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Important updates from the New York City Department of Education can be found on the Messages to Families webpage

iPad Update August 13, 2020 (Internet Usage update)

For anyone who has a DOE-loaned ipad, we have some important updates for you. It is essential that you take the actions below to ensure your child’s ipad is ready for use for return to school. The first day of school is only a few weeks away, and all students will be working remotely for at least a few days a week. Your child will need their ipad to be ready for learning for the fall. Please note that when we have other updates, we will send messages to you and your iPad on Thursdays, and we will let your schools know about the updates.

To prepare, you MUST

Turn on the iPad

Some iPads have not been turned on all summer. We need you to charge and power up the ipad.

Turn Airplane Mode On and Off

This will reset your internet connection

  1. Go to Settings

  2. Find the Airplane Mode button

  3. Turn Airplane Mode on for ten seconds (button turns green)

  4. Turn Airplane Mode off and wait until the ipad reconnects to the internet

  5. You will see the connected icon at the top of the screen

  6. Go to schools.nyc.gov to make sure your ipad is connected to the internet - all DOE-loaned ipads have internet access.

Sign into Zscaler

In order to ensure your child is using the internet with all the safety the DOE requires and protect your child. You will need your child’s @nycstudents.net account. Once you get that please follow these directions, or see the instructions on our Zscaler page:

  1. On the main screen, click the Zscaler icon. After clicking the icon, you will be taken to the login page.

  2. Enter your child’s @nycstudent account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in), then click the “sign in” button.

  3. Click on the "allow" button and wait one minute for a connection to be established until you will see the Zscaler screen

  4. Once the connection is secure, close the app

  5. That is it. You can use the iPad normally now.

Sign into the Learn at Home App

To get ready for the first day of school, make connecting to learning and support much easier for your child (and you, too!), and allow you to get notifications on the iPad:

  1. Find the Learn at Home icon on the main screen on the iPad

  2. Log in the same way you did for Zscaler, using the same @nycstudents.net account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in)

  3. From the Learn at Home app your child can access TeachHub, Google Classroom and get help.

Good news! Your child’s iPad is Now a Hotspot

That allows you to connect other devices used for remote learning to the internet. It is easy:

  1. Go to Settings

  2. Find Personal Hotspot and click to take you to the login screen

  3. Select Allow Others to Join

  4. Devices other students in your house are using for remote learning can be added to that connection

  5. As a reminder, as with the ipad itself, the hotspot connection is to be used only to access remote learning activities. Any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

PS 109 Town Hall on Friday August 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Good Evening PS 109 Families,

Please join us this Friday, August 14th @ 12 pm for our 2nd Town Hall Meeting. During this meeting, we will be sharing the school programming model chosen for our school community. We look forward to connecting with on Friday during our meeting.

You can access the meeting here:

https://zoom.us/j/94103237189?pwd=Y2tqek1KRzNLY3I0TWhxZ3JKZ0VrZz09

Meeting ID: 941 0323 7189

Passcode: 933042


Or you can dial by your location

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 941 0323 7189

Passcode: 933042


Buenas noches, familias de la escuela PS 109,

Únase a nosotros este viernes 14 de agosto a las 12 pm para nuestra segunda reunión de ayuntamiento. Durante esta reunión, compartiremos el modelo de programación escolar elegido para nuestra comunidad escolar. Esperamos poder comunicarnos con usted el viernes durante nuestra reunión.

Puedes acceder a la reunión aquí:

https://zoom.us/j/94103237189?pwd=Y2tqek1KRzNLY3I0TWhxZ3JKZ0VrZz09

ID de reunión: 941 0323 7189

Código de Acceso: 933042


O puede marcar por su ubicación

+1646558 8656 EE. UU. (Nueva York)

ID de reunión: 941 0323 7189

Código de Acceso: 933042


Archived Messages from 2019-2020 School Year

June 12, 2020 - Letter From the Chancellor on Return to School 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. We are heading towards the end of the school year, soon to close the chapter on an experience none of us could have imagined.

But while we are thinking about concluding one chapter, we are focused on the beginning of another: what the future of our schools will look like, and how we will come back in September for the 2020-21 school year. I am writing today with an important update and an opportunity to lend your voice to the planning for this fall.

