Tuesday, October 13 :: 12 PM CT/ 11 AM MT :: REGISTER

As students begin another school year, many teams are addressing and navigating special education issues. Now more than ever, communication between school and home is essential. Join a facilitated conversation with Valerie Johnson, CORE Educational Cooperative CEO, Brenda Stover, Director of Special Service and SD CASE President, and Carla Miller, SD Parent Connection Executive Director to discuss:
  • How special education services are being provided
  • Successes students and schools are experiencing
  • Ongoing concerns families and schools are facing
  • Ways teams are working together to address these concerns
  • Advice for how parents can work with their child’s IEP Team 
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View current and past recorded sessions
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November 10th Lunch & Learn:
What Should I Expect if My Child is in a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) School?

A blog post summarizing tips and guidelines for parents.

  • Mask Wearing: Determine your baseline
  • Why won’t your child wear a mask?
  • Brainstorm an Ideas List of Motivators
  • Social Stories about Wearing a Mask
  • Chewing and Excessive Drooling with a Mask
  • Mask Wearing IEP Accommodations and Alternatives
  • Practicing Mask Wearing
  • IEP Goals for Mask Wearing
  • Open Communication with your School about Masks
CDC Guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—Federal, state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which schools must comply such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Masks should not be placed on: 
  • Children younger than 2 years old 
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious 
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance 
Appropriate and consistent use of masks may be challenging for some students, teachers, and staff, including: 
  • Younger students, such as those in early elementary school (Pre-K through 3rd grade). 
  • Students, teachers, and staff with severe asthma or other breathing difficulties. 
  • Students, teachers, and staff with special education or healthcare needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity. 
While masks are strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a mask may not be feasible. In these instances, parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers, staff, and school administrators should consider adaptations and alternatives whenever possible. They may need to consult with healthcare providers for advice about wearing masks. 
Why do people wear masks? It’s OK to ask. In Jack Hartmann’s video, Jack explains the importance of wearing masks and who wears a mask. Find out that wearing a mask protects you and others too.
In this video, Julia demonstrates simple ways to make wearing a mask easier. Check out http://autism.sesamestreet.org/
for more resources, videos and stories.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released a Q&A document in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B provision of services in the current COVID-19 environment:

Additionally, the Office for Civil Rights issued a COVID-19-related technical assistance document to assist K-12 schools in meeting their obligations under Federal Civil Rights Laws.

YOU can help us by participating in Up and Running - a fundraising campaign hosted by SDPC over the next 6 weeks. Simply choose your favorite activity - walking, running, swimming, playing, gardening, etc. Our event will help motivate you to stay active while helping SDPC by raising funds through personal goals and fun challenges.

Saturday, October 10th from 9 AM-12 PM

Dr. Garrett-Akinsanya is a clinical psychologist and nationally recognized expert in mental health, diversity, and multiculturalism. During this free webinar, she will discuss strategies that families and professionals can use to support the emotional wellness of children and youth​ during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following Dr. Akinsanya’s presentation, PACER's Children's Mental Health Project staff will ​present a brief session featuring recorded interviews with members of PACER’s Youth Advisory Board on tips and strategies for support at school. This virtual event is sponsored by PACER's MN Statewide Family Engagement Center and the Children's Mental Health Project.
This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H328M140021, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750; and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.