MS 442 School for Innovation
500 19th Street - Bishop Ford Complex
Brooklyn, NY 11215
 
Main Office: 718-369-4480
Noreen Mills, Principal
Jason James, Assistant Principal
Maria Egan, Parent Coordinator
parentcoordinator@ms442.org

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WELCOME TO MS 442 SCHOOL FOR INNOVATION

MS 442 School for Innovation exemplifies 21st century education in New York City’s public schools. We use a mastery-based structure and our students are encouraged to engage in groups to develop solutions through inquiry, collaboration and questioning, supported by technology.

NEWS

Letter from Chancellor Richard Caranzza

September 18, 2020
Dear Families,
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an important update on the start of
school.
As you know, for months we have been preparing to reopen our school buildings. Thanks to all of you and everything you
have done over the last six months, the city’s low infection rate makes us the only major city in the country able to
welcome our children back to our schools for in-person learning. 
Just as you have done everything necessary to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate, we have made a pledge to you that we
would put health and safety first. That is what we have done – inspecting tens of thousands of classrooms for proper
ventilation; distributing millions of masks, bottles of hand sanitizers and cases of cleaning supplies; prioritizing students
and staff for expedited COVID-19 testing; developing a swift testing, quarantine, and tracing protocol anytime we might
see COVID-19 activity in our schools; and more.
We must continue living up to that pledge as we get closer to opening our buildings, knowing that this year demands more
supplies, more staff, more space, more inspections, and more training. To do that, we have some new updates on the
school calendar to announce.
All students will still begin full-time instruction on Monday, September 21. School buildings will reopen to our students
in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of the week) on a
phased basis, detailed below. Here is the updated calendar for the start of the 2020-21 school year:
 Children enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21.
 Children in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of
the week) will be learning remotely beginning Monday, September 21 until their in-person start date as outlined
below. Please reach out to your child’s school if you have questions about when your child should report
according to their blended learning schedule.
Blended Learning Students Enrolled In: In-Person Learning Begins On:
Grades 3K and Pre-K (in any school type/grade configuration) Monday 9/21
District 75 (all grades) Monday 9/21
By School Type:
Students enrolled in
 Elementary Schools (K-5 and K-8) (includes students in grades 6-8
in K-8 Schools)
Tuesday 9/29
Students enrolled in:
 Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)
 High Schools (Grades 9-12)
 Secondary Schools (Grades 6-12)
 Transfer Schools, Adult Education, Evening Schools, Alternate
Learning Centers
Thursday 10/1
Less Common School Types/Configurations
 Students enrolled in K-2 and K-3 Schools Tuesday 9/29
 Students enrolled in K-12 Schools Tuesday 9/29
I know this is a last-minute change. This crisis has demanded so much flexibility and patience from you and your children
since the beginning, and I am in awe of how you have risen to meet the challenges and uncertainty this pandemic has
presented. Everything we do is to try to provide stability and certainty, while protecting the health and safety of our city.
I am deeply grateful every day for each of you, and the commitment you have shown to your children and this city.
So many of you have told us how eager you are to reconnect with your school communities – I know I am excited for that
as well. We believe this extra time will help make sure that all schools and all educators are in the best position to deliver
a strong, safe, and supportive environment for teaching and learning to take place.
I always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change
that—no matter when, where, and how we are learning.
Thank you for everything you do. 
Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Pod Switches

Sept 16, 2020

 

Hello MS442 Families

 

This email is for 7th and 8th grade families with children in blended learning.  All other families can disregard this message, I’m sorry for the email clutter. 

 

We needed to make some pod switches in the 7th and 8th grade.  We recognize how frustrating it can be to you and your family and we hope this might be the final switch before the start of the school year.  The largest changes are in pods 7A1, 7A3,8A1, 8A3, 8B1, and 8B3.

 

Please use this link again to view your child’s pod.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2OW9U7YvNL70tGBVaxZMwOfDsAzioZ9qiBV0uzWK0FowHMQ/viewform

 

Thank you

Important Informational Letter from Principal Mills

September 10, 2020

Dear Families,

We are excited to greet your children for the first day of school on, Monday, September 21!  We are getting ready to have a wonderful school year despite the limitations that have been placed upon us all.  On September 16-18, students will have a short orientation to meet their teachers, get familiar with the way they will be learning, new school protocols, and to engage in activities to start forming a strong school community.  Your child will be able to join the orientations through our website, www.ms442.org, and clicking on a new tool in development called, The Switchboard.  The Switchboard will serve as the central location for your child to engage in their classes whether they are remote-only or learning at home on a day their cohort is not in the school building.  

I also want to make sure everyone is aware that MS 442 is having an informational Zoom meeting on Monday, September 14, at 6 p.m.  We will send out a link to the meeting Monday afternoon so please check your emails. Nest families will receive an additional Zoom meeting later in the week, details will be forthcoming.  

Finally, we have made a tool for families to access information about your child’s cohort, pod grouping, and a link to your child’s school schedule to help families in their planning.  Sixth grade students will also receive their child’s email address and password.  The password is case-sensitive (starts with a capital ‘C’) and Mr. Ballot, our Technology teacher, will review how to access and use their email and help them to change their passwords during the first week of school.

You can access the tool by heading over to MS442.org and scrolling down to the “News and Announcements” box.  After entering your email and your child’s student id/OSIS number provided by the DOE, you will receive an email with the information.   Use their pod name to find their daily schedule.  You can also click this link to access the tool directly: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2OW9U7YvNL70tGBVaxZMwOfDsAzioZ9qiBV0uzWK0FowHMQ/viewform

Pods are in a delicate balance and full. Please understand requests to move your child cannot be granted at this time.

Thank you for all of your support and patience.  It has been one the most difficult summers we have ever experienced but we will be ready for a wonderful school year. 

Sincerely,

Noreen

CEC15 Virtual Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza/CEC15 Asamblea Virtual con el Canciller Carranza

Attention Parents!


The District 15 Community Education Council Presents:
A VIRTUAL
TOWN HALL
EVENT
with Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

All District 15 parents are urged to attend!
Wednesday, September 16
th

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Please register for this event at the following link,
https://learndoe.org/cec/
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity. Issues and concerns
for District 15 will be addressed.
English Conference Line: Dial 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) and enter Webinar ID: 835 9700 6395
Spanish Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 735-255-0102
Mandarin Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 933-059-6663

Letters from Chancellor Carranza

 

 

Sept 8, 2020

Dear Families,

As we approach the start of the school year, everyone at the New York City Department of Education is laser-
focused on delivering a high-quality education that puts your child’s health, safety, and emotional wellbeing first

this fall. An education that creates a new standard of excellence for learning from any location. An education that
will prepare your children to thrive—today, tomorrow, next year, and for the rest of their lives.
I want to share with you that full-day learning for all students will begin on Monday, September 21. A few days
before that, beginning on Wednesday, September 16 through Friday, September 18, all students and teachers will
engage remotely for a partial-day instructional transition and orientation to help students reconnect to school.
Taking this time will help ensure all children are ready to learn and succeed.
In this letter, we include updates on what that teaching and learning will look like. You will find additional
information on how our schools will support every student every day—whether they are participating in fully
remote or blended learning (in which they are learning in school buildings for part of the week, and remotely for
the rest of the week).
Read the Reopening Update for Families below to find more information on:
 How your child will learn at home: Live interaction and lessons with teachers, and projects that
students complete on their own
 Who will be teaching your child in blended or fully remote learning
 How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community
If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. Principal information
is on each school’s web page at schools.nyc.gov, in the “School Contacts and Information” section. You can find
the page for your child’s school on our website using Find a School: schoolsearch.schools.nyc. And as always,
all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.
You have heard me say that New York City has the best, strongest, most committed students, staff, and families
anywhere. Every day, you continue to prove that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. I want to reaffirm our pledge

to take absolutely every precaution to keep your children healthy and safe. And to ensure they receive the high-
quality education they deserve no matter how or where they are learning.

I am so excited to welcome all our children and educators back to their school communities soon!
Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Reopening Update for Families: September 4, 2020
This information and additional details can be found at our school reopening webpage
at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.
How Will My Child Learn at Home?
Whether learning remotely from home part of the week or every day, students will receive remote instruction in
two different ways: live interaction (sometimes referred to as “synchronous instruction”) with teachers, and
independent learning (sometimes referred to as “asynchronous instruction”), which includes assignments,
projects, or recorded video lessons. Let us explain what that means:
Live interaction means that your student will interact with their teacher on video, phone, live chat, virtual app,
or another digital mode in real time. The teacher may be interacting with the whole class, small groups, or
individual students. It can be done over Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other DOE-approved video
or phone conferencing or digital platforms. It includes:
 Class Lessons;
 Office Hours to connecting in real time with teachers to get individual or small group help with
instruction or instructional activities;
 Social-emotional wellness activities such as sharing circles or mindfulness exercises; or
 Feedback discussions with students and families about their work and progress via video or phone.
 Other “live participation” activities, such as chat, offered by the digital platform used by educators
during lessons.
At the beginning of the school year, here are the target amounts we are asking all schools to engage their
students in live interaction and instruction each day:
 Students in 3-K and Pre-K programs: up to 30 minutes
 Students in kindergarten through grade 2: 65 to 95 minutes
 Students in grades 3–5: 90 to 110 minutes
 Middle school students in grades 6–8: 80 to 100 minutes
 High school students in grades 9–12: 100 to 120 minutes
The amount of time devoted to live instruction will increase each month for all grades as the school year
progresses to allow students and teachers to gradually transition. Scheduled times will be posted so that students
and staff alike can plan for engagement.
Independent learning means your student will work on their own with assignments, projects, and materials
provided by their teachers. This might include:
 Video lessons or presentations recorded previously
 Activities, assignments or tasks that build on lessons from previous days
 Collaborative projects and assignments with classmates
 Discussion boards and conversation, feedback, or guidance from teachers over email