You, your children, and all the staff at DOE have done an extraordinary job adjusting to a total transformation of education in the nation’s largest public school system. We must continue to center health and safety and be prepared to follow guidance issued by health experts and other important authorities as autumn approaches. Since we don’t know what the state of the coronavirus will be at that time, we must be ready for a number of options for teaching and learning. In addition to the risks posed by COVID-19 directly, we are acutely aware of the emergence of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a condition related to COVID-19 that has affected children in New York City as well as across the country and the world.

What Might Fall 2020 Look Like?

We have not yet made any firm decisions for what this fall will look like as we start the 2020-2021 school year. However, we believe that all options will need to take into account social distancing. We know that for many students, nothing can quite match full-time teaching and learning in a school building. Given the ongoing health risks related to COVID-19, we also need to prepare for a variety of educational models and approaches, including what I call blended learning. Blended learning means combining in-person and remote instruction to create a powerful educational experience where each mode of learning supports the other. Throughout it all, the goal remains to provide as much in-person learning as possible, and give every child the academic support they need while keeping them safe.

Lend Your Voice Through the Return to School 2020 Survey

There are many ways blended learning can operate, and we know every student and family has experienced remote learning differently. We want to hear from you about your preferences and concerns as we head into the 2020-2021 school year. We have created a short survey for both families and students—please take a moment to fill it out and share your thoughts by Monday, June 22. The survey is anonymous and should take about 7 minutes to complete. It’s available in 9 languages at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, and those without the ability to complete it online can do so by calling 311. Thank you in advance for taking the time to again give us your feedback: it will help us to better serve you.

Working together, we will build a strong, just, safe, and successful future for our schools and our City.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education


For more information and resources, please use:

Link to New York City Department of Education Return to School 2020 page

June 3, 2020 - Letter From the Chancellor on Striving for Justice

Dear Families,

It is hard to recall another time as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking as these recent days have been. George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers last week was horrifying. I am sickened. But, like many of you, I am not surprised. We have seen this abominable disregard for Black lives so many times before, including multiple times in recent weeks. It is truly agonizing to witness; it is nothing short of another pandemic presenting itself on the streets of America.

The New York City Department of Education condemns police brutality and this brutal loss of life. My heart breaks to know that yet another Black family has lost a son, a father, a brother. I stand in solidarity with Black New Yorkers and Americans, and with everyone who is mourning yet another senseless loss. Pain ripples and resonates across communities all over the City. I am with all of you as we individually and collectively reckon with this tragic injustice. The demonstrations happening in the five boroughs and in nearly 140 cities across the country are a reflection of this anguish, and the desire for a better world.

It is incredibly difficult to be a parent or caregiver right now: grappling with emotions, seeking actions that both feel of service and of the magnitude needed in this moment, and thinking through ways to begin or deepen conversations with children and families about recent horrific incidents and the systemic racism from which they spring—all at the same time. The pain and struggle are very real.

For communities of color, nothing about this pain is new. It’s been in the bodies, minds, and hearts of millions of New Yorkers and Americans for generations—because racist violence has been perpetrated for that long.

Racism also causes new harm in other ways, every day, because it is systemic—woven deeply into the fabric of our institutions, our economy, and the systems that make up our shared community. That is true in New York City, as progressive and forward-thinking as we are, including in our public school system.

At the DOE we have said, and we will continue to say: no more.

We must answer the call to be actively anti-racist and work every day to undo these systems of injustice. We will continue in our resolve to advance equity now. We will honor the dignity and humanity of every student, parent, educator, employee and member of our community every day.

No matter the form teaching and learning takes—in brick-and-mortar classrooms or on a digital device—the goal remains the same: providing an excellent education to every single student. In doing so, we must also continually find ways to dismantle institutional racism and reverse its effects.

That work is underway. It includes implementing restorative practices, training all educators and employees on implicit bias, providing mental health supports to school communities, and more. This work creates a lifelong effect in children and has the potential to transform our society in ways that make that the world safer, more just, and better for everyone.

