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    ACTION REQUIRED BY AUGUST 7: DOE Learning Preference Survey Response!

    The Department of Education's  Learning Preference Survey is now OPEN.

    Families have until August 7th to choose from two options:

    1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have their child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home) OR
    2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Child can follow their school's schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home 

    Only families opting for 100% Remote Learning need to complete this survey

    Families who chose 100% Remote Learning and submit a form but change their preference prior to August 7th, can do so by resubmitting the survey.

    After August 7th, any family who chooses 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year. 

    For more information, visit

  • Summer Updates - 8.5.2020

    Please see the Summer Updates - 8.5.2020

    NEST+m: Reopening Model Survey

    We know that family preferences will be weighed heavily in evaluating our model, so today we are sending you one more survey!

    DOE Learning Preference survey is due August 7

    NEST+m: Reopening Model Survey is due August 10

  • Chancellor's Update to Families - 8.3.2020

    Please see the Chancellor's Letter to Families - 8.3.2020

    This letter contains important updates on:

    • Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open
    • What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools
    • Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School

    Translated copies of the letter will be available on the Department of Education website.

  • Summer Update - 7.24.2020

    Please see the Summer Update - 7.24.2020. If you are not receiving these updates by email, please make sure you are signed up for PTA Connect.

    Stay tuned for our next Townhall on July 30!

  • Read the Chancellor's Letter & attend the Summer Townhall on Thursday, July 30

    Please read an important Letter from Chancellor Carranza which describes the fall reopening plans and helps explain the remote and blended learning choices on the DOE Learning Preference Survey. You can also see this letter on the DOE websiteTranslated copies of this letter are available on the DOE website. 

    July 30, 2020

    Please join us for the Summer Townhall on Thursday, July 30!

    Please use this form to submit any questions you may have, in advance of the meetings.  The Q&A sessions will be recorded and shared so that those who cannot attend are still able to access the information. 

    Joining information on Thursday, July 30th:

    Upper Grades - 11:00am - 12 noon 

    Middle Grades - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Lower Grades - 3:00pm - 4:00pm


  • Summer Townhall Follow Up - 7.20.2020

    Thanks to everyone for attending our townhalls today!  Please see Principal Lynch's presentation of our NEST+m Fall Reopening Model.

    Please see the links below to view the recordings of the three Townhalls:

    Lower Grades

    Middle Grades

    Upper Grades

    Stay tuned for the next Townhall tentatively scheduled for July 30!

  • Student & Family Updates - 7.15.2020

    Please see the Summer Update for 7.15.202  from Principal (IA) Meaghan Lynch.

    Join the NEST+m Townhall on Monday, July 20 to discuss Fall Reopening Plans.


    Lower Grades 9:00 – 10:00am

    Middle Grades 11:00am – 12:00

    Upper Grades 1:00pm – 2:00pm


  • Chancellor Carranza Letter to Families Regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

    Please read the letter from Chancellor Carranza regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, published June 5, 2020.

  • Letter to Families from Interim Acting Principal

    Please see the Letter to Families from newly appointed Interim Acting Principal, Meaghan Lynch.

  • Summer Update - 7.1.2020

    Dear Students and Families,

    I hope this letter finds you well, and enjoying your first week of summer vacation!

    Please see the Summer Update letter.

    Q&A - Thursday, July 9th, 1:00pm

  • Summer Updates for Families - 7.9.2020

    As you likely heard, the Mayor and the Chancellor met with principals yesterday morning to share some updates.

    The chancellor also shared a letter for families that provides a great deal of information about the Fall; please read the Chancellor’s letter. Today, Lisa Seale Cruz and I will be hosting a Q&A for parents; in our Q&A we will review the details that we have been provided and answer any questions for you that we can!

    Joining information for today's 1:00pm Q&A
    Join with Google Meet: 
    Join by phone: +1 484-857-2660 (PIN: 452565734)

    As was shared earlier this month, and is reiterated in the Chancellor’s letter–all families will have the option to choose a full time remote learning model. The DOE portal that will allow families to choose full time remote learning will open on July 15th. Families will have until August 7th to sign up for full time remote learning. Families that do not sign up for full time remote learning, will engage in learning five days a week in a blended model (a combination of in-person and remote learning.) We recognize that it will be very hard for families to choose a blended or full time remote learning model, without knowing more about both models. Two critical questions that we hope to have answers for soon are:

    • How, and by whom will instruction be provided for families who opt for full time remote learning?

    • Given that teachers will be engaged in live instruction with in person learners, what are the expectations and models for engaging blended learners on the days that they are slated to learn from home?

      As soon as we are able to share more about either question and the two models we will, and we appreciate your ongoing advocacy and communication with us around what you hope for in both models.
      At the Chancellor’s meeting, several models were shared for blended schedules, and schools have been asked to choose a model, or if the models are not feasible as a result of safety, staffing, or due to the number of students who opt for full time remote learning, schools can propose a school specific model and apply for an exception. Of the models presented, two apply to our K-12 community.

      • Model 1: 50% capacity–in this model, students attend school in 2 cohorts (A and B) Each cohort has 2 consistent attendance days- for example, Cohort A always attends on Tuesday/Thursday and Cohort B always attends on Wednesday/Friday, cohorts attend on alternating Mondays- Cohort A in week one, Cohort B in week two. In this model students have in person instruction for 2-3 days per week.

      • Model 2: 33% capacity–in this model, students attend school in 3 Cohorts (A, B, and C) Each cohort has one consistent day that they attend school in person- Cohort A always attends on Wednesday, Cohort B always attends on Thursday, and Cohort C always attends on Friday. Cohorts attend on Mondays and Tuesdays in a rotation- In week one Cohort A attends on Monday, Cohort B attends on Tuesday, and Cohort C is remote for both days. In Week 2 Cohort B attends on Monday, Cohort C attends on Tuesday, and Cohort A is remote for both days, etc.... In this model students have in person instruction for 2 days a week, except for every third week, in which they have 1 day of in person instruction.

      • Our capacity for daily in person instruction will be determined by safety regulations–6 feet of physical distance per person in the classroom, staffing, and the number of students who opt for full time remote learning.
        We will also continue to study other reopening models that are being implemented elsewhere, and if we find a model that better meets the needs of our community, we will engage the community in evaluating it, and if it meets with approval, we will apply for an exception.

        In terms of our planning, the most critical variable will be knowing the number of students who will be continuing with full time remote learning in the fall. We are sharing our internal family survey with you today. In the survey we ask if you are planning to choose full time remote learning in the fall- please know that this is not binding at all, it just helps us to get a more realistic sense of what the fall might look like. We are also sharing a survey to get more feedback from our Middle and Upper grades students about their experiences with remote learning this spring, and their hopes for the 2020-21 school year.

        • The link to the survey for parents and guardians is here: Family Survey
        • The link for the Middle and Upper grades students is here: Student Survey

        We appreciate your voices and your help in planning for the fall.

        I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who have reached out to share resources, concerns, ideas, hopes, and dreams. Please keep reaching out and sharing! I continue to remain confident that the creative problem-solving skills of the NEST+m community, combined with the love and empathy that abounds, will guide us to a safe, engaging, joyful learning model for the fall.

        Meaghan Lynch

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