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Return to School 2020 - General Info

Chancellor Communications
  • September 18: Update for Families (Link)
  • September 14: Chancellor's Update (Link) (Translations)
  • August 20: Back to School Pledge (Link) (Translations)
    • Learn about the DOE's commitment to health and safety for anyone in our buildings, and our promise to deliver learning to all our students, five days a week.
  • August 17: Update for Families (Link) (Translations)
    • The latest health and safety information, including on ventilation, school nurses, and testing and tracing in schools   
    • How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community   
    • How families can change their children’s learning preference to/from fully remote learning   
    • What happens if students attend school in-person on a day they are not scheduled to attend  
    • Supports for students with Individualized Education Programs   
    • Supports for students in temporary housing and foster care 
  • August 6: Chancellor's Message: Instructional Updates for Families (Link) (Translations)
  • August 3: Update for Families on Health and Safety Protocols (Link) (Translations)
 
Principal Erlenwein Communications

First Three Days of Remote Learning

 

 

How will I know my Class Schedule?

PupilPath is up to date and active, and you may now logon to view your schedule of classes. Once again, please keep in mind that ALL STUDENTS are learning remotely for Sept. 16, 17 and 18. We suggest that you use the VIEW AS A GRID choice when viewing your schedule so it is clear what classes you will be attending.

 

How can I find my Google Classroom codes?

Your teachers will be communicating your Google Classroom codes in two ways! You will be recieving an Email / Anecdotal Message from your teachers, with a welcome message and the respective Google Classroom Code. Be sure to check your email inboxes for whatever email account you are using connected to PupilPath.  Also, if you go to the Assignments Section for your classes on PupilPath, by the end of today, your teachers will have posted an assignment, which is really just a welcome message with the Google Classroom codes included.

 
What is the Remote Learning Day Schedule for the next Three Days?
 
Wed, 9/16/20
11:38 am - 12:32 pm    Day A - Pd 1
12:32 pm - 1:26 pm     Day A - Pd 2
1:26 pm - 2:20 pm       Day A - Pd 3
 
Thurs, 9/17/20
11:38 am - 12:32 pm    Day B - Pd 4
12:32 pm - 1:26 pm     Day B - Pd 5
1:26 pm - 2:20 pm       Day B - Pd 6

Fri, 9/18/20
11:38 am - 12:32 pm    Day C - Pd 7
12:32 pm - 1:26 pm     Day C - Pd 8
1:26 pm - 2:20 pm       Day C - Pd 9

 

When is the 1st Day of In-Person and Remote / Blended Learning?

Monday, September 21st. The SITHS.org Return to School page has much of the information you'll need. 

The schedule for Monday, 9/21 and thereafter is as follows for In-Person and Remote Learners:

 

What is the schedule of learning for the rest of the month of September and the beginning of October?

The SITHS.org Return to School page has much of the information you'll need. 

 

 
What about the SAT and PSAT for Seniors and Juniors, respectively?
 
We are planning to offer the SAT at SI Tech for seniors (only) on Tuesday, October 27th, and the PSAT for Juniors (only) at SI Tech on Thursday, October 29th. There will be a fee for the test and a student must be willing to physically attend school that day in order to take the exam. More information is forthcoming.
 
 
How can I learn more about the upcoming school year?

Tune into FaceBook Live for an address given by Mr. Erlenwein on Wednesday, 9/16 at 7PM. 

I need general help and need to reach out to someone?

E-Mail our Parent Coordinator, Barbara Malenfant, at BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov

 

Sincerely,

Mark Erlenwein

Principal

 

 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Update

First Day of School Update

 

An Update from Mr. Erlenwein - The Official Start of School
 
Hello Students, Parents and Caregivers,
 
I hope you are all doing well!
 
Over the next two days, we'll have a major update regarding what the school day and year will look like. Thanks for your patience and understanding. We're working VERY HARD to preserve the academic integrity and uniqueness of Staten Island Technical High School, to ensure that no matter which Learning Preference you chose, Blended or Fully Remote, that the courses that are available to our students remain intact and with 100% Staten Island Tech teachers teaching our classes.
 
Updates Regarding the Start of School:
 
All students, regardless of Learning Preference (citywide in NYC), will attend their first three days of school, remotely. These first Remote Days of School will be partial days (not full days) for Orientation and Transition on the following dates:
 
  • Wed, September 16
  • Thurs, September 17
  • Fri, September 18
 
More information will follow regarding the details of these three days.
 
Following the Three-Remote Days, All Students will start In-Person & Remote Learning (whichever is their preference) on:
 
  • Monday, September 21st
 
Stay tuned for more information over the next few days, as we will share what the daily school day will look like.
 
Be safe, thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing all of our students soon!
 
Sincerely,
Mr. Erlenwein
Principal
 
 

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Sunday, August 30, 2020 Update

Blended Learning Groups Assignments and Student Class Schedule Updates

 

I. STUDENT GROUPS

As explained in the August 25th update, we have divided the In-Person students into two cohorts, Group 1 and 2, while Group 3 are our Fully Remote students. Based upon the social distancing guidelines, of 8-12 students per classroom, the Blended Learning groups are being broken down accordingly by the following last name ranges.

