Welcome to I.S. 234's COVID-19 Response Page
Below you’ll find all the critical information about how W A Cunningham IS 234 is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.
We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe. Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change. The NYC Department of Education also has important information and resources for you.
SCROLL DOWN AND READ the Q and A section for more info. Click on all links.
All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results. https://healthscreening.
Following 9/18/20 announcement of a new staggered in-person start to the school year, attached please find a letter informing you of this important adjustment. Translations are available on the Messages for Families page.
Middle Schools (Grades 6-8): In-Person Learning begins on Thursday, October 1
Please read this very important letter Covid19 dated 9/16/20 from Ms. Flynn.
Please Read Ms. Flynn's Welcome Back Letter (VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION)
You can translate her letter on https://www.is234.com/Domain/10
Our school's schedule for in-person learning:
I. We are starting the school year with a hybrid/blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days.
- Grade 6 is Cohort A
- Grade 7 is Cohort B
- Grade 8 is Cohort C
- 100% Remote is Cohort D
Cohorts A, B & C Calendars:
*REVISED October Calendar
II. When you are physically in the school for hybrid/blended learning depends on your grade/cohort. As a reminder, model 3B was chosen to meet the needs of our school. Therefore, the hybrid/blended learning students, Cohorts A, B and C, will be in school 2 days a week and then remotely 3 days a week. If your student is full remote, Cohort D, they will work from home 5 days a week.
III. As per Mayor De Blasio's announcement on September 1st:
- All students will begin remotely on September 16th, 17th and 18th for Orientation. Wait for an email for more details. You will log in with your is234.org account.
- Students who have hybrid/blended learning the in school classes will begin on September 21st.
IV. Click here for the NEW NYCDOE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2020 CALENDAR
V. I.S. 234 Supply List for the 2020-2021 School Year
- 1- marble notebook for math
- 1- 5 subject notebook
- 1- folder
- Pens and pencils
- Dry Erase Markers
- DOE issued iPad or Personal Device (If it was requested and provided)
- 1- Pair of inexpensive earbuds. (NO BLUETOOTH in the school building)
*Students are responsible for their own tech devices.
VI. I.S. 234 Student Bell Schedule Click here to view the 2020-2021 Bell Schedule
Q & A
Information is posted to our school's main website at is234.com and on this webpage.
For information pertaining to 8th grade, we also post information to the Senior Celebration Webpage.
Our school is making the physical building a safe place for learning:
- Class sizes have been reduced to 10;
- Increases in cleaning frequency as per the guidelines
- Hallways and staircases are designated for particular directions
- Maintaining social distance of 6 feet.
- Visitors must have appointments and follow CDC regulations
As many of the protocols for in-person learning have changed, if your child has a temperature in the morning, please keep them home.
Do not send them to school on a fever reducer such as Tylenol, etc. The BRT (Building Response Team) will be taking temperature checks in the morning upon entry.
If a student is deemed to have a temperature by our nurse, you or someone on the blue card will be required to pick them up.
Please make sure that the most up to date telephone number(s), email address, etc. is on file at the school. Please understand upon entry to the building, adults will have their temperatures checked as well; anyone with a temperature over 100.0 will not be granted access to the building.
Due to the limited spacing that we have (as we are short one building), we are asking all parents to make appointments prior to coming to the building; by doing this, we can ensure ample space and social distancing requirements can be met.
All students and adults must wear masks in the building at all times; any person who refuses to wear a mask will be denied entry.
We will be hosting most meetings via ‘Zoom’ or some other platform such as ‘Google Meet’; please understand at this point, the health and safety of our entire school community is our top priority.
- If your DOE device is not working properly, please click here: Technical Support
- If you need to request a DOE device, please click here: Device Request
- If you need to return a device, please read below:
Students who will attend a DOE school next year may keep their DOE iPad over the summer. In the fall, returning students will be asked to bring the DOE device to the school they are attending. This includes students transitioning to new DOE schools, such as middle or high schools or students transferring to a new DOE school.
