When COVID first emerged almost two years ago, no one imagined we’d still be living in a pandemic today. Although we are back to in-person instruction, our students and families continue to face many challenges. Our SOAPS program is constantly working to find creative and helpful ways to support our families. One way we have supported our families is through making theme-centered bags to send home with the students. For the winter break, we created bags filled with snacks, drinks, board games, and various arts & crafts activities. The families were appreciative of the bags and many students shared stories of bonding with their families through the activities that were provided.
Another way SOAPS has supported our families is through providing a few basic necessities for students. Prior to the winter break, students at Community Day School were given hygiene bags. The bags were filled with deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash, lotion, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and snacks. Some of our students do not have stable home environments, and the hygiene bags were another way to make sure that they have some of their basic needs provided for during their time away from school. Although these gestures may not solve all their struggles, they are our way of reminding families that they haven’t been forgotten and we are here to support them.
Through all the challenges we’ve faced this year, we were excited to celebrate the re-admission of 2 of our high school students at Community Day School (CDS) in December. Both students were referred to CDS through the Disciplinary Hearing Process when they were expelled from their home school campus. During their time at CDS, these students have worked hard to get caught up on school credits, modify their behaviors, and achieve their ultimate goal of being re-admitted. This just shows how resilient our students are when faced with adversity.
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