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Our News You Can Use weekly e-newsletter has been redesigned and entitled The Bridge.

The Bridge is your new access to SPAN news, events, and resources.

October 12, 2021 | Issue 1

Important News

"I am considered an equal partner with teachers and other professionals in planning my child's program."

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Important Parent Survey

Families from selected NJ schools have been mailed a survey about how schools are supporting parent involvement in their child’s educational program. 

 Anonymous responses to the survey will be summarized to provide important information to the state and districts about:

  • Ways that NJ schools are supporting parental involvement 
  • Improvement strategies that are needed at the state and local level

We encourage families to complete and return the survey as the results are publicly reported at the School District and State levels.    

Learn more and see the list of schools for 2021:

Upcoming Events

See what's happening this month.

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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October Events include:

  • Empowering Women Gathering
  • IEP 1: Essential Components
  • IEP 2: From Measurable Goals to Progress
  • Parent Circle Time
  • And more!

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SPAN Reopening Schools Mini-Conference

Recorded Sessions & Accompanying Materials:

  • NJDOE Highlights for 2021-22 
  • Preparing for IEP Meeting
  • Health and Safety
  • Partnering with Your School

View them on the SPAN website at your convenience

Updated Resource

Natural disasters, such as a flood, earthquake or hurricane often lead to families being displaced from their homes. 

Students who do not have a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” are considered to be “homeless” for educational purposes. This makes them eligible for specific educational services and exempts them from some enrollment requirements in order to ensure continuity of education.

This updated SPAN Fact Sheet provides details about Homeless Students in New Jersey

Back to School Mental Health Resource

MHA’s 2021 Back to School toolkit, “Facing Fears, Supporting Students,” aims to help students, parents, and school personnel recognize how feeling unsafe can impact mental health and school performance, and what can be done to help young people who are struggling with their mental health."

Access the Toolkit here: 

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