Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

Summer Greetings! We have plenty of new information, resources, and webinars to launch the new school year. The 2020-2021 School Year will see our students beginning their studies from home - whether you have chosen Distance Learning or Clarkston Virtual. Click below for the CCS Fall 2020 Webpage:

https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/fall2020


Click the following for the CCS Families with IEPs webpage: https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/fall2020/iep


Please see below how to access the comprehensive list of local resources and agencies to support you and your student. The link is listed below and appears again as a "button" towards the end of the newsletter.


Check out the ***NEW*** COVID-19 Guidance documents shared with us from our friends and partners at MI Alliance for Families. There are 3 important resource documents for parents/caregivers to help navigate questions and options.


RESOURCES SECTION: All of the resources previously listed as "buttons" in past newsletters have moved to the Student Support Services webpage on the CCS website. Click on the link below. Scroll down to the Parent Resources Section at the bottom of the page and they can be found in the "Useful Links" menu.

https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/departments/student-support-services


Check out this link for the Social-Emotional Learning Hub created by the CCS secondary school social workers:


https://sites.google.com/clarkston.k12.mi.us/ccssecondaryselhub/home



Continued good wishes to all of you for the remaining days of summer leisure. We will be back with your September newsletter in the first half of the month. Please contact us anytime at mailto:clarkstonpac@gmail.com


Find the ICE CREAM FOR THE CONES - then you have read everything!

Oakland Schools ISD Plan (Updated from 2009 Version)

"It is with pleasure to share the updated Oakland Schools ISD Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services (OS ISD Plan). Modifications to the OS ISD Plan have been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)."

MI Alliance Upcoming Events for Parent Learning

CLICK Button above for comprehensive webpage with flyers and registration links to all upcoming events. Brief descriptions listed after flyer below. All workshop webinars are recorded and available for later review on the MAF YouTube channel.

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IEP Course - Register by September 1st

"Learn to improve the quality of your contributions to your child’s IEP and increase your effectiveness to address concerns using the IEP process." (Read flyer above)





  • September 16 Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and universal strategies for use in the home and to assist in their child’s transition back to school. Session Three: PBIS and Teach, Remind, Reward 3pm-4pm . https://miblsimtss.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o39CPbQ4QLyblPdIGXk3Yw
Conflict Management in Special Education

Oakland Mediation Center. Monday October 19, 2020 from 8:30am-12:30pm.

***NEW***COVID RESOURCES (SHARED WITH US FROM MI ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES)

Guidance to Address Foregone Learning for IEP Students

Recovery services are supplemental to the offer of FAPE and are in response to foregone learning that may have occurred as a result of closure during the pandemic and the potential additional impact of the loss for a student with an IEP. 7-7-2020

Comparison of Comp Educ & Recovery Services in COVID-19

When determining whether recovery services are required, the IEP team must consider the actual impact of the extended school closure on the student’s ability to retain skills and make progress toward their IEP goals and in the general curriculum.6/20

MI Safe Schools: MI 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap

Return to School Roadmap provides guidance to districts creating local plans for in-person and remote learning in the fall. The Roadmap safety protocols are divided into required, highly recommended, and recommended for each of the areas. 6-30-2020

WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

Oakland Schools Podcast: "Educationally Speaking"

"Educationally Speaking is an Oakland Schools Intermediate School District broadcast which focuses on important topics related to education in Oakland County, MI."

THE ARC OF OAKLAND COUNTY - 2 WEBINARS AVAILABLE!

Click the button above to access: "Planning a More Secure Future" and "MI ABLE: Save Without Losing Benefits". Webinars are ideal for those planning a future for a student who may be a disabled adult and/or attending the post-high program.

Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel

"We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators."

Michigan Medicine YouTube Channel

"Join our nationally recognized panel for a series of candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of our current global pandemic."

Understood.org YouTube Channel

"Shaping the world for difference.™ We’re dedicated to shaping a world where millions of people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work."

From Our Family to Yours: Understood.org

"Welcome to From Our Family to Yours, where we share relatable stories and helpful advice from Understood community members."

Brene Brown - Unlocking Us Podcast

"Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart."

Understood.org "In It" podcast

"In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently"

UNITED STATES OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

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COVID-19 INFORMATION

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

"Parents can begin scheduling an appointment for their symptomatic children beginning 8/27/2020 through the Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse on Call hotline at 800-848-5533. No doctor’s note or prescription is needed plus there is no fee."

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Thrive with Your Family Web Series - Michigan Medicine

"A new weekly online video series supporting families during the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesdays at 12 p.m. Broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube channels" CLICK BUTTON ABOVE

Understood.org: Coronavirus Latest Updates & Tips

" We’ll be providing updates on issues that impact learning, special education, talking with kids, and working from home. So keep checking back." MANY LINKS AND INFORMATION FEATURING MULTIPLE TOPICS ON THIS WEBPAGE.

CLARKSTON PAC IS ON FACEBOOK

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Click to view our Facebook page and/or e-mail us! We want you to be a member of our community of parents! Share our posts with your FB friends and other FB groups - help us help other families with useful resources and upcoming events.

Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network Group in Facebook

Click below for additional resources from your Oakland Schools PAC Executive Board

Action Calendar: Altruistic August 2020

Altruism - This word is the very definition of the spirit of our parents, caregivers, educators, and overall cheerleaders of children with disabilities, special needs, and the twice exceptional. This month's calendar offers a few more ideas to add to your altruism playbook.


For more keys to happier living, head over to the http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ website. NEW - Look below the calendar to download their PDF guide "Ten Keys to Happier Living".

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Intelligent Lives Documentary

Michigan's own Micah Fialka-Feldman is one of the young adults featured in the documentary "Intelligent Lives". Now available for free streaming with English or Spanish captions on WORLD Channel https://worldchannel.org/episode/arf-intelligent-lives/

RESOURCES

2019 Early On Resource Guide

Early On Oakland publishes a comprehensive resource guide each year. This is a valuable tool as families navigate all of the services available for their children.


Follow these steps to access the 2019 guide:

1.Click the link below to arrive at the Student Support Services webpage:

https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/departments/student-support-services

2.Scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Parent Resources Section"

3.Click on "Early On Oakland Community Resource Guide"

4.Click the link for "Community Resource Guide" to preview or download the guide.


Questions or problems accessing the guide? No worries, contact your Clarkston PAC representative for further assistance.


Robin Maloney: mailto:robin.maloney40@gmail.com

COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF LOCAL RESOURCES

CLICK BUTTON ABOVE to access the list. Scroll to the bottom of the Student Support Services webpage, click on "Useful Links" under Parent Resources.

Clarkston PAC Representative

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