTED LINK)


Upcoming Events

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SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them. Check out our Event Calendar for details and registration links

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Don't miss our Early Childhood Virtual Miniconference series on Wednesday evenings in March from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

No se pierda nuestra serie de miniconferencias virtuales los miércoles por la noche en marzo de 6:45 p. m. a 8:00 p. m.


Live interpretation into Spanish will be available for all sessions.

Los talleres se interpretarán simultáneamente al español.

Miniconference Flyer in English and Spanish

Folleto de miniconferencia en inglés y español


March 2, 2022

Comenzará el 2 de Marzo de 2022

Click this link to register

Enlace de registro

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