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12/2/20

Frid. 12/4: BPS Virtual Community Equity Roundtable

    BPS-Virtual COVID Community Equity Roundtable

Fri Dec 4, 2020 11am – 12:30pm Eastern Time – New York

https://bostonpublicschools.zoom.us/j/98466484719

All are Welcome!

Purpose:
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

Join Zoom Meeting
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12/2/20

#IAMHEREFOR the Option for In-Person Learning for Students with High Needs Rally

Join Us on December 12th for a silent rally!

 

This will be a “silent” rally with physical and social distancing. We will have a musical playlist that speaks to our need for change, posters showcasing our demands, and personalized  signs for participants. We encourage participants to wear red.

 
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.

Spanish

Haitian Creole

Chinese

11/23/20

Special Education & COVID-19: MAC Chat Series

Special Education & COVID-19: MAC Chat Series
Next Chat: Thursday Dec. 3 from 8 – 8:45 PM

Please note: There will be no chat on Thanksgiving, November 27

December 3 Chat:
Q&A with MAC attorneys: Come Ask Questions and Discuss Concerns about Special Education During COVID-19 

with MAC Attorneys Julia Landau and Liza Hirsch

As part of our COSA response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MAC is leading biweekly virtual chats for parents to connect with each other and learn tips for advocating for your children during this pandemic.

For our next chat, MAC Attorneys Julia Landau and Liza Hirsch will provide brief updates with the latest information about special education during the pandemic, leaving most of the time for you to raise your questions and concerns about remote learning, in-person services, evaluations, IEP meetings, compensatory services, and other issues. This is a chance to ask questions and learn from each other.

This chat will be helpful for parents of children with all types of disabilities, including autism.

Please bring your questions. We want to hear from you!

Advance registration is required:

REGISTER HERE
Please note: Our chats are limited to 100 attendees and are first come, first served. If you are unable to access the chat, visit our Facebook page for a live stream.
Interested in our Spanish Charlas Semanales? Click here for upcoming and past charlas. Join us every other Wednesday at 8 PM.
11/17/20

Northeast Family Services

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

Email: vboske@ne-family.com

11/16/20

Sign up for Public Comment at School Committee

To sign up for public comment, please complete this brief Google Sign Up Form.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

5 p.m. Public Meeting

 

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Public Comment:

To sign up for public comment, please complete this brief Google Sign Up Form.   Sign up for public comment will close at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Please note: 
  • Interpretation services will be provided throughout the meeting in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). To request interpretation services in another language, please complete the Google Sign Up Form. Every effort will be made to fulfill the request.
  • A video recording of the meeting will be posted on the City of Boston’s YouTube channel and at bostonpublicschools.org/schoolcommittee.
11/14/20

Boston Saves Family Champions needed! $450 stipend!

All K2 and 1st-grade students in BPS get $50 for college or career training in an account from Boston Saves.

We are also working to recruit Family Champions. Family Champions will complete 3 virtual training sessions to learn about the program, and then they will outreach to help families in their community understand the program. 
The Family Champions can earn up to $450 in gift cards to Target, so a SSN is not required to be a Family Champion.
The link to apply for the FamilyChampion position is as follows: bit.ly/FamilyChampionForm Both English and Spanish job flyers are attached. The full job description is also attached. Below is the listing of schools that we are looking to fill the Family Champion positions this year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/14/20

Inclusive Fitness

 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

Phone: 617-706-7904

Mobile: 857-207-8431

Emailgreg.austin@inclusivefit.net

 http://www.inclusivefit.net

11/14/20

Prepare Students with Learning Differences for College, Career & More

Session 1: Who Will I Become?; Tues., Nov. 17, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeries

Session 2: College Bound with Challenges; Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeriesCollege

Session Three: Learning & Doing: When College Isn’t Your First Next Step; Tues., Jan. 12, 2021, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeriesCareer

Learn more at bit.ly/HSTransitionSeries

11/6/20

Reopening Update for Day Schools & Henderson School

 

 

 

 

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.

In unity,

Dr. Brenda Cassellius
Superintendent

Boston Public Schools
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent
City of Boston
Martin J. Walsh, Mayor