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Return to School 2020 - Student Schedule

A Message from the Chancellor:
Posted 11/24/20 10:00 PM
 
A Message from Mr. Erlenwein:
 
Dear Students, Parents and Caregivers,
 
As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to express the collective gratitude, gratefulness and thankfulness on behalf of all faculty and staff to all of our Staten Island Tech families for your continued support, understanding, patience and resilience throughout these challenging months. Through every twist and turn, some foreseeable and some sudden, you have all remained committed and engaged in unity as a school community. Together we have upheld our mission to deliver at the highest level, the educational experience and academic excellence that is a staple of Staten Island Tech. We are very proud and in awe of our students, parents and caregivers' ability to always rise to any challenge and persevere. In unity we define what it means to be Staten Island Tech Strong.
 
For the time being, we will continue to follow the Fully Remote Schedule below, as well as the block schedule that follows indicating A, B and C school days. I have extended the schedule through January 1st (see pics below) to assist in your daily planning. All students, regardless of group (1, 2 Fully Remote) shall continue to follow this schedule moving forward until notified differently.
 
While there is currently no timeline provided for the exact return to school at this time, please review the Chancellor's November 24th letter, which addresses specific tasks that are mandatory in order for a student to return back to school for in-person learning, once our buildings eventually reopen. For instance, any student who wishes to return to In-Person Learning must complete a consent form for In-School COVID Testing. If you haven't done so already, every few days you will receive an Operoo form via email asking for parents to complete the In-School COVID Testing Consent form. Many of our In-Person students have already completed this form. Please realize that in order to return to school once In-Person learning resumes, a consent form MUST be completed and submitted. According to the latest news from the NYC DOE, the consent form will be mandatory.
 
Staying in touch is very important to us and has been a great strength of ours as a school community prior to and especially during COVID-19. Below, via the "Staying in Touch" section, there are quick links to Faculty and Staff email addresses in case you need to make contact.
 
In addition, below the Staying in Touch section, I am including the recent letter that the Coordinator of Student Activities, Mr. Thomas Terrusa, sent to all students, with specific information on activities and community based volunteer opportunities that are currently available. Be sure to check this section out as it is updated regularly. 
 
Lastly, if you are celebrating the upcoming holidays, starting this week with Thanksgiving, I wish you all a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
 
I wish you all the best in health, happiness, safety and wellness.
 
Thank you!
 
Sincerely,
Mr. Erlenwein
Principal
Staying In Touch

How do I stay in touch with the SITHS Faculty, Staff and Administration? 

Below are the email addresses and telephone extensions (Main Line: 718-667-3222) of School Administration, Guidance Counselors, Deans, COSA and Parent Coordinator. Please also use the www.siths.org faculty & staff email directory to contact teachers.


School Administration

Mark D. Erlenwein -   Merlenw@schools.nyc.gov 

Principal

Ext. 1191


Robert J. Andrews - RAndrew@schools.nyc.gov   

Assistant Principal of Organization and 

Health and Physical Education

Ext. 1211

Dr. John Davis - JDavis41@schools.nyc.gov

Assistant Principal of Math, Science

and High School Admissions

Ext. 2191

Alexis Kirschbaum - AKirschbaum@schools.nyc.gov  

Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel 

Services, Security and College Admissions

Ext. 1221

Joseph Manzo - JManzo2@schools.nyc.gov  

Assistant Principal of Social Studies 

and Career and Technology Education


Noelle Sanguinedo - NSanguinedo@schools.nyc.gov

Assistant Principal of English, Foreign Language,

Performing Arts, Music and Student Activities

Ext. 3311

Guidance Department

Ellen Devine (Ext 1371) - EDevine@schools.nyc.gov 

Cathy Ecker (Ext 1372) - CEcker@schools.nyc.gov 

Margaret Ferrigno (Ext 1341) - MFerrigno@schools.nyc.gov 

Lisa Gervais-Barnett (Ext 1373) LBarnet2@schools.nyc.gov 

Liliana Leonforte (2311) LLeonforte@schools.nyc.gov 

Jessica Clark - Social Worker JClark21@schools.nyc.gov 

Melissa Leaver - SAPIS MLeaver@schools.nyc.gov


Coordinator of Student Activities: Thomas Terrusa - TTerrusa@schools.nyc.gov


Deans: Diane Federico - DFedericocogan@schools.nyc.gov  Jessica Pagliaro - JPagliaro2@schools.nyc.gov 


Parent Coordinator: Barbara Malenfant - BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov , 718-667-3222 Ext 1171

 

 

 

Hey Everyone,

 

Hope you are all doing well! I understand the announcement that came yesterday was something we weren't hoping to hear, but we have been working on opportunities, activities, and events that would work through ALL phases of learning this school year. You can get involved whether we have in-person sessions taking place, fully remote, or hybrid. All we need....is you! I hope you all continue to take advantage of the opportunities we have shared so far. Below you can find information regarding two more opportunities to get involved, help others, and gain some volunteer hours.

 

First, I really encourage all of you to join your respective Activities & Information Google Classroom. The codes for each can be found below:

 

Freshmen Google Classroom Code: 5crdi7v

Sophomore Google Classroom Code: hebal6r

Junior Google Classroom Code: qiicdzk

Senior Google Classroom Code: ap6u4va

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

1) Where-to-Turn Snow Removal Volunteers: The last few years we have sent out this information for anyone looking to sign-up and register through Where-to-Turn to help people within your communities remove snow during the winter. YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION IN ORDER TO BE SELECTED AND PAIRED WITH PEOPLE THAT REQUEST HELP. There organization monitors hours and will give you the information you need at the end of the season. Below you can find two links: 

 

Where-To-Turn Website: https://where-to-turn.org/

If you try registering through the homepage, scroll down to the "Our Mission and Overview" section on their homepage. Then look for the yellow tab that says "Snow Removal Volunteers: Click Here to Sign-Up." This will bring you to their google form where you can register for the opportunity.

