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Here you will find the latest update that we have shared with our parent community! Remember to always stay connected to us!
 
Aquí encontrarán las últimas actualizaciones para los padres de familia. Recuerde de siempre estar conectados con nosotros!
 
 
 

 

 

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Abbey Wilson, Principal

Stephen Walton, Assistant Principal

1001 Jennings Street, Rm 507 ∙ Bronx, NY 10460

P: (718) 319-7270 F: (718) 319-7275

IG: @flhmsx286 twitter: @FLHMSx286 

 

 

Dear Principals, 

 

I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving holiday this year.

 

This has been an eventful and challenging year on so many levels. With your efforts and contributions, our school buildings have been safe places for teaching and learning for hundreds of thousands of students. We are grateful for the tireless work you have done to ensure this is possible.

 

Working in partnership with the City and the State, we are releasing plans today to re-open school buildings with enhanced weekly testing for COVID-19 in place for students and staff. To re-open our schools successfully and with sufficient testing support, students in blended learning—including those who just opted into blended learning—will resume in-person instruction on the following schedule:

 

·         Students in 3-K, Pre-K and grades K through 5 will return to in-person learning beginning on Monday, December 7

o   This includes all students in 3-K and pre-K programs and elementary grades K through 5, across school types (e.g., in K-2 schools, K-3 schools, K-5 schools, as well as District Pre-K Centers,  K-8 schools, and K-12 schools).  

o   This excludes schools currently located in State-designated Red and Orange Zones. You can see if your school is in a Red or Orange Zone at http://nyc.gov/covidzone.

 

·         Students in all grade levels in District 75 schools will return to in-person learning beginning on Thursday, December 10

o   This excludes schools currently located in State-designated Red or Orange Zones. 

 

·         Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75 schools) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.

 

·         These return dates apply to all students in blended learning, including those who selected blended learning during the recent opt-in period. Students who selected remote-only instruction will remain in remote only.

 

  • Students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 14 days or test out of the 14-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found here. Staff and students should continue to complete the health questionnaire daily.

 

As always, our first commitment is to health and safety for all of our DOE community, above and beyond everything else. Your tireless efforts have made it possible for our schools to re-open for in-person learning.

 

Here is how we collectively can help keep them open:

·         Mandatory Weekly Testing: To ensure schools remain a safe and healthy place to learn, all schools will have 20% of students and staff tested on a weekly basis.  Scheduling and logistics for testing will be shared with you prior to your test administration day each week.

 

·         Student Consent: All students are required to provide consent for testing by December 7 or by their first scheduled in-person learning day. If a student arrives on their first day of in-person without a consent form in hand or submitted online, you must call their parent or guardian that day to collect consent immediately. Guidance to enter consent in ATS will be provided in Tuesday’s Principals Digest.

o   Families can submit consent using NYCSA or this updated consent form (also attached to this email). Please note that even if parents previously provided consent, we are asking them to submit again to ensure they have the updated consent form for their child that reflects the requirement for weekly testing in your school. Note that the consent form was updated on Wednesday, October 14 to reflect this change.

o   Students who need a medical exemption (available for all students) or disability-based exemption (available for students with IEPs) will be able to submit separate forms for approval. Principals will receive more information this week for distribution to families by Monday.

o   Students without consent and who do not have medical exemption or disability-based exemption will be moved to fully remote instruction.

 

·         Staff Consent: All staff is required to provide consent by the first day they report to their school building.

o   Staff can submit consent using the Health Questionnaire or using this paper form.

 

·         Situation Room: The Situation Room remains your main point of contact for any possible cases of COVID-19 in your school building, and will continue to guide you through your next steps as you lead your school communities during this time. You can call the Situation Room at 212-393-2780. For a complete list of Situation Room special holiday hours and closure dates, please see here.

 

·         Holiday Travel & Gatherings: For the holidays, the City recommends that employees refrain from all nonessential travel and limit gatherings to those within your household. Please refer to the Coronavirus Staff Update page for more information about the DOE’s COVID-related policies for employees.  

