Important Changes to In-Person Learning

Dear PS 101 Families-

As per Mayoral directive, we have been exploring ways to increase in-person learning for our blended students who are attending in-person instruction at PS 101.

While this may take some further shifting of staff or the teacher your child has, we have found a way to increase the amount of days of in-person learning and in some cases offer 5 days a week instruction for specific Grades and some classes.

What happens next?

Starting January 4, 2020, We will be moving students from an ABC model to an AB model, which means that instead of coming in-person 1-2 days a week, your child will be coming 2-3 days every week, and in some cases, all 5 days. Because of the sudden shift, we may not be able to ensure siblings are coming on the same days nor that we can offer you any choice in the matter of which days you are coming in-person.

By December 23, 2020 your child’s teacher will be communicating with you the new schedule and expectation for your child, meaning how many days per week they will attend school, as well as tell you if your child is in the AB program (which will mean coming 2-3 days per week) or the 5 day a week program which means attending Monday-Friday.

An AB Model will look like this:
Week #1: Monday (A), Tuesday (A) Wednesday (A) Thursday (B) Friday (B)
Week #2: Monday (A), Tuesday (A) Wednesday (B) Thursday (B) Friday (B)
Week 3 repeats week #1, Week #4 repeats week #2, etc.
*A NEW Blended Learning Calendar will be coming out soon*

Important notes:
1) Students who are fully remote will remain fully remote. Remote only students do not have the option of changing to in-person instruction.
2) You must continuously attend in-person to remain in-person. If multiple absences occur, you will be automatically switched to full-time remote instruction.
3) All in-person students must have a COVID testing consent form on file by Wednesday December 23rd or you will be switched to fully remote instruction. You can fill out the form here.
4) Random COVID testing will continue to occur weekly.
5) If you wish to change your child to fully remote because you do not want them coming into school more at the time, you may do so by filling our this form and it would be helpful if you would call Ms.Margaret to let her know.
6) Anytime we have at least two positive COVID cases that are not connected, the school will be closed for up to 14 days.

Morning Arrival Changes

Due to the increase in number of students, we now have to switch back to outdoor line-up AND have multiple arrival times. I will send more information on this next week.

Additionally as a reminder PS 101 is currently closed due to a shutdown because of multiple positive COVID cases in our school. We hope to reopen January 4, 2021.


Return to Blended Learning November 30-December 4

Dear PS 101 Families-

If you filled out the form last week requesting your child return to Blended in-person learning, on Monday November 23rd, you will receive a call from your child’s teacher informing you of which Cohort your child is being placed in (A, B or C).
*Please note we do try our best to ensure siblings are coming on the same Cohort day.
**Due to class size limits and Social distancing, we cannot take requested for a specific cohort.

The start date for students who filled out the form and are approved for returning to Blended in-person learning is the week of November 30- December 4th, dependent on which Cohort A, B, or C your child is placed in.

Important Reminders:

  1. Visit this link to see the Blended in-person Learning Calendar and required Health information.
  2. Watch this video which explains morning arrival including using the health Screening App, and
  3. VERY IMPORTANT: If your child or a household member is not feeling well or has any COVID like symptoms including a fever, chills, loss of taste or smell, etc, the child is not permitted to come to school as per the NYCDOE Health Screener which must be filled out daily before coming to school.

What is policy on students returning from being absent or who sent home with COVID related symptoms? 

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to
school when all the following conditions are met:
If a student Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
o Isolated for 10 days AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
If a student Received a negative COVID-19 test AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
If a student Never got a COVID-19 test AND
o At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Important Health Reminder for the Safety of PS 101 Students

Dear PS101 Families-

As stated since the beginning of the school year, we must all work together to ensure the safety and health of our children, and the Bensonhurst Bath-Beach Community. Sending your child into school is only allowed if your child is healthy AND everyone in the household and who they have been in contact with is also healthy.

If a parent, cousin, relative friend or someone you have been in contact with within the past 10 days is not feeling well, you are not permitted to send your child to school as per the NYCDOE Health Screener questions.

Please help me ensure the safety of our staff, students and families by doing your part.

G. Korrol