remote learning faq
11.24.20: THIS IS ARCHIVED FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
If kids can’t attend in-person school, what should they do?
If kids miss in-person school because they aren’t feeling well, or they need to quarantine, they should e-mail email@example.com and it will be counted as an excused absence.
If a holiday falls on a day other than a Monday or Friday, why aren’t kids coming into school for their in-person day on the Friday of the holiday week?
Currently there is no plan to have in-person days shift to Fridays for holidays that fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Since there are more Monday holidays, a plan was put in place to have the Monday in-person cohort shift to Fridays on a holiday week. The school will address this issue with the SLT to determine the best way to handle holidays that fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
What will the school do to keep classrooms warmer as the weather gets colder?
The school is exploring purchasing filters for classrooms so that windows don’t have to be left open during very cold days. Before this is implemented, the wearing of hats and coats and the use of blankets will be permitted.
If the COVID-19 situation improves, would Booker T. consider expanding the number of in-person days for students. So instead of one day — make it 2 or 3 days in-person.
Given staffing and space constraints, Booker T. will continue for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year with the one-day-per-week in-person school days for those who have opted for the hybrid model (remote + in-person).
If a student doesn't consent to the random COVID-19 test at school, will he/she/they be moved to 100% remote?
If families do not consent to testing, the students can still attend class for now.
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Can we have a list of 100% remote students?
Legally, the school cannot give out information regarding who is remote vs. blended. If this is something that class parents want to ask their homeroom families to share with them and others in the homeroom, they can compile this list themselves by querying their homeroom families.
Can 100% remote kids use Zoom for lessons during teachers' in-building days?
According to UFT union rules, schools cannot mandate that teachers teach both in-person and on Zoom at the same time. There is also the issue of teachers not being able to fully focus on the in-person kids if they must also pay attention to the kids on Zoom. There is some discussion about teachers who have a very small number of in-person kids trying to have the remote kids Zoom in, but this is at the teachers' discretion and cannot be mandated by the school.