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Message from Mr. Pleitez about device returns for June 2021

Hello families,


Technology device returns will be done as follows:


Dates: June 21, 2021 to June 25, 2021 from 9am to 3pm


Chromebooks with the chargers must be returned to PS 109 by the following groups of students:

  • All 5th Grade students who are leaving PS 109 (teachers will message this out to all families this applies to)

  • Any student who was given a Chromebook from March 2020 until now who will not be returning to PS 109 in September must return the Chromebook and its charger.

  • Current 3K or PK students who did not apply and accept a position at PS 109 for the 2021-22 school year. If there is a pending, waitlist, or there is no application for your child for PK or Kindergarten, then the Chromebook and its charger must be returned

We will make note of any missing item that is not returned with the device.


iPads with their accessories (case, usb cable and usb charger) must be returned to PS 109 by the following groups of students:

  • Any student who is not attending a NYC DOE school on September 2021. This includes students leaving NYC schools or transferring to charter or parochial schools (non-DOE schools).

We will make note of any missing item that is not returned with the device.


Who can remain with their device until September?

  • Students returning to PS 109 next year can remain with their Chromebooks and iPads until next school year. Please make sure these are stored or kept safe if you remain with it for the summer.

  • Students going to another NYC DOE school in September can remain with their NYC DOE iPad as these transitions with the student to the new NYC DOE school.

Our Chromebooks do not transition with students to their new school as these are PS 109 devices.


If a family prefers to leave the device (Chromebook or iPad) with us over the summer break for safety reason, please bring it in during the collection days above. We will store these at the school safely over the summer. If you choose this, please make sure to bring the charger for Chromebooks and the accessories for the iPad (case, usb cable and usb charger). We will make note of any missing item that is not returned with the device.


Additionally, you will receive a paper acknowledging that you returned a device to PS 109, including any accessory that is returned or missing from the device.


Devices deemed to have been needed to be returned to the school will be blocked from future use, until it is returned.


Respectfully,

Mr. Pleitez

May 27, 2021 - Updates for families from Chancellor Meisha Porter

Dear Families,


Link to American Sign Language (video)


COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older


We are excited to share that all New Yorkers age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene strongly encourages you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.


Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19. It is especially important for those with an underlying health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness, such as asthma, obesity, or diabetes. The same is true for people who live with someone 65 or older or with an underlying health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Vaccination is free and available regardless of immigration status.


In the U.S., the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for children ages 12 to 17. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be very safe and effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.


To find a site offering the Pfizer vaccine, make an appointment, or locate a walk-in site, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. You can also check with your child’s healthcare provider to see if they are offering the Pfizer vaccine.


For answers to frequently asked questions, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefacts.


Chancellor Family Engagement Forums


Chancellor Meisha Porter has launched a five-borough family engagement tour to hear directly from school communities about their top priorities for next school year. These virtual forums are an opportunity for families, teachers, school administrators, and staff to provide Department of Education leadership with their thoughts on the types of resources and support they need as we move towards a full reopening in September.


The remaining three forums will be held from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Queens—Thursday, May 27

  • Brooklyn—Monday, June 7

  • Bronx—Wednesday, June 9


How to register:


Families can register for the forums at learndoe.org/chancellor. When you register, you will be asked if you want to ask a question or provide a comment during the event about topics, including health and safety, special education, fall 2021 school reopening, social-emotional learning, and more.


Each forum will be recorded and posted at learndoe.org/chancellor so you may access them at any time. Interpretation services will be available at every forum.


Update on Regents Exams


We want to remind families of high school students that the New York State Regents exams will be administered in person from June 17–24 for English Language Arts, Living Environment, Physical Setting/Earth Science, and Algebra I. All other subject exams have been cancelled for June, as well as all August Regents exams.


Due to these cancellations, certain students are eligible for Regents exam waivers, including for the four exams still being offered in June. Your child’s school will contact you to share information about the waivers and determine your interest in having your child participate in the Regents exams. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the Regents; however, if they would like to participate, they may attend the in-person administration.


Halal Meal Expansion

We are pleased to announce that an additional 11 schools are being certified to serve halal take-out meals, for a total of 43 schools citywide. The additional schools serve students and members of the public in Spanish Harlem, Harlem, Jamaica, Jackson Heights, and Soundview. A full list of schools serving halal meals is available at the Community Meals on our website.


This expansion reflects the DOE’s commitment to respecting the religious identity of all students and to ensuring that children can eat consistent with their dietary needs. All the menus were reviewed by a panel of imams. Each school offering the halal options was inspected and certified by imams, and kitchen staff were trained to prepare food in compliance with halal rules.


This initiative was launched in partnership with the New York City Council to provide meals in the schools and neighborhoods with high demand for halal meals.


School Survey Reminder

The 15th annual NYC School Survey is underway! We encourage all families and teachers in grades 3K through 12, and students in grades 6–12 to visit nycschoolsurvey.org by June 11 to share your thoughts on your school experience this year. Make your voice heard to help make your school a better place to learn!


Sincerely,

Meisha Porter

New York City Schools Chancellor


For more information, please see Messages to Families webpage: Link to NYC Department of Education messages to families webpage

May 24, 2021: School Re-opening Plans for Fall 2021 from Chancellor Meisha Porter

Dear Families,


First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought to us over the past year.


As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support.


As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our re-opening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall.


All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall.


As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year, including the following:


  • Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings

  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home

  • Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home

  • Every school building will continue to have a nurse

  • Every classroom will have working ventilation systems

  • On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance

  • The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases


We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to support our students. Here are some ways that we are supporting with the transition now, and we encourage you and your children to participate:


Chancellor’s Borough-Wide Family Forums


I am hosting borough-wide family town halls to hear more from you about this fall, and how we can use our resources to ensure a positive homecoming for your children and provide an enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning.


School Open Houses


Starting in June and throughout the summer, every school will host open houses for families to visit, take a tour, and learn about the health and safety precautions in place that have kept our schools safe over the last year.

  • Your child’s school will be in touch with you about when these will be scheduled, and we encourage you to participate to learn more.


Summer Rising


In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, we are so excited to provide an enriching, fun and joyful summer camp experience for any interested student. We encourage your child to join us - to be welcomed back into their school communities, re-connect with teachers and staff, and get ready for fall while having fun!


Thank you for your partnership, your engagement, and your dedication to your children’s education over the last year. I am in awe of how our communities came together to lift each other up to ensure our children had the best experience possible despite enormous challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with you, learning from you, and leveraging all we‘ve done together over the last year to create a new normal starting in September - one that is warm and welcoming, affirming and enriching, and exciting and challenging - for each one of your children.


Sincerely,

Meisha Porter

New York City Schools Chancellor


For more information, please see Messages to Families webpage: Link to NYC Department of Education messages to families webpage

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