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Week of May 24, 2021: Update for Families

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older

We are excited to share that all New Yorkers age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene strongly encourages you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting the Vaccine Finder. You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.

Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19. It is especially important for those with an underlying health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness, such as asthma, obesity, or diabetes. The same is true for people who live with someone 65 or older or with an underlying health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Vaccination is free and available regardless of immigration status.

In the U.S., the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for children ages 12 to 17. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be very safe and effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

To find a site offering the Pfizer vaccine, make an appointment, or locate a walk-in site, visit the Vaccine Finder. You can also check with your child’s healthcare provider to see if they are offering the Pfizer vaccine.

 

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit Vaccine Facts.

Chancellor Family Engagement Forums

Chancellor Meisha Porter has launched a five-borough family engagement tour to hear directly from school communities about their top priorities for next school year. These virtual forums are an opportunity for families, teachers, school administrators, and staff to provide Department of Education leadership with their thoughts on the types of resources and support they need as we move towards a full reopening in September.

The remaining three forums will be held from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Queens—Thursday, May 27

  • Brooklyn—Monday, June 7

  • Bronx—Wednesday, June 9

 

How to register:

Families can register for the forums. When you register, you will be asked if you want to ask a question or provide a comment during the event about topics, including health and safety, special education, fall 2021 school reopening, social-emotional learning, and more.

Each forum will be recorded and posted so you may access them at any time. Interpretation services will be available at every forum.

Update on Regents Exams

We want to remind families of high school students that the New York State Regents exams will be administered in person from June 17–24 for English Language Arts, Living Environment, Physical Setting/Earth Science, and Algebra I. All other subject exams have been cancelled for June, as well as all August Regents exams.

Due to these cancellations, certain students are eligible for Regents exam waivers, including for the four exams still being offered in June. Your child’s school will contact you to share information about the waivers and determine your interest in having your child participate in the Regents exams. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the Regents; however, if they would like to participate, they may attend the in-person administration.

Halal Meal Expansion

We are pleased to announce that an additional 11 schools are being certified to serve halal take-out meals, for a total of 43 schools citywide. The additional schools serve students and members of the public in Spanish Harlem, Harlem, Jamaica, Jackson Heights, and Soundview. A full list of schools serving halal meals is available.

This expansion reflects the DOE’s commitment to respecting the religious identity of all students and to ensuring that children can eat consistent with their dietary needs. All the menus were reviewed by a panel of imams. Each school offering the halal options was inspected and certified by imams, and kitchen staff were trained to prepare food in compliance with halal rules.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the New York City Council to provide meals in the schools and neighborhoods with high demand for halal meals.

School Survey Reminder

The 15th annual NYC School Survey is underway! We encourage all families and teachers in grades 3K through 12, and students in grades 6–12 to visit the survey by June 11 to share your thoughts on your school experience this year. Make your voice heard to help make your school a better place to learn!

May 24, 2021: Update for Families

Dear Families,

 

First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought to us over the past year.

 

As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support.

 

As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our reopening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall. All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall.

 

We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall.

 

As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year, including the following: 

 

  • Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings 

  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home 

  • Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home 

  • Every school building will continue to have a nurse 

  • Every classroom will have working ventilation systems 

  • On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance 

  • The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases

 

We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to support our students. Here are some ways that we are supporting with the transition now, and we encourage you and your children to participate:

Chancellor’s Borough-Wide Family Forums: I am hosting borough-wide family town halls to hear more from you about this fall, and how we can use our resources to ensure a positive homecoming for your children and provide an enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning. To learn more and register, please visit us.

 

School Open Houses: Starting in June and throughout the summer, every school will host open houses for families to visit, take a tour, and learn about the health and safety precautions in place that have kept our schools safe over the last year. Your child’s school will be in touch with you about when these will be scheduled, and we encourage you to participate to learn more.

 

Summer Rising: In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, we are so excited to provide an enriching, fun and joyful summer camp experience for any interested student. We encourage your child to join us - to be welcomed back into their school communities, re-connect with teachers and staff, and get ready for fall while having fun! Families can sign up.

