Reopening Plan 2020-2021
Blended and Remote Learning
We are starting the school year with the Blended Learning Model 2 .
Blended Learning is an instructional model where students learn in person at PS59 some days and at-home virtually on other days. This model allows for fewer students to be in the building at once so that we can socially distance throughout the building.
100% Remote Instruction is an instructional model where students learn virtually every day.
For both Blended and 100% Remote students will experience some synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Synchronous means "live" whether virtual (Google Hangout) or in person. Asynchronous may be any one or a combination (pre-recording, learning websites, independent work, videos, group work, etc).
Parents may choose 100% Remote Learning throughout the year by filling out the Learning Preference Survey . Parent may opt into Blended Learning at specific points throughout the year.
Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15.
If Chancellor Carranza decides to change the NYC School Guideline for the 2020-2021 School Year, PS 59 will make the necessary changes to our learning models. Check this page for updates.
How Blended Learning Works
Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers.
- During in-person days, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards.
- Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded.
- Teachers and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Class) after school hours on Mondays. Students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments.
- Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or during scheduled in school days.
Remote Learning Expectations
During blended or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility.
- Students and families should check Google Class daily for important updates from their teachers.
- At-home assignments for the day will be posted in Google Class daily
- At-home assignments should be turned daily before the end of the school day. All assignments will be graded.
- During 100% distance learning, your teacher will conduct live classes via Google Hangouts. Check Google Class for your live class schedule.
- When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.
Opt into Remote Learning or Change Learning Preference
To choose fully remote learning for your child, or would like to change back to blended learning (beginning in November 2020) fill out and submit the form below.
If you have difficulties completing this form online, call 311.
Requesting a Device
To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the form below.
If you have ongoing issues with technology to support learning at home, even after visiting the DOE's support pages (such as Getting Started with Your iPad, TeachHub, Getting Started with Google Classroom) please fill out the Technical Support for Families form. The form uses Google Translate in the top right corner.
Signing in for Remote Learning
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days. Below are simple instructions on how to log on to Google Classrooms successfully.
If on a DOE Device or Personal iPad:
- Click on the Google Classroom App.
- Enter your DOE student account email (it ends in @nycstudents.net)
- Enter your password.
- Click Sign In. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed into the Google Classroom!
If on a computer:
- Go to TeachHub
- Enter your DOE student account email (it ends in @nycstudents.net)
- Enter your password.
- Click Sign In.
- If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed into the remote learning portal successfully.
- Click on the Google Classroom icon.
- Now you are in Google Classroom!
Watch the Google Classroom Student video tutorials, available in multiple language.
Remote Learning Resources
NYC Department of Education's Official Links
Free and Reduced Lunch Information and Applications
NYC Student Account
NYC DOE iPad
Chancellor Carranza Messages for Families
To view all the Letters from the Chancellor issued by the Department of Education please visit their website at Letters from Chancellor Carranza
We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.
Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students in Pre-Kindergarten and up while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.
Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.
Drop-off and pickup procedures: Students will be asked to line up with their class on the track begining at 8:30 am, We ask everyone to maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you.
Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer visits have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.
Befeore entering the school building: In alignment with NYS Department of Health guidance, a health screening (including temperature checks) must be completed by all students, staff, and visitors before entering DOE school facilities-- preferably at home. This health screening must be completed each day. School-based staff, visitors, and families cannot enter the building if they have:
- (a) experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0°F or greater, a new
cough, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath, within the past 10 days;
- (b) in the past 10 days, gotten a positive result from a COVID-19 test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab;
- (c) to the best of their knowledge, in the past 14 days, been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19; and/or
- (d) traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days
Students Staff and Familes can complete the health screening in the following ways:
- Online Health Screening Tool: We encourag everyone to use thr online tool to prescreen themselves before entering a DOE building. Upon entering the facility, you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing the email on your phone or a printout of the results. The online health screening application can be found at https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/.
- In-person Health Screening at a Building: If you are not able to pre-screen
yourselves using the online tool, you will be required to complete a screening assessment inperson at all buildings.
While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.
Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.
Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
Safety Precautions Taken by our School
In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size for in-person instruction.
Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible.
Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.
Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas.