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Remote Support for Students and Families During COVID-19

As with all Schools for Children programs and schools, the health and safety of Seaport Academy students, staff, parents and families are of the utmost importance. In this context, Seaport followed Governor Charlie Baker's order to close all school buildings through the end of the 2019-20 school year. However, we have been engaging with students and their families using remote platforms to ensure that learning and social-emotional development continues. 

Seaport is responding to the COVID-19 health closure with the following steps:

The Seaport teaching staff created a robust distance-learning program, and our clinical staff remains available for counseling during this period. In fact, counselors have reached out to their students to set up weekly counseling times via phone or telecommunication application, e.g., Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. Additionally, aware that many of our families are food insecure, Seaport is helping them offset meal costs that arise from students missing meals typically provided at the school. We continually add services, as the need arises. 

Specifically, Seaport Academy is providing the following:

Academic Offerings/Opportunities

We continue to help our students learn during this time away from our Chelsea location with: 

  • Google Classroom, used to provide teacher instruction
  • Aleks, or Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces, helping students continue the classroom learning they began at Seaport in subjects of special interest   
  • Weekly reading support from our reading specialist
  • Weekly virtual office hours
  • Weekly teacher check-ins with students
  • Added in April: Office hours – four times each week – for students to remotely meet with teachers to discuss work or check-in
  • Added in June: Extra credit opportunities offered for all students throughout the summer
  • Added in June: Elective classes offered through the summer (e.g., Permit Class)

Clinical Support

Using telephone calls and the Zoom video meetings, we are supporting the social-emotional needs of our students with: 

  • A weekly individualized therapeutic check-in with each student
  • Clinicians making themselves available for support to students and families, as needed
  • Group check-ins: 
    • for students who feel less comfortable with 1:1 check-ins
    • providing further socialization of students in a time of increased isolation
  • Check-in with parent/guardian, as needed
  • Weekly on Tuesdays, parent/guardian meeting with Seaport director
  • Added in June: PAC meeting continues throughout the summer for continued support

Remote Group and Staff (All-Group Meetings added in April):

  • Weekly updates on Google Classroom for students to join with the director to learn about school updates
  • Remote kudos drawing to recognize student achievements
  • Added in June: These activities will continue through the summer

Technology Support

  • Chromebooks delivered to students who would not otherwise have access to tech equipment 

Health and Wellness

  • Sent supermarket gift cards to all families to help cover meals they would typically be getting at Seaport 
  • Added in May: Care packages were sent to all families
  • Added in June: Seaport will continue to provide wellness checks, as needed, throughout the summer

As a Staff

  • Weekly clinical meetings
  • Weekly clinical supervision to clinicians
  • Twice weekly administrative meetings
  • Twice weekly teacher meetings
  • Added in April: Three times each week, All-Staff Meeting 
  • Added in April: Workgroups focused on planning for the return to school in fall 2020

Additionally, every family has the cell phone number of the Seaport director in case of emergencies, questions, concerns and reports.

As of April 27th, Seaport began sending Individualized Remote Student Learning Plans that list the individual services already being provided. If you have any questions regarding these student plans, please contact Alex Tsonas at or (cell) 978.873.2508.

The director has invited families to contact him directly to share additional questions or concerns.

Visit this website for regular updates. More detailed information will be sent through periodic emails.

For ideas on how to talk to your student about COVID-19, visit our sister website: Schools for Children.

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