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Updated 8/6/20 Letter From Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

 

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.

https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

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 https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families.


Types of Teaching and Learning 
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.


Teachers 
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.


Live Interaction
Teachers will provide daily live 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. We will share additional information on live instruction in the
coming weeks.


Posting Schedules 
Schools will post 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.


Direct Support 
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.


Lunch in the Classroom 
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.


Community Building 
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.


Social-Emotional Support 
We know that current circumstances in the pandemic have been very difficult for you and your children. Students
have been isolated from their teachers, classmates, and school communities. For this reason, we 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.
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
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety

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

 Update for Families on Instruction_August 6 2020.pdf 

 

Updated 8/3/20 Letter to Families From Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

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Messages to Families

August 3, 2020: Update for Families on Health and Safety Protocols

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(Open external link) 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. 

 

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Important Health and Safety Update From Chancellor Richard Carranza

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May 18, 2020

Dear Families,

Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)— formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

 As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.

 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.

 When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.

 Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

Sincerely,

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