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  • NYS Math Exam Update

    April 28, 2021

     

    Dear PS/IS 102 Families,

    We will administer the Math State Exam on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A reminder that ONLY students who opted in will be tested on this day. The ELA and Math State exams are not mandatory this year. There will be no negative impact on your children if they do not take the exam. It will be a regular instructional day for all other students and regular in person classes will resume after the test is administered.

    Please note the following guidelines so that testing goes as smoothly as possible:

    · Only part 1 (Multiple Choice) will be administered to the students

    · The test will only be given in person. There is no remote option for this exam

    · ALL students must be in school at 8:30am

    Remote Students:

    · Please line up outside of the main entrance and we will begin checking surveys and temperatures at 8:25am.

    · The daily health screening must be filled out before entering the building. Please use this link to do so. Students will not be admitted without the screening. https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    · Although not timed, the test should take approximately 70-80 minutes.

    · ALL REMOTE STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP BETWEEN 10:15am-10:30am. This includes students in Grades 6-8.

    · Pick up will be in the courtyard outside of the main entrance.

    If you change your mind and your child is not taking the exam, please let us know via email.

    Grades 3-5: Ssheerin@schools.nyc.gov Grades 6-8: Mborelli@Schools.nyc.gov

    Best,

     

    Catherine Weinstein

    Principal

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Family Update from NYC DOE (April 8, 2021)

    DOE Family Update
    April 8, 2021

    Contents

    All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9
    Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application deadline is Friday, April 9
    Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19
    Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update

    Important Deadlines

    Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9
    If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:

    • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.
    • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

    G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9

    The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:
    • Online at MySchools.nyc
    • Through a Family Welcome Center—visit schools.nyc.gov/fwc to learn more.
    • By phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.

    Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19

    Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at nyc.gov/PreK.

    Tests and Assessments

    New York State Exams

    New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.

    If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.

    The exams will be administered within the following dates:
    • English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29
    • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.
    • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11

    Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/testing.

    PS/IS 102Q
  • 10-Day Building Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases (March 22, 2021)

    3/22/2021 2:49 PM

    Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

    Dear P.S./I.S. 102 - QUEENS at 55-24 VAN HORN STREET Families:

    I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 3/29/2021.

    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

    What Happens Now?

    ● The school building will remain closed through 3/29/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 4/05/2021.

    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

    ● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified, and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

    How Do We Stay Healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    CATHERINE WEINSTEIN

    PS/IS 102Q
  • i-Ready Parent Workshop for March 23, 2021 (March 22, 2021)

    I-Ready Parent Workshop

    Tuesday, March 23rd

    5:00-6:00pm

    Session Three

    1. How Does Personalized Instruction Work?
    2. Motivating Children Through Personalized Instruction
    3. Developing the Independent Learner through I-Ready

    Please use the link below to register:

    https://cainc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dlIoLe2MQ6yesin1Tob7hA

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Family Letter from Chancellor Porter (March 19, 2021)

    March 19, 2021

    Dear Families,

    This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.

    Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent.

    And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places of learning.

    As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities, and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very core.

    But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator. As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.

    Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the standard for the nation in reopening efforts.

    This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.

    Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.

    Sincerely,

    Meisha Porter
    New York City Schools Chancellor

    PS/IS 102Q
  • 24 Hour School Building Closure for Monday, March 22, 2021 (March 19, 2021)

    3/19/2021 10:14 AM

    Subject: 24 Hour School Building Closure

    Dear P.S./I.S. 102 - QUEENS - Q102 at 55-24 VAN HORN STREET Families:

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) determined that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours to investigate the source(s) of transmission.

    Below you will find information on next steps to protect the health of you, your child, and the school community. This guidance reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

    What Happens Now?

    ● Effective 3/22/2021, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.

    ● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the building until they are no longer infectious.

    ● T2 and DOHMH will identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

    ● Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

    How do we stay healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    CATHERINE WEINSTEIN

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Multiple Languages on Social-Emotional Learning Strategies with Families (March 16, 2021)

    Parent University

    Classes for NYC Families

    Parent University seeks to educate and empower families as partners, advocates, and lifelong educators in their student's education through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

    Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved with Parent University.  With an expanding course list Parent University is ready to support you.

    Register and enroll for a course today!

    Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home

    The NYC Department of Education is excited to invite NYC families to a series of virtual courses on socioemotional learning. In these courses, families will learn strategies and access tools that promote a successful learning environment for their children. These courses will be taught by our partners and experts at Ramapo Children.

    To enroll: Visit Parent University at parentu.schools.nyc and select from the list of courses below:

    Self-care for the Caregiver  on March 25, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Energizers and Calming for the Whole Family on March 30, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Building Relationships: Connecting while at Home on April 8, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Creating Structures and Routines on April 13, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Coping with Conflict while at Home on May 12, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

     

    PS/IS 102Q
  • District 24 Mental Health Workshop for Middle School Families

    You’re invited to Learn with Us!
    MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP

    District 24 is presenting a series of workshops for Middle School parents on social emotional parenting strategies during a pandemic. In this series, occurring every Monday, we will cover, Suicide Awareness, Self-harm Behaviors, Anxiety and Depression, Mental illness, and High-Risk Groups.

    Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Via Zoom (Link will be sent to you once you have registered) Register at: https://forms.gle/u9rBpaLdehn7NYHs9

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Update for Families from Chancellor Carranza (March 3, 2021)

    March 2, 2021

    Dear Families,

    Last Friday, I shared that I will be stepping down later this month, passing the privilege and responsibility of being Chancellor to Meisha Porter, a 20-year veteran of the DOE currently serving as Bronx Executive Superintendent. As Executive Superintendent Porter and I work together on the transition, I want to make sure you are aware of some important opportunities coming up over the next few weeks.

    First, I’m beyond thrilled that we have finally reopened our middle schools for in-person learning. This is a milestone I have been looking forward to and I was excited to visit middle schools to see our students and teachers hard at work in healthy, safe, and supportive classrooms. As with our elementary grades, all middle schools have 20 percent of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis. Just as in our elementary grades, middle school students must also provide consent for COVID-19 testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day. You can do this through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc.

    We are all-hands-on-deck to reopen our high schools as quickly as possible. Our main focus continues to be making sure we have every safety precaution in place, and we will announce a timeline soon.

    As we enter the last few months of the school year, I’m pleased to offer several programs and opportunities to further support you and your children. In this Update for Families, you will find important information and resources on:

     Preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences
     Applying for Pre-K and 3-K for Fall 2021
     Participating in “Weekend Wellness” activities for families and communities

    I realize we’re all experiencing pandemic fatigue, but when I see what our students are accomplishing—both inperson and remotely—I am reminded of why we have all worked so hard these past 11 months. My pledge to you is as true today as it was when I began leading the most innovative school system in the nation: that all of us at the Department of Education will continue to deliver the best possible education to all our students, in the safest possible environments.

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Middle School Return from Chancellor Carranza (February 8, 2021)

    February 8, 2021

    Dear Middle School Families,

    I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on Thursday, February 25.

    Since the beginning of the school year, I have heard from many of you who are eager to have your child return to a physical classroom. We are pleased that we can now re-open our buildings to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, while offering the educational experience of learning with our dedicated educators in person.

    We have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe, and to maximize in-person learning time for students learning in our buildings. Here is what you need to know about how your school will return to in-person learning:

    Weekly COVID-19 Testing and Mandatory Consent

     All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
     All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first
    scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.
     Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior
    to their child’s first day of in-person learning.

    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.

    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.
     You can also print and submit the form attached to this letter.
    Students who do not submit consent will be immediately transitioned to fully remote learning.

    Learning Preference & In-Person Schedule

    Those of you who chose blended learning as your child’s learning preference, either prior to the beginning of the school year or during the November opt-in period, will soon be contacted by your child’s school with their new schedule.

    If you previously selected blended learning but wish to stay fully remote, you may do so by changing your preference as soon as possible at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference.

    Attendance

    Please note that students in blended learning are required to attend in-person on a consistent basis. Your school will reach out if your child is not attending in-person regularly, and will transition your child to fully remote learning if irregular in-person attendance continues. This will allow schools to maximize in-person instructional days for students who are attending in-person.

    If You Travel

    Please remember that students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 10 days, or test out of the 10-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

     DOE students continue to have access to priority testing at H+H sites across the city; a list of sites can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-andsafety/covid-19-testing.

