E-Therapy Helps Schools No Matter Your Opening Model
by Annmarie Iascone
Over the past two weeks, the news and social media has been flooded with guidance for reopening schools. Word came from President Trump, Vice President Pence, Education Secretary DeVos, and other senior administration officials who are strongly emphasizing the importance of safely reopening schools this fall. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present at school.”
The problem is that not everyone agrees it is safe to do so. In fact, no nation has tried to send students back to school with the number of COVID-19 cases still so high.
Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, it is a nerve wracking time in education. Even with all the guidance recently released to school officials from the CDC on how to prepare for, prevent transmission of, and react quickly to coronavirus cases – there are still so many unknowns and what-ifs.
A study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that nearly a quarter of teachers have an underlying condition or are at an age that places them in a high-risk category for COVID complications. California’s two largest school districts announced just this week that they will be 100 percent remote, and they will only return to school when it is safe and appropriate to do so. Another of the nation’s largest district, NYC, announced a blended learning plan with students on campus for one to three days a week.
How does your district plan to return to school during Covid-19?
District leaders need to plan what they deem is the best course of action to keep their faculty/staff and their students/families safe and healthy. You also need to make sure the quality of learning remains on an upward trend; whether this means going back to school full-time, a hybrid program or 100% distance learning.
We have been talking for weeks now about preparing for what’s to come. You need to prepare for just about every outcome that could possibly happen.
- Do I have enough teachers/therapists willing to come back to school?
- Do I have a plan in place if a parent wants to keep their child home even if school comes back?
- Do I have a plan in place if we are forced to go 100% remote again?
Let E-Therapy help you with these possible scenarios
When you need teletherapists for your school
E-Therapy’s experienced, licensed, and professional teletherapists who have been doing teletherapy for more than a decade. Our therapists are located and credentialed in every state. All we need to begin serving you is some simple information like how many students you have requiring services. We can then have those therapists “on call” for when you need them.
When you need a safe, easy-to-use teletherapy platform for your in-house therapists
What about a safe and HIPAA compliant platform for your in-house therapists to hold their sessions, log in their clinical notes, and utilize all our online activities and assessments?
E-Therapy’s STAR Platform is there for you. Let us train your therapists so you can be comfortable that all the information is safe and at your fingertips. We make sure that your therapists leave our training feeling confident to hold their sessions virtually. If they ever have questions, E-Therapy assigns you a dedicated Account Manager who is a therapist is as well.
E-Therapy is staffed by educators
E-Therapy is a company founded by a Speech Pathologist and most of our staff are either therapists or educators. We understand the world of virtual learning, and how difficult the transition can be.
Let E-Therapy help your school by doing the heavy lifting for you. Trust the experts at E-Therapy to be there when you need us most.
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