What parents of special needs children need to know about schooling

Here are the key questions you should be asking your kid’s school to ensure they’re getting the best services available to them.
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For parents with special needs children that fear and anxiety grows ten fold. What questions should parents be asking schools to make sure their children are getting the best for them? Joining me is the director of total education solutions Traci bean. Traci, you go through some of these questions and you say does my child's ip need to be updated for the new learning environment? What do you mean by that? An iep is a legal document. It includes all the goals, services and accommodations written uniquely for each student. They're typically written for the classroom. It's important parents ask their team, their iep team, if those need to be rewritten so they will apply to wherever the children are learning coming this fall. What's the second question that parents of children with special needs should be asking as we head back to school? Communication is really important. The next question is can my child's education team commit to a weekly check-in. This is important because parents need to be empowered to ask this question. Without open communication students may fall behind and parents may not even know. Parents need to be able to tell the teachers or therapists what's happening at home so they can quickly address those issues for the parents. Communication is key. Traci, we have two viewer questions. First up, Nita wrote in about her child's iep. Hi, my name is Nita. I'm from classic county, California. What are the options for students who didn't receive their completed iep at the end of the year because of the shelter in the place? That's a great question. States are kind of taking that on an individual approach. They're taking one of two camps. They're saying we'll stick to regular guidelines we have and some states are extending the timelines a little. Parents need to check in with their iep team and see which camp they land in. We have another one from Jamie. Take a look. This is Jamie, from Akron, Ohio. My son's learning program requires in-person support. What are some guidelines that schools are using to ensure the staff and teachers are compliant with social distancing protocols at the schools and in their personal lives? So, yes, of course we want to keep everybody safe. I know that many of the schools I've talked to have implemented all of the different surveys that they ask their staff about what's happening in their own lives to keep them safe as well as the students. Things like whether they're taking their temperature or asking if they've been around anybody who has been infected. Bottom line is being your child's advocate, asking questions and communication is key. Traci, thank you so much for answers to these questions. These tips are certainly going to help. Have a great one. Thank you, Amy.

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