Click here to review HCCS' current COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols
Read HCCS’ Spring 2020 Digital Learning Plan here
How to Support Learning at Home
Teacher-Family partnerships are more important than ever during this pandemic closure.
Distance learning will require creativity and collaboration to make an impact on student learning. To support families in your role as supervisors of student learning, HCCS teachers will:
- Communicate about each week’s learning plan and each day’s learning expectations
- Provide feedback on student work as frequently as possible
- Be available to students and families for at least 30-45 minutes per day for group or individual check-ins
- Integrate IEP, 504, and English Language Learner accommodations into their teaching
What we hope families can do:
- We know that circumstances may arise that interfere with your plan for learning at home - but we are asking for your help supporting the following:
- Providing time, space, and learning tools needed to spend 3-4 hours per day on structured and unstructured learning activities.
- Communicating with the school if you need help with technology, supplies, or advice for supporting your child’s learning.
- Patience and compassion for the hard work it takes for teachers to adopt new practices, and for the strains they may be experiencing in their own home lives.
HCCS has gathered the following resources to help families through the COVID-19 closure.
Behavioral Health Network Crisis
Springfield: (413) 733-6661
Crisis TEXT Line: HOME to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will be in contact
Meals and Nutrition:
Pandemic EBT Cards are being mailed out. The Department of Transitional Assistance is now working to set up a way for people to quickly and securely get access to their case number to PIN the P-EBT card. For now, families can call DTA's Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363 and press 6. Their staff can help families to get the case information.
Las tarjetas PANdémicas EBT fueron enviadas por correo. El Departamento de Asistencia Transicional está trabajando ahora para establecer una manera para que las personas obtengan acceso de forma rápida y segura con su número de caso para el PIN de la tarjeta P-EBT. Por ahora, las familias pueden llamar a la Línea de Asistencia de DTA al (877) 382-2363 y presionar 6. Su personal puede ayudar a las familias a obtener la información del caso.
Activities for Students with Autism:
The Office of Student Services has been communicating with families about services and supports during the emergency closure. As with general education expectations, special education services will need to adapt to current conditions. Parents and caregivers of children with IEPs should expect check-in’s with members of their child’s special education team to help students access distance learning opportunities. This can take place without formal IEP meetings. It will make more sense to revisit IEP services once schools are functioning at normal levels.
Coloring and Arts Activities:
Mindfulness, Calming and Relaxation Videos:
Occupational Therapy helps people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Try these activities at home.
Physical Therapy is care that aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better. Try these activities at home.
Resources from the Nurse:
Please check back often as we will be collecting and posting more resources during the closure.
Stay healthy and safe, We miss you!