As you ascend the stairs you are greeted by our classroom. Within our classroom you may find our amazing teacher, Chase (a Seneca alum), Laryonda (our extraordinary therapist), and some amazing Mental Health Counselors: Sierra, Shaquan, and Erika.
We had the privilege of partnering with this program in the midst of the pandemic. Unfortunately, due to COVID, no on-campus meetings or in-person intakes with families were allowed, which made it a bit challenging to build new relationships with families that were bonded to the previous teams. Virtual tours and Zoom video meetings of the space don’t hit the same mark that an in-person meeting can. While the team continued to reach out to our families and establish a strong community within these partly established classrooms, rumors began coming around that some of our families did not like us nor how we were providing support to the students. Our teacher and team attempted to engage our families to get down to these negative feelings that were being reported, however all families reported positive support and good communication.
From this meeting we have seen an increase in our family engagement and responses from caregiver-to-staff outreach. Clearly Omicron has put a damper on our hopes to do more events like this in our MAC SELPA programs, but we will definitely resume them as safety allows and things begin to open back up.