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Last updated: September 1, 2020
HYBRID LEARNING SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2020
We are starting the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. This means your child will be in school some days and working from home on other days. If our county moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates.
Group A Students will be in school on Mondays and Tuesdays and work from home on Fridays.
Group B Students will be in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays and work from home on Fridays.
Group C Students will work from home from Monday through Friday.
All students will work from home on Fridays.
If you need to switch your child's in-school learning days, contact Ms. Ersell Mellis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-435-3676
If you prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, fill out the request here or please contact Ms. Mellis.
The school day will run from 8:20am - 2:19 pm--Students will arrive at 8:50am. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 7:45 am and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day.
Faculty and Staff will lead Professional Learning/ Content Team meetings on Mondays. Parent Engagement or Professional Responsibilities will be conducted on Tuesdays. Teaching and other professional activities will be done remotely on Fridays.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Ersell Mellis:
46 Mc Keever Place
Brooklyn, New York 11225
You can also connect with your teachers directly using the Staff Directory.
put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff
must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and
visitors) and by students in grade 2 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.
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
and pickup procedures: Please
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.
our school: We
are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and
community volunteer and in-person tutoring 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.
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.
flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways
are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between
yourself and others.
for local COVID-19
visit the Coronavirus Testing locationsto find a test site closest to you.
Safety Precautions Taken By Our School
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.
in class sizes: We've
reduced the average class size from 31 to 18 for in-person
in ventilation: In
an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows
whenever possible and have added industrial fans to
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.
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.
How Hybrid Learning Works
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.
days in class, 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.
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.
and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office
hours" (on Google Classroom) after school hours Monday -
Thursday and during the day on Fridays. 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.
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 in school on Fridays.
Remote Learning Expectations
hybrid 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.
and families should check Google Classroom daily for important
updates from their teachers.
assignments for the week will be posted in Google Class by Monday
morning each week.
assignments for each week should be turned in by 4:00 each Friday. Assignments
will be graded.
students are expected to sign into Virtual Home Room at 9:00 on
Fridays through Google Hangouts. Look for the link in your teacher's
100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via
Google Hangouts. Check Google Classroom for your live class
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.
Getting a Device and Internet Access
are committed to making sure that all students can successfully
connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
your student needs a laptop or tablet,
fill out the
devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure
location. Take your device with you on in-school days.
you are using your own device, make sure it meets the
you do not have internet access at home,
check the list of service providers furnishing free connection for
families earning less than $50,000 per year with students learning at
you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's
teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.
you are having trouble connecting to Google Classroom, Google
Hangouts, or any of our online learning resources,
for Successful At-Home Learning
learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of
time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities
will vary by age and grade level. The expectations below are
guidelines. If your child is
not able to complete at-home learning assignments within the time
periods recommended below, contact
your child's teacher to discuss a modified assignment load.
your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the
school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the
television or other technology not needed for learning.
K-2, expect your child to work up to 2 hours per day, broken
up into sessions of no more than 30 minutes.
3-5, expect your child to work up to 4 hours per day, broken
up into sessions of no more than one hour.
may benefit from focusing on a limited number of subjects each day.
For example, If they are working at home Monday-Wednesday-Friday, they
may want to work on science and math on Mondays, Social Studies and
English Language Arts on Wednesday, and use Fridays to catch up on any
assignments not yet completed.
Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30
am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
No one will be turned away at any time • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
Help for Families
know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are
here to help.
providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school
days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick
up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link to the left).
worker and school psychiatrist are available for virtual meetings.
They can also connect your family with community resources to help
contact Ms. Thomas, our School Psychiatrist, if your child is
experiencing trauma or mental health issues or needs to be evaluated
for an IEP or 504 plan.
contact Mr. Jones, our Social Worker, if your family has lost housing,
is experiencing a crisis, or needs additional support during this
many community resources available for families who need help with
housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services,
and other supports during this time. Use the quick links to the right
to connect with more community resources.
Children of essential
are offering an option for 100% in-person instruction for children
of essential workers. Contact Ersell Mellis at email@example.com
or 917-435-3676 for information.
wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your
child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to
COVID-19 may opt to continue 100% remote learning. Contact Ersell
Mellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 917-435-3676 to enroll your
child in our remote learning program.