OCDE’s ACCESS program hosts outdoor back to school night

Staff members from OCDE’s ACCESS program, in partnership with Mariners Church, hosted a one-of-a-kind back to school night this week.

With social distancing and other safety measures in place, local families from three community area schools gathered outside at tables set up across the church’s parking lot as staff members presented information related to various programs and services offered through ACCESS.

Families in attendance also received important information regarding unique curriculum such as the Art for Healing program as well as the department’s plans for safely reopening school campuses. Pre-packaged meals were provided for families to take home.

“There was a sense of excitement in the air to see teachers, staff, students and families, gathered outside together, and in-person, for back to school night,” said ACCESS Area 3 Principal Vern Burton.

“This event was all about teamwork and coming together for our students and families and not losing momentum in light of the pandemic,” Burton said.

ACCESS stands for Alternative, Community and Correctional Education Schools and Services and serves nearly 2,500 students a year, including those who thrive in non-traditional settings, students who have encountered significant academic obstacles, and incarcerated youth. To learn more about the program, please visit the ACCESS website.

Here are some event photos courtesy of Principal Burton.

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