The Westchester School for Special Children Distance Learning Plan In order to continue to meet the educational needs of our students during this difficult time, the school has taken numerous steps to ensure that the educational process continues for our students. As the program services students from a wide demographic and geographic area, our most effective method for providing educational materials to our parents has proven to be utilization of the school’s website and app which are directly linked. · On our app/website, we will post various worksheets and activities spanning the levels of functioning for all of our students, with special focus on IEP goals assigned to our students. · We will post a list of several activities for parents to implement at home, which do not require worksheets, but are more hands-on, sensory based and allow for the practicing of daily living skills. · We will also post a list of websites which the parents can access from home free of charge. · To further provide support to our students and parents, teachers will be in contact with parents via phone and email on a regular basis in order provide work, to answer questions, and provide any assistance needed. · Any parent that does not have access to a computer or smartphone will be directed to contact the school and informational packets will be mailed home to them. · For questions about how to work with your child on their therapeutic goals; contact the area Coordinator via email and you will receive a prompt response. o Occupational & Physical Therapy: Ruma Choudhury at RChoudhury@westchesterschool.org o Speech & Language Therapy: Leanne Lucia: LLucia@westchesterschool.org o Psychological Services: Vasilios Lagos: VLagos@westchesterschool.org o For assistance with outside services, contact Elisa Pacewicz at EPacewicz@westchesterschool.org or Diane Gaetano DGaetano@westchesterschool.org o Educational Services: Corinne Safarowic CSafarowic@westchesterschool.org or Jonathan Remeny JRemeny@westchesterschool.org or Louise Bolduc LBolduc@westchesterschool.org We know how important school is to our students and we look forward to having them return to school as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will continue to work together to provide ways to work on implementing their IEPs utilizing a distance learning format.
Please see the news feed section for information regarding our distance learning plan and the document section for materials you can use for at home instruction. Por favor vea la seccion de noticias para informacion de el plan de documentos,y materiales para uso en la casa.
Yesterday, March 16, the Governor issued an Executive Order stating: Notwithstanding any prior directives, every school in the state of New York is hereby directed to close no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for a period of two weeks, ending April 1, 2020. The state shall reassess at that time whether to extend such closure beyond this date. As of today we will re-open The Westchester School on April 1, 2020 Distance learning instruction will be forwarded to the parents/students by the end of today. If you are viewing this from our Website.. Please download The Westchester School App if you have not done so already. Turn on Notifications so that you can see all Important Updates as they are posted.
**Coronavirus Update** (A Letter from our Director...) Please know that we continue to monitor the Coronavirus and its impact in the Metropolitan area. Rest assured, that we will communicate any updates with you as we receive them. We will follow the guidelines set by the New York State Education Department. Should we be effected by the virus, we would be required to close for 24 hours and then we would follow the direction of the State Health Department who would come in and assess the site. They would then make a determination of if/when, and for how long the building would close. Please understand that the decision to close is not made by us. It will be made by the Health Department. Please continue to remain vigilant in cleaning of highly touched surfaces in the classroom as well as frequent and thorough hand cleaning for both yourself and our children. Thank you, Leonard Spano
Our School is taking Extra steps as a Precaution for our students. Read more in our insert...
Room 17 Valentines Day candles
Room 16 had a blast at the first basketball game!! Go Wildcats!!
100th day activities: search and finds, 100 animal count/order, and 100 snack mix!
Room 1 is hard at work making art & decorations for Valentine’s Day!!!
Room 5 is about to have a great 100th day of school!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Birthday Jamairh! Room 2 is celebrating with a cupcake party.
Black History Month
Will the groundhog see his shadow?
Happy Chinese New Year! 2020 is called the Year of the Golden Rat, White Rat or Metal Rat.
Room 5 was working on their money skill centers!
Room 17 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King
Room 16 practicing numbers using dominoes!
Had a jolly time at the WSSC Holiday Concert today!! Hope everyone has a great holiday & a happy/healthy New Year! - Room One
New Years Resolutions of Room 1!! Focusing on positive actions for this new decade!