26 Computer Drive East
Albany NY 12205

P: (518) 438-4800 / F: (518) 689-1091

Reopening | Updates & Information

 
As we work toward the full reopening of in-person education at the Spotted Zebra Learning Center, this page will contain the most recent updates and information for our community. We will continue to update this page and email our families as we learn more.

  • Reopening Plan September 2020

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  • Bizzy Beez Distance Learning Plan

    Main Schedule for the Classroom

    8:30-9:00 - Welcome: School Home Board, Name Trace, Open Play
    9:00-9:30 - Morning Meeting - Calendar, Sentence/Thought of the Day, Theme of the Week
    9:30-10:00 - Small Group
    10:00-10:30 - Bathroom/Snack
    10:30-11:00 - Book Time/Good-Bye Circle

    Remote Schedule for our Classroom

    8:30-9:00 - Welcome/School Home Board/Name Trace/Open Play
    • This can be done via zoom session
      • Have a set toy for the day and have children show and engage with peers
      • We will be working on social reciprocity
      • We will be working on critical thinking
    9:00-9:20 - Morning Meeting - Calendar, Sentence/Thought of the Day, Theme of the Week
    • This will be done via a zoom session
      • We will be working on social reciprocity
      • We will be working on critical thinking
      • We will be working on early math skills
      • We will be working on early language skills

    9:20- 9:30 - Brain Break/ Stretching

    9:30-10:00 - Small Group (two to three groups)
    • This will be done via zoom session
      • We will be working on social reciprocity
      • We will be working on critical thinking
      • We will be working on early math skills
      • We will be working on early language skills
    • Small groups will also be using a school at home tool box to complete tasks and activities.

    10:00-10:30 - Bathroom Break/Snack

    10:30-11:00 - Book Time/Good-Bye Circle.
    • This will be done via zoom session
      • We will be working on social reciprocity
      • We will be working on critical thinking
      • We will be working on early math skills
      • We will be working on early language skills

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  • Kindergarten Distance Learning Plan

    Creating a Safer Space: We will eliminate one table from the classroom and instead have 3 table groups and one “picnic group”, which will allow us enough room for a secondary group teaching spot at the opposite end of the classroom (back corner). Groups will take turns being the “picnic group” each week in order to make it fair and fun. Students will have personal materials located on shelves throughout the classroom for use during daily instructional activities.

    • 8:00-9:15 - Center-Based Play in Classroom
    • 9:15-9:55 - Circle/Snack
    • Movement Break @ table/picnic spots
    • 10:05-10:30 - Small Group Math
    • 10:30-10:45 - Movement Break
    • 10:45-11:30 - Stations- Literacy/Art Centers
    • 11:30-12:00 - Science/Social Skills Group
    • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch
    • 1:15-2:00 - Specials/Special Activity
    • 2:00-2:15 - Pack-Up
    • 2:15-3:00 - Outdoor Play (weather permitting)
    • 3:00 - Dismissal
    • 3:15-5:30 - Play in Classroom for Children With Wrap Around

    Virtual Learning: If our class must go virtual, we will break the class into 2 groups for video calls and Mrs. Sbardella and Mrs. Terry will parallel teach. Morning and Closing Circle will continue as a whole group.

    • 9:15-9:45 - Entire class morning circle
    • 10:00-10:30 - Small Group Math (live or prerecorded with supplemental activity)
    • 11:00-11:45 - Storytime and Literacy/Social Studies/Art Activity (live or prerecorded with supplemental activity)
    • Break for Lunch/Outdoor Play - teachers will post optional movement activity on Google Classroom
    • 1:00-1:30 - Closing Circle (Social Studies/Science activity)

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  • Blue Room Distance Learning Plan

    In the event that the Blue Room needs to go remote at the Spotted Zebra during the 2020-2021 school year, the following plan will be put into place:

    • Platform used for consistent online therapy will be Zoom. Invitations will be sent to each child.
    • Email communication as well as access to Google Classroom will be utilized to communicate the resources and supplies needed to be successful and to work on IEP goals during each session.
    • Assistance and direction will be provided to families in order to obtain necessary materials for remote education.
    • The class will continue to work on a variety of goals including but not limited to: social and emotional development, daily living skills, following multi-step directions, attending and preacademic skills.
    • A consistent schedule will be used when going back and forth between remote and in-person learning (see below). Snack, lunch and bathroom breaks have been built into the schedule.

