FACE Virtual Instructional Period (VIP) Update
Update from the Hillsborough County School District:
For Immediate Release
State Leaders Extend School Closures
Across the State Through May 1
Tampa, Fla. – (March 30, 2020) – Following guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, state leaders announce school closures across the state are now extended through May 1.
Here is what this closure means for our schools:
- All schools – traditional and charter – will be closed through May 1;
- All extra-curricular activities will be canceled during this time frame
Even though campuses will remain closed, our eLearning plans will continue. Today, students and teachers across our district began their class work online. We understand this is a challenge for many families. Our district is grateful to our amazing teachers, school leaders and district staff who have worked tirelessly to guide their students through eLearning with assignments, virtual discussions and support throughout the day. You can find our district’s comprehensive eLearning plan at HillsboroughSchools.org/coronavirus.
Hillsborough Schools will continue to provide meals – both breakfast and lunch in one daily pickup – to students 18 years old and younger throughout this closure. Starting today, our Student Nutrition Services staff expanded their reach, serving students closer to their homes, at 147 school sites. Utilizing our school buses, our transportation staff and student nutrition workers also brought meals out to many neighborhoods. Through our total reach today, our staff provided more than 50,000 nutritious meals to children across our district.
As you can see, this is an evolving situation across our state. We remain in constant contact with the Florida Department of Education for further direction from the state. We will communicate the information with our families, students and staff when we know more. The latest information can be found on our website at HillsboroughSchools.org.
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Preparing Students for Life
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Dear FACE Families,
Tomorrow is a big day! It is our first day of virtual school. We know this may be overwhelming. Please know our FACE staff is here to support our students and their families.
How to prepare for tomorrow morning’s virtual learning…
- Please take this time, tonight, to sign onto Class Dojo, and say ‘hi’ to your child’s teacher. This allows us to know which families we need to contact and to provide login support.
- Please practice going onto the different learning platforms sent to you by your child’s teacher. Let us know as soon as possible if your login and password works or not, make sure to contact your teacher via Class Dojo or through email.
- Either way, successful login or not, please notify your teacher as soon as possible so we can make sure you are ready to start tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
- Families receiving packets:. The materials were mailed to you Saturday, March 28. They should arrive at your home with your regular mail.
- Please feel free to contact me with your questions and with ideas for how we can serve your family better.
Knowing that this situation is changing on a daily basis, please remain in touch with your teacher via Class Dojo, email, our Facebook page, the FACE website, and continue to watch the Hillsborough County Public Schools website as well for updates.
We will get through this together.
Ms. Barron, MS SpEd, EdS, EdD
Friday, March 27, 2020
Over the next few weeks, our role as educators remains the same: to provide rigorous educational learning experiences for all students of Florida Autism Center of Excellence. This past week, I have marveled at the way our entire staff has come together to train, collaborate, and innovate to do everything within their power to make sure our students’ educational needs are going to be met during the closure.
I am thankful for our staff and families who have practiced patience over perfection, and who has given us grace as we create new learning experiences for our students while keeping the health and safety of our students at the forefront of our minds. We take our responsibility for teaching your children. We are committed to monitoring and adjusting daily to improve upon our methods of delivering education during this uncertain time.
Our staff has been preparing a collaboration of online instructional tools in order to prepare to welcome our students into their virtual classrooms beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. We will continue to use the two primary educational platforms are used every day in our classrooms to guide and support our curriculum and the Florida Standards. We based this decision on our desire to provide your child with familiar lesson structures and expectations. Thus, we hope to make the transition from brick and mortar classrooms to virtual classroom a bit easier for everyone.
Specifically, some students use iReady in their classrooms whiles other use Unique Learning System (ULS). Your child’s classroom teacher will prepare exciting interactive lessons delivered to you via internet and or mailed packets. To help locate resources for you child, each teacher has created a virtual classroom in an app called Class Dojo. Through this app, you will be able to communicate directly with your teacher, upload assignments and videos, and receive specific information about your child. Be sure to accept your teacher’s invitation to join your child’s online class. Your child’s logins to their learning materials will be delivered through Class Dojo.
