COVID-19 UPDATES

Caregiver Q & A: BSA Fall Reopening Plans

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Dear BSA Community,

Please join BSA Administrators for a Q & A on our school’s Reopening Plan. To avoid long wait times in the virtual waiting room, all caregivers must access the Zoom session using the legal adult name that BSA has on file.

Below are the dates and times to attend:

August 13 from 3 – 4 pm

August 14 from 11- 12 pm

August 14 from 2- 3 pm

 

Topic: Caregiver Q & A: BSA Fall COVID-19 Reopening Plans

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BSA-Return to School Survey

Dear BSA Community,

We value your voice and opinion. Please click here to respond to a quick survey that will help us continue to plan our community’s return to school.

Be on the lookout for an email from us with dates for Caregiver Q & A sessions to be held on Zoom. We will post the information on our website as we have done throughout the COVID-19 school closure.

Thank you for your input!

Update on BSA Reopening

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Dear Broome Street Academy,

It is my sincere hope that you and your family are staying safe and finding a way to enjoy this summer despite all the challenges we’ve faced as a community this year.

This summer has been a productive one for BSA: 50 freshmen are participating in our summer bridge program; 140 students are participating in BSA summer school; and another 80 students have been participating in The Door’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

As you know, over the last several months, our team has been considering what school will look like in the coming year. We’re grateful for the feedback you’ve shared about what will work best for your children, and for the support you’ve offered as we navigate some tough decisions. On Friday, Broome Street Academy responded to the Department of Health’s request for information about our reopening plan for the coming semester, and I am writing to share with you some key information about how we plan to operate:

  • On Thursday, September 10, BSA will start the year remotely, with all instruction taking place virtually.
  • On Monday, October 5, we plan to begin giving BSA students the option to come to our school building to receive in-person instruction one day per week.
    • The exact date when BSA will return to this level of in-person instruction is subject to change based upon updated health guidance. We nevertheless wanted to let you know our current thinking.
  • This year, BSA students will be able to access more weekly live lessons with teachers over Zoom.
  • In addition to Edgenuity, BSA will be offering additional technological learning solutions this year.

Please review our detailed plan for the fall semester online at broomestreetacademy.org.

We will be holding a Zoom call to hear from families with any questions they have about our plan early next week. Please expect an invite from Mr. Peralta shortly.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Respectfully yours,

 Melissa H. Silberman

Head of School

Click here to see a summary of Key Points on BSA Reopening Plan

Update on Fall School Return

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Dear BSA Community,

We are writing with a few quick updates on our return to school in September.

All plans have not been finalized yet- but are in progress and under extensive review. All NYC schools included BSA, remain dependent on state and city guidance, which has only recently started to be disseminated.

BSA has been carefully and proactively creating a return to school plan for the last six weeks. On July 16th, NYS Department of Education issued substantial new guidance for schools to factor in to its plans and we are working to address these additional measures. As of now we have been asked to submit a plan on returning to school due to our authorizer and the NYC Department of Health on 7/31.

Our return plan includes the following features which would all need to be approved by the state:

  • Students come to BSA one day a week and stay home and learn remotely the remaining days.
  • If there is an approved physical return to school, face masks will be mandatory and required all day.
  • Health screening, including temperature checks for all students and faculty, will occur daily and be required for entry on the campus.
  • BSA educational spaces will be thoroughly sanitized nightly with electrostatic sprayers and traditional disinfectants.
  • BSA will be limiting student travel around the campus throughout the school day.
  • All students who do not wish to come to campus are approved to stay home and learn remotely full time (pending government approval).
  • For families of students with IEP’s, BSA will follow state guidelines for providing mandated support.

We look forward to sharing additional guidance and details on process as soon as they become available. We appreciate your patience during this unusual time and we remain committed to supporting the

Sincerely,

BSA Leadership

Final Caregiver Newsletter of the 2019-2020 School Year!

