Week of January 13, 2020

Dear Families

At our last PTA meeting, teachers shared a few requests about email protocol for families.  I am resharing our policy about email communication (you can also find it in the TNS Handbook, which your child brought home at the start of this school year):

Guidelines for Email Correspondence for TNS Families

Technology, in the form of email correspondence, has afforded us to have continual access to each other at any time of day and night.  However, it is important for us to establish some guidelines for the use of email correspondence so that families and school staff can attend to their respective responsibilities as thoroughly and as thoughtfully as possible. We hope that these guidelines will support us in mutually respectful correspondence with each other.

  • Families can expect communication from teachers on a regular basis about the following: trips, curriculum, snack, homework, etc. 

  • If you think that your child’s teacher may have already sent the information you are wondering about, check your inbox to see if it is there. If it is not, try asking another class parent if she might have the information. If you cannot get the information after these steps, email your child’s teacher.

  • Expect teachers to take at least 24-48 hours to reply to your email. Weekends and holidays will likely take longer.

  • For matters that are particular to a child and/or family the concerned party, whether the teacher or caregiver writes an email briefly describing the concern and requests either a phone or in-person meeting at each party’s convenience rather than delineate the concern via email.  Please expect a period of up to 48 hours before receiving a response. 

  • Please note that teachers do not regularly check email during the school day. If you have an urgent message (such as a change in pick-up), please call the school office 212-387-0195, in addition to emailing the teacher(s). The message will be delivered promptly.

  • Likewise, if something arises during the school day that requires your immediate attention, you will be contacted by someone in the school office.

Weekends, Holiday and Summer Guidelines

  • As families and staff may be on vacation or away from home, please anticipate that responses to emails sent over weekends and holidays will likely take longer and may not happen until we return to school.

  • Contact from your child’s teacher(s) and contact(s) made via email over the summer requires only a confirmation that you received that email. Please wait until the school year has begun to continue email correspondence with your child’s teacher(s). If there is an urgent message, you should contact the school directly.

An addendum:  If your child is sick, please also email Carmen (carmenm@tnsny.org) and Gladys (gladys@tnsny.org) in addition to emailing your child’s teacher (who may not see the email until later in the day).  Thank you!

This Week at TNS...

  • The Diversity Committee meets on Tuesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The Advocacy Committee meets on Wednesday after drop-off in the small cafeteria.

  • The PTA meets Thursday at 8:35 AM in the PTA Room.

  • Friday is a TNS half-day.  Dismissal is at 11:45 AM.




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