UAM SUMMER NEWS NOW: Family Edition
Dear UAM Familia,
We hope that this newsletter finds you well and hopefully some have been able to indulge in this summer beach weather in a safe and responsible way. As many of you have already heard the Mayor and the Chancellor just announced that NYC schools will reopen with a hybrid model. Below is a glance at what this means for your student and what the “new normal” may look like. As with everything going on, much is still tentative and fluid as we wade forward through what is unknown territory for us all.
NYC DOE Updates
Family Choice - Opt into 100% Remote
Next week a survey will be made accessible to families so that they can indicate whether they would like for their child to continue learning 100% remotely when schools open. There will be a deadline for opting into remote and families will only be able to change this option at scheduled times (these dates are yet to be decided)
School Program Models
The DOE has developed three programming models that high schools may adopt for the 2020-21 school year. Each school is expected to submit their initial programming selection on July 23, with an option to revise the initial selection on August 14.
Currently the blended learning model that is best aligned with the school needs that we identified in May and June is:
In this model there are two cohorts of in person learning: Group A and Group B. Each cohort attends school two days a week (Group A: Tuesday/Thursday & Group B Wednesday/Friday) and has a third in person learning day every other Monday (*it makes sense for Monday to be the floating day as it is most likely to be a “holiday” so this ensures that students in the two cohorts get more equal in person learning time).
On July 17th, we will be holding a UAM Townhall to discuss and answer any questions you may have surrounding what remote learning will look like, what students commutes to school and home might be, and questions surrounding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for students. There will be a zoom link sent to families around mid week next week so please be on the lookout.
To our UAM Familia,
Summer has finally arrived!
We know that so many families have had to change their daily routines very quickly in a time of crisis, and serve as a strong support system for your loved ones. It’s not an easy task and we understand how heavy the weight load can be. For the summertime we will be sending out bi weekly Newsletters to our families in order to keep you informed of resources, activities, and support information available for you. In addition to this we will hold Virtual Town Halls each month to hear from our community and continue to keep our metaphorical doors open. There will be information coming out soon regarding remote learning options for families for Fall 2020 semester. Transcripts will be shared via email with students and families
Updates will also be made available on the UAM website and Instagram account. For those who missed the Class of 2020 Graduation you can see it and relive it here:
UAM Summer Staff Contact
Principal: Delia Veve
Assistant Principal: Paulo Fonseca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal: Bridget Garzaniti Email: email@example.com
Partnerships Coordinator & Student Contact: Felipe Pineda Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Coordinator & Parent Contact Kimani Calnek Email: email@example.com Mobile: (718) 288 4814
Staff Contact: Teresa MoriartyEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NYC Programs and Services
● Get Tested in Your Community: The City of New York is working to expand testing for COVID-19 rapidly throughout the five boroughs. Check back regularly for more locations as testing sites continue to open.
● Organizations Near You that Support Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families: Explore this interactive map that lists community based organizations dedicated to serving NYC’s linguistically and culturally diverse families. You can search by borough or zip code to get to know the agencies, advocacy groups, and youth organizations within your community.
● Get Adult and Family Mental Health Resources from the City: The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) provides a comprehensive list of no- or low-cost supports for physical and mental health supports:
○ NYC Well provides 24-hour hotlines in a wide variety of languages to support mental health, coping, and wellbeing.
○ Family Resource Centers provide family resources across the state including counseling and group support.
○ While many of the resources above are at no-cost for services with costs, New York State has issued an emergency regulation requiring insurance companies to waive deductibles, copayments (copays), or coinsurance for in-network telehealth visits, including mental health services. High-quality, low-cost and no-cost mental health services are also guaranteed for NYC Care members. New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance can click here to enroll in NYCCare.nyc or call 646-NYC-Care (646-692-2273).
● Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students: Pandemic EBT P-EBT is a program for families to buy food while students are learning from home. This resource shares that in NYC, every single public school student ages 3-21 is eligible, regardless of income or immigration status. Benefits will be issued automatically; there is no application or documentation required.
● Growing Up NYC: Growing Up NYC is a mobile-friendly website that makes it simple for families to learn about and access City programs, as well as services and activities available through government agencies and community partners in English and in Spanish. COVID-19 content and resources for families produced by DECE now appear on this page of the site.
Summer is here and the UAM Summer Reading Challenge is underway!!
Students: Please join the Google Classroom - use join code 6qvgafy - to join your peers in reading this summer.
Shout out to Emily Rodriguez who is reading Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me - Emily is noticing that “memory impacts the story greatly” and is curious to learn more. Parents: Summer reading is not only a wonderful way to help your child grow to be a life-long reader, but may also be a form of action and transformation.
In response to the pandemic and present racial paradigm shift. Thank you for encouraging and supporting your child’s summer reading - ideally for at least twenty minutes a day - and thank you for all you do year-round to enrich and support your UAM student.