September 14, 2020
Dear PS 124 Families & Staff,
What a start this school year has had! We hope your immediate and extended families have had some semblance of a summer. Planning for this new 2020-21 school year has been quite a rollercoaster and we hope you can understand how difficult it has been with the constantly changing decisions made by the city and the Department of Education, as well as those made by families for either Blended or Remote learning.
The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount and we will continue to remind and update everyone on procedures everyone needs to follow:
Cover your mouth with a face mask.
Social distance 6 feet from others.
Stay home if you are sick.
There will be random CoVid testing beginning in October of staff and student. More details will follow regarding this process.
Teachers will be focusing on the mental health of their students through social emotional books they will be reading and activities they will engage the students in, both at school and on ZOOM meetings for those who are in full remote. Developing relationships with your children is critical, especially when this can only be done virtually with many of our students who have opted for remote learning. This year the live lessons - either as a whole class meeting, in small groups or for one-on-one assessment or instruction – will be especially important since this will be how attendance will be taken. Your child’s teacher will be posting daily schedules of when live instruction will be held and it is up to you to ensure that your child logs on to participate.
As we have announced during the parent meetings held over the summer, all teachers on a grade will be collaborating to create and post Google slides that will display daily assignments that students can do on their own when they are not scheduled for live sessions. This teacher team approach will allow for consistency and appropriate pacing of curricula within each grade. Completed work can then be uploaded back onto Google Classroom for teachers to check and provide feedback.
Class DoJo will be our main way to communicate school-wide information as well as for your child’s teacher(s) to stay in touch with you about class news or about your child’s progress. Since we will be limiting direct contact in the school building with parents, visitors or delivery people, should you have any questions or concerns, please use DoJo to text message (teacher, administrators), call the school office or WeChat/DoJo Christina Pun, Parent Coordinator to schedule an appointment or to communicate the issue and we will attempt to resolve it as soon as we are able.
Finally, it is very important to get involved and you can do this by joining the monthly PTA meetings and read postings on Class DoJo to participate in meetings offered by the school or within the district. Many of these will be held virtually either on ZOOM or Microsoft Meets.
Thank you in advance for your support, patience, resilience and flexibility as we get this new school year underway!