COVID-19 Resources for ESE Families

The St. Johns County School District ESE Dept. wants to share important resources regarding COVID 19 and information regarding keeping your family safe and healthy.

Upcoming Webinars

Arts 4 All – At home art activities
Brooks Rehabilitation Pediatric Recreation Virtual Programming Schedule


Brooks Rehab flyer


FDRLS created a video specifically focused on kids with significant cognitive disabilities, but it would also be extremely useful to families with PreK, kindergartners, and first graders.



Teaching kids using regular household items and routines:
Parent-friendly tool that provides guidance for parents supporting distance learning (where the student is struggling).


Behavior Strategies Newsletter


Basic understanding of how to create and use behavior charts to shape desired behaviors



FDLRS would like to be an ongoing, just-in-time support for teachers and parents as we navigate these COVID times.  Therefore, virtual office hours are being offered to teachers and parents as described below.  Please feel free to forward this information as you feel it is needed/appropriate:



Office Hours for Parents:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:30, evening appointments upon request.

To access the office hours:



If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:


Test your connection:


Get a quick overview:


Tips for parents helping their young children with ASD with distance learning


Strategies to help young children w ASD w distance learning_LRP


Tips for Families in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats

FIN has created a new tip sheet to support families entitled, “Tips for Families in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats.” As a result of COVID-19, schools are moving to distance and virtual learning and families are being challenged to supervise educational activities at home. FIN has developed this tip sheet to assist families of students with disabilities in working with their children using a virtual format. The tip sheet is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

English: Virtual-Tips-SW   D-Final-03.24.20.pdf

Spanish: Virtual-Tips-SW   D-Spanish.-03.30.20.pdf

Haitian Creole: Family-Virtual-Tips-SWD-Creole-03.30.20-1.pdf

For additional tips and suggestions, contact your local FIN facilitator at

During this uncertain time of school closures, childcare pressures, and increased reliance on digital devices, it is important for families to be mindful of safety –  the FBI has released guidance for parents to stay alert, especially when 1 in 5 children who touch a digital device will be sexually solicited online.


That’s why Lauren’s Kids has teamed up with the Florida Department of Education to provide families with the knowledge, language, and activities necessary to teach your elementary school aged child(ren) about personal safety in a way that is comfortable, accessible, and fun. (Have a middle or high schooler in your home? Visit for lessons designed for older children and teens!)


Over the next six weeks, Lauren’s Kids will release digital lessons and activities from our Blueprint for Building Safer, Smarter Families resource, designed for use with elementary school students. A new set of lessons and activities will be posted weekly, focused on a different aspect of personal safety.

Florida Department of Education has posted free resources for families on their website
Learning without Tears offers free Digital and Print Resources plus Expert Advice to Support Students Learning at Home
Unite for Literacy is a website with free books for families that will read aloud and some include ASL interpreting. They even have some books for kids on COVID to help families explain it to their kids
Florida DOE resources for families