When Shore closed in March, we could not have imagined the life changes every one of us were about to experience. Nevertheless, we mobilized quickly and effectively to reach our students and families. Shore staff delivered Chromebooks and iPads, parents learned new software. We connected over the phone, in google meets and classrooms, using Class Dojo.
I am so proud of the way the Shore community responded in these last months. But it’s undeniable that our students learn best, in-person, where instruction and therapies use multiple modalities and individualized strategies. Assessment and modifications are second-nature to our staff. Some days, lesson plans change and supportive strategies are implemented the moment a student enters the classroom and is highly dysregulated or still lethargic from early morning seizures. Counselors and nurses are day in and day out lifelines for students struggling with emotional and physical health issues. Trusted paraprofessionals convince students to value and believe in themselves as much as the staff value and believe in them.
We present our plan, intended to be the best and most flexible services we can offer in the context of the best health and safety practices we can employ. All of our protocols are based on the recommendations issued by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Shore may be a tiny dot on the world map, but these months have shown us how strong, connected, compassionate, and resilient our community is. These are the qualities that will inspire us to move forward together through the challenges ahead.
Shore Educational Collaborative