COVID-19 Information and Resources for TEC Families
Dear TEC Families and Students,
At TEC we know that together we create more opportunities and that is how we have developed our plan for the reopening of our vibrant learning community. Throughout these challenging months the TEC Leadership Team and staff has reviewed and aligned our practices and protocols to the COVID-19 guidelines provided to us from DESE, the CDC, state and local advisories to meet or exceed their guidance in order to prepare for the safe reopening of TEC’s in-person instructional programs this fall. We have shared our progress with our community along the way with a series of memos, personal outreach, and Zoom meetings and have provided additional information for families on our COVID-19 Resources web page.
We are so very grateful to our families who have been incredible learning partners throughout these difficult days, they inspired our staff members to create innovative ways to engage and challenge every child, every day. I want to thank our dedicated leadership team and instructional staff members who were determined to provide every child with the best possible remote learning experience possible and strived to maintain continuous communication with every family. I also want to acknowledge and thank the TEC Board of Directors for their ongoing support and encouragement throughout this pandemic as well as the network of educational leaders from all of the school districts who trust TEC to provide highly specialized programs and services to their students.
Throughout the summer TEC staff met to develop Strategic Plan to Reopen. I want to commend the many dedicated TEC staff members who have been actively involved in this planning process, their insight and participation in our strategic planning committees was invaluable. Although we all know that no one can guarantee a 100% risk-free environment, by working together we have developed and implemented protocols to mitigate health risks for our students and staff members as best we can to lay the groundwork for a healthy and successful school year.
As we move to reopen, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority. Whenever possible all staff and students will practice six feet of social distancing and all staff, and students who are able, will wear facemasks at all times. TEC has made significant changes to our facilities including posting signage, installing sanitizing dispensers, adopted restrictive entry protocols for visitors and vendors, marking of physical spaces for social distancing in our classrooms and common areas, established isolation areas, controlled access to restrooms, and limited movement between programs. We have confirmed the ventilation and airflow within our facilities is acceptable and our therapeutic pool was certified by the local health inspector.
Maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring all staff are trained properly in workplace safety standards for COVID-19 is essential and we have developed and implemented a comprehensive training program for all staff members designed and directed by our Nurse Leader and her staff. We have supplied our staff with the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and all staff members are being trained in the use of PPE needed to provide direct instruction to our students with complex health and learning challenges. Our students will receive training from our nursing staff as well.
We have worked through the complexities of receiving our staff and students back to our classrooms with purposeful determination for creating the safest possible environment. For instance, new technology has been ordered to reduce any sharing of resources such as iPads and Chromebooks. All of our classrooms and offices are deeply sanitized daily and cleaning and sanitizing supplies are provided to every classroom and office to re-sanitize throughout the day.
Our plan to reopen in-person this fall was presented to the TEC Board of Directors on August 4, 2020 and was unanimously approved. Click here to review TEC's Final Plan for Fall Reopening.
Still, although we have spent many hours developing our plan to reopen in our preferred in-person learning model, we all know that there is always a possibility that we will have to change our plans due to another outbreak of COVID-19. To ensure continuity of instruction and support each program has prepared a detailed plan for both a hybrid and remote model of instruction.
We have worked hard and are prepared to welcome our students back to school, but we know that more needs to be done. Every member of our learning community, our staff, our students and our families must work collaboratively to keep our schools safe and healthy. We will be sharing additional detailed information to all of our families and students about our new practices and protocols before school opens in September.
Together, that is how we will move forward and rebuild the powerful learning community that we all miss!
Thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support.