Fall 2020 Learning & COVID-19

Delay to In-Person Learning

In-person learning will begin on 10/1. Remote learning begins on Monday 9/21. Schedules will be emailed to scholars over the weekend.

On This Page

This page contains a great deal of information regarding our Fall 2020 plans and safety provisions around COVID-19. Please read through it carefully, and as always if you have questions contact us at remotelearning@eaglebronx.org.

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About the Remote Learning Email Address

When you email remotelearning@eaglebronx.org your email goes to a team to ensure you'll get a correct, fast answer to your questions. If you email us before 4pm, you can generally get a same day answer. Your email will go to the following staff:

  • Mr. Velazquez, Principal

  • Ms. Connolly, Mr. Mathur, and Ms. Winn Williams, Assistant Principals

  • Ms. Browne, Parent Coordinator

  • Mr. Bissonnette, Programmer (Scheduler) and COVID-19 Communication Coordinator


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Updates On This Page

Updates on 9/15:

  • Scholar Orientation Session information has been posted beneath the Fall 2020 Schedules section.

Updates on 9/13:

  • Updated groupings were posted to PupilPath under period 0.

Updates on 9/10:

  • Emails were sent to all parents providing schedule updates. If you did not get an email from us, email remotelearning@eaglebronx.org as soon as possible.

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Get Ready!

Make sure you're ready for this school year by doing the following:

  • Parents - Check Your Email: Make sure you are receiving Eagle Academy emails. Emails will come from Mr. Bissonnette, Ms. Browne, Mr. Mathur, or Mr. Velazquez.

  • Scholars - Check Your Email: You need to regularly check your Eagle Academy Gmail.

  • PupilPath - Register: Make sure you are on PupilPath! Learn more here.

  • Know Your Group: We have four groups for the fall 2020 semester. Imperial, Crowned, and Royal Eagles participate in hybrid learning. Nested Eagles participate entirely remotely. See below for more info.

  • Get Your Uniform: Normal uniform rules apply for in-person learning. For remote learning, scholars must either be in a dress shirt and tie or their Eagle polo shirt. Learn about uniform requirements.

  • Check Your Tech: If you need technology or Internet access, let us know! Request technology here.

For any questions, contact remotelearning@eaglebronx.org.


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Remote Learning: What to Expect

What to Expect

While we're learning remotely, interaction is key. Here's what to expect when you're learning remotely:

  • Cameras on! We need to see each other!

  • Uniforms are required! Learning is intentional, and we must dress the part. While at home, be in your full uniform from the waist up, or wear your Eagle polo.

  • Meeting spaces: your teachers will be using either Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet for their courses. Your teacher will give you more specific instructions on September 21.

  • Google Classroom: all of your assignments will be on Google Classroom.

  • See our best practices below for more info.


Best Practices for Learning Remotely

Learning from home isn't the easiest thing, so keep some of these tips in mind:

  • Be on time! You're not commuting to school, so be awake and ready to go and online when your class starts.

  • Sit at a table or desk when possible, and sit upright! We know space can be tight, but try to find that sweet spot in your home if you can.

  • Have your notebook with you! Online doesn't mean paper-free! Take notes, write down questions, and try problems out on your own. A computer or tablet is a great tool, but it's not the only tool.

  • Be mentally present and ask questions! Keep the phone away, close other tabs not related to class, and invest yourself in the precious time you'll have with your teacher.


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In-Person Learning: What to Expect

What to Expect

It's going to be quite a different school year from normal, but we cannot wait to see you! When you come for in-person learning, be prepared for the following:

Entering the Building

  • Line up outside the building: grades 6, 7, 8, and 11 line up on Bathgate Avenue and grades 9, 10, and 12 line up on Third Avenue. Maintain social distancing. Doors will open at 8:55am. Period 1 begins at 9:00am, and you will be marked late at 9:30am. Be safe on public transit: if the bus is too packed, wait for the next one!

  • Get a health check: when doors open and you enter, you will have your temperature taken. If it's under 100.0 degrees, you will sanitize your hands, pick up a breakfast, and head straight to your classroom. There are no lockers.

  • Settle in: once in your classroom, you will be there for the entire day. Get your tech out and settle in!

Throughout the Day

  • Lunch will be in class: grades 6, 7, 8, and 11 will have lunch during period 5. Grades 9, 10, and 12 will have lunch period 6. Lunch will be brought to classrooms, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch from home. For the health and safety of everyone, eating will only be allowed during lunchtime.

  • No water fountains: we strongly encourage scholars to bring a water bottle. Water fountains will be disabled for safety reasons.

  • Bathroom visits: one person at a time can go to the bathroom. Scholars must go straight to the bathroom on his floor and not travel between floors.

Dismissal

  • Classrooms dismissed one at a time: classrooms will be dismissed and scholars will exit the building using the same entrance/exit they used in the morning. Maintain social distancing!


What to Bring

When you come for in-person learning, you should bring the following with you:

  • Technology: bring your iPad or laptop if you can. If you don't feel comfortable traveling with it, bring your cell phone. WiFi will be given out to all scholars.

  • Notebooks, pens, and pencils: make sure you bring notebooks, pens, and pencils for your classes.

  • Calculators: if you have your own calculator, bring it. Otherwise, you will use apps for calculators.

  • Water bottles: we'll have the water fountains off for safety reasons. Bring water bottles.


Fall 2020 Schedules & Groups

Scholar Groups

Scholars are divided into four groups, based on their in-person academic schedules and whether or not they are 100% remote.

  • Imperial Eagles (Group A): In-person Mondays and some Thursdays, remote other days

  • Crowned Eagles (Group B): In-person Tuesdays and some Thursdays, remote other days

  • Royal Eagles (Group C): In-person Wednesdays and some Thursdays, remote other days

  • Nested Eagles (Group D): 100% remote

Don't Know Your Group?

