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This school-year will look different for all children, but there are extra concerns for children and youth receiving special education services. To help families return to school, Michigan Alliance for Families has gathered these resources to assist with finding your district’s plan, making decisions for your child, planning for success, and problem solving.
For additional support, connect with the Parent Mentor in your part of the state.
- NEW: Guidance to Address Return to Learn for Students with IEPs Establishes special education priority topics for the 2020-2021 school year and provides answers to questions MDE has received. (8/26)
Return to School Considerations
School is going to look different than it has in the past and your district’s Return to School Plan will lay out some of those details. This video provides guidance and things to consider as you decide what returning to school in the fall will look like for your child.
Return to School Conversations Webinar Series
As parents prepare for a new school year with unprecedented changes and challenges, our Parent Mentors answer the questions we’re hearing most often.
- Return to School Conversations: Planning for Your Child’s Return to School During COVID-19
In this video, Michigan Alliance for Families Parent Mentors share information and resources for parents making tough decisions, planning for success, and problem solving for the return to school for a child with an IEP. Resource Page – Planning Your Child’s Return to School
- Return to School Conversations: Parent Advocacy During Unprecedented Times
A conversation on being an effective advocate for your child and their distance learning needs when so much is different and changing often. Resource Page – Parent Advocacy During Unprecedented Times
- Return to School Conversations: Tips for Student Self Advocates
Students returning to school this year will need to speak up for themselves in new ways; tools and advice for youth with disabilities and those that support them. Resource Page Tips for Student Self-Advocates
PBIS Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home
A three part webinar series focused on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, planning for your child’s transition back to school, and learning what you can do to support learning in your home
- PBIS & Routines Learn about using PBIS at home to support learning and living, setting up routines, and home-school communication
- Expectations Developing and teaching expectations that can be generalized at home, school, and in the community.
- Behavior Reminding of expected behavior, rewarding expected behavior, and correcting behavior at home.