Group 1: Student last names A - L 

Group 2: Student last names M - Z

Group 3: All students who opted-out of In-Person instruction for All Remote

 

See the chart below (Plan 1 - Exception Model 1B) to visualize the frequency and rotation of In-Person Learning over the course of the month of September. This is a tentative calendar view of the first month of school and intended to serve as an example only. The official NYC DOE 2020-21 Calendar has not been released yet, and September 10th as the first day of school is tentative, not definite. 

 

What if I want to Opt-Out of In-Person / Blended learning? According to the NYC DOE Student Learning Preference Website, At any time of year, for any reason, you can choose fully remote learning for your child. This means they would learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). Remote learning includes live interaction with teachers every day, and every class includes live instruction. Changing your preference: If you choose fully remote learning for your child, you will have the option to change back to blended learning at a few specific times during the school year, beginning in November 2020. Click here to change your learning preference to Fully Remote.

 

II. STUDENT CLASS SCHEDULE UPDATES

On Thursday, August 27th, the NYC DOE announced that a work agreement was reached between the NYC DOE and the UFT. Now that there is a work agreement defined and we are in the process of receiving further guidance on how to best adapt this agreement to our school schedule and individual student class schedules, we hope to be able to share what the actual school day will look like later this week for our In-Person and Fully Remote students. Once we are able to do so, we can engage in a larger Q&A to address any questions that may exist regarding the school day and any other concerns that may remain.

Note: The earliest we can deliver and release student's individual daily class schedules is September 8th or 9th. We apologize for the delay, but as you can see above and below, based upon the timeline and release of information, guidance and agreements, we (like every other high school) are still working diligently during the weekday, nights and weekends, to finish the challenging task of student programming.

Should you have any questions, please direct them to Mr. Erlenwein (principal) at Merlenw@schools.nyc.gov, or Barbara Malenfant (parent coordinator) at BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov.

 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Update

2020-2021 SITHS Student Schedule Proposal

(NYC DOE has Approved our Exception Model)

Click here to view the video of Mr. Erlenwein Explaining our Program Model.

(Disregard minutes 23:00 - 26:12, being our exception has been approved and we will not need to use Model 1B.)

 

I. Has SITHS's  Exception Proposal been Approved by the NYC DOE?

 

The good news is that, YES, our exception model has been approved. In-Person learning will occur three days a week for each of the two groups, for three out of every six weeks, as illustrated in PLAN 1 below, via the weekly and monthly table view which will allow us to rotates students in a 111-222 sequence as our Day ABC schedule continues consecutively.  This will allow us to execute an easier-to-follow ABC instructional schedule, and predictable in-person student group sequence. 

 

Using the 3 period-per-day block schedule, we will be able to continue to deliver Staten Island Technical High School’s rich and robust curriculum of courses aligned and exceeding New York State Learning Standards, Next Generation Learning Standards, the College Board Advanced Placement approved curriculum and syllabi, as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Work Based Learning Learning Standards, which is the foundation of our school’s unique and specialized curriculum.

 

 

 

II. When will I know which Group (Group 1 or 2) my child has been assigned to for In-Person / Blended Learning?

 

Originally, the NYC DOE's deadline for a school to inform families / students of their assigned Group Number, was Wednesday, August 26th. Due to the ongoing labor discussions and negotiations between the NYC DOE, UFT (teacher's union) and CSA (administrators union), Staten Island Tech, like most High Schools on Staten Island and citywide, will not be able to share each student's assigned group until the end of this week. We are aiming for Thursday or Friday to inform families of which group they have been assigned. This information will give families a general idea of how often they will be attending in-person learning at school, and when they are learning remotely. Fully remote learners are always attending classes remotely and will be given further information regarding their schedule, once we are able to do so.

 

 

 

III. Can I still opt-out of Blended Learning for Fully Remote Learning?

 

According to the NYC DOE Student Learning Preference Website, At any time of year, for any reason, you can choose fully remote learning for your child. This means they would learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). Remote learning includes live interaction with teachers every day, and every class includes live instruction. Changing your preference: If you choose fully remote learning for your child, you will have the option to change back to blended learning at a few specific times during the school year, beginning in November 2020. Click here to change your learning preference to Fully Remote.

 

 

 

IV. When will students receive their 2020-21 class schedule?

 

Due to the ongoing labor discussions and negotiations between the NYC DOE, UFT (teacher's union) and CSA (administrators union), Staten Island Tech, like most High Schools on Staten Island and citywide, will not be able to provide the detailed individualized Class Schedules for our students until we receive further information as to the the guidelines for who will be teaching Remote and In-Person learners. This is out of our control and a labor relations challenge that is impacting our ability to fully program our students and share that information. We as a high school are not alone and among the large number of high schools who are in a holding pattern at this point. I apologize that we do not have any further detailed information on actual class schedules at this time. I can promise, though, that our program team is working diligently around the clock, working on making the programs that students indicated they wanted (to the best of our ability) as close to a reality as possible. The final outcome of our work and what we will share is pending many vital answers to questions only the NYC DOE can provide at this time.

