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News and Announcements
Mr. Corrados Letter to Students and Families about MIS-C and Future updates at QHSTPosted: May 19th, 2020
Dear QHST Students and Families,
As I shared during my first communication at the start of our transition to Remote Learning, and many times throughout, the safety and health of our QHST Students and School Community is our first priority. Over the past few months, our City has worked together together to begin to "flatten the curve" and we have successfully reduced the number of new COVID-19 transmissions, hospitalizations, and deaths. While there has been great progress since March and we will soon see more opportunities to begin to resume some of the more typical activities of our daily lives, I continue to caution you to strictly adhere to Social Distancing Guidelines and wear facial protection when you leave your homes. While many experts believe that we may see less virus activity during the summer months (because many more well known viruses like the season flu become less active in the warm weather), this is a novel virus that we still know very little about, and what we do know for sure is that the virus can still be transmitted until we have a vaccine.
Additionally, over the past few weeks, another COVID-19 related illness has been detected in children across our city, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The syndrome was previously called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome or PMIS. MIS-C is like other serious inflammatory conditions such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Children with MIS-C can have problems with their heart and other organs and need to receive medical care in a hospital. MIS-C is a rare condition. However, because children with this syndrome may become seriously ill, it is important that parents know the signs and symptoms their children may have, so they can get help right away. Additionally, please see the attached document for more information related to MIS-C.
As you may have heard during the Mayor's Press Conference this morning, we are receiving more guidance related to summer Remote Learning experiences, and we are finalizing plans for the end of the 2019-2020 School Year, including Remote celebrations and community-building activities, grade level awards ceremonies, and our Class of 2020 Remote Graduation Ceremony. We will share more information and final plans regarding these important pieces of work by next week. However, I wanted to share this urgent information connected to the health and safety of our children as soon as it became available.
With plans to continue Remote Learning during the summer months, I again stress the importance of staying at home to minimize the threat of transmission of the COVID-19 Virus. As the weather gets warmer, and we transition to fewer Remote Learning activities, including those focused on enrichment and "make-up" or progress toward meeting the current year's learning standards, parents should continue to stress the importance of the following our NYS and NYC health and safety measures, and ensure their children follow them:
- As per NYS Executive Order No. 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others.
- Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.
- When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
- Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequ ently wash their hands.
And in turn, as has become the case here in the Corrado household, children too must continue to remind their parents, family members and friends, to adhere to these best practice guidelines related to safety and health. As my 4 year old daughter Lilly often reminds us, "The Corona Virus is outside so we have to wear masks when we go outside, wash our hands, and be careful!"
I wish all QHST School Community Members and your families health and safety as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Crisis. Additionally, I thank our QHST Teachers & Staff Members, Students, and Families for making our transition to Remote Learning a great success for entire QHST School Community. I look forward to celebrating a return to our home at QHST, and seeing you all soon.
Mr. Ean CorradoQHST Principal
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NYCDOE Office of Equity & Access letter regarding AP Exams.Posted: May 11th, 2020
WEBMASTER NOTICE: Their are TWO letters from the DOE Office of Equity & Access on the upcoming AP Exam. Pleases note that their are 2 letters. Letter 02 is the most recent letter from the Office of Equity & Access, Letter 1 is a previous notice that was issued to students and families. This is why we choses to have letter 2 on the top as its more recent for the AP students and families.
Dear Advanced Placement (AP) Students and Families:
We know this is an incredibly challenging time and we commend you for your courage, determination, and commitment. The transition to remote learning has presented unique issues and has demanded a lot of flexibility on the part of AP students and families citywide.
AP exams are administered at the direction of the College Board, a separate educational organization. As you know, in response to school closures due to COVID-19, the College Board has shifted all paper-based AP exams to online testing. In order to take the exams, students must have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone, as well as access to the internet. We know that access to technology impacts many students’ ability to take the online AP exams that begin May 11 and we prioritized device distribution to high school students who filled out the Remote Learning Device Survey.
AP World Language Exams
Additionally, College Board recently shared that they will not allow AP World Language exams to be taken on a desktop computer, laptop or Chromebook. AP World Language exams, including AP Spanish Language, must be taken on a downloaded app and therefore can only be taken on an Apple (iOS), like an iPad or iPhone, or Android-based tablet or smartphone, like a Samsung Galaxy. AP World Language exams begin on Monday, May 18. We recognize that this presents additional challenges for students who have been operating based on former guidance from College Board that all AP exams could be taken on any device. Please know that the DOE is doing everything possible to get you the appropriate device to take this exam prior to your exam date.