    8:30-9:00 Good Morning Circle (Calendar, weather)
    9:15-9:45 Structured Play/Games/Sensory Activities
    10:00-10:30 Music and Movement
    10:45-11:15 Small Group/Fine Motor/Art
    11:30-12:00 Story
    12:00-1:00 Break for Lunch
    1:00-1:30 Goodbye Circle

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  • Violet Room Distance Learning Plan

    In the event that the Violet Room class at the Spotted Zebra Learning Center goes remote during the 2020-2021 school year, the following plan has been put in place:

    • Zoom will be the platform used for consistent online services. Invitations will be sent to each child.
    • Communication will take place with parents via email as well as via Google Classroom for resources and supplies needed to be successful and to work on IEP goals during each session.
    • Assistance and direction will be provided for families to obtain the needed materials for remote services. All students will receive a learning toolbox with materials necessary to participate in all activities.
    • The class will continue to work on a variety of goals including, but not limited to social and emotional development, daily living skills, following multi-step directions, attending and pre-academic skills.
    • A consistent schedule will be used for all children when going back and forth between remote and in person learning (see below). Snack and bathroom breaks have been built into our schedule.

    8:30-9:00 - Welcome (Calendar, weather, morning song(s))
    9:15-9:45 - Small Groups/Art Activity/ Fine Motor
    10:00-10:30 - Music and Movement
    10:45-11:15 - Structured play
    11:30-12:00 - Story Time
    12:00-1:00 - Break for Lunch
    1:05-1:30 - Closing Circle

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  • Green Room Distance Learning Plan

    In the event that the Green Room class at the Spotted Zebra Learning Center goes remote during the 2020 - 2021 school year, the following schedule will be put into place. Parents will have access to lessons and activities via Zoom. All students will receive a toolbox with materials necessary to participate in all activities. Parents will also have access to Google Classroom where activities and resources will be posted on a regular basis. The class will be working on a variety of goals including, but not limited to: social and emotional development (coping, peer interactions, play), daily living skills, following multi-step directions, attending and pre-academic skills (math, literacy, science).

    8:30-9:00 - Structured Play, Games, and Sensory Activities
    9:15-9:45 - Movement and Storytime
    10:00-10:30 - Calendar, Weather, and Morning Songs
    10:45-11:15 - Small Group with Fine Motor/Art/Content Area Learning
    11:30-12:00 - Letter of the Week Activities
    12:00-1:00 - Break for Lunch and Gross Motor play at home
    1:00-1:30 - Closing Circle

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  • Remote Learning Plan for Counseling Play Therapy

    1. Platform used for consistent online therapy will be Zoom. Invites will be sent to each child according to frequency listed on their IEPs (invites to designated email provided by parent). For additional security and privacy, anyone entering a ZOOM meeting will wait in a virtual “waiting room” until granted access by the host/therapist.
    2. Email communication will be used with parents for resources and supplies needed to be successful and work on IEP goals during each session. This also allows for additional communication opportunities of any concerns or topics parents would like to have covered during their child’s play therapy session (e.g. emotional or behavioral concerns that may arise between sessions).
    3. Consistent time slots will be used for each child when going back and forth between remote and in person learning.
    4. Assistance and direction will be provided for families to obtain necessary materials for remote play therapy.
    5. Coordination of materials for parents and children will be set aside before a counseling session whether using contact less pick up, mail, and/or email.
    6. A variety of methods will be used for remote learning such as online forums (i.e. Boom Cards, Story read-a-louds, Be Like Buddy videos/Social Story videos, etc.), as well as manipulatives, toys, and games.

    Submitted By:
    Tonya Apgar, Certified School Psychologist MS

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  • Remote Learning Plan for Music Therapy

    In-Person Music Therap Services

    1. MT will wear face mask at all times when singing. Other personal equipment includes, but is not limited to, face shield and large plexiglass divider.
    2. MT will stay at least six feet away from others while singing, and will use a measured tape line on the floor as a visual.
    3. MT will consider best practice when utilizing singing techniques, and opt for music that does not include live singing when possible. Examples include rhythm activities, movement songs, pre-recorded videos, recorded music.
    4. Group therapy to be delivered in larger open spaces to give more room for distance.
    5. Outdoor sessions provided, weather permitting.
    6. Children will only use instruments provided within their cohort, which will be cleaned regularly.

    Remote Music Therap Services

    1. MT will use Zoom to provide direct music therapy services for IEP approved students in group and individual formats.
    2. MT will use Zoom to provide music classes for classrooms on a regular weekly schedule.
    3. MT will refrain from singing when in the building and enter classrooms only to introduce self and meet children.
    4. MT will provide pre-recorded music videos to classrooms and families via the Bloomz app or Google classroom.
    5. MT will use email communication to provide resources and supplemental materials.

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  • Remote Learning Plan for Occupational Therapy

    1. Platform used for consistent online therapy will be Zoom. Invitations will be sent to each child according to frequency listed on their IEPs.
    2. Email communication will be used with parents for resources and supplies needed to be successful and work on IEP goals during each session.
    3. Consistent time slots will be used for each child when going back and forth between remote and in person learning.
    4. Assistance and direction will be provided for families to obtain the necessary materials for remote occupational therapy.
    5. Coordination of materials for parents and children will be set aside before an OT session whether using contact less pick up or mail.
    6. A variety of methods will be used for remote learning such as online forums (i.e. handwriting without tears, google slides, boom decks), as well as manipulatives, toys and games.

    Submitted By:
    Carla J. O’Connor, MS, OTR/L
    Chelsea M. Decker, MS, OTR/L

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  • Remote Learning Plan for Physical Therapy Department

    1. Contact families as soon as possible to remind them of the schedules and discuss the service platform of sessions. The standard for service platform will be Zoom. Each family will receive an invite per their IEP frequencies. If the child remains in daycare – coordinate with the Spotted Zebra and the family for services.
    2. Continue services via the schedule in place at the time of closure based on the child’s IEP frequencies.
    3. Ensure communication with families regarding resources and supplies needed for therapy sessions.
    4. Should families opt out of remote services - provide activities via google classroom and remain in contact through emails or phone call check-ins.

    Submitted by:
    Susan M. Larrabee, MSPT
    Megan Dodge, DPT

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  • Remote Learning Plan for Speech Therapy Department

    1. Platform used for consistent online therapy will be Zoom. Invitations will be sent to each child according to frequency listed on their IEPs.
    2. Email communication will be used with parents for resources and supplies needed to be successful and work on IEP goals during each session.
    3. Consistent time slots will be used for each child when going back and forth between remote and in person learning.
    4. Assistance and direction will be provided for families to obtain necessary materials for remote speech therapy.
    5. Coordination of materials for parents and children will be set aside before speech session whether using contact less pick up, mail, and/or email.
    6. Methodologies used for remote learning will include online forums (i.e. Google Classroom and slides, Boom Learning decks, YouTube), as well as manipulatives, toys and games.

    Submitted By:
    Elizabeth Rhodes, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Kathy Salvi, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Karen Vartigian, M.S. CCC-SLP

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KEY REFERENCES

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020

State Education Department Issues Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools (July 16, 2020)

Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

New York State Education Department Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19)