Who Will Be Teaching My Child?
Your child will have a high-quality educator leading their education, no matter where they’re learning.
Instruction may look a little bit different in every school, reflecting the specific needs of the school community,
but here is what you can generally expect:
For Students in Blended Learning
Blended learning refers to a combination of on-site, in-person instruction at the school some days of the week,
and remote instruction at home on remaining days.
Your child may have different teachers for on-site and remote learning. Those teachers will work closely
together in pairs or teams to create meaningful and connected learning experiences. For example, a student may
begin a project in person and then continue to work on it while remote.
During the remote portion of blended learning, your child will regularly be with the same group of students with
whom they attend in person.
For Students in Full-Time Remote Learning
Where possible, students engaging in full-time remote learning will be taught by teachers from their own
school. Teachers will regularly meet with the same group of students on specific days.
How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community
It’s important that your school can reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about
confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we
can contact you via phone, email, or text message. With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test
scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE
language translations. If you don’t have an account, sign up today at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. It only takes five
minutes!

Important Reminders and Links

Sept 7, 2020

Hello MS 442 Families/Guardians

 

-We are asking for families to get their child signed up for their DOE Student Email accounts if they have not already.  Students will need to use their email accounts to access Zoom.  Please follow the instructions here:

        https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/technical-tools-and-support/doe-student-accounts


-If you are in need of a device for home use please make sure to fill out the DOES's tech request:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/technical-tools-and-support/ipad-requests


-Blended learning students will have access to tech while in school building.

If you have any tech concerns we are here to help.

-If you want to sign up for remote learning please see link below:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/choosing-remote-instruction-for-fall


-2020-2021 School Year Calendar

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/2020-2021-school-year-calendar


-DOE Updates

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/

Updates on the P-EBT Cards

Sept. 3,  2020

 

Hi Everyone.

 

 Updates on the P-EBT Cards:

  • The original ditribution timeline changed. The state will be mailing the 3rd wave (for those who do not receive benefits) September 0ctober.

  • Some cards for those with benefits have been delayed as well. Parents should call the helpline (1-833-452-0096) to check eligibilty, get help with errors or glitches, to find out if/when their card will be sent

  • Improvements have been made to the helpline (1-833-452-0096) with wait times reduced to 10 minutes or less.

  • If you press and hold the language request key (1 for English, 2 for Spanish, etc.) a person should come on the line.

  • Parents can continue to email for assistance--
    otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov

  • Community Food Advocates has a P-EBT page with all the info and links to their info sessions for parents. The info sessions are also on their Facebook page.

Important Announcement Regarding Back to School

September 1, 2020

Dear Families,
Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have announced there will be a delay to the start of the school year. 
Starting on Wednesday, September 16, all students will learn remotely for an instructional transition and
orientation period.  For families who chose in-person learning, the start day has been moved to Monday,
September 21. Whether you have chosen remote or hybrid, we are happy to announce that students will be
taught by MS 442 staff members.

Grade Arrival Dismissal
6 8:30am 1:45pm
7 8:35am 1:50pm
8 8:40am 1:55pm
We are all working to ensure this school year is the best it can be for our school community. This is the most
complex start of school New York City has ever faced.  We recognize you may have questions and we plan on
sending out more information for families as we receive further guidance from the Department of Education.
For your planning purposes, we do want to inform you of arrival and dismissal times.

*All students will enter and exit through our main doors.

We want to guarantee all of our students have the best learning experience from the start of the new school
year. We need to be prepared and ensure our student groups are balanced and programmed. We can no
longer accept requests to change hybrid cohorts. In the event of a family emergency that needs to be
discussed, please contact me, Nmills@schools.nyc.gov. If you decide to switch from hybrid to remote, please
email Maria, parentcoordinator@ms442.org and complete the DOE survey again.
Our family handbook will be emailed before the start of the school year. This document will offer more
specific information concerning the 20-21 school year.
Thank you and be well,
Noreen Mills

Spanish Family Session with Chancellor Carranza

On behalf of the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE), we are sharing information on an upcoming Spanish Family Session. For any questions on this workshop, please contact Dery Rodriguez from FACE, at DRodriguez63@schools.nyc.gov (also CC’d here).

 

Join us at our upcoming Spanish Family Session with Chancellor Richard Carranza. Please share this opportunity  with Spanish speaking families and students in your community!

Family Session with Chancellor Richard Carranza 

When: Tuesday, September 1st

Time: 6PM - 7PM EST

Sign-up here:  https://learndoe.org/face/aug31-es/

What to Expect: Information about the 2020-2021 school year. All information will be presented in Spanish. 

 

 

Acompáñenos a la Reunión de familias con el canciller Richard Carranza. Por favor comparta esta oportunidad con familias y estudiantes hispanoparlantes. 
Sesión Informativa Para Familias y Estudiantes Sobre el Regreso a la Escuela

Cuando: Martes, 1 de septiembre 2020

Hora: 6PM a 7PM (hora este) 

Incribase aqui: https://learndoe.org/face/aug31-es/

Lo que puede esperar: Información sobre año escolar 2020-2021. Toda la información se presentará en español.

 

Thank you,

 

Alex Cintron Carrasco

Associate Director of Language Access, Translation & Interpretation Unit

Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications

New York City Department of Education

28-11 Queens Plaza North, Fl. 4 | Long Island City, NY 11101

Learn about the Translation & Interpretation Unit

Connect with us on schools.nyc.gov

Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Back To School Information Session w Chancellor Carranza

August 26,2020

 

Hello Families,

 

Please join Chancellor Richard A. Carranza this Thursday, August 27th  at our next Family and Student Information Session on Re-opening.  The session will be held from 6:30pm-8pm and DOE officials will answer questions on Outdoor Learning Policy, curriculum, busing and more.  This is part four of a five-part series, and the last session will be held on Wednesday, September 2nd, on this session our Health Experts will answer questions on Health and Safety and more.

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020 Information Session

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Returning to School: The Latest Guidance from our Health Experts

 

Registration is open for both events and Families can submit questions by completing the online registration form here: 

http​s://learndoe.org/face/.  Anyone can access the livestream at the time of the event by accessing this link: https://learndoe.org/face/live/​ 

DOE Back to School Link:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/welcome-to-the-2020-2021-school-year

MAYOR DE BLASIO, CHANCELLOR CARRANZA RELEASE REOPENING PLEDGE

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

NYC Public Schools Will be Cleaned and Disinfected, Day and Night

  • All school buildings will be disinfected overnight, every night

  • High-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day

  • Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact

Students Will be Learning Five Days a Week, No Matter What

  • Whether in-person or online, students will study in supportive environments with rigorous academic standards

  • Remote students will interact with their teachers every day

  • Student schedules – both remote and in-person – will be preset and consistent to allow families to plan

  • Academic instruction will integrate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care to support students holistically

  • Teachers will have time each day to engage one-on-one with students and families

Important Reminders for MS 442 Families/Guardians

August 20, 2020.

 

Dear MS 442 Families/Guardians,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying summer.

Please see below important links, please click and sign/fill out anything if you have not already.

Thank you for your support.

Be well and safe.

______________________________________________________________


Please subscribe to newsletter as this is where updates, announcements, emails, meetings, important information, fun info will come from. Information that is sent from newsletter/email is also posted on our website:



Newsletter:

https://us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=d7c7340667f70d2e99ad7c803&id=d1cccdab82


Online Blue Card:

https://www.mybluecard.org/


Customer Support Blue Card:

support@mybluecard.org


School Model  Preference Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5vaFTAX0pAH-leXNReordtUZ2aPnBMz57JylTlSWoE0Lq3A/viewform?usp=sf_link


Rising 8th Grade Families:

The Admissions Office will give out "my school" account numbers in the fall.


Please see Summer Homework Information below:
 

Summer Homework Access Codes 2020

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code nt7ksfa (Incoming 6th Grade Summer Homework)

 

 

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code s36lb5u (Incoming 7th Grade Summer Homework)

 

 

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code thdkdc3 (Incoming 8th Grade Summer Homework)


Please contact our PTA if you would like to subscribe to their Konstella App which is an online family community app:

 pta@ms442.org


If you feel you have not received information from us please be sure to make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter and check our website as everything is updated on our main home page and summer home page info hub.

FYI Related Service Survey for Families

Dear MS 442 Families/Guardians,

Please review the update shared with families below regarding Supports for Students with Individualized Education Programs:


“The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your child's IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child's school will contact you to discuss your child's specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Allen Bibergal

 

Administrator of Special Education-Community School District 15

 

 

Brooklyn North Borough Office

Districts 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 23, 32 & High Schools

131 Livingston Street, Room 503, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:718-935-3103

FREE FACE Family Workshops Lead by Apple

Good morning Language Access Coordinators,

We are sharing workshop opportunities on behalf of the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE), open to all school staff and families. For any questions on this workshop, please contact Dery Rodriguez from FACE, at DRodriguez63@schools.nyc.gov.

