It's not easy to manage school during the pandemic when you have teens with special needs!
Read on for school updates and other tips and resources during this difficult time.
The state and school districts are working hard to put supports in place to make sure that the new school year is safe and addresses the needs of students and families.
- You can find details and resources on the Louisiana Department of Education’s Coronavirus Page. This is continually updated. Keep checking back.
How can I stay grounded and help my child through this?
- Please see the new Exceptional Lives page: Resources for home-bound families of kids with special needs.
- It has practical tips, resources, and articles to help you manage your family's stir-craziness, mental health and education challenges.
Other school-related questions:
What can I expect for the new school year?
- There are some guidelines from the state, but the exact plans depend on the districts.
- See this for more information: Strong Start 2020: School Reopening Guidelines & Resources.
- Be in touch with your child's school to learn about their specific plans.
What if my child relies on school meals?
- Even if they are closed to in-person learning, schools have been distributing meals for students who need them.
- See the LDOE's Nutrition Page to find out where and when.
- Apply for P-EBT meal benefits if you didn't already in May or June. P-EBT is the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program. It's for students who qualified last year for free or reduced lunch. If your child qualifies, you will get a card to use for buying food. There was a deadline in June, but they have opened it up again. The new deadline is September 29. Click here to learn more.
I don’t have reliable internet access. How will my child access on-line resources?
- Comcast is offering free broadband internet to families for 60 days.
- Talk to your school district if you do not have internet access. They need to know this, and may be able to help you get connected.
What about my child’s IEP? What are the school's responsibilities?
- If schools are closed and no students are being educated, they are not required to provide services to children with disabilities.
- If schools are providing educational opportunities to the general student population, they DO have a responsibility to make sure students with disabilities have equal access. This means that if the school gives typical students ways to learn online, they must give students with IEPs or 504 Plans the accommodations they need for this.
- Contact your teacher or IEP team if you have questions.
Please see the menu on the left to read about transitioning to adult services for students with special needs. (On a mobile phone, the menu is at the top.) Click here to get to the first page.