- BPS-Virtual COVID Community Equity Roundtable
Fri Dec 4, 2020 11am – 12:30pm Eastern Time – New York
All are Welcome!
1. To communicate with stakeholders about how BPS is prioritizing equity with resource distribution
2. To get ideas from stakeholders how we might make improvements
3. To hear from stakeholders how they might be able to support BPS’ COVID relief effort
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Join Us on December 12th for a silent rally!
We will release balloons collectively as a culminating act at the end of our rally. Although this will be a silent rally, for those who wish to participate by car, we encourage horn blowing!!
Masks are required.
Children are welcome.
With the uncertainty regarding the pandemic, remote schooling, and income insecurity, many children and their families are under a great deal of stress. Northeast Family Services is offering mental health and behavioral health programs that can help families and children cope more effectively with the challenges ahead.
Northeast Family Services has immediate or almost immediate availability for the following programs:
- In Home (Family) Therapy (IHT)(English, Spanish and Portuguese): twice-weekly intensive family therapy to improve communication, emotional regulation, and smoother family functioning (anyone can refer)
- Outpatient Therapy: individual weekly counseling to explore feelings and improve mood (anyone can refer)
- In Home Behavioral Services (IHBS): twice-weekly intensive family-based services that focus on changing specific behavioral concerns (anyone can refer)
- Therapeutic Mentoring (TM): One to one weekly community-based service during which the child and Therapeutic Mentor focus on goals related to social skills and emotional regulation (must be referred by a clinical “hub” who is the child’s outpatient clinician, Intensive Care Coordinator, or IHT Clinician)
Northeast Family Services is also offering these specialized programs with immediate or almost immediate availability:
- Multicultural Outreach Team (MOT): treating the specialized needs of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking families.
- PRIDE Team: serving the mental health needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
We are also accepting referrals for:
- ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis): ABA is an evidenced-based approach to understanding and changing behavior. By determining the function of behaviors, a behavior analyst identifies ways to modify the home environment and teach new skills to improve an individual’s health and safety, ability to communicate, and family relationships.
All programs are currently being offered through telehealth to ensure the health and safety of those we serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on all of our services or to submit an online referral, please visit our website at ne-family.com. You may also respond to this email or reach out to Veronica Paris Boske using her contact information below.
Veronica Paris Boske, MSW, LICSW
Program Director Metro Region
MOT Program Director Metro, Northeast & Southeast Regions
Northeast Family Services
Cell: 978-482-8277, Main office: 774-206-1125
Advocating for Students with Dyslexia in Public Schools
with special guests Caryl Patten and Michael Patten
Registration is now open!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
5 p.m. Public Meeting
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Inclusive Fitness, founded by Greg Austin, is a fitness program and center dedicated to helping neurodiverse people and their families and other caregivers create healthy lifestyles.
They have opened the first IF location in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Our 8,700 square foot facility is designed for in-person one-on-one and small-group training for both neurodiverse and neurotypical athletes. In addition to in-person training, they offer online and hybrid programs.
Their team of trainers, in addition to holding accredited Personal and Group training certifications, are all Autism Fitness Certified Professionals with experience working with both neurodiverse and neurotypical populations. They are athletes, parents, educators, professionals, and friends of the neurodiverse community, each with a vested interest in enhancing the fitness and wellness experience for these inspiring athletes and their families.
President & CEOGreg Austin
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) has invited and would love to have Boston SpEdPAC parents/guardians and children register with with email@example.com to be their guests at the virtual Overcoming Together: A Celebration of Community event on Wednesday, November 18th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. It is an uplifting event that MAC would like to share with us.
Session 2: College Bound with Challenges; Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Learn more at bit.ly/HSTransitionSeries
November 6, 2020
Dear Boston Public Schools Families,
As we close out the second week of full remote learning, I hope that your experience with remote learning is improved from last year, thanks to the time the BPS team and our educators dedicated over the summer to plan and prepare for a more engaging and consistent experience.
I am writing with an update on our plan to return to in-person learning. As early as next week, BPS expects to see students return to in-person learning and services in our special education day schools, including the Carter, McKinley, Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Henderson – schools that educate students with complex needs that cannot be fully addressed through remote learning.
We continue to discuss the opportunity to welcome additional students back into our school buildings with our teachers and partners, starting with our highest need students. We will welcome back additional students to school buildings as soon as we can, once school plans are approved and reviewed by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and following ongoing conversations with our teachers and staff.
While we prepare to welcome students back, I want to make a few points clear. Our buildings are ready and exceed DESE guidelines. BPS staff and the City of Boston did the work over the summer to ensure we followed all guidance from public health officials. Every building was cleared by the BPHC. We shifted to remote learning as part of the City’s strategy to contain the spread of the coronavirus after seeing an increase in the positive test rate, not because of challenges with our school buildings.
In order to address those higher COVID-19 positivity rates, we are taking extra steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our schools as we prepare to welcome back students and staff. That includes upgrading filters in our buildings with HVAC systems, making repairs to thousands of windows and adding portable air filtration units to our student-occupied buildings without HVAC; starting new, additional air quality testing; and adding access to free COVID-19 testing at or near the school buildings for staff reporting in-person.
We also continue conversations with our teachers and educators on our return to in-person learning for additional students, recognizing that hybrid learning was the preferred model for half of our families. I will continue to provide updates on our progress toward welcoming additional students back into our school buildings. For more information about reopening and remote learning, please visit bostonpublicschools.org/reopening.
I know the interruption to in-person learning is incredibly disappointing for many of you, as it is for me. I want our students back in schools with their classmates and their teachers. In the meantime, we will continue our focus on consistent delivery of high quality remote learning and do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus so we can welcome students and staff back into school buildings. Please continue to wear a face covering when you leave your home, practice safe physical distancing, avoid large groups, and wash your hands frequently. If we all do our part, we will all be back together as soon as possible.
Dr. Brenda Cassellius
Boston Public Schools
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent
City of Boston
Martin J. Walsh, Mayor
Next Remote Meeting:
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5 p.m.
In light of the November 3rd national election, which may be a long and emotional day for our nation, the Boston School Committee has made the decision to cancel its meeting scheduled for November 4th. We recognize the significance of the election day and want to ensure our students, families, staff, and community have the opportunity to fully process the day. The Committee will reconvene for its next scheduled meeting on November 18.