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Greetings Broome Street Academy Community,

Congratulations on completing what has been an incredibly challenging year.  At the start of the school year in September none of us could’ve imagined that by June we would be learning and teaching remotely and witnessing one of the greatest social justice movements of our time. We graduated our Class of 2020 today and it was bittersweet. We couldn’t be together, and we wanted nothing more than to see our seniors march across a stage and flip their tassels at the end of a traditional in-person ceremony. Still, we achieved one of the highest graduation rates in the school’s history in the middle of a historic crisis.

Our BSA graduates are moving on to change the world by pursuing higher education, diverse entrepreneurial visions and ambitious career goals. Our students are committed to making history, not to being passive spectators.

We wanted to let you know at Broome Street Academy we are thinking about the future carefully to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances. Below are a few descriptions of our efforts to continue to support our entire school community and move ahead with confidence, while keeping everyone safe.

Physical space 

Our leadership team is participating in safety planning with our partner, The Door given that, as you know, Broome Street Academy is co-located within their headquarters at 555 Broome Street. This spring, a committee was formed to prepare for the return to the physical premises in the fall.  This committee is adhering to guidance from the CDC and will have a very strenuous wellness policy for all people entering the building. We will share our safety policy long before we return.  While the policy is not final, it will likely include all people in the building needing to remain masked the entire day, enhanced disinfecting protocols, and temperature checks upon entry. As of now, the physical campus is closed through the summer, and only essential employees are allowed into the building.


Will we go back to school in September? 

There are three different scenarios Broome Street Academy is preparing for:

  1. We go back to school in September with new safety rules in place.
  2. We do not go back to school in September, and we remain remote with additional supports.
  3. There is a hybrid model where your child is in school some days of the week and home learning remotely the remainder of the week.

 

We do not yet know which scenario will be in place, and we are anticipating guidance from New York State soon on what will be permissible, however we are preparing for all possibilities. As a high school serving older students we have greater flexibility than others, but no matter what we do it will be with safety and academic rigor at the forefront.

 

How can we help you right now?

  • Broome St., Academy is running a full remote summer school, and if your child has been scheduled, this is a mandatory program to help students get on track and gain promotion.
  • Incoming 9th graders will have a six-week summer bridge experience that is mandatory for incoming 9th graders, and will meet remotely.
  • All BSA students are members of The Door. The Door is offering many services in a safe setting such as meal pick up, arts and crafts, healthcare appointments, tele-health, and social work visits.  If your child is interested in any of those services, please contact Broome Street Academy and we will be happy to assist you in facilitating a connection to The Door.

We will stay in close touch through the summer

  • We will send an update email to families the week of July 15.  By then, we are hoping state guidance will permit us to announce our specific plans for a full re-opening in detail.
  • If there are no new updates from the state by July 15 we will still outreach the community so that everyone is on the same page.

BSA was prepared and fully operational remotely from day-one of the COVID-19 school closings and we were able to provide over one hundred students with devices for remote learning in the weeks to follow. Being a public charter school we were able to be nimble and make critical decisions quickly. We always acted with our students and their caregivers as our north star.

Before the crisis we had new Advanced Placement courses for all eligible students, an SAT course preparing students to get ready to apply for college, active school clubs including one started by a student called “Future Doctors” and very competitive sports teams including a championship basketball team. We are feeling confident as we go into the new school year that we can meet whatever challenge our community will face.

If you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Jose Peralta, our Caregiver Liaison. Jperalta@BroomestreetAcademy.org.

We wish the entire student community and their caregivers a peaceful, restorative and healthy summer!

Warm regards,

Melissa Silberman
Head of School

 

 

Senior Graduates Update

Dear Senior class,

Next week, you will be official high school graduates of Broome Street Academy Charter High School! As we prepare for your final farewell, we wanted to update you on a few key details.

  • Graduation Ceremony: Please join the ceremony at 10am on Monday 6/29 by visiting our website at wwww.broomestreetacademy.org .
  • Cap and gown: Caps and gowns are in the process of being hand delivered to your home. Everyone should have them by 6/26/2020.
  • Yearbook and diploma: Both will be mailed to you at the address used for your cap and gown delivery.
  • Over the next few weeks BSA staff will be working on clearing out senior lockers. During July we will determine if pick up, or mailing directly to homes is the best option.