 

Once all the missing pieces have aligned, I will create an informative video explaining what the student's school day will look like, in addition to holding a town hall to answer questions. As it stands now, any town hall that I would conduct would be a myriad of questions with I as the principal continually, stating, "I am waiting for guidance in order to answer that question." I do not want to waste anyones time and wish for our time to be productive so we can proceed forward together. At that time, during the town hall, we will also address any safety protocols and concerns as well. Thank you for your patience!

 

Should you have any question, please email me at Merlenw@schools.nyc.gov

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Erlenwein

Principal

 
Contingency Plans for the Growth of the Demand
for In-Person Instruction 
What if the number of students who opt-out of in-person instruction decreases,
and more students switch to in-person instruction?
**NEW** Remote Learning Questions
 
What will be the exact schedule for remote learners’ live classes? (I need to have the work agreement
details from the NYC DOE and the UFT in order to finalize the schedule.)
 
How will tests and quizzes be administered? Tests and quizzes are going to have to be an array of alternative processes by which we assess students through, projects, essays and many creative means of assessing student's understanding of the content through providing them opportunities to do so, remotely. Traditional tests and quizzes leave far too much room for academic dishonesty and we have been experimenting and very successful this past spring, when Remote Learning was initiated.
 
 What online platform(s) will be used for attendance, turning in assignments, and live and recorded instruction? Google Classroom, and an array of digital tools, and digital content (Zoom, Meet, Nearpod, FlipGrid, Padlet, website, , ebooks, etc.) will be used  to deliver resources to students remotely ... stay tuned ... once there are concrete details, and prior to school starting there will be much more information on this. 
 
What opportunities will be provided for live class discussion and peer interaction? Every day of instruction will have asynchronous components, where the student is working on content autonomously on their own, followed by live instruction via Zoom / Google Meet, with the student's teachers to support and facilitate learning.
 
Will hard copy textbooks be used? If so, when and how can we pick them up—hopefully contactlessly—or get them delivered?) All content will be digital, more than likely.
 

 

**NEW** Program Model Questions (Reminder: There is an FAQ section further down this page.)

 

Q: If a student chooses to go all remote AFTER school has already started, would they go remote into the same program/classes they started hybrid? I know the teachers might not be the same, but how about the class? (For example, if a student in in AP Chem while hybrid, if they choose to go all remote, would there be a possibility they would get another type of science class?)

A: The answer to this question is pending further guidance from ongoing labor relation discussions and negotiations with the NYC DOE, UFT and CSA.

 

Q: Now that there is a more accurate approximation of the numbers of students attending school, will the number of buses leaving from Brooklyn increase so that they can accommodate social distancing on the bus?

A: No information has been shared at this point regarding the mass public transportation system and the ability to accommodate the demands that will be present once the school year begins. 

 

Q:  While in school, on your sample ABC Block Schedule, there is a possibility of free periods/no class at the end of the day. Could it be a possibility that a student has a free period/no class in the middle of the day? If so, where does the child do?

A: Our goal would be to avoid FREE middle periods at all costs, however, if that was unavoidable, we would have to provide a “swing space” that is only used for that one period for students with a free period to report to. Our goal is to not program students in such a way. The goal would be for the empty periods to take place at the beginning or end of the day.  


Q: Since the kids will be having only 3 periods each day how long would each period last? My child will be a senior and my concern is will the teachers be able cover all the materials that they are required to if the students have to take regents exams in spring and their AP tests. 

A: The answer to this question is pending further guidance from ongoing labor relation discussions and negotiations with the NYC DOE, UFT and CSA. Our goal is to cover all the material required for the Regents and AP curriculum, but please keep in mind, with In-Person and Remote Learning practices, it will have to be a blend of live instructional minutes and a variety of electronically-delivered content via the balance of those instructional minutes. It will be a different experience from the Spring, but with the same goal of covering the content through creative and innovative means.


Q: When will students be able to know what classes they were accepted to since some of them have summer work assignments to complete.

A. Being we are still awaiting guidance from the DOE, pending labor relations discussions with the UFT and CSA, we are unable to start and finalize student programs until we understand fully, the scope of which how teaching assignments will be divided among in-person and remote learners, which may have a significant impact on the courses we are able to offer students for this upcoming school year. There are only ELA, History and Russian assignments this summer. Please continue as planned with the assignments for the subjects you were planning on taking. Within reason, for the ELA class, you may need to hang in there a little longer to discern which ELA class you will be taking, once we are able to share final programs. There will be flexibility if and when needed depending on the timeline of program releases.

Q: Will my child be staying in school the full day, 8am to 2:50pm, for each of the three days that she will be coming in for "in-person" instruction. I'm trying to plan how she will commute to school each day and I would appreciate it if you could inform me of the time students will be dismissed from school.

A: The answer to this question is pending further guidance from ongoing labor relation discussions and negotiations with the NYC DOE, UFT and CSA.

Q: I was wondering if the in person teacher will be the same as the remote teacher? So, if my daughter is in front of Teacher A in school on Monday, will she be remote with Teacher A on Thursday? Or will it be another teacher? I think according to the UFT that it will be 2 separate teachers.