If a student needs an iPad to take these exams, visit this link to complete the Remote Learning Device Request survey and select “Please check here if you need a device specifically for an AP World Language exam.” It is important that you check this box so that we can prioritize getting you a device prior to your AP exam test date. Families can also call 718-935-5100 and choose “Option 5” to request an iPad. In order to ensure delivery of an iPad in time for an AP World Language Exam, families should place requests by:
- May 12 at 5 pm for the Chinese Language and Culture AP Exam
- May 13 at 5 pm for the Japanese Language and Culture AP Exam
- May 13 at 5 pm for the Italian Language and Culture AP Exam
- May 14 at 5 pm for the German Language and Culture Exam
- May 15 at 5 pm for the French Language and Culture Exam
- May 15 at 5 pm for the Spanish Language and Culture Exam
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may not have full access to assistive technology and software required to test . Further , students with disabilities should visit this site to learn more about which accommodations may be available during testing . It is important to note that the College Board will allow, in some cases, for someone in the household to read directions and exam content and / or assist students with writing their exam responses in instances where students do not have access to the necessary assistive technology or software . We want to acknowledge that this is not an ideal solution for students with no one else in the household or for students in households where no one is able to speak, read or write in English.
Please reach out to your school’s AP Testing Coordinator if you are experiencing issues with using assistive technology or software. If you do not know your school’s AP Testing Coordinator, you should reach out to your AP teacher.
For many students who are positioned to take online AP exams beginning May 11, we also want to acknowledge that your testing environment may not be ideal. With whole families together in the same space, it may be challenging to find a quiet location for students to take their exams and to avoid disruption for the entirety of the test(s). If a student needs additional time to request a device or prepare for the AP exam – no matter the subject – you can request to move your test to the June make-up date by submitting a request to cb.org/requestmakeup. This request must be submitted 48 hours in advance of the original test date.
If a student plans on taking online AP exams, please ensure that you review this letter (Word | PDF), which includes guidance on taking the exam and DOE’s commitment to paying for all students’ AP exam fees. Translated editions are available here.
Learning and sitting for exams remotely is challenging and the current crisis impacts our students unequally. AP for All committed from the beginning of this crisis to do everything possible to inform students, families, and teachers of the changes being made by the College Board and remove any potential barriers – including paying for all exam fees this year and taking steps to ensure students who need iPads receive them. We will continue to engage with the College Board to make sure all of our students are able to earn credit for the hard work they put into their Advanced Placement Class.
The AP for All TeamOffice of Equity & Access
Dear Advanced Placement (AP) Students and Families:
We know this is an incredibly challenging time and we commend you for your courage, determination, and commitment. The transition to remote learning has presented unique issues and has demanded a lot of flexibility on the part of our AP students and families citywide.
As you may know by now, there have been recent changes to the AP exam schedule and process for Spring 2020. Below is a summary which includes important exam updates for AP students and families; please read this information closely.
General AP Exam Updates
- The College Board has shifted all paper-based AP exams to online testing which students may complete at home or at school (if school buildings are reopened). Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place this year.
- For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates: one primary testing date, and one makeup date. A full list of exam dates and times is included at the end of this letter. An online version of the updated AP exam calendar is available here.
- NEW. In order to support schools, students and families, DOE will cover the cost of AP exams for all students for exams taken in spring 2020 (including the late testing window in June). If you have already paid your AP exam fees for spring 2020, then your school will issue a refund as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
AP Exam Format During Remote Learning
- Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP exams will be open book/open note. Students can review tips for taking open book/open note exams here.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Please note that students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
- Students can view details for each exam, specific free-response question types, and submission deadlines for courses with portfolio requirements here. Note that per College Board, the exams will only include topics and skills students have already covered in class by early March.
- Most AP exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
Online Testing Requirements
- Students will be able to take exams on any device—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students will be able to either type and upload responses, or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
- Ensuring that all students, including those enrolled for AP exams, have access to working technology and internet access is a priority for remote learning. Technology that meets the requirements for remote learning also meets the requirements for students to take AP exams online. If you still need a device, please visit this link to complete the Remote Learning Device Request survey or call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5 to request a device.
- In addition to the DOE’s efforts to equip students with technology during remote learning, the College Board is working with partners to support students who are in need of mobile tools or internet connectivity required for AP testing. Students and families should complete this form to indicate their specific need(s). If you are unable to fill out this form, your school can also complete the form on your behalf. Reach out to your AP teacher for support.
Preparing for and Accessing AP Exams
- Students will receive an email from the College Board in late April with a link to access their exam; this email will also include a unique access code. The email will include instructions on how students can access a mock testing environment to gain familiarity with the online testing platform in advance of the real test. These emails will be sent to the email address students used to register for their MyAP account. Students can make updates to their account here.
- In addition to regular coursework and assignments students receive through their remote learning classes, students have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. Students can access a schedule of live classes and recordings here.
