Building Relationships During Closure

Staff Foster Relationships During The Closure
Posted on 04/09/2020

There may not be students on campus, but MOBOCES teachers continue to instruct and build relationships with their students, who are now spread out across more than nine school districts. Here are some examples from our Alternative and Special Education and Early Childhood divisions: 

MOBOCES pre-k teachers have held short circle time meetings over Google Meet several times a week. Teachers read stories, sing songs, lead writing and drawing activities, and provide students with some time to talk with each other.

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In the TRI Academy, faculty members have continued engaging and instructing students through various methods, including such as Google Classroom, phone calls to parents and students, video conferencing and mailing home paper instructional materials.

“Parents and students have been amazingly responsive and supportive of  the efforts put forth by the entire faculty under these challenging circumstances,” Director of Alternative and Special Education Jim Weaver said.

The TRI faculty created a video “shout out” to students to remind them that we are here and that we can do this together.


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staff in our off-campus locations throughout the VVS district also created some video shout-outs to their students and routinely connect with families to ensure students continue to practice their academic and life skills.


Behavior Specialist Danielle Bennett and Early Childhood Director Colleen Wuest created a five-part video series on supporting positive behavior and social emotional needs at home. The videos offer tips and strategies for parents and caregivers to support their children while schools are closed and also address some potential social emotional needs of teachers and parents themselves.

“People’s schedules and routines have been disrupted and we know this is one of the areas where there are likely to be gaps,” Wuest said. “We just wanted to do whatever we can to support families.”