A: The answer to this question is pending further guidance from ongoing labor relation discussions and negotiations with the NYC DOE, UFT and CSA. While the news and reports from discussion with the “UFT” are allegedly “2 separate teachers,” I (the principal) have not yet received any confirmation of this in writing as of August 14th.  

 

Q. We selected blended learning for my child. What would happen if my child is not feeling well on one of his scheduled in person days? Would he be able to stay home and learn from home and not be marked absent for the day, even though his group is in the school building that day? Are we able to select remote instruction for that day only?
A. We are awaiting further instructions as to how attendance will be officially captured during Live In-Person and Remote Learning cycles. What you are proposing here makes sense and should probably be true, if indeed the child is up to working that day, otherwise I would suggest taking the day to get better. Stay tuned ... once the school year begins and I receive further information, I will be creating a Family Guide to the school year with the daily protocols, policies and expectations so there is ONE place for you to go to in order to find your answers.

 

Q: During the remote days will there be live instructions with teachers through zoom or other platforms or only work posted on google classroom like it was last spring. 

A. Please see the chart below, provided by the DOE, which outlines the comparison of Remote and Blended Learning practices.

 
F.A.Q. Section
 
Q. Will my child be able to come to school to make appointments with teachers and/or counselors in the cases of questions and other needs such as college applications, if chosen to opt out of in-person learning?
A. Until we have a clearer picture on what in-person / in-school operations will look like, and the ability for students to travel to multiple offices in the school building, we will rely on a blend of in-person and remote video conferencing tools to maintain communications between teachers and counselors, with students / parents. Decisions like these are going to rely heavily on NYC DOE / Health Department guidance and regulations. 
 
Q. Can the in-person classroom be increased to two days a week with a split daily schedule? Is there a possibility that we will increase days as the school year progresses?
A. Stay tuned ... a newly revised plan is being released soon, which increases in-person learning to twice a week for every 2 out of 3 weeks. 
 
Q. How long is this schedule expected to last (until transitioned into more in-person learning)?
A. Social Distancing guidelines and School Occupancy is governing how many students and faculty can be physically in the building safely. Our current school occupancy is 33%. As Social Distancing guidelines improve, then school occupancy will increase, which will allow us to increase the frequency of in-person instruction. 
 
Q. What are the chances that school will resume as normal in the spring semester?
A. The instructional plans we are making for the 2020-21 school year are adaptable for in-person and remote learning as needed, depending on the circumstances at the present time. A prediction of what the Spring Semester will look like is undoable at this time. 
 
Q. Would it be possible to have a live session for each subject at least once every two weeks or so?
A. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of live instructional sessions. While these decisions are being navigated, we are creating a plan that maximizes daily live / synchronous instructional practices.
 
Q. I know that one day a week is insufficient. I know that there are current schools in staten island that have classrooms in containers. Can you come back with a plan of how much it would cost to rent a number of containers and convert them to class room and place them on the field.
A. With the budgets that school's received this past Spring, the cost of renting school containers wouldn't be sustainable without external NYC DOE budgetary support. We're exploring the potential of using tents for outdoor instruction where applicable, though.
 
Q.If the situation or climate changes, will there be changes to the schedule?
A. We're working on a program / schedule that will be sustainable for the entire school year, working either for in-person and remote instruction as needed. 
 
Q. Is remote only learning an option offered later on ? My daughter is willing to do but I am not so sure if its ideal for her education.
A. The deadline for opting for REMOTE ONLY LEARNING, where your child is not attending school live and in-person is August 7th and the link is here. If you opt out now, there will be periods in which you can opt back in to In-Person / Blended learning at later dates. 
 
Q.Since my child is an entering 9th grader and will not be familiar with the building, especially since she will not have a daily routine to help reinforce her memory of the school layout, can a map be provided to help alleviate any first day anxieties?
A. We've already created a map that will be shared with incoming 9th graders to aid in the process with familiarizing themselves with the school building. 
 
Q. Will this plan be in effect for the whole school year? If not, what will second term look like?
A. The instructional plans we are making for the 2020-21 school year are adaptable for in-person and remote learning as needed, depending on the circumstances at the present time. A prediction of what the Spring Semester will look like is undoable at this time. 
 
 
Q. I need more information on how lab time - and other hands on activities - will be addressed for students learning remotely.
A. We are working on this and awaiting further guidance from the NYC DOE and NYSED. 
 
Q.If mainly remote learning is utilized will there be live instruction lessons via zoom or similar platforms or will it be again assignments based? I believe daily live remote sessions are a must.
A. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of live instructional sessions. While these decisions are being navigated, we are creating a plan that maximizes daily live / synchronous instructional practices.
 
Q. I understand that this is a difficult ask, but I would like the students to stay in the same cohorts for remote learning as they do for their school attendance days. The smaller live video conferences would benefit the students when learning new material. I feel with remote learning, a lot of the responsibility for learning is placed on the students (ex. reading text books and answering questions) rather than discussions, as done in the classroom. Video conferencing discussions are difficult when it's a whole class. It's more important in the beginning of the year when material is new, unlike the end of the year, when a lot is review.
A. Students will be placed into 4 different groups / cohorts. The first three Groups (1, 2, 3) will be assigned specific days to attend classes in person, while Group 4 is 100% remote at home. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of live instructional sessions. While these decisions are being navigated, we are creating a plan that maximizes daily live / synchronous instructional practices, which would best serve our in-person and blended / remote learners. 
 
