The Parent Connection

Updates for Special Education and Student Services

Fall 2020

2020-2021 School Year

Welcome Back to another exciting school year. Last year didn't end the way that we expected it to, with no formal graduation ceremony, canceled proms, sporting seasons, and other rites of passage. We can't say for certain what this year will look like, but we do know that we are UM Strong and will make it through!

Whatever happens, the Office of Special Education and Student Services is here to support your child. From community resources to individual supports, we are committed to helping our students make the most of the education. Our quarterly newsletter is designed to provide you with information about the District and community resources available to you and your child. Please take a moment to read and click on the links!

Students with IEP's: What Families Need to Know

Join the Bureau of Special Education as they present an overview for families for the 2020-2021 school year.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Please do not send sick children to school. Staying home when sick is one of the most effective ways to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Any student who attends school and displays symptoms of the virus will be sent home immediately. Upon receiving a call that your child is displaying symptoms, parents/guardians will have 30 minutes to pick-up your child or send an emergency contact to pick up the child.

Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff members in the building. Students who are not picked up may be reported to the Children and Youth Agency and the Montgomery County Department of Health.

For further information on Symptom Monitoring while at school, please visit this link.

Google Chromebook Guide

Guardian's Guide to Tools for Children with Disabilities during Distance Learning

Mask-Wearing Required!

It's mandatory to wear a mask when you leave your home. This includes the school environment. Mask wearing can be hard, but it's a necessary precaution for stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Now is the time to make mask wearing a part of your routine! Remember, you attitude and support impacts how your child will react to wearing a mask. To help you make the best of mask-wearing, here are some resources:

PA Department of Health: Masks

Therapeutic Tips for Helping Your Child Wear a Mask

Helping Kids Get Used to Masks

How to Wear a Mask

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Face Covering Defined

"Face covering" means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A "face covering" can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen, and, for the purposes of the Order, can include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth. "Face coverings" may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or improvised from household items, including but not limited to, scarves, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, would meet these requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care settings.

Raising Anti-Racist Children

Racism can be an uncomfortable, but necessary topic to discuss with your child. Conversations about racism will look different for every family, but the earlier the better! Here are some helpful resources for getting the conversation started:

5 Steps to Raise Anti-Racist, Inclusive Children

Talking to Your Child About Racism

Talking to Children About Racial Bias

Race and Racism

Anti-Racism for Kids

Mental Health Supports

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched the statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is available at. 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
  • United Way of Pennsylvania: Text your zip code to 898-211 for resources and information in your community.
COVID-19: Mental Health Issues and Coping
Support for Families

The Child Mind Institute provides resources for families coping with the changes in their mental health, family dynamics, and other stressors during these unprecedented times.

Got a Tip? We Want to Hear From You!

Have a tip? Contact the Safe2Say Hotline. Students and parents can anonymously report threats and concerns through call, text or through the app.

Call 1-844-SAF2SAY

Download the app by searching SAFE2SAYPA

Report online at

For additional information on Upper Moreland Safe Schools, please check out the Safe Schools section of the website.

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Free Assessment Services for Drug and Alcohol or Mental Health

Upper Moreland, in partnership with the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health is pleased to utilize Aldersgate Counseling Services for our Student Assistance Program needs.

If your child is in need of a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment, Aldersgate will provide a free and confidential assessment.

For more information, contact Aldersgate directly or your child's guidance counselor.

Are you Moving???

Our Student Services Office and Registrar are always happy to answer your questions regarding residency!

As a reminder, you must live in the Upper Moreland Township School District boundaries in order to attend school here. If you move during the school year, please notify your child's school office. You must have a current address on file.

In order to ensure that Upper Moreland resources are utilized efficiently, questions about residency are diligently investigated by the Office of Student Services and a private investigator. Families who are not able to provide proof of residency will be required to register in their district of residence and may be required to pay tuition to Upper Moreland.

To make an appointment with the registrar, please check out the website.

Need Assistance?

If you are experiencing a time of need, please reach out to the Office of Student Services at (215) 830-1513. Our office has many community resources to help you.

This district maintains a list of local services, from food banks to housing partners, to counseling services. If you are in need, please click on the resource link.

For Free and Reduced Lunch information, please contact food services at (215)830-1522.

Do you need to apply for benefits? From Medical Assistance, Cash Assistance, and SNAP, the Department of Human Services has a one-stop portal for obtaining benefits for you and your family members.

Department of Human Services Website

Special Education and Student Services Team

Dr. Michelle Lutz

Director of Special Education & Student Services (215) 830-1513

Mrs. Valerie Adair

Supervisor of Special Education (215) 830-1592

Ms. Debbie Kuehnle

Administrative Assistant (215) 830-1514