Department of Special Education

Parent Resources to Aid Going Back-to-School : Sept. 2020

Supporting Transition Back to the Brick and Mortar Classroom

We have been so thrilled to see our students again as we begin an exciting, albeit different, year!


We also understand that along with the excitement of returning to school, circumstances that we have learned to call the "new normal" may bring a unique set of challenges too. In order to support our families as best we can, we have gathered some helpful information to aid your student's transition. Our hope is that these resources may assist our students and families in having a smooth, pleasant beginning of the year. Please don't hesitate to reach out. There is no need to struggle alone.


Judson Together, Judson Strong!


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How to talk with a child about returning to school during COVID-19

Back-to-School Form - Consider Using to Aid Communication With Your Student's Teacher

Communication between you and your student's teachers is so important especially as your student begins to build rapport at the start of the year. Using this form by understood.org can help communicate what your families experience has been during the pandemic. This form is fillable in both English and Spanish.

https://assets.ctfassets.net/p0qf7j048i0q/oEr4M9Ed9JVYlQOwK1f0Q/1e40b646a2eacf91fe29f006bcb662c2/Back_to_School_Understood__1_.pdf (English)

https://assets.ctfassets.net/p0qf7j048i0q/6Du0kcb1aiaUiJBRzGFdu0/168731cafd06cfb4c6d2e7ce34c2c6de/Back_to_School_Understood_ESP__1_.pdf Spanish)

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Supporting New Behavior Skills and New Routines

This article "Masks and New Routines: Helping Children with Special Needs During COVID-19" by Nationwide Children's provides guidance on how you can support the development of new behavior skills and new routines that your student may encounter.

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Tip Sheet - Using and Seeing Other's Wear Masks

This tip sheet from Children's Specialized Hospital provides guidance to families on ways to help your student feel more comfortable wearing and seeing others wear masks.

Helping Teens Manage Social Distancing

This handout from Connected Youth Initiative for teens is filled with ideas on how to socialize & relax while maintaining personal health. These activities are especially important as some friends return to campus, while others continue remotely.

Click for COVID-19 Free eBooks in Multiple Languages

The New York City School Library System offers tons of free eBooks about Covid - 19 in multiple languages. Perfect as a gateway to family discussions.

WHO: How to handwash? With soap and water

JISD Department of Special Education Services

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will make sure and direct your question, comment, or concern to the correct resource!


Our points of contact include:


Theresa Arocha-Gill - tarochagill@judsonisd.org

Director, Department of Special Education


Yvonne Romero - yromero@judsonisd.org

Secretary, Department of Special Education


Stay well!


Your Judson ISD Department of Special Education Staff