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Returning to School: Considerations for Students with the Most Intensive Behavioral Needs. A Guide to Supporting Students With Disabilities, Their Families, and Educators During the 2020–21 School Year (Center on PBIS, NCII, & I MTSS Research Network)


This guide is a set of strategies and key practices with the ultimate goal of supporting students with the most intensive behavioral needs, their families, and educators in their transitions back to school during and following the global pandemic in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth. It provides recommendations for leadership teams and support staff, which involves general educators as they develop and implement supports for students with intensive needs, including students with disabilities, in their (in-person or remote) classrooms, groups, and other settings. These recommendations are also for special educators as they collaborate with families and other specialists to develop intensive individualized supports for students in the fall. The ultimate goal of this guide is to support students, families, and educators . This guide is a companion to the recently published Center on PBIS’s guide Returning to School During and After a Crisis.

Developed by: Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (Center on PBIS), National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) and National Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Research Network (I MTSS Research Network)


Behavior Collaboration Curriculum/Instructional Methods Family Engagement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Social/Emotional