Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Dear PPAS Community,

Here is the most updated information regarding school closings related to coronavirus and remote learning:

  • Monday, March 16: Citywide closure. Students, teachers, and principals do not report. 
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Thursday, March 19: All staff reports. Teachers and principals participate in professional development on remote learning. 
  • Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 20: Students who need it will be able to begin process of picking up the technology necessary for remote learning. More guidance to families will be sent this week. 
  • Monday, March 23: Remote learning launches, with additional guidance provided throughout the week of the 23. 

Think of tomorrow (Monday, March 16th) like a snow day.  No activity with one exception:  if any student wants to come to PPAS for grab-and-go breakfast or lunch, food services staff will be coming in to facilitate this.  There is no need to inform anyone, simply show up between 7:45 AM – 8:15 AM for breakfast or 10:45 – 11:30 for lunch.

The teachers and administrators will report this week to plan remote learning.  This gives us ample time to set up a cohesive, user friendly, and comprehensive program that will keep students busy over these three and 1/2 weeks that we were to be in school.  The majority of our remote learning program will be in Google Classroom and Pupil Path platforms.  You will receive updated information and details as we get into the week about how to access electronic material, receiving expectations about what is to be completed, and how teachers will assess the work.  We will be working closely with families who need support with online access.  Arts partners will continue to work with us to develop remote learning for PA classes.  More details to follow.

Students will be able to enter the building at some point this week to retrieve materials from their lockers that they expected to have access to.  More detail to follow. Please keep checking your Pupil Path messaging as this is the central way we communicate with parents and students.

We care deeply about our students and we will do our very best to help our community get through this crisis until we can put it all behind us.  Continue to follow all the instructions about how to keep yourself healthy – see info at this link: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

Always feel free to reach out to our parent coordinator, Teri Gindi at tgindi@ppasshare.org with questions.

In Unity,

Keith Ryan