Marie Philip School has transitioned to remote learning for all students. Teachers are preparing and publishing practice materials that can be shared with families in an effort to provide meaningful and productive learning for approximately half the length of the regular school day. Understanding that this work shared with families can be challenging for some, teachers will do their best to provide work that meets their students' learning style and individual needs. Teachers will also be working on preparing materials and lessons for when students return to school to facilitate their best ability to get back on track and maximize learning.
Walden School Residential and Education Programs will remain open. Walden School commuter students have transitioned to remote learning. Teachers are preparing and publishing practice materials that can be shared with families in an effort to provide meaningful and productive learning for approximately half the length of the regular school day.
Public School Partnerships staff will be closed through May 4.
Our Walden Community Services staff will work remotely as appropriate, utilizing Telehealth services and web-based platforms to provide "in-home" evaluations, visits and consultations.
Our Interpreting Department is able to provide remote services as needed during the COVID pandemic. Our staff is state and/or nationally certified in ASL and CDI and can work to ensure communication access is available for any deaf or hard of hearing individual, family or group. Please email us at email@example.com.
The Audiology Clinic will close from March 16 to April 7 but we are pleased to offer Telehealth services for consultations and device troubleshooting. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Research & Training Staff will work remotely as appropriately to help align and support Deaf instruction and education resources, in addition to working with our academic partners.
The Administrative Team and Program Leaders will work remotely and come in only as needed. We are reducing the number of in-person meetings as much as possible. If coming to work is required, additional precautions for entry of buildings and cleaning will be taken.
This page is the official source of information for information related to The Learning Center for the Deaf response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video Message to TLC Community: March 30, 2020
It seems every announcement I make has come on the heels of disappointing news.
Per Governor Baker, we heard last week that all public schools in Massachusetts will remain closed through at least May 4. While we understand and support the critical need to flatten the curve, we also feel your sadness. We miss our students. We miss our business meetings. We miss our community partnerships. We miss each other. We have to remind ourselves to breathe and remember that we are all in this together.
TLC is moving as quickly as possible to adapt to this challenging situation. Our goal is to keep as many services available for as much of our community as we are safely able. We wanted to share some additional resources you can now access:
An eResource website for MPS and Walden School families can now be viewed by visiting info.tlcdeaf.org The site contains information for family support agencies across the state, as well as ASL and English educational resources to help engage learning.
We also encourage you to visit tlcdeaf.org/covid for additional updates and communications about TLC’s response as an organization during this health crisis. This website also offers links to family support agencies and ASL resources, and will be where we post our video messages.
We are now able to offer Telehealth for specific services within audiology and our wraparound community service programs. Through video platforms like Zoom and Google, we can provide consultations or hold critical evaluations for those who are unable to have face-to-face appointments. You can connect with us by visiting tcldeaf.org.
Our Interpreting Services Department provides certified American Sign Language and Deaf Interpreters for any school, business or organization in need of language support and communication access. We can offer remote services through a variety of web-based programs that meet privacy compliance. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Please follow us on social media: We are on Facebook and Instagram under @TLCDeaf and @MPSatTLC. We continue to post helpful videos, share valuable content and support bilingual, bicultural education.
I want to end by saying a sincere thank you: To our teachers; Our Walden School staff, parents and students; Our MPS Families; Our Alumni, Donors and supportive Board; Our staff and our community. You are all working together so effortlessly as a team. We know the complexity of this situation can lead to stress and anxiety, but every day I am reminded how fortunate I am to be working with and for a group of people like yourselves.