Dear Families,   

 

We hope that you are finding time to rest and enjoy what is left of the summer with your loved ones.  Our School Reopening Committee has been working diligently over the summer to plan for the fall.  We are looking forward to welcoming your child(ren) back to school whether it is remotely or in a blended learning model. This letter will provide you with important information from the Department of Education website ( Return to School 2020-21regarding what school will look like and our reopening plan and procedures. Please check back regularly to this website for Return to School 2020-2021 updates. 

 

Please also join us on September 2, 2020 for our virtual family information session.  These will take place by grade level.  If you have students at multiple grade levels, it will only be necessary to attend one session.  You can access the meetings here:

 

6th Grade:  12:00 - 12:45 PM  

Zoom Meeting  ID:  920 1200 0737  Passcode: 92083  

https://zoom.us/j/92012000737?pwd=dGVsQUZoU3p6SXhmM3lZSjgzZ3A3QT09

 

7th Grade:  9:00 - 9:45 AM

Zoom Meeting  ID:  976 8218 9486  Passcode: 452983   https://zoom.us/j/97682189486?pwd=NlYvRmhSRVc4Nk93YmRZMThxb3NOZz09

 

8th Grade:  10:30 - 11:15 AM

Zoom Meeting  ID:  982 3311 7066  Passcode: 569515  https://zoom.us/j/97682189486?pwd=NlYvRmhSRVc4Nk93YmRZMThxb3NOZz09

 

The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with important information about the blended model that our school will be using and about what to expect for the fall.  Please submit any questions you may have prior to this meeting using this  Google Form.  We will also collect questions during the session using the chat feature.  This parent meeting will also serve as an opportunity for us to provide you with any updates that were released by the Department of Education (DOE).   

 

As a reminder, the Chancellor will be hosting a fourth citywide session on August 27, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to provide you with updates about the school reopening process.  You can register for the citywide information session  here.  Please note that all the citywide informational events are being recorded and can be accessed on the DOE’s website,  https://learndoe.org/face/recordings/.



In-Person and Remote Learning Models:


Blended Learning 

Our school has been approved to use Blended Learning Model 3B.  Please use this link to access scheduling information about Blended Learning Model 3B.

 


As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free childcare options for children from 3-K through 8th grade in blended learning on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete  this survey.


Remote Only Learning

Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning. Schools will assume that students will be attending school in-person as set forth in the school’s selected programming model unless families choose to enroll their child into full-time remote learning.


At this time, students enrolled in all-remote learning (Cohort D) will be taught by Wagner teachers in classes with their Wagner peers. Each day, students' school day will begin with Advisory via Zoom, and students will have a schedule of synchronous ("live") learning, as well as asynchronous (self-paced) instruction. This schedule will be posted in Google Classroom.


Process for Choosing Fully Remote Instruction

  • Families can choose full-time remote learning at any time, for any reason, using the Learning Preference online form,  https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference.

  • Families who choose full-time remote learning will be able to reevaluate their choice during certain set time periods to change their preference and have their child receive in-person instruction instead.

    • These set time periods will be communicated to schools and families at the beginning of the school year.

    • When families choose to switch their student to in-person instruction, schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.

    • The window will close at least two weeks prior to when the student would switch to in-person instruction to allow schools and families sufficient time to prepare.

Physical Education

Like most other elements of schools and instruction in 2020-21, Physical Education (PE) will look different from PE classes in the past. However, standards-based PE will be provided to students to support their academic development and their physical, mental and emotional well-being. 


Arts Education

The arts—music, theater, and visual arts—are core content, and play an important role in nurturing students’ social-emotional well-being. They will be taught as part of blended and remote learning models in the fall. 


Overall Health and Safety Protocols:

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 reopen our school building 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. Face coverings must be worn at all times except while eating or drinking.

  • 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 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.

  • If a student or teacher is feeling sick, they are required to stay home and, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, are asked to get tested. If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a dedicated staff member until they are picked up by their family. Staff members who become symptomatic at school are asked to immediately leave the building. 


Inside the School Building:

 

To reduce movement throughout the building, teachers will travel from class to class, with students remaining in the same room throughout the day to the extent possible. If students have to travel, proper social distancing protocols will be followed. 