 

Thank you for your partnership, your engagement, and your dedication to your children’s education over the last year. I am in awe of how our communities came together to lift each other up to ensure our children had the best experience possible despite enormous challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with you, learning from you, and leveraging all we‘ve done together over the last year to create a new normal starting in September - one that is warm and welcoming, affirming and enriching, and exciting and challenging - for each one of your children.

 

In partnership,

 

Meisha Porter

New York City Schools Chancellor

May 6, 2021 1:35 PM: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear Harry S Truman High School at 750 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Community:

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

 

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

 

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

 

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandra Guerriero

May 3, 2021: Update for Families

 

2021–22 School Year Calendar

 

The DOE has released the 2021–22 public school calendar, available now.

 

Some of this year’s important dates include:

  • First Day of School for All Students: Monday, September 13

  • Election Day (full remote asynchronous instructional day for all students): Tuesday, November 2

  • Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed): Thursday–Friday, November 25–26

  • Winter Recess (schools closed): Friday–Friday, December 24–31

 

Please note the following reminders:

  • On “snow days” or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.

  • Your parent-teacher conference date might be different from those listed on the School Year Calendar. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.

 

You can find a printable version of the calendar along with translations .

 

Vote Now in the 2021 CCEC Elections!

 

CCEC elections voting is now open and runs through May 11. And for the first time, voting is open to parents and guardians of all students!

 

Education Council representatives serve as the voice of our families and offer important advice to the Chancellor and the Department of Education. Now is your chance to have a say on who sits on these councils.

 

Parents can vote for their district councils and citywide councils that serve their students using their NYC Schools Account.

 

Want to learn more about how to vote in the CCEC elections? Parent University offers a free course on the voting process or you can watch directly on our YouTube channel.

 

For more information about running for, serving on, and voting in elections, please visit Education Council Elections 2021.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week Begins May 3

 

New York City’s teachers have shown up for our students, families, and City in so many ways this past year. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time for us to show up for them. 

The DOE invites students, families, and other members of the community to take a moment to thank a teacher today!

 

Visit our website, where you can send a note of appreciation to the teachers making a difference in your life.

 

You can also share your gratitude on social media using the hashtag #ThankaTeacherNYC.

Register for Summer Rising

Registration is now open for Summer Rising, NYC's new free summer program for students in grades K–12.

 

Summer Rising will offer academic and social-emotional support, arts, and recreation. There will also be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are both educational and meet State health and safety guidelines.

 

Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

 

Families of students in grades K-8 can sign up. For families of students in grades 9-12, high schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss a summer program that meets their needs and interests.

If you are a family of a student in grades K-8 and you do not see your site listed, please complete the survey and you’ll be contacted when a program opens in your neighborhood. We’re adding new ones every Monday through mid-May. After you sign up for a program, you’ll receive an email confirming your registration.

We look forward to seeing your child this summer!

April 20, 2021: Family Letter

 

Dear Families,

 

Last year, a police officer put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, but to me, it felt like an eternity.

 

I felt pain and rage, deep in my bones. It wasn’t a new feeling. I have felt that many times in my life, as a Black woman, sister, daughter, and mother to Black children—and as an educator who has served children of color in this city for more than 20 years.

 

That pain, rage, and fear has been present throughout the trial of the officer who killed George Floyd. I feel like I have been watching George Floyd die again and again, renewing the tragedy each time, as the jury and the nation have confronted what happened in the pursuit of justice for Mr. Floyd—and the family who is forced to go on without him.

 

And now, the first step toward justice has been served.

 

For me as a Black woman, for my brothers, for my mother and aunts who lost their brother to police violence, getting to justice is so important.

 

For our Black and brown children to know that they matter, the accountability this verdict represents is so important.

 

In a world that too often tells them otherwise, accountability in this moment tells the Black and brown children in our schools that their lives matter, and lifts up the importance of their futures.

 

This is what anchors the work we do in schools every day—why we are so focused on creating welcoming, loving environments for all our children. We want to make sure that each child doesn’t just hear, but feels that they are important. We want them to feel that their teachers and school community value their past and present experiences, as well as their dreams for the future.

