Parent Meeting -- August 17, 2020

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF OUR ZOOM PARENT MEETING ON AUGUST 17:
 
  1. Our request for an exception was denied by the DOE, as were those submitted by many other schools.  It is important to the DOE to ensure that student whose parents wish them to attend school in-person have the opportunity.
  2. A sufficient number of parents have opted for full time remote learning so that we can fit the blended learning students in the building according to the DOE guidelines.
  3. If blended learning is for you, then stay with it.  If, after the discussion, you determine that fully remote learning is best, then you can still opt for it by going to the DOE's website and enrolling: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference  If that is your choice, please do so as soon as possible so that we can make our schedule in a timely and effective way.
  4. We will be using the DOE's Model 3A.  Students will be divided into four groups, A, B, C, and D.  D is fully remote.  The remaining students in each class will be evenly divided among groups A, B, and C.  
  5. Students in groups A, B, and C will attend in-person every fourth day, while students in Group D will be fully remote.
  6. Remote students (including those on remote for the day) will attend online with the rest of the class according to the school schedule. 
  7. Mr. Randle will post the DOE's description of Model 3A and our tentative schedule on the website, www.academyofamericanstudies.com. It should be up by the end of the day on the 18th.
  8. Parents can use the link on the Academy website to move from blended to remote at any time.  It is not possible at this point to move from remote to blended.  Parents will have the opportunity in the middle of October to move from remote to blended for a November start date.
  9. Many details still remain unsettled between the DOE and the unions; we are awaiting direction on these issues from the DOE, but we felt that it was better to create a structured plan for the opening of school and then to make adjustments as more information is released from the DOE. 
  10. Everything is fluid and can change hourly.  Everything that we decide for our school is subject to final review and decisions and direction from the DOE. We are committed to keeping everyone up to date through emails and phone calls and website postings.
  11. Please feel free to write to Mr. Bassell with any questions you might have.  He will respond within two days. His email is wbassel@schools.nyc.gov 
  12. PLEASE RELAX AND STAY CALM AND PATIENT! WE WILL MAKE THIS WORK!!!

MODEL 3A

  • Three in-person cohorts, one remote.
  • Students will be in-person one day and remote two days
  • Group A, Group B, Group C: in-person learning will take place twice in a 6-day rotation; remote learning for non-in person days. ​​(Note: Students will learn which group they are part of in early September with their Schedule that will be posted on Pupilpath)
  • Group D: remote every day; consists of students who opt out of in-person instruction.

MODEL 3A

  

PROPOSED DAILY SCHEDULE

All students (fully remote cohort and the blended/in person cohorts) will follow a traditional high school schedule with 45 minute periods and classes that meet 5 times a week.

Students citywide will have a assigned "Lunch and Learn" period in which students will eat lunch during one of their classes.

Your schedule of classes will be posted on Pupilpath by the end of the first week in September. (Note: As of August 18th, the first day of classes for all students is Thursday, September 10th).

Session 1 (usually Seniors and Juniors): 8am - 1:30pm (Periods 1-7)

Session 2: 8:45am - 2:15pm (Periods 2-8)

Session 3: 9:30am - 3pm (Periods 3-9)

PROPOSED DAILY SCHEDULE

Period 1 8am -8:45am
Period 2 8:47am - 9:32am
Period 3 9:34am - 10:19am
Period 4 10:21am - 11:06am
Period 5 11:08am - 11:53am
Period 6 11:55am - 12:40pm
Period 7 12:42pm - 1:27pm
Period 8 1:29pm - 2:14pm
Period 9 2:16pm - 3:01pm