Laura Briggin, Cypress School Director, BCBA

Cypress Primary School and Cypress Secondary School: Our Cypress Administration, Teachers, Therapists, and our Educational and Behavioral Consultants, Dr. Colleen Arnold and Sarah Doherty, have been looking at a modified Extended School Year (ESY) with the possibility of in class options while we are awaiting more guidance from the state.

Some important considerations that we need to address before we return to on-campus instruction include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided to all staff, therapists and students (although we will ask but not require students to wear a mask). Marin County has opened a Special Day class with students that have similar needs to our students at Cypress School. Cindy Evans, former Cypress Teacher, and now teacher of the Marin County pilot classroom is in contact with us to report what is and is not working.

We are in contact with various state and local agencies, school districts, and other schools and have been discussing and brainstorming how to create a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Some of those ideas have included having a modified schedule, such as an AM group and a PM group that are on campuses at different times to limit exposure to each other. We have also discussed having two full days for instruction, on Monday and Tuesday, for half of our students, having a deep cleaning on Wednesday, and having the second half of the classroom attend Thursday and Friday. Our Community Based Instruction also needs to be considered, as we would not go to grocery stores, or any areas where students would be in close contact with others.

Cypress ABA Afterschool Services and ABA Special Summer Programs: The Cypress June ABA Program will continue with tele-health/distance learning and is currently targeting 50 participants with familiar staff on Zooms and Zoom alternatives. The program will also include recorded videos, 1:1 Zoom/Facetime meetings, group Zoom/FaceTime activities, and individualized care and material packages, delivered by Cypress Aides or by mail. These activities scheduled by Zoom, learning packets sent home, calls and videos will include social skills, virtual field trips, shared movies, dance parties, music, art, drama, PE, and Yoga.

BOOST Educational Services: The Boost Conductive Education Program is successfully finishing their second academic year and have successfully implemented individualized distance learning opportunities via Zoom classes, live and recorded videos shared with families, individual Zoom calls, and individually designed boxes of hands on and supplemental learning materials. We have two potential referrals for the BOOST classroom. We have been interviewing and will be enrolling one student for ESY and at least one student for the regular 2020-2021 school year. The BOOST team has determined that the July BOOST Summer Program will be held by distance learning following the present methods including Zoom, videos, phone calls and care/learning packets sent home.

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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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