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  • Update for Families on Health and Safety Protocols

    Dear PPA Families,

    Today, we received word from Chancellor Carranza on update regarding health and safety protocols for NYC schools!  In the linked letter from Chancellor Carranza, you will find 1) the criteria to open schools and keep them open, 2) new information on testing and tracing in schools, and 3) overall health and safety protocols for every school.  As you review this letter, we also wish to remind you to complete the remote learning preference form by August 7.

    Wishing you healthy and restful summer,

    PPA Admin

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • Learning Preference for 2020-2021

    Dear PPA Families,

    This fall, PPA will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning.  However, you have the opportunity to choose your learning preference from the two options that are detailed below.  Should you choose 100% Remote Learning, you will need to take the attached survey:  https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference.

    1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit this form. If you are having difficulties completing this form online, call 311.

    2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow PPA's school schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: PPA will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks. Please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the website for more information.

    Changing Preferences

    • If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, complete this form again by August 7. 
    • After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year.

    Regards,

    PPA Admin

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • Letter on Reopening

    Dear PPA Families,

    Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza released details on the potential reopening of schools.  To stay informed, we thoroughly recommend that you read the attached Letter from Chancellor Carranza and bookmark the Department of Education's Return to School 2020 InfoPage.

    In Chancellor Carranza's letter you will find critical information, overall guidance, recommendations on scheduling, new health and safety protocols, our commitment to equity and excellence and ways to remain informed.  For your convenience, we've highlighted this information below, though we still recommend reading the letter in full.

    Overall Guidance

    - The 2020-21 school year will start in September 2020. We will announce details about the first day of school in the coming weeks.

    - NYC students will be learning 5 days a week, whether in-person in school buildings or remotely at home.

    - We are maximizing in-person instruction as much as possible given health and safety guidance, which
    includes social distancing. Students will return in either a blended learning model (a combination of
    remote learning from home, and in-person instruction in school buildings), or a fully remote learning
    model from home, if you so choose.

    - Health officials have made clear that following basic safety protocols are key to reducing the spread of
    COVID-19: social distancing, face coverings (masks), handwashing, and staying home when sick.

    Developing Your Child’s Schedule:  As of now, given current health and safety guidance, we will not be able to have 100% of students present in a school building on any given day. You should expect to hear from your school in August regarding your child’s specific schedule. Under the blended learning model, students will be taught on-site in school buildings for part of the week, and will learn remotely from home on the other days of the week.

    - Schools will choose a schedule from a limited number of models that take into account the space constraints of their school buildings, and that prioritize consistency for parents and students in their scheduling.

    - You can expect your child or children to be in school one to two consistent days per week, with additional in-person days on a rotating schedule based on groups or cohorts of students.

    - Schools will make every effort to safely conduct as much instruction in-person as possible, and your principal will communicate your child’s schedule with you in August.

    We know that there are families who may not feel comfortable going back into school buildings in the fall. You can elect to choose all-remote learning for your child; a web form will be shared with you on July 15 that will allow you to select that preference by August 7. Families who have chosen fully remote learning at the beginning of the school year will be allowed to transition back into in-person instruction on a quarterly basis. Once the school year begins, families can choose to go fully remote at any time.

    New Health and Safety Protocols

    - All people (including students and adults) in a school building should remain at least 6 feet apart at all
    times, including in classrooms, common areas, and during lunch periods.

    - Face coverings will be required for all students, staff, and visitors while inside buildings. Disposable face coverings will be provided to students and staff who need them. (Exceptions will be made for those who cannot wear masks for developmental reasons, including based on their age.)

    - Students and staff will have increased access to handwashing and sanitizer. Schools will be supplied with additional cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

    - All schools will identify a space to be equipped as an Isolation Room in the event a student or staff member becomes ill while at school.

    - Our buildings will be deep-cleaned on a nightly basis with electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, and HVAC systems are being upgraded to ensure better ventilation.

    Equity and Excellence: Our Continued Commitment:  Our vision of educational equity and excellence for all students persists even during this time of crisis. We are laser focused on helping your child achieve academic excellence by providing key academic, social-emotional, and other supports to unlock their full potential to learn—no matter who they are. We remain focused on high-quality, tailored instruction for every student. In addition, here is some of what we will do to help our children reach their highest potential:

    - We will allow time for students to readjust to being in school buildings, and to adapt to changes.

    - We will integrate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care into core academic instruction, and all New York City public schools will prioritize access to mental health supports throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

    - For students with IEPs, this fall we will continue to offer in-person services to all who opt to receive in-person services to the greatest extent possible.

    - Multilingual learners will receive an instructional program that will ensure continued progress in both their language development and content area knowledge.

    Keeping You Informed:  As we finalize plans for a school year like no other in our history, we know how important it is that our students, families, and staff have the information they need to prepare. We know that for each piece of information we are providing, more questions can emerge. Please visit the Return to School 2020 webpage at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 on a regular basis for the latest updates. Throughout the summer we will continue to engage with families, students, and community leaders—both centrally through the DOE and within each school community.

