Adaptations For Abraxas and Foundations for Living
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, and Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) is adapting to make sure that students continue to be served. This month, MOESC’s press releases will be focusing on showing the public what steps are being taken by each department or team. This fifth release will focus on Abraxas and Foundations for Living, the Private Residential Treatment Facilities Schools.
Both schools are providing weekly work to all students through weekly class packets and the students are engaged in teacher-directed classes through Zoom. The teachers worked to put four weeks of educational material together for each individual student to meet their academic goals for the remainder of this term.
Once a week, work is being collected and new work is being given out to the students with the assistance of the administrators and facility supervisors in each location. Teachers are available by phone or email to answer any questions the students or facility staff have related to the daily assignments given to the students.
IEP and ETR meetings are being held via phone or video conferencing. Outside agencies and the district of residence for each child will still be invited and encouraged to participate in all meetings.
The educational staff at both PRTF programs have been participating in professional development related to online lesson delivery. Each teacher has started preparing these lessons from home with the continued support of Mid-Ohio ESC’s technology coordinator.
Vanessa Wagner, principal for Foundations for Living, said the staff has worked tirelessly. “We have not allowed teachers to come in contact with students at the facilities since the initial start of the school closure order, but our teachers worked hard to prepare packets of assignments to finish out the term we were in and we have now transitioned to online learning through zoom and Edgenuity.”
Wagner continued, “The teachers at both Abraxas and Foundations have really taken on a huge task of switching gears so quickly. Without the help of Candy Bores, the technology coordinator [at MOESC], and her constant support throughout this process we would not have been as successful as we are. The teachers and administrative assistants at both programs have learned new skills, engaged in collaborative problem solving and have really come together to make this successful for out students.”
Wagner said the constant support of the directors and staff members at both Abraxas and Foundations for Living has been critical. “We have become extremely dependent on their willingness and ability to pivot on the fly with us and engage the necessary support structures inside of the facility so that we can continue to educate our students with consistency. The partnership between MOESC and the partner facilities is stronger than it has ever been and we are all working hard to ensure a high standard of education and mental health treatment for all students in both programs.”