 

Snow Removal Volunteers: Sign-Up Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScoBEYYYD5wxZk4SuOvMQwD4HZqJON7Kz5g1LUbKRXoBLkrCg/viewform?c=0&w=1&fbzx=8155077991682719000

**This link may not work, but it is the direct link to their google form to register for the event. If you try this link and don't receive a confirmation, I would try to register using the instructions from the above link (which is the method I recommend anyway).**

 

Again, once you sign-up, their organization is in-charge of selecting you. We do not guarantee that you will be selected. They also will track your information and keep your hours through their organization (if selected). You will want to confirm that with them at the end of the season.

 

2) Make A Wish Letters (Macy's Believe Organization): Last year we worked with a local Make A Wish recipient named A.J. Silvestri.

Please see part of his message below:

To Our Family and Friends,
 
My name is AJ Silvestri and I am asking for your support in our mission to help make other children’s wishes come true!
 
What is the Make-A-Wish Foundation?
 
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 
 
What is the “Believe” campaign?
 
For each “Believe” letter received throughout the holiday season, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million dollars. Macy’s will also donate $2 for every wish received during “Believe” week, which is November 29th through December 5th. 
 
There is NO cost to participate in this letter writing campaign.
 
My Mission:
 
I am a 16-year-old from Old Bridge, New Jersey. I suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, a progressive, life threatening disease which requires extensive daily care to preserve my health.  In 2012, I had my wish granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Since 2014, with the support of my community and the Old Bridge Public Schools, I have been collecting letters to support the Believe campaign. In 2019, with the help of countless adults and children throughout the country, we collected over 210,000 letters to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation. 
 
This year we are looking to help support his campaign once again through his Make A Wish Campaign. This year, you can support the Make A Wish Believe Campaign by using the link below to submit your letter digitally. 
 
 
To help you write your letter, try using the following prompt: Write a letter explaining "what magic means to me..., what my magical holiday wish for me or someone else is..., etc. If you submit a letter, you can receive 2 volunteer hours, if you submit 2 letters you can receive 5 volunteer hours. That is the max you can gain for this opportunity. For us to track the letters, please take a screen shot or download a copy of your letter and submit it to the "assignment" on your respective google classroom.
 
Thank you for all of your participation already and I hope you all take advantage of these new opportunities as well! Keep a look out for some more ways to get involved coming soon!
 
Thomas Terrusa
Coordinator of Student Activities
Staten Island Technical High School
 
 
 
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WHAT IF I WANT TO SWITCH TO FULLY REMOTE LEARNING?
 
According to the NYC DOE Student Learning Preference Website, AT ANY TIME DURING THE 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. 
 
 
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A. Daily Health Screening Protocol:
 
Starting on October 1st, students entering our building must wear a mask and complete a daily Health Screening, and present verification to staff upon entering the school building. Students will also take a temperature screening upon entering the building.  You can find the online health screening at healthscreening.schools.nyc. You can also find the health screening link on the SITHS website under the STUDENT LIFE or PARENTS drop down menu on the homepage. Masks will be available for students who need one.

In order to use the health screening online portal, students will need access to their @nycstudents.net account in order to log in. Use this link in order to setup your account.

When you do the screening at home, you or your child will need to provide the results of the screening either by:

  • showing the email verification on a smartphone
  • or a printout of the results before entering the school building.

 If you need to print and complete a paper copy of the health screening survey, use this link to print, complete and present to the school staff.

While all students will be taking a temperature screening upon entering the building, all students will receive an oral thermometer (for use at home) in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature, as part of the daily Health Screening protocol.

 
 
B. Bring Your Personal Computer Device & Headphone with Microphone to School 
 
  • Please remember to bring your personal computer devices to school with you, as you will need it in order to participate during Live In-Person and Remote Instruction. Students will need headphones with a microphone in order to participate in virtual meetings should the need arise while in school.
 
    • SI Tech Guest WiFi Account and Temporary Password: Here is the temporary Guest Wifi Account for SI Tech so all new students will have Web Access in their classes until we can officially show them how to self-register their devices on our WiFi network, once in school. Keep this handy as you may need it!
 

Guest WiFi Access Account:    Guest SSID: DOEGuest          Password: NYC$itevent

 
C. Welcome Back Letter with Important Protocols
 
  • ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS / CAREGIVERS MUST READ the Welcome Back Letter, which covers all the important details and protocols that ALL STUDENTS attending school for In-Person Learning, needs to know. 
 
 
D. Metrocard and ID Cards
  • On the first day of your In-Person learning, when you are dismissed from the building through the cafeteria at the end of the day, we will have stations setup for students to pick-up their ID Card (for Freshmen) and Metrocards (for all students).
 
 
E. Morning Arrival and Social Distancing Markers 
  • When you arrive by the Cafeteria entrance for school entry, please stand on the social distancing dots, which are spaced at 6 feet apart. The bleachers will be open as well for students to be seated before the cafeteria doors open (which is at approximately 7:45 am), with priority given to students who have Science Lab at 8:00 am. There are social distancing markers (dots) on the bleachers as well. See pics below of social distancing dots near the cafeteria. 
  • NOTE: If you don't have a class until later in the morning, please don't arrive too early. All students will have to wait outside until entry, as per the class schedule.
 
