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Back-to-school options guide

Once you've completed the back-to-school decision guide, you may be ready to look at the different options available to your family. This guide identifies three options and can help families to choose the path that fits their priorities best.


An in-person option may be ideal for families who have low health risks or whose children are unable to learn remotely.


Virtual programs allow families to continue structured education in their homes. These types of programs may help families who have higher levels of health risks.


Family-based programs, such as homeschooling, may be best for families who need a lot of flexibility or who have high health risks.

Our Family Resource Specialists can help you with this process. Contact us to learn more.

Important Note: Program and provider names in the roadmap images are offered as examples only. To learn about programs and providers near you, search the service provider directory, call/text 440-570-5908 (para español: 440-907-9130) or email info@connectingforkids.org.

Options with this icon indicate that families should call the program/provider to find out if a program is available to meet their child's needs.

Think about:

  • The in-person option is a district-by-district decision. If your district has decided to offer virtual-only programming, you may still be able to use Ohio scholarships to access a private school option.

Have a backup plan! In-person programming may be discontinued with little notice if virus outbreaks become dangerous. Make sure that you have a back-up plan that works for your family if the in-person program you select is forced to go to a virtual format.

Think about:

  • Public schools and public charters are tuition free but choosing these options means you may not be able to use Ohio scholarship funds.
  • Private programs may be unable to accommodate all disabilities. Families should call to find out if their child's needs can be met.
  • Families who choose to homeschool can use scholarships to pay for virtual tutoring programs that supplement homeschool curriculum.

Have a backup plan! Even in virtual programs, providers can become ill and may be unable to teach for extended periods.

Think about:

  • Homebound services through the local school district may be available to families with children who have medically complex disabilities. Families should contact their IEP team to discuss this option.
  • Under a supported option families may use Ohio disability scholarships and health insurance funding to cover the cost of tutoring and therapy services.
  • ABA therapies may be used to work on academic goals

Have a backup plan! Keep in mind that providers offering supportive services may become ill and be unable to provide services to extended periods.

Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org


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Westlake, Ohio 44145

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