Once you join Class Dojo, you will receive your child’s login information for ULS or iReady, and other sites. If you are unable to log into Class Dojo, please contact your child’s teacher or Sydney Sampson (firstname.lastname@example.org). To connect to your child’s ClassDojo virtual classroom, please look for the invitation sent by your child’s teacher to your email or phone number. Again, if you did not receive an invitation to ClassDojo, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
March 30th presents a unique and unexpected challenge for all of us. We vow to stay in contact with each family multiple times a week via telephone. We want to show our support throughout this time. So, talk to us. Let work together to get through this challenging time.
Caryl-Marie Barron, Principal
Florida Autism Center of Excellence
Monday, March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Updates from FACE (Florida Autistic Center of Excellence)
Hello to our FACE Community:
As promised, we wanted to provide you with updates for our plans to deliver instruction to our FACE students.
In summary, FACE will be implementing teacher planned instruction at the end of the extended Spring Break beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. This planned implementation will continue for the duration of the school closing related to COVID-19.
This instructional plan will primarily consist of a “virtual” platform that will allow teachers, students, and parents to interface using several different resources online. Teachers will deliver their instructional plan to their students’ parents via email by 5:00PM on Friday, March 27th. The curricula that teachers will be using to develop online instruction is the same curricula currently being used each day at FACE.
*If your student does not have access to the technology resources that are described in your teacher’s plans, please contact your child’s teacher via email or by calling the FACE Office 813-985-3223. PLEASE FIRST ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE TECHNOLOGY NEEDS/SUPPORT WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER.
For the week of March 23 – 27, 2020, FACE will continue to be closed to the public.
If you have a question about anything related to our upcoming FACE Virtual Instructional Period (VIP) beginning on March 30, 2020, please feel free to contact:
- Your child’s teacher via email
- Chapman – Office email@example.com
- The FACE Office Monday – Friday, 7:30AM – 3:30PM 813-985-3223
The Florida Autism Center of Excellence (FACE) offers successful educational programs for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The center’s innovative collaboration with our public school district is bringing new choices for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Specialized educational programs like FACE provide essential, quality services to this growing population of children. FACE offers parents and students more options that the traditional school setting. For students in Kindergarten through 5th grade there are three educational tracks: academic, transition and intervention. This allows students on both a traditional diploma track and alternate diploma track several options. As students move into middle school they either transition to a typical school from the academic track, or continue on the Alternative Diploma track in the intervention or transition track. The use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy also sets FACE apart from traditional ESE programs. Please use the links above to contact FACE to ask questions and apply for admission.
With the rate of autism diagnoses on the rise – current numbers estimate that one in every 59 U.S. children is on the autism spectrum – the Florida Autism Charter School of Excellence (FACSE), a Florida nonprofit entity, was awarded a grant by the Florida Department of Education to open FACE in 2007. FACE exclusively serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and offers educational solutions for student’s ages 3 to 22 in pre-k through 12th grade and beyond. Located at 6310 East Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL 33617, the school is available to families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
The program at FACE focuses on developing the appropriate paths of learning to meet the specific individual needs of each student in all areas of functioning. At FACE, students gain the academic, social, language, behavioral, vocational and life skills they need to help them become more independent later in life. FACE uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – an effective, research-based strategy that has been proven to be effective for teaching students with autism.
Beyond the academic curriculum, FACE also offers students opportunities to participate in enriching activities essential to their social growth and development. During the school week, all students engage in the community garden program, Paws for Friendship Music, and Art.
Throughout the school year, FACE students spend time planting seeds, caring for vegetables and harvesting crops for the school’s community garden. The students gain exposure to sensory activities such as digging, exposure to new textures and smells, and exposure to different foods by tasting the vegetables they have harvested – all of which can be therapeutic and educational.
In addition to being highly motivating, the program also helps FACE students develop essential skills in a fun environment while catering to their unique needs and abilities. At the same time, they learn social skills by working alongside students from a neighboring charter school who volunteer their time to work with our students. The vegetables produced are later sold to members of the garden share, teaching the students about inventory and money management.
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