 

Additionally, to support you in your school building re-opening, we will ensure that School Safety Agents, the Office of Pupil Transportation, Office of School Food, Office of School Health and School Facilities are ready for students and staff to return to school buildings.


Additional clarifying guidance for you and your school community, including guidance on notifying your families of their students’ schedules (i.e., which cohort should attend on your first day back) will be forthcoming in Principals Digest and/or from the Office of the First Deputy Chancellor this week.

 

In the meantime, please share the attached letter and consent form with your families, which discusses the school building re-opening schedule and required consent for mandatory in-school testing. Translations of the family letter will be available as soon as possible at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies

 

Thank you for continuing to provide our students with the most enriching and engaging educational experience possible in the midst of all the challenges caused by the pandemic. I am excited to welcome back many of our students to in-person learning, and I am so grateful for your work to make that happen. I know our students and families are too.

 

In unity,

 

Richard

 

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Abbey Wilson, Principal

Stephen Walton, Assistant Principal

1001 Jennings Street, Rm 507 ∙ Bronx, NY 10460

P: (718) 319-7270 F: (718) 319-7275

IG: @flhmsx286 twitter: @FLHMSx286 

10/31/2020

Dear Families,

 As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.

As the September 29, 2020 letter co-signed by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Executive Director Ted Long of New York City Test + Trace Corps, and Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated, the test is easy, quick, and safe. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

 

Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.

 

If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. The majority of all testing results will be available within 48 hours. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.

 

If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).

 

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Abbey Wilson

Principal, FLHMS

Abbey Wilson, Principal

Stephen Walton & Hilda Robles, Assistant Principals

1001 Jennings Street, Rm 507 ∙ Bronx, NY 10460

logoP: (718) 319-7270 F: (718) 319-7275

IG: @flhmsx286 twitter: @FLHMSx286 

 

 

 

 

 

September 17, 2020

Dear Fannie Lou Families,


You may have heard that the NYC DOE recently made some changes to our calendar. We know this is a challenging time and information is changing rapidly. We are committed to getting you the most up-to-date information as soon as we have it!

  • Our first day of school for ALL STUDENTS will be on SEPTEMBER 21ST, 0 however, all students will be learning remotely from September 21-30.
  • If your child is in blended learning (groups A & B) his/her first day of IN-PERSON school will be OCTOBER 1ST or 2ND. 
  • Please see the updated calendar below as a reference:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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15

16


ALL STUDENTS

Virtual Orientation

17


ALL STUDENTS

Virtual Orientation

18


ALL STUDENTS

Virtual Orientation

21

First FULL day for all students - all students online!


GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

22

Remote learning day - all students



GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

23

Remote learning day - all students



GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

24

Remote learning day - all students



GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

25

Remote learning day - all students



GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

28


YOM KIPPUR


NO SCHOOL

29


Remote learning day - all students


GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

30


Remote learning day - all students


GROUP A - remote

GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

Oct 1


GROUP A @ FLH - First day in person!


GROUP B - remote

GROUP D - remote

Oct 2


GROUP B @ FLH - First day in person!


GROUP A - remote

GROUP D - remote


Please keep checking our website for more updates or contact our school for additional questions. 


Sincerely,

Abbey Wilson

Principal

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Abbey Wilson, Principal

Stephen Walton & Hilda Robles, Assistant Principals

1001 Jennings Street, Rm 507 ∙ Bronx, NY 10460

P: (718) 319-7270 F: (718) 319-7275

IG: @flhmsx286 twitter: @FLHMSx286 

 

September 4, 2020

 

 

Dear Fannie Lou families,

 

You may have heard that the NYC Department of Education recently made some changes to our calendar for the beginning of the school year. As of today, we are still waiting for the full school year calendar to be released. However, we want to be sure you have the most up to date information from us about this, and at this time we can confirm that:

 

  • September 16-18 will be virtual orientation days for all students - a schedule and information on when and how to log in will be coming soon!
  • September 21 will be the first day of teaching and learning for all students. 

