It’s Back to School Time Again… Or is it!?

COVID-19 has caused this year’s return to the classroom to look much different from years past. There is no one size fits all, no matter how your district has decided to approach safely re-opening. 

Districts around the state have generally opted for either in class/person learning, virtual/online or a hybrid model that involves both in person and online. Schools offering any form of in person learning must follow the guidelines the CDC developed for schools. So, don’t forget to pack your masks, stay 6 feet apart and wash your hands often. 

For twin siblings and LIFEPlan members Andrew and Alexandra, who recently returned to in-person learning, the summer presented some additional bumps in the road. Abigail Remington, mother and LIFEPlan Care Manager shared that amid all the uncertainty with COVID-19 and schools reopening in early August Andrew and Alexandrea began working with a new LIFEPlan Care manager, Sara McAloon and Andrew had a medical setback in mid-August requiring out of state treatment.  

“Even though Sara was new to us, it felt so nice to have her provide extra support and check-in on us. It was a stressful time, but the check-ins and support reminded us that we are not alone. What a great experience with this new beginning.” 

“Andrew has Autism and has been in school for several days now. He is in an Applied Behavior Analysis classroom, and with this style of learning he has had absolutely zero behaviors!!! This is huge, because in the past every day was full of them. With all his services now together, he has made the most important accomplishment – being able to focus, understand and learn,” Remington said. 

Alexandra was also happy to be able to use her Family Reimbursed Respite through Self Direction to spend some one-on-one time with her Grandpa while her brother was away