Dear Cypress School Community,

Our first week of our second summer session of the Adapted Behavior Program has been a smashing success.  Appreciation to the families who participated and the staff providing the daily connection that our students need and deserve.  In particular, I want thank the staff who are leading activities, for putting themselves out there and braving the Zoom spotlight.  Discovering some hidden talent has been a welcome silver lining during this ongoing state of emergency. 

We are excited about our new distance learning plan for the new school year beginning August 18.  We have a schedule of live-instruction opportunities spanning our usual school day.  For those students who can attend even part of a Zoom class, please do your best as live interaction with peers and a credentialed teacher is preferred.  For those that cannot, we will be providing learning opportunities and activities that are self-paced and scheduled to span our usual school day as well.  We are required to provide activities that are equivalent to the instructional minutes.  We do not intend to overwhelm or stress out anyone.  As one parent let me know recently, we appreciate what Cypress is offering, but we are just doing what we can do to keep peace in our house.  I think many parents can relate to that. 

Please rest assured we will work with you to provide a program that fits what is manageable to engage in at home and will collaborate to come up with assignments that work within your home routine rather than disrupt it.  Our goal is to meet the new distance learning requirements from the State and most importantly the needs of our students in a way that is practical, meaningful, and hopefully enjoyable.  In other words, we are trying our best to do remotely, as imperfect as the tools we have available to do that are, what we do so well in person: encourage their curiosity and cultivate their confidence to engage and interact with the world around them. 

We have received guidance from Sonoma County on the waiver process for re-opening while still remaining on the watchlist.  The current waiver applies to grades TK-6.  From California Department of Public Health – “More detailed guidance on conditions under which permissible in-person instruction and services for small sets of students, such as those provided pursuant to an individualized education program (IEP), is forthcoming.”  We look forward to hearing more about that.  Unfortunately, there are issues in the reliability of the data on cases, hospitalizations etc. being reported and updated, which needs to be taken into consideration before a waiver is considered for approval.  Sonoma has informed us we can submit waivers, but they will not be considered until the data issues are resolved.   I will continue to keep you updated on this ever-evolving situation.  As always, please reach out at any time to the Cypress Team for support. 

Sincerely,

Nate Yates

Director of Educational and Behavioral Services

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Cypress School provides Autism and Behavioral Services for students with autism and
other developmental disabilities. We are encouraging applicants that are positive,
creative and artistic. We engage in physical and community based activities daily.
Preference is given to applicants with a BA and/or experience with students with
autism and similar disabilities. Benefits are available for full time employees.

We are hiring a full time Teacher Aide/Transportation Aide (7:30-3:30) immediately.
You get paid to commute in our vehicles! We pick up students in Marin, Sonoma,
Contra Costa and Alameda County areas, drive them to our school located in
Petaluma, work at the school with the students and then drive the students back
home daily in our school vans. We are a year round program with 230 days per year-
15 paid days off. Must have clear driving record, clean criminal record (fingerprint
clearance required), and must be 18 years and older.

Services that are provided by Teacher Aides include teaching functional academics,
independent living, communication, recreation/leisure, vocational work training and
sensory regulation skills. This job has been a stepping stone for current and previous
Cypress staff to careers in teaching, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy,
Counseling, Social Work and Adaptive Technology and Assistive Communication
.
Please visit our website to learn more. www.cypress-school.org or www.ucpnb.org
or check out Cypress Shorts on YouTube.

Please contact Deepak Timsina at dtimsina@ucpnb.org
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Cypress School provides Autism and Behavioral Services for students with autism and
other developmental disabilities. We are encouraging applicants that are positive,
creative and artistic. We engage in physical and community based activities daily.
Preference is given to applicants with a BA and/or experience with students with
autism and similar disabilities. Benefits are available for full time employees.

We are hiring a full time Teacher Aide/Afterschool Aide (9-5:30) This opportunity
combines two job Teacher Aide from 9-230pm and After School Aide from 230-
530pm. We are a year round program with 230 days per year- 15 paid days off. Must
have clear driving record, clean criminal record (fingerprint clearance required), and
must be 18 years and older.

Services that are provided by Teacher Aides/Afterschool Aides include teaching
functional academics, independent living, communication, recreation/leisure,
vocational work training and sensory regulation skills. This job has been a stepping
stone for Cypress staff to careers in teaching, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy,
Counseling, Social Work and Adaptive Technology and Assistive Communication.
Please visit our website to learn more. www.cypress-school.org or www.ucpnb.org
or check out Cypress Shorts on YouTube.
Please contact Deepak Timsina at dtimsina@ucpnb.org,
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