Weekly Update #8

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather that has been with us over the past several days. On Sunday evening, instead of my weekly email, I was directed to send out a letter regarding the health and safety of our school community. I want to emphasize that I continue to work closely with the situation room, a central DOE resource, that supports principals and school communities in ensuring we take appropriate measures when it comes to reducing and eliminating the spread of COVID 19. I also continue to implement the health and safety procedures required for in person learning. Though the measures may not always the most comfortable for our young children or staff, they are critical in protecting one another while in the school building. I want to thank the community for their support and patience in understanding the need for these measures. Working together we will continue to make in person learning as safe as possible for the P.S. 184Q community.

IMPORTANT Schedule Change This Week:

Veteran’s Day, No School: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 is a school holiday for all students. 

IMPORTANT Reminders:

Learning Preference Survey for Blended Learning Opt-in: As mentioned in last week’s email, parents and guardians have until November 15, 2020 to opt-in to blended learning for their children. As per the Chancellor, this is the only planned opt-in window for blended learning for the remainder of school year 20-21. Families can continue to opt in to fully remote learning at any time. The link for the survey also posted on the school website is https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

Updated Consent for Random Testing for Blended Students: The consent for Random testing that was previously distributed has been revised by central DOE. This revision includes the information about the more frequent testing that may take place in schools that are in certain zones as implemented by the Governor. The updated form was distributed to all the in-person families this week and should be returned as soon as possible. We will be making outreach to families of those students who still have the initial consent on file to remind them to update their consent slip or enter consent online. There is an online link on your New York City Schools Account where
you can provide consent electronically, this is sent to the school’s data base.  Here is the link to more information from central about this.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

Respect for All

Finally, this week I am writing about an important DOE initiative tied to the NYS Dignity for All (DASA) act. The purpose of the initiative is to prevent bullying and ensure a supportive safe environment for all. As per the central DOE policy each school has a Respect For All (RFA) Designee and at P.S. 184Q that person is our guidance counselor, Mrs. Aquista.  Of course, Mrs. Lee-Sim and I are also always available to address any concerns as well. This week I am sharing the RFA resources available for parents, which are also included under the Resource section of the school website. Due to the nature of this year’s schedule involving at home learning in part or fully for our students, we ask that you take the opportunity to review the Department of Education’s PowerPoint on Chancellor’s Regulation A-831 and A-832 for all for elementary students using the links below.

After you review, you may decide how to best share this information with your child.

Please continue to check the website for all up to date information including important links from the DOE.

Sincerely,

Anna Dimilta

Principal