Greetings Cypress Community,

As we continue this journey together, but separate, through these uncharted waters, we can very easily become overwhelmed by conflicting feelings.  Our task is great and the stakes are high.  How do we balance what is vital and essential in our lives, with what health experts recommend to slow the spread of this virus?  What sacrifices are we willing to make for one another?  How do we make decisions in an environment full of uncertainty? 

The mission of a public health officer is “to promote and protect the health, well-being, self-sufficiency and safety of all.”  In the constitution of the WHO established in 1948, health is defined as “a state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  Taking into consideration the costs and benefits of continuing to shelter and re-opening, we need to find a middle path that addresses health from this holistic view.  With that said, we need to explore all the steps needed to reduce our risks.

I was encouraged this week to see a photo of one of our students practicing wearing a mask.  We will be integrating this practice into our Zoom classes and for all parents, please consider trying different face coverings to see if there are any your child will tolerate.  Please wear your mask around your child, so they will get used to tolerating others wearing masks.  We know once we are able to return, it will be an adjustment and we need to make the transition as smooth as possible.  All of us should consider getting tested.  I was tested over the weekend (my result was negative) and while I wouldn’t call it pleasant, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected.  Continue to limit the number of close physical contacts you associate with to keep exposure to a minimum.  All of these steps are uncomfortable, but part of the process of navigating the world we currently inhabit.  We will be successful only with the support of one another, each of us doing our part, with patience, compassion and resilience.  We will relearn how to relate to one another under new conditions and provide our students the tools to socialize in an environment that has made it even more difficult to do so.

Distance ESY continues as we begin to finalize plans for Fall.  We continue to practice our Cypress strategies of being flexible, focusing on the positive and being open to what is possible.  Those plans will be shared and updated as we get closer to our start date.  Our Campus Readiness, Distance Learning, and Community-Based Instruction teams have had some very productive dialogue about what re-opening safely means for our students and staff, and are taking in the feedback we receive from families about the successes and struggles of this challenging situation.  In this election year, it seems everything is in danger of being politicized.  Please be assured that we are focused on creating the safest, healthiest environment for our students and staff, and the delicate balance of staying connected while reducing our risks.  This will continue to guide our decisions moving forward, and we will keep you updated with the latest developments.  Parents please join us here for a meeting Monday 7/13 at 2:30.

Sincerely,

Nate Yates

Director of Educational and Behavioral Services

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Hi friends!
October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy day!
Today we come together (virtually) to celebrate, to build awareness of what CP is and to create change!

At BOOST we celebrate our students achievements! It is impressive how all of them have adapted to this new crazy schedule and continued to work towards their goals. We are so proud of you for doing all this with a smile on your face!

Did you know that there are 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy? It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

BOOST offers a classroom program that is structured specifically for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. Our students learn best in a movement based structure. Therefore we provide multiple opportunities where they can practice and learn to master their skills. We are proud to be an organization that is creating change and working hard so that our students can have a better life.

Let’s celebrate in person next year! 💚💚💚

Thank you to our UCPNB family for loving, caring and advocating for our students! Margaret Farman, Laura Briggin, Nate Yates, Jen Whalen, Steve Gatlin, Amanda Buhrer, Devin Cornish, Kiana Shibata, Sammie Wills, Nana Peña Caldera💚💚
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Hi friends!
October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy day!
Today we come together (virtually) to celebrate, to build awareness of what CP is and to create change!

At BOOST we celebrate our students achievements! It is impressive how all of them have adapted to this new crazy schedule and continued to work towards their goals. We are so proud of you for doing all this with a smile on your face!

Did you know that there are 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy? It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

BOOST offers a classroom program that is structured specifically for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. Our students learn best in a movement based structure. Therefore we provide multiple opportunities where they can practice and learn to master their skills. We are proud to be an organization that is creating change and working hard so that our students can have a better life.

Lets celebrate in person next year! 💚💚💚

Thank you to our UCPNB family for loving, caring and advocating for our students! Margaret Farman, Laura Briggin, Nate Yates, Jen Whalen, Steve Gatlin, Amanda Buhrer, Devin Cornish, Kiana Shibata, Sammie Wills, Nana Peña Caldera💚💚

World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On 6 October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the color green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed.

Learn more and share your stories at: worldcpday.org/
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World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On 6 October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the color green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed.

Learn more and share your stories at: https://worldcpday.org/
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