The Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents extends its resources and information to anyone who’s interested. We encourage our volunteers to share our webinars, presentations and publication with friends, colleagues, and fellow parents of children with special needs. (RTSC Home Page)
Turning 3 and Transitioning from Early Intervention during COVID-19 (5/2020)
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Communications
Guidance of Fall 2020 Special Education Services (7/9/20)
Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance(6/25/20) This latest guidance prioritizes getting students safely back to school in person, following a comprehensive set of health and safety requirements. The Department is also requiring schools to create hybrid learning plans to teach students in-person and remotely on alternating schedules, and to have robust remote learning plans in place, should those alternate learning models be needed.
Free ABA Training for Parents. In partnership with New England ABA, the Autism Program at BMC offers a free 6-part parent training series, “Every Day ABA”. Use the provided link to access training videos and materials.
DCF Notice to LEA (Local Education Agency)Notice sent from DCF to LEAs when a child in DCF care and custody has (1) entered or changed placement or (2) is entering or transferring to a new school. The form includes information about special education status and requires the following attachments, as applicable: for a child in DCF custody, a copy of the court order, for a child in a DCF open case or care, authorization to release information signed by parent/guardian; and, in both case, any recent testing or evaluations completed concerning the child’s suspected disability and eligibility for special education services.
DCF Education Policy for Children Birth through 22Policy developed with cross section DCF staff and parent representation. Reflects the following federal laws: No Child Left Behind, McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Acts, The Disabilities Education Improvement Act, and Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act, as well as MA state regulations.
DCF Tip Sheet: Educational Planning for DCF-Involved Students
Designed to assist DCF professionals in helping assure that DCF-involved students have opportunities available to them to be successful in school and enable them to complete high school with a plan for post-secondary education, training or employment.
Reopening Models by Districts The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education came out with a simple excel document to show the reopening model for all districts. As noted, The learning model in each district could change during the school year depending on public health conditions. It is recommended that you contact specific districts you are working with for any updates.