Resources for Parents and Families

This resource collection provides resources for parents and families related to returning to school after significant disruptions.

  • White House Summit on Safely Reopening Schools The White House hosted a half-day Summit on Safely Reopening America’s Schools focusing on reopening America’s schools in safe ways that respect the holistic health and learning needs of America’s students. The Summit included state and local leaders, health professionals, teachers, administrators, parents, and higher education institution leaders from across the Nation.
  • Returning to School During and After Crisis: A Guide to Supporting States, Districts, Schools, Educators, and Students through a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Framework during the 2020-2021 School Year This guide published by The PBIS Technical Assistance Center describes the use of a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework to support students, families, and educators during the transitions back to school during and following the global pandemic in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth.
  • Partnering with Families to Reopen and Reimagine Schools – School Reopening Webinar Series. In this webinar from the Region II Equity Assistance Center (EAC) – IDRA EAC-South, participants hear from parents, grandparents and caregivers sharing their concerns and questions about what the future holds for reopening schools and students’ emotional wellbeing. Connecting with families is vital for educators as they welcome students back in a world changed by COVID-19, immigration, and the Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movements. This webinar is part of the School Reopening Webinar Series.
  • Returning to School: Considerations for Students with the Most Intensive Behavioral Needs, A Guide to Supporting Students with Disabilities, Their Families, and Educators During the 2020–21 School Year. This document from the Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) shares a set of strategies and key practices to restart classrooms and schools in a manner that students, their families, and educators can use effectively, efficiently, and relevantly utilize in the current climate.

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