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I. Daily Student Attendance Survey (Posted Thursday, 9.24.2020)
 
Dear Students,
 
Effective Friday, September 25th, all students will need to register their daily attendance, by using the following link to complete the "SITHS Student Official Daily Attendance Survey" by 12 PM each school day. 
 
 
This attendance survey will be utilized to cross-reference your period / class attendance record, which will be entered in the NYC DOE official attendance record system. 
 
Thank you!
 
Mr. Erlenwein
Principal
 
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I. S79 and S57 Special Bus Service Updates (Posted Wednesday, 9.23.2020)
 
On Wednesday morning, Mr. Andrews and I met with the General Superintendent of Staten Island Road Operations / Buses from the New York City Mass Transit Authority (MTA). Unfortunately, the MTA will not be able to provide the S57 and S79 special bus service, which would traditionally leave from Staten Island Technical High School, curbside, at the conclusion of the school day. Instead, at dismissal, students will have to use the bus stop on Hylan Boulevard and Ebbits Lane.
 
In addition, with a proposed 40% budget cut to the MTA, we are closely monitoring this situation as we know how many of our students rely on public transportation to travel to and from school. Stay tuned.
 
II. Daily Student Health Screening / Attestation
 
Starting on October 1st, students entering our building must complete a daily Health Screening, and present verification to staff upon entering the school building. 
 
You can find the online health screening at healthscreening.schools.nyc. You can also find the health screening link on the SITHS website under the STUDENT LIFE or PARENTS drop down menu on the homepage.

In order to use the health screening online portal, students will need access to their @nycstudents.net account in order to log in. Use this link in order to setup your account.

 
When you do the screening at home, you or your child will need to provide the results of the screening either by:
  • showing the email verification on a smartphone
  • or a printout of the results before entering the school building.
 
If you need to print and complete a paper copy of the health screening survey, use this link to print, complete and present to the school staff.
 
All students will receive an oral thermometer (for use at home) in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature.
 
Below is a sample of what the Health Screening Verification Looks like on a mobile phone and the paper version (Picture will automatically change):
 
 
 
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I. 2020-21 SITHS Academic Grading Policy & NYC DOE Synchronous Learning Guidelines (Posted Monday, 9.21.2020)
 
Dear Students, Parents & Caregivers,
 
At the start of each school year, we share the updated 2020-21 Academic Grading Policy for Staten Island Technical High School. You may access this file to view by clicking on the link above. 
 
Updated Sections to Review:
  • Habits of Success: Reduced from four habits to two, in order to better align with Blended and Remote Learning practices, and an increase from a weight of 15% to 20% of the student's total class grade.
  • Learning Progress: Total Weight shifted from 85% to 80%.
  • Inclusion of Assignments Due Date Guide: Being many of the class assessments will become part of an assignment that will have a due date, we have replaced the Testing Schedule with the Assignment Due Date schedule. See the description and chart, which reflect the guidelines and expectations.
 
 
II. NYC Department of Education Instructional Guidelines on Asynchronous / Synchronous Learning:
 
To better inform our students, parents and caregivers of the day to day instructional expectations, we are sharing  the instructional guidelines from the NYC DOE to better inform our school community as to what they can expect in terms of synchronous and asynchronous instruction on a daily basis. (At the very bottom of this page is a detailed guide on Synchronous and Asynchronous instruction.)
 
As per the NYC DOE Guidelines on Synchronous / Asynchronous instruction, the chart below displays the "minimal - maximal ranges of daily synchronous and asynchronous instruction students may experience each day, per subject area, delivered in short, grade appropriate, intervals throughout the day with gradual increases until school fully opens."
 
 
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CHANCELLOR'S ANNOUNCEMENT - FULLY REMOTE SCHEDULE THROUGH SEPT 30th (Posted September 17th)
As you may have heard in the news this afternoon, the Chancellor and Mayor announced today that In-Person / Blended learning will not start until Thursday, October 1st. Therefore, we will be in a fully remote mode until the start of Blended / In-Person instruction on October 1st.
 
As part of our backup contingency plan for the instance in which we would need to go FULLY REMOTE for ALL STUDENTS, we do indeed have a plan and schedule in place.
 
For Friday, September 18th ONLY, all students should continue to follow this schedule as planned:
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
 
Starting Monday, September 21st, we will be following Staten Island Tech's Fully Remote Schedule (pictured below) from Monday, September 21st to Wednesday, 30th, FOR ALL STUDENTS.
 
Each period will feature, Live Synchronous Instruction, along with Independent / Asynchronous work.
 
Please be mindful and review carefully the NEW CALENDAR of CLASSES for September 21st - October 16th, as pictured below. Students should continue to attend classes following the Day A, B and C sequence, as indicated on the schedule below.
 
(You may notice that Group 1 starts on October 1st, during Day B of the cycle. In order to align the days our In-Person (Blended) students are in school with the Day A, B and C class sequence, Group 1 will miss one day of In-Person learning, as displayed below.)
If you have any questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Barbara Malenfant at BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov .
 
 
 
 
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Watch Mr. Erlenwein’s Latest Video Update (Posted Sunday, 9.13.20)
 
 
I. Student Programs and Student Groups: Will be accessible via Pupil Path by Monday afternoon (9.14), or, Tuesday (9.15). We're still working around the clock this weekend to finalize student programs. 
 

Student Groups: As explained via the August 30th 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

 
WHAT IF I WANT TO SWITCH TO FULLY REMOTE LEARNING?
According to the NYC DOE Student Learning Preference Website, AT ANY TIME DURING THE 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 Google Classroom Codes for In-Person & Remote Learning: Teachers will be emailing students their respective Google Classroom and Google Meet codes by Tuesday, afternoon. 
 
 
III. 9th Grade PupilPath Codes: Our Learning Management System is PupilPath, which will be used for sharing student programs as well as maintaining communications with grades, faculty and staff. Last week, 9th grade families were mailed, via the post office, their Pupil Path Registration codes for Students and Parents. Be sure to register as soon as you receive that letter.
 
Our Parent Coordinator, Barbara Malenfant can assist with PupilPath Registration via email at BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov
 
 
IV. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Please remember to always bring your personal computing device for use in school, each day you attend In-Person Learning. SITHS is a BYOD - Bring Your Own Device school, where students will provide their own personal computer devices for use in the classroom and at home for academic use. Please review our BYOD document for further information. If you need help obtaining a device, we do provide support, however, we strongly recommend if you need a device, to request a free device from the NYC DOE using this link.
 
SI Tech Guest WiFi Account and Temporary Password: Here is the temporary Guest Wifi Account for SI Tech so all new students will have Web Access in their classes until we can officially show them how to self-register their devices on our WiFi network, once in school. Keep this hand!
 
Guest Wifi Access Account:   
 
Guest SSID: DOEGuest          Password: NYC$itevent
 
 
IV. First 3 Days of School are Remote: 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 and times.
 
Wednesday, Sept 16
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
 
Thursday, Sept 17
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
 
Friday, Sept 18
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
 
 
VI. Please review the FAQ section below. If you have any questions to submit, please share via this survey link.
 
 
VII. Schedule for first month of school, September 16th - October 16th:
 
 
 
 
Have a Question?
If you have any questions you wish to be answered in the FAQ section below, please use this link to submit your questions.
 
 
 
Q1: If students at any point decides to go remote how will you be able to accommodate that without an interruption in learning?  Q2: When is the latest a student can transfer to fully online and how long will the transfer take?
There shouldn't be any interruption in learning being your child's teacher who taught them In-Person initially, also teaches that same lesson in the afternoon to the remote students. A student who changes their Learning Preference simply is changing at what time during the day that they receive their synchronous learning (live instruction), while also receiving their asynchronous (autonomous work) learning content as well.
 
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.  
 
Q. Why don't we have a full 1-9 period school day? Why are we splitting it so we have 3 periods everyday?

Based upon our current allowable building occupancy of 33%, and 47% of our entire student population opting for All-Remote instruction, we would split the remaining 53% of our In-Person students into two groups (Group 1, and Group 2 = 53% 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 each day, and allow us to program the complex and specialized courses that are norms in Specialized High Schools. 


All of our 9th and most of our 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. For fully remote students, they would see their teachers remotely, every day. 

 
Q: I don't understand the point of a three period day. There's too much emphasis on certain subjects on that particular day and it's not realistic to think that we'll be able to apply the information we learned literal days later.
A: Most high schools have no choice than to block the entire school day over two - to - three days, in order to deliver content and lessons to all students. Keep in mind that each time you are meeting with your teacher that you are covering the equivalent of three-days of work, which is why we have limited the number of courses you are taking each day to 2 -3, with time allotted in the morning for Remote Learners to do their Asynchronous Work, while our In-Person Learners are expected to engage in the afternoon with their asynchronous work, as illustrated above. Being a College Preparatory institution and similar to how colleges deliver instruction to students, this experience further creates and models the post-secondary school experience for our students in an organized and efficient manner.
 
Q1: The schedule says in-person learners are DISMISSED at 11:38 am. Dismissed where? Libraries are closed, Starbucks are closed, there is no place in a school vicinity the students can stay (observing social distance and safety protocols).    Q2: For blended students, they will have asynchronous instructions at home or "off-site location". Is "off-site location" being somewhere outside of the school premise? Or students can stay in auditorium or sport field for asynchronous learning?     Q3: We understand the necessity to split the instruction time into live and asynchronous in order to provide teacher's continuity, but why can't the students in-person to stay in school to continue with asynchronous part of the day? The rooms are already "used" and nobody will be using them until the following day.
A:  For in-person learners, their day will end after their last scheduled class concludes each day, which could be at 11:38 am on certain days, and 10:32 am on others, depending on the students Block Program.  Therefore, when a student is dismissed, they are dismissed from the building to go home (or wherever some of our students may have arranged to go), where they will work on their "asynchronous" work. At the conclusion of each student's school day, they are to leave the building premises. There are no extra spaces in the building for students to stay, being we are using every space possible to hold classes throughout the day. In the afternoon, teachers are engaging in Remote Learning with our Remote Students, therefore it is not possible to use these rooms as well for students to remain, being we cannot conduct Remote Learning for our at-home / remote students, simultaneously as we are supervising students in-front of us in each classrooms. That is the reason why the day is split into two distinct segments. 
 
Q. Students are scheduled to finish their last class at 11:32  and begin remotely at 11:38 for asynchronous instruction. How are students expected to do this when it takes many students an hour or more to get home?
 A. Once an In-Person student's day ends, they can start their asynchronous instruction (on their own) any time they wish, once they arrive home, or wherever it is they plan to do that work. There is not a strict start time on the asynchronous instruction. The Asynchronous instruction encompasses the work that students will do which supports the Synchronous instruction.
 
