Free Appropriate Public Education

Use this factsheet to understand what it means to truly have Free and Appropriate Public Education.

Resource: PDF Free Appropriate Public Education
School Policy vs. IDEA

School has started which means there are many policies and guidance being sent. Here is a quick one-pager to remind you of the importance of your child’s IEP.

Resource: PDF School Policy vs. IDEA
Questions to Ask Your Child’s School Team for Support with Behaviors

PPMD collaborated with TIES Center to bring you a factsheet that will help you ask questions to your child’s school team to support your child’s behaviors at home during distance learning.

Resource: PDF Questions to Ask Your Child’s School Team for Support with Behaviors
Transition in Maryland – 5 Tips for Families

Its Back to School Time! During this time of COVID when so many parents are figuring out and doing a great job around virtual learning, others are also thinking about transition. Transition planning is as important as reading and math. It is important for you, as the family of a student with a disability, to actively participate and partner in the transition planning process. In this video, we will provide you with Five helpful tips for developing a strong transition plan that will help your student with disabilities achieve their greatest potential. For questions about transition please contact The Parents’ Place of Maryland at 1-800-394-5694.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Transition in Maryland - 5 Tips for Families PPMD Webinar Transición en Maryland - 5 consejos para familias
Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person? Checklist

This checklist can be used to help you decide if you are comfortable with your child returning to school
in-person. Discuss your concerns with your child’s health care provider and school team.

Resource: PDF Am I Ready for My Child to Attend School In-Person?
Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen

The Council for Exceptional Children released an article about considerations for special educators and children as school reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this article to learn what your family and your child’s school team should consider before school begins this fall.

Resource: URL Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen
Return to School During COVID-19

​​​​​​​With the start of a new school year, a lot needs to happen so that students can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19. Read this article to learn what your child’s school can do to ensure children will be safe.

Resource: URL Return to School During COVID-19
COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a guidance for school re-entry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read it here to learn what school re-entry policies should consider before re-opening.

Resource: URL COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

The CDC created this resource for families to use before their children go back to school. Back to school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years. Your school will have new policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may also be starting the school year with virtual learning components. Whatever the situation, these checklists are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Resource: URL Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

The CDC developed this tool to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school.

Resource: URL School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
Family Guide to At-Home Learning

This guide has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home.

Resource: PDF Family Guide to At-Home Learning
Webinar: Data Collection during COVID-19

Watch this webinar to learn how to track your child’s progress while engaging in virtual learning from home.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19
Parent Tips for a Virtual IEP Meeting

IEP meetings will still be held despite not being able to meet in person. Read these tips on how to prepare and take part in a virtual IEP meeting.

Resource: PDF PDF Consejos Para Padres Para Reuniones Virtuales de IEP
How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot

Your phone carrier may allow you to set up a mobile hotspot through your smartphone at a lower cost to help with your internet needs during COVID-19. Use this guide to help set up your mobile hotspot on your android or iPhone.

Resource: PDF How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot
Parent Guides for Face Mask Use

PPMD has created a factsheet with helpful hints for getting your child to wear a face mask.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School created these resources for parents to support their children in wearing face masks.

Resource: PDF PPMD's Helpful Hints for Face Masks PDF Consejos útiles para las mascarillas faciales PDF I Can Stay Healthy by Wearing a Face Mask PDF Helping Your Child Wear a Face Mask PDF Help Your Child Feel Good about Using and Seeing Others Wearing Face Masks
TOP 10 TIPS for Distance Learning for Young Children

Use this resource to learn tips for distance learning if you have young children.

Resource: PDF Top 10 Tips for Young Children
Dreambox Learning

Some schools are using Dreambox Learning – find out what you need to know about this tool.

Resource: PDF Dreambox Learning
Google Classroom for Parents

Your children are likely being asked to access learning via Google Classroom.  Here’s a great resource (in parent friendly language!)

Resource: PDF Google Classroom for Parents
Zoom & Tele-Therapy Resource Guides for Parents

PPMD has created three new resource pages to help parents prepare their children to participate effectively for Zoom classes and Tele-therapy. The resource pages focus on how to use Zoom, Zoom etiquette, and preparing for a virtual meeting.

Resource: PDF Zoom Etiquette Guide for Students PDF How to Prepare for Zoom Meetings and Tele-therapy PDF How to Prepare a Student for a Virtual Meeting PDF Cómo preparar a un alumno para una reunión virtual