Parent Resource Center (PRC)

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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Join us for a parent information session on SOS: Signs of Suicide – Suicide Prevention on September 27
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Community Suicide Prevention Events 2018
Reach Out, Find Hope
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Arlington Partnershp for Children,Youth and Families Suicide Prevention Resources


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Welcome to the Arlington Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC). The PRC is a resource and information center for families, staff and community members. The PRC’s mission is to provide parents the support and information they need as they work with the school system to identify and meet their child’s unique learning needs.

The PRC offers support and assistance, a lending library, a parent newsletter, parent training workshops, and serves as an information and referral source for families and staff members.

The PRC’s Family Resource and Information Guide is designed to provide step by step support to families who have a child with a disability, or suspect their child may have a disability, in navigating the special education process, collaborating with school staff, and accessing community resources.

Visit the Guide to learn more about the special education process, and contact the Parent Resource Center for information on how to proceed if you are concerned about your child’s academic, social and/or emotional development.

We look forward to connecting with you!


Back to School 2018-19!

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With less than a month before the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, many parents are beginning to consider how to support children’s transitions back to school. Below are some resources and great ideas that may be helpful! Thanks to community organizations – Reading Rockets, Autism Speaks and Understood.

Back to School Tips from Reading Rockets
Getting Ready for School: Transition Tips for Students with Autism  from Dr. Paula Kluth, PhD 
Tips for Reducing Stress Associated with Back to School from Dr. Peter Faustino, PhD

Back to School Resources from Understood.org:


What’s New?

Virginia Department of Education Annual Parent Survey
Each school year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report to the U.S. Department of Education the “Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.”  Your participation in this survey will help VDOE collect additional information to identify training needs related to the special education processes.  The VDOE will use the results of this survey to improve parental involvement in the special education process and improve outcomes for all students within the Commonwealth. It is important to note that your responses are recorded anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child. Parents who have more than one child receiving special education services should submit one survey for each child receiving services. When completing this survey you will answer questions designed to cause you to reflect upon your experiences during the 2017-2018 school year. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Tracy Lee, VDOE family engagement specialist, via telephone, at (804) 225-3492, or via e-mail, at Tracy.Lee@doe.virginia.gov.
English Version:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDOE2018English
Spanish Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VDOE2018Espanol

Note: Hard copies have just been received from the VDOE, and will be forthcoming. To request a hard copy in English or Spanish, please email the PRC at prc@apsva.us.


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PRC Event notices and updates are sent out through APS School Talk. If you would like to be added to the PRC announcements list, please go to the APS School Talk page and sign up for our Special Interest list by selecting “Special Education”.

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