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NYC Public Schools Are Closed for Students: From Monday, March 16 Through April 20th, 2020. (Source)

We Are Under Remote Learning Mode Until Building Re-Opens

Mayor DeBlasio and Chancellor Carranza announced (Sunday, March 15th, around 5 PM EDT) that NYC public school buildings will be closed for students beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16th through Monday, April 20th. All NYC public schools will move to a Remote Learning model scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23rd city-wide.

"Scholars’ was already prepared for Remote Learning and many students have already received assignments from their teachers." says Ms. Smyth, Scholars' Academy Principal, I.A.. "I am fully confident in our ability to move to Remote Learning."

On Monday, 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.

"There will be more information and details shared with all of you over the course of the week." added says Ms. Smyth. "Please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, counselors or our parent coordinator if you have any immediate questions."

The NYC DOE 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 to 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.

Click for Coronavirus Update: Protective Hygienic Measures

Protective Measures

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Remain calm. Read the fact sheet and the email sent to you by Scholars' Faculty.
  • Stay informed at NYCDOE and at NYCHealth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze - sneeze or cough into the elbow fold of your arm
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.

Actions Taken at Scholars’ Academy

  • Students and teachers have been instructed to discontinue the use of bathroom passes to minimize potential spread of germs and viruses
  • Teachers have been notified that devices must be wiped down before and after each use, each period and must be part of their start/end class routine.
  • Teachers have informed students that if they are ill, they should not come to school
  • Tables are being wiped down before and after each period
  • Shared calculators, whiteboards, markers, chromebooks, iPads, etc. are being wiped before and after each use.
  • Classroom doors are being kept ajar as often as possible to limit door knob use and windows are being opened (when appropriate) for fresh air flow
  • Teachers are using lined trash bags, tying them up and delivering them to the first floor for custodial staff to discard of promptly
  • The nurse's office received guidance about triage for students who are suspected to have the virus. Signage was received and a kit is on order from the DOE.
  • The kitchen has taken preventative measures, including the removal of the salad bar. Salad will now be served from behind the glass to better prevent the spread of germs.
  • The Green Team has temporarily paused their composting work as a precaution as well.

Preventative Measures Taken at Scholars’ Academy

Over $7,000 of disinfectant products were purchased and distributed to teachers in our efforts to mitigate the potential transmission of this virus.

Among these products were:

  • hand sanitizing dispensers and refills for multiple common areas: main office, dining room, gymnasium, fitness room, music rooms, technology rooms, and the library,
  • hand sanitizer for every classroom
  • disinfectant wipes for each class, the music, and fitness rooms to ensure devices/instruments are wiped down before and after use
  • surgical masks for potential use by the kitchen and serving staff and for use by students if need be in the future.