Q1: How can students end the In-Person day (in the morning) and then start the remote day 6 minutes later? My child travels almost 2 hours to get home.  Q2: Are students who are doing blended (In-Person) learning in the morning, expected to be present during specific times for the remote portion of the day in the afternoon?   Q3:  How will blended learning students make it home in time to do the remote learning portion of the day?    Q4: Is attendance taken during asynchronous periods? 
A: I believe you are interpreting the chart incorrectly (Use this link to see Chart One and Two). At the conclusion of an In-Person Learners day, in the morning, they will go home. Then, for the afternoon, once home will do their Asynchronous work (remember, they already had their LIVE instruction ... now they are working independently.). Every student has as much time as they need each day at home completing the  Asynchronous work, realizing that there is travel time for our students. Each of our learners will only have ONE SYNCHRONOUS LIVE session either in the Morning (In-Person) or Afternoon (Remote) with their teachers each day. Being that asynchronous learning is done on the student's own time when NOT in synchronous learning, there is no attendance taken during that time.
 
Q. How are arrivals for school going to work? Are students still entering and staying in the cafeteria until 8?
A. Students will be either lining up outside of school around the perimeter of the building, or taking a seat in the bleachers (on the athletic field, following social distancing guidelines) while waiting to enter the building, which will start between 7:30 - 8:00 am. Students will not be held in the cafeteria as a holding area due to Social Distancing and Building Occupancy Guidelines. There will be more information on this shared soon as we get closer to the start of In-Person learning.
 
Q: How will attendance be taken for remote learners?
A: Students who are present and visible during the Live Synchronous Learning segments in the afternoon will be marked present. If a student is not visibly present on the live video stream, they will be marked absent. 
 
Q: When will we receive our schedules?
A: Due to the complexities of scheduling this year, it is our hope that by the beginning of the week of September 14th (Tuesday, September 15th the latest),  we will upload student schedules on PupilPath for students to view, in preparation for the first 3 Days of Remote Learning for ALL students, on Wed, Sept 16; Thurs, Sept 17 and Fri, Sept 18th, and the first day of In-Person and Remote Learning on Monday, September 21st. 
 
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
 
Q: Will students who choose remote learning have the opportunity to participate in after school extracurricular activities, namely clubs and academic teams such as Science Olympiad?
A. As of September 9th, there has been no guidance provided by the NYC DOE regarding extracurricular activities at this time. However, based upon the afterschool building cleaning protocols that all schools will be conducting, and in the interest of equitably providing opportunities to all students, most, if not all extracurricular activities will more than likely be taking place remotely, until further guidance is provided.
 
Q: How will students be assessed? And will assessments be in person or remote?
A. Teachers will be using alternative assessment practices to evaluate students using the context of assigned work and practices that ask students to demonstrate their mastery of content in each of their subjects. Assessment will occur in a manner that is suitable for in-person and remote learners, however, the time spent with students in school for in-person learning will be utilized for  engaging students directly on an academic and social emotional level, as will be true for our remote learners as well. The time spent assessing students will not be used in a manner that occupies the time delegated for synchronous learning, although there may be opportunities where student's synchronous learning time can be utilized to demonstrate characteristics and behaviors aligned to Staten Island Tech's Habits of Success and Learning Progress (From our Academic Grading Policy). 
 
Q: How will gym classes (such as volleyball) work virtually?
A: Physical Education teachers will work with students via Google Meet and Zoom to conduct appropriate health and physical education modalities which promote best practices in social emotional learning and physical fitness. As with all courses that students will be taking via the blended learning format, lessons will have synchronous and asynchronous components. 
 
Q: Will assignments be due at the end of the school day (2:20)? I am going to engage in blended learning but my commute is 1+ hours?
A: For example, any work assigned on Day A - Period 1, would be due on the next day Day A - Period 1 (which is 3-days later), or for longer assignments like a project, a teacher may also extend the due date to the NEXT Day A - Pd 1 the following week, which could be 6 or more days later, in multiples of 3-days. See chart below, with Day A in Blue.  
 
Wk:    M T W R F
Wk1:  A B C A B
Wk2:  C A  B C A  
 
Q: Does asynchronous learning means that students can log on at flexible times after lessons are posted but must meet the assignment deadlines?
A: While there is flexibility in the time that you will spend completing the Asynchronous work, it is a best practice to conduct that work either in the morning (for remote learners who have live instruction in the afternoon), or the afternoon (for In-Person learners who attend live instruction in the morning) to maintain a schedule for when you will give attention to this work and complete it before the next class meeting (3 Days later) or the scheduled due date.
 
Q: Do you think it’s practical/best use of time to have students travel to school for only 1/2 day of in person school?
A: We have created a program  that will maximize safety while students are in our building, while spreading the workday out over three days to allow for better time management as we are slowly all transitioning into a a regularly occurring school day, in an effort to reestablish some normalcy and  giving students time to physically and socially interact with their peers and school faculty and staff. No matter the model in any high school, there will be a degree of blended learning in each model, where students are working synchronously and asynchronously with their school work. As stated at the top of this page, our model allows us to keep the curriculum and program we have intact. 
 
Q: If a blended student has a ‘no class’ on the schedule, are they able to wait for others in their car pool?
A:  Students can wait, but it will have to be outside. We do not have any holding spaces that can serve this purpose being every usable class and office space is being used to facilitate instruction.
 
Q: Will teachers assign homework in addition to asynchronous learning content and assignments?
A: Homework is considered to already be part of the Asynchronous assigned work, not additional. 
 