Students who are graduating or not returning to a DOE school in the fall will need to return their centrally distributed iPads. If any family needs to return an iPad, they should contact their child’s school, fill out a Technical Support for Families form, or call the help desk 718-935-5100.
Principal, Ms. Flynn; email@example.com
Parent Coordinator. Ms. Guttenplan; MGuttenplan@is234.org
Assistant Principal of Safety and Security, Ms. Camillieri; JCamillieri@is234.org
Grade 6 Assistant Principal, Ms. Schnell; ASchnell@is234.org
Grade 7 Assistant Principal, Ms. Wachtel; AWachtel@is234.org
Grade 8 Assistant Principal, Ms. Barquinero; EBarquinero@is234.org
Our school will provide free meals to our students:
- Masks - all students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks as per the CDC guidelines
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet
- Open windows for ventilation
- Use doors, hallways, and staircases in the posted direction
- Reduced class size, inclduing gyms, music and dance rooms
If you want to change from blended/hybrid learning to remote, complete the survey here: Learning Preference Survey
However, if you want to change from remote to bleded/hybrid, the next avaialble date is:
1st - October 26 through October 30 is the Blended Learning Opt-In Window for Quarter 2
2nd - During the week of November 2 is when schools program students newly opted in for Blended Learning
3rd - During the week of November 9 is when schools inform students newly opted in to Blended Learning of their schedule
*Please note that students can change from Hybrid (Blended) to 100% remote at anytime.*
Virtual Backpack-Click here to open the Google Drive that has important letters for families.
Remote Learning Expectations
During hybrid/blended or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher.
- Students must check their is234.org emails accounts several times for information or www.is234.com.
- Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. You can find a link to your teacher's Google Classroom in the Staff Directory.
- At-home assignments will be posted in Google Classroom.
- APPs for Live Instruction may be Google Meet, ZOOM, or Microsoft Teams. Please make sure you have these APPs downloaded to your device.
- Assignments will be graded.
- Check Google Classroom for your remote sessions.
- When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, 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.
Meeting Special Needs
Information for students and families with exceptional circumstances:
- Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19, you may opt to 100% remote learning. Complete the Larning Preference Survey at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference.
- Special needs students: Students with special needs will receive a separate email from Ms. Barquinero with instructions regarding services. We are committed to fully complying with IEP and 504 accomodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models.
Safety Precautions Taken By Our School
Our school's changes in policies, procedures, and physical environment to improve safety:
In addition to everyone wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recomended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
- Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size to 10.
- Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows and doors, weather permitting.
- Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon.
- Hallway/Traffic Flow: Hallways and staircases will be one way only.
- Ingress for students will be through the ramp in the schoolyard.
How Hybrid Learning Works
Our school's approach to hybrid/blended and remote learning:
Hybrid/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 students.
- Remote instruction will take place via Google Meet, ZOOM or Microsoft Teams.
- Mental Health Resources
- CDC COVID Resources
- Find A COVID Test Center
- NYC Housing Support
- Find A Hospital
- Utility Bill Assistance
YOUR SAFETY CHECKS EVERY DAY:
- TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE EVERY MORNING BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL
- ALWAYS SOCIAL DISTANCE BY 6 FEET
- WEAR A MASK
- TRY NOT TO TOUCH YOUR FACE
- WASH YOUR HANDS FOR 20 SECONDS
- USE HAND SANITIZER
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact our COVID-19 safety coordinator Ms. Camillieri:
Phone: 718-645-1334 EXT 3370
*You can also connect with your teachers directly using the Staff Directory.
School Reopening Plans for Fall 2020
Please read the New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan, which outlines the policy, guidelines and processes schools will follow to open safely in September. Building upon the District Plan, every school has provided information on key school-specific contacts and safety measures that have been put into place, which is linked below.