HSES Remote Learning COVID19 InfoHub
Dear Class of 2020,
As you know at this point, Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC public schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and we are currently waiting for final confirmation from Governor Cuomo. In all likelihood, the HSES community will not see one another in person this school year and while I long to see everyone, I am especially saddened that we won’t get a chance to celebrate the class of 2020.
April 13, 2020
Dear High School for Environmental Studies Community,
On Saturday morning, Mayor De Blasio announced that NYC schools will not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Although I am extremely disappointed that we won’t finish the school year in person, I know that this is the right decision for our city and community.
As your principal, it is my number one priority to put the health and safety of my students and staff in the forefront of every decision I make and I know that we will be safer together by remaining apart during this uncertain time. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you have lost loved ones to this unthinkable virus. I am keeping you close to my heart during this time, and the HSES community is here to support you. Even though we will not be able to connect in person, we will continue to support one another remotely. We are here for you all for the duration of this unprecedented period, and will keep you informed with the best information we have.
The dedication and perseverance this community has shown to adapt to remote learning has been astounding. Our teachers, guidance counselors, and support staff have been working tirelessly to make sure that we maintain as much normalcy as possible during these uncertain times. I cannot express how grateful I am to the families who have worked with our teachers to ensure that their children are set up for success. HSES students continue to engage in thoughtful discussions and think critically, despite the enormous change that happened seemingly overnight. I am so proud of this community and all we continue to do together.
When I returned to the High School for Environmental Studies over four years ago in the new role of principal, I remember discovering that the rooftop garden that bloomed and flourished when I was a teacher was gone. The roof was barren and there was no sign of life. Over the next several years, teachers, students, and the whole community worked together to revive the rooftop. Today we have flowers in bloom, garlic, honey, cucumbers, countless other vegetables, and even four amazing chickens on that roof. We may be on pause right now, but once we return to our home at High School for Environmental Studies we will work together again and bloom again as that roof does. Together we will get through this. We are planting the seeds now for a garden yet to grow.
- Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school. (FOR MORE See Our HSES LINK)
- Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8.
- AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey.
- Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools.