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March 22, 2021
Dear Families,
We just reopened high school buildings for in-person learning for the first time since November 2020, and I have to say that the joy on our students’ faces as they entered their school buildings was amazing. We are thrilled to see students of all ages safely learning in physical classrooms.
That is why I am very pleased to let you know that all our remote 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.
When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning
Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey at to select blended learning for your child.
 Families can also call 311.
 You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.
When Your Student Can Return to the School Building
 Students in district 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April.
 Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible.
 Updates will be posted at
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 your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building.
Families that select blended learning are expected to have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled to do so.
Please note that if your child is currently learning fully remotely and you do not complete the survey indicating a preference for blended learning, your student(s) will remain fully remote.
We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely accommodate more students in a classroom. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. That has been our priority since day one, and will continue to guide everything we do. Thanks to our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more—our school buildings are among the safest places in the whole city.
Thank you, as always, for your faith and partnership. We continue to show the nation what is possible in terms of safely educating our one million students—and we couldn’t do it without you. I thank you for your commitment and, in turn, I promise you that our commitment to your child is unwavering.
Sincerely, Meisha Porter New York City Schools Chancellor
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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 

  • School staff report to schools

Wednesday, September 16, Thursday, September 17, and Friday September 18, 2020 

  • Instructional Orientation
  • All students will
    • Reconnect to their school community
    • Learn the health and safety procedures
    • Check technical connectivity
    • Have wellness checks with their teachers and guidance staff

Monday, September 29, 2020 

  • All schools will begin full-day teaching and learning
  • All schools will begin full-day teaching and learning
    • Students in blended learning (combination of in-person and remote) will begin to report to buildings, depending on their in-person schedule
    • Students in 100% remote learning will all begin full-day learning

Important Links 

On March 15, 2020, the nation’s largest school district underwent a historic transformation, closing school buildings in order to protect our 1.1 million students, and all staff, families, and fellow New Yorkers from COVID-19.

Looking Ahead

As we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received survey responses from over 400,000 from families and students on your preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

We are ready for this: adapting and strengthening our practices; investing in the technology required to provide a quality online academic experience—including distributing over 300,000 iPads to students who need them; and working with teachers to develop their skills as online instructors. We will update curriculum to reflect the blended online and in-person model, and to ensure the guidelines and curriculum include appropriate social-emotional learning and mental health supports.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.


Click the link below for more information.

important dates 


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.


Early Childhood

3k and 4k Prek yard Entrance

Kgn. Thru 5th grade

Main Entrance

Student Arrival Time:              8:30 a.m.

Student Dismissal Time:         2:00 p.m.


Student Arrival Time:              8:30 a.m.

Student Dismissal Time:         2:00 p.m.



CS 200 will be open for students on their designated cohort day at 8:30 a.m. each morning.  Supervision of students will not be provided before this time.  Students arriving to school before 8:30 a.m. must wait outside with their parent/guardian. Please have your children arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Please anticipate that there may be delays during the first day of school as students are organized into their assigned classes. Only students will be allowed to enter the building. Please ensure children have on masks prior to entrance. Students that want breakfast will pick up/be given a grab and go breakfast bag and eat their breakfast in the classroom.


Cohorts and designated days

Our blended learning will be delivered via “Model 1B” of 3 or 2 days per week with alternating weeks using two in person cohorts (Group A and Group B) and one Remote cohort.

Group A and Group B

   *Blended Learning

In-person learning 3- 2 days per week (5 days every other week); Remote Learning for non-in person days

Group D

Remote every day; consists of students who opt out of in-person instruction.


We are working hard to assign students to Cohorts, we will inform parents via email assigned Cohorts and designated days. Preference will be given to siblings only. Siblings will be placed in the same cohort to support families for scheduling purposes.