Students with Testing Accommodations
- NEW. Students will be able to take online AP Exams with College Board–approved accommodations such as extended time. Information regarding testing accommodations for students with disabilities is available here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The College Board will post answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. Please check this site regularly for updates, and we will continue to update you as well.
We hope you found this information timely and useful. We will continue to send you new information and reminders in the coming weeks. If you have additional questions, please reach out to your AP teacher or your school’s AP coordinator. We wish each of our AP students all the best as they prepare for the upcoming AP exam cycle. Stay safe and do not be afraid to lean on the AP community during this time. We are here and we are thinking of you.
AP for AllOffice of Equity & Access
Mr. Corrado Letter to Students and Families about the AP Parent Webinar presented by Elevate Education and support for Free Civil Legal Services by NYC Council member Barry GrodenchikPosted: April 30th, 2020
Dear QHST Families,
I’m reaching out again today, with a shorter communication, to share two pieces of urgent and important information I believe could be very beneficial for many of our QHST Families.The first, attached, is information regarding Free Civil Legal Services & Supports that are available to all QHST Families who may be experiencing challenges that can be positively impacted as a result of legal intervention. The attached resource was shared with me by our local City Council Member, Barry Grodenchik, and provides families with contact information for the New York Legal Assistance Group. The second, is specifically targeted for QHST Families & Students who will be participating in our remote administration of the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams, beginning in May. Two of our partner organizations, the NYCDOE AP for All Office in collaboration with Elevate Education, will be offering a free webinar this evening, specifically designed to support families and students as they work together to prepare and study for the coming Advanced Placement Exams. Elevate Education supports schools and students, to teach students the cross-content skills that they need to become highly effective learners, and then to review and study the content that they have learned to perform well on high-stakes exams. Please see the information below regarding participation in this evening’s amazing and educational family event!
In partnership with the AP for All office, Elevate will be hosting a free, live AP Parent Webinar this evening to support the parents of your scholars as they prepare for their AP exams that are approaching quickly.
Live Webinar for AP Parents – Thursday, April 30 @ 7pm
Registration link: https://www.elevatecoaching.info/april30-parent-webinar-registration-usa/
Topics will include:
- Helping your child form an effective study space at home
- Creating an exam routine
- Maximizing focus and attention while studying
- How to support your child on the day of the exam
The webinar is free for all to attend – however we are limited to 1,000 registrations, and are nearing capacity already!
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Mr. Corrado Check In Letter to Students and Families for the Week of April 29thPosted: April 29th, 2020
Dear QHST Families,
Let me begin this week’s message by again wishing every QHST Family health, safety, and happiness during this time of crisis. I would like to celebrate our students for their amazing dedication to continued success and Remote Learning, in spite of the many challenges that we are all experiencing. I would also like to thank all of our QHST family-members for supporting our students to achieve these high levels of success and learning. And, if not for the hard work and commitment of our QHST Teachers, Counselors, and Support Staff, our achievement of a nearly seamless transition to Remote Learning and the high levels of support that we have provided to students and families throughout this COVID-19 Crisis would not have been possible. My sincerest gratitude goes to everyone, and I cannot thank everyone enough.
Last week, in my weekly outreach and communication with QHST families, I shared a document entitled, QHST Family Resources for the COVID-19 Crisis. Knowing and understanding the many challenges that the COVID-19 outbreak and the related City and State responses have created for our QHST Families, I believed that a single document including all of the resources that had been shared with us by our friends and community partners could be helpful. In response to my “1 Edition” of the resource, I received a great deal of positive feedback. As a result, I will continue to share the resources that are sent to us, including those shared by City agencies, elected officials, and community-based organizations, in addition to those shared by the NYCDOE connected to our work of Remote Learning. I hope these resources can be helpful to you and your family. Please see our 2 Edition of the Family Resources attached.
As I shared a few weeks ago, to support student Daily Attendance and share information with students during Remote Learning, we have created a QHST Remote Learning Student Homepage Google Classroom. I invited all students to join this Homepage Google Classroom and shared the Google Classroom Invitation Code with students via PupilPath email blasts, posts to their content area Google Classrooms, and through our QHST Gmail. In addition, support staff members of our Small Learning Community Youth Development Teams made telephone outreach to the families of students who did not join. While we have over 900 students who have joined the classroom, there are still over 100 students who have not. Please speak with your child to ensure that they have joined our QHST Remote Learning Student Homepage Google Classroom. If they have not, please share this Invitation Code: hck4odj, and ensure that they join today. Each morning, I post a Student Daily Attendance Survey Link to the Student Homepage. Each day, we have over 800 students who complete the Daily Attendance Survey. However, 100 to 200 students do not complete the Daily Attendance Survey each day, and as a result, do not receive credit for Remote Learning Daily Attendance. Please remind your child to ensure that they complete the Daily Attendance Survey each day. The link is typically posted by about 8AM each day and the Survey remains open for about 24 hours. Please check-in with your child to ensure that they have both joined our Student Homepage and that they complete the Daily Attendance Survey each day.
