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SLT Meeting: 1/20

Posted January 20, 2022

Our next SLT meeting is on Thursday, January 20th at 3:10pm. The meeting is open to all Locke School community members. All non- SLT members attend as visitors and must request to permission to speak.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86901518199?pwd=Z2dnQ1ZtOWpJd3g5N1lRMUZnOS9xZz09

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A Locke School Update

Jan 19 Family COVID Letter

Posted January 20, 2022

From Ms. Spence:

"I am writing to notify you that a member or members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep our school community healthy and safe..."

Read the full January 19th Family Covid letter.

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D3 MIddle School Open Houses

Posted January 14, 2022

From CEC3:

Two District 3 Middle Schools are registering families for Open House. It is an opportunity to ask questions and find the best fit for your student.


➡️ Lafayette Academy Open Houses

https://www.lafayetteacademynyc.com/

154 W. 93rd St.

212-222-2857

REGISTRATION LINK here


➡️ 2022 - Dual Language Middle School

https://www.duallanguagemiddleschool.org/

100 West 77 Street

212-496-1050

Registration information: info sessions

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bottomless closets flyer

Free interview coaching service for women who are looking for jobs

Posted January 14, 2022

From CEC3:

"we recently connected with a company offering free interview coaching service for women(18+) in New York City. [...] We believe more people can be benefited from their services. Please check the attached flyer and appointment form."

A Locke School Update

Family Safety While Staying at Home Webinar Series: January 2022

Posted January 14, 2022

The city is providing opportunities for home and family safety for the month of January. Check them out and stay safe, Locke Family!

January Letter from Chancellor Banks

Posted January 5, 2022

Here is a small portion of our new NYC School's Chancellor, David Banks, first family letter:


"Over the coming months you will begin to see new and improved ways to communicate with our school system. We want to empower you to be advocates for your children, your schools, and your communities. We want to bring in our parents who are not typically engaged with the school system and elevate their crucial voices."


Read the full letter on this page: “A Message for Families from Chancellor David C. Banks: January 5, 2022"

Translation is available for families
Meet the Middle Schools Flyer

District 3 meet the middle schools night

Posted January 7, 2021

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm
https://tinyurl.com/meettheschoolsd3

District 3 middle school leaders will be giving brief overviews of their schools and taking a few questions. Come to learn more about all of our district 3 middle schools to fill up your preference sheets!

Calendar

December Calendars

Posted January 5, 2022

The Locke School has released the December 2021 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

A Locke School Update

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Posted January 4, 2022

We wanted to let you know that someone in our school has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school. This particular variant is a fast spreader, so be safe out there. Talk with your kids about safe practices that protect them and others. Below is the full letter from Principal Spence.

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1/4/2022 10:45 AM

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community:

I am writing to notify you that a member or members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Test & Trace Corp (T2), and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • Your child may come home with a COVID test kit today. The kit contains two tests.

    • Please take the first test on the day they receive the home test. If the test is negative, your child can continue to attend school.

    • Please take the second test on the fifth day after exposure.

  • Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results both times and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill, please have your child isolate and take the 2nd home test.

  • If your child tests positive on either home test, you must notify your child’s school and your child must isolate for 10 days.

  • If your child is in 3-K or Pre-K, your child must quarantine for 10 days since their last exposure 1/3/2022. Children who shared space with the individual who tested positive may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, children should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day.

How do we stay healthy?
Vaccination is the most important tool we have to protect ourselves from COVID-19. All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. We encourage all eligible students to get vaccinated. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/.There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  3. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

Sincerely,

Andrea Woodhouse

Food Pantry Flier

Food Pantry Distribution - Wed. Dec 22nd.

Posted December 21, 2021

On Wednesday, December 22nd, the Locke School will be distributing the food collected during the Dads Make a Difference food collection. Locke School families can visit the yard at 3pm tomorrow -- bring a bag!

Thank you to everyone that gave his or her time, food, and resources to make this effort happen. Special thanks to Amy who created that amazing flier!

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CEC3 Business and Calendar Meeting, 12/15

Posted December 15, 2021

CEC3 Business Meeting 6:30 at PM, Calendar Meeting at 7:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 15, 2021

Registration Required. [Registration Link]

See attached for the agenda.

CECD3 Dece 15 meeting
A Locke School Update

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Posted December 14, 2021

We wanted to let you know that someone in our school has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school. In partnership with the situation room, all close contacts are being contacted and will quarantine. Below is the full letter from Principal Spence.

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12/14/2021 11:12 AM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that someone in our school has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● The Situation Room will work with school leadership to determine “close contacts” and ensure they are notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they are close contacts to a positive case of COVID unless they have symptoms.

● Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

Get vaccinated

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Andrea Woodhouse

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Updates to Chancellor's Regulation A-660

Posted December 8, 2021

The Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE), in partnership with the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC), has successfully amended Chancellor's Regulation A-660. We are proud of the work that our Parent Associations (PAs) and Parent Teachers Associations (PTAs) were able to conduct throughout the pandemic, and the new policy changes ensure that those successful practices endure. The updated version of Chancellor's Regulation of A-660 can be viewed here. Below is a summary of the most important changes:

  • Eligibility for membership in PAs/PTAs has been expanded to include parents of students attending a 3K or pre-K program offered by a school under the jurisdiction of the community school district.

  • PAs/PTAs and Presidents’ Council meetings may be conducted in-person, on a virtual remote platform (VRP), or in a hybrid format.

  • PAs/PTAs and Presidents’ Councils may make payments using paper checks, electronic checks directly debited from the checking account or, in exceptional circumstances, a debit card.

As a companion document, FACE has also issued a policy implementation memorandum that guides PAs/PTAs and Presidents’ Councils in operationalizing changes related to financial transactions. The memorandum can be viewed here. Below are the salient points:

  • PA/PTAs and Presidents’ Councils must adopt procedures to ensure that online and debit card transactions are properly authorized and documented.

  • They also must pay special attention to fraud-control mechanisms (see memo).

  • Debit card transactions require membership authorization of both the expenditure and the method of payment; and they must be recorded on the Debit Card Disbursement Form.

  • Debit card transactions in excess of $5,000 require notification to the principal and FACE (in the case of a PA/PTA) or the superintendent and FACE (in the case of a Presidents’ Council.

  • Person-to-person or instant payment systems such as Venmo and Zelle may be used to receive donations, provided they are linked only to the PA/PTA or Presidents’ Council DOE-issued email address. Under no circumstance should they be used for making payments.

FACE has begun offering trainings on the new regulation to Family Leadership & Support Coordinators (FLCs/FSCs). In Collaboration with the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, we are excited invite PA/PTA Members and Presidents Council Members to trainings on December 14th, 15th and 16th (flyer here). Please share widely, and feel free to reach out to FACE@schools.nyc.gov if you have questions.

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APPLY TODAY TO BECOME A CEC3 COUNCIL MEMBER

Posted December 8, 2021

CEC3 has ONE vacant seat on our Council.

Apply TODAY - deadline to submit is Tues, Dec 14, 2021.

This is an unpaid volunteer position that ends on June 30, 2023.

Dear D3 Friends and Families,

CEC3 is excited to announce this opportunity for YOU, or someone you know, to serve our District 3 families as a Council Member on CEC3. We have ONE available seat. An application is attached with eligibility requirements.

CEC 3 believes that every child is entitled to a quality education, a safe and healthy school environment, and equal educational opportunities.

Learn more about CECs here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/current-education-councils-cecs

APPLY TODAY! The deadline to submit is Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

Best,
CEC3

Attachment: CEC D3 Application File (PDF)

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Upcoming Community events from CEC D3

Posted December 8, 2021

Dear Community

December is looking exciting and busy!

1. Police Free Schools Rally
WHO: Students from the Urban Youth Collaborative
WHAT: Holiday-themed press conference and rally
WHEN: Thursday, December 16 at 5pm
WHERE: Steps of Tweed
WHY: To urge the new Council and Mayor to carry out student's calls for #PoliceFreeSchools

Flyer is here. Please share it widely, and also spread the word on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

2. Resolution on Administration for Children's Services
We have heard from too many parents who have been harassed by the Administration for Children's Services for keeping their unvaccinated children safe at home. Please ask your Citywide and Community Education Councils to pass a resolution calling for reforms. The sample resolution is
here.

3. Literacy Summit
DOE and Advocates for Children are hosting a virtual Literacy Summit on
Thursday, December 9th, from 10:00am-3:30pm! We encourage you to participate in whatever portion you can. Please register today and sign the call to collective action!

Here is the schedule for the summit (full program and speaker bios here):

10:00 – 10:15 | Welcome

11:00 – 12:00 | Evidence-Based & Culturally Relevant Practices: Working at the Intersection for Equity

12:45 – 1:45 | All means ALL: Diversifying Literacy to Meet the Needs of Every Student

2:00 – 3:00 | How Do We Move Forward: Understanding the Shared Responsibility Around Literacy

3:00 – 3:30 | Closing Remarks - Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter

4. 2021 Inclusion Summit
Understanding and Ending Ableism - a virtual summit

Friday December 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Let’s come together virtually to explore the concept of ableism and hear from guest speaker, Peter Trojic. Peter is an inclusive dancer, actor, accessibility consultant, and NYC schools graduate. He will share his personal stories and lessons learned with disability, inclusion, and ableism.

Register here.

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Family and Community Empowerment End of Week of Wrap Up (12-3-2021)

Posted December 8, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 End of Week Wrap Up from 12/3/21 now available to read online.

