Parent Teacher Resource Center-PTRC E-News 1-8-2021

News from the Caroline County Public Schools –
  Parent Teacher Resource Center
January 8, 2021

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Welcome to 2021!  We continue to be available to assist families and staff with resources and information!

Hosted by the Region 3 Parent Resource Centers: 
Caroline, Spotsylvania and Stafford!

Eventbrite registration link –https://spotlightoncommunityagencies.eventbrite.com/

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Transition University
The course begins the evening of February 6, 2021  and will be open through March 26, 2021 at 6pm.  REGISTER NOW!
This is a FREE 5-week SELF-PACED online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information.  These online sessions are designed to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world. Presented by PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

Turning 18 in Virginia | January 14 at 6:30 PM. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia. Therefore, when a child turns 18, he/she is the person who makes legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in his/her life. For some individuals with disabilities, this is not an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as you or your loved one approaches age 18. Presented by PEATC, hosted by Chesapeake Public Schools. 

  Family Engagement ;        
US Department of Education – Webinar-Learning in a Pandemic
Event Details: Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST (please note start time and time zone).You must RSVP to join the forum. Please use the following link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-in-a-pandemic-resources-to-support-students-registration-134526681927Upon successful registration, you will receive an email containing a personalized access link.

Self Care & Social Emotional Wellbeing | January 21 at 6:30 PM. The COVID-19 pandemic and all of its uncertainty has added additional stressors and anxiety for many individuals. When you make “you” a priority, you are better equipped to handle stress, avoid burnout, and remain centered to help your family and students cope with the many changes the pandemic has thrown your way. This interactive workshop will shed light on the importance of self-care and social emotional wellbeing during these uncertain times.

Regulation of Restraint and Seclusion in Virginia’s Schools: What Parents Should Know | January 26 at 6:30 PM. Presented by the disAblity Law Center, this presentation will address when restraint and seclusion may, and when they may not be used by school personnel; documentation and reporting requirements; personnel training requirements; mandatory school policies and procedures; and other relevant regulatory provisions that parents should be aware of in the new restraint and seclusion regulations.

Anatomy of an IEP | January 27 at 7:00 PM. This presentation will dissect the IEP, examine the parts individually, learn the functions of each section, and how the parts come together to create a whole document. You will learn constructive and practical tips to help create an IEP that supports the student accessing a free and appropriate public education.

VCU-ACE – Upcoming events:
February 1 – 26, 2021: 4 Week ASD for Paraprofessionals Online Course
February 4, 2021: Lunch and Learn Returns
February 8 – March 15, 2021: 5 Week Evidence-based Practices to Teach Students with ASD Online Course for Virginia Educators

Early Childhood Academy 2021
Early Childhood Academy is a free self-paced online course designed to provide practical information to families of young children (birth through age 6) with disabilities or developmental delay. Topics include the importance of parents as 1st teachers, supporting early development, special education, and more! Presented by PEATC in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)

RECRUITING for the Caroline County Public Schools –
Special Education Advisory Committee!
    Click to Join Us
Focus for the 2020-2021 school year:
Invite input and engagement from all stakeholders;
Support continuous improvement in policy and practice;
Work with the Director of Special Education to build capacity, communication, and community!
Be a voice for change!!  Meetings open to the public. 

Resources you need to know:
Caroline County Schools Special Education Department  Stay updated!
Caroline County Schools Transition Program  Check out the latest activities our students are participating in.

 Autism Society-Central Virginia (AS-CV)
Whether you’re new or have been involved in the ASD community for a while the AS-CV is the #1 resource for you and your family. They offer a wealth of information and resources, as well as, social, support and sibling opportunities. Becky Boswell, Bradford Hulcher, Tammy Burns and the rest of the team are committed, knowledgeable and passionate about helping you and your family. Be sure to check out their ‘meetings and events’ page.

Community Services Board (CSB)
The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides prevention, treatment, employment and support services for Caroline citizens and families with mental health, substance use and intellectual disabilities. They work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and social services. They can also assist you with case management, counseling, crisis services, and general parenting education.

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
The department offers a wide array of specialized services, supports, resources and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. The DBVI is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia’s citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.

Department of Social Services (DSS)
and the CSB work very closely together to serve you, your child and your family. They help to ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them, such as: Financial Assistance, Medicaid Waivers, Health Financial Assistance, Family & Individual Services, Services for Children, and Services for Adults.

disAbility Resource Center – 409 Progress St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  540-373-2559
A Center for Independent Living working to enable people of all disabilities of all ages to reach their greatest potential of independent living. 

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR)
DSAGR is a wonderful resource. They strive to improve the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing access to current and accurate information on Down syndrome and by fostering programs that focus on education, community services, public awareness, medical issues, research, advocacy, legal issues and parenting.

Paragon Autism Services  
For more information contact Joshua@paragonautismservices.com  

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)     PEATC builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. They offer FREE information, assistance, and support via email or phone, as well as, FREE workshops, presentations and training for both parents and educators. Call 1-800-869-6782. 

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) can assist you with many things. They collaborate with schools in providing Transition Services. They offer Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. We have a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, and they process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability Programs.

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
This department manages Virginia’s public mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services system. Services are provided for children, families, and adults with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders, as well as, for veterans. For more information call 804-786-3921 or visit 

ALL MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS CANCELLED FOR NEXT 2 WEEKS – COVID-19

Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC), individual risk for COVID-19 is dependent on exposure to the virus.

While the immediate health risk is considered low, we are cancelling our March 16 SEAC meeting.

Thank you for your interest in supporting SEAC and please join us at our April 20th meeting.

Family Relationship Series – Session 3 – March 18 CANCELLED – We will consider rescheduling as we are advised by CCPS.

ABC’s of IEP’s – March 19 CANCELLED – We will consider rescheduling as we are advised by CCPS.

Please stay safe!

We need YOU! Be a part of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

HOW CAN SEAC HELP YOU?

Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves!

SEAC is accepting membership applications.

SEAC HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PROVIDES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS.
BY ATTENDING MEETINGS, YOU:

* RECEIVE INFORMATION TO ASSIST YOU IN BECOMING A PARTNER IN THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS;

* CAN NETWORK WITH OTHER PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS TO GAIN INFORMATION AND SUPPORT; AND,

*OFFER INPUT TO HELP INFORM THE POLICY AND PROGRAM DECISIONS IN THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION IN CAROLINE COUNTY.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND.  

 If you have questions/concerns, please contact the Parent Teacher Resource Center.

Local school divisions are required by the Code of Virginia to form local Special Education Advisory Committees (SEACs) made up of parents of individuals with disabilities, community volunteers and one teacher appointed by local School Boards. The primary purpose of the local SEACs is to: identify needs relating to the education of students with disabilities within a local school division; advise the local school division of these needs; and assist the local school division in developing  

SEAC-Monday, November 18th, 4:30pm @ CMS

Please join us for the next Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting.

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Caroline Middle School
Romanayah Hughes from the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services will be our guest speaker.  She will present on transition services to adulthood. 

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