June 16, 2020
As you are aware, ADS has been diligently preparing for the possible re-opening of school as shown by our recent draft that went out to all families last week. On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Department of Education released guidance for the Summer Learning Program, which would include ESY for schools. As an approved Private School for Students with Disabilities, we have been advised to base our decision on our student's population that we serve. Our school definitely has students with challenging learning, physical and medical disabilities. They are among the most vulnerable and compromised individuals that require the greatest degree of universal precautions, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and insuring we are able to sanitize all areas regularly. We must make sure that we can strictly meet the health and safety guidelines that are applicable to all re-openings. We are moving in the right direction, but definitely need more time.
As a result and for safety, health and protection of our students and staff, ADS will continue with remote learning for ESY 2020 with the definite hope and anticipation that we will be able to provide in person instruction in September or a hybrid model for families that may be a combination of remote and in person.
We will continue to prepare our classrooms, therapy areas, hallways and office areas for social distancing as mandated and continue to develop and improve our re-opening model as we receive more information from the Department of Education and our local health agencies.
We do acknowledge and appreciate the commitment of our families in assisting with remote learning and hope that the summer themes that were developed help you and your child have a fun-filled ESY program and are helpful in meeting your child's education goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 856-848-4700 ext. 1152 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
PREPARING TO RETURN TO SCHOOL
Below you will see resources which will help students when they return to school. Some of these resources will be part of each classroom's remote instruction. Some resources you may want to use at home. Some resources are for increasing awareness of Covid-19. The ADS Reopening Work Group has developed a video to help students understand what school will look like and what they can expect when they return to school. Here is our video
|What Will School Look Like When We Return? - YouTube|
Here is an excellent collection of Covid-19 social stories and activities for students with developmental disabilities. The social stories address wearing a mask, social distancing and return to school.
A letter from Dr. Greg Zink:
Parents and Guardians:
Archbishop Damiano School is committed to supporting your child’s educational needs during the Covid-19 emergency closure. This webpage is your connection to e-learning activities and related service supports. Below there are links to each classroom’s e-learning page. Click that link to see the e-learning activities for your child. Also, there are links to occupational, physical, and speech therapy activities. As well as postings from our adapted physical education, daily living skills teachers and resources for Coping with Covid. Both your child’s teacher and therapists will be in contact with you to help explain how this site works, and answer any questions you might have. Paper-based supplementary material will also be mailed to your home address. A copy of our current Distance e-Learning Plan can be found below.
The following websites are available to you and your child. Your child's teacher will direct you to appropriate online activities. Our students also have access to other websites. Should your child’s teacher use those website, access information will be posted on the classroom page.
Website Link User name Password
BrainPop Jr. https://jr.brainpop.com/ sjogcs ADS1145
Starfall https://www.starfall.com/h/ email@example.com ads1145
Tumblebooks https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com ads books
Help Kidz Learn https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/ JoelleRossi 1145Delsea
Update 4/1/20- TumbleBooks has graciously extend access to you and your child to their other wonderful online programs. These were provided to Archbishop Damiano School free of charge through the end of August. This was their way to support parents and children through the Covid-19 emergency. Tumblemath can be used with our students. In the coming weeks your child's teacher may add TumbleMath to the learn at home activities. The other links can be used by parents and siblings interested in a good read or listen. Caution: these online programs were designed to work with the Google Chrome browser. Google Chrome can be found at https://www.google.com/chrome/
TumbleMath - K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
TeenBookCloud - gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
AudioBookCloud - This site is an audio book database for kids to adults, however the direct link below provides direct access to the children's section.
Direct Link: http://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6&categoryID=33
Resources for ADS Teachers