A Locke School Update

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: NO exposure to School Community

Posted December 8, 2021

We wanted to let you know that a member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19. Test and Trace has concluded that there has been NO EXPOSURE to the remainder of the school community. Below is the full letter from Principal Spence.

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12/7/2021

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 but NO exposure to School Community

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community:

Today we are writing to inform you that on 12/7/2021 5:12 PM, a member of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Upon investigation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2) have concluded that there has been NO EXPOSURE to the school community because the person was NOT at school while infectious.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Andrea Woodhouse

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Healthy Homes Education and Community Partnerships and Poison Control Center Trainings and Workshops for December

Posted December 7, 2021
Locke School Winter Concert Flyer

The Locke School’s Winter Concert

Posted December 1, 2021

Dear Parents,

Be sure to get into the holiday spirit with this year’s Winter Concert, featuring our talented rock stars here at the Locke School! You are in for a special treat :)

Students will have their performances recorded on the following dates below in the auditorium. A live audience will not be able to take place in the school building, however a wonderful virtual concert video will be displayed on google classroom Thursday, December 23rd for you to watch and enjoy!

All Information about attire, concert performances and viewing is stated below.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Email: baiken@etmonline.org

Musically yours,

Ms. Aiken


Student Recorded Performance Dates (for students and teachers only) :

  • Thursday, December 16th: Grades Kindergarten, 3rd and 4th

  • Friday, December 17th: Grades 3k/Prek, 1st, 2nd and 5th

Attire:
Dress in your Holiday’s Best.” This includes festive colored clothing, winter themed attire, or dress up clothes

Virtual Concert Viewing for Parents and Families:
Thursday, December 23rd. A pre-recorded video will be posted on google classroom.

December Letter from Chancellor Porter

Posted December 1, 2021

Big news from our Chancellor, Meisha Porter:


"Since March, I have had the honor of a lifetime to serve as Chancellor for the incredible schools, educators, communities, families and most importantly, your children who make up the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). Today, I am sharing the bittersweet news that I will be stepping down from my role as Chancellor at the end of this calendar year...."


Read the full letter on this page: “December Letter from Chancellor Porter"

Translation is available for families

CHANCELLOR PORTER AND CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE HISTORIC $4 MILLION INVESTMENT IN LANGUAGE ACCESS FOR ALL

Posted December 1, 2021

NEW YORK – Today, Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter and City Council announced the launch of “Language Access for All,” an historic $4 million investment in improving outreach, engagement and communication with multilingual families across New York City. Approximately 40 percent of New York City Department of Education families speak a language other than English at home, and this initiative will strengthen the NYCDOE’s ability to deliver resources to all families in a language that’s accessible for them.

This unprecedented investment stresses four critical areas of focus: citywide multi-lingual “know your rights” campaigns; expanding communications outlets and tools to reach more families; building language access capacity of school staff; and partnering with community-based organizations to provide multilingual family workshops and language support.

In addition to the language access investment by City Council, the NYCDOE is expanding its central Translation and Interpretation Unit and which will allow us to translate Individualized Education Program (IEP) to any family in their preferred language upon request. To request a translated IEP, families should contact their school, call 718-935-2013 or visit schools.nyc.gov/hello.

“One of the great things about our schools is their incredible breadth of diversity – so many of our families speak different languages at home and it’s essential that they have what they need to be active partners in their child’s education,” said Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter. “This historic investment will help us better support each and every one of our students while strengthening our work with families and communities across New York City.”

“Recognizing the devastating impact of the pandemic on New York's immigrant communities and on schools, the Council made language access and family engagement a priority in the Fiscal 2022 Adopted Budget with a $4 million investment in the DOE. The Department's four pronged approach to supporting families whose primary language is not English will ensure that multilingual students' needs are met, that school staff are equipped with the tools to support these students, and that families are engaged,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

“By expanding multi-lingual services for students and their families, we are increasing access to educational opportunities and building stronger school communities. This funding will help break down barriers and help parents support their child’s education with the availability of additional translation services. The ongoing pandemic continues to reveal many of the preexisting challenges our school system has faced and language access is one of them. Particularly, critical information and resources must be disbursed promptly to families in order to meet the needs of our children. I am proud to partner with Chancellor Porter to fund this important and timely initiative," said NYC Council Education Chair Mark Treyger.

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the inequities that our immigrant families face each day in our city. This was evident when it came to immigrant parents connecting with their local schools in a remote learning era,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the Committee on Immigration. “I am proud to have worked with my colleagues and DOE to allocate this much needed $4 million investment to promote language equity and ensure medical, digital, and academic information is disseminated in languages the school community understands. When it comes to the education of our children, immigrant parents and DOE must be on the same page and speaking the same language.”

“This historic investment by City Council in language access will help our schools build bridges of trust with immigrant and multilingual families, and ensure that all families have the tools they need to support their children’s education,” said Deputy Chancellor of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications, Adrienne Austin. “We know that the road to language justice in public education is long, and we are taking a major step in the right direction.”

"With almost 40% of our DOE families speaking a language other than English at home and a growing list of avenues to communicate and engage families, we are grateful for the investment in the DOE’s language access efforts and look forward to enhancing our strategies to continue to empower our multilingual families," said Director of Translation and Interpretation Kleber Palma.

“Immigrant families, like all families in the NYC public schools, have a right to participate in their children’s education, but to do so, they have to feel comfortable communicating with their schools,” said Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York. “The NYC Department of Education should ensure that immigrant families receive all school-related documents in their home language and in a form that is accessible to them, even if they have low literacy. The DOE should also provide immigrant families with high-quality interpretation at all meetings, events, and interactions with school staff. We are encouraged by the City’s $4 million investment in language access services and hope that these additional resources lead to the creation and funding of a permanent, effective system of immigrant family-facing communication going forward.”

“More than one in three New York City public school students has a parent who speaks a language other than English at home. For these parents, timely translations and interpretation are critical to be able to fully engage and make informed decisions in their children’s education. Yet many immigrant families only receive information about important policy changes - such as school closures and availability of devices - weeks after English-speaking parents or from a community-based organization. During the pandemic, the long-standing limitations in providing adequate resources in parents’ native languages were exacerbated, which compounded the disproportionate hardships immigrant students already endured and only widened the gaps in their educational outcomes,” said Andrea Ortiz, Senior Manager of Education Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition. “We commend the City Council and the DOE for this investment to begin implementation of the NYIC Education Collaborative’s Communications Plan to address the needs of immigrant parents. This is an important first step to address these issues and partner with community-based organizations that have a long history in supporting our immigrant communities.”

"Compared to the citywide rate at 25%, nearly half of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) New Yorkers of working age are limited English proficient (LEP), and LEP rates of specific languages, including Chinese at 63% and Korean at 52%, are higher. Additionally, 42% of AAPI New Yorkers are linguistically isolated, the highest rate across all groups, meaning that no one over the age of 14 in the household speaks English well or at all. Thus, prompt in-language outreach and communications are essential for AAPI families to be truly included into their children's school communities and to lower the barriers they face in accessing resources,” said Kaveri Sengupta, Education Policy Coordinator at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF). “CACF applauds the City Council and the Department of Education for investing much-needed funding toward authentic family engagement and by extension, the capacity for students to reach their fullest potential, by building partnerships with community-based organizations directly serving families who speak languages other than English.”

Translation is available for families
A Locke School Update

A Letter from Principal Spence on Chancellor Porter's Visit to the Locke School

Posted November 30, 2021

Dear Families,

It is my pleasure to share with you the incredible honor we had yesterday to have Chancellor Meisha Porter visit The Locke School of Arts and Engineering! It brought a burst of energy to our entire learning community to have her here.

Before Chancellor Porter visited classrooms, we had an opportunity to discuss some of the work that has been happening in our building. She was delighted to hear and couldn't wait to visit the classrooms where she met our students and staff. Throughout the classrooms she visited, all students were engaged in tasks that put them in positions to share their learning successfully. Dr. Porter was impressed with the confidence our children exhibited as they shared information with her. This is a testament to the work of our teachers, as they continually work hard to build relationships with their students creating a safe environment where students aren't afraid to speak up and take risks as they share.

Our Chancellor also had an opportunity to dance with Ms. Smith's fifth grade class during NDI, sing with Ms. Aiken and the students from Ms. Slipsager's class, and play pretend with our 3K students in Ms. Jackie's class. Overall, Monday was marvelous from start to finish. My only wish was that the Chancellor could have visited everyone, unfortunately, because of her schedule, this was not possible.

In conclusion, all of the Chancellor's interactions with our students and staff reflected overall warmth. The rooms and hallways reflected the dedication our staff have for their work and our students. Thanks for all you do, day in and day out to make this a part of who we are at The Locke School, a warm, welcoming and dedicated community.

Yours Truly,
Andrea Woodhouse-Spence

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1-on-1 Tutoring Opportunity for Students with IEPs

Posted November 30, 2021

From CEC D3: Students with IEPs can get free one-on-one tutoring from teacher candidates in Hunter’s Graduate Program for Learning Disabilities through the Hunter College Learning Lab.

Tutoring sessions are twice a week at either Hunter College (695 Park Ave.), PS/IS 57 (175 E. 115th St.), or PS 198 (1700 3rd Ave.).

For more information and to apply, visit the Hunter College Learning Lab.

Pop Up Vaccine Event December 2, 2021 (7-11a.m.)