When, for example, children learn from books featuring protagonists and lessons featuring stories from people of different races, abilities, genders, ethnicities, languages, and more, they learn also to value difference and diversity. When students experiencing anger or resentment are taught healthy ways to communicate, it’s more likely they won’t react out of unfounded fear.

We will not relent in the work to intensify equity until, student by student and school by school, change comes. We all need this, because racism doesn’t just harm Black, Brown, or Asian families—it harms us all.

Everyone has a role to play. In addition to continuing our work centrally, we are supporting educators with resources to teach episodes from our history and our present, episodes where these same shudders of injustice and outrage, peaceful protest, and also violence and destruction have ripped through our city and society.

At the same time, many of you have already been doing this work at home or are otherwise putting personal resources into these efforts—your time, your energy, your heart, or your voice. We see you, and we are grateful for your powerful commitment. Children see and feel the world around them, and now is an important time to guide them in understanding and engaging with their experiences and those of their friends, families, and fellow New Yorkers.

Below you will find resources to help start, continue, or deepen conversations with children about racism and injustice. We are also sharing resources to help with stress, exhaustion, and self-care. As parents and caregivers, caring for yourself is essential in order to be able to care for others. We will continue to update resources as we move ahead.

I have been reminded of this quote by the writer James Baldwin that resonates so powerfully in this moment: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” These are difficult days of reckoning, but we have the opportunity—and a calling—to go farther in facing injustice.

You are our most important partners in the education of the children of New York City and the building of a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education


For more information and resources, please use:

Link to New York City Department of Education Together for Justice page

May 29, 2020 - Update for June 4 and June 9: Chancellor Days from Chancellor Carranza

Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar.

We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:

  • Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).

  • Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs.

On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information.

As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.

Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

May 21, 2020 - PS 109 Town Hall Meeting

PS 109 hosted a virtual town hall for families to discuss:

    • Attendance and Student Engagement

    • Instructional Expectations

    • Grading Policy

    • Virtual Graduation/Celebrations

The meeting was recorded for those who were not able to attend the live event:

Link to PS 109 Town Hall Meeting on 05/21/2020

Video can also be located on the Social Media page:

Link to Social Media Page

May 20, 2020 - Updated Summer School Dates from Chancellor Carranza

Dear Families,

Earlier this week, we announced our plans for summer learning, to ensure that our students can continue to engage and receive the academic supports they need to be ready for returning to school in the fall. We are writing to you today with an update on the summer calendar, informed by feedback from DOE communities.

  • For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. There is no change to the duration or structure of the program.

  • For high school students who are attending summer school, courses will also start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 14. There is no change to the duration or structure of this program either.

  • For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services, there will be no change to the calendar. Our teachers start on Wednesday, July 1 and students are expected to participate from Thursday, July 2–Thursday, August 13.

These changes will help accelerate learning for all students. Beginning summer school earlier—closer to the end of the regular school year—allows for continuous learning for students. Concluding programs earlier also allows more time for continuous rest for your family in the month of August.

We appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as we adapt to this crisis in real time. Nothing is more important than the health, safety, and continued academic success of your child: we thank you for your partnership in this important endeavor now more than ever.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

May 19, 2020 - Letter from Chancellor Carranza on Summer School 2020

Dear Families,

We know that the COVID-19 crisis and the unexpected shift to remote learning in the second half of the school year have presented challenges for many families all across the City. The strength, perseverance, and dedication of our 1.1 million students and the staff and families who support them day after day is amazing. We have continually evolved our policies to meet this unprecedented time, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support our students and families. Today we are writing to share an update on summer school.

In continued adherence to federal, State, and City health guidelines, we are adapting our summer school model for summer 2020. This year, we will offer summer school via remote instruction, allowing us to provide more students than ever before with the academic supports they need and a bridge from this school year to the next. In addition to academic instruction, students participating in these summer school programs will also have opportunities to go on self-paced virtual field trips and engage in daily social-emotional learning activities.

Who in grades 3-8 will attend summer school?

Students in grades 3–8 who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, August 18.

Some students in grades 3–8 who are promoted in June may also be recommended by their teacher for additional academic support over the summer. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, August 18.

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs.

