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Back to School - James Pickard
Ensuring an inclusive return to school for children with disabilities is more important than ever after a pandemic. Many of the in-class staff and resources were not available for at home learning. Take a look at this checklist to make sure you are ready for a smooth transition. It includes stuff to do before school starts and after school opening.
Reading Rockets has a list of the the top 8 things to do to be ready for back to school, including reviewing your IEP, having a communication log for recording important notifications, and the importance of attending school events.
This site has information that is key to preparing your child for a transition – like dealing with school transportation, touring the classroom ahead of time, and working prior to school starting to prep them for a new routine. Practical applications you can use right away!
For older students with disabilities, they may be getting ready to age out of school. After a pandemic year, you can check to see if there is more time to get ready for what’s next. Some real world experience lessons didn’t happen last year online, so check out what can be done to help catch up this year.
Just over 7 million students with disabilities are in the U.S. school system. Many of these did not receive their services when students switched to learning from home. You can learn what you can do as parents to make sure the services are provided again as school starts up again this fall.