Posted November 29, 2021

Pop-up vaccine event for kids age 5-11 at the Locke School this Thursday. For anyone on the fence if now is the right time, check out the incentives for those getting their first dose while they last.

https://www1.nyc.gov/.../vaccines/vaccine-incentives.page

Attachment: Office of School Health Covid Vaccine Family Letter

Calendar

December Calendars

Posted November 29, 2021

The Locke School has released the December 2021 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

A Locke School Update

Notes for the Week of November 29-December 3, 2021

Posted November 29, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021- Principal's Tea

  • Thursday, December 2, 2021- Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Pop up event! 7:30AM-4:30PM

Reminders:

  • During Morning Arrival, a completed Health Screening must be shown for students. To avoid the hassle, download the website.

  • During inclement weather, arrival and dismissal will continue in the schoolyard.

    • Arrival: 3K/ PreK continues as usual. Kindergarten arrives through room 160, 1st-5th will go straight into the cafeteria

    • Dismissal: 3K/ PreK continues as usual, Kindergarten- 5th grade will come out to the schoolyard. All late pickups will be taken to the cafeteria.

A Locke School Update

A message of Gratitude

Posted November 24, 2021

As you share this time of Thanksgiving with your friends and family, share with someone one thing that you are most grateful for. For me, this year I am grateful for many things, however, one item at the top of my list is the Locke School Community. With all the trials and tribulations that we have experienced over the last two years with the pandemic, it is especially heartwarming for me this year to express my gratitude with you.


Wishing you a harvest filled with much happiness and pure joy.


-Principal Spence

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Invitation: An Evening with Dr. Karen Wilson on Dyslexia

Posted November 23, 2021

Join Us on Zoom
December 2nd, 2021, 6pm – 7:30pm ET
(includes Q&A with participants)
Register here: https://bit.ly/DABCWilsonDec2

Topic: How a Comprehensive Assessment Helps to Identify Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Improve Outcomes in Children with Learning and Social-Emotional Challenges

Guest Speaker: Dr. Karen Wilson

Dr. Karen Wilson is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Director of West LA Neuropsychology, PC, and the founder of ChildNEXUS.com

A Locke School Update

Notes for the Week of November 22-25, 2021

Posted November 23, 2021
  • Principal’s Tea: Wednesday, November 24th: CANCELLED

  • Thanksgiving Recess- Thursday, November 25th & 26th (No School; Have a Happy Holiday)


Reminders:

  • During Morning Arrival, a completed Health Screening must be shown for students. To avoid the hassle, download the website.

  • During inclement weather, arrival and dismissal will continue in the schoolyard.

  • Arrival: 3K/ Prek continues as usual. Kindergarten arrives through room 160, 1st-5th will go straight into the cafeteria

  • Dismissal: 3K/ Prek continues as usual, Kindergarten- 5th grade will come out to the schoolyard. All late pickups will be taken to the cafeteria.

A Locke School Update

help secure Reduced class sizes for your child

Posted November 22, 2021

Parents and stakeholders in NYC public education: the SLT is asking for your help. Research shows that our children learn best in smaller class sizes. Please sign the petition below or write an email to Speaker Johnson to help keep the class sizes low in NYC public schools. As of this posting, we have nearly 25,000 signatures, but we still need yours!


Two different ways you can help:


Sign the petition:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/seize-this-once-in-a-generation-opportunity-to-reduce-class-sizes-in-new-york-city


Write an email to speaker Johnson:

To: SpeakerJohnson@council.nyc.gov


An example letter is shown here:

Dear Speaker Johnson,


Thank you for signing on in support of the bill that would reduce class sizes in New York City (City Council Intro 2374-2021). As a Parent in a New York City public school, I’m grateful for your support. I urge you to schedule a vote on this important legislation so New York City students and educators can look forward to the future they deserve.


We want the same opportunities for our students that children in other parts of the state already enjoy when classes are small: closer connections with their peers and teachers, more individualized instruction and more chances to shine.


At a time when our children’s lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t wait any longer to pass legislation that would make our classrooms safe and make a significant difference in students’ educational experience in the years ahead.


Please bring the City Council bill to a vote.


Sincerely,

CEC District 3 logo

Family and Community Empowerment End of Week of Wrap Up (11-19-2021)

Posted November 22, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 End of Week Wrap Up from 11/19/21 now available to read online.

CEC District 3 logo

Family and Community Empowerment End of Week of Wrap Up (11-12-2021)

Posted November 16, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 End of Week Wrap Up from 11/12/21 now available to read online.

Nov 21: IT'S OUR PARK DAY!

Posted November 12, 2021

Come play with your friends and meet new ones!

New inclusive playground equipment for ALL ages and abilities!

Park entrance on corner of Amsterdam & 104 St.