 

Apple, in partnership with the DOE, is providing a series of sessions to help parents and guardians set up iPads for their children. These sessions will include parental controls, screen time, navigating the device and exploring built-in apps and features. 

 

There are still workshops this week and next week, so it is not too late to register. To learn more and register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/c/virtual-learning-sessions-for-parents-and-guardians-cwxfgfg--beARTvQjsYtF/.

 

Please spread the word and let your families, colleagues and communities know about these great AND FREE opportunities.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

8.19.20 - Staying Organized in iPad

8.20.20 - Parental Controls and Restrictions

8.21.20 - Getting Started in iPad

8.22.20 - Parental Controls and Restrictions

8.22.20 - Getting Started in iPad

8.22.20 - Staying Organized in iPad

 

Thank you,

 

Alex Cintron Carrasco

Associate Director of Language Access, Translation & Interpretation Unit

Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications

New York City Department of Education

28-11 Queens Plaza North, Fl. 4 | Long Island City, NY 11101

ACintronCarrasco@schools.nyc.gov | (929) 333-6385

Learn about the Translation & Interpretation Unit

Connect with us on schools.nyc.gov

Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Town Hall Meetings for School Reopening

Hi School Partners, 

 

Council Member Carlos Menchaca and Community Board 7 will be hosting three town halls for parents on school reopening to ask questions and have their concerns addressed. Each of the three town halls will be in a different language: 

 

English - Monday, August 24; 5-6:30PM

Spanish - Tuesday, August 25; 5-6:30PM

Chinese (Mandarin) - Wednesday, August 26; 5-6:30PM

 

We have speakers from Deputy Chancellor La Shawn Robinson's office, Executive Superintendent Karen Watts's office, Executive Superintendent Barbara Freeman's office, and Superintendent Anita Skop's office. See below for language in English, Spanish, and Chinese that you can forward to parents. Please also share the attached flyers and feel free to post on social media. It would be great if you can get this information out in a timely manner. Please let me know if you have questions. 

 

Best, 

 

Ting Lin 林婷

Community Liaison 社区联络员

Office of Council Member Carlos Menchaca 市议员万齐家

New York City Council District 38 纽约市议区38

District Office 区办公室: 718-439-9012 x 104

Email 电邮: tlin@council.nyc.gov

 

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Preparing for Back to School: Council Member Carlos Menchaca and Community Board 7 are hosting a town hall for parents on back to school. Do you have questions about school reopening? Join our office and representatives from DOE as we answer your questions. 

 

Monday, August 24th; 5-6:30PM

 

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y6bxy6ny

 

Preparándose para el regreso a la escuela: el concejal Carlos Menchaca y junta comunitaria 7 están organizando una reunión para los padres sobre el tema del reinicio del año escolar. ¿Tiene preguntas sobre la reapertura de la escuela? Únase a nuestra oficina y representantes del DOE para responder sus preguntas.

 

Martes,25 de agosto; 5-6: 30PM

 

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准备开学:市议员万齐家和社区委员会7将举办普通话网上研讨会关于重新开学。你对开学有问题吗?加入我们的办公室和教育局代表来回答你们的问题。

 

星期三,八月26号;5点到6点半

 

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DOE Updates

Chancellor's Letter to Families

August 17, 2020


Dear Families,

In good times and in challenging times, I know that you want the best for your children. You want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. And you want them to always be learning, growing, and getting ready to take on the world. Our schools play such an important role in that, especially now, when the children of our city have been through so much. For us, health and safety always lead the way. Our vision for the fall is a safe, strong, and supportive learning environment and an excellent education for every one of our students. Schools will be in session and students will be learning five days per week—no matter where they are. We know a lot more now about how the learning experience is going to work. In this week’s Reopening Update for Families, you will find:  The latest health and safety information, including on ventilation, school nurses, and testing and tracing in schools  How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community  How families can change their children’s learning preference to/from fully remote learning  What happens if students attend school in-person on a day they are not scheduled to attend  Supports for students with Individualized Education Programs  Supports for students in temporary housing and foster care We know that planning for the new school year isn’t easy—for you, for our educators, for school staff, and for our communities. But I believe that by working together we can start the school year strong. I want to acknowledge the tireless work of your principals and school leaders, who have been hustling all summer to be ready for the first day of school. I also want to thank you. Your partnership has made it possible for us to consider and plan for both in-person and remote learning. Your continued investment and engagement in your school communities is a vital part of ensuring our students’ success not just during this upcoming school year but for years to come. We are privileged to serve you and your children, the young people who not long from now will be the ones leading our city. If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. You can find principal contact information by searching for your child’s school on Find a School: schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Principal information is on each school’s web page at schools.nyc.gov, in the “School Contacts and Information” section. And as always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.


Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education 

Reopening Update for Families:

August 17, 2020

The updates below are included on our school reopening webpage at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, available 24/7 to help you find information about the upcoming school year. The Latest Health and Safety Information For school buildings to open in September and remain open, the city must see fewer than 3 percent of all COVID19 tests come back positive on a weekly average. Since June, the city positive test rate has been between 1 and 2 percent. We have strict protocols for testing, tracing, and quarantining if there is a confirmed case in school, and we will use every effort to prevent the spread of infection in schools if a student or staff member is feeling sick or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Many families have questions about ventilation. Our commitment is simple: if a room does not have adequate ventilation, it will not be used by students or staff. We are assessing and performing maintenance in buildings to maximize ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible. We expect maintenance to be completed by the opening of school. Finally, this fall, every school building in New York City and all early childhood programs across the city will have access to nurses. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, in addition to our established nursing workforce, every student will have access to a qualified nurse every day as we reopen schools safely and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nurses will be in-place by the first day of school.  How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community When the school year begins, we want to make sure we can contact you quickly and effectively to share information, including about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message. Your NYCSA account can also help you find your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more— from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. If you don’t have an account, sign up today at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. It only takes five minutes! How to Change a Child’s Learning Preference to/from Fully Remote Learning Your school principals, in partnership with district and central administrators, are continuing to develop schoollevel plans for every public school in New York City. We are currently planning for around three-quarters of our students (over 700,000 students) to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means that they’ll learn in-person in a school building part of the school week and continue learning remotely from home for the rest of the week. The remaining families in our DOE community will begin the year in fully remote learning mode. You can move your child into 100 percent remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form: nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference. Families who choose 100 percent remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis, beginning in November. What Happens if Students Attend School In-Person on a Day They are Not Scheduled to Attend Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate which days their child will attend school inperson. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements and to build a plan to help ensure that your child does not arrive at school on unscheduled days. If a student arrives at school on days when they are scheduled for remote learning, your child’s school will inform you. All children attending on an unscheduled day will need to be picked up or will be sent home, depending on age and other factors. For more information on policies for students who attend school on a mistaken day, visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. Supports for Students with Individualized Education Programs The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your child's IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child's school will contact you to discuss your child's specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly. Supports for Students in Temporary Housing and Foster Care Students in temporary housing and foster care face unique challenges as a result of COVID-19, including the shift to remote learning. We have been providing additional supports to these students, including ensuring their early receipt of remote learning devices. Any remote learning devices given to students in shelter have cellular capabilities. As possible and appropriate, students in temporary housing and foster care may also receive additional in-person instruction, depending on a school’s programming model, overall student needs, and capacity.

Resources for Families

Happy Friday!

 

As you know, due to the pandemic our district office is temporarily closed, but families can still reach us by calling our Google Voice number: (201) 731-6507.  

 

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind regards,  

 

Francisca Andino

Administrative Assistant

Office of Community Superintendent Anita Skop

Community School District 15

(P)718-935-3424  l  FAndino@schools.nyc.gov

131 Livingston Street, Room 301, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Email: fandino@schools.nyc.gov

D15 Website: district15brooklyn.org

Follow D15 on Social Media: Facebook / Twitter

DOE Back to School 2020 Info and Updates

Free Resources/recursos gratuitos

Please see link below/Por favor vea el enlace a continuación:

 

 

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Resources for Families

Dear parent leaders and parent support professionals,

In partnership with NYC museums, FACE has organized a series of free, live-virtual summer field trips. Below are upcoming field trips for this week. Click here to see all August field trips. Please share these opportunities with your network broadly!

 

  • Summer Art Studio(Open external link)
    For grades 6-8 | August 12 | 11-11:40AM
    Join the Whitney Museum of American Art for free weekly online art classes. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen.

  • Meet Author Vashti Harrison(Open external link)
    For grades K-12 | August 13 | 1PM-2PM
    Join The DiMenna Children’s History Museum to meet author Vashti Harrison and discuss her celebrated book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History(Open external link), a captivating collection of profiles that showcase women from the worlds of activism, arts, journalism, sports, politics, and more. Rediscover women you’ve learned about before—like Rosa Parks—and explore the lives of women whose stories need to be sung, like chemist Alice Ball.

  • Codebreakers!(Open external link)
    For grades 3-12 | August 13 | 3-4PM
    Join the Intrepid Museum to learn about Naval communication by examining artifacts from Intrepid in its time of service. Testing their wits, students will have the opportunity to take a stab at decoding, and will learn to construct their own coded messages!

  • Summer Art Studio(Open external link)
    For grades 9-12 | August 14 | 11AM-11:40AM
    Join the Whitney Museum of American Art for free weekly online art classes. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen.

