P. S. 274 The Kosciusko School

800 Bushwick Ave.

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221

(718)642-5300

Fax (718)642-5311

Maritza Ollivierra, Principal

Aimee Perez, Assistant Principal

Karen Minogue, Assistant Principal

March 22, 2020

Dear PS 274 Families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some updates and pertinent information as we transition to remote learning on Monday March 23rd.

Our teachers and staff members have been working collaboratively and around the clock to prepare for Monday’s launch. In addition to our instructional programs please anticipate the following:

Wellness videos posted by Mr. Horan

Science with Ms. Loomis

Visual art making and projects posted by Ms. Savello

Learn to play an instrument with Mr. Clifford

Social & emotional support resources provided by our social worker Ms. Daly

**Please remember to have your child sign-in to their google classroom account using the username and passwords their teacher provided.**

Please check out the video created by our own Ms. Rose that will give you a student view of how to log into Google Classroom and for instructions on how to upload and submit an assignment. This resource was posted to your dojo accounts earlier today.

Additionally, please note the testing updates below:

State Tests:

State Tests have been suspended for this school year. This suspension for the remainder of the school year applies to the following New York State assessments:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
  • New York State Grade 4 Science test
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8.

Technology Devices:

If you still need a technology device for your child, please complete the following link.

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Social Emotional concerns: Please reach out to Ms. Robles at Mrobles@schools.nyc.gov if you have any social emotional concerns for your child during this transition. We are here to support our students and families.

Grab and Go meals are available to all students:

Please see list below of schools in our District 32 that will distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday between 7:30am and 1:30pm to anyone 18 years of age and younger.

PS 75 PS 86 PS 106 PS 123 PS 151

IS 291 IS 349 PS376 PS 377 PS 384 IS 562

Regional Enrichment Centers:

If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker whose child is a NYC resident, and you have no other child care option, complete this survey to begin your enrollment process: https://on.nyc.gov/2UeRHCs.

I wish all of our families good health.

Best,

Maritza Ollivierra, Principa3

Letter to Families from Chancellor Carranza

Dear Families,

All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.

Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being.

On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen.

Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, student and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning.

Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days.

All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.

That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon.

I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-from-home materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model.

There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject on our Learn at Home pages.

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible.

Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that.

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home for more information and updates on this transition.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

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