Unity Updates – 3/19/20
Dear Students and Families of Unity,
I want to begin today’s update with a note of appreciation. Our staff have been busy collaborating over the past two days in the preparation and distribution of materials so that our students are equipped to engage in remote learning with their teachers. I also wish to thank our teachers and instructional leaders for their preparation over the past several days in launching remote learning at Unity.
In my discussions with fellow educators today, we all miss our students and very much look forward to reuniting in the coming days. While learning remotely will be a new venture for us, what is familiar, and perhaps most powerful, are our relationships and willingness to trust and support one another. In Unity, there is tremendous strength.
I have several updates for you today, including information on the first day of remote learning at our middle school and remote orientation sessions at the high school. It is critical that all of our high school students and families are fully prepared and equipped to engage in remote schoolwork this coming Monday. Participating in remote orientation sessions will accomplish this. Details for tomorrow’s orientation sessions are included below.
As a reminder, The Daily Scoop will also be posted on our homepage at unityprep.org. If you have questions, concerns, and/or ideas in response to any update, don’t hesitate to respond to this note by email. A Unity staff member will then be in touch at their earliest convenience. Thank you to those who offered responses to updates over the past few days.
Updates as of March 18, 2020
1. Materials to Engage in Remote Learning – Communication and Support Moving Forward: Thank you to our families who picked up materials yesterday or today. We are pleased that a vast majority of our students have what they need to engage in remote learning. Moving forward, here is some helpful information for you:
Unity Middle School:
Unity High School: We will continue to distribute laptops tomorrow (3/20) from 12-3 PM.
2. Remote Learning at Our Middle School Begins Tomorrow (3/20); Remote Learning at Our High School Begins Monday (3/23) and High School Remote Orientations Happening Tomorrow (3/20): As we launch remote classes, here is what you need to know:
3. Reminder – Supplemental Resources to Continue Your Child’s Learning at Home: Between now and the launch of remoting learning, we encourage you to support your child at home in keeping their academic skills fresh. The NYCDOE’s Learn at Home site provides learning resources to students to complete while they are receiving instruction. It is important that students continue to read, write, complete social studies and science activities, and work on math problems. The materials are organized by grade level and include the following:
4. Reminder – Extension of Remote Learning through April 20th: Unity will extend its suspension of all onsite educational programming, including extra-curricular events, through April 20th. This timeline and plan aligns with the NYC Department of Education’s plan, as announced yesterday for all of its schools. Students will not report to our middle and high school sites for instruction during this time.
5. Reminder – Free Internet at Home: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Internet access at home will be critical for students to complete their remote learning assignments To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
6. Reminder – Free Breakfast and Lunch Grab-and-Go Meals are available at all NYCDOE Public Schools: Unity students may go to any NYCDOE school building (including PS44) between 7:30am – 1:30pm today and until further notice to pick up a bagged breakfast and bagged lunch for free. Meals will be in the lobby or cafeteria of each building.
7. Reminder – Mental Health Counseling and Social Work Services Available to Unity Students who Receive Counseling: If your child receives counseling, you will hear from their counselor in the coming days to coordinate services and identify needs. If your child or family member is experiencing a mental health crisis, NYC Well is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed by phone (1888-NYC-WELL) or text (text WELL to 65173) or by internet chat via their website: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.
8. Updated – We encourage families to check NYSDOH’s website and the CDC’s website regularly for updates: Here are the last recommendations as posted on the NYCDOE’s website as of March 17th, include the following:
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