To assist with transparency about designated cohort days the following supports will be in place:

  • Schedules will be posted
  • Each cohort will be assigned a color Group A: Red, Group B: Blue
  • Colored ID Cards will be given first days of school to each cohort to assist with ease at arrivals.


Arrival Procedures:

To ensure social distancing and safety precautions, arrival procedures for the 2020-2021 will be as followed:


Prek 3 and 4 – Will receive staggered arrival times via email prior to school opening for the first two days of school.  Pre K 3 and 4 will enter through their classroom door via the Pre K yard on 149th Street and 7th avenue. (Black Gate near #3 train station.)


Kgn.-5th Grade – Students will enter the Main Entrance of the school building. Students will enter single file maintaining 6ft. social distance.  Stairs will be marked with tape to indicate where students should stand.  Teachers will meet students on the school yard on the 1st day. Beginning the second day, teachers will meet students at their classroom door.


The instructional day at CS 200 ends at 2:00 p.m. All students will be dismissed by grade beginning at 1:50 p.m. via announcement.  The safe orderly dismissal of the students is top priority at our school.


Dismissal Procedures: *Students being picked up

Prek 3 and 4 – will be dismissed via Pre k Yard classroom door from 1:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Grade k and 1 – will be dismissed through the auditorium door from 1:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Grade 2 thru 5 –will be dismissed via Main Entrance from 1:55 PM – 2:00 PM


Walkers/Bus Students

Students taking buses will line up under the terrace at 1:45 PM. (Main Entrance) until their bus arrives.

Walkers will leave the building first at 1:55 PM via Exit 4 in single file maintaining 6 ft. social distancing.


In inclement weather, students will be in the playroom, terrace, and auditorium.  Staff members will be posted to relay the child being picked up at the gate to staff inside and the student will be sent to meet the parent.


Arrival and dismissal times at the CS 200 are busy times.  We are asking for your help to ensure that all of our students arrive safely at school in the morning and at home in the afternoon.  We ask that parents arrive promptly to pick up students at their designated times as we have limited space and staff to supervise students and meet the social distancing requirements.


Once again, your assistance and cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work together to ensure the safety of CS 200.  We recognize that arrival and dismissal times may be crucial times to handle school business (i.e., office visits, nurse visits, lost and found, etc.).  We ask that parents avoid asking to go into the building during these times as all staff will be occupied with the safe entry and dismissal of students. 


We ask for your patience, flexibility, courtesy and willingness to work with the school to assist us in a well-organized and safe arrivals/dismissals.  Please contact Mr. Garry Fields, Parent Coordinator, at if you any questions or concerns regarding this update.




Renée Y. Belton

Principal CS 200

Summary of Model 1B

  • Two (2) in-person cohorts (Blended Learning) and one (1) remote.
  • Group A and Group B will rotate attendance on Mondays.
  • In-person two or three days and remote two or three days alternating weeks ( Week 1 and Week 2 than repeat)
  • Group D: Remote every day; consists of students who opt out of in-person instruction.


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Group D (Remote Everyday)


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Welcome Families!
      Dear Families,
      Summer has finally arrived! We know that so many of you have taken on the tremendous task of changing your daily routines very quickly in a time of crisis, and serving as a strong support system for your loved ones. We want you to know that you are doing a great job and you are doing enough. As you continue to manage priorities and accommodate everyday moments during these times, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for the incredible job you are doing to maintain normalcy for your child and family during this time. To all the moms, dads, aunts, uncles, foster parents, grandparents and caregivers, you already have what it takes to help your child grow and flourish through this time, and we are here to support you. We are sharing opportunities with you that you may decide to try with your child. These activities are aimed to be fun and to promote learning, and help you locate useful services near you. Please pick and choose the activities and platforms that work for your family and for your child, and remember to take it slowly. This might mean doing one activity below or simply spending time with one another. As time goes on, you may be able to open yourself and your child to new activities and experiences.
Note: These websites and apps have not been vetted for privacy or data security protocols by DOE or City of New York.
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