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Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

This week we hosted a series of virtual town hall meetings to provide some important information regarding the restart of the school year. For your review, please find below the links to each of the presentations.

Virtual Town Hall Presentations

Opting for 100% Remote Learning?

For those families opting for 100% remote learning be sure to complete this link by no later than Friday, August 7, 2020.


Please check back as new information will be posted.

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Return to School 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

On March 15, 2020, the nation’s largest school district underwent a historic transformation, closing school buildings in order to protect our 1.1 million students, and all staff, families, and fellow New Yorkers from COVID-19.

As we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

We are ready for this: adapting and strengthening our practices; investing in the technology required to provide a quality online academic experience—including distributing over 300,000 iPads to students who need them; and working with teachers to be more effective online instructors. We will update curriculum to reflect the blended learning online and in-person model, and to ensure the guidelines and curriculum include appropriate social-emotional learning and mental health supports.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But 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. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.

What we Know

  • Parents need consistency to keep their kids focused, schedule childcare, keep life organized; confidence in the safety of their children in their learning environments, and agency in the decisions that will affect their livelihood and families.
  • Students need routine in their learning—building habits and academic success through regular pattern and cadence of instruction; support for both academic and social and emotional health.
  • Teachers need clear expectations for schedule and pace for working with students so they can maximize support in right modality.
  • Principals need flexibility to choose what will work best for their student body and community; need to be able to choose among options.

Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available on this web page. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

We also know that New Yorkers can rise to meet the challenge, and that everyone at DOE will be there every step of the way to support our students and families. Please read on for guidance and information about attending a New York City public school in the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Read Chancellor Carranza’s letter to families about Return to School 2020 on our Message to Families page.

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! Stay Connected! We will remain a school community.

Pre-K – New Beginnings


Today was our first day of in person instructions for our blended learning students! We read the story The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and created a kissing hand in response to the story. Students traced their hands and colored their handprints. Then they got to practice their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut their handprint out.

Our Pre-K friends who are learning remotely at home also created a kissing hand with their family members after listening to the story.

Look at what we created!

Remote Students

Blended Learning Students

DOE Students Accounts

In preparation for the upcoming school year, all students whether they are opting for full-time remote learning or not are expected to have access to their DOE’s Students Account.

How to set up your NYCStudents.net account

Please read the following instructions on how to set up and retrieve your child’s NYCDOE Student Account.

  1. Go to NYCDOE Student Account Self Service (Open external
    link)
  2. Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account.)
  3. Enter your child’s birthday.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. If the information you enter matches your student
    record, your username will be displayed.
  6. Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net. For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is JaneD@nycstudents.net.
  7. If you haven’t already set up a password, you will be asked to set one up.
  8. Pick a password that only you will know.
  9. Re-enter your password.
  10. Click Update Password

Questions?

If you have any questions or need assistance setting up your child’s student account feel free to reach out to me, Mrs. Abreu via email gabreu@ps896.org, ClassDojo or text (718) 635-0060.