Students Returning to in-person Learning

Greetings PS101 families,

As we prepare for our students who opted back in to in-person learning, teachers will begin calling their students this week and next week to welcome them back and let them which cohort they are in (A or B or Everyday).

As mentioned previously, some students may have to change classes due to social distancing limits, however there are very few who need to do so.

Students who previously attended in-person are not being effected by these changes. This parents who have had their children in-person can assume the current schedule will continue.

Opt-In students return April 26 and MUST complete their Permission to test for COVID form by April 25, 2021.
You can complete this form on your child’s NYCDOE student account.
*Please note if you do not complete the form you will not be permitted to return to in-person learning.


Students who opted-in may return April 26

Dear PS101 families-

As you know the window to opt your child back in from remote to in-person learning closed last Friday. We have just been informed that those students who opted in may be allowed to return on April 26.

While the CDC has reduced classroom social distancing to 3 feet, the challenge we have is that we still must maintain 6 feet of distance when eating and our students eat in the classroom.

We are still waiting on guidance on how to proceed with this concern.

While we will do our best to keep students with their current teachers, please be advised that some of the students who opted back in may have their class changed to ensure health and safety procedures (social distancing). We will of course inform parents if their child has to change a classroom or teacher as a result of coming back to in-person learning.

I will have more news for you in the coming weeks….


New Opt-in Window for Blended Learning

Dear Families,

Due to changes in CDC social distancing regulations, Families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in-person in the school building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as possible.

Opt In to Blended Learning from March 24- April 9:

Beginning Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey to select blended learning for your child. Families can also call 311.
Last Day: You can change to blended learning until Friday, April 9.

You ONLY need to fill out the Learning Preference Survey if you are currently Remote and want your child to come to in-person learning. If you do not fill out the survey, your child remains remote.

Classes that are currently in Split A/B sessions MAY be combined to 5 days IF capacity spacing allows this. More information will come in April.

When can students come into PS101?

Students who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April (date to be determined)

Requirements for Returning to the School Building
Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random
COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning
. You can submit your consent for testing
one of two ways:
-Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or
-Complete and sign the consent form available here and bring it to PS101 on the first day they are back in the school building.

Families that select blended learning must have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled
to do so
or they will be switched to remote.

All of our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing
for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more will continue.



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