  • Summer Art Studio(Open external link)
    For grades PreK-12 | August 15 | 11-11:40AM
    Join the Whitney Museum of American Art for free weekly online art classes. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen.


 

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

(P)718-935-4267  I  E-mail: cec15@schools.nyc.gov

131 Livingston Street, Room 301, Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

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Council Members: Camille Casaretti (President), Antonia Ferraro (Co-Vice President 1), Tia Schellstede (Co-Vice President 2 & BP Appointee), Bess Abrahams (Secretary), Kimmerly Scott (Treasurer), Cateia Rembert (Parliamentarian), Mark Bisard (IEP Rep), Iván Banda (BP Appointee), Krystal Cason, Claudia Lechuga.

Letter form the Chancellor

August 11, 2020

Dear Families,

There are many things that keep me up at night, including constant messages I receive from families who simply want the best for their child. All of us raising children want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. We want our kids to always be learning, growing, and getting ready to take on the world. 

 

Our schools play such an important role in the wellbeing of our children—especially now, when they have been through so much. For us, health and safety lead the way, always. Our vision for the fall is safe, strong, and supportive learning—an excellent education—for every student. School will be in session 5 days per week—no matter where our students are.  

 

We know a lot more now about how that is going to work with respect to safe in-person learning, as well as remote learning. Right now we are planning for nearly three-quarters of our students—over 700,000—to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means they’ll learn in person in school buildings part of the school week, and continue learning remotely from home the rest of the week. 

 

As of now, 26 percent of families plan to begin the year in fully remote learning. This is consistent with what families told us earlier in the year about their preferences. Additionally, we know that as of now we can expect about 85 percent of the teaching workforce to be teaching in person in a blended model as well.  

 

About 15 percent of teachers have requested a reasonable accommodation to work from home. Those who are granted that accommodation will work exclusively remotely—but will still be as engaged and devoted as ever. Because that’s who you are. You are educators who in a matter of days completely transformed teaching in the biggest school district in the country. You have grit, compassion, and a dedication to your students that amazes me every day.  

 

So: with all this information at hand, each school continues to develop plans to reopen, and that is largely thanks to the tireless work of our principals. Each one is blazing an entirely new path for their schools, leading our teams of fellow dedicated professionals hustling all summer long to be ready for the first day of school.  

 

The same can be said of all the school-based staff working to make sure our school buildings and communities are safe and supportive environments set up for rich and engaging learning. Our Central and Borough and Citywide Office employees are critical to reopening too, of course, working every day to reinvent and deliver the policies and supports that all our school communities depend on. 

 

Speaking of Central employees, there is some important news I am so excited to share with you. As of Monday, Donald Conyers has been named First Deputy Chancellor for the DOE. He will lead our work to supervise and support schools; guiding, challenging, and developing our  principals and school staff to effectively serve all 1.1 million of our students. Donald has served the New York City public schools for nearly 40 years in many roles, including as a special education teacher, principal, and superintendent. He has been our Senior Superintendent since 2018, leading the principal evaluation system, principal onboarding processes, superintendent and deputy superintendent induction and professional learning, overseeing the Office of Leadership as well as the New York State and federal policy teams, and the School Workflow Management Team. These years of experience, passion, and strong partnerships at the school, district, and citywide systems-levels give me confidence he will do an extraordinary job in this role. 

 

Each of you continues to demonstrate what it means to persevere, and to keep your eye on the prize—serving the young people who, not long from now, will be leading this city. Thank you so much again for your dedication during this extraordinary time. 

 

In unity, 

Richard 

 

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Summer Homework Access Codes 2020

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code nt7ksfa (Incoming 6th Grade Summer Homework)

 

 

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code s36lb5u (Incoming 7th Grade Summer Homework)

 

 

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code thdkdc3 (Incoming 8th Grade Summer Homework)

Reminders

Hello MS 442 Families/Community

Hope everyone is well.

Just a quick reminder to please fill out your online digital blue card if you have not already :

https://www.mybluecard.org/

If you need blue card technical support please contact:

support@mybluecard.org


Please fill out the MS 442 School Model Preference Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5vaFTAX0pAH-leXNReordtUZ2aPnBMz57JylTlSWoE0Lq3A/viewform?usp=sf_link


Thank you

Letter to Families/Guardians

Aug 7, 2020

Hello MS 442 Families/Community
 

 

We hope that you and your families are safe and well, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Isaias.  All families should have received a letter from our Chancellor that reminds them to complete the all-remote learning preference form and provides additional information about what in-person learning will look like.  Our central offices and schools are working hard to ensure a safe and healthy return to school this fall, and we appreciate your leadership and support as we travel this road together. 

 

Fall Re-opening Updates 

Today, New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department.  The plan is 109 pages and provides a detailed description of the current plans for re-opening.  This plan aligns with guidance that principals received earlier this week on instructional principles and programming.  In the next few weeks, there are a few important planning deadlines for schools, as follows: 

·         Remote Learning Opt-Out Survey:  8/7 

·         School Reopening Phase 1 plans due: 8/12  

·         Program Models Due: 8/14  

·         District Review Team Decisions: 8/21 

 

Opt-In to Remote Learning Only Option Today 
 
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. We are asking for parents who are selecting all-remote learning to fill out a short web form at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, or by calling 311, by END OF DAY today.  The power point describing the blended learning program models are available in EnglishSpanish, and Chinese

If students begin in blended learning, caregivers can decide later to transition to all-remote.  Families that opt-out of blended learning will be able to re-visit the decision later in the fall, depending on seat availability. 

 

Family and Student Information Sessions  

Please join us for our upcoming Family and Student Information Sessions where our Department of Education leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.   

Next Wednesday, families will be able to hear re-opening updates directly from the Chancellor who will be joined by Principals and Superintendents from across the City.  The event will feature a Q&A where DOE officials will answer questions from families about the re-opening plans rolling out in their districts.  Below are the links to register: 

·         Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

·         Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

 

Reopening of Schools – Governor Cuomo’s Announcement 

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that schools across New York can reopen for in-person instruction this fall. Under the governor’s announcement, schools can be reopened if they are in a region where the average rate of positive tests is below 5 percent.  Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have set a higher standard and announced that schools can only open if the rate of positive tests in the city is 3 percent or lower.  Currently, New York City’s positivity rate is below 1 percent.   

 

Instructional Videos for Parents 

The Office of the Chief Academic Officer has produced a series of instructional videos for parents on topics ranging from “Remote Learning for Students with IEPs” to “Instructional Strategies.”  These videos aim to support parents with techniques and strategies to help students learn at home.  Please check out the videos here. 

 

Apple Workshops 

Apple is hosting virtual learning sessions for parents and guardians from July 27th - August 22nd on topics ranging from how to set up an iPad and how to manage parental controls to a review of build-in apps and features.  Learn more here

 

UFT Workshops for Parents 

During the summer, UFT will be offering a host of workshops for parents on Thursdays from 5-6pm.  The topics are below, and you can register here

·         Aug. 13: Social-Emotional Learning for Parents 

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Summer Challenges for Kids 

Calling all students across New York City! It doesn’t matter which borough you’re from or which grade you are in, you can join the fun and maybe even win a prize or two. The NYC Department of Education is hosting citywide summer challenges.  Next week’s focus is Music and Dance – click here to learn more

 

We hope that you all are enjoying this time with your families.  Have a great weekend! 

Best Wishes, 

 

The FACE Team 

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL DISTRICT 15

(P)718-935-4267  I  E-mail: cec15@schools.nyc.gov

131 Livingston Street, Room 301, Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

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Doe Latest Updates on Back to School

August 7, 2020

Please see link below:

 

DOE LATEST UPDATES ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL: PLEASE SEE LINK:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

Important

August 7, 2020

Please make sure to fill out online Blue Card if you have not yet already: As we need to have all up to date information

https://www.mybluecard.org/

If you have any technical issues/questions/concerns, please contact:

support@mybluecard.org

MS 442 Families/Guardians Meeting-Tentative School Reopening Plans for Fall Recorded Video

Deadline

August 7, 2020

 

Deadline to fill out School Preference Learning Survey:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/welcome-to-the-2020-2021-school-year

Free Art Backpacks

 August 7, 2020

 

I hope this email finds you well during these challenging times. As a long time arts-educator I’ve been particularly concerned about the growing equity gap between children with access to physical art-making and creative engagement, and those increasingly relegated strictly to screen time.

    I’m writing to share that through the generous support of one of our board members, we’ve been given an exciting opportunity to develop 2,500 free Art Backpacks to be distributed to families with children up to age 10. Each backpack includes a variety of art materials, as well as suggested activities developed by our educators.

    I’m hoping that you can help us to get the word out, so that these backpacks can reach local families that might truly benefit from them. We will be distributing a first round of them on Tuesday, August 18, from 1–6 pm in the Sculpture Garden located in the back of the Museum. Would you be willing to share this opportunity with your family networks?
    Here’s some information to share:
    On Tuesday, August 18, from 1-6 pm, come to the Brooklyn Museum’s Steinberg Family Garden to pick up a free Art Backpack for children up to the age of 10, and stay for some socially distanced art activities, family-friendly music, and more!
    All backpacks have an art kit filled with quality art materials and suggested activities inspired by the Museum’s collection. One backpack will be distributed per family, or one per child if children are at pick-up. Art Backpacks are presented in partnership with Camp, a family experience company.
    The Brooklyn Museum is at 200 Eastern Parkway, at Washington Avenue. The Steinberg Family Garden is on the parking lot side of the Museum. Rain date: Wednesday, August 19. For more information about the Museum’s family programs, visit bit.ly/bkmfamily<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brooklynmuseum.org%2Feducation%2Fyouth-and-families%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CNMills%40schools.nyc.gov%7Cb860a25d05f94b8aed5a08d83af3dcf6%7C18492cb7ef45456185710c42e5f7ac07%7C0%7C0%7C637324166384521674&amp;sdata=vC78kkP1UxyN7pxC9KTJYZMTYx4VJy%2FFGpw%2BNN6AcTs%3D&amp;reserved=0>.

