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Back to School - COVID 19

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing educators and families across the nation to prepare for a school year like no other. We have compiled resources to help support your child's education and for educators. This list is updated and added to weekly so be sure to come back for more information. Please contact ASM if you have any questions: 1-800-273-5200.

Autism Society of Maine

Family Information Page During COVID-19 by ASM  
Autism Information Specialist Program Autism resource information for parents, guardians, schools
Free Lending Library  Material sent and given return postage. 
Calendar of Events Webinars happening for Back to School and Related Information

Back to School

View Framework for Return to School  by Maine DOE
Resources for Parents  by Maine DOE
COVID-19 School Reopening Family Resource by Maine Parent Federation
The New Normal: Strategies to Successfully Transition Your Child/Adult Back to School/Work After the COVID-19 Pandemic
A Global Discussion on Supporting Students with Autism Facebook Live Special: (ASA video)
Back to School: Know Your Rights by the Autism Society of America
Preparing for the School Year (video) by Indiana Resource Center for Autism 
Back to Social Stories Related to COVID by Autism Little Learners 
Back to School or Not? Understanding Your Options by COPPA
Back to School Checklist by TACA
10 Best Assistive Tech Apps for Children with Autism 
Free Printable About School Closures Social Story 

Wearing a Mask:
How can I teach my son to cooperate with wearing a face mask? by Association for Science in Autism Treatment
I Can Wear a Mask Social Story by Autism Research Institute
Helping a Child with Autism Tolerate a Mask by The Mighty
Top 5 Parent Concerns About Kids Wearing Masks by Psychology Today
Autism and Fear of Wearing Masks by Linda Hodgdon; Visual Strategies for Autism
Wearing a Mask Story for Children by Autism Little Learners
Wearing a Mask Social Story by ASERT
Explain COVID-19 to Kids by AdaptEd
Covid-19 Social Story by Noodle Nook

Teach Children how to Wear a Mask (video) by Brody the Lion
We Wear Masks (video) by Mr. Mike
 

Individualized Education Plans

Autism Society's IEP Contact Center
Special Education: IEP Tips by TACA
Preparing your IEP for Back to School (video) Autism Society's Coronavirus Information Series
Questions and Answers to Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 by Centers for Disease Control
How to Handle IEPs During The Coronavirus Crisis Expert Advice by Education Week
COVID and IEPs: Education for Children with Special Needs by Boston's Children's Hospital
Legal FAQ, Remote IEP meetings and Evaluations by Understood
A Guide to the Individualized Education Program by US Department of Education  
Understanding Individualized Education Programs by Understood
Back to School Transition Tips by Autism Society of America
Bullying Prevention by Autism Society of America
Navigating Academic Success by Autism Society of America
Wright's Law Advocacy Agency

Life Skills

Life Skills TACA
Executive Functional Skills at Home by Indiana Resource Center for Autism
In-Home Therapy Programs  TACA (Autism Community in Action)
Model Me Kids Autism Society of Maine has many of these for lending

Guidance from Maine DOE

Individualized Remote Learning Plan (IRLP): Maine Department of Education Guidance
Individualized Remote Learning Plan (IRLP): Disability Rights Maine Guidance
IRLP Remote Learning Plan:  Example Form 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Maine Department of Education
IDEA Guidance: Disability Rights Maine
Back to School Guidance: MaineCare and Department of Education 
Resources for Schools by Maine DOE
Sec. DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak (Mar. 12, 2020)
Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency (Apr. 6, 2020)Sec. DeVos 
 

Resources for Elementary and Secondary Schools

Educating All Learners: An alliance dedicated to equity for complex learners
National Education Association
Analysis of IDEA Waivers and Provisions (Apr. 8, 2020)
CDC Guidance for Administrators of K-12 Schools,Childcare Programs: Plan, Prepare, Respond to COVID-19 
CDC Checklist for Teachers, Parents, and Administrators
CDC Guidance on Considerations for School Closure
Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (agency’s press release)
Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Protecting Student Privacy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Coronavirus
Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students (agency’s press release)
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility
Department of Agriculture’s Flexibilities to Feed Children When Schools Close
Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies
Emergency Autism Learning Education Tools
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
 

Resources for Higher Education Institutions

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund  CARES Act
CDC Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education: Plan, Prepare, and Respond to COVID-19
CDC Checklist for Administrators
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Guidance for Interruptions of Study Related to Coronavirus
Federal Student Aid (FSA)-issued Coronavirus Information for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus-Impacted Institutions and Accrediting Agencies
Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are Counted
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-issued Guidance on Coronavirus and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M Nonimmigrant Students