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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 for the different preference of 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

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

Autism and Fear of Wearing Masks by Linda Hodgdon; Visual Strategies for Autism
Teach Children how to Wear a Mask (video) by Brody the Lion
Wearing a Mask Story for Children by Autism Little Learners

Individualized Education Plans

Preparing your IEP for Back to School (video) Autism Society's Coronavirus Information Series
Autism Society's IEP Contact Center
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
Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19 by the Connecticut Department of Education
Legal FAQ, Remote IEP meetings and Evaluations by Understood
Autism Society IEP Information
A Guide to the Individualized Education Program, by US Department of Education  
Understanding Individualized Education Programs
Back to School Transition Tips
Bullying Prevention
Navigating Academic Success

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

Resources for Elementary and Secondary Schools

Educating All Learners: An alliance dedicated to equity for complex learners
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

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