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Message From Your ASHA SEAL Champions

Tuesday, July 21, 2020  
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During the ASHA Connect Live chats, the SEAL Champions have had questions posed to us regarding school re-openings and in-person speech therapy. We have encouraged our SLP and Audiology colleagues to advocate for a safe return and to refer to their local (LEA; district; coop) and state (SEA; Department of Education; Department of Public Instruction) school re-opening guidance documents.

 

Every state will be different as they reflect their communities' needs and culture, and each district might be different based on their district's community needs and culture. 

 

Advocating for your safety and service delivery needs and the needs of your students is imperative. Gathering information to address both is a place to start. ASHA's resources can provide you with information (www.asha.org/Practice/... ; www.asha.org/Practice/... ; www.asha.org/about/coronavirus-updates ), your district (LEA) and state department of education/department of public instruction (SEA) can provide you with information, your speech, language and hearing association can provide you with information and your state or local education association can provide you with information and resources.

 

Consult your Lead SLP, those who oversee speech, language and hearing services in your district/coop, site administrator, special education director, and your state association.  What is/are their school re-opening guidance and/or recommendations?  Begin the conversation/dialogue to address your concerns and keep in mind to have possible solutions to address your concerns.

 

This will take time, starting now will help you and your students as you look toward the reopening of your school.

 

Here is the link to ASHA's position on reopening schools: www.asha.org/Advocacy/...

 

This is ASHA's updated information from states on school re-openings: www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/...

 

In addition, reach out to the ASHA School Services Team with any questions: schools@asha.org and always reach out to your SEAL! www.asha.org/advocacy/state/seals

 

We want to thank you for all you do for your students, families, colleagues and school community! Keep taking good care!

 

Your ASHA SEAL Champions,

Nancy, Jacquelyn, Dawn and Hope


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