March 15, 2020

Dear PS 321 Families: The following is taken directly from the DOE’s website. It is all the information we have at this time. We will be sending more updates throughout the week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Tomorrow, March 16, there will be a one-day full system closure, however breakfast and lunch will be available at every building through Grab-and-Go meals.

From Tuesday through Thursday, teachers and administrators will participate in professional development on remote learning, and students will begin picking up materials for continued instruction. Grab-and-Go meals will be available for students at all schools until further notice.

The schedule, as we move to remote learning, is as follows:
    •    Monday, March 16: Citywide closure. Students, teachers, and principals do not report.
    •    Tuesday, March 17: Thursday, March 19: All staff reports. Teachers and principals participate in professional development on remote learning.
    •    Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 20: Students who need it will be able to begin process of picking up the technology necessary for remote learning. More guidance to families will be sent this week.
    •    Monday, March 23: Remote learning launches, with additional guidance provided throughout the week of the 23.

Effective Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable populations, with more details to follow. Additionally, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12. DOE will support schools at all levels of readiness to deliver remote learning, and more information will be provided to families about online platforms.

Get DOE-specific Learn at Home instructional resources in English for students in grades Pre-K through 12, including for diverse learning and students with disabilities.

For remote learning, parents are being encouraged to sign up for NYC Schools Accounts if they have not already done so. This request has, in the past, required the Family Account Manager (Deb Orr) to generate and print out an account creation code letter. Starting on Tuesday, March 17, we will be looking at ways to send letters remotely, in a way that meets the expected high demand. We appreciate your patience.

More to come, stay safe – PS 321