Q: For remote classes, there is no transition time between classes. Does it mean a student stays in the same Zoom room? Otherwise, there are concerns logging in and out of different rooms (need like a minute or 2). Or, do you suggest the student to have 3 rooms open right at 11:38am, then jump from screen to screen?
A: There will be a unique ZOOM or GOOGLE MEET room for each class in the remote part of the day. Students will have to transition from each remote segment as they deem fit, and as instructed by the teacher.
 
Q: If my child is not feeling good on the day when he has in person learning, can he work on remotely on that day?
A: With proper notification to the teacher, ahead of time, it would be feasible for the student to attend the REMOTE lesson that day. We are not sure, however, of how attendance will be taken for that particular student as of yet. But, it makes sense that if the child is well enough to attend remotely, that they could do so. However, if the child is too sick even to attend the remote session, it is best that they take that time to rest and recoup. 
 
Q: How will technology classes (Robotics, AV, CAD) be affected by COVID guidelines as these classes entail interaction with “high-touch” surfaces?
A: Being that on any give block scheduled day, these technology classes take place twice, we have duplicated each of these spaces so that students will be entering a room and using equipment that has been cleaned and disinfected the previous day, and has not been used on the current active day. We have created secondary duplicate spaces for many of our Technology and Science courses in order to provide interactive live experiences for our students that are safe and accessible, while maintaining many of the usual fun and exciting opportunities that our live and in-person curriculum provides.
 
Q: Are we going to get our classroom code for a certain class? When do students get their individual schedule with their specific classes ?
A: During the week of September 14th, and prior to September 16th, you will receive the Google Classroom codes to all of your classes, emailed to you by your teacher. You will also be able to logon to PupilPath in order to look up your schedule of classes. 
 
Q: If a student has an open period, will they be able to come in to school late/go home early like we were able to before the pandemic?
A: Yes!
 
Q: Will remote learners be required to turn on their cameras?
A: Remote learners will need to show their presence visually (their live face) in order for attendance to be taken, which will include turning on the camera to engage in Synchronous learning.
 
Q: What is Asynchronous Learning?

Asynchronous Teaching and Learning:

All learning materials for students will be uploaded in the school’s chosen learning system (e.g., Google Classroom), including daily messages and directions given to students, assignments, and learning resources. Students will be expected to log in daily and read the daily messages and complete tasks as assigned by the teacher. 

      • For students and families, communications, assignments, and resources will be made available in the school’s chosen learning system and available 24/7. While work can be completed at any time, students must submit work by due dates identified.
      • For teachers and principals, coordination of required asynchronous work will be made across all instructors to ensure developmental appropriateness. 

Asynchronous instruction occurs daily and serves as a complement to daily synchronous instruction. Asynchronous learning refers to instruction and learning opportunities that do not feature students and teachers interacting at the same time. Asynchronous learning activities enable students to work at their own pace so they can learn the same material at different time independently. Daily asynchronous instruction may include, but is not limited to, the following approaches: 

        • Video lessons or recorded presentations 
        • Activities, assignments or tasks, guided by digital curricula 
        • Collaborative documents 
        • Discussion boards 
        • Email communication 
        • Feedback on student learning

Asynchronous instruction will consist of daily tasks or assignments aligned to synchronous instruction as determined by the teacher and informed by student data so that students can work at their own pace. Students with disabilities may have asynchronous instruction that is intended to reinforce, extend or apply their Individualized Education Program goals.

 

Q: Is there a supply list for this year?

A. Students will need a computer device for school each day they attend. A Mask to wear throughout the day. Pens, Pencils, a stylus if their computer screen is touchscreen. Teachers will be sharing what specific materials are needed for taking notes and such within their class, being most submissions will be paperless.

 

Q: How will AutoCad, Robotics, etc. work for remote students? Our Technology teachers have a plan that will allow students to best participate in each of these courses whether in person or remote. While both experiences will vary, there has been a thoughtfulness to ensure that no student would lose access to these courses due to not physically being in the building. We've made modifications to the software used to ensure that students will have accessibility and functionality at home. 
 
Q :It does not seem practical and the best use of time to have students in school for only 1/2 day of in-person instruction. It also seems like poor use of time for teachers to teach the same lessons in-person and remotely later. Wouldn't it be more efficient for the teachers to live feed their lessons to remote learners while doing it for the in-person instruction. I was disappointed to see in-person instruction for only a 1/2 day 2-3 times per week and not a full day. If the students are coming in and the space is assigned it should be utilized for the full day. Although I appreciate all the efforts made to develop this schedule and keep our students safe, I feel the proposed plan is not the most effective use of teacher availability and in-person learning.
A: I understand and share your disappointment, however, you're missing much of the complexity in the nuances of health and safety that we are mandated to enforce in order to fully realize our plan. Live Streaming from an active classroom is simply not allowed according to protocols and rules. In addition, by splitting the day, our In-Person and Remote Learners will receive dedicated and maximized attention from their teachers, versus trying to accomplish two things at once, with quality. Splitting the day is our only way of using our teachers to serve our students, otherwise, there are even far more complex issues that would jeopardize our program and lead to extensive course cuts. In addition, when and if we gave to go fully remote for inclement weather, COVID emergencies and other reasons, we have a system in place to do so in truncating our program to serve all students remotely. In summary, I do understand your point, and agree with some of your concerns and comments, however, there are a tremendous amount of challenges that make much of our usual plans impossible. 
 
 Q: How will extracurricular activities work. Will they have to be done remotely or can they be done in small groups in school. 
A: Extracurricular activities are on pause / hold for now until we receive further information from the NYC DOE. Budget cuts and afterschool cleaning priorities are two of many factors that we are working through to figure out what after school programs look like. For example, PSAL sports is postponed for the time being, possibly until the SPRING.
 