 

  • Signage and directional markers will be placed inside the school to help ensure social distancing while traveling in the hallways and stairwells as well as in classrooms, bathrooms, and the yard.

  • All individuals in school buildings should remain at least 6 feet apart.

  • Face coverings will be required inside school buildings. Exceptions will be developmentally and age-appropriate, consistent with guidance of health agencies, and paired with increased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff. NYCDOE is procuring and distributing appropriate PPE for students and staff to use when inside school buildings.

  • There will be increased access and regular opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day.

  • Cleaning of the school building will occur throughout the day in addition to a nightly disinfecting. Custodians will sanitize the building on a nightly basis with an electrostatic sprayer that is CDC approved. Cleaning and disinfection will include all high touch surfaces: classrooms, desks & chairs, conference tables, drinking fountains, door handles and push plates, conference tables, light switches, restroom fixtures, partitions and hardware, buttons on hardware, buttons on vending machines, elevator buttons, gym padding, and physical therapy equipment.

School Day and Schedule:

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Student Arrival Time:  8:30 am


  • Student Dismissal Time:  2:00 pm


  • On days that students report to the school building, please use the following entrances:  

    • 6th Grade:  School Yard - Enter through the gate on 75th Street closest to 2nd Avenue

    • 7th Grade:  Gym - Enter through the doors closest to 75th and 3rd Avenue 

    • 8th Grade:  76th Street - Enter through the doors closest to 76th and 2nd


  • Multiple entrances to the school will be used.

  • During drop off, students’ temperatures may be taken.

  • There will be staffing outside the school building to support students and families lining up for entry, to ensure students are maintaining physical distance and using PPE as well as reporting to classrooms and avoiding shared spaces at the beginning of the day.

  • Students must clean their hands with hand sanitizer or with soap and water upon entry to the building.

  • Grab and go breakfast meals will be available upon entry.


Arriving at School on the Wrong Day During Blended Learning

  • Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate what days their child will attend school. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements so that your child does not arrive at school on incorrect 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 the incorrect day will need to be picked up or will be sent home.

  • The decision to send a child home who arrives on the wrong day will be based on the child’s age and other factors. Students will never be sent home on their own without their parent or guardian’s written consent.


Supplies and Materials


More information regarding specific supplies will be communicated in the upcoming weeks.  If you need a device to support in remote learning, please submit the  Remote Learning Device Request Form provided by the DOE.  


Meals / Snacks

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served in classrooms, to support social distancing and minimize interaction between groups of students. During meals and snacks, students will be directed to not share food or beverages.

  • Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Grab-and-go meals will be delivered to students in (3K to K) classrooms, and pickup points within the school will be designated for grades (1-12).

  • Students who are not receiving in person instruction can pick up a lunch from their home school or an identified school building near their home.

  • After eating, staff and students will wipe down the area where they ate their meal with disinfectant wipes. Students will be expected to clean their hands before and after meals/snacks.


Bathroom and Breaks

  • Bathrooms usage will accommodate for physical distancing requirements and use of alternate stalls and/or sinks.

  • Bathroom signage regarding hand washing and physical distancing will be displayed.


Visitors

  • To limit visitors in the school building, we are encouraging remote or phone meetings whenever possible.

  • Parents and guardians are not allowed in the school building unless they have an in-person appointment and are wearing a face mask.

  • When it is essential to hold an in-person meeting, all visitors are required to follow the visitor control protocols, including undergoing a temperature check, completing a health screening form, complying with physical distancing requirements and wearing a face covering.

  • Visitors with appointments must sign in with the school safety agents upon arrival.

  • All visitors will receive a visitor’s pass (which must be returned upon exiting the building) and will be escorted to and from the meeting destination.

  • If parents and guardians come to pick up their children, staff will escort their children to the lobby to meet them. 

Transportation

  • School buses will only be available to transport students to/from school on their designated days. Schools will provide busing information and schedules to children who are eligible for busing.

 

Health and Safety Policies:

 

Quarantine Before the School Year Begins

  • Travelers returning to New York must quarantine before school begins.

  • Here is a list of New York State’s  travel restrictions for states. We ask that families return to New York State at least 2 weeks before their children come to school so there can be adequate time to quarantine if they are coming from a COVID-19 hot spot.

