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When is a good day to start something new? Any day that ends in a “Y”!

What To Do Today?

By Mary-Beth Landy
Trainer, Support and Recruitment Specialist

During the shutdown, many of us struggled to find some sense of balance between responsibilities of work – if you were fortunate to be able to work remotely – with those of home and family. This could be even further complicated by homeschooling children if you have school-aged children. But for some, the challenge of finding activities to keep themselves busy was just as daunting.

I hope, during this period, that you continued to find your desire to make a difference, your understanding of working with students, and your knowledge of putting years of education to good work!

The Recruitment, Training, and Support Center (RTSC) is looking for your help. Currently there are students in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), who need to have someone to support them in their special education journey by serving as their special education decision-maker. A Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) is a volunteer who serves as the parent decision-maker in the special education process for these students whose parents are not available to support and guide them.

What do you need to do? Visit RTSC for information on becoming a special person in the life of a vulnerable child. More information can be found at www.fcsn.org/rtsc/. Become that superhero that you know you are! (Cape not included, but the feeling is great!)

“I am a SESP because when it was described to us during our PTIC training last spring it seemed like the right thing to do. There are kids in need without supports all across the Commonwealth. Since becoming a SESP, I am convinced that it was the right thing to do. Especially during this time of educational uncertainty and at times inequity. Having a SESP as part of the team can help in acquiring much-needed access for these children. Having a designated member of the team with the sole responsibility of Special Education has made a difference in the educational opportunities of these children.”

Bridget Koetsch, M.Ed.