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April 20, 2020:

Laptops will be given out Weds., April 22nd between the hours of 8am – 1pm. Please make sure to have your school ID card with you. Stay safe, healthy and 6 feet apart!

Las computadoras portátiles se entregarán el 22 de abril de entre las 8am y 1pm. Por favor, asegúrese de tener su tarjeta de identificación de la escuela con usted.

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April 16, 2020:

WCHS Staff, Parents and Students,

On April 16, Governor Cuomo extended New York on PAUSE.  Earlier in the week the Board of Trustees motioned to make a resolution that Williamsburg Charter High School will close in accordance with the Governor’s directive.  The school building will be closed to students and staff at least until May 15, 2020. 

The Board will host its monthly open public meeting on April 28, 2020 and will formally approve school building closure and continuation of remote learning under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order until May 15.  We will continue to await guidance from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Board of Regents prior to making any decisions about the remainder of the school year. You are always welcome to attend our board meetings, visit  our website for more information: https://www.thewcs.org/our-story/board-of-trustees.

The safety of our community continues to be our foremost priority and we will continue to communicate all information as we are able. I know that this is an extremely difficult time, and I commend you for your strength throughout. I encourage you to continue taking care of yourselves and supporting each other. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you have to covidconcerns@thewcs.org

Thank you,
Lester Samson
Head of School

Personal de WCHS, padres y estudiantes,

El 16 de abril, el gobernador Cuomo extendió Nueva York en PAUSA. A principios de la semana, la Junta de Síndicos hizo una moción para hacer una resolución que Williamsburg Charter High School cerrará de acuerdo con la directiva del Gobernador. El edificio escolar estará cerrado para estudiantes y personal al menos hasta el 15 de mayo de 2020.

La Junta organizará su reunión pública abierta mensual el 28 de abril de 2020 y aprobará formalmente el cierre del edificio escolar y la continuación del aprendizaje remoto bajo la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Cuomo hasta el 15 de mayo. Continuaremos esperando la orientación del Gobernador Cuomo y la Junta del Estado de Nueva York de regentes antes de tomar cualquier decisión sobre el resto del año escolar. Siempre puede asistir a nuestras reuniones de la junta, visite nuestro sitio web para obtener más información: https://www.thewcs.org/our-story/board-of-trustees.

La seguridad de nuestra comunidad sigue siendo nuestra principal prioridad y continuaremos comunicando toda la información que podamos. Sé que este es un momento extremadamente difícil, y te felicito por tu fortaleza en todo momento. Los animo a que sigan cuidándose y apoyándose mutuamente. No dude en comunicarse con cualquier pregunta o inquietud que tenga a covidconcerns@thewcs.org.

Gracias,
Lester Samson
Jefe de escuela

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April 8, 2020:

Surveys
Today is your last day to take the NYC Survey! Visit www.nycschoolsurvey.org.  Lost your code? Use the Code Look Up Tool on the website or call the DOE Hotline at 1-877-819-2363.
 

Reprieve – April 9-17, 2020

There will be a reprieve from the Remote learning plan starting this Thursday, April 9th through Friday, April 17th. Students will receive their reprieve assignment on April 8, 2020. It is uploaded into Advisory Google Classrooms.

If your student qualified for an incomplete for trimester 2, we suggest that they also focus on completing those assignments so they can recover that credit.

Staff will be available via email and are expected to respond between 2 and 3pm each day April 14-17th.

The regular remote learning plan will resume Monday April 20th and continue through Weds., April 29th.

Board of Trustees
The WCHS Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6pm on Google Hangouts.
 
Join via https://meet.google.com/wbp-rwxs-xux or by phone, +1 858-324-6576 PIN: 190 226 750#.
 
The Board will be discussing Governor Cuomo’s New York on PAUSE executive orders pertaining to school building closures.
 
La Encuesta del DOE
¡Llene la Encuesta del DOE ahora! Revise su correo electrónico para el código y llene la encuesta al nycschoolsurvey.org antes del 8 de abril. Si se le perdió su código, use la herramienta en la página de la encuesta para buscar su código o llame la línea del departamento de educación al 1877-819-2363. Su voz cuenta.
 
