Dear Cypress Community,

Cypress staff are making preparations to offer limited, small group in-person opportunities.  We are excited and anxious to begin, and want to make sure we have accounted for everything. Our team has provided training to staff on the proper cleaning, distancing, hand washing and face covering protocols to support our students in a safe environment.  I am humbled by the dedication of the entire Cypress team.  

We will be starting with outings to outdoor environments and then begin to allow students interested to return to campus.  The majority of school time will continue to be provided through distance learning.  We are allowed to invite a maximum of 25% of our students on-site and cohorts need to be stable and prohibited from intermingling.  In the strictest interpretation of the state guidance released last week, cohorts will consist of no more than 2 staff meaning the maximum size based on our staffing ratios would be 4 students and some cohorts as few as 2 students.  This limitation in staffing changes our initial plan which kept the total members included in a cohort low but was made up of less students and more staff. 

We are reassigning our groups to address this change, which does limit exposure to fewer people, however we need to ensure students and staff have the behavior support to be safe as well.  We are also taking into account staff availability which may be limited since those with children must secure child care to participate.  This may be more detail than you need, but I would like to offer an explanation of the many limitations involved to put this into motion.  It is a complicated puzzle and we appreciate your patience while we work out all the kinks.  We will be sending more detailed information out soon to spell out the new procedures with health-screenings, temperature checks, face coverings and other information.    

Our first outings will include students currently participating in our ABA program.  Those that have expressed interest in adding that service will be included once we have approval from insurance or the regional center.  As we prepare for this holiday weekend, I want to implore everyone to celebrate safely.  The more diligently we refuse to allow this virus to spread, the sooner we can get to be together again.

Sincerely,

Nate Yates

Director of Educational and Behavioral Services

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Laressa has been working at WineBev Services since 2016. Although she is a hard worker and very detail oriented in production, she has always wanted to work in the community, independently. Since the beginning of the pandemic and the temporary closure of our WineBev Services program, Laressa set a goal of attaining a job in the retail field. She independently applied for a number of positions and was hired at Walmart in November. Our Supported Employment program in Napa has assisted her in registering with Department of Rehabilitation, so that she will be able to have a Job Coach to support her in her new position. As well as working at Walmart, she continues to attend employment related Zoom classes through our WBS program. In time, Laressa has stated that she wants to save up so that she can take a vacation to Hawaii, a dream she has had for many years. We are proud of Laressa’s growth, self-advocacy, and positive attitude that has helped her achieve her goals. WineBev Services will continue to support her as she moves forward in her life.

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