Mr. Corrado letter to QHST Students and Families Regarding the School Closure due to COVID-19 Outbreak
March 16th, 2020
Dear QHST Students and Families,
I would like to begin by expressing, on behalf our our entire QHST School Community, that I wish all of our QHST students, families, and partners, safety and health over the next few weeks and months. In line with the Mayor and Chancellor, I stress the importance of “social distancing” and good health and hygiene practices - especially frequent hand washing. Now that school buildings are closed, students, and everyone, should avoid indoor spaces with large groups of people. While I know that this will be challenging over the next few weeks, it is the best way to stay and keep others around us, healthy. Now is the best time to build on the best Drop Everything And Read practices that we have worked hard to instill in our students, and stay at home and read. And if the weather is nice, go to one of our City’s great parks.
That said, we at QHST are focused on continuing to support the highest levels of learning and success for our students. We will be working over the next few days to put Remote Learning strategies in place for students, and I will communicate more information as it becomes available.
In preparation for Remote Learning, I would like to ask all QHST students to think about QHST G-Suite Account. If students have already set-up their accounts, please ensure that passwords are up to date (and if necessary, reset passwords using “self service” 2 Factor Verification - this can only be done if students already set up their accounts and set-up self password reset using 2 Factor Verification). If students have NEVER set up the email account, they can do so by using their First Initial and Last Name (ecorrado) as the user name (current Freshmen have the number “20” following their username - ecorrado20, for example) @ queenshsofteaching.org AND use their 9 Digit Student Identification (OSIS) number as the password. Again, this is only for new accounts. If students have an existing account, that they have set up, but do not have the password and did not set up self-reset through 2 Factor Verification, we will be setting up and communicating a way to reach out to school staff members this week so we can reset passwords. I will communicate more information regarding these protocols and more connected to Remote Learning as they become available over the next few days.
Additionally, please see the information below, as it is the most recent communication that I received from the NYCDOE Chancellor:
Monday, March 16, 2020
- Schools will be closed for students and school-based staff on Monday, March 16, 2020.
- Grab-and-go meals will be available from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM at any school building for any student who needs breakfast and lunch.
- All NYC Early Education Centers are recommended to close programs and communicate to all families and staff.
Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19, 2020
- Teachers, principals, and school-based staff will report to school to engage in professional development and prepare to provide instruction remotely to students.
- There will be more details forthcoming about remote instruction. The goal is to begin Remote Learning with students on Monday, 3/23.
From Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17(last day of Spring Recess)
- Students will not report to school buildings. Central and borough/citywide offices remain open.
- During this time, social distancing practices should be practiced by all community members.
By Monday, March 23, we expect all students and teachers to begin engaging in remote learning in all grades. DOE central and borough offices will support all schools to deliver remote learning, and to provide students and teachers with online platforms to facilitate learning. We will also be opening Regional Enrichment Centers offering in-person educational enrichment for full school days to serve students of first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. You can expect to hear more details about the expectations for remote instruction in the coming days and weeks.
In closing, it is important to reiterate that this is not a closure, but a transition. We are continuing the vital work of serving our City’s students, day in and day out, in all the weeks ahead. The work we all believe in so deeply will not stop, and we will be using all the tools available to us to expand our capacity and explore new horizons of learning.
I will communicate more information as it becomes available, and again, on behalf of our entire QHST school community, wish everyone the best during this difficult time.