Last week, the NYCDOE announced the rollout of its first Student and Family Remote Learning Survey. Below, please find the link to the Family Remote Learning Survey. It is important that we hear your voices regarding our City’s transition to Remote Learning. Please complete the survey today using this link: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/nycdoe/Queens/surveys?language=en. I have also posted this Survey Link to our Student Homepage and asked students to complete the Survey this week.
Yesterday, the NYCDOE Chancellor announced changes to NYCDOE Academic Policy to support our transition to Remote Learning. NYCDOE Academic Policy aligns to NYS Education Department Regulations, and governs most aspects of our school work related to academics. Most importantly, yesterday’s announcement included guidance for schools pertaining to changes in our Grading Policy. In response to these guidelines, I will be collaborating with our QHST Teachers to revise our QHST Grading Policy to more specifically align to our work of Remote Learning. Once we have completed amendments to our policy, I will share that information with students and families. Since our transition to Remote Learning began, I have had the privilege to participate in two remote “meetings” with our NYCDOE Chancellor. During both, Chancellor Carranza stressed the importance of “flexibility” in our work of Remote Learning, given the many diverse challenges and hardships that are being experienced by students and families, both related specifically to Remote Learning and to the larger COVID-19 Crisis affecting our City. As a result, a significant piece of the citywide Academic Policy and Grade Policy changes is focused on students’ final grades as a result of our work via Remote Learning. As the Chancellor phrased it, “No student will receive a failing final grade.” Instead of grades of “F,” students who do not meet the standards and/or work requirements of high school content area classes will receive a grade of “Incomplete” and the “placeholder grade” of “NX” will appear on students’ Report Cards and Transcripts. High school students will have until January 2021 to complete outstanding coursework for grades of NX. If left unresolved, as per NYCDOE Academic Policy grades of “NX” typically revert to failing grades. That said, once we have more guidance related to summer learning experiences, it is both urgent and important that students who received grades of “NX,” immediately begin working to resolve those grades in July. Once this Spring 2020 Term ends and students earn their final grades, we will immediately begin to support students who have earned grades of NX. Our QHST Seniors will be prioritized to complete outstanding coursework as soon after June as possible. Additionally, all students who are relying on passing a Regents course in order to qualify for the corresponding Regents Exam waiver must successfully complete outstanding courses by August 2020 (as per my last communication to families, as a result to changes made to NYS Education Department Regulations, all of our QHST students who would have been scheduled to participate in June 2020 Regents exams will receive passing credit/an exam waiver for those exams provided that they successfully met standards, and complete or completed the aligned Regents Course, as evidenced by earning a passing grade). Though we are still in the planning phases, and no final guidance has been issued regarding summer learning experiences for students, the probability is that we will continue to support students’ learning and academic progress remotely, and we will be primarily focus on supporting students to resolve the grades of “Incomplete” that were earned during this transition to Remote Learning. The DOE is continuing to develop plans for programming and supports over the summer months. More information about summer school will be shared in the upcoming weeks. I have attached Chancellor Carranza’s full Letter to Families regarding Updates to Grade Policies and NYCDOE Academic Policy to this email message for everyone’s convenience. There are some additional school specific updates and revisions that we will be making to our QHST Grade Policy in response to this new guidance from the Chancellor, and we will share that information in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding these updates to NYCDOE Academic Policy and the ways that they affect your child’s progress toward graduation, please reach out to your SLC Guidance Counselor.
On behalf of all of us here at QHST, I wish all QHST Students and Families health and safety in this time of great difficulty and crisis. We will continue to get through this difficult time together, and when we do, we will be a stronger QHST School Community!!
In Solidarity & Support,
Ean CorradoQHST Principal
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Mr. Corrado Letter to Students and Families on the current status of the school clousre due to COVID-19Posted: April 20th, 2020
Dear QHST Students & Families,
On behalf of our entire QHST School Community, I would like to again wish all of our QHST Students and Families, health and safety as our City continues to make its way over the apex of the COVID-19 crisis, and we begin to hear more and more small pieces of better news about the outbreak. The small improvements that we are hearing through the daily news broadcasts and press conferences, regarding the decrease in the numbers of new infection cases affecting New Yorkers and those requiring hospitalization, are unquestionably the result of our effective implementation of the recommended mitigation techniques, including social distancing. I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to celebrate our QHST Students’ and Teachers’ for their effective implementation of Remote Learning, which has undoubtedly positively impacted our collective ability to remain intellectually engaged and to stay focused on positive and productive work, significantly increasing the likelihood that we all remain at home and continue to social distance. I celebrate our QHST Teachers for the commitment that they have demonstrated to our QHST Students and Families over the past four weeks. And I celebrate our QHST Students for their ability to transition to this new and difficult model of Remote Learning. And last but certainly not least, I certainly celebrate our QHST Families for your steadfast support of our students and school community, throughout this very difficult transition to Remote Learning and the COVID-19 Crisis.
