As you may know, schools in New York City can make certain changes in their schedule with the approval of the staff, the PTA, and the Department of Education. Our staff and PTA (at the April PTA Meeting) voted to approve having Monday, June 27, 2016 as a nonattendance day for students and a professional development day for staff. That proposal was approved by the Department of Education.
Teachers and paraprofessionals are very much looking forward to having the entire day to spend on Math Professional Development. We will be focusing particularly on how to differentiate math instruction to meet the needs of our diverse learners. We will be analyzing data from our end-of-year math assessments and will use that and other resources as we plan for the 2016-17 school year.
We understand that some parents will need to send their children to school on this day, and we will put a plan in place to accommodate any children who attend. We will schedule our professional development in such a way that some teachers and teaching assistants will be available on a rotating basis to supervise activities for the children on June 27. Children will be taught by a variety of teachers, most likely not their own classroom teacher. In the middle of June, we will reach out to families to try to get a count of how many children will be attending on June 27 so that we can plan accordingly.
Please note that the last day of school, Tuesday, June 28, cannot be modified and will continue to be a half day for students. However, we are aware that if children do not come to school Monday, they may be out of town and unavailable to come to school for a half day on Tuesday. We will welcome all children on Tuesday, but we will distribute report cards on Friday, June 24, for grades K-4 and on Thursday, June 23, for 5th grade. We will also make sure that any end-of-year celebrations occur by June 24.
Here is the letter from Principal Phillips: