The MSB Weekly Staff News – September 23, 2021


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DATES TO REMEMBER:

September 24 – Professional Day – Classes end at 11:30 am – NO preschool 

October 8 – Professional Day – Classes end at 11:30 am – NO preschool 

October 11 – School Closed – Holiday

UPCOMING EVENTS:

NEW! The Staff Town Hall meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, September 27th at 3:30 p.m.  An ASL interpreter will be provided and the meeting will be recorded. The topic will be MSB Priorities for 2021-2022.

ZOOM LINK:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81122178801

Or One tap mobile:

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If you would like to recognize your colleagues with a Star Award, please send an email to Dotty Raynor  and Valerie Johnson by noon on Friday, September 27.

9/30 3:15-4:15 pm Building a Multicultural MSB Community-webinar series– Disability Culture Webinar 

Flu Vaccine Clinic 10/7 (date change) 7-9am and 12-2 pm sign up using this form

10/19 3:15-4:15 pm  Building a Multicultural MSB Community-webinar series– Blind Culture Webinar  

NEWS FROM THE HIVE

New – Reopening Plan

After careful review of the COVID-19 data in our region, MSB has determined that we will continue in Tier 4 of the MSB reopening plan.  The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and will continue to be the driving factor in MSB’s decision making process.  We will reevaluate our reopening plan at the end of November and inform you of any changes at that time. 

We appreciate your understanding, flexibility and support as we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions, please contact me or Dr. Josh Irzyk. 

NEW – Compensatory and Recovery Services

We have all been so excited to see students back on campus and in the halls and classrooms. As we get into the school year, teachers and service providers are reintroducing students to classroom routines, diving into reading, math, science, social studies, and integrating therapies into daily activities. All instructional staff have been working with students to assess their needs and learning over the time that campus was closed. Information that has been and continues to be collected will be used to help determine the need for compensatory and recovery services for time missed while students were away from campus. Information about these services will be sent to parents in the next month.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal, teacher, or Joshua Irzyk at joshuai@mdschblind.org.

NEW Resource for Students/Families

Connections Beyond Sight and Sound is a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education and the University of Maryland, College Park. This project supports children with deaf-blindness and/or cortical visual impairment in their homes, schools, and communities by providing consultation, training, special programs, resources, and technical assistance to children and their families and care providers.

If you would like support for a student you serve or your own child, Connections provides consultative and training support for teachers, parents and IEP teams for FREE. If you would like to become an intervener, Connections provides resources for that as well!

Take advantage of the many services that they have available!

Contact Donna Riccobono, Project Director, for more information: DonnaRic@umd.edu

On Campus COVID19 testing – ROOM CHANGE to Morrison Hall Basement effective 9/20

Reminder that all compliance training and quiz assessments in Safe Schools are due by 9/30.  Contact Barb Burke with any questions.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has changed to CIGNA for ALL MSB employees and their families/household members (you do not need to be a CIGNA member to use the EAP).  Call 1.877.622.4327 or visit myCigna.com. Employer ID: msb (for initial registration)

Services available at no cost to you include:

6 face-to-face counseling sessions with a counselor in your area. Video-based sessions are also available to fit your busy schedule.

Legal assistance: 30-minute consultation with an attorney, face-to-face or by phone.

Financial: 30-minute telephone consultation with a qualified specialist on topics such as debt counseling or planning for retirement.

Parenting: Resources and referrals for childcare providers, before and after school programs, camps, adoption organizations, child development, prenatal care and more.

Eldercare: Resources and referrals for home health agencies, assisted living facilities, social and recreational programs and long-distance caregiving.

Pet care: Resources and referrals for pet sitting, obedience training, veterinarians and pet stores.

Identity theft: 60-minute consultation with a fraud resolution specialist.

Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases on Campus

There were 0  confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus during the week ending September 23.  

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