August 28, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians and students,
I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to begin our school year next week. Our teachers were in school today and yesterday, cleaning, preparing and setting up the classrooms, all ready to receive and welcome those of you who will be doing In Person instruction as well as students who will be receiving instruction via remote learning. Our teachers have been training for two weeks, enhancing their teaching practices and learning new methods to ensure we continue to provide high quality instruction to all our students through the Blending Teaching model we have selected.
Our commitment to health and safety s to be at the forefront of everything we do and plan. Though we strongly feel we are prepared to face challenges with this “new normal”, we ask for your continuous cooperation and understanding, as we “roll out” our Re-Opening Plan next Monday. Please review Teacherease and our school website for updates.
I am also writing today to remind you of very important procedures and dates that we must be able to adhere to. Please see important details related to daily procedures below:
DAILY PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOLS
Please keep in mind that we are implementing two teaching models: the Blended learning model, which means that students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week, and the full time remote model for students who opted out of In Person instruction.
BLENDED MODEL also includes grouping students into cohorts. Students assigned to Cohort
A will begin school this coming Monday, August 31st. They will receive In Person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students assigned to Cohort B will report to school on Wednesday, September 2nd. They will receive In Person instruction on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
On Fridays, students will receive enrichment support via remote. There will be no In Person instruction on Fridays. Teachers have been sending home “Welcome Letters” that include an overall description of the curriculum to be covered this year along with their expectations. Please review the letter with your child. Group assignments have been emailed. Please check Teacherease to see the Cohort selected for your child.
Breakfast will be available for students interested, between 7 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. Students will be directed to use door # 10 to do a temperature check and then pick up their breakfast. Students will have breakfast in their respective classrooms supervised by a teacher. Parents dropping off students by car must follow all directions provided by security personnel. Please be patient as traffic volume may be more that we normally have. Parents are not allowed to stay with their children, waiting on line or otherwise going into the building. No one will be allowed to enter the school. Appointments must be scheduled for that purpose. Please see a
short video within this communication that demonstrates arrival procedures. Staff members will be outside assisting and directing students. There will be single lines formed as students enter the school building. All students must wear masks and maintain 6 feet apart from each other.
Health and Safety
Ø Daily Health screening upon entering the school
Ø Social Distancing- 6 Ft. every direction and throughout the building
Ø Health Hygiene - proper hand washing, hand sanitizers available in every room
Ø Face coverings – required for all staff, faculty members, all students and anyone accessing the building
Ø There will be no sharing of materials/supplies among/between students
Ø Students will remain in the same cohort throughout the day with same classmates
Ø Use of restrooms – one student at a time
Ø Breakfast and lunch will take place in the classrooms- other options are being explored
Ø Dismissal will begin at 2:50 p.m.
On an unrelated note, thank you so much to those of you who were able to join our informational Zoom sessions. Almost 300 participants joined our meeting. We also want to welcome our new parents and 6th grade students to the MVP family. In addition, we also want to welcome Mr. Willie Crosland who have joined our MVP staff. Mr. Crosland will play several roles, among them: School Safety Coordinator, Covid19 Point Person, Parent Engagement Coordinator and school Dean. Mr. Crosland will begin virtual parent workshops in September. Details will follow. Another member we want to welcome to our MVP family is Mr. Roland Brown. Mr. Brown will be supporting the school in all areas, but will focus on Media, updating our learning community of developments related to our student body and their performance
school wide. We especially want to show off the phenomenal work our students and teachers do daily, including for those who will be receiving instruction virtually.
Please click on the following link to see our teachers preparing for the new school year http://www.middlevillageprep.org/apps/video/watch.jsp?v=286456
In closing, I want to say that I am really excited this school year is about to begin and our students will have the opportunity to physical be in the school building. I am also a little anxious, a little nervous —just like you all but these emotions will not overshadow my excitement to receive our students and teachers next week.
I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure our students and staff will feel safe and will be motivated and happy to get started. I am looking forward to a healthy, safe and successful school year.
N. Velez, Principal