March 18, 2020

Dear Van Siclen Families:

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced on Sunday, March 15th that the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.

This is an unprecedented but necessary measure to ensure the health and safety of our communities in East New York, the City, and beyond to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). In the transition, please read through all the information below for how we will support your child and families during this time. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate these times.

The next few weeks will be not be easy, but by working together and with due patience, we aim to provide the best education for our VSC students and maintain the caliber of instruction—even with the untraditional situation. This is an opportunity for all of us to step up to the challenge and innovate ways to support each other, our students, and our community. Despite the distance, we are still connected by our community, our commitment to our children, and our values: responsibility, effort, and collaboration. Now, more than ever, we call upon the VSC community to step up to these values and work together.

We will be in touch via phone and email if you need assistance and support with your child’s learning, navigating the new technology, or any other needs you may have in the coming weeks. Please read all information below and stay tuned as more information is released.

Please find the attached document at the top of this page for more information. Note that this information will change as we know more.

Sincerely,

Van Siclen Community Middle School