2020-2021 School Year
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
Below you’ll find all the information about the school year. Please check back regularly, as we will be updating this page as information becomes available.
Please be sure to visit the DOE's Return to School 2020 webpage for an abundance of information that is updated regularly.
Last Updated: September 30, 2020
Each morning before you drop off your child to school, you will need to complete a Health Screening. You will be asked to show the results from the screening to the staff at the entrance. You can also take the screening before leaving home, print out the results and send it with your child to school. We will have copies of the health screening at the entrance doors as well if you couldn't complete it electronically.
Below you will find links to our Parent Resources Folder, Zoom sign-in tutorials, and Google Classroom tutorials. Please bookmark our Parent Resources Folder, as it has an abundance of information and it is updated frequently with workshop recordings/presentations, social emotional resources, and more.
Please see below for important documents and forms for the 2020-2021 school year.
Emergency Contact Cards (Blue Cards)
Guidance for Blended and Remote Learning
Please see the blended & remote learning information below.
Blended Learning Schedule
We are starting the school year with a blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days.
- Cohort A will be in school on Tuesday, Thursday, and alternate Mondays with Cohort B.
- Cohort B will be in school on Wednesday, Friday, and alternate Mondays with Cohort A.
- Families can opt for full remote teaching at any time. If you decide to do this please email Mrs. Keane at TKeane@schools.nyc.gov
- The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Breakfast and Lunch: Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Lunch will be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.
- Bussing: DOE will provide school transportation, as required, to include all public, non-public, charter schools, students with special needs and students in temporary housing situations. Because of this unique situation, it may not be possible to provide transportation through a conventional mode such as a bus, and may require other modes to be employed to satisfy transportation needs, such as MetroCard.
Communication with Families
Our families are our partners as we chart this new path forward, and we will be in communication with you through ParentSquare, PS 377 website, weekly webinars from Mrs. Keane and frequent backpack letters.
If you have any questions about the Blended Learning Schedule, please contact our Principal, Tracy Keane.
*You can also connect with your child's teacher(s) directly using the Staff Directory or send a message on ParentSquare.
How Blended Learning Works
Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers.
- During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards.
- Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded.
Remote Learning Expectations
During blended or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility.
- Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.
- During 100% remote learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Zoom. Check Google Classroom for your live class schedule.
- When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.
Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
- If your student needs an iPad, fill out the NYCDOE Device Request Form to request your device. Borrowing a device is free. Please visit the DOE's iPad Distribution webpage for more information.
- Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location.
- If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.
- If you have ongoing issues with technology to support learning at home, please fill out the Technical Support for Families form.
If you are having trouble connecting to Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, or any of our online learning platforms, contact Ms. Esposito on ParentSquare or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Successful At-Home Learning
At-home learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities will vary by age and grade level.
- Make sure your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the television or other technology not needed for learning.
- Your child may benefit from focusing on a limited number of subjects each day. For example, If they are working at home Monday-Wednesday-Friday, they may want to work on science and math on Mondays, Social Studies and English Language Arts on Wednesday, and use Fridays to catch up on any assignments not yet completed.