Dear PS107 Families,
As we come to the end of this unprecedented school year, the question foremost in all our minds is "What will school look like in September?" Although there is still complete uncertainty about where things will stand with the COVID-19 virus as the summer progresses, the Department of Education has begun to lay out tentative plans for re-entry to schools. I want to share with you what I know so far. Please understand that there are few details and that no clearcut decisions have been made by the DOE.
The DOE's current guidance takes into consideration multiple factors, with priority given to the measures needed to ensure student and staff health and safety, and the necessary social-emotional support to re-acclimate children to school and respond effectively to their needs. The DOE is promoting a hybrid or "blended learning" approach to instruction, meaning there would be some in-person instruction and some remote learning. The amount of each is dependent on the number of students and school personnel that can be accommodated in the building at any one time, following the mandatory social-distancing protocols. We are looking at all available spaces where instruction could take place in order to maximize this number. We are reviewing this information with our custodians.
We have been asked to think about the different models that would allow students to go into school buildings for up to half the time they are normally in school. The three models proposed by the DOE are:
* students attend on alternate weeks
* students attend on alternate days
* students do not attend in person, but continue with remote learning
It is not clear if schools can make individual decisions, or if the City or State will decide for the DOE.
As we begin to make our tentative plans for re-entry, it would help us to know if you do not plan to send your child back to the building in September and want to remain with remote learning. We are also interested in knowing your preferred model - alternate days or alternate weeks. Pamela will be sending you this brief survey later this week. Please return it by next Tuesday 6/23.
I know what a difficult time this has been for you, your children, and our staff. We all hope for the day when things return to normal and our kids can just be in school again. Re-entry will be a process, however - one that we must handle with care and utmost attention to safety in order to do the important work of educating your children.
Thank you for all the support you've given your children, teachers and our school during this time.