Covid-19 and your student's education: a message from Janet

I hope this finds you and your family safe and well.

I know this is a stressful and uncertain time for so many families, and I know that there are a lot of things to worry about: your family’s health, your family’s finances, your student’s education and access to specialized instruction during school closures and a host of other concerns.

First and foremost, please take care of yourself and your family. Staying healthy is your primary goal. If you are still going to work, working from home, or dealing with work reduction or unemployment, your family’s finances also need to be managed.

For some students, being out of school and pressing pause on their academic/social demands is a gift. For some students, being out of school is scary, upsetting, and they are left untethered without the structure of school. For some high school seniors and other students looking to change schools, this school closure is not only impacting their plans for this year, but also their decisions about where to go to school in the fall.

For some parents, the thought of managing their job and trying to be their child’s special education teacher, guidance counselor, or other school staff is impossible. I’m putting myself in this category, so don’t feel badly if you can’t do it all.

Please know that I am working with other advocates and advocacy organizations to find clarity about the status of IEPs, services, team meetings, mediation, due process, etc. Know that I see these issues through the lens of my practice, but also through the lens of a parent.

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.

I’m thinking of you and wishing you health and calm as we make sense of this new reality.

Take care -