Having a clear understanding of the plan for delivering services is necessary to ensure your child gets the services they need. Who, what, and where are critical questions to ensure all available services are provided in the most accessible way.

Understanding the learning goals for your child is important as you work with your child’s teacher(s) to ensure the services they are receiving are appropriate. Your child’s school should provide you with a clear process and timeline for reviewing and updating services, and how those will be delivered. This is part of creating a positive transition to school.

Principals can share district contact information and how to connect with the right person to follow up on services that are provided by the district.

It is important to know what resources are available through the school or community partners given the added disruption of services for English learners and children with special needs, and the stress this has placed on their families and caregivers. These supports can help improve educational outcomes and the well-being of families.

Monitoring learning progress is an important aspect that happens at the beginning and end of each school year. Many assessments may not have happened given the sudden school closures. Knowing when and how those assessments will happen is important to evaluate your child’s needs.