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Key Points to Share about ED’s Reopening Schools

In April 2021, the U.S. Department of Education published 2 handbooks to help schools reopen safely. To give Parent Centers, families, and others quick access to the valuable information in these volumes, CPIR is pleased to develop and share with you an infographic summary of each volume. While there is no substitute from reading the actual volumes in their entirety, these infographics will give you a taste of the kind of detailed guidance you’ll find in the full publications. Access the infographics as well as ED’s handbooks here.

Buzz | Spotlight on Young Children

This Buzz focuses on young children with disabilities and new resources that parents and professionals may find helpful in caring for the little ones.

Roadmaps to Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has released two handbooks to assist states, schools, and communities in safely reopening America’s schools for in-person learning of students, including those with disabilities. Volume 1, Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools, focuses on health and safety measures that schools can use to successfully implement the CDC’s K-12 Operational Strategy guidelines. Volume 2, Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs, spotlights research-based strategies for addressing the social, emotional, mental-health, and academic impacts of the pandemic on students, educators, and staff.

To learn more about each volume, see the Table of Contents for both, and access the handbooks, come here.

Glossary | Racial Equity Tools

This glossary comes from Racial Equity Tools, a website designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. Within the glossary you’ll find the meaning of a wide array of oft-used terms such as: ally, anti-racist ideas, collusion, critical race theory, privilege, and racist policies. The glossary is easy to use with its list of terms, each of which can be selected and expanded to show its meaning and the references on the subject. While the definitions are written at an academic level of readability, this glossary is still very useful for gaining insight into the very important issue of racial equity. Learn more here, including where to find the glossary and a PDF of the glossary online.

Considering LRE in Placement Decisions

Least restrictive environment, or LRE as it is more commonly called, is one of several vital components in the development of a child’s IEP and plays a critical role, influencing where a child spends his or her time at school, how services are provided, and the relationships the child develops within the school and community. Indeed, LRE is a foundational element in building an appropriate IEP that can improve outcomes for a child—in school and in life.

Buzz | What’s New and What’s Updated

This Buzz brings you a quick list of updated and recently added resources at CPIR, including a guide to CPIR’s resource collections and suites (find key topics for families and staff fast!).

Webinar | Act Early Ambassadors 2021

In this 37-minute webinar, you’ll learn about the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative, the work of the Act Early Ambassadors, and strategies and ideas for how Parent Centers can collaborate with the Ambassadors in their states.

Education/Training Connections

Updated, March 2021 As part of a student’s transition planning for life after high school, the student and the other members of his or her IEP team will probably consider the possibility of more education or training. In keeping with the options specifically mentioned in IDEA, the discussion of education/training after high school may focus […]

Buzz | Disability Resources Plus

The resources featured in this issue of the Buzz bring you some very welcome news from the CDC and multiple articles about specific disabilities, most written from a personal point of view.

CDC Guidelines for When You’re Fully Vaccinated

The CDC has just issued guidelines (March 9th) for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These guidelines bring exciting and hopeful news, and are available in English, Spanish, and multiple other languages such as Vietnamese, simplified Chinese, and Korean.

Based on what CDC knows about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. There are also precautions and behaviors they should maintain regardless of their vaccination. Read all about and access the guidelines here!

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