Sunday November 21 (Rain Date December 5)

10am - 2pm

Dec 11: RIVERBANK STATE PARK ANNUAL FREE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Flyer

Dec 11: RIVERBANK STATE PARK ANNUAL FREE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Posted November 12, 2021

DENNY FARRELL RIVERBANK STATE PARK INVITES YOU TO OUR ANNUAL FREE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021


ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK®’S WINTER HOLIDAY SKATING CELEBRATION
Holiday Ice Show featuring Ice Theatre of New York®, Figure Skating in Harlem, Riverbank Figure Skating Club,
Sky Rink All Stars and The Skyliners.
The Ice Rink • 4:00PM


TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Join local dignitaries as we count down to the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Rinkside • 4:45PM


BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES!

For information call Riverbank at (212) 694-3642 or ITNY at (212) 929-5811 (Program subject to change)

CELEBRATING THE JOY OF DANCING ON ICE : icetheatre.org

Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park
145th Street & Riverside Drive | Manhattan

Kathy Hochul, Governor
Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner
Maurice Hicks, Park Director

CEC District 3 logo

TUES., Nov. 16, 6:30PM - CEC3 Business & Calendar Meeting Agenda and Member Vacancy Application

Posted November 12, 2021

Be sure to download the Member Vacancy Application prior to the meeting.

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CEC3
Business Meeting 6:30 PM

Calendar Meeting 7:30 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021


Registration Required:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofu-urD8qEtHL5GTEO660IhaKshI0_OLj

Business Meeting

  1. Call to Order & Roll Call

  2. Approval of Minutes


Agenda

a. Oct. 6, 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

  1. Old Business

  2. New Business

a. CEC3 Member Vacancy

  1. CEC School Liaison Reports

  2. CEC Committee Reports

a. Mosaic Committee Curriculum Update

Adjournment of Business Meeting Hard Stop 7:30 PM


Calendar Meeting directly following the Business Meeting

  1. Call to Order & Roll Call

  2. DOE Office of District Planning Presentation, Jessica Meller, Director of Manhattan Planning, Eric

Herman, Division of School Planning, Cynthia Whittemore

a. CEC3 Member Questions and Comments

b. Public Comment

  1. Approval of Minutes

a. October 20th, 2021 Joint Calendar Meeting Minutes

  1. President’s Report – Lucas Liu, CEC3 President

  2. Superintendent’s Report – Christine Loughlin, D3 Superintendent

a. CEC3 Member Questions and Comments

b. Public Comment

  1. Old Business

a. Brilliant NYC

  1. New Business

  2. Public Comment

Adjournment of Calendar Meeting

A Locke School Update

November 17th Principal's Tea!

Posted November 12, 2021

PRINCIPAL'S TEA

School Culture & Instructional Program


At this meeting, we will discuss the importance of Title 1 Funding and how it supports academic achievement.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 2021

4:45PM

Meeting ID: 860 3600 7268

Passcode: 450378 &

Principal's Tea Flyer Graphic
Pop-Up Pantry - Dec. 22

Pop Up Pantry coming in december

Posted November 12, 2021

Save the date: "Dad's Make A Difference" presents Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, December 22nd. Details to follow!

Universal Mosaic Curriculum

Universal Mosaic Curriculum

Posted November 10, 2021

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is developing the Universal Mosaic Curriculum—a rigorous, inclusive, affirming, and standards-aligned K–12 English Language Arts and Math curricula by New York City educators for New York City public schools, to be available to all schools in fall 2023. And we want your input!


Virtual Town Hall

75-minute virtual sessions UMC Citywide Community Engagement Town Halls to be held:


Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m.)

Spanish


Saturday, November 13, 2021 (1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.)

Mandarin, Russian, Spanish


Monday, November 15, 2021 (6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m.)

Arabic, Bangla, French, Sign Language


Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m.)

Haitian Creole, Korean, Urdu


At the opening of our town hall, DOE students from schools across the City will share their vision for the future of NYC classrooms.


Register at: https://learndoe.org/mosaiccurriculum/ Any inquiries: mosaiccurriculum@schools.nyc.gov

CEC District 3 logo

Family and Community Empowerment End of Week of Wrap Up (11-05-2021)

Posted November 10, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 End of Week Wrap Up from 11/5/21 now available to read online.

A Locke School Update

News for the Week of November 8-12

Posted November 9, 2021

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021: Principal’s Tea (4:30 p.m.): Discussion: Shared Vision & Data (Attendance)

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021: Veterans Day (No School)

  • Scholastic Book Fair has been extended until Wednesday, Nov. 10th

Reminders:

  • During Morning Arrival, a completed Health Screening must be shown for students. To avoid the hassle, download the website.

  • During inclement weather, arrival and dismissal will continue in the school yard.

      • Arrival: 3K/ Prek continue as usual, Kindergarten arrives through room 160, 1st-5th will go straight into the cafeteria.

      • Dismissal: 3K/ Prek continue as usual, Kindergarten- 5th grade will come out to the school yard. All late pickups will be taken to the cafeteria.