Q.I would like to know how remote learning will be structured. Will it be live or recorded class sessions taught by the teacher followIng the students’ regular schedule? By simply sending students links to materials to read and videos to watch and then asking them to complete assignments do not work. Rather than spending time and resources trying to figure out a blended learning model, why can’t we all focus on developing a remote learning plan that is practical and effective.
A. Students will be placed into 4 different groups / cohorts. The first three Groups (1, 2, 3) will be assigned specific days to attend classes in person, while Group 4 is 100% remote at home. We are planning to uphold as much of the original schedule of classes that were originally intended for students this coming Fall. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of instructional sessions and whose responsibility the students are with regards to remote / in-person learning. While these decisions are being navigated, we are creating a plan that maximizes daily live / synchronous instructional practices, which would best serve our in-person and blended / remote learners. 
 
Q.If a teacher is teaching in person every day, who is teaching the students who are remotely learning? I do have concerns for all of the teachers who are seemingly required to be teaching a different in-person group almost every day.
A. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of daily in-person and remote instruction, in addition to Live-Instruction guidelines.
 
Q. What is the testing and grading policy?
A. To be determined by the NYC DOE. We should be able to utilize our Universal Grading Policy, but will certainly hav eto make some accommodations for remote learning. Testing / Assessment will continue to evolve as traditional means and tools for assessing students will not work in this format. Alternative assessment models will continue to be explored and implemented similar to the Spring Semester. 
 
Q.Can we expect students to have a consistent schedule of regular instruction hours like they would if they were to attend school in person?
A. Yes, there will be a daily schedule in place for each scheduled period / class, which students in-person and remote / blended (at home) will be following. As with Remote Learning at home, there will and may need to be flexibility in order to accommodate the various scenarios that each home based learning environment presents.
 
Q.Can the students have more live instruction instead of prerecorded instruction?
A. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of daily in-person and remote instruction, in addition to Live-Instruction guidelines.
 
Q.Will students in remote learning be able to interact with the teacher and the students in the building online?
A. Labor Relations and Unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of instructional sessions and whose responsibility the students are with regards to remote / in-person learning. While these decisions are being navigated, we are creating a plan that maximizes daily live / synchronous instructional practices, which would best serve our in-person and blended / remote learners.
 
Q.Will the teachers from SITHS be delivering lessons on remote days? Or will they be watching videos on YouTube, Khan academy or some other viral tool?
A. We will be using a combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous instructional practices to deliver instruction to students, which will include many different tools as mentioned above. However, labor relations and unions are working with the NYC DOE to clarify the details and expectations of instructional sessions and whose responsibility the students are with regards to remote / in-person learning. While these decisions are being navigated, we are creating a plan that maximizes daily live / synchronous instructional practices, which would best serve our in-person and blended / remote learners.
 
Q.Our daughter is taking AP Bio in September. While we don't want her to attend in person, how will the school administer the Bio lab requirement remotely?
A. Although preliminary, the NYS Ed Department stated that a combination of virtual and live labs will be utilized to conduct science laboratory sessions as best as possible. There are of course, great limitations in doing so remotely, but we will do our best to provide the best replacement possible for those who are 100% remote.
 
Q. Will there be daily Office Hours when students can meet with teachers through Zoom,Google Meet, or Google Hangouts?
A. We will be creating a schedule of time for students to conference with faculty and staff at SI Tech, once we have finalized the schedule and received further guidance from labor relations on the structure of the work day. 
 
Q.Can day be split into AM and PM sessions so more students can attend more days?
A. We have been already told that split schedules are not allowed, being the building would not be able to be cleaned for the second session. Stay tuned ... a newly revised plan is being released soon, which increases in-person learning to twice a week for every 2 out of 3 weeks
 
Q.Once the day that students are assigned to is published can it be switched? We live in Brooklyn and are in a car pool. Would we be able to ask for the day to be changed so the kids can still commute together?
A. We can't make any promises and it is doubtful based upon the complexities of programming as it already exists, that we can group specific students together. It is too early to tell, but I do know that the classes that students are scheduled to take will dictate the groupings of the students. Being we strive to individualize a student's program as they progress through the various grade levels, creating common cohorts of students who are in similar classes will be a great challenge, but one we are working on this summer.
 
Q.When students are physically in school, what will be the hours and how many periods will there be?
A. Stay tuned ... a newly revised plan is being released soon, which increases in-person learning to twice a week for every 2 out of 3 weeks
 
Q.Can we select at least 1 person to attend school the same day with?
A. We can't make any promises and it is doubtful based upon the complexities of programming as it already exists, that we can group specific students together. It is too early to tell, but I do know that the classes that students are scheduled to take will dictate the groupings of the students. Being we strive to individualize a student's program as they progress through the various grade levels, creating common cohorts of students who are in similar classes will be a great challenge, but one we are working on this summer.
 
Q. How are the groups to be placed. Random or alphabetically?
A.The classes that students are scheduled to take will dictate the groupings of the students. Being we strive to individualize a student's program as they progress through the various grade levels, creating common cohorts of students who are in similar classes will be a great challenge, but one we are working on this summer.
 
Q.Will my child’s class choices for this Fall be affected by social distancing and other precautions?
A. Our goal is to maintain the classes students were supposed to be scheduled to take this Fall. Yes, social distancing and the cohorting of students into groups by 1/3's does make it difficult to accomplish the planned programming, but we are making it a top priority to maintain the integrity of our academic program and curriculum that the students were expecting this upcoming school year. 
 
Q. How will freshmen be able to connect with other freshmen when they only meet up to 12 kids in their class? Will you rotate the groups as well?
A. We will need to be creative and do our best with creating opportunities for 9th grade students to socialize and get to know one another. Scheduling and programming groups and cohorts for the 9th grade (as well as the 10th, 11th and 12th) does create limitations in students getting the opportunity to see one another. The upcoming school year will pose many of these challenges for all students, as we will have to prioritize student schedules in order to meet their academic expectations for the 2020-21 school year. We're not sure if rotating groups will be possible as there are so many variables that are going into the preparation for student programs, as it stands with some of the variations that already exist, rotating groups may not be possible.
 
Q.How will grouping into 8-12 students per room affect their acceptance to elective courses? Senior year has a lot of electives and I'm worried that students will not get their preferred courses.
A. This is our greatest challenge that we're currently working on. Our goal is to keep and maintain the integrity of the individuality of our students programs, based upon the expectations that were in place for the 2020-21 school year. As soon as we know for sure what we can offer all students, we will email their programs for the Fall. 9th and 10th graders are the easiest of the students to program as their is much commonality among their programs. 11th and 12th graders, pose the greatest challenge as with each increasing grade level, there is less commonality among student programs. We are working on several scenarios that would maximize the amount of clean and unused classrooms that COULD BE USED during the day for students to assemble who have very unique programs. Whereas most students will be assigned to one or two rooms at most, in some cases, we will be able to have upperclassmen assigned to 3 classrooms that will allow for them to attend their individualized courses.  Stay tuned ... we're working very hard on this and realize how important it is to our families. 
 
Q.I understand the challenges to program the kids in such constraints but I am concerned that they will not get the classes they signed up for, meaning APs. etc. Also, for remote learning we need to have more zoom lessons.
A. See the response to the last question.
 
Q.Will students who are in school be grouped by boroughs, ie, all SI students in school or all Brooklyn students, etc?
A.9th and 10th graders are the easiest of the students to program as their is much commonality among their programs. 11th and 12th graders, pose the greatest challenge as with each increasing grade level, there is less commonality among student programs. We are not sure if taking into account the borough of each of our students will be possible in addition to all the other variables that are currently being considered. However, we are modifying the starting points of the school day to take into consideration our students who are commuting to school via public transportation. Ultimately, we're trying to separate those two challenges, knowing that both grade level program commonality and borough travel impact have an impact, we're attempting to tackle both of those challenges in different ways which maximize the most favorable of conditions, which will still be difficult to meet all needs of all the possible scenarios. 
 
Q.Will the DOE be offering devices? Will siblings be able to attend on the same days?
A. The NYC DOE continues to offer devices with cellular / internet connectivity via this link. As best as we can, we will attempt to link sibling programs, however, the high level of individuality of our student's programs may make this task improbable. Please understand the number of variables that we are encountering to accomplish the simplest of programming tasks is a monumental task unlike any we have ever encountered before. 
 
Q.Will the start time of days in school be staggered? As many students will be traveling by public transportation (bus), and social distancing cannot be maintained. This is a big concern. Is this being addressed?
A. Yes, we are creating a START OF THE DAY schedule which acknowledges the challenge of traveling via public transportation and the potential challenges that will present themselves to all students. Stay tuned, once we share our tentative plans, you will see how we are taking your concerns into account with regards to travel and the impact on in-person instruction. 
 
Q.Will 9th graders participate in all academic regular classes, just like they would before the outbreak?
A. The plan is to give our 9t graders the full 9th Grade Staten Island Tech Experience, as best as we can with In-Person, Blended and Fully Remote instruction as possible choices for our families. This has never been done before, but we are up to the challenge. 
 
Q.Would it be possible to schedule certain students who carpool from Brooklyn to come together on the same days? This would save a lot of money for families who do not want their kids to take public transportation.
A. A.9th and 10th graders are the easiest of the students to program as their is much commonality among their programs. 11th and 12th graders, pose the greatest challenge as with each increasing grade level, there is less commonality among student programs. We are not sure if taking into account the borough of each of our students will be possible in addition to all the other variables that are currently being considered. However, we are modifying the starting points of the school day to take into consideration our students who are commuting to school via public transportation. Ultimately, we're trying to separate those two challenges, knowing that both grade level program commonality and borough travel impact have an impact, we're attempting to tackle both of those challenges in different ways which maximize the most favorable of conditions, which will still be difficult to meet all needs of all the possible scenarios.  We are creating a START OF THE DAY schedule which acknowledges the challenge of traveling via public transportation and the potential challenges that will present themselves to all students. Stay tuned, once we share our tentative plans, you will see how we are taking your concerns into account with regards to travel and the impact on in-person instruction. 
 
Q.Will the classes assigned be different from their preferences now that they are staying in one class, and will the assigned class change depending if they are going to school or not?
A. A. This is our greatest challenge that we're currently working on. Our goal is to keep and maintain the integrity of the individuality of our students programs, based upon the expectations that were in place for the 2020-21 school year. As soon as we know for sure what we can offer all students, we will email their programs for the Fall. 9th and 10th graders are the easiest of the students to program as their is much commonality among their programs. 11th and 12th graders, pose the greatest challenge as with each increasing grade level, there is less commonality among student programs. We are working on several scenarios that would maximize the amount of clean and unused classrooms that COULD BE USED during the day for students to assemble who have very unique programs. Whereas most students will be assigned to one or two rooms at most, in some cases, we will be able to have upperclassmen assigned to 3 classrooms that will allow for them to attend their individualized courses.  Stay tuned ... we're working very hard on this and realize how important it is to our families. 
 
Q.Will the previous system of testing days be continued?
A. More than likely, we will have to re-imagine what this looks like. Stay tuned for our new plan that we will be sharing soon. How assessment fits in is another layer of all of this that we are working on. 

Q.How will classes that are normally double periods be scheduled?
A. Stay tuned for our new plan that we will be sharing soon. We'll be sharing these details soon. 
Q: Can outdoor space be used as classroom weather permitting and potentially accommodating larger gathering?
A. If the indoor classroom space does not meet the needs of the instructional program, we will look towards using the outdoor space as needed. Currently, Physical Education and specific Music classes are being considered for using the outdoor instructional space. The same is true for larger gatherings where the outdoor bleachers would be safer and more appropriate for larger gatherings. 
 
Q:Can the larger spaces such as the auditorium, gym, and cafeteria be used as instructional spaces as well? Can we utilize the outdoor field for additional learning space or add school hours and/or another school day to increase capacity of in-person learning?
A. If the indoor classroom space does not meet the needs of the instructional program, we will look towards using the outdoor space as needed. Currently, Physical Education and specific Music classes are being considered for using the outdoor instructional space. The same is true for larger gatherings where the outdoor bleachers would be safer and more appropriate for larger gatherings. The Auditorium will already be utilized by the Music and Performing Arts classes, as needed on designated days based upon the unique social distancing guidelines in those classes which suggest 12 ft social distancing. 
 
Q: What would the lunch periods look like? Would there be tables designated for the students to sit or would they be able to choose where they sit.
A. Stay tuned. Our new revised plans keep lunch in the same classroom that students start the day, minimizing travel and potential for exposure. It will be clear in our new plan, where and how lunch will be executed, in addition to the ongoing clarification on lunch protocols by the NYC DOE.
 
Q:If the student goes to school on that day of the week, what will he or she be doing and how will it be different from students who will be staying at home at that time?
A. The In-Person instructional experiences will be very different from the Remote learning experiences. We will not be using the In-Person experiences for assessment as the most important and pivotal use of this time is to foster interpersonal skills and allow the teachers and students the opportunity to build relationships and camaraderie. 
Q: Will my family be able to change our mind regarding options of remote learning in the future?
A. You will be able to easily pull your child into remote learning only, when and if you wish. If you chose 100% remote learning from the onset, there will be periods in which you can opt back in to blended (Part In-Person / Part Remote) learning.
Q: If a teacher or student in a class contracts Covid 19 do all students from this class quarantine for two weeks?
A. We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this scenario.
 
Q: Do all teachers , students and school stuff need to get test proof no COVID before go to school? If yes how often need to get test?
A. We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: I am wondering if you will take student temperature or will we be required to provide it as the students enter the school?
A. Although the NYC DOE has not clarified the specifics of these details, there has been speculation that there will be some level of Temperature screening and Questions asked upon arrival each day. We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: If a student/staff doesn't have protective equipment on, will this be given out?
A. The NYC DOE has indicated that they will be providing PPE for students, faculty and staff who need it, however, we are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: What will you monitor when students enter the building? How would you respond to someone being sick?
A. We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: Will all teachers, school stuff and students get test to proof no covid before go to school? will the school do anything to check daily before teachers, school and students enter school?
A. We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: Will the entire school be shut down if a student or faculty member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
A: We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: How will lunch work if the students are to stay in one class, and how will the side bus work if there will be?
A: A. Stay tuned. Our new revised plans keep lunch in the same classroom that students start the day, minimizing travel and potential for exposure. It will be clear in our new plan, where and how lunch will be executed, in addition to the ongoing clarification on lunch protocols by the NYC DOE.
 
 
Q: My child takes the bus from Brooklyn to Staten Island and back home. This is what worries me the most; does the MTA has any plans to ensure they have enough buses running to guarantee social distancing?
A: We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
Q: Is there any other way for students go to school instead taking public transportation? Will there be alternative to the public bus transportation options from Brooklyn?
A. Being we are a NYC Public High School, beyond Public Transportation, we cannot offer any other additional means of transportation beyond what NYC is able to offer. We are waiting for further guidance from the NYC DOE for protocols and procedures regarding this question.
 
 
 
Q: Will there be PSAL fall season?
A. There has been no official statement on PSAL activities as of this writing.
 
