Due to an executive order signed by Governor Cuomo, all NYC DOE schools closed on March, 16, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19. Even though school buildings are closed, our mission to create a nurturing community that fosters a love of learning and the development of character for students in grades K-8 stays the same. Therefore, BwCCS2 will continue (until further notice) through distance or remote learning.
After a lot of research, conversations, and thought, we decided to use Seesaw Learning as our online platform for remote learning. Not only is it a great tool for student engagement, but it also keeps our school connected and organized virtually in one place. If you have not received information about this from your child’s teacher, please email them or the main office to stay connected.
Remote Learning began on March 23, 2020! Please watch the video below from the Ferraras that first welcomes families to remote learning and then walks families through parent overviews. Parent overviews will outline all the assignments your child will complete each week. Teachers will send out parent overviews by 4pm every Sunday, so please check in to find them on the app(s) you use to communicate with classrooms. If you do not receive an overview or if your child is not yet set up on the Seesaw app, please reach out to your teachers so you can be ready!
In collaboration with our leadership, operations team, and teachers, it is our goal to provide some normalcy to your child’s day. In order to do so, our special education providers are also making the transition to online instruction and support for English language learners and students with disabilities.
As we make the transition from in-person sessions and instruction to remote learning, you should expect to communicate closely with providers about the services on your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Program).
Speech and occupational therapists will be available to meet with your child for teletherapy (video therapy) via Google Hang outs.
For counseling, the teletherapy platform will be Zoom. To sign up, click here.
Our providers will be posting curriculum-based activities on Seesaw (our remote learning platform). If you haven’t already signed up, please click here.
Katherine Rodriguez, LCSW | KRodriguez@bwccs2.org
Ms. Rodriguez will ask your child to complete curriculum-based activities and provide feedback through Seesaw. She will conduct periodic check-ins with your child to ensure their social emotional needs continue to be addressed online.
When clinically appropriate, Ms. Rodriguez will meet for teletherapy (video therapy) or weekly telephone calls to ensure your child’s IEP mandate is met. If you haven’t already provided consent, please reach out to her at your earliest convenience.
Speech and language therapy gives your child access to the general education curriculum by providing support and broken-down directions, questions, and activities, as well as support with expressive language (orally and in writing). Our speech and language therapists will work closely with your child to continue to work towards his/her IEP goals.
Through video therapy, your child will have an opportunity to speak with providers for face-to-face speech therapy. If you haven’t already provided consent, please reach out to your child’s assigned speech therapist at your earliest convenience. If you are unsure of your child’s speech therapist, please the Director of Special Needs.
Javed Habib, ORT/L | Otr.email@example.com
Occupational therapy gives your child access to the general education curriculum by providing support with skills needed to promote independence in daily life. Some skills include feelings management, fine motor skills, time management, organization, and problem-solving. Our occupational therapist will work closely with your child to continue to work towards his/her IEP goals.
Through video therapy, your child will have an opportunity to speak with our provider for face-to-face speech therapy. If you haven’t already provided consent, please reach out to Mr. Habib at your earliest convenience.
ENL teachers are working closely with classroom teachers to provide strategies and broken-down assignments tailored to your child’s needs. Please encourage your child to complete his/her assignments to continue to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills that are assessed annually to determine their language acquisition level and eligibility for ENL services for the coming school year.
SETSS providers are working closely with classroom teachers to provide strategies and broken-down assignments tailored to your child’s needs. Please encourage your child to complete his/her assignments to continue the skills needed to be successful in all subjects to determine the appropriate level support, which will be determined at the next IEP meeting.
All IEP meetings are expected to continue via telephone to ensure that your child’s IEP is updated, relevant, and appropriate.
At this time, evaluations are still being conducted at the Department of Education building at 111 Livingston Street in Brooklyn. Mrs. Rodriguez will contact you if you have an appointment.
Social History Interview
If your child is being evaluated for special education services, you will receive a social history appointment letter or call. At this time, the Committee on Special Education is conducting social histories via telephone.
For questions about special education and ENL, please contact the Director of Special Needs Cristal Rodriguez at CRodriguez@bwccs2.org.