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Dear Families, September 18, 2020
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 so that if COVID-19 infection rates fell low enough in our city, we would be ready to welcome students back to school. And thanks to all of you and everything you have done over the last six months, we are there. The city has seen infection rates hovering around 1% for several weeks, making us the only city in the country able to reopen.
Just as you have done everything necessary to flatten the curve of COVID-19, we have made a pledge to you [schools.nyc.gov/pledge] that we would put health and safety first to help keep it flat. That is what we have done—inspecting tens of thousands of classrooms for proper ventilation; distributing millions of pieces of PPE and cleaning supplies; prioritizing students and staff for expedited COVID-19 testing; requiring face coverings and physical distancing; developing a swift and strong testing, quarantine, and tracing protocol anytime we might see COVID-19 activity in our schools; and more.
All of this means that we have needs we never have before—for more supplies, more staff, more facilities, more inspections, more training. To fulfill all these needs, we need more time.
We have come to an agreement with our union partners to allow for that time, resulting in the new staggered schedule below for the start of the 2020-21 school year. If you have a child in blended learning, they will be learning remotely until their in-person start date as outlined here:
Monday, September 21:
o Full-Day teaching and learning begins for fully remote students
o In-Person Learning Begins for 3K, Pre-K, and District 75 students ONLY
*according to students’ specific schedules—check to see if your child should report on Mondays
Monday, September 28: In-person learning begins for kindergarten through 5th grade students ONLY *according to students’ specific schedules—check yours to see if you should report on Mondays
Thursday, October 1: In-person learning begins for students in middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) *according to students’ specific schedules—check yours to see if you should report on Mondays
We know that for many of you this is difficult, as you seek to reconnect with your school community in person as soon as possible. But we also know that we are accountable for our pledge to deliver a strong, safe, and supportive education to every student this year. Many families and educators are concerned and we want each of you to know that this additional time means that we hear you and we are acting.
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 for your children and this city. Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
No more paper copies sent home getting squished in the backpack or getting lost from home to school. We now use Operoo, which is a digital communication system for notices sent home such as blue cards and permission slips!
By now everyone should have received an email with instructions on how to set up an account. If you have not gotten the email please check your spam or junk mail first. If there is still nothing there please reach out to our parent coordinator Ms. Figueroa on Remind (not on remind? Text 81010 and respond with @school216)
Here you will find the link and how to sign up for teach hub. Please follow these steps.
Here is the link....
Teach Hub (use this link for your child to sign in to google classroom)
1. You will scroll down and click on STUDENT: FIND YOUR USERNAME/RESET YOUR PASSWORD.
2. next, It will ask for OSIS Number and Date of Birth
Please provide the following student information to get your user name and/or reset your password. If you don't have OSIS please text Ms. Mallory on Remind.
3. Once that information is entered, you will see the username (please write this down) and then you will be promoted to create a password.
4. Once all the information is complete please return to the teach hub website and enter in the information to make sure you can sign in.
How to join Remind?
Download the app, create an account, join class with this code @school216
Text 81010 and respond with @school216
These can help address stress and trauma that children and families may be experiencing at this time
1. When can I collect my child's things from last year? We do not have a date as of yet, when more guidance arrives we will let the parents know.
2. When will I know who my child's teacher is and when will we get the codes for Google classroom? When we have this information we will let all parents know.
3. When will we know which cohort my child is in? Robocalls went out and if you did not receive one please reach out to the Parent Coordinator on Remind : To join remind please text the number 81010 and respond with @school216
4. Can I change my learning preference to remote? Yes, you can opt in for remote at any time. Here is the link to opt in for remote, even if you chose blended you can change your preference.
5. I missed the sign up date for sign up for remote, what do I do now? If you did not sign up for blended learning you were automatically signed up for blended.
6. I need a device how can I get one? Please fill out this form. The DOE will not be sending iPads directly from central. The schools will coordinate the devices.
7. If I have moved what do I do now, and how do I get the records? If you have moved and will no longer attend our school please email DCipria@schools.nyc.gov and inform her of this news, she will also guide you on what to do next and how the records will be provided.
Please complete this survey (Open external link)to express interest in the Learning Bridges program, which will provide child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade this fall for days when they are not in school buildings.
As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and sites will operate on a blended learning model. This will include some in-person services for a portion of the week and reduced class sizes in accordance with social distancing guidance.
The information collected in this survey(Open external link) will be used to guide the City's planning for the Learning Bridges program. Families can expect more information about a potential placement in the coming weeks.
Please note: programs will become available on a rolling basis through the start of school.
Please see below, options that may be available to you.
· AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
· Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
· Spectrum - Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
· Charter - Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
· AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
· Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
· T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
*Please note there is no affiliation or legal responsibility between the Dept of Education and these companies. Any concerns, please contact the company directly
We are here to help!
If you need to reach out to your child's teacher over the phone, we have access to translation services!
If you need help with your device, please fill out this link and someone from the DOE will reach out to help.
Do you need help but also need translation?
Please call this number: 718-935-5100
Please join us on REMIND through the app or through text message.
to keep in contact with us you can download the REMIND app, make an account and input the class code @school216
you can text the number 81010 and reply with @school216
Please see the link below for a walkthrough on Google Classrooms
In response to COVID-19 and in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy, beginning, Friday, March 20, 2020, Community School District 21’s office has been temporarily closed.
Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, staff members will be working remotely to support families.
You can receive direct support from the Family Support Coordinator and the Family Leadership Coordinator by e-mailing:
Mary Dorney: Family Support Coordinator
Georgette Pezzolanti: Family Leadership Coordinator
We may also be reached at 347-371-0882
Follow us on Twitter for updates and announcements @D21_Community
Please see the following document to log into teach tub.
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