    - Centrally, the DOE will host a series of online Family & Student Information Sessions to answer any questions or concerns that families may have. The first of these will be held on July 16. More details and a full calendar will be available at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.

    - We will be convening community and advocate roundtable meetings, briefings with elected officials and Community Education Council leaders, and more.

    - Specific guidance will be coming soon for families with children enrolled in CBO-based early childhood
    programs.

    Regards,

    PPA Admin

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    Congratulations, Class of 2020!  Our entire school community celebrates with you and your families.  As we recognize you all for your academic accomplishments, I am overwhelmed with pride and joy.  I salute you all on this amazing milestone.  

    To commemorate, please, watch, keep, and share your virtual graduations ceremony with family and friends.  We have included the link here, as well as on the Student Life Page, where it will live forever.

    - https://www.vegovirtual.com/pelham-prep

    - Password:  pelhamgrad

    It has been my honor to serve you all as your Principal, and it is with a heavy heart to say good bye.  You have left an indelible mark on our school community, and you have taught me valuable lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my time serving the Pelham Prep community.  We thank you and will miss you dearly.

    Sincerely,

    Principal Ferron

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • Last Day of School!

    We're there!  Please read the attached letter from Chancellor Carranza.

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    Dear Families,

    Today is the last day of the most challenging, most intense school year many of us have ever experienced. I am humbled by your efforts and so proud of your children—our brilliant students.

    I know that last September feels like it was years ago, and that time in general seems to exist as “before COVID” and “after COVID.” It might be hard to remember, but before the pandemic upended our lives, we opened more pre-K Dual Language programs(Open external link) across the city, saw a record number of our students enrolling in college(Open external link), and learned just how much our Community Schools(Open external link) have been changing students’ lives for the better—to name just a few of our accomplishments. All that still matters because it has real-life, positive impacts for our children.

    And then, all of a sudden, it was Monday, March 16, and the coronavirus forced us to reinvent the nation’s largest school system, closing all school buildings and transitioning our 1.1 million students to remote learning. To me, the “after COVID” time is as stunningly impressive as what came before. I know this because over the past three months I have seen your children complete science experiments in your kitchens, debate the United States Constitution in Spanish from your living rooms, and join band practice and master Shakespeare on Zoom.

    Your children accomplished these amazing feats all while the coronavirus was affecting you, your families, and your communities. Sadly, we lost immediate family members, and 79 Department of Education employees, to COVID-19. We will never be the same without the loved ones, friends, and colleagues who gave our lives and work meaning. We will never, ever forget a single one of them. They live on in our hearts, in our memories, and in our children.

    I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever, as you became your child’s teacher, coach, and constant presence in an uncertain world. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home.

    In recent weeks, you’ve kept the learning going as our city and nation have been enraged and have mourned the senseless loss of more Black lives at the hands of those whose duty it is to serve and protect. It has been a gut-wrenching time for all of us. Systemic racism endangers people of color in this country, period; and true change for New Yorkers of color must begin in our schools.

    I pledge that we will take what we have learned this year and double down on addressing systemic inequalities in our system that these crises have further exposed. This includes continuing to build a strong, inclusive, just, and anti-racist educational system. I pledge that we will keep cultivating and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of your children. I pledge to continue to be there for you and your children, not being deterred for a moment—no matter what challenges come our way. Over the next several months, we will operate Summer SchoolMeal Hubs, Regional Enrichment Centers, and Emergency Child Care Centers to actively serve our families. I pledge to deliver the education your children demand and deserve—an education that enables them to grow into well-educated, responsible, compassionate adults who are equipped to change the world.

    I know you are rightfully anxious to know what that education will look like for your child this fall. We are working day in and day out to develop robust plans for the more than one million children who are in our seats. You will receive information in the coming weeks—including the date for the first day of school—once we receive the necessary guidance from the State and federal government that paves the way for us to finalize our plan. We also need your guidance, too! Please tell us what you want fall 2020 to look like by filling out our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by Tuesday, June 30. This will help us meet your needs as we come back to school.

    Given all we have been through together, we cannot end the school year without celebrating our students’ remarkable accomplishments. I invite you to join me; Mayor de Blasio; former NYC public school student and teacher, Lin-Manuel Miranda; and other celebrities, elected officials, and special guests on June 30 as we honor the Class of 2020 at a citywide graduation ceremony. You can watch it beginning at 7 p.m. on PIX 11 and at nycclassof2020.com(Open external link). Please join us!

    And one more exciting development for our students: we are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Just use your student’s DOE login; no special signup necessary. Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free, so please visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading to find these amazing resources. If you received a DOE-issued iPad, it will automatically have the Sora app installed to access these texts—but you don’t need a DOE-issued device to use Sora. You can download the app on any device, use your student’s DOE login, and start reading.

    I have often said that we have the best students, staff, and families anywhere. This year, you have proved that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. You are helping us build a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.

    Have a wonderful summer. We can’t wait to see you in September. 

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
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