News and Updates
Visit the parent coordinator parent information page at http://www.ps34.org/parent_coordinator for resources, tips, and up to date information for families.
May 18 Important Information Updates: NYC DOE Chancellor Richard Carranza
Update for Families from Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor, Department of Education
May 18, 2020
Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New YorkCity and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.
Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)—formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.
NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.
As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:
As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face
covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance
from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one
close to you on the DOE website.
Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.
When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that
children frequently wash their hands.
The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate
measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor New York City Department of Education
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May 20 Updates- Summer School: NYC DOE Chancellor Richard Carranza
May 20, 2020
Earlier this week, we announced our plans for summer learning, to ensure that our students can continue to engage
and receive the academic supports they need to be ready for returning to school in the fall. We are writing to you
today with an update on the summer calendar, informed by feedback from DOE communities.
For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the
program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. There is no change
to the duration or structure of the program.
For high school students who are attending summer school, courses will also start one week earlier and will run
from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 14. There is no change to the duration or structure of this program either.
For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services, there will be no change to the calendar.
Our teachers start on Wednesday, July 1 and students are expected to participate from Thursday, July 2–
Thursday, August 13.
These changes will help accelerate learning for all students. Beginning summer school earlier—closer to the end
of the regular school year—allows for continuous learning for students. Concluding programs earlier also allows
more time for continuous rest for your family in the month of August.
We appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as we adapt to this crisis in real-time. Nothing is more
important than the health, safety, and continued academic success of your child: we thank you for your partnership
in this important endeavor now more than ever.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Remote Learning at PS 34 Principal's Update
March 19, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,
I am writing to inform you of some important changes that are coming to teaching and learning at PS 34.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will begin the process of Remote Learning through the Microsoft Google Classroom platform. Students will be able to attend class at home and engage in a full range of academic activities, under the guidance of their regular teachers.
Please make sure you have access to your child’s account through Google Classroom. Instructions for doing so have been posted on the school’s website (www.ps34.org). If you have difficulty you can email our Parent Coordinator Deise Kowalski at email@example.com for further assistance. Please do not make private Google accounts for your children, as NYC DOE has created an account for each student in the city for Remote Learning purposes.
Our virtual school day will begin at 9 a.m. Teachers will take attendance in the morning, and the day will end at 12:20 p.m. From 12:20 until 2:50, students who need assistance with their work will be able to contact a designated staff member for help. Each day your child’s teacher will post a daily schedule along with lessons, assignments and links to other enriching activities. Teachers might post assignments that span several days or a week; we ask that students complete only the work for that particular day and not all of the assignments posted for the week. Please do not use virtual learning as a means of interacting with teachers, as this may disrupt the flow of learning for the children. Teachers may be contacted, as usual, through ClassDojo.
It is uncertain how long we will be engaged in Remote Learning. We are working diligently to ensure that your child’s education will progress and move forward. As a school community, the success and safety of each student is of utmost importance, and we are committed to making this new approach to teaching and learning a positive experience for all children and their families.
As always, the PS 34 community of students, parents and faculty has come together during this challenging time. As a school and a city, we will persevere through these current difficulties and then take great joy when the time comes for us to be together, and back to normal, again. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
I will be sure to update you frequently on developments as they occur. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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PS 34 Mission Statement
At PS 34 we are committed to the academic success of every child. The school’s mission is to teach a rigorous academic curriculum, complemented by a wide range of enrichment opportunities, inclusive of the arts, in a supportive and safe environment. Our students are challenged to become lifelong learners who are well prepared for the demands of the 21st century. We believe the high expectations of today will nurture successful and productive citizens of tomorrow. As a community of professional learners, we empower our students to grow academically by teaching them critical and analytical thinking skills in full alignment with state and national standards. Supported by and in collaboration with families and community members, we expect students to aim high by addressing the individual needs of diverse learners and by strengthening the development of a well-rounded child who is fully prepared for their educational complexities beyond elementary school.