Health and Safety

A Message from the Executive Director

April 7, 2021
Dear ASD Staff,
For those of you who are on vacation, I hope you are enjoying the spring break—the weather outside is absolutely beautiful! For those of you who are here on campus working with our students, thank you for taking care of them and keeping them entertained this week.
We have one student on campus who has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is currently in quarantine. We also have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of them are quarantining at home, so there is no further impact on campus.
Student Vaccinations
The Department of Public Health contacted us about students over the age of 16 receiving the Pfizer vaccine. We are currently working with our local DPH officials to make arrangements for vaccinations for those students, and we are hopeful that it will happen soon.
At our weekly meeting, the State Department of Education and the Department of Public Health shared new travel guidelines for individuals who are fully vaccinated: they are not required to quarantine upon return, unless they are feeling ill or are exhibiting any kinds of symptoms.
For our students who will be returning to campus next week, quarantine procedures will vary. Students returning from known hot spots, or from far away, may be required to quarantine, while other students returning from neighboring states, such as New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, will not be required to quarantine unless they have a fever or are exhibiting any kind of symptoms. Andrea Dillon and the staff at the Student Health Center will be making the determinations about who will need to quarantine.
Cleaning Procedures
The State shared this week that the CDC has released new guidelines for cleaning procedures, and we will be adjusting our cleaning based on the CDC’s recommendations. Click here for more information.
Fitness Center
The fitness center is now open for anybody who is fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people have received their full doses, and it has been two weeks since they have received their final dose. To use the fitness center, staff will need to provide proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center., which will maintain a copy of that document in their confidential records. Staff who have shared that document with the Student Health Center and would like to use the fitness center will need to contact security first. Security will check with the Student Health Center to make sure your proof of vaccination is on file, and then you will be permitted to use the fitness center, with the following guidelines: 
  • If there are other people in the area, please wear your mask;
  • If you are the only one in the fitness center, you do not have to wear a mask;
  • If there are students present, please wait until they have finished and left before using the fitness center. 
We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 
Have a wonderful rest of the week, and we will continue to keep you posted if there are any further updates.

Executive Director VLOG

Motivation Thursday
Now this is supposed to be my Thursday communication, even though I know it is Friday! This week, I will be sharing a video of some of the animals and wildlife that we have here at Isola Bella—I hope you enjoy the video!

Camp Isola Bella Finds

As promised, I have developed a second v-log today to share a few interesting artifacts found in the basement at Isola Bella!  Please enjoy taking a step back in time with me! 
Below is a list of artifacts included in the v-log:
  • Apron with clothes pins
  • Boat bumpers (from the 1940s!)
  • Garden tools
  • Life jacket (it still floats, too!)
  • Insect repellant from 1943 used during WWII 
  • Bench seat
  • Old pump
  • Portable grill
  • Hose
  • Archery bow
  • Paddle tennis court (thank you to Denise Graziani for discovering this find!  Maybe we could transform this into a 1:1 pickleball court!)  
ASD Staff Parade - May 13, 2020

Superman Bradley!

10 Minute Chair Exercises

10-Minute Loosen-Up Chair Exercises  

These days, many of us are sitting for longer periods of time, maybe on the computer or in Zoom meetings.  You should take short breaks every once in a while -- go for a walk, put on a song and dance, or do this short video of easy exercises to loosen up the whole body from head to toe.  
Just remember:
2. Keep your back straight, shoulders down/back, chin back, and tummy pulled in.  
3. Keep all movements small/light/soft/easy.  
There is no sound and no speaking, and there are minimal signs -- JUST COPY THE MOVEMENTS.
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Executive Leadership Team 
Contact Information
Jeff Bravin
Executive Director
(860) 944-7644 (cell/text)
Liz DeRosa
Director of Institutional Advancement
(413) 695-4985 (cell/text)
Kristin Feldman
Director of Student Life
(860) 944-9365 (cell/text)
Paula Morabito
Director of Education
(860) 471-4787 (cell/text)
Jennifer Pizzoferrato
Director of Finance & Operations
(860) 970-9675 (cell/text)
Patricia Schoenfeld
Director of Human Resources
(347) 213-8479 (cell/text)
Karen Wilson
Director of Clinical Services/Director of PACES
(860) 485-7043 (cell/text)

Human Resources
Contact Information
Patricia Schoenfeld
(347) 213 - 8479 (cell/text)
Tracy Pelletier
(860) 570-2324
Sophia Lanza
(860) 987-2715 (cell/text)
Julie Holcomb
(860) 569-9361 (cell/text)

Business Office
Contact Information
Jenn Pizzoferrato
(860) 970-9675 (cell/text)
Patty Maule
(860) 712-5513 (cell/text)
Rena Billings
(860) 335-5418 (cell/text)
Jayne Mandel
(908) 577-6448 (cell/text)

Information Technology
Contact Information
Randy D'Angelo
(860) 402-1723 (cell/text)
David Gerhold
(860) 944-6739 (cell/text)
Jon Onions
(860) 534-1464 (cell/text)

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  • Visitor Communication Policy


    The health, safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. ASD has established strict protocols in compliance with all statutes and guidance issued by the Department of Public Health, Department of Children and Families and the Centers for Disease Control, including the adoption of a mandatory health screening and safety measures for all staff and anyone else entering the ASD campus.

    ASD must follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the funding and licensing agencies that oversee their services, regarding visitation and restrictions of all non-essential personnel. To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 at ASD, protective measures and mitigating procedures related to visitors are as follows:

    • Visitation restrictions are communicated by ASD staff to families and guardians and posted on our website. Communication with their children and family members is supported and encouraged by visiting remotely using available technology, such as phone, videophone, relay interpreting services, Zoom, etc.

    • ASD makes a variety of technological options available that support the family/child connection so that they may maintain regular contact. 

    When visitation guidance is revised by the agencies listed above, ASD will develop and issue communications to all potential visitors, family members, and funding agencies regarding any changes.

    In addition, students returning from off-campus locations are required to be in quarantine for 14 days (after each occurrence), and per CT Governor Ned Lamont, any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation for any reason is strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days. At this time, on-campus housing and quarantine is not permitted for anyone other than ASD students.

ASL Covid 19 Resources - FROM CDC

    • Covid Infographic

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