NYC Public Schools Continue Remote Learning Programs Thru June 26, 2020.
Message from Chancellor Carranza - July 8. 2020
July 8, 2020
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
An End of Year Message From Mrs. Hatzimichalis
June 25, 2020
I cannot believe that the end of the school year is approaching so quickly. It has been a historical year and
although we were challenged with so many things, we still experienced much joy and happiness. Our entire
staff ensured that we covered all of the necessary curriculum as well as enrichment activities and fun projects.
Today's technology allowed us to experience so many wonderful virtual field trips. We were lucky enough to
go to museums in Paris, visit zoos all over the world and we even went to Disneyworld. We had a virtual field
day, virtual glee club, art club and of course our beautiful Stepping Up and Graduation Ceremonies. We made
every effort to ensure success during this unchartered time.
Our staff spent the entire week planning curriculum and developing the necessary standards and prerequisite skills
needed for next year. Although this was a new way of teaching for us, we learned a lot. We were trained in new
technology and learning platforms that gave us great access to help meet the students' needs. We have had
many success stories during this time. I want you to know that No matter what happens we will be ready to
meet the students' needs educationally and socially/emotionally. We began planning technology, curriculum,
mindfulness programs, virtual trips, and so much more.
Tomorrow your child's teacher will provide you grade specific summer activities. These activities will prepare
your child for next year and keep them engaged in a fun way. Some of the best practices I can offer you as
both a mother and an educator is to take time to listen to your child read and make sure they are reading at least
15 minutes a day. Practice math facts, encourage them to write often. Having your child journal a little each day
is a great way for a child to get their thoughts organized onto paper. Practice some of the wonderful mindfulness
activities we have provided for you every Wednesday.
It has been my pleasure working with your child this year. Having your parental support was essential. I would
like to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of the parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins and
anyone else who took time to co-teach with us in our virtual classrooms. Your dedication and support has not
Have a wonderful summer,
Please check your emails weekly, as I will be updating you with any new information for the re-opening of the
2020-2021 school year.
Important Coronavirus Precautions
- Wash your hands with soap and water often.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
- Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late.
- Reduce overcrowding by walking or biking to work, if possible.
- If the train is too packed, wait for the next one.
If You Feel Sick
- Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat.
- If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, contact your doctor.
- Do not go to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
- If you need help getting medical care, call 311.
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PS 131's Celebration of
Read Across America Week
March 2nd - March 6th Monday, March 2nd
Dr. Seuss Day
Share a Dr. Seuss Book!
Have older students read to younger
students, younger students read to
older students and peers read to each other
Tuesday, March 3rd: Storybook Character Day
Dress up as your favorite
storybook character! Get creative and
make your own costume and character accessories!
Wednesday, March 4th: Crazy Hair Day
Will it look wild like the blue fur on Thing One or Thing Two??
Or will your ‘hair-do’ look like little Cindy Lou Who?!?
Thursday, March 5th: The Lorax Day - WEAR GREEN!
Read aloud - "The Lorax"
Discuss: Why is it important to take care of the earth all year?
Brainstorm earth friendly actions people in our school,
community and our world can do everyday.
*Share your class ideas on the Green Team Leaf*
Friday, March 6th: The Cat in the Hat Day
Invite a mystery reader to share a read aloud in your class.
Invite a current member of the school community… from the Principal to the Custodian.
Students: Share a good read aloud at home with a Parent, sibling, relative or friend.
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