 

For more than 20 years, I have experienced the sensitivity and wisdom of children—they know what’s going on, even those who may not be able to put it into words. They can feel the energy of the world around them. So we are making sure our schools are safe spaces for students to share their feelings. Every school is receiving resources to help facilitate open conversations and ensure our children have their questions heard.

 

We also have mental health support in place for our students, teachers and staff to help grapple with any feelings that emerge. Because while the individual who took George Floyd’s life will be held accountable, we recognize that systemic racism, and the violence it fuels, is still creating tragedy and inequality across our country every single day. We are all part of the work to undo this harm and reach true justice.

 

As you take care of yourselves and your loved ones the best you can, know that we are here in your corner, affirming the importance of our children’s future, each and every day. And that will never change.

 

In partnership,

 

Meisha Porter

New York City Schools Chancellor

April 16, 2021: Parent Summer Service Survey Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

You are receiving this email because your child’s IEP recommends an Extended School Year (summer) classroom-based special education program and/or Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and/or Speech services. We are pleased to inform you that these programs and services will be available both in-person and remotely this summer. The program will run from Friday July 2nd, 2021 through Friday, August 13th, 2021 (the program will be closed on July 5th and July 20th due to holiday observance).

 

Please click on the following link to complete a very brief survey to indicate whether you would like to preregister your child to participate in the program. It is important that you pre-register by April 23rd to support the planning process and ensure we have up to date contact information for site selection and scheduling purposes:

 

Parent Summer Service Survey

 

Please note the following important information:

 

  • You will need your child’s 9-digit student ID number to complete the survey. You can find this number on your child’s IEP or by logging in to your NYC Schools Account and selecting “Student.” If you are unable to locate your child’s ID number, please contact your child’s school, Committee on Special Education, or Committee on Preschool Special Education.

  • The survey applies to school-age students attending DOE and Charter schools; and preschool students receiving only related services and/or SEIT or enrolled in special classes in 3-K or Pre-K for All programs. If you are not sure which services your child should have for the summer, you can find this information on the “12-Month Programs and Services” section of their IEP.

  • Summer programs and services will be offered primarily in-person at designated sites in each of the five boroughs. You may indicate on the survey if your child will attend only if all recommended program(s) and/or service(s) are offered remotely.

  • The DOE will provide information about the site(s) where summer IEP programs and services will take place later in the spring. If your child will be receiving related services only, we will schedule your child for a specific appointment time at the site you select.

  • If your child currently receives related services from a contract provider and will be enrolled in a 3-K or Pre-K for All program in the fall, we will typically seek to provide 10-month school year (September – June) services at that site, unless otherwise specified by the IEP. Your child will likely be assigned a new provider at that time. In the meantime, if your child’s IEP recommends Extended School Year services (6 weeks during July and August), you may contact the CSE to request that the DOE retain the therapist who worked with your child during the 2020 -2021 school year to continue this summer at a location consistent with the IEP.

 

If you have questions or require assistance with the survey, please contact us.

 

Sincerely,

The Special Education Office

April 9, 2021: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. X176 at 750 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Community:

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

 

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

 

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X

April 8, 2021: Update for Families

 

Contents

  • All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9

  • Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application deadline is Friday, April 9

  • Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19

  • Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update

Important Deadlines

Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9

If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:

  • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.

  • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9

The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:

Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19

Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at Pre-K.

Tests and Assessments

New York State Exams

New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.

 

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.

 

The exams will be administered within the following dates:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29

  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.

  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11

 

Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at Testing.

April 2021 Calendar

This is the April 2021 Calendar Newsletter for parents.

March 25, 2021: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. X176 at 750 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Community:

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

 

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

 

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X

25 de Marzo, 2021: Caso confirmado de COVID-19: Cuarentena de los contactos cercanos

 

Estimada comunidad de la escuela P176X:

 

El Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DOHMH) y el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC Test & Trace Corps, T2) han determinado que un miembro de nuestra comunidad educativa ha dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 y puede haber expuesto a otras personas en la escuela.