In the same ways that you have been there to support us, QHST Families, I need you to know that we are also here to support you. If you have experienced tragedy, our Counselors and Community-based Organizations, including CommonPoint Queens Samuel Field Y and WEDIKO, are ready to be there for you with social and emotional supports. If your families and our students have been directly personally affected by the worst possible effects of the crisis – illness, loss, and/or economic hardship (including housing and/or food insecurity), please reach out to your child’s SLC Guidance Counselor to discuss the challenges and the ways that we can help. If you are experiencing economic or housing insecurity, in addition to our CBO Partners and our Queens North Borough and Superintendent’s Office, we have connections to other NYC Agencies that may be able to lend a helping hand, and/or connect you with the people who can. I have attached a document that I put together that outlines some of these resources, entitled QHST Family Resources for COVID Crisis. However, given this very challenging time, I know that a single “handout” will not meet the needs of all of our QHST Families. Additionally, it would be our pleasure to support you in navigating the sometimes complex web of community-based and City services and supports. For that reason, our Parent Coordinator Ernesto Isaac will be taking the lead on collaborating with any QHST Family that needs information or direct supports connected to any service outside of those that we can directly provide through our school community. Mr. Isaac has been leading our work of ensuring that all QHST students have the technology supports that they need to achieve success through Remote Learning. If you have completed an application to DOE Central regarding technology supports and have not received communication back and/or a device in the mail, please reach out to Parent Coordinator, Ernesto Isaac immediately. If you are still in need of technology supports, please see the link below to make a request to DOE Central to have WiFi enabled technology hardware shipped directly to your home: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices If you cannot complete the link yourself (due to technology challenges or any other issues), please reach out to Mr. Isaac directly via telephone and he can complete it with you. Families in need of WiFi and/or device support can also call the DOE Technology Helpdesk directly via telephone at 718-935-5100, and choose option 5 to request support with a device. If you have questions and/or need supports, as a result of economic, food and/or housing insecurity, and/or if you or your family members have experienced tragedy, trauma, and/or loss as a result of this COVID-19 Crisis, please reach out to QHST Parent Coordinator Ernest Isaac via email at: Eisaac8@schools.nyc.gov and/or via telephone at: 631-623-2143.
With 4 weeks now behind us, we have had many successes and there are many things to celebrate during our transition to Remote Learning. A majority of QHST Students are regularly attending and participating, continuing to engage in rigorous learning, and achieving high levels of success, in collaboration with teachers through their shared Google Classrooms. We have set up a QHST Student Homepage Google Classroom to share information with students and account for students’ Daily Attendance. All QHST Students must “check-in” at that Homepage Google Classroom daily, to receive credit for Daily Attendance & Engagement. We are reaching out to families of students who have not joined that classroom and/or who are not regularly completing the Daily Attendance & Engagement Survey, daily. We overcome most of the foundational technology-based challenges and it appears that the vast majority of QHST Students and Teachers have created an effective routine for communication and collaborative classroom learning via Google Classroom. We have heard students’ and families’ feedback regarding work and assignments, and in response to that feedback, we have made weekly adjustments and improvements to our work. Please reach out to your child’s SLC Assistant Principal if your child is having challenges engaging in daily lessons and/or completing their daily assignments. Your feedback is essential to us, as we partner in support of our students. And if any of these challenges are associated with a scarcity of technology resources in the home (we understand the challenges of parents, older siblings and relatives are working remotely from home and/or multiple school age children in the home need to share a device or two), now that families without technology resources have had the opportunity to request devices from DOE Central, I recommend that families with limited resources do the same, using the link above.