Upcoming Events

    • Spirit Week- November 15-19th

    • Principal’s Tea: 3rd Wednesday of the month- School Culture and Instructional Program

    • Thanksgiving Recess- Thursday, November 25th & 26th (No School; Have a Happy Holiday)

A Locke School Update

November 10th Principal's Tea!

Posted November 9, 2021
Principal's Tea Flyer Graphic
A Locke School Update

PREKINDERGARTEN VISION SCREENING PROGRAM

Posted November 9, 2021

PREKINDERGARTEN VISION SCREENING
Vision screening is an essential component of Pre-kindergarten programs. Our goal is early detection and better treatment outcomes for children who may have serious eye conditions, including amblyopia. Age four is the ideal time for treatment. Since the Chancellor’s Regulations require vision screening for Pre-K children, parental consent is not needed.

Vision screeners will use the SPOT device, an instrument designed for young children who may not know how to read. No drops will be used, and nothing will touch the child’s eyes. The SPOT device is child-friendly and fast, and it provides immediate results. After the screening, we will prepare letters to the parents of children who fail, advising them to take their children to an eye doctor.

FOLLOW-UP WITH PARENTS
After the screening is completed in a school, the Follow-up Unit calls the parents or guardians of all children who are at risks for amblyopia, and/or have poor vision.


For more information on Prekindergarten Vision Screening, please call:

  • Ulanda Thompson, Director of Pre-K Vision Screening, (917) 304-9781

  • Madeline Lubrano, Borough Supervisor for Pre-K Vision Screening, (646) 529-0264

  • Robin Peterson, Borough Supervisor for Pre-K Vision Screening, (646) 529-0106

  • Lucas Koehler, Office of Early Childhood Education, (212) 374-0379

A Locke School Update

Pop Up Vaccine Event November 9, 2021 (7-11a.m.)

Posted November 6, 2021

PS 185 will have a pop up vaccine event on November 9, 2021,

7:00 -11:00 a.m. For parents who plan to attend you will enter from the Harlem Link schoolyard entry which is located on 112st, closest to Lenox Ave. From there you will enter directly into our auditorium.

NOTE:

  • Students ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult designated by the parent or guardian, while receiving their vaccine.

  • If the student is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, the vaccine provider must either obtain verbal consent from the parent/guardian by phone at the time of vaccination, or, parent/guardians may now instead choose to send a completed consent form with the adult designee.

Our vaccine pop-up provider is MedRite.

Sincerely,

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence

Principal

A Locke School Update

School Updates from Principal Spence

Posted November 5, 2021

November 4, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that this email finds you in good health. I am writing to share a few updates with you.

  • This year our school is utilizing the Acadience and MAP growth screeners as a tool used to measure achievement and growth. Our instructional coaches and teachers will utilize the assessments to make informed decisions, that will support students’ growth. Our Academic Intervention Services, AIS is underway.

  • With the holidays upon us, we are planning a food and toy drive. Containers will be placed in the front of the school where you can donate canned goods and toys. More information will follow.

  • In the spirit of the Holidays we will also have a Holiday concert with our music teacher, Ms. Brittany Aiken. Stay tuned for more information.

  • I am excited to share with you that the start date for the implementation of the DESSA was extended to December 6, 2021. If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write a letter to me stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by Monday November 15, 2021. If you have any questions regarding social-emotional learning or the DESSA, please call/email Coach Grace at gloew2@schools.nyc.gov or our Guidance Counselor at gsingh4@schools.nyc.gov

  • Our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas is currently away from her desk and will not return until Monday, November 29th. Ms. Cheri Lee, our school secretary will be happy to support you with any parent/guardian concerns, until Monika returns. Ms. Lee can be reached at clee62@schools.nyc.gov or by phone at 212.534.7490.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next Principal’s Tea on Wednesday November 10th at 4:45pm.

Sincerely,

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence
Principal

A Locke School Update

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Posted November 4, 2021

We wanted to let you know that a member of our school community has tested positive for Covid-19. All close contacts have been contacted and are quarantining. Below is the full letter from Principal Spence.

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11/4/2021
Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantine.

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community: The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?
The Situation Room will work with school leadership to determine “close contacts” and ensure they are notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. Students and staff who are quarantining will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period. T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?
All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  • Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,
Andrea Woodhouse

Calendar

November Calendars

Posted November 3, 2021

The Locke School has released the November 2021 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

Updates from the Chancellor

Brilliant NYC Community Meeting Nov. 15

Posted November 3, 2021

“There are so many students who are gifted, who are talented, who are brilliant." -Chancellor Meisha Porter


Brilliant NYC will ensure every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Join us to discuss how we can co-design your child’s learning experience using the latest educational research.


This is an opportunity to hear from families and members of Community School District 3 and is hosted by Superintendent Christine Loughlin.


