Today, the NYC DOE announced two very important items related to the window for families to change from fully REMOTE to the BLENDED in-school program:
1) The dates to complete the survey to change from REMOTE to BLENDED are November 2 to November 15.
2) NEW: This is the ONLY window that you will be able to make this change for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
This is new information to all of us. We had expected there to be two additional (quarterly) windows to make this choice. The DOE has assessed that multiple windows would create too much change for schools through the year, and has made this the singular window.
It is important that you know a change from one learning modality to the other at PPAS will lead to a change in the student’s schedule and teachers. It is also important that families understand that if there is a substantially large number of students that move from REMOTE to BLENDED, it may lead to schoolwide program changes that could affect your child’s program even if they do not change their modality. Also, because 25% of our teachers are working remotely, it is possible that additional BLENDED students will be programmed for fully remote classes, even when reporting to the building.
It is every families’ prerogative to make a choice between REMOTE and BLENDED learning, but we want to be transparent about some of the challenges that the change could impose. School wide programming changes will be based on the number of students who move from REMOTE to BLENDED, therefore, we will not have details until very close to the start date for new students joining the BLENDED program – weeks of November 30 or December 7 depending on DOE guidance.
Please email our parent coordinator, Teri Gindi, with your questions.