MESSAGES TO FAMILIES & SCHOOL STAFF
BLENDED LEARNING OPT-IN
To best meet these objectives, the process outlined below will be the only opt-in window for families this school year, through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. We believe that this best meets the needs of students, families, teachers, and school leaders as we establish strong routines and structures for learning. As such, the process for blended learning opt-in is as follows:
Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15: Blended Learning Opt-In Window for Families
Families requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning should complete and submit the Learning Preference survey during this window.
Schools will be able to review individual students’ updated learning preference on a rolling basis during this window.
During this time, Superintendents, Executive Superintendents and Central DOE will begin supporting schools to ensure as many students as possible are accommodated for blended learning.
Weeks of November 30 - Group A & December 7 - Group B: Students Begin In-Person Learning
We will also be sharing this information widely with families and we ask that you please share the information with families as well. Updates can be found at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020.
The Office of the First Deputy Chancellor
NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING
We are seeking your consent to test your child for COVID-19 infection.The New York City Department of Education(NYC DOE), working with NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has partnered with laboratories and other providers to test NYC DOE students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection.
UPDATE FOR FAMILIES
September 29, 2020
We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay healthy,and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.
MESSAGES FOR FAMILIES
September 25, 2020: Take the Census
As our buildings reopen and your child reconnects with their school community, we are reminded of how much it takes from all of us to operate the largest school system in the nation. Serving each of our 1.1 million students takes an immense amount of resources, and right now the federal government isn’t coming through with the funds that our city desperately needs.
MESSAGES FOR FAMILIES
September 21, 2020: Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.
COVID-19 SCHOOL HEALTH POLICY
Developed collaboratively with unions, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and NYC Test + Trace Corp (T2), this policy provides guidance for schools regarding:
•Thresholds for school opening and closure during the COVID-19 pandemic,
•Staying healthy while at school,
•Daily health screenings for students and school-based staff,
•Temperature screenings•The establishment of an Isolation Room,
•What to do if a student or staff member shows signs of COVID-19 while at school,
•Outreach to the Situation Room.
MESSAGES FOR FAMILIES
September 14, 2020:Update on Calendar, Ventilation Reports and Covid-19 Testing
Even in the face of so much change, September is still the most exciting time of year. There’s a back-to-school energy in the air as all over the city, educators, students, and families are getting ready for the school year to begin.
REGARDING ABSENCES AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL/COVID SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Fever of 100.0°F or higher or chills,
Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
Muscle or body aches,
Loss of taste or smell,
Sore throat, congestion or runny nose,
Nausea or vomiting,
Students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the Isolation Room by a designated staff member wearing appropriate PPE.
SHARED SPACES IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS
General Protocol: Appropriate signage (e.g., six-foot space markings and directional signs) should be used outdoors as needed, and must be visible upon entry and throughout school buildings, including entrances, exits, classrooms, offices, public assembly spaces and corridors.
GUIDANCE FOR ENTRY, DISMISSAL, CIRCULATION AND USE OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY SPACES IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS
DOE PRIORITIZATION COVID-19 TESTING PILOT INSTRUCTIONS
Starting Sunday, August 23rd through Thursday, August 27, select DOE staff can visit specific testing sites operated by Health + Hospitals (H+H) and be prioritized for COVID-19 Testing.
BACK TO SCHOOL PLEDGE
Health and Safety Always Come First
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies will be supplied to all schools, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) will have a 30-day supply on hand at all times – with a hotline for principals to call for immediate resupply for their schools
There will be a full-time nurse in every public school building
Any school building or room found to have inadequate ventilation will not be used by students or staff
Students and staff will practice physical distancing in all school buildings
Students will remain in pods for as much of the day as possible
Students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the school day; if they do not have them, they will be provided for free
We will place hand sanitizer in every classroom
City-run testing sites will prioritize free COVID testing and expedited results for school staff; free testing is also available to all students, families, and New Yorkers citywide
We are encouraging all DOE employees to be tested monthly
NYC Department of Health and Test + Trace Corps will immediately investigate confirmed cases to prevent spread of the virus
Schools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools
When necessary, classrooms or school buildings will temporarily close to maintain safety of school communities and prevent spread of the virus
School buildings will close if the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in New York City is 3% or more using a 7-day average—the most aggressive threshold in the nation
UPDATE FOR FAMILIES ON HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
I hope you are safe and healthy, and finding some rest and relaxation this summer. As we are approaching the start of the 2020-21 school year, I want to share some important new information with you about health and safety protocols in your child’s school—and every school—for the upcoming year.
AUGUST 6, 2020: UPDATES ON INSTRUCTION
The educators and staff at your child’s school, and all of us at the DOE, continue to work around the clock to prepare for a safe and healthy return to school in September. An important part of our planning depends on you! Today I am writing with additional information and an important reminder as we head into September.All schools are currently preparing for a blended learning model. Blended learning means that students learn part of the time in-person in school buildings, and continue their learning remotely, from home, on the remaining weekdays. Any family can also choose all-remote learning this fall, for any reason.I fall-remote learning is your preference, we ask to hear from you by filling out a short web form atschools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020,or by calling 311,by this Friday, August 7.If you begin in blended learning, you can decide later to transition to all-remote, but to best support schools in their planning for reopening, we ask that those who have a preference for 100% remote notify us by this Friday, August
WELCOME TO THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
On March 15, 2020, the nation’s largest school district underwent a historic transformation, closing school buildings in order to protect our 1.1 million students, and all staff, families, and fellow New Yorkers from COVID-19.
As we look ahead to September, we see...
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