Monday, November 9, 2020

Fall Update

         


Our first 10 weeks of school have gone relatively well.  Students seem to be settling in to the routine of their schedules this year and getting on Zoom on remote days for their special education services. While we realize that it's not ideal, we would love to see our students in person every day, having your child join the Zoom sessions is a positive way to get support. 

Reminders

Just a few quick reminders to help us continue to support your child during these unusual times:

  • Please encourage your child to join their remote Zoom sessions for their resource time as this is how they are getting their special education services as noted on their IEP.  Even if they just check in for a few minutes, it helps the teachers keep track of how they are doing. 

  • If your child's class or building closes down, or if the district closes down, please help your child monitor their email for direction from their special education teacher. Secondary students will continue to follow their schedule for their resource time. 

WG SEPTSA

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The West Genesee Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (WG WEPTSA)  continues to help support our students.  While some of the traditional things they may do cannot happen this year they are helping out in other ways, such as providing supplies for students to do therapy at home. They are continuing to hold meetings; please check the Special Education webpage here for more information and dates of future meetings. To become a member, please use this link WG SEPTSA Membership Form .

As always, please contact us with any question or concerns.

~Sue

Monday, August 24, 2020

Update of Special Education Services

We want to provide an update of where we are with special education services for our students as we look forward to starting school in a few weeks. The frequency of in person special education teacher services are being provided based on the needs of our students, with those who have the greatest number of teacher services being considered the highest needs.

In Person School

  • All of our K-4 students who attend in person will be receiving their services in person at school.
  • Our 5-12 students doing in person school will follow their building split, either alphabetical for the middle schools and grade at the high school. They will receive IEP services in person on the days they are scheduled to attend school and remote services on days they are not scheduled to attend. 
  • Grade 5-12 students in 12-1-1 self contained classes will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Remote Learners

  • All of these students will be assigned a special education teacher, as well as general education teachers, who will be there remote teacher.
  • These students will receive their special education services remotely, teacher and any related services. 

Survey for Hybrid Students Only

This survey was sent to parent emails, but I have been informed that not all parents received it. Any of our students who are doing the hybrid model of learning (attending 2 days a week only) may be able to attend school for 1 additional day. This is an optional day to allow us to provide more in person time for special education services on a student's IEP. If you would like your child to attend for an additional day, please complete the survey below. We need responses by Thursday, August 27 by 4:00 p.m. If you have already completed the survey, there is no need to complete it again. We are planning to have a schedule for this next week.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions, and thank you for your patience as we work through all the scheduling!

~Sue

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Special Education Reopening Plan

As the beginning of the school year approaches, we realize that families have questions about how special education services will be provided for their child, especially those who will be on a hybrid schedule. We appreciate everyone's patience as we have been working through all the details. There are still a few pieces are not finalized but they will be in the next couple weeks. 

Below is a link to the West Genesee Central School District's Reopening Plan for Special Education. This plan includes how we will be providing services to students in September when schools reopen.  Please read the slide presentation and if you have further questions, you may contact our office.  Our contact information is on the last slide of the presentation. 



~Sue and Darlene


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Thank You for Your Patience




Dear Families,

I want to thank you all for your patience as we work through these last few days. It's certainly been interesting given how fast things are changing daily. We know that is is stressful for everyone as we wait for things to unfold. I certainly didn't think things would be changing as quickly as they are.

We want to assure you that Darlene and I are working diligently to develop a plan for our special education teachers and related service providers to continue to provide support for our students who have special education services while they are not in school. While we realize that there is no substitution for sitting in a classroom with a teacher, we are trying to plan activities that will allow your children to continue to learn and practice skills.

Please watch for communication from your child's special education teacher and related service providers as to what activities they will share and how they will be able to provide to support to your children. There will be opportunities for them to have weekly contact with their students through Google Classroom, Zoom, or other online means. Thank goodness for technology!

All this being said, we realize that this is going to be a stressful few weeks for everyone. We are hoping that having contact with their teachers will allow our students to still feel connected to school.

Please feel free to contact either Darlene or I at any time. I have included our emails below.

Hope everyone stays healthy and safe ~Sue

Sue Murray- Director of Special Education - smurray@westgensee.org
Darlene Chapin- Assistant Director of Special Education - dchapin@westgenesee.org


Monday, March 9, 2020

Reminder....WG SEPTSA Event Wednesday

The WG SEPTSA Early Childhood Intervention event will be held this Wednesday, March 11. The speakers will be Dr George Starr, Marylou Milane, Laurie Black and Speech Language Pathologists from West Genesee who will all discuss early intervention for young children.  

There will also be vendors who will share information. This event will be at the West Genesee High School LGI Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be free childcare and door prizes. Click here for details.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy February Break!


I dont usually post a blog over a break, but there were a couple of time sensitive items that I want to get out.

Mid-State School Age-Family and Community Engagement Survey
I received an email asking that we pass on information to  our community regarding family engagement. Family engagement is one of the most powerful predictors of a child’s development and academic success.This is a short timeframe; however, don’t miss your chance to let your voice be heard.

The Mid-State School Age-Family and Community Engagement (SA-FACE) Center needs your help in completing the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Special Education (OSE) Family Engagement Survey. Please complete this quick survey by Friday, February 28, 2020 to help improve academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports for all students!

To get to the survey go here: https://forms.gle/nhFEQyBxvMYCqNEB7   Please feel free to share this survey with anyone that has a school-aged child in New York State.The Mid-State SA FACE Center's role is to serve families, communities and schools to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  If you have questions about this survey or the supports that the SA-FACE Center can offer, please email safacecenter@syr.edu or call 315-443-4195.

Save the Date for a WG SEPTSA Event
The WG SEPTSA is going to be holding an event on March 11 on the topic of Early Intervention.  There will be presenters as well as vendors who will share information. This event will be at the West Genesee High School LGI Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be free childcare and door prizes. Click here for details.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Winter and the Holidays are Approaching Quickly



Well, the winter season and all the holidays it brings is approaching quickly! I was not ready for the snow yet, but it certainly looks pretty.


Sensory Friendly Holiday Celebrations

Santa has arrived at Destiny USA. I came across a notification that Destiny USA will be hosting a sensory friendly day with Santa on Sunday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. that is being held in sponsorship with Autism Speaks and here is the link to the  webpage, and if you scroll down to "Santa Cares" you will see the link to register for this event.


The Syracuse City Ballet will be hosting a sensory friendly performance of the Nutcracker again this year. The performance will be Tuesday, November 26th at noon. Here is more information and a link to purchase tickets.


As I hear of other events that will be happening I will try to keep you updated.

Stay Warm
~ Sue