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

In the midst of the recent pandemic of COVID-19, your families trying to figure out which summer camp is best for their child(ren) with special needs is no easy feat! However, Ability Tree First Coast may be an option. Our CampAbility Special Day Camp provides educational and recreational summer supports to elementary-aged children with special needs in a fun and safe environment. We also offer summer camp sessions to the siblings!


Dates and venue information:

June 8 to 26 – The Village Church (4229 Pacetti Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32092)

July 6 to 24 – St. Johns Academy (1533 Wildwood Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32086)


**We only have a couple spots left due to the gathering restrictions, so don’t delay**


For more details about camp, click HERE. I have also attached the camp flyer for your preview.


Disclaimer: with the impact of COVID-19 on our programs & events, we will stay in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations. If it’s determined that summer programs should be canceled, we will comply.




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:


Attached, is a flyer that I’m asking you to spread far and wide!  We are taking referrals and screening kids – virtually, of course.  We’re also providing support to child care facilities and parents f children are needing to stay in their current setting(s) while they wait for evaluation and placement.  Please let your contacts in the community know that these supports are available.  They can call/email directly or contact us during “office hours” as described, below:



Office Hours for Parents:

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


To access the office hours:


Child Find Flyer (4-25-20)


Parent-friendly tool that provides guidance for parents supporting distance learning (where the student is struggling).


Behavior Strategies Newsletter


The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System-Multidisciplinary Center (FDLRS-MDC) and Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) are proud to   present two parent sessions for families living in St. Johns County:


The Anxious Child (for students with disabilities)

Date: April 28, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm EST

Location: Virtual Webinar



Engaging Students and Maintaining Safety: A Toolkit for Parents and Caregivers of Students with Disabilities

Date: April 30, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm EST

Location: Virtual Webinar












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


<<Reframing Resources for Parents.docx>>




<<when-i-am-frustrated-social-scripts (2).pdf>>

      1. Resource developed by SJCSD Mental Health Counselors for parents to help anxious children
      2. Activity about coping (elementary)
      3. When I Am Frustrated social scripts


3/27/20: Helping Your Child Cope (FDLRS)

<<Parent Lunch   Learn_ Coping 4.0.pdf>>

3/30/20: Setting Up A Home Learning Environment (SEDNET)


3/31/20: Simplified Learning (CARD)


4/2/20: Address Special Needs in the Virtual Environment (SEDNET)


4/6/20: The ABC’s of Behavior (CARD)


Dyslexia Webinar Series for Parents & Educators

Part 1: 4/14/2020

Part 2: 5/19/2020
4/16/20: The Anxious Child (CARD)


Social Tales Webinar Series (FDLRS)

Part 1: 4/22/20: 10:00 am or 7:00 pm

Part 2: 5/12/20: 10 am or 7 pm

<<Social Tales Flyer.pdf>>

Florida DOE resources for families