    If you would like us to set aside some backpacks for you to pick up and deliver to your constituents directly, please email us at youth.family@brooklynmuseum.org.

    Thank you in advance for helping us to get the word out in support of Brooklyn families. Teamwork makes the dream work!

    With gratitude,

    Adjoa Jones de Almeida
    Director of Education
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052 P 718-501-6588
    Pronouns: she/her

Letter from Chancellor

August 6, 2020

Dear Families,

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. If all-remote learning is your preference, we ask to hear from you by filling out a short web form at schools.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 7.

 

As you consider which learning model is best for your child, I want to restate our guiding principles that apply to every student’s education: All students will be learning five days a week, and teachers will continue to deliver high-quality instruction that is culturally responsive, rigorous and developmentally appropriate for all students, in all learning settings.

 

We are sharing additional information below about both blended and all-remote instruction to empower you to make this choice. This builds on the information contained in the letter sent to families in late July comparing remote and blended learning, which you can find at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies.

Types of Teaching and Learning

Teachers

Live Interaction

Teachers will provide daily l

Whether your child is participating in blended learning or learning 100 percent remotely, they will receive instruction by 1) interacting live with their teachers and 2) by independently completing assignments and

projects throughout the school day and week.

 

Students engaged in remote learning will, for the most part, be taught by teachers from their school community. While there may be limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, parents can expect their children to be assigned teachers from their school community when they receive their children’s full schedules before the school year begins.

 

ive instruction for our fully remote learners, as well as for those students participating

in the blended learning model. Teachers will deliver live instruction in short intervals (15–

20 consecutive minutes) throughout the school day for our youngest learners and may increase in length based on

the student’s developmental stage and grade level.

coming weeks.

 

Posting Schedules

Schools will post

Direct Support

Lunch in the Classroom

Community Building

Social-Emotional Support

We will share additional information on live instruction in the

 

class schedules and schedules for live instruction for all students—those fully remote as well as

those participating in blended learning—online. You will have access to these schedules in advance so you can plan your work and family commitments. Schools will also ensure students have sufficient time for high-quality

interactions with their teachers and classmates.

 

Teachers will have dedicated time every school day to engage with students and families via video conference or telephone. We encourage you to take advantage of this time to get guidance and updates related to your child’s progress and learning.

 

In-person student lunch will be instructional time in most instances, modeled on our Breakfast in the Classroom program. In elementary schools, for example, during lunch, students will take part in learning activities that are fun, engaging, and enriching, such as interactive read-alouds, social-emotional learning, and content through music. In middle and high schools, during lunch, students will engage with a specific content area. Schools will maintain all health and safety guidelines for in-person learning and for consuming food and drink during this time.

 

All students will have routines that build community, center the day, and set them up for success. This will provide all students with community- and relationship-building experiences that are an integral part of a typical school community. For example, this may consist of a daily morning meeting where the teacher engages students in activities related to social-emotional wellness and community-building, or a daily closing activity where the teacher recaps the learning for the day, and gets students prepared for the following day. Schools and teachers will share more about this as we approach the first day of school.

We know that current circumstances in the pandemic have been very difficult for you and your children. Students

e will allow time for teachers, school-based staff, and students to readjust to being in school buildings and to adapt to changes. In addition, we will integrate social-emotional activities and trauma-informed care into academic subjects to the greatest extent possible throughout the day. We will also prioritize mental health supports throughout the school

year.

 

Grading

All students must meet the same academic requirements, whether they are engaged in fully remote or blended learning. The teacher overseeing your child’s classwork is responsible for designing or selecting assessments to measure student progress. These may include projects, exams administered within or outside the online platform, portfolios, and other measures of student mastery.

 

have been isolated from their teachers, classmates, and school communities. For this reason, w

There is no doubt that we have all learned a lot since March—both about the virus, and about our ability to keep learning going during this unprecedented time. That is why we won’t settle for anything but the most rigorous and engaging instructional experience for your child, in whatever learning model you choose. Your needs—along with those of your children and the staff who serve them—continue to be at the center of our back-to-school planning.

We will send more information in the coming days and weeks. As always, we encourage you to check schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 for the latest information on what the next year will bring.

Thank you for being part of the DOE family.

 

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

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Letter from the Chancellor

August 3, 2020

Dear Families,


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.
All schools are preparing for blended learning, during which students learn in-person in school buildings for part
of the week, and continue learning remotely from home on the other days. However, any family can choose 100%
remote learning for any reason. If your preference is 100% remote learning, we ask that you let us know by this
Friday, August 7, so that schools have enough time to plan. Please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to
fill out a short web form, or call 311.
In this letter you will find:
 Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open
 What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in
Schools
 Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School
Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open
While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our
commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of
our policy moving into September.
On July 31, the Mayor and I announced that for school buildings to open in September and remain open, on a
weekly average the city must see fewer than 3% of all COVID-19 tests come back positive. Additionally, if 3%
or more of New Yorkers who are tested for COVID-19 are found to have the virus after we open, school buildings
will close again, and 100% of learning will be remote for every student.
Since June, we’ve hovered around 1-2%, and are working closely with the New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health), NYC Test + Trace, and the Mayor’s Office to prepare for a coordinated
school reopening. If staff and students aren’t healthy, they can’t teach and learn, and we are doing all we can to
ensure that schools remain safe and healthy for learning.
What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools
In close collaboration with our expert colleagues at NYC Health, we have developed strict protocols that address
prevention, precaution, and response to one or more of our students or employees having a confirmed case of
COVID-19. It’s important to know that a “confirmed case” means that a parent or guardian, student, or staff
member submits a positive test result from a healthcare provider or laboratory—like a City-run testing site, a
private doctor, or an urgent care center—to the school.

Our protocols to keep school communities healthy include:
 Prevention: Starting with the first day of the 2020-21 school year, if a student or staff member is feeling
sick, they are required to stay home. Additionally, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they
will be asked to get tested.
 Feeling Sick in School: If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and
monitored by a school staff member until they are picked up by their parent or guardian. Staff members
who become symptomatic at school must notify administration and immediately leave the building.
 Testing: All school staff members are asked to get tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the
beginning of school, and will be prioritized for expedited results at the 34 City-run testing sites. All school
staff are also asked to get tested monthly during the school year. This free testing is also available for
families citywide.
 Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health
will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom
with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days
since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this
applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.
If there's more than one case in a school, and it's not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and
the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for
14 days for quarantine.
Students will continue their learning remotely during any necessary quarantine periods.
 Communication: Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information
to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, schools will communicate
to all families and students at school.
Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School
Testing and tracing are part of several strict health protocols designed to keep our school communities healthy.
Here are the key things that you and your family should know about NYC Department of Education (DOE) health
and safety practices, policies, and protocols as we re-open our school buildings in September:
 At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school
or on their way to school. Exceptions will be made for children who can’t wear a face covering for medical
reasons, and for younger children who aren’t developmentally able to wear a face covering.
 Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on
school grounds and to and from school.
 Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch
areas.
 Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be readily available in throughout every school.

 Every school will have a school-based team ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in
a school.
 Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during
the school day.
For more details on these and other policies, please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 and click “Health
and Safety” for additional information and all the latest updates.
We are approaching reopening by centering health and safety and basing our policies on the expertise of health
professionals—period.
I’ve been a public school parent, teacher, and principal, and I know what it feels like to want the best possible
education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned
a lot since March—both about the virus, and about our ability to react and respond to it in real time. That’s why
we won’t settle for anything but the strictest and most rigorous processes for coming back to school.
We will send more information in the coming days and weeks. As always—thank you for being part of the DOE
family.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

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Meeting for MS 442 Families/Guardians-Tentative Reopening Plans

Dear MS 442 Families/Guardians,

Hope everyone is well and  enjoying their summer.

Please see information below:
 

We will be holding a meeting for MS 442 families/guardians.

Topic: Tentative reopening plans
When: Thursday August 6 @ 5pm.
Zoom meeting info will be sent the day before the meeting
 
Thank you !
 

Letter from Chancellor

Dear Families,

I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know.

Your Learning Options


First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week. Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. We know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly. You can fill out a web form at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or call 311.

To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what you can expect from each mode of learning, which you can find at the end of this letter. Families who choose all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school year, beginning in November.

No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school year begins.

As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health conditions continue to evolve.

How to Learn More


Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our teachers, principals, and school-based staff.

Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City. Please join

us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27. You can visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to register and submit a question.

In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more.


While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no matter what.

Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

 

MAYOR DE BLASIO AND CHANCELLOR CARRANZA ANNOUNCE TEST AND TRACE PROTOCOLS FOR NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Good morning D15 Friends and Family,

 

Please read below Mayor De Blasio and Chancellor Carranza's communication. To read more about the health safety protocols click here to be directed to the DOE's website.