Who in grades 9-12 will attend summer school?

Students in grades 9–12 who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in a prior term, will participate in remote instruction for the course(s) in which they need to earn credit. Remote instruction will run from Monday, July 13 –Friday, August 21.

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs.

What about students with 12-month Individualized Education Program (IEP) services?

Students in all grades with 12-month IEPs will participate in remote summer programming from Wednesday, July 1–Thursday, August 13. All students who are receiving or are eligible to receive these services will be contacted by their school shortly.

Your child’s academic success is of utmost importance. To ensure that students across the city receive the support they need this summer, we are dedicating all of our efforts to providing mandatory and recommended summer learning programs, and we will not be operating elective Summer Academy and school-based enrichment programs this year. We will continue to share resources and summer-specific activities on the Summer School 2020 webpage in the coming weeks so that all students can find new and exciting ways to continue their learning this summer.

We always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that. You continue to prove this day after day.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

May 18, 2020 - Update from Chancellor Carranza on MIS-C

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 Covid-19 Fact Sheet webpage 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 on the Free Meal Locations 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 New York City Health Department website at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

May 12, 2020 - Division of School Climate and Wellness

Wellness Wednesday NYC

Healthier students are better learners. The DOE started Wellness Wednesdays NYC to help students and families learn skills and habits that can promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. During challenging times, we can take steps to care for ourselves and for others every day. We can try to achieve modest goals to stay healthy, focused, and ready to learn, no matter where learning takes place.

Each Wellness Wednesday will focus on a different theme. Each week, you will find new activities and resources on this page to help you learn about key components of wellness, including:

  • the importance of physical activity and good health

  • how to care for your mental and emotional health

  • how to communicate with fairness and respect

  • how to build stronger relationships

We encourage students, parents, caregivers, and household members to do these activities alone or together to help support well-being. Give it your best. Stay active. Stay healthy.

We welcome your feedback and questions: Email DivisionOfSchoolClimateAndWellness@schools.nyc.gov

For more information and other ideas, see the Wellness Wednesday NYC page

New York City Department of Education Remote Learning Survey (please take survey by May 1, 2020

Take the Remote Learning Survey:

Link for information about the survey


Who can take the survey?

  • All Parents/guardians of DOE students in any grade

  • Students in grades six through twelve

April 28, 2020 - Chancellor Carranza and Chief Academic Officer Linda Chen Announce the Grading Policy for Remote Learning

April 28, 2020

Dear Families,

This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has presented difficulty and struggles for all New Yorkers, and we recognize that supporting your children in their continued learning in the midst of this crisis has been no small feat. We are amazed by the resilience and resolve that all of you—the families of our 1.1 million students—have shown as we transformed our entire system to remote learning. We are grateful for all that you are doing to support the success of your child as we finish the 2019-2020 school year in remote learning.

This transition would be a challenge at any time, but in the midst of the anxiety and trauma so many of our communities are experiencing due to the pandemic, it could have been insurmountable. Still, you have done it, being there for your children in every way you can to support their learning despite not necessarily knowing where the next meal will be coming from, or dealing with illness or loss in your family or community, or any other number of insecurities this time has brought.

That is why we have continually evolved our policies to meet this moment, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support all of you—our students and families. These policies run the gamut from attendance to class scheduling to technology usage and beyond. Today, we are writing with another important policy update, concerning student grading

Grades are important for understanding a student’s progress toward meeting learning standards, but they are just one way our educators are measuring and discerning how a student is engaging with schoolwork and making progress. We must ensure that support for our students includes not just academics, but social-emotional learning, health and safety, and physical and mental wellness, and there are relationships in place that affirm and empower our students and families. We are giving our educators the tools and skills they need to understand and support our students socially and emotionally. We will continue to create resources for students and families that elevate these supports within the context of COVID-19. Implementation of the policy by school leaders will be considerate of students who have experienced emotional loss, death, mental health issues, or didn’t have access to a device or connectivity right away. We know that just as you are our partners in learning, we are yours in the emotional support your children may need during this time.