We all wish you and your family health and safety as we celebrate your next chapter,

BSA Administration

We Stand Together in Solidarity

Dear BSA Students and Caregivers;

We know that our students and our community are feeling the effects of this crisis very deeply. We are sorry to see our community in pain. More than ever, we wish that were able to be together in person to support one another.

We want to send our love, positivity and encouragement to all of you who have been speaking out and calling for equity and justice. Broome Street Academy stands with you. Our community of educators and our entire staff is with you.

Black lives matter.

As the events of the last few weeks have unfolded, many of us have been left distraught, and found it all but impossible to process. We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, and still working through how it has changed our lives, and now we must process the murder of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of the police.

Taken in isolation, the murder of George Floyd would deserve all of the outrage it has sparked, and more. But of course, this tragedy did not occur in isolation. It’s part of a wicked pattern, a series of tragedies so vast they cannot be counted – tragedies inflicted upon black and brown Americans at the hands of racist institutions that defend and enable the actions of racist individuals, which together continually disregard the most basic human right, to life.

We are inspired by the strength of the young people in our community. Thank you for speaking out.  Your voices are unique and necessary, and we support you. As educators, we work hard every day to empower our students to express themselves and participate as citizens, and we are so proud of you.

BSA is here to help you learn, and to ensure that you are well and prepared for life after high school. If you need anything, please know that we are here to support you. We know that there is a lot more going right now, and we understand that these circumstances can make the work we do together more challenging.  We hope that the work we have done as educators to connect young people with the wisdom of the past will nurture you in this moment.

On behalf of the entire Broome Street Academy staff, we wish you as much peace as possible during these turbulent times, and we stand together as a community.

Yours in sorrow and solidarity,

Melissa H. Silberman

Head of School

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/16-6/19

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Announcement #1:          Senior Locker Cleanup
As we close out an unprecedented school year please note that over the next few weeks BSA staff will be working on cleaning out senior lockers. Given that social distancing protocols in school buildings have yet to be formalized we will ensure the safety of our school community by not allowing students into the building for the foreseeable future. We anticipate scheduled pickups of items from the entrance of the school to be the main option during July. Thank you for your understanding. More details to follow.

 

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/8-6/12

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 6/8-6/12:

Announcement #1:        Support Services for Students with IEPs at Broome Street Academy

Greetings BSA family,

As we wind down the year, I want you to know that summer intervention will be happening at BSA. We are committed to supporting our scholars as they continue to learn remotely.

Also, if your child has an IEP, we will be holding an end of school year conference with you to discuss their experience with remote instruction and our next steps for providing intervention for them during the summer and fall months.

Please stay tuned for details, and please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks, dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org , with any questions.

Announcement #2:        The Door’s Health Center is open virtually!

We are offering video and telephone visits. You can have your doctors’ appointments wherever you are.  Services include:

  • General health
  • Physical
  • Dental
  • Eye care
  • Counseling
  • HIV testing
  • PrEP, and birth control.

For the Health Center, call 212-453-0222 or email Nashira Gonzalez.
For Counseling, call 212-941-9090, ext. 3452 or email Valdete Mirzo.

BSA Caregiver Weekly- For the week of 6/1-6/5

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The following is the BSA weekly caregiver newsletter for week of 6/1-6/5:

Announcement#1:

Broome Street Academy & The Door believe that Black lives matter. Black people in America continue to withstand the force of American racism. We see it with COVID-19, state-violence, and community attacks. Your lives matter.

To our students: we love to watch you thrive. The obstacles you face are real and unjust. We stand with you in this fight, even when we can’t be physically together. Please contact us directly  at contactbsa@broomestreetacademy.org if you want to talk, need support, or are seeking legal advice.

 

Announcement #2:        Support Services for Students with IEPs at Broome Street Academy

Greetings BSA family,

Welcome to June! As we wind down the year, I want you to know that summer intervention will be happening at BSA. We are committed to supporting our scholars as they continue to learn remotely.

Please stay tuned for details, and please reach out to Ms. Westbrooks, dwestbrooks@broomestreetacademy.org, with any questions.