We find ourselves in unprecedented times, with schools closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It can be overwhelming and uncertain, but as your trusted advocate, I am here to help guide you through the process and provide the best information I can.
Here is what I can tell you right now.
- This has never happened before, so we all need to take a pause and figure out how we can tackle this together.
- There is no ‘one size fits all’ plan, or specific answers regarding your child’s IEP.
- Each school response or plan for education while closed will vary. Some schools are on an extended spring break, others are offering a digital platform or support via telephone or Skype, and some have implemented specialized curriculum-based instructional activities.
- You should not demand extra services, but you can and should ask for them if your child needs them to access the educational platform that is being provided to all students. As an initial first step, email your child’s teacher asking how to support your child’s educational needs while he or she is at home.
- Remember you are not alone.
Right now, there are many questions and not a lot of answers, because this has never happened before. So, let’s all take a pause and figure out how we can tackle this together. My role is to be your trusted guide, keeping you informed regarding procedure while focusing on your child’s individual needs and your academic concerns. I’ll update you on any new rules or changes to the education law as they come and am available to help how I can.
Remember to wash your hands and be kind to each other while we face this together.