Return to School 2020
Letter from Mr. Erlenwein (August 1, 2020) ****CLICK TO EXPAND****
2020-2021 SITHS Blended Learning
Schedule Submitted Proposals
(Pending Approval from the NYC DOE)
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.
- 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.
In-Person learning would occur three days a week for each of the two groups, for three out of every six weeks. We are asking for an exception of the 1B model (PLAN 1 illustrated below in a weekly and monthly view) where our core courses as well as AP, CTE and Engineering course Offerings require us to Rotate the Students in a 111-222 sequence as our Day ABC sequence continues consecutively. This will allow us to communicate a simplistic ABC instructional model, and predictable student group sequence (111-222) model.
As a backup to our exception proposal, model 1B (PLAN 2 illustrated below) rotates the students according to the NYC DOE proposed 1B model, as depicted in the NYC DOE Programming Models guide as our Day ABC sequence continues consecutively (https://cdn-blob-prd.azureedge.net/prd-pws/docs/default-source/default-document-library/school-buildings-reopening-principal-meeting-07072020-for-posting.pdf).
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.
- August 6: Chancellor's Message: Instructional Updates for Families (Link)
- August 3: Update for Families on Health and Safety Protocols (Link) (Translations)
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