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8/17 – Our re-opening model was approved by the DOE

Dear Students and Families,

We wanted to let you know that our proposed re-opening model was approved by the DOE today so we can begin to program (see below for a visual of our model).  As you know, the model is for blended students to be assigned to either a Mon/Tues pod or a Thurs/Fri pod for their in-school days.  On Weds, Students with Disabilities, Multi-Language Learners, and Students in Temporary Housing will have first priority for an additional half-day morning of instruction.  
There is still missing information from the DOE before we can solidly know our program/schedule.  This includes staff who have applied for medical accommodations (about three-quarters of the staff have received notification so far from the DOE).  This also includes the DOE’s requirements for how students with disabilities will be programmed and Special Education compliance/policies.  
We hope to notify all families/students of their schedule (days/classes/teachers/schedule) beginning the week of August 31.  On their remote learning days, students will have an assigned schedule of live classes to attend – attendance at live classes is required.  We are currently aiming for the school day to be 9am-2:30pm.  Blended learning students will have a full day of courses from 9am-2:30pm including lunch during their on-site days.  Students in all-remote or on their remote learning days will have approximately 2-3 live classes each day (about 50 min each, occurring between 9am-2:30pm – the rest of the time will be asynchronous self-directed learning using Google Classroom).
We will continue to update our Frequently Asked Questions document, which is linked here and on our website
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Take care,
Scill and Imani