Weekly Update - March 26

Posted by Communications on 3/26/2020 3:45:00 PM

Last Day of School

The last day of school will be June 12th. Updates on end-of-year events will be sent when available. 

Individualized Education Plans

As you are aware, The Woodstock Academy students will continue to participate in eLearning classes and activities for the foreseeable future. We wanted to send out additional information to families about The Academy’s efforts around individualized and modified educational plans. 

  • All 504 plans and IEPs have been reviewed by case managers; adjustments have been made, where appropriate, in order to ensure that accommodations are suitable for eLearning. Your child’s 504/IEP modifications/accommodations, and related services will be implemented to the greatest extent possible in all eLearning environments.
  • If your child is scheduled for an Applied Skills, ELA Lab, or Math Lab, please be aware that these classes WILL meet in on online format Monday through Thursday [Block 1 10:00-11:00 a.m.; Block 2 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Lunch 12:00-12:30 p.m.; Block 3 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Block 4 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Office Hours 2:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday or Fridays 10:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. (by appointment only)]
  • Our special and regular education teachers will be using the following programs/platforms to facilitate active student learning: Mircosoft Teams, Canvas, Zoom and PowerSchool.
  • Special education teachers will be available to content area teachers daily to assist with curricular accommodations and modifications, IEP questions, and more.
  • An Applied Skills syllabus specific to eLearning will be emailed home by the end of the week which communicates expectations for students.
  • Each week (parents of students w/ IEPs) will receive a brief survey/questionnaire regarding the week in review (i.e. what went well? where does your student need support? Are you having any tech issues? etc.)
  • Initial/Triennial evaluation timelines are being discussed at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE); we will wait on their guidance before we proceed.

Finally, information regarding COVID-19 changes daily, as does the CSDE’s guidance on how to best support students with disabilities and their families through these unprecedented times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s educational program.

 

Questions about education in general can be emailed to Holly Singleton or Michael Harten.

 

Questions about 504 plans can be emailed to Karin Hughes or specific case managers.

 

Questions about IEPs can be emailed to Jocelyn Morse or specific case managers.

 

In Partnership,  
Jocelyn Morse, Director of Student Services
Karin Hughes, Dean of Students / 504 Coordinator
Holly Singleton, Associate Head of School

 

eLearning Hub

The eLearning Hub houses schedules, expectations, contact information, and more.
 

Resources

Our student services team comprised of Beth Coleman WA School Psychologist and Vince Edwards and Mackenzie LeBlanc our School Social Workers, have compiled helpful resources for students and families.
 
  • State helpline for mental health and/or financial resources: Call 211 and follow the prompts or visit www.211ct.org
  • For local resources: Call TEEG at (860) 923-3458 or visit www.teegonline.org
  • For a variety of mental health resources/tips: www.childmind.org
  • If you would like to find your student more support or if your family needs help finding necessary resources, please reach out to our team for help at supportservices@woodstockacademy.org.

 

Help for Seniors

College financial aid can take many forms. Mr. Walley, director of college and career counseling, helps students and families understand financial aid award letters. 
 
Watch the Video
 
 

 

Health & Wellness 

Sleep is Important! Sleep has an effect on our immune system and in our ability to manage stress. Yet, during these unsure and challenging times, we may lay awake at night unable to sleep or unable to turn off the 24-7 news coverage. Dr. Eric Olson through the Mayo Clinic recommends that the optimal amount of sleep for most adults is seven to eight hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep. School-aged children may need 10 or more hours of sleep. Try to decrease the effects of stress on your body and boost your immune system by making good sleep hygiene a priority. From Mrs. Saucier, Director of Health Services at The Woodstock Academy.
 
 

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