COVID-19 Parent/Family School Information

Important Information for Families

All Important Messages to Families

Return this Important Form with Your Child on the First Day of School
Please complete this important form and send to school with your child on their first day back.

12/1/2020 Important Message to Parenyts: Click Here – Positive COVID Announcement

11/9/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – Snow Closings and Delays

11/5/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – New York Travel Policies

10/24/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – Student Attendance Guidelines

10/7/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – Weekly Student Health Check-In

10/5/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – Calling in Your Child’s Absence 

8/27/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – FAQs on Buses and Transportation

8/20/2020 Important Message to Parents: Click Here – Regarding Delayed Start to In-School Classes 

8/17/2020 Important Message to parents: Click Here – Letter on Re-Opening Schedule & Calendar

8/11/2020 Important Message to parents: Click Here – Invite to Virtual Town Hall

8/4/2020 Important Message to parents: Click Here – Re-Opening Plan State Requirements

6/9/2020 Important Message to parents: Click Here – Regarding Governor’s Announcement on Spec. Ed School Openings

6/1/2020 Important Message to parents: Click Here – Continuation of Remote Learning

3/30/2020 ImportantMessage to parents: Click Here – Closing of Schools Until May 15, 2020

School Re-Opening FAQ
In response to the many thoughtful questions and concerns posed by our families, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Click Here!

School Calendar – Revised School Calendar: Click Here.

Re-Opening Plan – Check out our full Re-Opening Plan for the School Year: Click Here!

Check out previous issues of our Spectrum Services Parent eNewsletters
Our bi-weekly newsletter is packed with information, useful tips, and more. Click Here!

Check out our new Video Series for our families.
These videos will guide you through some of the basic principles for teaching and supporting children with Autism. Click Here!

Spectrum Services Groups, Meetings, and Trainings Cancellation Information – 3/16/2020
Due to the Governor’s directive for all meetings and public events on all school ground’s to be cancelled. There will be no Parent Workshop on Understanding Challenging Behavior scheduled for March 17th, also cancelled is our Parent Workshop on Financial Planning scheduled for March 19th, and there will be no Parent/Sibling Groups on March 24th. Our DASA Training scheduled for March 31/April 1st is still scheduled, but depending on the circumstances, may also be cancelled.

Ulster County Executive Directs all County Schools to Close for Two Weeks – 3-13-2020 – Click for Details
Spectrum Services included in the County Executive’s order to close for two weeks.

Spectrum Services Postpones Pour & Tour Fundraising Event Scheduled for March 27th – 3-12-2020 – Click for Details
To help protect our community, Spectrum Services postpones annual Autism Awareness Fundraiser.

Important Information on Spectrum Services Strategy on Coronavirus Prevention – 3-10-2020 – Click for Details

Learning at Home
We’re about to launch our Remote Learning Program! Please review the information below, and remember, we’re here to help you.

Remote Learning Central

Please Review Our Remote Learning Guidelines
As we gear up for at-home learning, please review these Remote Learning Guidelines that will be of great help: Click Here.

Permission Form for Online Learning
Before we begin Remote Learning with your child, we will need your permission by digitally signing our Online Permission Form. For Kingston Parents, Click Here, and for Ellenville Parents, Click Here.


Online Education, Activities, and Fun Websites for Learning

Our Education Team and Therapists have reviewed many websites that you will find useful while your student learns at home. We’ve delineated them into categories, to make things easier for you.

Education, Activities, and Fun
Educational Activities While Your Child is Home: Click Here.
More Fun Activities, Virtual Tours, Games, and Exploration: Click Here.

Resources for Social Skills
Autism Teaching Strategies: Social Skills Downloads: Click Here.
Life Skills Curriculum for Studnets Grades K-12: Click Here.

Resources for Occupational/Physical Therapy
At Home OT/PT/APE Resources to Build Skills Through Movement and Play: Click Here.

Resources for Speech
Nessy is Designed to Help Students of All Abilities: Click Here.
Printable Games and Activities for Phonics and Reading all using evidence-based methods: Click Here.

Additional Resources
Here’s another list of activities, online children’s’ magazines, and more! Click Here.

If You Need Help Feeding Your Family During this Time

For those families who may need help during this time, local food banks and organizations are ready to help! Ulster County has formed a new program called Project Resilience, to help feed those who may be having a difficult time, for more information on Project Resilience, Click Here. For a list of Ulster County food banks: Click Here, and for Dutchess County food banks, Click Here.

Also, check with your local school district, as some, like the New Paltz school district, are now offering home delivered meals to students. For a list of Ulster County School Districts and what they’re doing, Click Here.

Getting Accurate Regional Information from Local Government

Ulster and Dutchess county governments are offering a lot of useful information and updates on what they’re doing to help their residents during this crisis. Click Here for Ulster County’s Coronavirus page, and Click Here for Dutchess County’s.

Related to Healthy Habits and the Coronavirus

Use these links for information on useful information from a number of authorities.