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Cedarhurst Distance Learning Program

The information below outlines the Distance Learning Program for the ongoing education for students enrolled at Cedarhurst School. Cedarhurst will be conducting classes and groups via Distance Learning until the current COVID-19 emergency is resolved and on site education can resume.

Distance Learning Procedures

Classroom instruction will be conducted via Google Classroom (an online platform) in the event school is closed. Students who do not have a computer or Chromebook, will be provided one from the school and a signed contract for borrowed equipment will be required. All students have been provided with an ID and password to sign in to Google Classroom. Teachers will be conducting practice sessions in classes to ensure students are familiar with and know how to use Google Classroom. Teachers may also use ZOOM video conferencing for specific classes to engage in class discussions. Again, teachers will practice with students to ensure students can access and know how to use this tool and in which classes it will be used. Most instruction/work will be provided in Google Classroom along with links to other sights/programs (Khan Academy, Engage NY, CNN10) that teachers will be utilizing to maximize instruction and learning. Completed work should be returned for evaluation through Google Classroom or email. A list of email addresses – Yale and Google - is provided to students and their parents/guardians to facilitate regular communication in this email.

Immediately following classes, social workers will be conducting therapeutic groups via ZOOM video conferencing. The social worker will be responsible for taking attendance and maintain documentation of regular attendance.

Daily Schedules

Following is the daily schedule for the mainstream, the self-contained classes, the Passage Program and the School Engagement Program:

8:30-8:35 – Check in with Advisor
8:35-9:05 – Period 1
9:05-9:35 – Period 2
9:35-10:05 – Period 3 M/W/F, T/R
10:05-10:15 – Break
10:15-10:45 – Period 4 M/W/F, T/R
10:45-11:15 – Period 5
11:15-11:45 – Period 7
11:45-12:15 – Period 8
12:15-12:45 – Group

Self Contained
8:30-8:35 – Check in with Advisor
8:35-9:05 – Period 1
9:05-9:35 – Period 2
9:35-10:05 – Period 3 M/W/F, T/R
10:05-10:15 – Break
10:15-10:45 – Period 4 M/W/F, T/R
10:45-11:15 – Period 6
11:15-11:45 – Period 7
11:45-12:00 – Group

8:30-9:00 – Mindfulness Activity/Morning Meeting
9:00-11:30 – Vocational/Functional Living Skills/Social Skills Instruction; Resource support for students taking college classes
11:30-12:00 – Goal Setting/Check out; Therapeutic Group 1x a week

School Engagement Program (Monday – Thursday)
1:00-1:30 – Group
1:30-2:30 – Class instruction: M/W Math and Science; T/Th English and History

Related Services
9:00 – 12:30 – Social workers will contact treaters/parents/districts as needed for the individual students/clients on their caseloads, track attendance, and attend PPTs/ Parent Meetings as scheduled.
11:45-1:30 – Social Workers will be running groups (Coping Skills, DBT, Yoga, Therapeutic Activity Group, Creative Expression, Healthy Relationships)
12:30 –3:00 – Social workers will meet with all individual students for counseling at least 1x/week via phone or video and as needed to address urgent issues, behavioral issues or attendance issues.

Satisfying Educational Requirements

Access: Every Cedarhurst student is capable of participating in this Distance Learning program. We have made a careful assessment and determined that each of our students has the communication abilities and technical skills to access this form of learning. The vast majority of students had a computer for accessing the e-learning platforms at home. Chromebooks were provided to those that did not have a computer at home. All students have internet access at home.

IEP: Academic goals and objectives will be continued as written in the student’s IEP. Class instruction will take place each day from 8:30 am -12:30 pm eliminating lunch period. The direct instruction time will continue with the approved curriculum designed for the class. Additional/supplemental materials will be provided, as well, to enhance participation and learning. Attendance and participation will be recorded for each period and we have designed methods to collect this data. Homework will be assigned/required. Behavioral/social skills goals and objectives will be addressed. Social workers will provide individual counseling via phone/Zoom sessions a minimum once per week and more often as needed to address social/emotional/behavioral issues identified by parents/students/teachers. Students and parents/caregivers will be able to reach social workers throughout each day (8:30-3:00) to address concerns that arise via phone, text or email. Group counseling will be provided via ZOOM video conferencing in compliance with IEP service grid hours. Social workers will be available to address issues with attendance and participation in distance learning as students and families transition to this new system and throughout its implementation.

Role of Parents and Guardians

We expect that parents/guardians will support and encourage their child to fully participate in this Distance Learning Program as this will be treated the same as physical attendance/participation. If their child is not participating/logging in to the Google Classroom each day for each period and for group, a social worker will be reaching out to speak with the parent/guardian to clarify the reason for the absence. Contact emails and phone numbers have been provided to parents/guardians and students in the event they need to communicate with a teacher, social worker, Passage staff, or administrative staff. Both Yale emails and ( as well as Google emails ( have been provided to parents/guardians and students to communicate with Cedarhurst teachers and staff. Students are required to communicate through the Google emails for class purposes but can reach clinical and Administrative staff by phone as needed.

Staff Yale email addresses (.edu)
Betsy Donovan, Director
Kitty Clemens, Associate Director, Clinical Supervisor, Passage Program

Telephone Numbers:
Betsy Donovan – 203-764-9314, 203-764-9319
Kitty Clemens – 203-764-4335
Luke Borowski – 203-764-9327
Lisa Tabak – 203-764-9314
Ali Bolick – 203-764-9340
Alyson Humphrey – 203-764-5659
Claire McVey – 203-764-9317