Updates August 23-29
This week two individuals who reside in CSS residences have tested positive for COVID -19. One individual had mild symptoms but appears to be doing better now; the second individual is asymptomatic and seems to be doing fine. Their families have been notified, as has the team. Additionally, one direct support staff has also tested positive and is isolating, as well as the employee who tested positive last week. The direct support staff who are continuing to support the individuals have been trained on how to use N95 masks, and are all using full PPE to protect themselves. Nursing continues to provide oversight and is monitoring the individuals for any changes in their symptoms.
Testing in Montgomery County for COVID-19 continues to be more available. As more individuals and staff are tested we are expecting positive results to increase, even without any symptoms of the illness. It is hoped that by identifying asymptomatic cases we can isolate occurrences and reduce or prevent the spread.
The Marcia D Smith School began the fall session this week. Classes started on Tuesday, August 25th. The school is successfully supporting seven students through in-person education, including great outings to local parks. In addition, virtual group lessons have been added to their schedules in order to increase student engagement; these virtual groups were met with positive feedback from students and families. The school is continuing to expand virtual groups and provide innovative, safe in-person programming
Children’s Services transitioned children who had been participating in person at the CSS building to the school program. This past week the directors have been receiving new requests from families for staff who can support distance learning for those in public schools and the team is working to fulfill those requests as soon as possible. The virtual after school program began again this week and so far is going well. Currently we are in the process of securing ongoing classes that will continue throughout the fall semester, such as VisArts and Spirit Club.
During this past week’s Town Hall we heard from Craig Roberts, the Director of Adult Recreation Services. He shared an update on the new virtual activities added in August. In response to the persuasive speeches given by the Self Advocacy Group, a Theater and Improv class has been added to the schedule. More activities are in the process of being developed. If you have new ideas, we would love to hear from you!
The FY20 Satisfaction Survey results have been tabulated and are available. If you would like a full report please direct your request to Ashley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are Needed! We are looking for three volunteers to come to the main CSS Resource building once a week for about 2 hours on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. If you are interested in helping please contact Ashley, email@example.com.
Trivia Night! The first Trivia Night Fundraiser which will take place on September 15th at 7pm. You can register or donate here: https://css-md.secure.force.com/events/cnp_paas_evt__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a1t3m0000074O0uAAE&tid=a15150000021pyhAAA&
DDA is accepting nominations for exceptional DSPs. You can find out more here:
If you would like to nominate someone and need help with the form email Ashley with your questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Virtual Activity Schedule
Online Group Schedules and descriptions are attached.
Please discuss individual schedules with the case manager.
Enjoy your weekend and we hope to see you this week.