Community Board 11 Education Committee Meeting- Mon. 7.27.2020 @7:30PM

From Committee Chair:

“Please be advised that a meeting of the Community Board 11 Education Committee has been scheduled for Monday, July 27, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
⦁ To discuss the decision whether or not to open schools in September with each school opening differently and trying to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  
⦁ Concerns regarding safety, considering that many schools have overcrowded buildings and over-sized classes.  
⦁ To provide support for a percentage of teachers that would not be able to teach live classes because of medical conditions that could be further complicated by COVID-19.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held via teleconference using Zoom. The instructions to join the meeting can be found on the following page.

From Family & Community Empowerment: Information Sessions & Learning Preference Form

Family and Student Information Sessions
We encourage families to join FACE for their upcoming Student and Family Information Sessions where DOE leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.  Registration for all upcoming sessions (see dates below) is now open here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020; Wednesday, August 12, 2020; Thursday, August 27, 2020

All sessions are from 6:30-8:00PM on the above dates. You can access the registration page by using this link: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020 The recording for the first Family and Student Session on July 16, 2020 is now posted and you can access the recording at: https://learndoe.org/face/recordings/

See HERE for the flyer.

Learning Preference Form
As you know, last week the DOE announced preliminary guidance for principals to plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

This fall, NYC schools will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning.  

Parents can choose from two options: 

1. 100% Remote Learning (all online, from home). OR 

2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Students can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: the school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks.  

Parents should make their choices by completing this form by August 7, 2020.  If you or a parent you know is having difficulties completing this survey, please call 311.

If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, you should fill out the form again by August 7.  After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year. 

Food Benefits for Our Children

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) Food Benefits

From https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/food-benefits

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards.Children enrolled at schools provided breakfast and lunch service by the DOE’s food and nutrition program are eligible.

  • Benefits will automatically be issued to all eligible students, program enrollment is not required.
  • For students whose households receive SNAP, Temporary Assistance or Medicaid benefits, P-EBT benefits will be loaded to those household accounts.
  • For all other students, new cards will be issued to each student specifically for P-EBT benefits and mailed directly to students’ home addresses.

Benefits will cover the period from March through June, 2020.

  • The maximum total benefit per student is $420. 
  • Benefits will be issued beginning in June.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Food Benefits(Open external link) for more information.For questions about this program:

“Return to School 2020” Family and Student Information Sessions

Our city is committed to keeping the parents and students informed about the Back to School procedure in September. A series of Family & Student Information Sessions are being scheduled to answer any questions or concerns that families may have. The first of these sessions will be held on July 16,2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Other dates for the sessions will be:

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020

Register HERE for the July 16th session.