 

Más abajo encontrará orientación sobre los pasos que debe tomar para mantener la salud y seguridad de su familia y de nuestra comunidad educativa. A continuación, encontrará una guía que recoge la experiencia del Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental, del Departamento de Educación (DOE) de la Ciudad de Nueva York y del equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

 

¿Qué ocurre ahora?

  • Los estudiantes y el personal que comparten el (las) aula(s) con la persona que dio positivo se consideran “contactos cercanos” y se les ha notificado que deben permanecer en cuarentena por 10 días a partir de la última vez que estuvieron con la persona contagiada. Todos los estudiantes y el personal pasarán al modelo de clases completamente a distancia durante este período.

  • El equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el DOHMH completarán su investigación para identificar y notificar a otros contactos cercanos en el edificio, que también tendrán que permanecer en cuarentena por 10 días.

  • Las personas que den positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 no volverán a la escuela hasta que dejen de ser una fuente de contagio.

  • Todas las áreas que la persona con COVID-19 haya visitado serán limpiadas en profundidad, desinfectadas y reabiertas.

  • Si su hijo se siente enfermo, manténgalo en casa.

 

¿Cómo nos mantenemos sanos?

Recuerde seguir estas cuatro medidas básicas:

  1. Quédese en casa si está enfermo, excepto para recibir la atención médica necesaria, que incluye la prueba de COVID-19.

  2. Practique el distanciamiento social: Manténgase a una distancia de al menos 6 pies de las personas que no son miembros de su hogar.

  3. Use mascarillas para reducir la propagación de COVID-19.

  4. Practique una higiene de manos saludable: Lávese las manos a menudo o use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol; evite tocarse la cara; y cúbrase la cara con el brazo, no con las manos, al toser o estornudar.

 

¿Cómo puedo mantenerme al día?

 

Continuaremos siguiendo de cerca las recomendaciones de los expertos de la salud pública y comunicándoselas a usted. Para que podamos comunicarnos con usted por mensajes de texto y correo electrónico, por favor, cree una cuenta NYC Schools (NYCSA) lo antes posible en schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

A fin de ayudar a los neoyorquinos a permanecer en cuarentena, el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York trabaja junto con organizaciones comunitarias para conectar a las personas con recursos tales como alimentos, medicamentos y atención médica. Llame al 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) para más información.

 

Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, visite schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus o llame al 311.

 

Atentamente,

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X  

March 22, 2021: Opt In Window for Blended Learning

We just reopened high school buildings for in-person learning for the first time since November 2020, and I have to say that the joy on our students’ faces as they entered their school buildings was amazing. We are thrilled to see students of all ages safely learning in physical classrooms.

 

That is why I am very pleased to let you know that all our remote families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as possible.

 

When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning 

  • Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey to select blended learning for your child. 

  • Families can also call 311. 

  • You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.

 

When Your Student Can Return to the School Building 

  • Students in district 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April. 

  • Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible. 

  • Updates will be posted.

 

Requirements for Returning to the School Building

Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning. You can submit your consent for testing one of two ways: 

  • Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or 

  • Complete and sign the consent form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building.

 

Families that select blended learning are expected to have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled to do so.

 

Please note that if your child is currently learning fully remotely and you do not complete the survey indicating a preference for blended learning, your student(s) will remain fully remote.

 

We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely accommodate more students in a classroom. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. That has been our priority since day one, and will continue to guide everything we do.

 

Thanks to our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more—our school buildings are among the safest places in the whole city.

 

Thank you, as always, for your faith and partnership. We continue to show the nation what is possible in terms of safely educating our one million students—and we couldn’t do it without you. I thank you for your commitment and, in turn, I promise you that our commitment to your child is unwavering.

March 14, 2021: School Building Cleared for Reopening

 

Dear I.S. 181 - BRONX at 800 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Families:  

 

Today I am writing to share an important update about our school building. Since closing the building following multiple unlinked COVID-19 cases in our school community, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have completed a thorough investigation. They have determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 3/15/2021.

 

Here is guidance from DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to help clarify next steps:

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious. 

● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 10- day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

● The NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect quarantining New Yorkers to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

 

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X