We have heard from students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and many others across the City to inform our revised grading policy. We see you, we hear you, and we believe that the final policy we are issuing emphasizes flexibility and patience for students in these unprecedented times, while also keeping students engaged without penalty for the trauma they may be experiencing. It maintains clear expectations that acknowledge each individual student’s experience, and creates a consistent, equitable system across all schools. The policy seeks to minimize stress on families and students, while still providing next year’s teachers with the information they need about an individual student’s progress toward achieving standards.

What You Need to Know

The grading policy outlined below is in effect for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year only. Teachers will base students’ final grades on a holistic review of their progress before and after we started remote learning. Attendance will not be a factor in students’ grades. No student will receive a failing final grade.

Grade(s) & Grading Policy Summary

3K & Pre-K : No change because students do not receive report cards or grades.

K - 5th : Students receive final grades of either “Meets Standards” (MT) or “Needs Improvement” (N).

6th-8th : Students receive final grades of “Meets Standards” (MT), “Needs Improvement” (MP), or “Course in Progress” (NX).

9th – 12th : Your school’s existing grading scale applies, but no failing grade will be issued. A “Course in Progress” (NX) will be issued instead. After final grades have been issued, students and families have the option to convert any or all passing Spring Semester 2020 final grades to pass (CR will be the symbol used in this case). Any CR grade will not be factored into a students’ GPA.

The DOE is continuing to develop plans for programming and supports over the summer months. More information about summer school will be made available by your school and shared in the upcoming weeks.

If You Have Questions

For elementary and middle schools, principals will generally serve as primary points to answer questions regarding the grading policy for families.

For high schools, school counselors and college counselors will generally serve as primary points to answer questions regarding the grading policy for students and families, along with principals. If you need help identifying the school counselor or college counselor, please contact your principal.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information. We are committed not only to supporting students in their continued learning through June and beyond, but to supporting you as our primary partner in your child’s education. We know you have had a lot of questions and faced a lot of challenges in this transition; you have had to take on essential, invaluable new roles to keep your child’s education going and become indispensable partners to teachers. There are many resources available on this website, and your student’s school is also standing by to support you.

We always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that. You continue to prove this true each and every day. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

April 7, 2020 - Updates for Families from Chancellor Carranza

April 7, 2020

Dear Families:

None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe.

This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day.

In that context, I have important updates and reminders to share with you:

  • School Closures: The State has announced that all schools in New York State will now remain closed through April 29, 2020.

  • Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school.

  • Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8.

  • AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey.

  • Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools.

I believe that the professionalism and dedication of our educators has never been more apparent than throughout this extraordinary crisis. They have risen to the occasion, fundamentally transforming our learning model while also attending to the altered needs of their own families. 2

Likewise, your support and partnership have been critical in helping our students cope, remain safe, and learn— even as you have confronted enormous stresses of your own. Thanks to everything you and our educators are doing together, I am confident that our children will continue to meaningfully engage and progress during these times.

Like our educators during this ordeal, you are truly heroes. We know this is difficult as we all learn to navigate through this unprecedented time together. But we will continue to do everything in our power to support you every step of the way.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

April 6, 2020 - Spring Break Letter from Chancellor Carranza

Spring Break Announcement

Dear Families:

Since closing school buildings and shifting to remote learning last week, all of you, in partnership with our more than 150,000 staff, have shown incredible resilience and fortitude as we leap into a new reality. Together, we have been transforming public education in the nation’s largest school system in ways we never imagined even a few weeks ago.

Throughout this process, we have approached every decision with the health, safety, and continuous learning of our students at the forefront of our minds. Through it all, I’ve emphasized that we need to operate with flexibility and patience for all our school communities.

Those values, along with the fact that social distancing remains an imperative for all New Yorkers, means we must take a new approach to Spring Recess, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9 through Friday April 17, 2020.

For the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, the City and the State are in agreement that schools must continue to offer remote learning, including during days that were previously scheduled as breaks. As a result, our schools will continue with remote learning through the time originally scheduled for Spring Recess.

We know that many New Yorkers plan to observe religious holidays on April 9 and 10. Any students and school staff who individually wish to observe those holidays may do so. However, these days will not be considered “days off” for the school system, and remote learning activities will continue for students who are not observing the holidays.

