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Greater Gulf Coast Cooperative Information During School Closure

Greater Gulf Coast Cooperative

Evangelina Guerra, Director ・eguerra@hitchcockisd.org  

Damon ISD        ・       Danbury ISD        ・      Hitchcock ISD        ・      Needville ISD

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian of our Students with special needs:

During this time of responding to COVID-19/Coronavirus, we want you to know that taking care of our students and families is our primary concern.  Our district administrators have met to plan for instruction.  Teachers have been working diligently to create packages or online assignments. We know that your focus is on the immediate health, emotional well-being and health of your children, and we support that focus.

Calls to the office, my cell phone and emails to all staff members are being monitored daily - even if the employee is working remotely – as our superintendent says, we are not on vacation

We want to reassure you that we are focused on seeking innovative solutions to the many instructional, personal and emotional health issues of our students and families. We will strive to make you aware of assistance and communicate our plans.  Current plans:

Week 1 (March 23-27): -  Academic focus is on enrichment/enhancement activities

Teachers and Special Education service providers​ will be sending working materials and contacting their students; this may be via telephone, class dojo, Google class or other ways. If you need to update your phone number and/or email you can call the office, my cell phone, text me or email me.

Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist are contacting your student’s teachers to ensure they have necessary resources as well as determine how to support the students in their learning. They will be also contacting some parents.

For students who receive counseling as a direct special education service:  Keri Dabney, LPC-will be contacting parents, sending videos, emails, mails, and using Zoom App, Google Hangouts, and created a Facebook page.           

Speech therapists are providing activities that students can do in the home setting by printed packets, class Dojo or Google class Your child speech therapist will be contacting parents of students who receive speech therapy to discuss how services or supports will be provided as well as to ensure the students understand the activities.      

If you have not been contacted by Friday, March 27 at 4pm, please call to leave a message. Be sure to leave your child’s name, campus, teacher’s name and the best number to reach you.          

ARD committee meetings will occur using either the free Zoom App, Google Hangout or via conference call. ARD committee specialists will be contacting parents to schedule the meetings.

Evaluations that require face-to-face testing, both initials and reevaluations, will not happen while we are not physically in school. Testing will resume when we return to our physical school setting. 

As we continue to closely monitor COVID-19/Coronavirus developments, please know that we understand how important clear, consistent communication is for our parents and community. 

Please check our website regularly, and please call or email.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unique times. 

Sincerely, 

Evangelina Guerra

GGCC Director

 

 7801 Neville Ave ・ Hitchcock,  Texas  77563

Office Phone:  409-316-6546 ・Cell 409 739 0217  ・  Fax: 409-986-5485