 

Best regards,

CEC15

Letter from the Chancellor

July 28, 2020

 

Update for Families on School Reopening from Chancellor Carranza

Dear Families, 

I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know.

Your Learning Options 

First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week. Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. We know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly. You can fill out a web form(Open external link) or call 311. 

To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what you can expect from each mode of learning, below. Families who choose all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school year, beginning in November. 

No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school year begins. 

As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health conditions continue to evolve.

How to Learn More

Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to our Return to School 2020 page. Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our teachers, principals, and school-based staff. 

Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City. Please join us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27. You can visit our Return to School 2020 page to register and submit a question.

In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more.

While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no matter what.

Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and healthy.

Comparison of Remote and Blended Learning Experiences: School Year 2020-21

Fully Remote Learning ExperienceBlended Learning Experience

Fully remote instruction at home.Combination of learning in-person at school buildings, and remote instruction at home.

Students participate in a regular schedule of age-appropriate, standards-based remote learning from home every day.
 

Students go to school buildings for age-appropriate, standards-based, in-person instruction on some days; and continue their learning from home remotely on the other days of the week.

Students will have live interaction with teachers every day.

On in-person days, students will attend classes in their school building. 

We are also working to ensure live interaction for students in blended learning on each day they are learning remotely.

Every class will include live instruction. The amount will vary by grade, depending on what is developmentally appropriate.On in-person days, students will have the opportunity for whole class, small group, and individual work and collaboration with classmates and teachers.

Students will use a DOE-approved online platform (such as iLearnNYC or Google Classroom), available in multiple languages, for lessons and submission of work.

Students will experience whole class, small group and/or individualized instruction in an online environment, as well as collaboration with classmates and teachers.

Students will use a DOE-approved online platform (such as iLearnNYC or Google Classroom), available in multiple languages, for lessons and submission of work.
 

We will make every effort to ensure students consistently have the same instructors throughout the year.
 We will make every effort to ensure students will be taught by a consistent set of teachers in-person and remotely, who work together throughout the year to maintain continuity and maximize learning.

There will be an emphasis on social-emotional learning across school communities to ensure the mental health and wellness of students and staff.There will be an emphasis on social-emotional learning across school communities to ensure the mental health and wellness of students and staff.

Students will be able to access video-recorded lessons, assignments, and tasks.
 Students will be able to access video-recorded lessons, assignments, and tasks.

 

Teachers will regularly engage students and families to check student work, provide timely feedback, and adjust instruction as necessary, via remote learning platforms, calls, emails, video chats, etc. 
 Teachers will regularly engage students and families to check student work, provide timely feedback, and adjust instruction as necessary, in-person and via remote learning platforms, calls, emails, video chats, etc.

Students and families will have access to one-on-one support to help with instructional activities.Students and families will have access to one-on-one support to help with instructional activities.

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Information for Families/July 27, 2020

Dear MS 442 Families/Community

We hope everyone is doing well and finding time to enjoy the summer.  This week, DOE announced guidelines around physical education and art for remote and in-person instruction.  Our schools and district/central offices are busy planning for re-opening, and will continue to provide more updates as they come.  As always, thank you for uplifting parent voice and helping to ensure that our communities are informed and empowered.  Below is an overview of what’s happening next week: 

Registering for Remote-Only Learning 

Parents have two choices: (1) 100% Remote Learning (all online, from home); or (2) Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning where students follow their school’s schedule of a mix of in-person and remote learning days.  Parents should make their choices by completing this survey by August 7, 2020.   

Parents who need assistance in completing this survey can call 311.  If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, you should fill out the form again by August 7.  After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year. 

Family and Student Information Sessions  

Please join us for our upcoming Family and Student Information Sessions where our Department of Education leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.   

Next Tuesday, families will be able to hear re-opening updates directly from the Chancellor who will be joined by all of our Executive Superintendents.  The event will feature a Q&A where Executive Superintendents will answer questions from families about the re-opening plans rolling out in their districts.  Below are the links to register: 

·         Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

·         Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

·         Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

 

Family Engagement Toolkit for Schools  

Face has shared a family engagement toolkit for schools.  The toolkit includes guidance, strategies, and resources to support communications and engagement efforts.  The toolkit gives schools samples that make family engagement easier and provides a sample calendar, letters and agendas that can be modified to fit schools’ needs.    

 

Apple Workshops 

Apple is hosting virtual learning sessions for parents and guardians from July 27th - August 22nd  on topics ranging from how to set up an iPad and how to manage parental controls to a review of build-in apps and features.  Learn more here

 

UFT Workshops for Parents 

During the summer, UFT will be offering a host of workshops for parents on Thursdays from 5-6pm.  The topics are below, and you can register here

July 30: Dare to Lead, a Leadership Workshop for Parents 

Aug. 6: Cleaning Your Home Safely  

Aug. 13: Social-Emotional Learning for Parents  

Aug. 20: Meeting Governance for Parent-Teacher Associations — Amending Bylaws and Creating Standing Rules  

Aug. 27: Leadership 2.0, a Second Leadership Workshop for Parents  

Sept. 2: Growing Up Cavity-Free, an Oral Health Workshop for Families 

 

5 Day Virtual Institute for Parents of MLLS 

The Office of Multi-lingual Learners is offering a 5-day Virtual Institute for Parents of ELLS.  Parents can register here, and a description of the sessions is listed below:  

·         Thursday, July 23 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Know Your Rights 1. Learn more about the Rights for Parents of English Learners 

·         Tuesday, July 28 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  - Know Your Rights 2. Learn more about the Identification of ELLs/Commissioner's Regulation Part 154 

·         Wednesday, July 29 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  - Know Your Rights 3. Geared towards Undocumented families and online/offline resources for immigrant families 

·         Tuesday, August 4 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  - Bilingual Programs 

·         Thursday, August  6 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  -  College Planning 

Families will receive the information to log in one-day before the event.  The 60-minute English sessions will be interpreted in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Haitian Creole.  The 30-minute group sessions will be led in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Polish, Uzbek, by our partners in Citywide Council for English Language Learners. 

LIVE Virtual Summer Field Trips for Families 

In partnership with parent leaders, we have organized a series of LIVE virtual summer field trips with cultural institutions across NYC.  Here are the trips that families can log onto next week: 

·         Sumer Art Studio at the Whitney Muesum for PreK-5 | July 28 | 11AM-11:40AM  

Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.  

·         Star Stories at the Intrepid for grades 3-12 | July 28 | 3PM-4PM  

Using images of the night sky, stories from different cultures and examples of simple navigation tools, an Intrepid Museum Educator will help participants view their sky in a whole new way. 

·          Meet Victoria at the Tenement Museum for grades K-8 | July 29 | 11AM-12PM  

Journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States in 1913. Victoria will show us her home, and share stories of her daily life and how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holidays and more. Throughout the program, participants will have a chance to ask Victoria their own questions. 

·         Summer Art Studio at the Whitney Museum for grades 6-8 | July 29 | 11AM-11:40AM  

Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Experiments of Color inspired by Emma Amos. 

·         What Floats Your Boat at the Intrepid for grades 3-12 | July 30 | 3PM-4PM  

How exactly does a ship float? Join the Intrepid Museum as we learn about the steps engineers take as they carry out a project such as making a ship large as Intrepid float and create your own floating vessels. For kids and adults at home. Materials: A sheet of foil, large bowl, and 20 to 40 pennies. 

·         Summer Art Studio at the Whitney Museum for grades 9-12 | July 31 | 11AM-11:40AM  

 Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Experiments of Color inspired by Emma Amos. 

·         Exploring Creative Careers at the MET for grades 9-12 | July 31 | 1PM-3PM  

How can artists and art lovers turn their interests into careers? Join the MET on this interactive virtual event to investigate careers in the arts, discover new interests, hear from creative professionals, and build your skills in special workshops. 

School Programming Exceptions Guidance 

The Department of Education has developed three baseline programming options for schools to choose from, as plans for re-opening are underway. The proposed models are based on analysis of system-wide constraints, national research, international best practices, parent and student surveys, and school leader focus groups. The models intend to support schools as they address the needs of their students and families and align with health and safety guidance. Proposed models exist for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; two additional models are available for District 75 schools. In extreme cases where, for example, schools are managing space and staffing issues, schools can apply for an exception to implement an innovative model that will address these specific needs (see below for details). Exceptions will be considered only in the most of extreme circumstances.  Families will be notified of their student’s specific schedule in late August. 

School Programming Model Selection Process 

·         Principals will review all programming models with the School Leadership Team, inclusive of Chancellor’s recommended models, which prioritize consistency for families. 

·         Schools will host engagement meeting with families by August 10, 2020 to receive parent input on programming model selection. Schools are encouraged to present families with 2 potential models during the initial engagement period. For general resources to engage families, see Family Engagement Toolkit. 

·         Principals will share, in writing, the models that the School Leadership Team is considering with all families. If for any reason a District Review Team (defined below) rejects a school’s submission, schools will need to reassess models with their school community and SLT and reach out to families in writing (a second time). Alternatively, schools that presented families with 2 potential models during the initial engagement period can reference those engagements should they need to revise their proposed plan based on the District Review Team’s feedback. 

·         Schools will have the opportunity to reconsider their initial selections as COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations staff responses and data from the Learning Preference Survey are available and updated up until August 14, 2020. 

·         Principals will submit preferred models for approval by their District Review Team using the School Programming Model Selection Survey(Open external link) by August 14, 2020. 

