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10/13/20

10_29_20 @ 7 PM_Basic Special Education Rights

 

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10/13/20

10_16_20_BPS-Virtual COVID Community Equity Roundtable @ 12 PM – 1:30 PM

You are invited to attend the public BPS bi-weekly Virtual Community Equity Roundtable Discussion on Friday,  October 16, 2020 from 11AM – 12″30 PM via Zoom.

 

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10/13/20

Parents Supporting Parents (PSP) All are Welcome

TUESDAYS AT 7:00 PM, EST CLICK HERE PASSWORD: PARENTS 

WEDNESDAYS AT 7:30 PM, EST  CLICK HERE, PASSWORD: PARENTS

THURSDAYS AT 12:00 PM, EST CLICK HERE PASSWORD: P2PGROUP!

Free to All Caregivers.

*** Confidentiality Agreement*** In order to create a safe space for all we ask that by participating in a group you are acknowledging to also keep all information including names, schools, etc. confidential. 

 

09/24/20

Education Tracking Log

Keep track of your student’s learning with the

REMOTE EDUCATION LOG

 

MFOFC and its partners recently announced the launch of Remote Education Log, a web-based app to help families keep track of their children’s remote special education services and instruction while school is closed. Remote Education Log uses TallyLab’s privacy-first data collaboration platform to ensure children’s data is kept safe and secure.The Remote Education Log is freely available for anyone to use at https://log.education

Remote Education Log was born out of a partnership between Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Northeast region of Mass Families Organizing for Change,

09/22/20

Supporting Child with Special Needs during Remote Learning

 

 

Supporting Your Child with Special Needs during Remote Learning September 26th, 2020 at 11:00 am EST.

This virtual workshop is for parents who have a child with special needs. Registration in advance is required. You will receive a Zoom link after registration.

Spaces are limited. Click here to register

Virtual Workshop in Vietnamese: Supporting Your Child with Special Needs during Remote Learning October 3rd, 2020 at 11:00 am EST.

Register here for the Vietnamese workshop

09/22/20

Remote Learning: How to Videos

Getting Started with Remote-Learning Technology- How To Videos! 

We are so grateful to our powerful partners at the Bradley School and the P.J. Kennedy in East Boston who created technology videos for all BPS families to support with onboarding. All videos were recorded in English and Spanish. Each video is about 2 minutes in length and provides you and your child with the opportunity to learn more about the apps we will be using this year as we launch our remote learning!

English:

  • Video 1 – Remote Learning Readiness

  • Video 2 – Getting started with your Chromebook

  • Video 3 – Launching CLEVER

  • Video 4 – Engaging with Seesaw

  • Video 5 – Zoom 101

Spanish:

  • Video 1 – Preparación de Aprendizaje Virtual

  • Video 2 – Iniciando su Chromebook

  • Video 3 – Iniciando La Aplicación Clever

09/22/20

BPS Vouchers for Comcast Internet Essentials Service

Once the contract is finalized between the family and Comcast, Boston Public Schools will be able to provide families with a voucher that will take care of bills after the 60 day promotion ends. Please reach out to your school principal  regarding internet access, if you need help paying for it.

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09/21/20

BTU Community Forum on Safe Spaces

Dear Community Partners and Allies,

The BTU invites you to an online community forum this Thursday, September 24 from 5:30-7:00pm to provide the wider Boston community with information about results of safety walkthroughs of school buildings.

Please join us and prepare to share what concerns you have heard from your members/constituency/community about the conditions of school buildings. We will also discuss what our response should be as a community if buildings are deemed unsafe for students to return.

RSVP using this form and you will receive the Zoom link to participate. If members of your organization require interpretation please request it on the form by end of day tomorrow (Tues, Sept 22) so that arrangements can be made.

At this forum, Roxi will also give an update on the fight for providing services to high needs students.
Please reach out with any questions!
Thanks,

Ilene Carver

(she/her/hers)

BTU Organizer
617-680-1755
09/18/20

Change Request & 4 days of in-person learning option

FAMILY CHANGE REQUEST FORM

Please click on the form below, in your preferred language, to submit a request to change between remote and hybrid learning for your child this fall. You may also request a change between Group A and Group B. Changes will be reviewed weekly and will be approved on a limited basis.


STUDENTS PRIORITIZED FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

  • Students prioritized for in-person learning include:

    • English learners who have an ELD Level of 1 or 2 in high-intensity literacy training, or for whom graduation requirements and time to complete both English as a Second Language and content level classes are shorter than other grade levels.
    • Students with limited or interrupted formal education
    • Students with disabilities in inclusion classrooms with high needs, as defined by the PL3 in the student’s IEP
    • Students with disabilities who learn in substantially separate classrooms
    • Students who are experiencing homelessness
    • Students in the care of the Department of Children and Families
    • Students who attend special education public day schools (McKinley, Carter, Horace Mann)

    October 1 – All students prioritized for in-person learning start two days a week

    • group B begins on October 1 and 2 (Thursday/Friday)
    • group A begins on October 5 and 6 (Monday/Tuesday)
    October 13* – Groups A and B increase to 4 days of in-person learning (based on choice and availability)

    *Monday, October 12 is a State Holiday

Supt. Cassellius sent a letter to families August 21, 2020

This letter explains the details of the reopening of schools including important dates:

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  • CORE VALUES GUIDING OUR PLANNING

    • Promote Equity
    • Protect Public Health
    • Build Community
    • Increase the Quality of Student Learning
    • Support Parents/Guardians as Workers
    • Align with Staff Experience and Abilities

GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR TODAY AND THE FUTURE

    • Remain flexible: we are in a pandemic and the future is unpredictable. We will plan for the future but remain flexible to keep our community safe and healthy.
    • Monitor emerging scientific recommendations: we are guided by data and science and will review all updates
    • Adhere to the recommendations of Health Officials: we continuously receive recommendations from the Boston Public Health Commission, State officials, and the City of Boston on how to keep our students, staff, and families as healthy as possible. We will use these recommendations as guardrails for our planning.
    • Recognize that things will change: while we can plan for the future, emerging science, our local COVID-19 numbers, and changing recommendations from health officials will mean that we will need to make changes as we go.

SCIENCE-INFORMED DECISIONS

    • The Boston Public Health Commission is closely monitoring:
      • The daily number of positive tests
      • The daily percent of positive tests
      • The daily visits to emergency rooms with COVID-19-like symptoms
    • BPS will pivot based on science and public health guidance

    The Boston Public Health Commission Recommends:

    • Social distancing (all 6 feet apart)
    • Masks on all students and staff
    • One student per row per bus
    • No food in cafeterias
    • Health protocols followed for bus & building sanitation and school nurse response to suspected exposure
    • No group gatherings if community infection rates are outside of acceptable range

EQUITY

  • Equity is a central focus of all BPS planning and work. We seek to clearly understand how decisions impact students and families and to make choices that do not marginalize our most-marginalized students.

    The process we follow for bringing equity into every decision includes:

    1. Identify desired results and outcomes
    2. Gather the data
    3. Engage all stakeholders
    4. Review strategies for racial equity
    5. Develop an implementation plan guided by data and engagement
    6. Share measures of accountability and communicate to stakeholders