When we started the 2019-2020 School Year no one could have imagined that we would find ourselves in this situation. This is not the Spring Semester that any of us could have ever dreamed of. As a result of this devastating crisis affecting our City, State, and the world we live in, everything has changed, from how we get groceries to how we teach our students. However, with all that has changed, two things remain constant: our QHST School Community’s commitment to inspiring greatness and success in all of our QHST Students, and our unwavering dedication to providing the highest levels of support for both our QHST Students and Families. While we know that there are still many questions that we cannot answer, the Mayor and Chancellor’s Offices are collaborating with all of the City and State’s diverse educational stakeholders on a daily basis to make decisions, finalize plans, and share information. As soon as we have more information regarding all of the important questions that you have asked, related to the end of this school year, our scheduled Senior activities and events, summer school and enrichment activities, and the probability and possibility of our return to school in September, we will share that information with you. I will continue to regularly communicate with families via PupilPath Email Blasts, and we will continue to post this information to our QHST Website. Over the past week to ten days, we have received some important information regarding the facilitation of College Board Advanced Placement Exams, Revised NYSED Graduation Requirements for Seniors, and the June 2020 Administration of, and crediting all students (in Grades 9-12) for Regents Exams. Also attached to this email are three documents that outline key information connected to those topics (AP Exams, Regents Exams, and Revised Graduation Requirements for current Seniors). Please review the information that pertains to you and your child, and if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your SLC Guidance Counselor for clarification and support.
To summarize the most important pieces of the information in the attached documents from DOE Central, the piece that is most relevant to all QHST Students’ overall high school progress and performance (whether students are in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12), is that all students will receive NYSED Regents Graduation Credit for all Regents Exams that they would have been scheduled to take in June 2020. Due to this year’s transition to Remote Learning and the State’s inability to facilitate an effective June 2020 Regents Administration, the good news is that all QHST Students (across Grades 9-12) will receive Regents Credit for both: (1) those Regents Exams that students might have been making up, connected to courses that they would have taken in past years and/or (2) those Regents Exams that are aligned to the culmination of the courses that students are currently enrolled in. Since over the past few years, we have scheduled all students to re-take all Regents Exams that they may not have successfully passed in past years, with the goal of supporting all students to attempt to earn an Advanced Regents Diploma, all students should earn Regents Credit for both all the exams that they were scheduled to take in past years, and all exams that they were scheduled to take this year. That said, it has become exponentially more important that all students engage daily in our QHST Google Classrooms, participate in our Remote Learning activities, and complete and achieve success in their current Remote Learning coursework, to earn the required Content Area credits toward graduation. As of now, if our 12 grade students achieve success in all of their required classes, they will earn a NYSED High School Diploma at the end of the school year. Additionally, all other students (9-11 Grade) will also receive Regents Credit toward graduation for any course that they have taken and/or currently are taking, as long as they can achieve success and a passing grade in that course. While Remote Learning has created new and difficult challenges that we all need to support students to overcome, there has never been a more important time for students to ensure that they complete their work and work hard to pass their classes. The reward for passing classes has been doubled, as students will now earn both course credit and Regents Credit toward graduation!
To aid in the facilitating the success of all QHST Students, we have put in place a number interventions and supports. Our SLC Guidance Counselors and School Aides are making daily home contact for students who are struggling to effectively participate and achieve success in their Remote Learning classes. I celebrate our QHST SLC Guidance Counselors and School Aides for supporting our QHST students and families by engaging in this work. When students do not “attend,” engage, and/or submit their completed daily learning assignments via Google Classroom, teachers are submitting Referral Forms to our SLC Teams. Those referrals generate the daily calls that you may be receiving from SLC Guidance Counselors and/or School Aides. Families, please check our PupilPath-SKEDULA online gradebook at least once per week. To facilitate the effective communication that we all know that we need to meet our goals of success for all students, all QHST teachers have agreed to update students’ grades and learning progress in PupilPath-SKEUDLA within one week of the scheduled assignment’s due date. That said, students’ posted grades in all classes should only be about a week behind. For example, by today, at the latest, all students’ grades from work that was assigned from 3/23-4/10 should be posted in PupilPath-SKEUDLA. Many teachers are updating the system more frequently than that. My advice is to check the system at least once per week, and best practice would be about twice per week. Families should set up a regular schedule, on consistent days of the week and at similar times on those days, to check student progress on PupilPath with your child. For example, if families and students checked PupilPath together on Monday evenings and Friday evenings, there should be updated information in the system, and families can ask students to see their Google Classrooms and Remote Learning work, based on any concerns and/or updates in PupilPath. Teachers have also started sharing students’ Google Classroom Progress Reports with all families via email, and I will be asking all teachers to do the same this week. If you have not seen that information already, you should get an email (to the email address that we have on file in our PupilPath-SKEUDULA system) soon, including information regarding how to view your child’s Google Classroom Progress Reports. To see students’ actual work and assignments, you will still need to, and I very much encourage all QHST families to, sit down in front of the computer with your child and ask them to show you their QHST Google Classroom platform. Please ensure that we have your most updated contact information in our systems – PupilPath is a good place to look for that, and if you need support with PupilPath (everything from a registration code if you have not already registered, to updating contact information), please reach out to Parent Coordinator Ernesto Isaac. When you check PupilPath-SKEDULA, if you have concerns regarding your child’s academic progress and performance, and/or the information that is available in the system, please reach out to your child’s SLC Assistant Principal and/or Guidance Counselor as soon as possible.
