Coronavirus Response

Cotting School will be Closed, March 13, 2020 – June 29, 2020
Thank you for the countless ways you have supported our students, their families and our staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) school closure. As you know, Cotting School serves students with complex medical and special needs and therefore it is our responsibility to take extraordinary precautions to ensure their safety. In accordance with our Governor’s order in Massachusetts, Cotting School closed Friday, March 13, 2020 through Monday, June 29, 2020.

As of July 7, 2020, Cotting’s Extended Year Program is open for limited, pre-scheduled student sessions.

This decision was made in consultation with our medical director, Dr. Elizabeth Harstad of Boston Children’s Hospital.

We hope that this period of remote learning is but a necessary pause in what has been a school year full of educational and therapeutic successes for our students. Our staff, committed to both safety and excellence, join me as we look forward to full reopening and again see the warm smiles on our students faces.
David Manzo
President
Cotting School

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Helpful Resources and Links
Educators and professionals at Cotting School continue to develop language and create tools to introduce and explain school-related schedule and procedure changes brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. Please feel free to access and share these resources:
Talking with Students About Coronavirus – A Guide for Cotting School Parents (Posted 3/11/20)
A Social Story About Coronavirus – A Communication Tool for Families (Posted 3/11/20)
Talking with Students About School Closure Due to the Coronavirus (Posted 3/13/20)
Cotting School Educators Round Up – Online! A Cotting Connects Blog (Posted 3/13/20)
An Update to Cotting School Parents from Cotting’s Mental Health Team (Posted 3/17/20)

Below are some external COVID-19 related resources recommended by Cotting School educators and professionals:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now (NPR)
Explaining the Coronavirus (A Resource from The Autism Educator)
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR)
Making the most of COVID-19 School Closures (NESCA)
Managing Stress in Stressful Times (NESCA)
Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more (Washington Post)
The Ultimate Kids’ Guide to the New Coronavirus (Live Science)
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus (New York Times)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication from Cotting School Leadership
March 2, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 5, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 9, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 10, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 12, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 12, 2020: Update to HOPEhouse Community
March 12, 2020: Update to Cotting Consulting Community
March 12, 2020 (7_00 pm): Closure Notice and Update to Cotting School Community
March 13, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 17, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 20, 2020: Update from President Dave Manzo to the Greater Cotting School Community
March 22, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
March 29, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
April 6, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
April 13, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
April 14, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
April 21, 2020: Update to Cotting School Community
April 22, 2020: Continued Closure Notice and Update to Cotting School Community