Back to School: Teaching Kids How to Handle Bullying
provides useful tools for teachers, parents and others concerned with
bullying. The website defines the behavior, explores warning signs and
offers prevention tools.
Discuss Traumatic Events With Children
tool, “Discussing Traumatic Events with Children,” is designed for social
workers, but discusses how parents play a part in the healing.
To review the document, click here.
New Legislation Removes Parent Member on the Committee on
Preschool Special Education
On July 31, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed into law S4880A/A6881A. This new law
has removed the requirement for the additional parent member on the
Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Membership on CPSE now
reflects the changes made to CSE last year. The additional parent member
would be required if requested in writing at least 72 hours prior to the
Click here to read more.
NYSED is looking for public comment about the change to the Regulation of
the Commissioner regarding the additional parent member on the CPSE.
Comments must be submitted by October 28, 2013. The Board of Regents is
expected to take action on this at their November 18-19, 2013 meeting. The
effective date would be December 4, 2013.
To let your voice be heard on this important issue, click here for
additional information and to submit comments
“Highly Mobile” Students
is a unique population of students who move often and are considered “highly
mobile.” These students include kids from military families, those in foster
care, those from migrant families as well as those who are homeless. The US
Department of Education has issued a letter which explains the special
responsibility of school districts to provide continuity when students with
disabilities move from one district to another.
The directive can be read by clicking here.
Mental Health and What Schools Should Be Looking At
Mental health issues continue to be in the news again. One in four
Americans, including children, will face mental health issues this year.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
has a lot of information that could
help parents and educators become informed about these issues. Their website
. There is an interesting article that list five key areas
that schools should be looking at;
click here to read
Opiod Overdose Prevention Resources
NYS OASAS has released a resource for parents called “Opioid Overdose
Prevention Facts: Protect Your Children, Be Aware and Don’t Share.”
To download the card, click here.
SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit for communities:
click here to download
More on Prescription and Over the Counter Drug Abuse
over the counter drugs are being placed behind the pharmacy counter, making
it necessary to request them directly from the pharmacist and therefore
restricting our youth from easy access.
Narcan is a drug used to prevent an overdosage from becoming fatal. More and
more trainings are provided to nonmedical individuals on the use of Narcan.
Information on trainings may be obtained from the New York State Department
for more information as to why and how teens and youth abuse drugs.
for a slideshow of the commonly used prescription and over
the counter drugs.
for a video on how to intervene with your child if you
suspect substance abuse.
For your information only, there is proposed legislation for use of Narcan
by police and schools.
for more information.