New York’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief
NYSED is seeking public input in developing New York’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief which will detail their intentions for use of federal funds. Click here to offer a response. Responses received by Monday, May 24, 2021 will be reflected in NYSED’s final plan.
Click here for additional information on ARP ESSER, the plan and public engagement. New York is required to submit the ARP ESSER State plan to USDE by June 7, 2021. The USDE must approve New York’s plan prior to making the remaining one-third of New York State’s remaining ARP ESSER allocation available for expenditure.
May 3, 2021
Dear PS/IS 229K Parents/Guardians,
We will have students in Grades 3-8, whose families opted-in, taking the New York State Math Tests this week. We will be following the adjusted schedules below.
If your child was opted-in and will be taking a New York State Math Test this week, you MUST fill out and send with your child the attached Notice of Dismissal.
TUESDAY, May 4th: Grades 3 and 4 opted-in students take the NYS Math Test
WEDNESDAY, May 5th: Grades 5 and 6 opted-in students take the NYS Math Test
THURSDAY, May 6th: Grades 7 and 8 opted-in students take the NYS Math Test
https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ or for a printable copy at: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/docs/DOE_Health_Screening_Questionnaire_04_01_21.pdf
William S. Kirk
Return of Newly Opted-In Students and rescheduled Town Hall Meeting for PS/IS 229K Parents and Families
Good afternoon PS/IS 229K Community,
The 3 feet of social distancing in instructional spaces for grades PreK - Grade 5 has been agreed upon and we have a plan. The 6 feet will remain in effect in middle school classrooms, public spaces, and between adults. We conducted a walkthrough with our Building Response Team and UFT representative yesterday to ensure our plan will maintain all necessary health & safety measures. The Superintendent's Office has approved our plan.
I am writing to you today to announce that:
1) Our newly opted-in grades K-5 students will be coming into the school building 4 days per week (Tuesday-Friday) beginning Tuesday, April 27th.
2) We will bring ALL grades 6-8 blended students (including those newly opted-in) into the school building 4 days per week (Tuesday-Friday) beginning Tuesday, May 4th.
All students in grades 1 - 8 must provide consent for in-school COVID-19 testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to participate in the in-person instructional activities. The consent form can be found in multiple languages on the School-Based COVID-19 Testing page on the InfoHub at: https://infohub.nyced.org/school-year-2020-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/school-based-testing .
Families are encouraged to complete the consent form immediately via the NYSCA portal at: https://mystudent.nyc/ .
I will be conducting my rescheduled Town Hall Meeting for Parents and Families via Zoom on Monday, April 26th at 6:00 PM. I will be addressing items for the remainder of this school year, the summer, and looking ahead.
William Kirk is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Principal Kirk's Town Hall Meeting for PS/IS 229K Parents and Families
Time: Apr 26, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Thank you for your continued support during this challenging year!
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Essay Question: How do refugees’ lives turn “inside out & back again” when they move to another country? Explain how Ha and her family’s experience illustrates the challenges and hardships of being a refugee. This essay can be answered by focusing on three aspects of the universal refugee experience: the decision, the journey, and the new home.
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8th Grade Essays
Dear Grade 8 Parents/Guardians and Students,
As I am sure you are aware, the NYCDOE is having eighth-grade students take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) in their home middle schools (including K-8 schools).
If your grade 8 child is taking the SHSAT on Wednesday, January 27th, s/he must arrive at the school at 8:10 AM. These students will enter at this time through ENTRANCE #5, from the schoolyard. Daily Health Screenings (required for all staff, students and visitors to enter a DOE building) will be collected and/or conducted before entry. To access and complete it at home before arrival: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
Standard administration time is 180 minutes to complete the test. We expect that the standard end time for our test site will be approximately 11:45 AM. Students may only leave as directed by the proctor, and under no circumstances may students be dismissed prior to the end of the 180-minute testing period.
We have less than ten students that receive a testing accommodation of extended time (2x). Students with an extended time accommodation may leave at any time after the standard 180-minute testing period and after they have finished working on the test. Before the student leaves, s/he will have to sign the Extended Time Student Sign-Out Sheet.
Please use the attached permission form to allow your child to be dismissed at the conclusion of the SHSAT testing period.
For other questions you might have please check the FAQ document here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/SHSAT2021FAQ
William S. Kirk
1400 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11228
Parents are invited to attend a 5 day virtual institute entitled ELL- (Equip, Learn and Launch) running from July 26-Aug 6th, flyer attached below. Institute will provide translation services and power point decks will be available in various languages. Break-out groups will also be by preferred language.
Please see a description of the sessions below:
Families will receive the information to log in one-day before the event
The 60-minute English sessions will be interpreted in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Haitian Creole.
The 30-minute group sessions will be led in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Polish, Uzbek, by our partners in Citywide Council for English Language Learners.
I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening.
Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion.
Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and as we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.
Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.
Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.
Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, and at the end of this letter are the most important takeaways for you at this moment. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.
In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.
I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Return to School 2020: Critical Information
Developing Your Child’s Schedule
As of now, given current health and safety guidance, we will not be able to have 100% of students present in a school building on any given day. You should expect to hear from your school in August regarding your child’s specific schedule.
Under the blended learning model, students will be taught on-site in school buildings for part of the week, and will learn remotely from home on the other days of the week.