Q: Is there going to be any after school activities or period 0 before school activities?
A. We are waiting on further guidance from the NYC DOE as to whether or not afterschool activities will be possible based upon cleaning and social distancing protocols.
 
Q: Also, what plans can be implemented for certain types of sports (track and field seems simple perhaps; what about spring musical and other theatre productions? If this can happen, we could extend the number of performances to promote social distancing to provide space between the audience? Can it be moved to warmer weather and have an out door stage using the bleachers for seating? Will PTA meetings be held on zoom?
A. We are waiting on further guidance from the NYC DOE as to whether or not afterschool activities will be possible based upon cleaning and social distancing protocols, as well as budgetary constraints. 
 
Q: What exactly would social emotional learning and community building for seniors look like?
A: To Be Announced
 
Q: As my child will be applying for college, but opting for remote learning, can my child come to school to meet with her guidance counselor and/or college advisors in person when/if needed? I want assurances remote learning will not negatively affect her college application. Everything is up in the air now and stressful enough as it is.
A: Until we have a clearer picture on what in-person / in-school operations will look like, and the ability for students to travel to multiple offices in the school building, we will rely on a blend of in-person and remote video conferencing tools to maintain communications between teachers and counselors, with students / parents. Decisions like these are going to rely heavily on NYC DOE / Health Department guidance. We will utilize all options and entry points where seniors can meet with the College Office Staff in a safe manner. 
 
Q: Will my child have to take the SAT from home?
A: At this time the College Board has not made any announcements of the SAT being administered remotely from home. 
 
Q: As a parent of an incoming 12th grader, I'm worried colleges may easily dismiss students unless their school is demonstrating something exceptional for their students during this difficult time. I believe they're not just looking at how students persevere through this, but how their schools are also adapting, beyond what other schools are doing, to prepare their students for college. Perhaps this could also be noted on the counselor letters, school profile or another avenue? I've read that many currently admitted students are deferring their admission, resulting in fewer seats for our students next year.
A. Staten Island Tech's reputation during the Pandemic continues to be at an all time high
 
 

Daily Schedule: Our school day for students consists of 5.5 hours of blended instruction delivered within a 6 Hours 50 Minute school day, from 8 AM to 2:50 PM.

 

Classes: Each school day consists of 3 periods / classes, for both remote and in-person learners, minimizing person-to-person interaction versus our traditional 9-Period Day. The meeting times for In-Person and Remote periods will be published on www.siths.org via the “Return to School” landing age button on the home screen.

School / Classroom Occupancy: Currently at 33% occupancy, there will be 8-12 students scheduled in a classroom. With 40% of our students opting out of In-Person instruction, students will be separated into two groups for In-Person instruction, while the third group is 100% remote.

Instruction:

- We will utilize a 3-day, ABC schedule 

- Students will be scheduled for 7 to 8 classes this school year, taking 2 or 3 classes each day.

- This schedule is adaptable and will work with remote (At-Home), hybrid (In-Person / At-Home) or 100% in-person (No Remote) throughout the 2020-21 school year if and when things change.


Based upon our current building occupancy of 33%, and 40% of our entire student population opting for All-Remote instruction, we would split the remaining 60% of our In-Person students into two groups (Group 1 - 30% and Group 2 - 30% = 60% of our In-Person learners). To maximize the number of students cohorts / pods and safety protocols, we would be using a Block Schedule (Day A: Pds 123, Day B: Pds 456, Day C: Pds 789), which would minimize the amount of student-to-student-to-teacher contact, and allow us to program the complex and specialized courses that are norms in Specialized High Schools. 


Our 9th and 10th grade students can easily be scheduled into pods that remain together throughout the day, with minimal or no movement necessary to multiple classrooms in order to execute their programs.


With the 11th and 12th graders, the mass number of individual programs for our students who are enrolled in our specialized sequences requires much more strategic grouping in order to fulfill our program commitments we have made to our families. The Block ABC schedule and a rotation of two student Groups 1-2, provides us the necessary physical classroom utilization to safely offer our students a program that meets the merits and expectations of our students, while doing so in the safest manner. Our course sequences encompass programs that students have worked very hard towards in order to be offered in their junior and senior years. Our plan ensures that students are scheduled for 7-8 courses, and see their individual teachers once every 6 days in-person, and once every 3-days remotely.

Changing of Classes: Teachers will be changing rooms, to minimize students moving. There may be small exceptions where both the students and teachers may change rooms, when there are clean / unused rooms available. 

Specialty Rooms: All technology classes will need to be in two rooms to allow students to enter clean environments. Additional rooms will be set up for support computers and equipment.

Lunch: Our school will provide students with grab-and-go meals for breakfast and lunch each day. Signage will be provided to direct students to pick up points within the school. Students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch, if preferred. Doing so will allow for more flexibility so students and physical distancing can be maintained during lunch time, a time when many students usually gather in one location.  Lunch will likely be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.  If the cafeteria must be used, our school will ensure appropriate physical distancing is maintained. After they have finished eating, our students and staff will wipe down the area where they ate their meal. Every evening, our Division of School Facilities will be cleaning our entire school building with COVID-19 approved disinfectant.