 

By Friday, September 11th, we will provide you with:

  • Your child’s specific class and their class schedule for remote and blended learning,
  • Your child’s advisor, the main teacher you can contact with school-related questions,
  • A week-by-week school calendar (pending the release of the NYC DOE school calendar), and
  • A suggested supplies list for remote learning and what students should plan to bring (and keep) at school if they are participating in blended learning.

 

In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take to get ready for the start of classes:

 

  • Set up your New York City Schools Account to see your student’s grades, attendance, fitness results, schedule, and more from any phone, computer, or tablet.

 

Contact Fiorella for your unique “account creation code” and step by step instructions.

 

  • Prepare your child’s remote learning device

 

  • If you have a DOE-issued iPad, follow the instructions in this guide to update the iPad and restore Internet service. Contact Lianna or Awilka if you have any trouble completing the update and getting your iPad to work again.

 

  • If you have a laptop borrowed from Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School, charge the laptop, turn it on, and check that it is functioning properly. 

Contact Lianna or Fiorella if your Fannie Lou laptop is not functioning properly

 

  • If your child does not have a remote learning device, don’t worry! We will be able to loan you a laptop or tablet to use at home, and we will be in touch soon about coming to the school to pick up and sign out a remote learning device. 

 

We know there are still many questions ahead and we are working hard to be able to provide answers for all of them as soon as we can. Please keep an eye on your email, and check out the DOE’s back to school website for more information. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Abbey Wilson

Principal

 

 

 

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Abbey Wilson, Principal

Stephen Walton & Hilda Robles, Assistant Principals

1001 Jennings Street, Rm 507 ∙ Bronx, NY 10460

P: (718) 319-7270 F: (718) 319-7275

IG: @flhmsx286 twitter: @FLHMSx286 

 

 

 

August 15, 2020

 

Dear FLHMS students and families,

 

As the summer months come to a close, I hope everyone has been able to stay safe and healthy. I know that there is much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year, and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on where we are at in our planning and decision making.

 

Thank you so much for all of your feedback at our FLHMS Town Hall Meeting in July, in your responses to our surveys, and in person when our staff calls. As of this week, based on the information we have gathered from the DOE survey, staff surveys, and our family outreach, the School Leadership Team has selected Model 1A as the blended learning model for next year. This means that families who have selected the blended learning model will have students in school between 2 and 3 days per week. This choice is based on our current understanding of enrollment, teaching capacity, and the physical size of the classrooms in the school building. Please be aware that we may need to switch to a Model 2 this year if more families decide that their children want to attend school in-person. 

 

All of the visuals and general information about each model can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/district-school-reopening-plan-submission-to-nysed/school-scheduling-models

 

All of our school reopening plans at FLHMS start with the NYC DOE Reopening Plan as the foundation. That plan can be found at the following link and the DOE website has detailed information as well: https://cdn-blob-prd.azureedge.net/prd-pws/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2020-nycdoe-reopeningplan.pdf. Building on the DOE Reopening Plan, we are creating our own routines, procedures, and plans for a safe return in the fall and working in partnership with PS 66.  More information will be shared on this as we finalize specific plans closer to the start of school in September. 

 

In order to ensure that you are able to ask questions, surface concerns, and hear this information directly from me, I have scheduled a second virtual FLHMS Town Hall Meeting on Friday, August 21, 2020. We will have two times that you are invited to attend: 10:00 AM or 6:00 PM. Please see the Zoom information HERE.

 

We invite you to submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/12x286questions 

 

Thank you for all that you do to support our school community and ensure that all staff, students, and families are able to be safe at school. We would not be the strong community we are without your dedication, support, and involvement.  I look forward to seeing you next Friday!

 

Best,

 

Abbey Wilson

Principal