We know that there are families who may not feel comfortable going back into school buildings in the fall. You can elect to choose all-remote learning for your child; a web form will be shared with you on July 15 that will allow you to select that preference by August 7. Families who have chosen fully remote learning at the beginning of the school year will be allowed to transition back into in-person instruction on a quarterly basis. Once the school year begins, families can choose to go fully remote at any time.
New Health and Safety Protocols
Equity and Excellence: Our Continued Commitment
Our vision of educational equity and excellence for all students persists even during this time of crisis. We are laser focused on helping your child achieve academic excellence by providing key academic, social-emotional, and other supports to unlock their full potential to learn—no matter who they are. We remain focused on high-quality, tailored instruction for every student. In addition, here is some of what we will do to help our children reach their highest potential:
Keeping You Informed
As we finalize plans for a school year like no other in our history, we know how important it is that our students, families, and staff have the information they need to prepare. We know that for each piece of information we are providing, more questions can emerge. Please visit the Return to School 2020 webpage at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 on a regular basis for the latest updates.
Throughout the summer we will continue to engage with families, students, and community leaders—both centrally through the DOE and within each school community.
Report Cards will be available through your NYC Schools Account. Please see below for additional information regarding these accounts.
NYC Schools Account Overview
NYCSA offers families access to key information about their student(s) attending NYC DOE public schools. Access NYCSA online at this link: https://mystudent.nyc
On this sign-in page, users can either: 1. Use the temporary password provided by the school when the custodial and/or non-custodial parent(s) created an account. 2. Use the Account Creation Code that was sent home on a letter with the student to register for an account. 3. Reset password if the user has already completed the account creation process and set up their security questions.
This application can be accessed through any Internet-connected device (such as a computer or smartphone).
The District 20 Community Education Council (CEC) is collecting input from parents of students in District 20 schools related to remote learning to better understand the educational experiences of our students and parents. We would like to hear your thoughts and concerns about the remote learning experience.
If you are a parent with a child enrolled in a District 20 school, please use the link below to complete the survey by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This is a confidential and anonymous survey meant only for parents with children enrolled in District 20 schools.
Please complete one survey for each child you have enrolled in a District 20 school (i.e., if you have two children please complete the survey twice) so we can capture information about each child’s remote learning experience. This is a survey specifically focused on the learning experience of children in grades K through 8. If you would like to provide information related to your teen’s high school experience, you can also submit a separate survey.
The collective results of this survey will be shared with the community, but individual surveys will remain confidential. If you would like to submit additional information or raise other concerns, you can contact the CEC directly at email@example.com.
Please share this message with other parents in District 20 so we can hear from as many voices as possible.
Thank you for your time and input,
District 20 CEC
El Consejo de Educación de la Comunidad del Distrito 20 (CEC) está recolectando información de los padres de los estudiantes en las escuelas del Distrito 20 relacionadas con el aprendizaje remoto para comprender mejor las experiencias educativas de nuestros estudiantes y padres. Nos gustaría escuchar sus pensamientos y preocupaciones sobre la experiencia de aprendizaje remoto.
Si usted es un padre con un niño inscrito en una escuela del Distrito 20, utilice el siguiente enlace para completar la encuesta antes del miércoles 15 de julio de 2020. Esta es una encuesta confidencial y anónima destinada solo a padres con niños inscritos en las escuelas del Distrito 20.
Complete una encuesta por cada niño que se haya matriculado en una escuela del Distrito 20 (es decir, si tiene dos hijos, complete la encuesta dos veces) para que podamos capturar información sobre la experiencia de aprendizaje remoto de cada niño. Esta es una encuesta específicamente enfocada en la experiencia de aprendizaje de niños en los grados K a 8. Si desea proporcionar información relacionada con la experiencia de la escuela secundaria de su hijo adolescente, también puede enviar una encuesta por separado.
Comparta este mensaje con otros padres en el Distrito 20 para que podamos escuchar tantas voces como sea posible.
Gracias por su tiempo y aporte,
Distrito 20 CEC
يقوم مجلس التعليم المجتمعي للمنطقة 20 (CEC) بجمع المدخلات من أولياء أمور الطلاب في مدارس المنطقة 20 المتعلقة بالتعلم عن بُعد لفهم التجارب التعليمية لطلابنا وأولياء الأمور بشكل أفضل. نود أن نسمع أفكارك ومخاوفك حول تجربة التعلم عن بعد.
إذا كنت والدًا ولديك طفل مسجل في مدرسة المقاطعة 20 ، فيرجى استخدام الرابط أدناه لإكمال الاستطلاع بحلول الأربعاء 15 يوليو 2020. هذا استطلاع سري ومجهول مخصص فقط للآباء والأمهات الذين لديهم أطفال مسجلين في مدارس المنطقة 20
يُرجى إكمال استطلاع واحد لكل طفل قمت بتسجيله في مدرسة المقاطعة 20 (أي إذا كان لديك طفلان ، فيرجى إكمال الاستبيان مرتين) حتى نتمكن من التقاط معلومات حول تجربة التعلم عن بعد لكل طفل. يركز هذا الاستبيان بشكل خاص على تجربة التعلم للأطفال في الصفوف من K إلى 8.
إذا كنت ترغب في تقديم معلومات تتعلق بتجربة المدرسة الثانوية للمراهق ، فيمكنك أيضًا إرسال استبيان منفصل.
يرجى مشاركة هذه الرسالة مع الآباء الآخرين في المقاطعة 20 حتى نتمكن من الاستماع إلى أكبر عدد ممكن من الأصوات.
شكلرا لك على وقتك والمدخله،
المنطقة 20 CEC