Q: This isn't related to the student program, but I was hoping to know when we would be able to pick up belongings from lockers. 
A: We're still waiting for guidance. I know ... you've had to wait so long, and have heard the same response. 
 
Q: How do we get our PupilPath codes?
A: Our Learning Management System is PupilPath, which will be used for sharing student programs as well as maintaining communications with grades, faculty and staff. Last week, 9th grade families were mailed, via the post office, their Pupil Path Registration codes for Students and Parents. Be sure to register as soon as you receive that letter. Our Parent Coordinator, Barbara Malenfant can assist with PupilPath Registration via email at BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov. 
 
Q: Is the school going to provide students with ID and metro cards to travel to and from school?
A: As soon as we receive the metro cards and finish printing the ID cards, we will distribute to students as they are dismissed from school on the day we receive the metro cards during the first week of school. 
 
Q: How do you expect the teachers to have enough time to teach everything the students need to know if our time is so limited with our classes occurring every other two days? Are you worried that students will forget what they learned that day once they have the class again? I've heard other schools having 1-9 school days that don't have problems. I understand we need to limit the amount of contact between students for in person schooling, but you can simply have a class of students in one room with the same schedules and have each of the teachers come in for their classes. This will limit the contact between students since they aren't travelling through the halls to get to their next class, and allow us to still have 9 periods a day.
A: It is impossible to schedule and POD our students for a full 9 period day with teachers coming to their class. While 9th graders have similar classes, by the 10-12th grade, the individuality of schedules make podding impossible. By having 3 classes per day via the block schedule, we have been successful in podding all 9th and most 10th graders, with 11th and 12th graders always going to clean and unused classrooms.
 
Q: It's been very difficult for many seniors to get a date for the ACT and SAT between cancellations and site closures. Would it be possible for SIT to do a fall school wide ACT day like it was done for the SAT in March? It would alleviate a stress for many seniors. Thank you.
A: We're investigating this.  Stay tuned.
 
Q: What classes will freshmen have?
A: Proud to say that they will be getting ALL of the classes that Freshmen normally get due to the plan we have created. Intro to Robotics, Audio Video Engineering, Health & Phys Ed, Alg / Geo / or Trig, Writing Intensive / Literature, Russian, and AP World History.  
 
Q: Am i allowed to change to Fully Remote Learning before the start of the school year?
A: According to the NYC DOE Student Learning Preference Website, AT ANY TIME DURING THE 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. 
 
Q: I was just wondering if the students have to sign up for a new DOE email address (nycstudents.net) to send and receive all communications from the school, or are they keeping their Tech email addresses? My youngest son (in middle school) was asked to set up the new DOE email address and will no longer be using their school email accounts.
A: We will still be using the @SITECHHS.COM email address. The @nycstudents.net is required for students in order to access NYC DOE services such as ZOOM or the Office 360 Online Suite and other tools outline via this link.
 
Q: If a student chose to do 100% remote learning and has PC and laptop (both not touched screen) at home, does he still need to purchase a device that use pen-stylus?
A: No. Either will be fine, although he will have to be creative with submitting some work from time to time. It shouldn't be an issue. 
 
Q: If there's a free period, is that period where you can get lunch? Or is it that lunch will be available to everyone each day at the end of the day?
A: If the Free Period is at the start of the day, you would come to school later. You will not be allowed to enter the building until your start time. It is important that students arrive close to the start of their school day. Similarly, if there is a free period at the end of the day, the student will be dismissed from school and can pick up a grab-and-go lunch on their way out. 
 
Q: My child has band, will remote learning be an issue with her class? How will band classes be arranged for the students?
A: Stay tuned (wink)! Mr Rams will be explaining how both in-person and remote band classes will work. He has an excellent plan that will allow our progress to continue.
 
Q: If I do not have a first period class on a given day and technically do not start class until my second period at 9:26, should I still be in the building by 8:00 or can I get to school sometime later?
A: You SHOULD NOT be in the building by 8 am on a day in which you start at 9:26 am. You would need to plan alternatively to arrive a little later, and / or wait outside until it is time for you to enter. There are no spaces for students to wait inside the school due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
 
Q: Will the "special" buses that line up on Lindbergh Avenue be offered at 11:40 when the day ends?
A: We have put in the request for these special buses and are awaiting a confirmation. 
 
Q: I’m one of the incoming freshmen’s and i was checking my schedule and it said i was doing algebra 1 but i was confirmed on June 16 that i would be doing geometry for this year?
A: Contact your guidance counselor if you believe that you have an error on your schedule. You can email Mrs. Malenfant at BMalenfant@schools.nyc.gov if you need to inquire the name of your guidance counselor.
 
Q: When will we be getting MetroCards?
A: Metrocards will be distributed in the cafeteria during dismissal on the first day of school. We are still awaiting for the delivery.
 
Q: What supplies should students prepare to bring with them to school other than a device ?
A: In addition to their computer device, students will need a headphone with a microphone built in for video conferencing at school on certain occasions. Teachers will be sharing with students any requested items that will support them in class, such as additional notebooks and such. Due to the nature of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, much of the work that students will be submitting in their classes will be electronic in nature and format. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SITHS 2020-21 Blended & Fully Remote Student Schedule (Updated 9.8.20)
 
After months of revision and planning we're happy to finally share the Staten Island Technical High School Blended & Fully Remote Student Schedule for the 2020-21 school year. 
 
