Windows for Changing to Blended Learning Program

Dear Families, 

Earlier this week, I wrote to share that the DoE had changed its policy from quarterly opt-ins to only one opt-in period for the entire school year. This was new information for all of us.

Our School Leadership Team, a group made up of elected parents, teachers, and me, have agreed that we will offer families two additional times (as originally promised by the DoE) to make the shift from remote-only to blended: after February Mid-Winter Break and after April Spring Break.  We believe that this will support families to reach decisions for their unique circumstances and also keep the number of in-person students low at a time when COVID rates are rising.  

We are able to offer additional opt-in periods because we intentionally created classes so that students and teachers stay together, regardless of remote-only or blended choices.  In a time of so much uncertainty and anxiety, we believe that these relationships and classroom communities ground all of us - children, families, and teachers.  (As students shift to blended learning, many children around the city will have new teachers and students in their classes, but not at TNS.)  This is only possible because our teachers are working beyond their union’s contract expectations and many are teaching both remotely and in-person.  

 At this point in time, we have two cohorts (A and B) that are blended/in-person. Please remember that if a large number of our all-remote students opt into the blended program, there is a good chance that we would need to switch from a two-cohort model to a three-cohort model school-wide. This would mean that in-person students would be divided into three cohorts and attend school for 1 to 2 days per week (instead of the current 2 to 3 days per week). 

 If you would like to request that your child move from 100% remote to blended learning beginning the weeks of November 30 - December 7, you must complete and submit the Learning Preference Survey between Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15.

We will be hosting a Town Hall on Thursday, November 5 at 4 p.m. to explain the process of opting into blended learning in 2021. We will also share building and safety updates at that time.

Sincerely,

Dyanthe

 

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