COVID-19 PROGRAM UPDATES
School Year 2020-2021
Trinity@McCormack anticipates a clinical caseload of 15 active student participants for the 2020-2021 school year while it continues its school culture and village work, serving 263 students and 69 staff. Most Trinity@McCormack programs and services have been adapted for virtual engagement.
Their healing work continues with individual therapy, group community time, classroom support, teacher trainings and support, restorative circles, and trauma-informed classroom interventions. In-vivo support has been added to the mix through G-Chat with students who write their counselor when they are struggling during a class, need support, or a quick check-in. Trinty@McCormack staff have also created and implemented a “Stay Engaged Challenge” that helps students learn budgeting skills and earn rewards for achieving school related goals.
- • We have been invited into planning spaces that other partners have not
- • We are an active part of every grade level team meeting & SST – connecting with teachers around student support
- • Youth are showing up and likely will continue to show up to the virtual spaces that are offered even if not showing up for academic spaces
- • Youth feel connection to one another and are supporting each other to attend Virtual Trinity Spaces
- • If students are not engaging in school, Trinity can reach out to them, some families/young people are more likely to respond to Trinity than to school
- • Closely connected to process for school resources – able to help students access school supports quickly.
- • Clinicians have strong understanding of what students may be struggling with during this time and can treatment plan even if students are only sporadically engaged/ can help teachers find ways to connect to students.
- Able to respond to resource needs quickly and support whole school resource needs as well as caseload.
- School sees important of this work even more now
Sustainability and Connection:
- • Can rely on systems already in place to plan response to changes
- • Have practiced problem solving and adjusting to external forces and have systems to support process.
- • Team is honest about needs/ daily check-in.
- • Team is holding stress around loosing FT position together – transparency around concerns and process.
- • Able to continue program development work despite busy schedule with school and student
• We have connected individually with all but two of our students.
• We are on zoom calls and collaborating multiple times a week with school teachers and admin, working together to figure out the best way to support each student at the McCormack.
• McCormack staff are doing a staff care circle today led by Lindsey Hershel!
• We are continuing to gather resources for family, many resources have been met and accessed but some specific needs are still needing creative solutions.
1. Ensuring access to basic needs
- Clinicians checked in with young people in person or via the phone on Monday, 3/16 and Tuesday, 3/17 to ensure that young people had access to chrome books, internet, school materials, etc. Trinity@McCormack team problem-solved ways to get access, if needed, to essential items.
2. Maintain connection and community with the caseload
• Trinity@McCormack team started an Instagram page to stay in touch with the caseload and share daily tips for managing stress and uncertainty. Check out examples of our first few posts!
• Exploring potential ways to use online platforms, like Google Hangouts, to bring our caseload together virtually.
Clinicians are working to understand family needs and hopes around continuing 1:1 clinical work with young people. Teletherapy via Zoom, FaceTime or Office 365 is being explored. The week of 3/16 is being used to explore options, establish norms as a team and get trained.
4. Virtual ‘study halls’
Trinity@McCormack team will launch on Monday, March 23, a virtual study hall, to support students in developing routines and providing academic support.
5. Communication with teacher teams
Trinity@McCormack will help to facilitate communication between students and teachers regarding virtual assignments, etc.
1. Ensuring access to basic needs.
- • Check out this letter we sent home to families on the last day of school before BPS closed.
- • Weekly Friday updates sent to families via email/text with resources, information regarding supports, etc.
2. Check-ins with families as the crisis progresses
Trinity@McCormack team will be regularly communicating with families to check in on their well-being, access to resources and/or other concerns as the COVID-19 crisis continues
3. Communication with teachers
Trinity@McCormack will help to facilitate communication between teachers and families regarding virtual assignments, etc.
McCormack community support
- 1. Compiling resources
- Trinity@McCormack team is contributing to city-wide efforts to compile resources to ensure that caseload families (and general McCormack community has access to basic needs)
- 2. Psychoeducation
- • Trinity@McCormack to provide psychoeducation to teachers around the impact of stress on young people
- • Trinity@McCormack exploring other ways to provide support to the staff community at the McCormack
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