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Technology Update

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Equipment Distribution from the DOE

Please see the information below regarding technology and fill out the survey as soon as possible. Dead line for survey is March 20th. 


We are asking families to complete a survey  sharing their best contact information over the next few weeks as well as whether they have access to a smartphone, a laptop/tablet/computer, the internet, or none of the above. We will use the information to prioritize device distribution and inform families of pickup location.

Listing of our school on the survey dropdown: J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget – K088

 


Consulte el correo electrónico a continuación y complete la encuesta lo antes posible. La fecha límite para la encuesta es el 20 de marzo.

Distribución de equipos del DOE

les pedimos a las familias que completen una encuesta para compartir su mejor información de contacto durante las próximas semanas, así como si tienen acceso a un teléfono inteligente, una computadora portátil / tableta / computadora, Internet,

O ninguno de los anteriores. Utilizaremos la información para priorizar la distribución del dispositivo e informar a las familias de la ubicación de recogida.  survey

FREE Wi-Fi Available

Charter Communications will offer FREE Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395; and find out more at http://bit.ly/freecovidinternet.

Trouble with Logging in?

Students can learn how to find their DOE accounts and log in – Student Accounts (DOE Website)

Students can reset their DOE account password – Student DOE Account Password Reset Page (DOE Website)

 

Library Resources from Home

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Library Resources Available from Home

These resources are available from home with a public library card.

MyLibraryNYC Landing Page for Digital Resources

Brooklyn Public Library eBooks and Audiobooks

How to Access the New York Public Library’s Digital Resources 24/7

Queens Public Library Digital Media

BPL Learning Resources Available from Home

NYPL Databases Available from Home

QPL Research Databases

A Letter from the Chancellor

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March 16, 2020

Dear Families,

All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.

Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being.

On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen.

Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, students and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning.

Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days. All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations

That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon.

I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-fromhome materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model.

There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject at schools.nyc.gov/learnathome.

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible.

Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that.

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update for more information and updates on this transition.

 

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

COVID-19 NYC Schools Update

Dear Middle School 88 Families,

Mayor De Blasio announced that starting March 16th, 2020 NYC schools will be closed until at least April 20th to control the spread of COVID-19.

If you need to grab breakfast or lunch, the MS88 building will be open for food pick up daily from 7:45 am- 12pm.

Your teachers are in the process of working on distance learning plans for you, and will be reaching out to you.

Should you need technology, resources and information will be available on Friday, and please note more details are to come.

We will be sending out information continuously to ensure that students are learning, and our families are informed.

Coronavirus Update

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A Letter from the Chancellor

The health and safety of all students, staff, and families continues to be the DOE’s first priority. Based on current recommendations from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and in an abundance of caution, we are asking all of our middle schools to use phone or technology-based options to conduct March Parent Teacher Conferences this week. 

Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday evening (3/12) and Friday afternoon (3/13) will still take place; however, you should not attend in person.  Instead, Parent Teacher Conferences will occur by phone or virtually. 

For now, here is what you need to know: 

  • Since time is already held on school and parent calendars this week for conferences, Parent Teacher Conferences proceed Thursday, March 12 – Friday, March 13 as planned. But, instead of convening them in person, we are asking you to participate virtually or by phone. 
  • Someone from your school will proactively contact you about participating in the phone or virtual conferences. If you are unable to connect virtually or by phone during the 3/12 evening conference or 3/13 afternoon conference times, schools can reschedule for a time that would be convenient for you. 
  • To get ready for the Parent Teacher Conferences, families can access their child’s grades through the New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). If you don’t have an account yet, visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/in-our-classrooms/nyc-schools-account 

We appreciate your flexibility at this time. This change helps us promote the safety and health of parents and students, while ensuring these critical conversations with your child’s teachers occur. 

Please visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus at any time for important school-related updates. 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

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Good Afternoon Parents,

The DOE has cancelled all in-person Parent-Teacher conferences.  Middle School 88 will still honor appointments through phone calls or web-based conferences. Teachers will contact you at the designated times in order to ensure that we are still able to have this important time for communication.

School buildings will NOT be open to parents tomorrow.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation,

Middle School 88 Administration