We thank all the faculty, staff, students and parents, as well as the School Leadership Team, who provided feedback in creating this student program, which will best serve the needs of our unique academic institution. In the creation of this schedule there were key aspects of the feedback we received and some primary goals and standards that we wanted to ensure remained intact.
 
Some of the key features of this program are:
  • Nearly all of the "staple" and "highly sought after" Staten Island Tech courses remain intact and available for students to take during the 2020-21 school year, whether In-Person or Fully Remote.
  • Staten Island Technical High School Teachers will be teaching the In-Person and Fully Remote Courses. In fact, A student's In-Person and Remote teacher will be the same teacher for each of their courses. 
  • The full 9-period school day, takes place over a 3-day Block Schedule, minimizing exposure and maximizing safety for students who are attending In-Person.
    • Day A - Pds 1 2 3 
    • Day B - Pds 4 5 6
    • Day C - Pds 7 8 9
  • In-Person students will be attending for three-consecutive days, In-Person, and then Remotely for the next three-consecutive days.
  • In-Person and Remote Learners, both have exclusive schedules aligned during the day to ensure that we are able to focus our attention maximally for our distinct learning groups. 
 
Review the schedule below to get a sense of what the school day will look like. Then peruse the next section for a breakdown of Asynchronous and Synchronous instruction components in-action.
 
Please keep in mind that for In-Person Learners, the school day will begin between 8 am - 8:20 am, as there are variations in the schedule due to Science Labs.
 
NOTE: Due to the complex nature of programming this year, no program changes will be honored unless a student was mistakenly put in the wrong class.

Keeping in mind, that the Blended Learning School Day allows for Asynchronous and Synchronous learning to occur at key and critical points each day for our students, the following three pictures aims to illustrate a sample student schedule and the model described below:

 

IN-PERSON LEARNER:

Morning - Receiving Live Instruction In-Person

Afternoon - Engaging in Asynchronous Blended Learning Content (Independent Work)

 

*REMOTE LEARNER:

Morning - Engaging in Asynchronous Blended Learning Content (Independent Work)

Afternoon - Receiving Live Remote Instruction (Via Video Conferencing)

 

*Remote Learner = The Fully Remote students and the Blended students, who will be attending In-Person and Remotely.

 
September 16 - October 16th School Schedule (Click Picture to Enlarge) 
 
Below is the current schedule for September and the first two weeks of October, based upon the NYC DOE calendar, which can be accesses via this link:  Click here!
 
 
 
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Instruction: Asynchronous + Synchronous Learning
 
Our Learning model described above relies on two key aspects of Blended Learning that will work hand-in-hand in the successful implementation of our plan: Daily Asynchronous + Synchronous Learning for all students. 
 

Asynchronous Teaching and Learning:

All learning materials for students will be uploaded in the school’s chosen learning system (e.g., Google Classroom), including daily messages and directions given to students, assignments, and learning resources. Students will be expected to log in daily and read the daily messages and complete tasks as assigned by the teacher. 

      • For students and families, communications, assignments, and resources will be made available in the school’s chosen learning system and available 24/7. While work can be completed at any time, students must submit work by due dates identified.
      • For teachers and principals, coordination of required asynchronous work will be made across all instructors to ensure developmental appropriateness. 

Asynchronous instruction occurs daily and serves as a complement to daily synchronous instruction. Asynchronous learning refers to instruction and learning opportunities that do not feature students and teachers interacting at the same time. Asynchronous learning activities enable students to work at their own pace so they can learn the same material at different time independently. Daily asynchronous instruction may include, but is not limited to, the following approaches: 

        • Video lessons or recorded presentations 
        • Activities, assignments or tasks, guided by digital curricula 
        • Collaborative documents 
        • Discussion boards 
        • Email communication 
        • Feedback on student learning

Asynchronous instruction will consist of daily tasks or assignments aligned to synchronous instruction as determined by the teacher and informed by student data so that students can work at their own pace. Students with disabilities may have asynchronous instruction that is intended to reinforce, extend or apply their Individualized Education Program goals.

 

Synchronous Teaching and Learning:

Given that there are developmental differences in each grade band for students, minimum to maximum ranges of synchronous learning time for students are delineated to guide students, families, and educators in citywide expectations. In order to ensure a gradual transition, online times may be shorter at the beginning of the school year. 

        • For students and families, the ranges delineate times a student should expect and prepare to be online engaging with the teacher(s) synchronously.
        • For teachers and principals, the expectation is to ensure students are provided the range of times to engage synchronously, whether in whole group, small group, or individually, within the contractual work day (outside of prep, lunch, office hours, instructional coordination times).
 
NYC DOE Synchronous Learning Potential Time Guidelines:
Grades 9 - 12: 
September: 100 - 120 Minutes Daily
October: 120 - 130 Minutes Daily
November: 130 - 150 Minutes Daily
December: 150-180 Minutes

 

Synchronous instruction is defined as live interaction between the teacher and a student or students each day at a scheduled time, communicated in advance to parents and students. Daily synchronous instruction can be offered to the whole class, in small groups, or with individual students and when appropriate may include engaging caregivers to help students participate. Daily synchronous instruction may include but is not limited to the use of Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, other DOE approved and school-determined online video conferencing platforms, and phone conferences to provide synchronous instruction in the following areas: 

    • Whole class, small group and/or individualized live instruction 
    • Regular, dedicated time during which students and/or families can connect with teachers and get help with instructional activities (“Office Hours”) 
    • Daily activities that promote students’ social and emotional wellness 
    • Feedback on student learning and work progress check-ins with students 
    • Conferences with students or families
 
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