  • Here is a list of the US State Department’s  international travel restrictions. We ask that families please follow the State Department’s COVID-19 travel guidelines before sending their children to school.

 

Students and School Staff Cannot Report to the School Building Under the Following Conditions

  • Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days; additionally, parents should be aware of symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)  h ere.

  • Have knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

  • Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

 

Daily Health Screenings 

  • Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families.

  • Every morning, prior to entering the school, specific staff will perform random samplings of temperatures for students using non-touch thermometers.

 

 Students or Staff Members in the School Community who Feel Sick or Experience COVID-19 Symptoms

  • If a student or teacher is feeling sick, they are required to stay home and, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, are asked to get tested. If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a dedicated staff member until they are picked up by their family. Staff members who become symptomatic at school are asked to immediately leave the building.

  • Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. A positive confirmed case will trigger an investigation by NYC Test + Trace and Department Of Health Mental Health (DOHMH) to determine close contacts within the school. Schools will communicate to all families and students at school once a case is laboratory confirmed.

  • The DOE is working in tight coordination with DOHMH and the Test + Trace Corps to identify, isolate, and prevent spread of COVID-19. In the event that there is a laboratory- confirmed case in a school, all students and teachers in that class are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case.

  • Additionally, the DOHMH and Test + Trace Corps will begin an investigation into the risk of exposure to the school community and work with the DOE to issue clear guidance and decisions for next steps based on the outcome.

  • These protocols center the health of our students and staff at the very core of this school year, while pursuing the resumption of in-person learning and educational services. The City will continue to closely monitor health conditions, and if community transmission begins to rise across the boroughs, a decision may be made to close all schools and switch to full-time remote learning.

  • For all scenarios outlined below, all post-investigation decisions on classroom quarantines or whether full school closure is required will be dependent on the specific facts of each investigation.

  • Whenever a student is quarantining at home, the expectation is that they continue engaging with learning remotely if they are feeling well enough. If a school is closed, the principal will communicate by 6pm on the night before about the status of opening the next morning, based on the status of the investigation. We will not reopen a school building without confirmation from public health experts that it is safe.

Conclusion of Investigation

During Investigation

Post Investigation

A. 1 confirmed case 

Close Classroom

Classroom remains closed for 14 days; students and staff in close contact with positive case self-quarantine for 14 days.

B. At least 2 cases linked together in school, same classroom

Close Classroom

Classroom remains closed for 14 days; students and staff in close contact with positive cases self-quarantine for 14 days. 

C. At least 2 cases linked together in school, different classrooms

Close school

Classrooms of each case remain closed and quarantined, additional school members are quarantined based on where the exposure was in the school.

D. At least 2 cases linked together by circumstances outside of school (i.e., acquired infection by different setting and source)

Close school

School opens post investigation, classrooms remain closed for 14 days.

E. At least 2 cases not linked but exposure confirmed for each one outside of school setting

Close school

School opens post investigation, classrooms remain closed for 14 days.

F. Link unable to be determined

Close school

Close school for 14 days.

 

Criteria for Returning to School After Showing Symptoms 

Any student or staff member showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met: 

  • If a student or staff member received a positive COVID-19 test they must:

    • Be isolated for 10 days and

    • Present clearance from a healthcare provider and

    • Be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication

  • If a student or staff member received a negative COVID-19 test they must:

    • Present clearance from a healthcare provider and

    • Be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication

  • In the event the student or staff member did not get a COVID-19 test, to return to school, they must:

    • Be isolated for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms and

    • Present clearance from a healthcare provider and

    • Be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication

 

We are extremely grateful for the support of our community during these extraordinary and uncertain times.  We remain committed to working together to ensure the safety as well as the social-emotional and educational well-being of our students, staff  and families.

 

Please feel free to reach out to your Grade Level Assistant Principal or Sheila Gonzalez, our Parent Coordinator, if you have any follow-up questions or concerns.    

 

Sincerely,  

Jen

Jennifer Rehn Losquadro

Principal

To download and print the above letter, please click on the pdf link below: 
Family_Update_and_Zoom_Info_Sessions_from_Principal_Losquadro.pdf
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