NYC DOE's Reopening Plans

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Remote Learning Survey

 Please take a minute if you have not done so already to answer this survey regarding sending your children back to school. The Survey will be opened from March 24, 2021 through April 7, 2021 to switch your child from 100% remote to blended.


District 21 Updates On Reopening


Back to School Pledge 

 Health and safety always come first

 • PPE and cleaning supplies will be supplied to all schools, and DOE will have a 30-day supply on hand at all times—with a hotline for principals to call for immediate resupply for their schools 


• There will be a full-time nurse in every public school building


 • Any school building or room found to have inadequate ventilation will not be used by students or staff • Students and staff will practice physical distancing in all school buildings


  • Students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the school day; if they do not have them, they will be provided for free • Students will remain in pods for as much of the day as possible 


• We will place hand sanitizer in every classroom 


 • City-run testing sites will prioritize free COVID testing and expedited results for school staff; free testing is also available to all students, families, and New Yorkers citywide 


• We are encouraging all DOE employees to be tested monthly


 • NYC Department of Health and Test Trace Corps will immediately investigate confirmed cases to prevent spread of the virus


 • Schools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools
• When necessary, classrooms or school buildings will temporarily close to maintain safety of school communities and prevent spread of the virus 


• School buildings will close if the percentage of positive COVID19 tests in New York City is 3% or more using a 7-day average—the most aggressive threshold in the nation
NYC Public Schools will be cleaned and disinfected, day and night 


• All school buildings will be disinfected overnight, every night


 • High-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day 


• Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact
Students will be learning 5 days a week, no matter what


• Whether in-person or online, students will study in supportive environments with rigorous academic standards


 • Remote students will interact with their teachers every day


 • Student schedules—both remote and in-person—will be preset and consistent to allow families to plan


 • Academic instruction will integrate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care to support students holistically 


• Teachers will have time each day to engage one-on-one with students and families 

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