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Family Covid Letter - When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

This letter will inform you when you or your child can return to the school building.

Dear Member of the P.S. 200- The James McCune Smith School Community:
As always, the health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.

You are receiving this letter because you are a staff member in our school who has stayed home for a COVID-19 related reason, or the parent of a student in our school who has stayed home for a COVID-19 related reason.
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Extension of Immunization Compliance for Remote-Only Students

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has further extended the grace period to obtain all required vaccinations for students who have opted for fully remote learning to December 11 (from November 11). Please note that for remote-only students, the December 11 deadline supersedes all previously published immunization compliance deadlines.

By December 11, students exclusively engaged in remote learning must submit proof to their school that they have obtained all required vaccinations, if they have not already done so. CS 200 will email warning letters to non-compliant remote-only families by November 25, and email exclusion letters, if necessary, on December 10.  Remote-only students who have not demonstrated immunization compliance by December 11 must be excluded.
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Fall Reading Skills Programs Skills to Succeed for Every Grade!

We are excited to announce our Fall Reading Skills Programs. These online programs help kids grow into stronger students who love reading.
In these programs, your child will:
• Build the right skills for his or her grade in school
• Enjoy reading wonderful, age-appropriate books
• Participate in engaging class activities and discussions
• Get the individual support he or she needs
• Develop a lifelong love of reading
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Update For Families-September 22, 2020

Dear Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many
New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning. There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
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Important Update on In-Person Learning Start Dates

Dear Families,
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an important update on the start of school.
All students will still begin full-time instruction on Monday, September 21.
School buildings will reopen to our students in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of the week) on a phased basis, detailed below. Here is the updated calendar for the start of the 2020-21 school year:
 Children enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21.
 Children in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of
the week) will be learning remotely beginning Monday, September 21 until their in-person start date as outlined below.
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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 2020-2021

Dear CS 200 Family,
Thank you all for your continued support of our students throughout this process and for your participation in Town Hall meetings for the reopening of school year 2020 – 2021. The New York City Department of Education has been working diligently to provide our students, faculty, and staff a safe workplace to return to. I would like to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we share this just released update on our students’ arrival and dismissal time for school year 2020 – 2021. Please keep in mind that protocols and structures may be changed if we receive updated guidelines and/or there is a need for modifications.
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