What it means to be the parent of medically complex children…

I have shared a lot recently about my youngest son’s communication disability, but my older son also has Sensory Processing Disorder and an autoimmune condition known as PANDAS. Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections. Today is national PANDAS awareness day and knowing 1 in 200 children suffer from this condition – a formContinue reading “What it means to be the parent of medically complex children…”

Philadelphia Inquirer: CHOP’s beds are overflowing, but not because of COVID-19

If you read nothing else this week, this month, or this year…. READ THIS! “What we are seeing is definitely unprecedented,” said Ron Keren, CHOP’s chief medical officer. “We didn’t expect how bad it was going to be.” How could this be? Parents – including myself – have been saying this for months. How couldContinue reading “Philadelphia Inquirer: CHOP’s beds are overflowing, but not because of COVID-19”

PODCAST: Updates from the week and the September 27th WCASD School Board Meeting

So many things to share! It has been a busy week and appreciate everyone’s continued encouragement and support… First, thank you to everyone who listened to my last podcast. I hope you enjoy this next installment where I give an update on my son and elaborate on layered mitigations and why universal mask mandates doContinue reading “PODCAST: Updates from the week and the September 27th WCASD School Board Meeting”

*** Meeting Alert: Monday, September 27th, 7pm at Fugett Middle School Auditorium ***

Now that the “back to school” dust has started to settle a lot of people have been asking “when is the next meeting?” So some of our parents have gotten creative and are spreading the word one back windshield at a time! I thought this was so amazing and so simple I decided to joinContinue reading “*** Meeting Alert: Monday, September 27th, 7pm at Fugett Middle School Auditorium ***”

This Week In Review, 9/18/2021

It has been a BUSY week, full of fall activities and lots happening on the election front. As many of you may now know, we have a new candidate in Region 3, write-in candidate Anita Edgarian. I am personally thrilled to have another mom join our efforts to put the students, families and teachers ofContinue reading “This Week In Review, 9/18/2021”

Mom Panel: #TheOverlooked

This week I was invited to join two incredible moms – Isis Spann and Torlecia Bates – to tell our stories of pandemic learning and how we are part of The Movers, The Missed, and The Muted that represent #TheOverlooked. I hope you will take the time to listen to the entire segment, but ifContinue reading “Mom Panel: #TheOverlooked”

NEWS ALERT: Meet #TheOverlooked

Meet #TheOverlooked – 11.3 million “Movers,” “Missed” and “Muted” students who did not have access to the learning options they needed during COVID-19.  https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/learning/meet-the-overlooked New analysis from Bellwether Education Partners and the Walton Family Foundation paints a picture of the experience of 11.3 million students whose preferences and needs went unmet in the 2020-2021 schoolContinue reading “NEWS ALERT: Meet #TheOverlooked”

Welcome Back Students & Teachers!

Summer truly was a blink of the eye and here we go again! Back to school IN PERSON for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. We saw many other families and teachers this morning, and it was everything to see everyone’s smiling faces happy to be back. I have high hopes for this year…Continue reading “Welcome Back Students & Teachers!”

Monday, August 16th: REVISED instructions to watch or make a public comment at the Education and Pupil Services Committees and WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE REVISED HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN

Thank you to all the concerned citizens who reached out to the West Chester Area School District regarding how to view versus make a comment in the August committee & general board meetings. Below is a copy of the revised instructions, including the links to the meeting agendas and how to register for public comment.Continue reading “Monday, August 16th: REVISED instructions to watch or make a public comment at the Education and Pupil Services Committees and WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE REVISED HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN”

WCASD Committee and Board Meetings: Registration (should not be) Required

All public school board sessions – whether committee or general session – are to be live streamed via the WCASD YouTube Channel. Per the information above, it gives the appearance that REGISTRATION is required to view the meeting. Regardless of whether Zoom is utilized to allow for virtual interaction of board members or members ofContinue reading “WCASD Committee and Board Meetings: Registration (should not be) Required”