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March 19, 2020
Dear PS/IS 229 Families,
First and foremost, let me say that the entire staff hopes that you and your children remain safe and healthy throughout this challenging time. The most accurate and up-to-date news, resources and links related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is available on the DOE website (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/home).
As you are probably aware, this week the DOE moved towards a new remote learning model for all school days until Spring Recess (which begins April 9th). Beginning on March 23rd, remote learning will be used to provide opportunities for students and educators to remain connected and engaged with instruction, while working from locations outside of the physical school environment.
Remote teaching is a new way to engage with students and colleagues. Such a moment requires a willingness to take chances and learn. Our shared goal in this moment where the landscape is constantly shifting, is to ensure continuity of learning, student engagement and the prevention of learning loss.
Our school staff will be utilizing Pupil Path as our primary online platform to deliver remote learning. That means teachers will be providing lesson materials via Pupil Path, and students/families will submit work via Pupil Path.
Our teachers and staff spent much of the last three days trying to reach parents/guardians to: update contact information; determine each family’s need for a device (laptop or tablet) and/or internet service; ensure each family can access Pupil Path. Parent and student access codes for Pupil Path will also be mailed home.
Our new website at https://229k.org will be up and running by the end of this week as well.
Finally, we asked families to pick up technology devices (only if needed) and any necessary materials (determined by grade-level teams) from the school on Thursday, March 19th between 1:00 – 3:00 PM, or Friday, March 20th between 9:00 – 11:00 AM. If your child(ren) needs to obtain a device and/or internet connection now, please call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5.
William S. Kirk
We understand that some students will have limited access to technology. Students will be able to access lessons and assignments at anytime after the scheduled class. It is however, the responsibility of the student to get the assignment and complete the work by the due date. Students and Parents should email or message the teacher if they need any assistance.
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In order to successfully fight COVID-19, our first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel must be able to come to work. That is why we have created Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs)—places where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, the centers will provide children with three hot meals daily, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art and music, and social and emotional support. Regional Enrichment Centers will be available citywide. If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker whose child is a New York City resident, and you have no other child care option, please complete this survey to begin your enrollment process. You will then be contacted about assignment to a site near your home. These centers are not available for any other New Yorkers at this time. We will post additional updates and information on the DOE website about RECs as we have it at schools.nyc.gov.
Additional information about Regional Enrichment Centers:
RECs will be open from Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Each room will have a maximum of 12 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs. RECs will also have nurses on site.
Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for all NYC public school students.
Children will also have opportunities to engage in art, music, and physical education.
The environment will be safe and supportive, and staff will be prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs
Children will be offered a site based on their home address and their parent or caregiver’s role in providing essential services.
Students will be asked each day to bring a device they can use for remote learning if one is available. Please complete the survey today ONLY if you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or transit worker. Following survey submission, the DOE will contact you with additional details about where and how to bring your child to a REC site within 48-72 hours. If you have questions about enrollment for the Regional Enrichment Centers, please call (718) 935-2200.
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
Posted 5:47 PM EDT, Sunday March 15, 2020 Updated 4:51 PM EDT, Monday March 16, 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.
For the remainder of this week, teachers and administrators will participate in professional development on remote learning, and students will begin picking up materials for continued instruction.
The schedule, as we move to remote learning, is as follows:
Monday, March 23
Effective Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable populations, with more details to follow.
Additionally, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12. DOE will support schools at all levels of readiness to deliver remote learning, and more information will be provided to families about online platforms.