Remote Learning

We know that Spring Recess is a time of rest and recharging time for our educators and students alike—and we know how hard all of our students and educators have been working to adapt to a new approach to learning.

With this in mind, we will offer schools remote learning resources that focus on daily themes and enrichment activities for all students for April 9-17. This will keep students and their teachers meaningfully engaged and connected with each other and ideas happening in the world around them—even as we all remain socially distant at home.

Resources will include “theme” days (e.g., wellness, world language, computer science, college and career readiness) and taking advantage virtually of the unparalleled educational and cultural resources right here in the city (e.g., museums, libraries, and cultural institutions).

More information on these activities will be shared with schools next week. We are confident that continuing remote learning will help ensure that families adhere to social distancing in the coming weeks, which is imperative to slowing the spread of the virus and keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe.

Regional Enrichment Centers

Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) serve the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential employees across the City. The majority of the REC sites will remain open from April 9-17. We will proactively communicate with families who may need to be temporarily reassigned to a REC during that time.

Free Meals

Meal Hubs offer free meals to any New Yorker who wants them. The majority of our Meal Hub sites will also continue to operate. Find the nearest Meal Hub to you during this period or anytime.

Health Precautions

We know our families are working hard to stop the spread of coronavirus. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19, and therefore the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recommends you wear a face covering or mask whenever you leave home. A face covering will not protect you from infection, but it can help others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system. Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people. Please visit nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information and an FAQ on face coverings, as well as other important information on the virus. Read the letter from Chancellor Carranza and Commissioner Barbot. (Open external link)

We continue to operate with health, safety, and high-quality learning as our top priorities for every child and adult in the DOE community across all five boroughs. Time and time again, you and your children—and all the educators who serve them—are proving that New York City has the best students and staff in the world, and that nothing will ever change that.

Please call 311 for any questions regarding Spring Break, RECs, Free Meals, and much more. As always, you should reach out to your teacher, principal, and others at your school for continued information about remote learning and your child.

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

March 18, 2020 - Letter from Principal Claudio

Public School 109

Josette Claudio, Principal

Diana Castillo, Assistant Principal

Yoli-Ann Barrett, Assistant Principal

PS 109X Parent Expectations for Remote Learning

While we recognize the stress of the current situation and the needs of your children and families, we want to make you aware of the following expectations for remote learning:


  • Attendance will be taken daily. Please ensure that students log-in daily. If your child is unable to log-in due to an illness or for any other reason, please email:

  • Students should complete instructional activities assigned by teachers within the expected timelines. Teachers will set the timelines.

  • Students should participate in check-ins, discussions, and other communication mechanisms as expected by the teacher.

  • Students should review teacher feedback and complete any follow-up activities as assigned by the teacher.

  • Students and families should proactively notify their teacher or a school administrator with any concerns about progress or additional support if needed:

  • Families should support students in being successful by establishing routines and habits that support their success in remote learning.

  • Families should ensure that students are adhering to our PRIDE Values for appropriate behavior on web-enabled devices.


Important Information:

  • Families, teachers will be available between the hours of 9 am to 2:40 pm. As you could imagine, many of our teachers also have families that they too are supporting this new way of learning. We promise that you will receive responses in a timely fashion.

  • NYS ELA and Math have been suspended for students in Grades 3 - 5

  • The NYSESLAT assessment has been suspended for students in K - 5th grade

  • The Science State Assessment has been suspended for students in 4th grade

  • If you have not received a device from P.S. 109x and need a device, you may still be able to obtain one. The DOE is lending Internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. Parents can request a device by filling out this form. We are still waiting to learn how the DOE will get Assistive Technology related devices to students who use them at school.


March 22, 2020 - Letter from Chancellor Carranza


March 22, 2020

Dear Families,

Tomorrow, we will all come together to take the first steps of a huge new educational journey as New York City brings remote learning to our 1.1 million students.

While none of us could have predicted even a few weeks ago that we would launch this dramatic new transition in education, I could not be prouder of the way our educators have come together to ready themselves to teach your children from their own homes. And I could not be more grateful to all of you for your faith in our educators, and all of the hardworking staff at DOE.

This will not be perfect. Nothing can ever replace a talented teacher in a classroom. We know the challenges and inequities our students face. But over the past week I have seen DOE’s 150,000 staff rise to this challenge in astounding ways. Your faith is them is deserved and earned.

Things have moved very quickly since Mayor de Blasio and I made the very difficult decision one week ago that school buildings would close for student instruction until at least April 20. Educators citywide created a remote curriculum in days. Every school has been equipped with an online platform. Learning resources, including those for special education and multilingual learners, have been developed and posted on our website—and there is so much more to come.

All the relevant information you need about engaging in remote learning is on our website at schools.nyc.gov—please visit it frequently for updates. And please check in with your teachers and principals if you have questions: just as they were before last week, they will continue to be your guide to instruction and (virtual) engagement during these unprecedented times. I will share a few key pieces of information here to keep in mind for this week:

  • Remote Learning: Each school has its own online platform, with many schools using Google Classroom. Educators have contacted school communities to let you know what remote learning tool your child’s school will be using.

    • You can find instructions on DOE student accounts and getting started in Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams at schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

    • If you are having additional problems connecting, contact your school directly via email. Our Find a School tool can help you find contact info for your school as well, if you do not already have it: schools.nyc.gov/find-a-school.

  • Electronic Devices: If your child needs a device to participate in remote learning, and you have not yet filled out a device request form, please visit coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices. We will help you get a device with internet connection.

    • Many of you have already received a device on loan from your school. If you have not and you still require a device, please fill out the survey and DOE will reach out to you.

  • Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): If your student is recommended for integrated co-teaching, special class, or special education teacher support services, your school will make every effort to arrange for them continue to receive instruction from the same special education teachers and classroom paraprofessionals that usually teach them. Someone from your school will contact you to discuss how instruction will be delivered.

    • Your child’s IEP meetings will still take place; IEP meetings will be conducted by phone. To make a referral for initial evaluation or reevaluation, you can email your principal or specialeducation@schools.nyc.gov, or call 311.

    • For more on remote learning for students with IEPs, please visit schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.


  • Free Meals: We will continue offer free meals in the weeks ahead at more than 400 sites across the city. Food hubs will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m., and any student of any age can get 3 meals daily. Visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals to find a site near you.

  • Regional Enrichment Centers: On Monday, March 23, the City will open Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) for the children of front-line workers in the fight against COVID-19—including first responders and healthcare workers. If you believe your child may be eligible to attend a REC, please visit schools.nyc.gov/recs.


  • Enrollment and Placement Support: Family Welcome Center staff are available by email, and are prepared to assist with enrollment and placement of new admissions, questions around admissions, information about offers, and waitlists. They do not handle REC enrollment.

    • Please be aware FWCs are processing a high volume of questions at this time in connection to the recent release of high school admissions offer letters. We ask for your patience, and are aiming to respond to all requests within 48 hours. Here’s how to receive direct support on these topics:


  • Bronx: bronxfwc@schools.nyc.gov

  • Brooklyn: brooklynfwc@schools.nyc.gov

  • Manhattan: manhattanfwc@schools.nyc.gov

  • Queens: queensfwc@schools.nyc.gov

  • Staten Island: statenislandfwc@schools.nyc.gov


Parents can also call 311 and say “Schools” to be routed to someone who can help with school-related questions.

If you need help with a problem that cannot be resolved at the school level or wish to report a complaint, please reach out to your district superintendent’s office. Contact information for your district support team can be found here: schools.nyc.gov/about-us/leadership/district-leadership. If you do not know the district in which your child’s school is located, please use the Find A School tool: schools.nyc.gov/find-a-school.

There will surely be bumps in the road as we all adjust to this new reality, and I want to thank you for the patience that will be demanded of you as we undertake this transformation together.

In just a few hours, we will all take a great leap together into uncharted territory. We will be successful if we continue to work together as a community of families, educators, and staff. We all share two key goals: a high-quality education for every single one of our 1.1 million students, and protecting health and safety of everyone in our school communities.