Our primary goal continues to be to support the highest levels of success for all QHST students, in spite of this very challenging transition to Remote Learning. To achieve that goal, we must build strong collaboration and partnership between the school community and home community. Please continue to partner with us in this work, and if you have any questions and/or need any support, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. I wish all QHST students and families health, happiness, and safety as we continue to navigate these very challenging and most unexpected circumstances. If there is anything that we can do to support you, please reach out to us immediately. And again, the attachment titled, Family Resources, contains a great deal of vital and important information related to supports that are available for families throughout our City. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon, and again, wish every member of our QHST School Community and your community’s health and success during this very difficult time.
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Joint Letter from NYC Mayor and NYC Schools Chancellor reguarding the decision to keep NYC Schools closed till the end of the current school year.Posted: April 11th, 2020
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Less than one month ago, we came together and began transforming the largest school system in the nation. The battle against COVID-19 left us no choice but to close school buildings to students and staff, transition to remote teaching and learning from home, and adjust to distancing from each other to remain safe.
Now, we face another painful decision. After consulting with public health experts about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and with educators about the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year, we have decided that New York City school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning. We will continue to operate our 400+ school-based Meal Hubs, which serve three free meals a day to any New Yorker who needs them, and we will continue to ensure child care for the children of essential workers.
This is a painful but necessary decision for two reasons. First, public health experts have determined that community transmission of COVID-19 will be widespread well into the end of the school year. Even at low-level transmission, we’d have new cases, which would be extremely difficult to contain school-toschool. We believe there simply wouldn’t be enough time to bring our students back.
Second, we, as parents, know how important it is to have some sense of predictability in order to effectively plan for your family. This crisis is hitting all of us very hard. But we are hopeful that this sense of certainty will allow for more stability and the ability to better plan for our work and home lives.
We know this will have an immense impact on the 1.1 million students and 150,000 staff who make up our New York City public schools. But we are inspired by the extraordinary ways everyone in our school communities has risen to this challenge. Every day, we see how you – students, families, and the dedicated staff serving and supporting our public schools – are going above and beyond to connect in the face of this crisis, all in service of making sure learning continues. We also know that you’ll need support to continue this tremendous undertaking. That’s why we’re making the following commitments to you as we extend the closure of our school buildings until the end of the school year:
- Every student who has requested an internet-enabled device will have one by the end of April. No student will go without the tools they need for learning. We have already delivered tens of thousands of devices to our most vulnerable students, including those in shelter and temporary housing. We are committed to closing the remainder of the digital divide for each of our kids. If you still need a device, please fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form .
- We will make sure that parents can ask and get answers to their questions about remote learning. We know you need someone to turn to who will answer any question you have about education during this time—from social-emotional support to academic progress to graduation requirements. Your school is always ready and willing to support you, and we will also make sure that additional support is available as we continue in our remote environment. This means increasing hours and staffing of our parent hotlines so you can get the answers you need. Call 311 to be directed to the right DOE support.
- We’ll continue to invest in instructional resources, enrichment programs, and student supports for your families to engage in learning at home. Our students need and deserve rich, deep programming and remote learning opportunities as we go further into the school year, and we will continue to provide them. This includes learning resources provided by your teachers and schools, but it also includes enriching and fun materials from the world-class cultural institutions, libraries, museums, parks, and more right here in New York City.
- We will ensure every high school senior is supported towards graduation.We’ll provide 1:1 counseling support to every senior, working closely with schools and families to understand if students are on track—and if not, provide opportunities to help them get there. Guidance counselors from every high school will reach out to every senior to make sure they are on a path to graduate.
- We will reopen schools stronger than ever in September, ensuring the safety of our buildings and the resources in place to combat any learning loss and provide emotional support to our students, families, and educators as needed to resume learning and reconnect our communities.
Nothing about this is easy. For the last six years of this administration, public schools have been the anchor of our fight against inequality. They are how we’ve delivered increased opportunity, and we can’t overstate the loss of the concrete sense of community our schools provide. But this is about saving lives.
We are so grateful for your flexibility and patience; we know how hard every one of you has worked to support your children’s learning at home. And we will continue to make every effort to both support you and keep learning going during this unprecedented time.
We will also continue to keep you updated. As a reminder, you can visit DOE’s website anytime at schools.nyc.gov for more information and updates on our plans for the rest of the school year.
Bill de BlasioMayor
Richard A. CarranzaChancellorNew York City Department of Education
DOE Chancellor update on Extend Closure of SchoolsPosted: April 7th, 2020
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None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe.
This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day.