    No matter where your child is learning, we are committed to ensuring they receive a strong, supportive education. We know how important school is for your student, whether blended or remote—and our dedication to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

     

    PS/IS 102Q
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Middle School News

  • NYS Math Exam Update

    April 28, 2021

     

    Dear PS/IS 102 Families,

    We will administer the Math State Exam on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A reminder that ONLY students who opted in will be tested on this day. The ELA and Math State exams are not mandatory this year. There will be no negative impact on your children if they do not take the exam. It will be a regular instructional day for all other students and regular in person classes will resume after the test is administered.

    Please note the following guidelines so that testing goes as smoothly as possible:

    · Only part 1 (Multiple Choice) will be administered to the students

    · The test will only be given in person. There is no remote option for this exam

    · ALL students must be in school at 8:30am

    Remote Students:

    · Please line up outside of the main entrance and we will begin checking surveys and temperatures at 8:25am.

    · The daily health screening must be filled out before entering the building. Please use this link to do so. Students will not be admitted without the screening. https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    · Although not timed, the test should take approximately 70-80 minutes.

    · ALL REMOTE STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP BETWEEN 10:15am-10:30am. This includes students in Grades 6-8.

    · Pick up will be in the courtyard outside of the main entrance.

    If you change your mind and your child is not taking the exam, please let us know via email.

    Grades 3-5: Ssheerin@schools.nyc.gov Grades 6-8: Mborelli@Schools.nyc.gov

    Best,

     

    Catherine Weinstein

    Principal

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Family Update from NYC DOE (April 8, 2021)

    DOE Family Update
    April 8, 2021

    Contents

    All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9
    Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application deadline is Friday, April 9
    Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19
    Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update

    Important Deadlines

    Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9
    If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:

    • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.
    • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

    G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9

    The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:
    • Online at MySchools.nyc
    • Through a Family Welcome Center—visit schools.nyc.gov/fwc to learn more.
    • By phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.

    Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19

    Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at nyc.gov/PreK.

    Tests and Assessments

    New York State Exams

    New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.

    If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.

    The exams will be administered within the following dates:
    • English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29
    • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.
    • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11

    Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/testing.

    PS/IS 102Q
  • 10-Day Building Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases (March 22, 2021)

    3/22/2021 2:49 PM

    Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

    Dear P.S./I.S. 102 - QUEENS at 55-24 VAN HORN STREET Families:

    I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 3/29/2021.

    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

    What Happens Now?

    ● The school building will remain closed through 3/29/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 4/05/2021.

    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

    ● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified, and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

    How Do We Stay Healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    CATHERINE WEINSTEIN

    PS/IS 102Q
  • i-Ready Parent Workshop for March 23, 2021 (March 22, 2021)

    I-Ready Parent Workshop

    Tuesday, March 23rd

    5:00-6:00pm

    Session Three

    1. How Does Personalized Instruction Work?
    2. Motivating Children Through Personalized Instruction
    3. Developing the Independent Learner through I-Ready

    Please use the link below to register:

    https://cainc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dlIoLe2MQ6yesin1Tob7hA

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Family Letter from Chancellor Porter (March 19, 2021)

    March 19, 2021

    Dear Families,

    This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.

    Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent.

    And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places of learning.

    As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities, and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very core.

    But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator. As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.

    Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the standard for the nation in reopening efforts.

    This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.

    Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.

    Sincerely,

    Meisha Porter
    New York City Schools Chancellor

    PS/IS 102Q
  • 24 Hour School Building Closure for Monday, March 22, 2021 (March 19, 2021)

    3/19/2021 10:14 AM

    Subject: 24 Hour School Building Closure

    Dear P.S./I.S. 102 - QUEENS - Q102 at 55-24 VAN HORN STREET Families:

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) determined that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours to investigate the source(s) of transmission.

    Below you will find information on next steps to protect the health of you, your child, and the school community. This guidance reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

    What Happens Now?

    ● Effective 3/22/2021, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.

    ● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the building until they are no longer infectious.

    ● T2 and DOHMH will identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

    ● Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

    How do we stay healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    CATHERINE WEINSTEIN

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Multiple Languages on Social-Emotional Learning Strategies with Families (March 16, 2021)

    Parent University

    Classes for NYC Families

    Parent University seeks to educate and empower families as partners, advocates, and lifelong educators in their student's education through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

    Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved with Parent University.  With an expanding course list Parent University is ready to support you.

    Register and enroll for a course today!

    Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home

    The NYC Department of Education is excited to invite NYC families to a series of virtual courses on socioemotional learning. In these courses, families will learn strategies and access tools that promote a successful learning environment for their children. These courses will be taught by our partners and experts at Ramapo Children.

    To enroll: Visit Parent University at parentu.schools.nyc and select from the list of courses below:

    Self-care for the Caregiver  on March 25, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Energizers and Calming for the Whole Family on March 30, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Building Relationships: Connecting while at Home on April 8, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Creating Structures and Routines on April 13, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Coping with Conflict while at Home on May 12, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

     

    PS/IS 102Q
  • District 24 Mental Health Workshop for Middle School Families

    You’re invited to Learn with Us!
    MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP

    District 24 is presenting a series of workshops for Middle School parents on social emotional parenting strategies during a pandemic. In this series, occurring every Monday, we will cover, Suicide Awareness, Self-harm Behaviors, Anxiety and Depression, Mental illness, and High-Risk Groups.

    Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Via Zoom (Link will be sent to you once you have registered) Register at: https://forms.gle/u9rBpaLdehn7NYHs9

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Update for Families from Chancellor Carranza (March 3, 2021)

    March 2, 2021

    Dear Families,

    Last Friday, I shared that I will be stepping down later this month, passing the privilege and responsibility of being Chancellor to Meisha Porter, a 20-year veteran of the DOE currently serving as Bronx Executive Superintendent. As Executive Superintendent Porter and I work together on the transition, I want to make sure you are aware of some important opportunities coming up over the next few weeks.

    First, I’m beyond thrilled that we have finally reopened our middle schools for in-person learning. This is a milestone I have been looking forward to and I was excited to visit middle schools to see our students and teachers hard at work in healthy, safe, and supportive classrooms. As with our elementary grades, all middle schools have 20 percent of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis. Just as in our elementary grades, middle school students must also provide consent for COVID-19 testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day. You can do this through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc.

    We are all-hands-on-deck to reopen our high schools as quickly as possible. Our main focus continues to be making sure we have every safety precaution in place, and we will announce a timeline soon.

    As we enter the last few months of the school year, I’m pleased to offer several programs and opportunities to further support you and your children. In this Update for Families, you will find important information and resources on:

     Preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences
     Applying for Pre-K and 3-K for Fall 2021
     Participating in “Weekend Wellness” activities for families and communities

    I realize we’re all experiencing pandemic fatigue, but when I see what our students are accomplishing—both inperson and remotely—I am reminded of why we have all worked so hard these past 11 months. My pledge to you is as true today as it was when I began leading the most innovative school system in the nation: that all of us at the Department of Education will continue to deliver the best possible education to all our students, in the safest possible environments.

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

    PS/IS 102Q
  • Middle School Return from Chancellor Carranza (February 8, 2021)

    February 8, 2021

    Dear Middle School Families,

    I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on Thursday, February 25.

    Since the beginning of the school year, I have heard from many of you who are eager to have your child return to a physical classroom. We are pleased that we can now re-open our buildings to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, while offering the educational experience of learning with our dedicated educators in person.

    We have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe, and to maximize in-person learning time for students learning in our buildings. Here is what you need to know about how your school will return to in-person learning:

    Weekly COVID-19 Testing and Mandatory Consent

     All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
     All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first
    scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.
     Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior
    to their child’s first day of in-person learning.

    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.

    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.
     You can also print and submit the form attached to this letter.
    Students who do not submit consent will be immediately transitioned to fully remote learning.

    Learning Preference & In-Person Schedule

    Those of you who chose blended learning as your child’s learning preference, either prior to the beginning of the school year or during the November opt-in period, will soon be contacted by your child’s school with their new schedule.

    If you previously selected blended learning but wish to stay fully remote, you may do so by changing your preference as soon as possible at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference.

    Attendance

    Please note that students in blended learning are required to attend in-person on a consistent basis. Your school will reach out if your child is not attending in-person regularly, and will transition your child to fully remote learning if irregular in-person attendance continues. This will allow schools to maximize in-person instructional days for students who are attending in-person.

    If You Travel

    Please remember that students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 10 days, or test out of the 10-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

     DOE students continue to have access to priority testing at H+H sites across the city; a list of sites can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-andsafety/covid-19-testing.

    No matter where your child is learning, we are committed to ensuring they receive a strong, supportive education. We know how important school is for your student, whether blended or remote—and our dedication to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

     

    PS/IS 102Q
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