Week of April 5, 2021

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope you have had a restful break and that you and your loved one are healthy and well.

TNS is starting a support group for transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary, and gender questioning students. Matt, 2nd/3rd-grade teacher, and our guidance counselor, Tina, will co-facilitate. The group is open to students ages 5 - 11 years, and the first meeting is this Wednesday from 4 - 5 PM. Please email matt@tnsny.org for more information and to sign up.

When the new CDC guidelines came out about children needing to be only three feet apart, we understand this must have been exciting news for so many families across the city. While the DoE has yet to adopt these guidelines, keep in mind that CDC guidelines are created by people who don’t work in schools. The science behind it envisions an empty classroom with desks spread three feet apart. However, this is not how we teach. For early childhood classrooms, this means getting rid of meeting and block areas and, in our case, removing the lofts from the classrooms. It also requires children to stay at their desks all day. Moreover, children need to be six feet apart anytime they have their masks off, like during breakfast, lunch, or rest time.

The window to opt-in to blended learning closed for TNS families on March 19, and we have created cohorts based on current social distancing guidelines. To accommodate the new in-person students, we will open second cohorts in Mara/Shaniqua, Amann/Shaquawn, and Jane/Chelsea’s classes. We will also continue offering five days a week of in-person learning for PreK families who want it. It took a lot of time, creativity, and crunching numbers to figure out how to offer this, but we managed it, thanks in part to our current number of families who have opted in and the fact that some families are choosing to stay in just one cohort.

Families who sign-up for in-person beginning the week of April 12 will receive detailed information from their teachers later this week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

With Love,

Dyanthe

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