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Chancellor Update on MIS-C 5-29-2020

posted Jun 2, 2020, 6:40 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 6:41 AM ]

May 29, 2020 

Dear Families,    

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Two weeks ago, we shared some information with you regarding the Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (PMIS), a rare condition that is potentially life-threatening in children. Last week, we learned from DOHMH that the condition was renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Guidance issued by DOHMH remains in place, and we urge you to visit nyc.gov/health at any time for this important information related to MIS-C. There, you will also find the MIS-C Fact Sheet, provided last week and newly translated into multiple languages here

As a gentle reminder, families should continue to discuss with their children the importance of the following measures and ensure your children are doing the following:   

● Consistent with Executive Order 202.17: all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOEwebsite.  
● Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.  
● When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.  
● Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.    

We will continue to communicate with you on a weekly basis regarding MIS-C. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions. 

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education

Update from Chancellor regarding school calendar 5-30-2020

posted Jun 1, 2020, 5:14 AM by Felicia Ippolito

May 30, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar. 

We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days: 

 Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day). 

 Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs. 

On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. 

On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information. As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks. 

Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education

NYC Census 2020

posted May 28, 2020, 5:55 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated May 28, 2020, 5:56 AM ]

Please see the link to find out more information on the 2020 Census.

Free Meals

posted May 21, 2020, 9:27 AM by Felicia Ippolito

P.S. 108 is now a location to pick up free meals from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday thru Friday.  Any person any age can pick up meals.  No ID or registration is required.  Vegetarian and halal options are available at all sites.

Questions about Registration

posted May 21, 2020, 8:23 AM by Felicia Ippolito

For questions regarding current or future registration, please email:

registration@ps108q.com

Update from Chancellor regarding Summer School 5-20-2020

posted May 21, 2020, 5:16 AM by Felicia Ippolito

May 20, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Earlier this week, we announced our plans for summer learning, to ensure that our students can continue to engage and receive the academic supports they need to be ready for returning to school in the fall. We are writing to you today with an update on the summer calendar, informed by feedback from DOE communities. 

For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. There is no change to the duration or structure of the program. 

For high school students who are attending summer school, courses will also start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 14. There is no change to the duration or structure of this program either. 

For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services, there will be no change to the calendar. Our teachers start on Wednesday, July 1 and students are expected to participate from Thursday, July 2– Thursday, August 13. 

These changes will help accelerate learning for all students. Beginning summer school earlier—closer to the end of the regular school year—allows for continuous learning for students. Concluding programs earlier also allows more time for continuous rest for your family in the month of August. 

We appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as we adapt to this crisis in real time. Nothing is more important than the health, safety, and continued academic success of your child: we thank you for your partnership in this important endeavor now more than ever. 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education

Update regarding Summer School 5-19-2020

posted May 19, 2020, 9:56 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated May 19, 2020, 9:57 AM ]

Dear Families, 

We know that the COVID-19 crisis and the unexpected shift to remote learning in the second half of the school year have presented challenges for many families all across the City. The strength, perseverance, and dedication of our 1.1 million students and the staff and families who support them day after day continues to amaze me. We have continually evolved our policies to meet this unprecedented time, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support our students and families. Today we are writing to share an update on summer school. 

In continued adherence to federal, State, and City health guidelines, we are adapting our summer school model for summer 2020. This year, we will offer summer school via remote instruction, allowing us to provide more students than ever before with the academic supports they need and a bridge from this school year to the next. In addition to academic instruction, students participating in these summer school programs will also have opportunities to go on self-paced virtual field trips and engage in daily social-emotional learning activities. 

Who in grades 3-8 will attend summer school? 

Students in grades 3–8 who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, August 18. 

Some students in grades 3–8 who are promoted in June may also be recommended by their teacher for additional academic support over the summer. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, August 18. 

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs. 

Who in grades 9-12 will attend summer school? 

Students in grades 9–12 who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in a prior term, will participate in remote instruction for the course(s) in which they need to earn credit. Remote instruction will run from Monday, July 13 –Friday, August 21. 

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs. 

What about students with 12-month Individualized Education Program (IEP) services? 

Students in all grades with 12-month IEPs will participate in remote summer programming from Wednesday, July 1– Thursday, August 13. All students who are receiving or are eligible to receive these services will be contacted by their school shortly. 

Your child’s academic success is of utmost importance. To ensure that students across the city receive the support they need this summer, we are dedicating all of our efforts to providing mandatory and recommended summer learning programs, and we will not be operating elective Summer Academy and school-based enrichment programs this year. We will continue to share resources and summer-specific activities at schools.nyc.gov/summer in the coming weeks so that all students can find new and exciting ways to continue their learning this summer. 

We always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that. You continue to prove this day after day. Thank you. 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education

Update for Families regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children 5-18-2020

posted May 19, 2020, 9:48 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated May 19, 2020, 9:49 AM ]

May 18, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information. 

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)— formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially lifethreatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms. 

NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential. 

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them: 

 As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website. 
 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering. 
 When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. 
 Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands. 

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov.health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education

Letter from the Chancellor - 5-11-2020

posted May 12, 2020, 4:50 AM by Felicia Ippolito

May 11, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Health and safety is our top priority, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) and the Department of Education (DOE) continue to work together to keep the city’s students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves. 

The NYC Department of Health is currently investigating cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The NYC Health Department is also investigating the possible association between PMIS and COVID-19 in children. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID19, but the connection is still not clear. 

PMIS is a rare condition that is not contagious. However, because it is life-threatening, it is important to know the signs. Most children have a persistent, high fever lasting several days, along with other symptoms, including: 
 Irritability or sluggishness 
 Abdominal pain without another explanation 
 Diarrhea 
 Vomiting 
 Rash 
 Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes 
 Enlarged lymph node (“gland”) on one side of the neck 
 Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberry 
 Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red 

You should call your doctor if your child becomes ill and has had continued fever. Your doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and use that information to recommend next steps. If your child is severely ill, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately. 

Although it is not yet known whether it is associated with COVID-19, it is important parents and children take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 2 Parents should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them: 
 As per NYS Executive Order No. 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. 
 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering. 
 When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. 
 Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands. 

The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please contact 311 with any questions. 

Sincerely, 
 Richard A. Carranza                                                                  Oxiris Barbot, MD 
Chancellor                                                                                   Commissioner 
Department of Education                                                        Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

The NYC Health Department may change recommendations as the situation evolves. 5.10.2020

Important - Technical Support for families

posted May 1, 2020, 8:46 AM by Felicia Ippolito

We have added a new link to our Parent's Place tab where families can find technical support for any issues they might be having with devices for remote learning.  

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