Periodo de Descanso

Habrá un periodo de descanso del aprendizaje remoto comenzando este jueves, 9 de abril hasta el viernes, 17 de abril. Los estudiantes recibirán su asignación el 8 de abril para completar durante este tiempo. La asignacion se subira a la clase de advisory en google classroom.

Si su hijo calificó por un incompleto para el segundo trimestre, sugerimos que también se enfoquen en esas asignaciones para que puedan recuperar ese crédito.

El personal estará disponible por email y se espera que respondan durante las 2 y 3 de la tarde todos los días entre el 14 y 17 de abril.

El aprendizaje remoto continuará el lunes 20 de abril hasta el miércoles 29 de abril.

Junta Directiva
La Junta Directiva de la WCHS tendrá una reunión especial el martes, 14 de abril del 2020 a las 6pm por Google Hangouts.

Acompáñenos por https://meet.google.com/wbp-rwxs-xux o por teléfono al +1 858-324-6576 PIN: 190 226 750#.

La Junta hablará sobre las ordenes ejecutivas del Gobernador Cuomo conocidas como Nueva York on PAUSE relacionadas al cierre de los edificios escolares.

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April 7, 2020: 

Tech / Técnica
There will be one more day to pick up school laptops if you are in need of one. The school will be open this Weds., 4/8 from 8:00am-1:00pm for laptop pick up. Students bring your school ID. Please fill out the following survey: https://forms.gle/zaDvJ3xxbLmi7WEUA
 
Habrá un día más para recoger las computadoras portátiles de la escuela si necesita una. La escuela estará abierta 4/8 de 8:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. para recoger el portátil. Los estudiantes traen su identificación de la escuela. Por favor complete la siguiente encuesta: https://forms.gle/zaDvJ3xxbLmi7WEUA
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April 2, 2020:

Continuity of Learning April 9-17

Parents and Families,

You may have heard that earlier this week Governor Cuomo cancelled spring break (April 9-17) across the State. For public New York City Department of Education schools, this means that “school” will be held daily through what was scheduled as spring break.

As an independent community charter high school, Williamsburg Charter High School has the independence and ability to decide on a schedule that best serves our students, staff  and families. 

We understand that this has been a very stressful time. Students and families have been asked to make many changes in how they live and learn. With all that said, we believe it is time for some rest and that some break is necessary for everyone to rejuvenate.

Therefore, the Board of Trustees, in partnership with WCHS Leadership, opted to create a continuity of learning plan for the period between April 9-17 that will allow for our students to continue to be engaged and for our staff to have some rest.  Students will have a project to complete over the course of April 9-17 but can do so at their own pace.

We will be rolling out details about what it will look like over the next few days.  If you have any questions, please contact covidconcerns@thewcs.org.

Thank you.

Padres y familias,

Es posible que haya escuchado que a principios de esta semana el gobernador Cuomo canceló las vacaciones de primavera (del 9 al 17 de abril) en todo el estado. Para las escuelas públicas del Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York, esto significa que la “escuela” se llevará a cabo diariamente durante lo que estaba programado como vacaciones de primavera.

Como escuela secundaria autónoma comunitaria independiente, Williamsburg Charter High School tiene la independencia y la capacidad de decidir el horario que mejor sirva a nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias.

Entendemos que este ha sido un momento muy estresante. Se les ha pedido a los estudiantes y sus familias que hagan muchos cambios en cómo viven y aprenden. Con todo lo dicho, creemos que es hora de descansar y que es necesario un descanso para que todos puedan rejuvenecerse.

Por lo tanto, la Junta de Fideicomisarios, en asociación con WCHS Leadership, optó por crear un plan de continuidad del aprendizaje para el período comprendido entre el 9 y el 17 de abril que permitirá a nuestros estudiantes continuar comprometidos y que nuestro personal descanse un poco. Los estudiantes tendrán un proyecto que completar en el transcurso del 9 al 17 de abril, pero pueden hacerlo a su propio ritmo.

Lanzaremos detalles sobre cómo se verá en los próximos días. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con covidconcerns@thewcs.org.

Gracias.

Tech / Técnica
There will be one more day to pick up school laptops if you are in need of one. The school will be open this Friday, 4/3 from 8:00am-1:00pm for laptop pick up. Students bring your school ID. Please fill out the following survey: https://forms.gle/zaDvJ3xxbLmi7WEUA
 
Habrá un día más para recoger las computadoras portátiles de la escuela si necesita una. La escuela estará abierta este viernes 4/3 de 8:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. para recoger el portátil. Los estudiantes traen su identificación de la escuela. Por favor complete la siguiente encuesta: https://forms.gle/zaDvJ3xxbLmi7WEUA
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April 1, 2020: 

Today is the last day to apply for our 2020-21 lottery: www.thewcs.org/apply.
Hoy es el último día para solicitar nuestra lotería 2020-21: www.thewcs.org/apply.

Laptops will be given out Friday, April 3rd between the hours of 8am – 1pm. Please make sure to have your school ID card with you. Stay safe, healthy and 6 feet apart! Please fill out the Tech Survey. 

Las computadoras portátiles se entregarán el viernes, 3 de abril de entre las 8am y 1pm. Por favor, asegúrese de tener su tarjeta de identificación de la escuela con usted. ¡Manténgase seguro, saludable y a 6 pies de distancia! Por favor complete la encuesta técnica.

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March 31, 2020: 

Our enrollment lottery is still happening. It’s just going to look a little different this year. 

If you are a parent or student interested in joining WCHS next year, please visit our application page today. We will be accepting applications through April 1.

Our lottery will happen virtually April 2 at 6pm. Please join us via this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/336769057 or by phone: +19294362866, meeting code: 336769057#. All participants will be muted upon entry.

Any student who applies after April 1 will be added to our waitlist.

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March 22, 2020: Please note that the school building is not open daily for laptop distribution. Please complete our technology survey if you need a Chromebook. 

The building will be open on Thursday, March 26, from 8am to 1pm for technology pickup.

Please do not travel in groups when picking up technology. We ask that you adhere to the six feet distance policy in and outside of the building so that we can protect ourselves and our community. Thank you.

We understand that this is a strange and stressful time. We are working to resolve any technology issue you may be having as quickly as we can. This is new for all of us, and we kindly ask that you be patient during this process. Thank you, stay safe, and (unless you are picking up technology), please stay home.

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March 21, 2020: Parents, need help with Google Classroom? Click here.

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March 20, 2020 

WCHS Families,

We are excited to launch our remote learning program on Monday, March 23rd. Please see the below link and info. 

Advisory Questions of the Day and Daily Assignments will be posted daily in Google Classroom at 8 a.m. Students will be expected to complete their Advisory Question of the Day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1p.m. daily. If Students complete the Advisory Question of the Day, they will be marked present. If this is not completed, students will be marked absent.

Students will have until midnight to complete daily assignments from each of their classes. All teachers will be available daily during all teacher office hours.

Social Emotional Academy Leaders, Guidance Counselors, Student Life Associates, and Intervention and Family Support Counselors will also be available daily and will be reaching out to our students and families.

Our program is explained in more detail in the attached document, but please do not hesitate to contact us at our central email, covidconcerns@thewcs.org, with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Lester Samson

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March 19, 2020

Free For WCHS Students: Grab and Go meals are available all from March 16-20 at the school from 7:30am-1:30pm. Starting Monday, March 23, the following schools will be open in District 14 for the public to pickup Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch:
Gratis Para los Estudiantes de la WCHS: Habrá alimentos disponibles toda esta semana16 de marzo hasta 20 de marzo, entre 7:30am-1:30pm. Comenzando el lunes, 23 de marzo, las siguientes escuelas estarán abiertas en el distrito 14 para desayuno y almuerzo:

JHS – 50
PS – 84
PS – 196
PS – 250
JHS – 318
PS – 17
PS – 18
Brooklyn Arbor Public School

PS – 31
IS – 49
PS – 120
PS – 147
PS – 157
PS – 297
PS – 380
Automotive High School

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March 17, 2020: Students who indicated the need to borrow a laptop on the Technology Survey should come sign one out during the hours of 8am-1pm on either Thursday, 3/19 or Friday, 3/20. Students must bring their WCHS ID.

