11/2/20-Update: Return to Campus Plans

Dear Morgan Autism Center Community:

We are currently laying the groundwork for a limited, phased return to campus for our school program.  Our first phase of on-campus activity will be limited to a very small pilot program (1-2 classrooms, each with a limited number of students) to help us further refine plans that can be scaled over time. Please look forward to the start of this pilot program within the next month.

Our staff members have done truly amazing work throughout this turbulent period to deliver a distance learning program that provides the high level of engagement and care our students and clients require. But not all our students and clients can take advantage of this virtual programming. To meet our mission objective to serve, it is time for us to start working toward a return to campus.

Planning will emphasize an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19 health protocols that will keep our students and staff as safe as is reasonably possible. Our students present special challenges when it comes to following safety protocols, which increases risk factors for staff and students alike. This will require a need to implement additional measures to help ensure staff and student safety.

We realize and respect that people have very different ideas about timing a return to campus. Our comprehensive survey of parents and staff revealed a wide array of needs. What is clear, is that a quick, one-size-fits-all solution will not serve our community best. We must be flexible, honor diverse needs, and create a model that can offer gradations and change over time. We will be offering a hybrid model for the foreseeable future- with most students online to start and a gradual increase in on-campus programming over time. 

This is a complex issue but it is not impossible. Implementation will benefit from a measured, closely managed approach, which is open to change. It will also benefit from full transparency with parents and staff alike. Please feel free to contact either of us with concerns, questions, ideas, and input. We are anxious to see our students again in person, but we are very mindful of the important safety precautions we must implement to make that happen. 

Nena Montgomery
Board Chair
nena.montgomery@gmail.com

Brad Boardman
Executive Director
brad@morgancenter.org


6/25/20-Update: Summer Programming

Dear Morgan Autism Center Families and Supporters,

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, our programming will remain online throughout our summer session. We will continue to monitor state and county mandates and will re-assess program options for our fall session throughout summer.

The last day of programming will be June 24. Our first day of summer programming for the Adult Program will be July 13. The first day of summer programming for the School Program will be July 20. As mentioned above, programming will remain online.

Unfortunately, it looks like our Adult and School Programming will be very different for the foreseeable future. We know that our students, clients, families, and caregivers are eager for a return to on-campus activities. We are too! We can’t wait to be reunited in person, safely. Until then, please stay well.

Sincerely,
Brad Boardman
Executive Director


5/1/20-UPDATE: “Shelter-In-Place” Extended 

The Santa Clara County Health Department has extended the shelter-in-place directive through May 31.
There will be no on-campus activities through that time period. We will continue to share information on changes to this directive as it becomes available. 

4/20/20-Helpful family/caregiver resources and virtual tours.
We have gathered some resources to support families and caregivers of individuals with special needs.
Parents Helping Parents in San Jose has put together a collection of links to essential resources, financial help, meal delivery and more. Comfort Keepers website helps support seniors while sheltering in place. While you are at home, take a tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium or visit a farm.

Essential support resources:
Parents Helping Parents
https://www.php.com/covid-19-additional-resources-information/

Financial Resources related to Covid-19
https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/

Silicon Valley Crisis Needs
https://www.svcn.org/covid19-resources

 Comfort Keepers – Support for Seniors Sheltering in Place
https://www.comfortkeepers.com/shelter-in-place

Virtual Zoo/Aquariums:
San Diego Zoo
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/?mod=article_inline

Monterey Bay Aquarium
https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams?mod=article_inline

Atlanta Zoo-Pandas
https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

Art Museums:
Museum of Modern Art
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art?hl=en

Other tour experiences:
S.F. Exploratorium
https://www.exploratorium.edu/

Boston Children’s Museum
https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour?mod=

British Museum
https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/?mod=article_inline

Travel to Mars
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/?mod=article_inline

Rainforest virtual tour
https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/virtual-field-trip-to-rainforest-for-kids/

Yellowstone National Park
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm?mod=article_inline

The Grand Canyon
https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

Visit A Farm
https://www.farmfood360.ca/?mod=article_inline


4/9/20-UPDATE: School/Adult Programs closure dates

While we are anxious to return to regular on-campus activities at Morgan Autism Center, we have been doing our very best to support our student/s and families as we all shelter in place. Morgan Autism Center will continue to comply with the shelter in place order which is currently scheduled to be in effect until May 1st.

Below we have listed information for both our Adult and School programs.

School Program

  • The California State Superintendent of Schools has ordered closure of schools through the regular school year. We are waiting for further guidance on what this means, as Morgan Autism Center’s calendar is longer than most public schools. We will update you as information becomes available.
  • Morgan Autism Center will continue to observe our regular school calendar. We will have spring break from April 13-17, resuming distance learning on April 20.

 Adult Program

  • San Andreas Regional Center is now adhering to the latest shelter in place recommendation. Their current expectation is that adult programs will resume on-campus activities on May 4. As school programs have now been ordered to continue distance learning through the remainder of the school year, it is well within reason to expect this May 4 date to change.
  • Morgan Autism Center will continue to observe our regular Adult Program calendar. We will be off from April 13-14, resuming distance learning on April 15.

4/2/20-AAC Teaching Resources
Thank you to Morgan Autism Center Speech Pathologist, Katie Kassab, for sharing these wonderful teaching resources. To view PDF with links, CLICK HERE.


3/23/20
Morgan Autism Center will continue to observe the shelter in place order until it is lifted. Currently, it is scheduled to lift on April 7. However, the situation regarding public health recommendations is fluid, and this timeline is subject to change. Please monitor this page for upcoming announcements about the resumption of on-campus activities. Though our physical site is closed, our teachers, staff, and administrators continue to work to support student and client needs remotely. While we will miss working with our students and adults during this time, the health and safety of our students, adults, and staff must be our number one priority.

Please do your best to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. We are looking forward to reuniting our students, clients, staff, and families in the near future!
Sincerely,
Brad Boardman

3/13/20
Morgan Autism Center will be closed from
Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3.

Dear Morgan Autism Center Families and Caregivers:
In Accordance with Santa Clara County of School Superintendent guidelines, Morgan Autism Center will be suspending all programming from March 16 through April 3 2020. At this time, it is our plan to resume regular programming on April 6 unless recommendations change. 
Morgan Autism Center Board Members and Faculty fully realize that this suspension of programming will impact the community it serves. Given the severity of the Covid-19 health crisis we believe this is the best course of action to keep our community members safe. If you have any questions, please contact executive director Brad Boardman at brad@morgancenter.org
Sincerely, 
Brad Boardman
Executive Director