Upon approval, schools will notify students and families by late August. 

Exceptions Process 

Only in the following situations, may a school request an exception to the proposed programming models: 

·         The recommended models are not feasible given space, staffing, family choice and expected in-person attendance. 

·         Schools have unique programmatic needs that must be addressed, to better meet the needs of the community and has staff and parental support. 

In these limited cases, schools will be asked to submit an exceptions request explaining: 

·         Why existing models don’t meet their community’s needs 

·         How their proposed model better responds to their: 

o    Space/capacity issues 

o    Staffing concerns 

o    Learning Preference Survey results 

o    Specific programmatic need (multiple grade bans, i.e. K-8; CTE, etc.) 

Note: No group of students may be prioritized above students with disabilities for in-person instruction, such that members of that group receive more in-person instructional time or in-person instructional ahead of a student with disability. 

School exceptions to DOE-defined models must be afforded by the school’s budget. Program model exceptions should not be approved where costs exceed school funding. 

Prior to submission, principals in co-located buildings must share the proposed exception plan with campus principals to facilitate smooth scheduling of shared spaces. 

If a school submits an exception request, the school is required to share the exception model with families prior to submitting a proposal to the District Review Team. This includes holding at least one parent meeting where families can provide input on the programming selection prior to submitting the exception request. 

Additionally, principals must receive signed approval of the proposed model from the School Leadership Team and indicate this approval within the School Programming Model Selection Survey

Principals in co-located buildings must share the exception plan with campus principal/s to ensure adequate scheduling of shared spaces without disruption of other school’s programs. 

Superintendents Process for Review: District Review Team 

Each Superintendent must establish a District Review Team (DRT) to review and approve all schools’ reopening plans. This includes schools choosing from pre-identified programming model options and those submitting exceptions. To ensure that every criterion is considered in the approval or request for revision of a plan, District Review Teams (DRTs) should include varied personnel from across the Superintendent Team/District, Borough Citywide Office (B/CO), and Central Office. At minimum, DRTs must include: 

·         Superintendent 

·         Academic Policy, Performance, and Assessment Lead (APPA) 

·         Instructional Personnel (from BCO and/or Superintendent’s Team) 

·         Director of Operations 

·         Human Resources Director or Budget Director 

·         Additional point as per Executive Superintendent 

It is highly recommended for DRTs to include added instructional and planning personnel, including the T-DEC, Director of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology Director (where applicable), B/CO staff who support special populations, and/or relevant members of the Central Office (i.e. from Division of Multilingual Learners). Team members will have access to the School Programming Model Selection District Review Tracker, which will be available beginning July 30, 2020. 

The District Review Team must review each school’s model selection and articulate their approval or disapproval of each school’s program, as well as the rationale for their decision, within the tracker. The District Review Team should consider additional information when determining the viability and approval status of the school’s model selection. This information might include, but is not limited to: 

·         The school model choice number or details for how the exception request meets the requirements laid out by the proposed models 

·         Why other model choices do not apply/reason for exception 

·         Number of children selecting 100% remote learning (as per Family Learning Preference surveys) 

·         Staff accommodations (number of staff requesting COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations) 

·         Requisite space and facilities-specific information, including square footage 

·         Efforts to address co-location challenges, including assurance from the campus council that plan does not infringe on other schools in the building 

·         Efforts to address specific needs based on student populations or programs (ASD Nest, MLL, CTE, etc.) 

·         Efforts to maintain COVID-19 safety and health guidelines 

·         Specific information about scheduling and programming 

·         Confirmation that the exception plan can be funded with existing school budget 

·         Consultation with B/CO Transportation Liaison regarding busing 

Upon the District Review Team’s approval of pre-identified models, the school will be informed of its status so that it may begin to program students. If the District Review Team does not approve a pre-identified model, which will only occur if it is not possible to logistically implement the model, the school will automatically be notified so that it can work with their Superintendent to select another model. 

The District Review Team is expected to review all exception requests with the Executive Superintendent. 

·         Exception requests with a status of ‘Central Review Required’ will be automatically forwarded to the Central Review Team (defined below) for Central DOE approval. Any recommendations or comments from the District Review Team or Executive Superintendent will be included for the Central Review Team to review. 

·         All exception approvals and denials must be reviewed with the Executive Superintendent. 

Central Process for Review of Exception Requests 

To ensure that all exception requests meet DOE standards and guidelines, DOE will develop a Central Review Team consisting of members from Academic Policy, District Planning, Space Planning, DHC, OPT, MLL, and SEO to review all exceptions requests. 

·         Once a superintendent reviews an exception and has preliminarily approved the request, they will mark the decision as ‘Requires Central Review.’ This will automatically submit the request to the Central Review Team. 

·         The Central Review Team will then review each request routed to them, using the Central Review Tracker, to ensure viability. 

·         Once the Central Review Team grants final approval, with a decision of ‘Approved’, the school principal will receive an email and the result will be stored in the tracker. 

Key Dates 

·         8/7: Learning Preference Surveys due 

·         8/10: Schools receive Learning Preference Survey results and staff accommodation approval results 

·         8/14: Last day for principals submit program model selection or exception requests 

·         8/21: Last day for Superintendents and District Review Teams to review all school submissions . 

·         8/21: Schools with DRT approval, may begin programming students. 

·         8/28: Last day for re-submission of models (only schools whose model submissions were not approved by DRT during initial submission). 

·         8/28: Last day for the Central Review Team (CRT) to approve exception requests 

·         8/28: Schools with CRT approval begin programming 

·         8/28: Schools can notify parents 

·         8/28: School plans are posted 

 

NYSED Interim Commissioner Resigned 

Shannon Tahoe, who has served as acting and interim commissioner of education since November 2019, will leave the State Education Department on Aug. 13. No successor has been named.  The Board of Regents continues its search to find a permanent commissioner and expects to appoint an acting commissioner before Aug. 13. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issued Re-opening Guidance 

This week, the CDC issued guidance on re-opening for school districts.   
 

Professional Developments for Family Facing Staff 

Future Ready Summer Series July 29, 2020 Flyer Future Ready Summer Series  

This online session is designed to develop student leaders who take ownership over their postsecondary planning journey. The College Career Planning Team will take a hands-on approach to researching colleges and programs that students can see themselves attending. We will walk students through the process of seeking out opportunity programs, campus resources, apprenticeships and offices that are designed to support their postsecondary plans, with the goal that students feel more confident in their postsecondary list. 

Summer 2020 Tech Ambassador Program 

The DOE is partnering with New York Cares to launch the Summer 2020 Tech Ambassador Program. Through this program, volunteer staff can connect with families who need tech support with their DOE-issued iPads and help resolve other remote-learning inquires. FACE Invites parent coordinators, family support coordinators, and family leadership coordinators to register for an upcoming training session, by July 29, to learn more about this opportunity. Family Liaisons will also be notified via email from FACE@schools.nyc.gov

Watch Party Wednesday:  Kognito At-Risk 

During this pandemic, we are all at increased risk for trauma.  To create a community of awareness, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in partnership with the Department of Education has adopted the Kognito At-Risk Suite, an online role-play simulation to help us learn to recognize signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss our concerns, and if necessary refer parents/students to the appropriate resources.  Please register (in advance) at the link below to attend this Watch Party Wednesday on July 29th at 1:00 pm to learn about the Kognito At-Risk Suite:    

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudO-srz8uEtMdSjvbs2soKUQbsSZjGzFR    

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions, please email FACE @schools.nyc.gov   

We hope that you and your families and safe, healthy and enjoying the summer.  Thank you for your continued partnership. 

 
Warm Wishes, 

The FACE Team 

Information/Survey for Families

Dear MS 442 Families/Community,


Thanks to all of you that were able to join us on Thursday, July 16th for the Student and Family Information Session! Over 25,000 people were able to join the Chancellor and his cabinet at this live virtual session. Thursday’s event was the first in a series of central information events, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Information Session. 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

(Please pay special attention to the survey-please fill out if you have not already) Thank you

 

ILearning Preference Survey 

As many of you know, last week we announced our preliminary guidance for principals to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

This fall, NYC schools will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning.  

Parents can choose from two options: 

1. 100% Remote Learning (all online, from home). OR 

2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Students can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: the school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks.  

Parents should make their choices by completing this survey by August 7, 2020.  If you or a parent you know is having difficulties completing this survey, please call 311.  If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, you should fill out the form again by August 7.  After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year. 

 

Family and Student Information Sessions 

Yesterday, we hosted our first Family and Student Information Session – thank you to everyone who attended!  We had over 25,000 people log on to watch the event, and it was broadcast on Bronx Net’s public access television station.  We received thousands of questions from parents and community members registering for the event, and will be using them to create an FAQ. 

Please join us for our upcoming Student and Family Information Sessions where our Department of Education leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.  Registration for all upcoming sessions (dates below) is open here: 

·         Tuesday, July 28, 2020 

·         Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

·         Thursday, August 27, 2020 

 

New York State Education Department Issued School Reopening Guidance 

This week, the New York State Education Department released guidance to help schools and school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two.  The guidance builds on the Framework of Guidance that the Department presented to the Board of Regents on Monday, July 13th and can be found here:  http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/reopening-schools/nys-p12-school-reopening-guidance.pdf 
 

Family Engagement Toolkit for Schools 

Today, we shared our family engagement toolkit for schools.  The toolkit includes guidance, strategies, and resources to support communications and engagement efforts.  The toolkit gives schools samples that make family engagement easier and provides a sample calendar, letters and agendas that can be modified to fit schools’ needs.   

