Solterra Academy Specialized Day School New Britain, CT

EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR (ESY)/SUMMER SCHOOL VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION PLAN

Extended School Year (Esy)/Summer School Virtual Instruction Plan

Due to the continued health risks associated with in-person school attendance, Solterra Academy will be providing ESY Services (Summer School) in a 100% virtual mode using the digital platforms we have been using since schools closed in March.  The goal of our Continued Learning Opportunities during our ESY (Summer School) session will be to continue to address each student’s IEP goals and objectives to greatest extent possible given the circumstances.

ESY Services will begin on Monday, July 6th, and end on Friday, August 7th (5 weeks).  Staff will be available to provide, academic instruction, counseling, and related services between the hours of 8:30 and 1:30 only.  While we understand that these hours may constitute a hardship for some of our working families, we are asking that they be respected as closely as possible to protect our staff’s time with their own families this summer.

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Extended School Year (Esy)/Summer School Virtual Instruction Plan

Academic Instruction

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Our teachers will be available during regular ESY/Summer School hours of 8:30 to 1:30
All Solterra Academy classes foster the overall development of the student in a structured, supportive learning environment. Each student’s program is highly individualized according to the student’s profile of strengths and areas of need.
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Due to the social nature of our summer programming, each teacher will be providing at least 1 hour of direct, whole group instruction for students via Zoom.  The exact schedule of this time will vary depending on the teacher, and they will communicate that directly to their parents prior to the start of ESY/Summer School.

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When not directly instructing, teachers will monitor email and other communication with students and parents regularly throughout ESY/Summer School hours.

Digital Platforms

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The majority of our teachers will continue to provide lessons and direction to students through the Microsoft 365 platform.
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Our younger classrooms will continue to use the ClassDojo platform.,
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Our classrooms focusing more on life skills instruction will continue using the N2Y platform.
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Parents are asked to assist their children in learning the platform and completing the assignments/activities assigned by their teachers.  Teachers can be contacted through the platform, via e-mail, or by phone.

Counseling and Related Services

  • Our Clinicians and Related Service personnel will be available during regular ESY/Summer School hours of 8:30 to 1:30.
  • After hours clinical support can be obtained by calling 860-612-2300 and pressing 1.
  • Social Skills instruction will be provided live via Zoom once a week for each classroom. The classroom teacher will notify each family about what day and time their group is scheduled.
  • Clinicians and Related Service personnel will contact families to set up individual service times that work for families.
  • Services can be delivered via telephone, video conferencing via Zoom, and/or through the Microsoft 365 platform.
  • While not online continuously, clinicians and related service staff will monitor email and other communication with students and parents regularly throughout the ESY/Summer School hours.
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Communication

We will continue to provide periodic updates and messages throughout ESY/Summer School as we know more about what our full return to school will look like.  Should you have questions during this time, the following are ways you can contact school personnel:

  • Call the school’s main line at 860-612-2300, press 9 for the Main Office
  • E-mail your child’s teacher or clinician

E-mail any member of the school’s administrative team:

Gwen Killheffer

Principal

Patricia FitzGerald

Clinical Director

Sharon Edricks

Assistant Principal

Anna Martin

Assistant Principal

Nicole Haeseler

Assistant Principal

Christine Smith

Assistant Principal

Please continue to check our website for frequent updates as well as a variety of parent resources that we are updating daily

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