That means that public education in New York City is going to look tremendously different for the foreseeable future. But together, we will chart this path forward, and I have no doubt that we will eventually look back and say this was our finest hour: when we confronted this great challenge and overcame it, in unity, with shared strength and commitment.

New York City has the greatest students and staff in the world, and nothing will ever change that—today, tomorrow, or ever. I am excited to be on this journey with you. Together, I am confident we will learn and grow with boundless potential.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

Department of Education

March 18, 2020 - Letter from Principal Claudio

Public School 109

Josette Claudio, Principal

Diana Castillo, Assistant Principal

Yoli-Ann Barrett, Assistant Principal

Dear PS 109 Families,

This letter is to keep you informed of PS 109’s next steps as we prepare to transition students and families to remote learning. As Chancellor Carranza shared we are “living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus”. In an effort to keep our communities safe, Mayor de Blasio announced that “ for the next three and a half weeks, schools would be shifting to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020.”

Starting Friday, March 20th, PS 109 will be closed for learning along with any other New York Department of Education buildings. However, the building will be open daily for a grab and go breakfast from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, we will be inviting families to pick up instructional packets, student workbooks, and tools that will help your kids continue learning while they are at home. Families will be invited to pick up these materials starting at 12pm. The locations/ or entrances of where you could retrieve the items will be sent through by tomorrow morning. In addition, our families with the highest need will be offered a technological device by the school. Because we have over 500 students and only 175 computers to distribute we will prioritize based on economic need and grade level. Any family that does not receive a device from the school will be asked to complete this survey:

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Please note: Central will work to distribute devices to families that do not receive one from the school.

On Monday, March 23, 2020, PS 109 will launch remote learning for grades 3k to 5. Remote learning is when there is no physical classroom and the student and teacher are separated by time and distance. The learning will usually occur via email, video conferencing, discussion boards, audio conference or video conference. We are currently working with our teachers to set up Google Classrooms. Your children will receive a NYC DOE email address that ends in nycstudents.net. We are currently working to set up each of the student’s email accounts. Your children’s email addresses and passwords will be distributed tomorrow. They will need this email address along with a class code that the teachers will distribute to log on to Google Classrooms. Within your child’s Google Classroom, he/she will receive assignments (both digital and written), communicate with their teachers and receive feedback. Your child’s teacher will at times also teach virtually and/or may record videos of themselves teaching. If you have more than one child at home, I encourage you to create a schedule for when each child will go online to learn.

We are all learning this new way of living together. We have all been launched into the 21st century rather quickly. As such, we have created a packet of instructional materials that your children could work on over this next week while you too become acclimated to our online learning platform. It is important that you help your children know that this is not a vacation, instead we are transitioning to remote (online learning). Their assignments will be monitored and graded and used to make promotional decisions.

It is important that we remain in contact. All correspondence to families will be posted on our website www.ps109x.org as well as Class Dojo. If you are not on Class Dojo yet, it is important that you reach out to your child’s teacher to receive an invitation (code) to do so.

For our special needs students who have upcoming IEP meetings, teachers and service providers will be in touch regarding scheduling telephone conferences.

We are committed to supporting all families throughout these next few weeks and beyond. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff if you have further questions. Email will be the best mode of correspondence. You will receive individual letters from your child’s teacher that will include their NYC DOE email address. Feel free to email me with any questions at jclaudi@schools.nyc.gov.


Some other important contact information you will need:

Lashanna Cooper, Parent Coordinator- Lcooper7@schools.nyc.gov

Diana Castillo, Assistant Principal of grades 3k through 2nd - Dcastillo11@schools.nyc.gov

Yoli-Ann Barrett, Assistant Principal of grades 3 through 5- Ybarrett2@schools.nyc.gov

Herson Pleitez, Tech Support- support@ps109x.org


**Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a response as we have been receiving a high demand of questions due to this transition.


Please tell your children that I will miss them and I look forward to seeing them soon.


In Unity,

Principal Claudio

March 15, 2020 - Update on NYC Schools closures

All NYC Schools will be closed until at least Monday, April 20, 2020

  • Schools will use a Remote Learning framework to provide education instruction and material to students.

  • Please contact your child's teacher using Class Dojo or through Google Classroom.