Notes from Chancellor Carranza

November 24, 2020

Dear Families,     

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to express how grateful I am for your patience and partnership, and how
honored I am to serve you and your children. We have been through so much together this year. But despite these
trying times, we have shown the nation, and the world, that New York City is not just a sprawling metropolis, but
a community of good, caring people who—when times are difficult—come together to protect and support each
other.   

Closing all our school buildings to in-person learning for the second time this year has been one of the most
painful actions I have had to take as Schools Chancellor. I know it’s disappointing for the hundreds of thousands
of students who were thrilled to be back in classrooms learning face-to-face with their teachers and classmates. It
is equally hard on adults, who have been forced to make more adjustments to their schedules and lives. However,
this is a temporary closure, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. You and your family are part of this
effort—because it will take all of us to once again drive COVID-19 rates down so we can reopen our doors to
teaching and learning. 

The increasing levels of COVID-19 infection overall in the city are very concerning, and we must strengthen
precautions further for our school communities. Therefore, no student will be permitted to return to the building
without a signed consent form for in-school testing. Your consent must be submitted by the first day your child
resumes in-person learning. If you have already provided consent via NYCSA or a paper form, we encourage you
to submit it again to ensure we have the most up to date form on file. You can find instructions on easy ways to
submit consent below. 

In the meantime, we have pulled together some resources to help you and your children get the most out of fully
remote learning. In this Update for Families, you will find information on:   
 devices for remote learning 
 attendance requirements for remote instruction 
 grading in the 2020-21 school year 
 how to provide consent for in-school testing (when blended learning resumes) 
I also want to remind you that the ninth annual Big Apple Awards, honoring outstanding teachers and college and
career counselors, recently kicked off. This year, it feels especially important to honor the teachers or counselors
who have made a difference in your child’s life. Nominate an educator by January 10, 2021 by visiting
the Big Apple Awards website at schools.nyc.gov/bigappleawards. 
And a quick reminder for our high school families that the Board of Regents and the New York State Education
Department have cancelled all Regents exams that had been scheduled for January 2021. No decisions have been
made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of the Regents exam, but we’ll share updates as we
receive them. 

As we continue to focus on immediate issues and needs in this unprecedented year, we are also thinking about
the future, especially around middle and high school admissions. We are carefully examining all potential paths
for admissions policies for the 2021-22 school year, and we look forward to sharing an update as soon as
possible. 

We have achieved so much together despite so many unsettling challenges. I want to assure you that everyone at
the DOE is working tirelessly to ensure your children continue to receive the high-quality education they
deserve.  

On behalf of myself and everyone at the Department of Education, I wish you and your families a happy, healthy
Thanksgiving.  

Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

 Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - September 27 2020.pdf 

 Update for Families on COVID-19 Testing - September 29 2020.pdf 

 Update for Families_September 8 2020.pdf 

In SCHOOL Covid-19 Testing Information

IN SCHOOL- https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re bringing testing directly into schools beginning in October 2020. Our testing partners will come to district schools, every month, and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12.

**UPDATED INFO ON Transitions between Blended and Remote Learning

Choose your learning preference

Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time.

Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15.

  • Complete the Learning Preference(Open external link) survey.
    • Beginning on November 2, families who previously chose remote only learning will be able to opt into blended/in-person learning for the remainder of this school year using this survey.

Announcements

  • How to Provide Consent for In-school Testing

    How to Provide Consent for In-school Testing  
    When we return to in-person learning, students from grades 1-12 will be participating in random testing for
    COVID-19 through the rest of the school year. Regular testing of staff and students in schools allows us to keep
    our schools and broader communities healthy and safe. More than 57,000 students have already been tested
    across the city. The testing process is quick and easy, and entails swabbing the anterior nasal area/frontal part of
    the nose with a short swab (like a Q-tip). The swab length may vary, but only a small portion is inserted into the
    front part of the nose for five to 10 seconds.   
    To ensure that your child can be tested, please submit a consent form for testing. You can complete the consent
    in two easy ways:    
    1. Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to
    mystudent.nyc  
    o If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name,
    click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the
    page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.     
    o If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account
    creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then
    provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school,
    you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19
    Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.    
    2. Paper form: Fill out and return the paper form to school. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages
    at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.  
    Your consent must be submitted by the first day your child resumes in-person learning. If you have already
    provided consent for your child to be tested, we encourage you to submit it again to ensure we have the most up
    to date form on file.
    You can find additional information about consent and testing under Frequently Asked Questions at
    schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting. 