Our nurse will be on site Tuesday, March 17, Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday March 19 and will be contacting all families of students who have medication administered during school to see if families would like to arrange pick up of any critical medications.

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March 16, 2020: Grab and Go meals will be available for students this week at WCHS between 7:30am and 1:30pm.

We are preparing our distance learning model. Please complete this technology survey if you have not already: https://forms.gle/zaDvJ3xxbLmi7WEUA

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March 15, 2020:

WCHS Parents and Students,

The Board of Trustees has motioned to make a resolution that Williamsburg Charter High School will be closed tomorrow, March 16, 2020 until April 19, 2020. We look forward to opening April 20, 2020. We will communicate more details surrounding our distance learning transition in days to come.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email covidconcerns@thewcs.org.

Thank you,
Lester Samson

March 15, 2020: The Board of Trustees will be hosting a special meeting via conference call at 7pm. Please feel free to call in here: +1 (786) 535-3211 Access Code: 584-191-277.

An official statement will follow.

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March 14, 2020: School will be open on Monday, March 16, 2020. Athletic activities (games and field trips) are suspended. After school clubs will continue as scheduled.

Read more here:

 

Please email covidconcerns@thewcs.org with any questions or concerns you may have.

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March 12, 2020: All CSAA playoff basketball games will be postponed until further notice.

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March 11, 2020: 

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March 10, 2020: There are 0 confirmed or reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at WCHS. If you are hearing rumors and reports claiming otherwise, please note these are false. To clarify, Student Led Conferences, are canceled this Thursday (3/12) and Friday (3/13) as an extra precaution to deep clean our school. Call us with any questions.

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March 9, 2020 Update: Together, the Board and the Administration has made a decision out of an abundance of caution in light of the issues surrounding COVID-19 to cancel Student Led Conferences on Thursday and Friday (March 12 and 13).  The building will be closed on those days for deep cleaning as an extra precaution. Those days were already non-instructional days so we won’t have to make those days up.

In addition, all field trips are canceled until further notice.
 

Below is the WCHS COVID-19 Response Plan, which has been adopted by our Board of Trustees. This plan details our risk analysis evaluation tool as well as school response protocol for each risk level to the community: Low Risk (Level 1), Moderate Risk (Level 2), Medium Risk (Level 3), and High Risk (Level 4).

On Friday, March 6, 2020 WCHS was at Low Risk, Level 1; however, due to the increasing number of cases in New York City, the issuance of some travel advisories, and general increasing concern throughout the city, we have increased our risk level to Moderate Risk, Level 2.

Our contingency plan is in place. All regularly scheduled activities are allowed. However, field trips are suspended until further notice. And we have cancelled Student Led Conferences on March 12 and 13. There are no changes to the athletic program at this time.

We have increased our cleaning routine of the school throughout the day and at night, and we will be deep cleaning the school March 12-15. Even though there is no virus in our building, we have reviewed all of our cleaning products, and we have purchased cleaning products that disinfect and decontaminate the virus.

Further, we have begun preparations to engage in online learning if necessary (Level 4). Parents and guardians, please complete the attached technology survey as soon as possible. More information regarding online learning will follow as needed.

Community Guidance

Williamsburg Charter High School is following all available guidance relating to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 “Coronavirus”.

We will be providing continuous updates via letters home, emails, phone calls, social media, and through the website.

As community transmission increases, the Mayor is reminding New Yorkers to take basic precautions while going about their lives: wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay home if you are sick and call your doctor if you experience the following symptoms: fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Additionally, The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene is asking New Yorkers who return from the following countries to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan.
 
If you are not feeling well, stay home.
 
For Coronavirus preparedness tips and safety info, visit: www.NYC.gov/coronavirus.
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