Monday, November 15th, 2021

6:00 – 7:30pm

Please register in advance by 12:00PM on the day of our community meeting:

https://tinyurl.com/BrilliantD3

A Locke School Update

scholastic Book Fair

Posted November 1, 2021

The book fair is here! November 1-5. Check out this flier for details!

A Locke School Update

DESSA SEL Screener

Posted November 1, 2021

"...To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others..."

Read More in Ms. Spences November 1 DESSA letter to families.

SLT Committee Meeting: 10/21

Posted October 18, 2021

Our next SLT meeting is on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:10pm. The meeting is open to all Locke School community members. All non- SLT members attend as visitors and must request to permission to speak.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkcuGoqj8pH9L_UJOd_7Fc-gly3fMgQqXR

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Session 2 on Equity Framework Series with Dr. Gholdy hosted on October 14th

Posted October 14, 2021
A Locke School Update

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Posted October 5, 2021

10/3/2021
Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantine.

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community: The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?
The Situation Room will work with school leadership to determine “close contacts” and ensure they are notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. Students and staff who are quarantining will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period. T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?
All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  • Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Sincerely,

Andrea Woodhouse

Chancellor's Update for Families : Week of 9/27/21

Posted September 29, 2021

A new letter for families has been published from the Chancellor's office. This letter covers topics such as:

  • Quarantining and Classroom Closures

  • In-School COVID-19 Testing

  • Vaccination

  • Attendance

  • Financial Support for College

  • Supports for Students in Temporary Housing

Read the full letter on this page: “Update for Families: Week of September 27

Translation is available for families
A Locke School Update

Please welcome our new AP, Ms. MeHU!

Posted September 26, 2021

Dear Locke School Community,

Please join me in welcoming Myrtelle Mehu as the new Assistant Principal of the Locke School community. Ms. Mehu is an experienced educator of 21 years. She began her career teaching at the elementary level and was an instructional coach where she supported the development of high-quality/effective math instruction. Most recently, Ms. Mehu has served as an Assistant Principal of a PreK-8 school. Myrtelle is a strong collaborator, active listener, and believes in building strong teams. She is also coming to us with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She has experience with curriculum development, data analysis, and culturally responsive practices. I am honored to have Ms. Mehu join this extraordinary school community.

I would like to send my sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of our community who served on the C-30, level 1 hiring committee. Your input and collaboration during this rigorous process has been critical to the decision-making. Once again, I couldn't do it without my team!

I look forward to officially introducing Ms. Mehu to The Locke Family in the near future.

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence
Principal

Chancellor Porter's Family Letter (9/20/21)

Posted September 21, 2021

From Chancellor Porter:

"It was so exciting to welcome students back in our classrooms last week, seeing the joy on their faces as they all could finally return to learn in-person with their teachers and classmates! This is a very special time, and we are doing everything possible to make sure everyone in our schools remains safe and healthy.

I invite you to share the amazing experience of that first week of school with me through this video capturing our homecoming experience across the city.

In addition to the extensive health and safety measures summarized on our school year 2021-22 webpage (schools.nyc.gov/homecoming), we are making two important adjustments to COVID-19 protocols in our schools..."

Read the full letter on this page: “Update for Families from Chancellor Porter: September 20, 2021

Translation is available for families

DOE Updates for Families

Posted September 18, 2021

The Chancellor's office has put out a letter welcoming families back, and discussing:

  • Important Forms

  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

  • COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols and Remote Instruction

Read the full letter on this page: “Update for Families: Week of September 13, 2021

Translation is available for families

first SLT Committee Meeting of 2021-22

Posted September 18, 2021

Our first SLT meeting of the 2021-2022 school year is on Thursday, September 23rd from 3:10-5:10. The meeting is open to all Locke School community members. All non- SLT members attend as visitors and must request to permission to speak.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87414543469?pwd=Rk5sdHNrcXVBSUt6Z2doVis5eXpuUT09

Figure Skating In Harlem Poster

Figure Skating in Harlem: Enrolling Girls Now

Posted September 18, 2021

Join the Award-winning afterschool program that has transformed lives for nearly 25 years!


  • Opportunity: Economic Empowerment Diversity & Inclusion

  • Wellness: Skating Instruction and Teambuilding

  • Education: Tutoring College Prep

  • Leadership: Mentorship and Career Exploration


For more info:

@figureskatinginharlem

FigureSkatinginHarlem.org

registration@figureskatinginharlem.org

A Locke School Update

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Posted September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

  • T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

  • All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Warmly,

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence

Principal

A Locke School Update

Are you getting excited!?

Posted August 26, 2021

We're so excited to start the 2021-2022 school year with our Locke School family, and we've been busy preparing for it all summer; preparing for academics, health and safety and welcoming all the new faces to our community. Please check this page often for news related to our school year! Welcome (and welcome back) to the Locke School!

Wait, there's more! Visit our Bulletin Board Archive from 2020-2021.