I received some updates from the DOE Family Advocacy and Community Engagement Team (FACE) and have included information for families below.
I know that you have many questions, and though we are in the process of developing FAQs, information currently released by the DOE may answer your most pressing questions. Parents are strongly encouraged to visit the DOE website frequently.
Fall Re-opening Updates
New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department. The plan is 109 pages and provides a detailed description of the current plans for re-opening.
Opt-In to Remote Learning Only Option Today - Aug 10 (extended)
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. We are asking for parents who are selecting all-remote learning to fill out a short web form at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, or by calling 311, by END OF DAY today. The power point describing the blended learning program models are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
If students begin in blended learning, caregivers can decide later to transition to all-remote learning. Families that opt-in to all-remote learning will be able to re-visit the decision later in the fall and during proscribed quarterly change periods throughout the year.
Family and Student Information Sessions
Please join FACE for upcoming Family and Student Information Sessions where Department of Education leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.
Families will be able to hear re-opening updates directly from the Chancellor who will be joined by Principals and Superintendents from across the City. The event will feature a Q&A where DOE officials will answer questions from families about the re-opening plans rolling out in their districts. Below are the links to register:
Reopening of Schools – Governor Cuomo’s Announcement
Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that schools across New York can reopen for in-person instruction this fall. Under the governor’s announcement, schools can be reopened if they are in a region where the average rate of positive tests is below 5 percent. Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have set a higher standard and announced that schools can only open if the rate of positive tests in the city is 3 percent or lower. Currently, New York City’s positivity rate is below 1 percent.
Instructional Videos for Parents
The Office of the Chief Academic Officer has produced a series of instructional videos for parents on topics ranging from “Remote Learning for Students with IEPs” to “Instructional Strategies.” These videos aim to support parents with techniques and strategies to help students learn at home.
Apple is hosting virtual learning sessions for parents and guardians from July 27th - August 22nd on topics ranging from how to set up an iPad and how to manage parental controls to a review of build-in apps and features. Learn more here.
UFT Workshops for Parents
During the summer, UFT will be offering a host of workshops for parents on Thursdays from 5-6pm. The topics are below, and you can register here.
Summer Challenges for Kids
Calling all students across New York City! It doesn’t matter which borough you’re from or which grade you are in, you can join the fun and maybe even win a prize or two. The NYC Department of Education is hosting citywide summer challenges. Next week’s focus is Music and Dance – click here to learn more.