In that context, I have important updates and reminders to share with you:
- School Closures: The State has announced that all schools in New York State will now remain closed through April 29, 2020.
- Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school.
- Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8.
- AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey.
- Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools.
- I believe that the professionalism and dedication of our educators has never been more apparent than throughout this extraordinary crisis. They have risen to the occasion, fundamentally transforming our learning model while also attending to the altered needs of their own families.
Likewise, your support and partnership have been critical in helping our students cope, remain safe, and learn— even as you have confronted enormous stresses of your own. Thanks to everything you and our educators are doing together, I am confident that our children will continue to meaningfully engage and progress during these times.
Like our educators during this ordeal, you are truly heroes. We know this is difficult as we all learn to navigate through this unprecedented time together. But we will continue to do everything in our power to support you every step of the way.
Richard A. CarranzaChancellorNew York City Department of Education
DOE Chancellor update on June 2020 Regents ExamPosted: April 7th, 2020
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During this ever-evolving public health crisis, the health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. We know that this is a stressful time for all New Yorkers, but especially for our students who are about to graduate. Please be assured that we are here to provide resources and support to help all graduating students remain on their path to successful completion of high school. Below is the latest guidance regarding necessary requirements for graduation.
View Progress Towards Graduation Using Your NYC Schools Account
We encourage you to check your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) to track your student’s progress towards graduation. Families can use the Graduation Tracker in NYCSA to view the credits a student has earned, the exams a student has passed, the student’s credits-in-progress, and the remaining credits a student needs to receive either a Regents or advanced Regents diploma.
If you haven’t already, you can create an account here: mystudent.nyc. The information in NYCSA does not replace conversations with your child’s school, but can help you and your student assess their pathway towards graduation.
June Regents Exams Are Cancelled, And Exams Are Waived for Some Students
NYSED and the Board of Regents have cancelled the June 2020 Regents exams. As a result, students who intended to take any June 2020 Regents may be eligible for a June 2020 Regents exemption. This exemption applies to:
- Any student currently enrolled in a course that culminates in a June Regents exam, and who will have earned credit in the course.
- Any student currently enrolled in a course that culminates in a June Regents exam and who fails to earn credit by the end of the school year, but returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course credit. Such students will subsequently be granted diploma credit in August 2020.
- Any student who was previously enrolled in a course leading to a Regents exam, has earned course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents exam but was intending to take the test in June to achieve a passing score.
Although the Regents exams have been cancelled, students must still complete their required coursework in order to receive credits towards graduation.
Course Credit Requirements Remain the Same
While classes have shifted to a new platform, the method of instruction does not affect course credit requirements. Students must earn 44 credits to graduate regardless of whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely.
During remote learning, teachers will continue to grade students’ work so that they receive feedback about their progress. At the end of their courses, students will receive final grades as they would during traditional instruction. If students pass their courses, they will receive course credit. Students should connect with their teachers if they need additional support to stay on track with their courses.
Attendance Will Not Be Used to Calculate Grades
In the past, some schools may have used attendance as one element in determining a student’s final grade. Attendance may no longer be used as a factor in grading. Schools will continue to monitor student interaction and engagement in remote learning, but students will be graded primarily on whether they meet the academic requirements of the course. Contact your school if you have questions about the grading policy.
For additional information on graduation requirements and recent changes, please contact your school or visit schools.nyc.gov/graduationrequirements.
We are here to support our entire DOE community during this difficult time. For regular DOE updates regarding the coronavirus, please visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus.
Richard A. CarranzaChancellorNew York City Department of Education
QHST New Daily Student Attendance & Engagement Protocol for Remote LearningPosted: April 6th, 2020
QHST have put a new protocol in place to "log" Daily Student Attendance & Engagement. This protocol includes students self-reporting Daily Attendance & Engagement on QHST G-Suite platform, using a link that will be posted daily the new QHST Student Remote Learning Homepage on Google Classroom.
The link for each day's attendance and engagement credit will be posted by 8AM and will remain posted until 11:59PM, each day. Students must complete the Student Attendance & Engagement Survey daily. Additionally, now that we have a centralized Homepage on Google Classroom for all QHST Students, we will also post important school-wide announcements and non academic (community building and/or social-emotional learning) activities for students.
Please join the Classroom today and begin logging your Daily Student Attendance & Engagement, so you ensure that you receive credit for your amazing participation in our QHST Remote Learning G-Suite platform!
Please note for security reasons the code to sign up for this google classroom is not posted on this website. Students have received an email from Mr. Corrado, Principal of the Queens HS of Teaching, reguarding this announcement.
ALERT: Due to Coronavirus Outbreak, all PSAL sports teams practices, games, and other events (including try-outs) will be suspended effective immediately. All schools events will be postponed/cancelled until further notices.