Greetings Cypress Community,

Teachers have resumed Distance Learning programming for our Extended School Year.  We continue to adapt this part of our program to make it more meaningful, engaging, and effective.  At the same time, we have continued to make preparations to resume in-person instruction when we are able.  Teachers are purging all but the essentials, spacing desks 6 feet apart, and making adjustments to their daily and weekly routines to pause higher-risk activities and replace them with lower risk activities.  

We held a training of a small group of staff this week on campus with face coverings and proper spacing to prepare for the new normal.  We reviewed what will be commonplace for all schools in the fall including health screening with questionnaires and touchless temperature checks, face coverings, handwashing, sanitizing and disinfecting, and stable cohort groupings to minimize physical contact with other groups.  We discussed the particular challenges posed with our unique population and some of the positive aspects of our distinctive setting.  We acknowledged the awkward feeling of masks and physical distancing and discussed the increased significance of social and emotional supports for our students.  We talked about modifying activities that promote belonging in our school community to avoid a feeling of isolation when physical isolation between groups is recommended.  We look forward to utilizing the outdoors as a preferred and low-risk location for community-based instruction.    

We have received conflicting reports about plans for fall from school leaders.  All we know for sure for now is that we don’t know yet what the fall will look like.  There is on the one hand, the consensus of the limitations and inequities inherent in remote learning that continue to lead to achievement gaps and regression.  On the other, the legitimate concerns for the health and safety of students and staff and the risks of increased exposure as restrictions loosen and we slowly reopen remains.  Everyone’s situation is unique and perspective completely valid.  At Cypress, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and will look for ways to meet our student’s needs while continuing to follow the best practices to minimize risks and maintain the health and safety of our community. 

Cypress School is not only a physical space, but the space we have imagined where we can coexist as our best selves.  It is also a place, when we don’t feel our best, we are met with compassion, understanding, and acceptance.  We will have to do some things differently, but our values will guide us to make sure we can continue to inhabit that space we have imagined and collectively, continually create.  Many of us are anxious to get back to normal.  With this time to reflect on what we value and what we miss about the way things were, we also are surprised to discover some things that seemed important at the time, don’t seem quite so vital.  Rather than go back to normal, we find ourselves with the opportunity to align our actions and values more closely, and to make choices that create the safe space where we can be our best selves.  After all, why settle for normal?  We know there are much more interesting things we can be.   

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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