 

NYC Announcement about Childcare 

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a public childcare program that will see kids supervised in public and private locations across the five boroughs.  New York City will provide childcare to 100,000 New York City kids this fall as the Department of Education, in an attempt to protect students from novel coronavirus, offers in-school learning two or three days a week.  

 

Resources 

We’re happy to let you know about a new app, called Learn at Home. This app is now available on all DOE-issued iPads. The Learn at Home app is helpful in supporting students’ remote-learning needs—giving parents, students, and staff the ability to stay connected and informed through quick access to student accounts, other learning apps and technical support. 
 

The app provides students with links to all the tools they need to attend class, complete assignments, and track their progress. The Learn at Home features can be accessed by using this link: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home 

 

Reopening:  School Busing Update 

We are currently assessing student busing and transportation options for fall 2020.  We are working to make other options available like the MTA and TLC, and will provide an update when we have more information. 

 

NYC DOE Budgets 

This week, DOE’s central offices received their budget for the next school year.  CCECs also received their budgets (same as last year) - please contact your SGO for more information. 

 

New Superintendent, District 4 

Effective Monday, July 27th, Dr. Kristy De La Cruz will begin as Community Superintendent of District 4 in Manhattan. Most recently, Dr. De La Cruz served as Deputy Superintendent of District 9 in the Bronx, where she assisted the Community District Superintendent in overseeing 48 schools, including selecting, supporting, and evaluating principals. In addition to serving as Deputy Superintendent, Dr. De La Cruz has over 25 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, principal, and English as a New Language (ENL)/Bilingual Coordinator. She has worked in New York City public schools since 2001.  

Selection concluded following consultation with the district and a C-37 process that incorporated community and parent input, including the CEC. Schools, families, and students have been notified. Dr. De La Cruz will begin a listening tour throughout the district, meeting with schools and community members.  

 

Welcome to Dr. De La Cruz! 

 

Professional Development Opportunities for Parent Coordinators, FLCs, FSCs 

We know that during this pandemic students, as well as the general population, are at increased risk for trauma.  To create a community of awareness, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in partnership with the Department of Education has adopted the Kognito At-Risk Suite, an online role-play simulation to help us learn to recognize signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss our concerns, and if necessary refer parents/students to the appropriate resources. 

Please register (in advance) at the link below to attend this Watch Party Wednesday on July 29th at 1:00 pm to learn about the Kognito At-Risk Suite:   

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudO-srz8uEtMdSjvbs2soKUQbsSZjGzFR   

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions, please email FACE @schools.nyc.gov  

 
Virtual Summer Field Trips 

The DOE has partnered with museums across the city to offer over 100 virtual summer field trips that can be taken anytime, and live virtual museum events. In addition, we are hosting citywide summer challenges, including: song and dance, creating a pixel portrait of yourself in Minecraft, a backyard bird scavenger hunt, augmented reality workshops, and much more. The virtual field trips, museum events, and challenges will be updated each week on this page, so please check back regularly! 

 

Jobs and internships 

Virtual internships for high school and college students: The Knowledge House, Student Dream and Bloc invite students to apply for summer internships in data analytics, software development, digital marketing and more. These internships pay between $500 and $1,200 and require a commitment of five-10 hours per week. They’ll run from July 15 to Aug. 26. Find out more » 

Jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau for students and parents: Anyone over the age of 18 who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply for a job with the 2020 Census. These are temporary jobs with flexible hours. To learn more and apply, visit the website » 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Summer Bridge for ages 14 to 24: In place of SYEP this year, students and young adults are invited to apply for Summer Bridge, a paid career-training program with opportunities to meet with professionals, build professional skills and make your voice heard in your community. There is a stipend for participating. The application deadline is this Wednesday, July 15. Learn more and apply » 

 

Classes and Camps 

Virtual summer classes from Varsity Tutors: Check out free, online summer classes for students in kindergarten through college in subjects including art, computer science, languages and more. Find out more » 

Virtual summer camp from Camp Kinda: Students in kindergarten through 8th grade can enjoy free weekly activities from Camp Kinda until Sept. 1. Activities can be done on your family’s schedule and won’t keep kids glued to a screen. Learn more and enroll » 

STEM and literacy-building projects from Camp Wonderopolis: Kids of all ages and their parents can enroll in Camp Wonderopolis for free, online summer-learning activities that explore music, literature, STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and more. Check it out » 

Weekly law workshops for high school students: The New York City Bar Association invites high school students to free, online workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. These workshops will cover topics of interest to students considering a career in law. See the schedule and register » 

 

Fresh Air Fund 

Virtual camp for children ages 7 to 13: Fresh Air Everywhere offers fun, small-group activities and interactive theme projects on topics like nature, art, time travel and more. Kids will be mailed an activity box full of goodies to help them participate. Learn more and register » 

Outdoor activities in New York City parks for children ages 5 to 13: The Fresh Air Summer Spaces program offers two-hour drop-in sessions at neighborhood-based locations with supervised outdoor activities such as arts and crafts, games and dance parties. Learn more and register » 

 

More resource lists 

 

·         45+ Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy While Safely Social Distancing 

·         30 Best Virtual Summer Camp Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained This Summer 

·         22 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep the Kids Entertained (and You Sane) This Summer 

Letter from Ms Mills

July 20, 2020

 

Dear MS 442 Families,

I hope you and your families well.  I wanted to send a quick update about the upcoming school year.  

At the moment, we are still in the planning stages of what will work best for our school community.  We are using the DOE survey results and the class-size capacities recommendations as we continue to draft our initial plan for reopening.  As you can imagine, there are still many unknowns and challenges for the upcoming school year.  We will be sure to update you as much and as often as possible.  

We have also received many questions about finding out your child’s class number for the upcoming school year.  It seems there are ways to see the number in your child’s NYC Schools Account.  Please do not stress the class number at the moment.  Students must be placed into a new class to be promoted to the next grade, but this does not mean this will be your child’s class for the upcoming school year.  This is especially true for our incoming sixth graders as they are placed blindly into a class in June.  Final class numbers are determined in August and you will be notified of your child’s official class number right before the start of school.  On top of all this, next year classes will have no more than 12 students to ensure the safety of our school community and to allow students in-school education. 

I understand how not having answers can be stressful for families.  District 15 is working together to navigate the logistics of reopening in September.  We are striving to have an initial reopening plan in a few weeks for families to review and to provide input.  

 

Sincerely,

Noreen Mills

Letter from Anita Skop

 

 

July 17, 2020


Dear District 15 Families and Community:

I hope that you are safe and heathy during these difficult times, and that you are enable to enjoy some of the summer weather out of doors.

I know that there are very real concerns for every family in the district around the re-opening options and decisions that schools are being asked to make in terms of best providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students in the fall. People want to be able to plan as expeditiously as possible, and so there are rumors circulating that some District schools have already made decisions, and have shared their structures with their families, so that protocols are in place and schools are all set. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case!

The Chancellor’s Office has put forward a series of options for schools to discuss with their SLTs and communities and then put forward as a tentative selection to be approved by the Superintendent and then at the Central level. Additionally, parents can apply to have their child participate in full time remote learning by filling out a form. We are asking all Parent Coordinators to share the instructions for this with all parents, so reach out to your principal or PC for further information. These structures were shared by the Chancellor last night at his Town Hall and are on the Department of Education website at the link below as well as all other information as to the reopening plans. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

The final selection will be determined by mid-August. Right now schools are holding Town Halls and information sessions, or meeting with their SLTs to share their options and glean feedback from constituents, and we urge you to take advantage of these opportunities to talk with your community about your concerns. Please understand that NO DECISIONS have been made or approved as of yet.

I want to reassure that we are happy to share any information with you as soon as more becomes available. I know that this is an incredibly stressful and difficult time for students, for teachers, for parents and for our entire city. What I also know, however, is that all of our principals are deeply dedicated to providing the best options for our children. They are working to coordinate cohorts for siblings to ensure that families have consistent and coherent schedules. They are working with our amazing teachers to provide strong levels of high quality instruction remotely and in a brick and mortar setting. I wish that this terrible disease were not a threat to us all, but we are all here for you, and I also know that we will continue to support each other throughout this crisis.

Warmest regards,

Anita Skop
Community Superintendent-District 15

District 15 Meeting, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:30-9:00pm

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This Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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Special Guest:
Anthony Pizzillo

Director of English Language Learners
NYC Department of Education

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DOE Link for Return to School Information Session/Thursday/July 16th

Please see link from DOE for Return to School Information Session/Thursday/July 16th

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

Uniforms

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A reminder about uniform shopping this year

 

In light of COVID-19, FlynnO'Hara will be offering a series of back-to-school promotions this summer in an effort to make uniform shopping more affordable. In return, we are asking for support from our partner schools in making this back-to-school season a safe one.

 

In order to encourage families to shop early, discount percentages will decline over the course of the summer - meaning that the earlier families shop, the more they'll save!  Additionally, in the interest of safety, discounts can be applied only to remote orders (online, over the phone, or curbside pickup) to encourage customers to shop from home. 

 

Thank you for your support in making this back-to-school season a successful one, and as always, thank you for choosing FlynnO'Hara uniforms.