Remote Learning Calendar - November 2020
Good Day Queens Prep Scholars, Parents & Caregivers,
In light of NYC Mayor Deblasio's announcement today to delay the in-person opening for middle schools, high schools (9-12) and secondary schools (6-12) until 10/1/2020, we have changed our orientation schedule for Friday, 9/18/2020.
Tomorrow we will hold a whole school Community Gathering from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. to discuss these changes. Please note all scholars will begin instruction remotely on Monday 9/21/2020. It's imperative that you join this session to understand the remote schedule and remote learning expectations. Parents, I encourage you to join with your children.
We will hold an additional Parent Meeting/Office Hours for ALL (grades 9 through 12) QPA Parents & Caregivers tomorrow from 2- 3 p.m. Please use the ZOOM Link on your Child's iLearnNYC platform. Scholars, I ask that you assist your parents with logging on.
Our 12th Grade Town hall will still take place from 12 - 1 PM. Class of 2021 make sure you are there!
Student Office Hours will take place as scheduled from 1 - 2 PM. Scholars, this is your opportunity to ask any clarifying questions or get assistance with technology to make sure you are ready to begin school remotely on Monday, 9/21/2020. Remember School begins Remotely for ALL Students on Monday, September 21,2020.
Thank you. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Queens Preparatory Academy
Dear QPA Families,
We are happy to introduce to you our new system, Operoo, formerly known as Caremonkey.
No more paper forms in the bottom of backpacks, no more filling in the same information over and over again. Handy email notifications will let you know when there is something for you to read or a form to complete. Automated reminders ensure your child never misses out and much more.
Operoo is an easy way for parents and guardians to communicate with QPA.
Please sign up as soon as possible and save Operoo as a favorite.
Again, look out for a letter directly from Operoo and respond immediately.
CUNY and SUNY Virtual Presentations - Grade 12 Scholars
CUNY and SUNY representatives will be hosting virtual presentations for all grade 12 scholars Thursday, October 15, 2020 and Friday, October 16, 2020.
Topics to be discussed:
CUNY Representative - Virtual Presentation
Thursday October 15, 2020
10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SUNY Representative - Virtual Presentation
Friday October 16, 2020
1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
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
I Follow My Dreams No Matter What!
Queens Preparatory Academy
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Queens, NY 11413
Principal: Tashon Haywood