Young group of students lying on floor in classroom. Spotlight on: Back to School

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

~Chinese proverb

It’s almost back-to-school time for most of us, and already back-in-school for many. So we are pleased to share with you some resources that you, in turn, can share with families and colleagues.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Back to School Matters!

There are many resources available that can help your families take on the new school year, with all the excitement and angst that may involve! Hope these help.

Teacher Information Packet for Your Child with Special Needs
Parents can create a packet that delivers useful information about their child with disabilities without making the teacher work for it. There are 5 parts to include, while still keeping that packet as slim and helpful as possible.

An Open Letter to the Parents Worried My Son Is in Their Child’s Class
A heartfelt letter from a parent to other parents. Also available in Spanish.

Enrolling Migrant and Refugee Children in U.S. Schools
Does your Parent Center work with migrant or refugee families? For these families, one of the greatest challenges in the U.S. can be enrolling children in school. Visit Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services(BRYCS) to find a wealth of helpful information, including this article detailing the legal rights of such children, OSEP’s Dear Colleague Letter on the subject, two useful legal tools that can assist migrant families when enrolling their child(ren) into a public school, and more.

IRIS Module | Youth with Disabilities in Juvenile Corrections: Transition and Reentry to School and Community
This new IRIS module addresses considerations and recommendations for transitioning youth from juvenile corrections facilities back to community, school, and workplace settings. (Part 1’s module focuses on “Improving Instruction” and is also available at the IRIS Center.)

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Comment Period Extended Until September 20th

As shared in the July Buzz from the Hub, the U.S. Department of Education published a request for input on regulations and guidance that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. The deadline for comments was set at August 21, 2017.

That deadline has now been extended until September 20, 2017. So you still have time to share your comments and input! For more information about the extended comment period, check out Extension of Comment Period: ED Regulatory Reform, on the OSERS blog.

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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