    PS38 George Cromwell School
  • Grading in the 2020-21 School Year

    Grading in the 2020-21 School Year 
    Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning
    models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have
    learned.  
    Grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in
    each subject. This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options including a scale
    of 1-4, a numerical scale (100 points), and an alphabetical scale (A-D).  
    You can find more information on grading at schools.NYC.gov/messagesforfamilies/#grading. 

    PS38 George Cromwell School
  • Attendance Requirements for Remote Instruction

    Attendance Requirements for Remote Instruction 
    As we continue to adjust to all the changes this school year, one thing that remains the same is our goal to have
    every student learning and connecting with a caring adult from their school each day. As previously announced,
    for the 2020-21 school year, we are returning to more traditional definitions for attendance that track a student’s
    engagement in learning and instruction.  
     “Present” is defined as participating and being virtually present in a specific virtual learning
    environment during the scheduled school day, or participating in scheduled coursework. This may look
    like logging into full or small group instruction over Zoom, participating in student-teacher check-ins,
    completing pre-recorded lessons and coursework, or participating in group projects and discussions in an
    online setting. 
     “Absent” is defined as not being present during a remote class, remote lesson, or scheduled teacherstudent instruction during the scheduled school day. 

    PS38 George Cromwell School
  • November 24, 2020  Devices for Remote Learning

    Update for Families, November 24, 2020 
    Devices for Remote Learning 
    Do you need a device or technical support? Need help with a broken, lost, or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help
    desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.  
    You can also get quick help online:  
     Browse tech support topics: schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools  
     File a tech support ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport  
     Request a device: schools.nyc.gov/devices
     Get support with a DOE-issued iPad: schools.nyc.gov/ipadfixes  
     Issues with your Internet connection: schools.nyc.gov/internet
    For information on platforms your child may use and ways to support them during remote learning, visit
    schools.nyc.gov/remotechecklist. 

    PS38 George Cromwell School
  • Students with Individualized Education Plans

    The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your
    child's IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your
    preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child's school will contact you to discuss
    your child's specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will
    release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly.

    PS38 George Cromwell School
  • Oops, I came to School and it's NOT my day!

    Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate which days their child will attend school in-
    person. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements and to build a plan to help ensure that

    your child does not arrive at school on unscheduled days. If a student arrives at school on days when they are
    scheduled for remote learning, your child’s school will inform you. All children attending on an unscheduled day
    will need to be picked up or will be sent home, depending on age and other factors. For more information on
    policies for students who attend school on a mistaken day, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

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  • REMOTE FOR ALL STUDENTS, STAFF

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  • SCHOOL CLOSED

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  • THANKSGIVING DAY

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  • SCHOOL CLOSED

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  • Group B

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  • Group A

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  • PTA MEETING

    PTA MEETING

    Teesday, DECEMBER 1, 2020

    @ 2:00 pm

    Google Meet Code: PTA

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  • Group B

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Blended Learning Schedule

We are starting the school year with a blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If NYC  moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates. 

  • Group A will be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and working from home some Mondays and all Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • Group B will be in school on Wednesdays and Fridays, and working from home some Mondays, and all Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • Mondays will alternate between group A and group B. Every student will receive a schedule of their days in the building and which days they will be learning remotely. 
  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day. 

How Blended Learning Works

Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 
  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 
  • Teachers and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Class) . These schedules will be shared with you once school starts. Students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments. 
  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or in school on Mondays. 

Remote Learning Expectations

During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Students and families should check Google Class daily for important updates from their teachers. 
  • At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Class by Sunday night each week. 
  • At-home assignments for each week should be turned in by 4:00 each Friday. Assignments will be graded. 
  • During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Meet. Check Google Class for your live class schedule.
  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. 

Subject to be modified and updated- 8-9-2020

Learning Bridges Family Interest Form

For students in 3K to 8th grade who are in blended learning, Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free childcare options on the days the student is scheduled to be home. This program will:
- Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners;  
- Provide opportunities for children to connect to remote-learning activities;  
- Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities;  
- Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools.   
Families can express interest in the Learning Bridges program by completing the Learning Bridges Family Interest Form

Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access

We will keep this page updated with technology information from the NYC  DOE.

Remote Learning Device- Once you fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form, DOE will be sending you an email in which you have to verify that you need a device. Also keep on checking your emails for further information. Anyone needing assistance may email Mercedes Chow, Parent Coordinator at mchow2@schools.nyc.gov

 iPad Troubleshooting One-Page revised again 1.pdf

 Troubleshooting DOE iPads 1.pdf 

Please contact Ms. Regan at  aregan@ps38r.com or Mrs. Chow mchow2@schools.nyc.gov  for additional assistance or direction for solutions to your tech issues.

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