Groups were emailed out by Mr. Bissonnette on August 24 to both parents and scholars. Schedules were emailed out again on September 10.

In-Person Learning Schedule

The following schedule shows the in-person learning schedule through December 23, 2020. Note which Thursdays different groups of scholars will be in the building. Scholars who show up on the wrong day will have parents called and separated from other scholars as the building program is designed for social distancing and staffing limitations, but he will not be sent home unattended.

Imperial, Crowned, and Royal Eagles in-person schedule

Class Schedules

All scholars will have a seven period day from 9:00am to 2:30pm, whether they are in-person or remote. See the Bell Schedule page for more information.

  • For in-person, scholars can begin entering the building at 8:50am.

  • Your courses will happen depending on whether or not your teacher for a particular subject is working from home or not.

  • Synchronous learning (with cameras ON) will happen multiples times EACH DAY. When you're home, you need to think of this as a regular school day, just done via a computer.

  • Absence from class counts! Attendance won't be a one time a day matter; it will be recorded every class. Be present and on time and give your best self!


Student Orientation

Information Letter Home

Read the letter sent home by Mr. Velazquez on September 15 by clicking here.

Meeting Information

Dates and Times

Orientation will happen on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from September 16 through September 18.

  • Scholars will use Google Meet (see links below).

  • Scholars can begin logging in at 8:45am and sessions begin at 9:00am. Sessions will last one hour.

Links

Access must be done through your Eagle Bronx account. Use the following links depending on your grade level:

Expectations

The expectations for these orientation sessions are as follows:

  • Scholars can begin logging in at 8:45am. Workshops begin promptly at 9:00am and will last one hour.

  • As scholars have done in the past, they will record their daily attendance in a centralized Google Classroom space. Scholars will receive invitations to their Google Classroom spaces directly and will utilize their Eagle Bronx accounts. More information about their attendance submission expectations will be posted in their Google Classrooms and mentioned in the orientation sessions.

  • Scholars should have cameras on, microphones muted, and ready to be fully present in these sessions. Scholars do not need to be in uniform until September 21st, but should dress appropriately: no undershirts only, no headwear, appropriate messages on clothing, if any, etc.

  • Scholars are expected to adhere to the NYCDOE’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy available here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/policies/internet-acceptable-use-policy

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Building Access & Visitors

Scholars

Scholar requirements for entering the building:

  • Line up according to your schedule.

  • Take a temperature scan on entry. You can only go to class if your temperature is under 100.0 degrees.

  • Masks must be worn at all times.

  • Scholars will be isolated if any COVID-19 symptoms develop while in the building.

Staff

Staff requirements for entering the building:

  • Complete a health screening prior to entry: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc

  • Take a temperature scan on entry. You can only enter if your temperature is under 100.0 degrees.

  • Masks must be work at all times.

  • Staff must go home if any COVID-19 symptoms develop while in the building.


All Others

All visitors must make an appointment prior to arrival. Unannounced visitors will not be allowed in the building. Parents picking up children in an emergency should call first, and be prepared to wait outside the building until he is brought to the main entrance.

Visitor requirements for entering the building:

  • Complete a health screening prior to entry: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc

  • Take a temperature scan on entry. You can only enter if your temperature is under 100.0 degrees.

  • Masks must be worn at all times.


Health & Safety Procedures and Protocols

School Day Safety

We've designed our school-day safety plans to protect our entire community and adhere to NYC and NYS regulations:

  • Temperatures taken upon entry and denial of entry to anyone with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher.

  • Masks must be worn at all times. Masks will be provided for anyone who doesn't bring one to the school.

  • Hand sanitizer is installed in every classroom and throughout the building.

  • Water fountains are turned OFF. Scholars should bring water bottles.

  • Scholars remain in their assigned classrooms for the entire day. Teachers will rotate between classrooms.

  • Disinfectant wipes are available in all classrooms and all office spaces in the building.

  • Ventilation will remain on and windows open at all times. Ventilation is set to bring in 100% outside air.

  • Scholars will not be using lockers.

Nightly Cleaning

Each night, the building will be cleaned aggressively.

  • The building will close early every day. The exact time is TBD. Once the building is closed, all staff and scholars must leave for cleaning.

  • An electrostatic sprayer will be used each night along with bleach to kill any particles.

  • Building ventilation will remain on overnight set to bring in 100% outside air.

  • Windows will not remain open. (Earlier we incorrectly stated windows will be open overnight; this will not be the case but ventilation will be on at all times.)


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Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation

If a scholar exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while in school, he will be escorted and isolated in room B6. Parents will be called encouraged to see a doctor ASAP after picking up their child. Per NYCDOE protocol, scholars will not be permitted to return until 10 days from the end of symptoms.

Quarantine

If a child tests positive for COVID-19, all scholars and teachers of that classroom will remain home and self-quarantine for a minimum of 24 hours while the Department of Health investigates. That classroom immediately shifts to remote learning.

If two children test positive from separate classrooms, the entire school will close for a minimum of 24 hours and all scholars and teachers will shift to remote learning while the Department of Health investigates.

While closed, all scholars and teachers follow in-person schedules, but remotely.

Out-of-State Travel

If your son has traveled internationally OR spent more than 24 hours in a state on the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory page, he must quarantine for 14 days upon return. If he is not back in New York State, or not back in a non-advisory state by September 7, he can not begin in-person learning until 14 days have passed since his return. Together, we can keep our community safe! Contact us at remotelearning@eaglebronx.org to if your son will be quarantining.



Random Testing for COVID-19 Virus

It is the policy of the NYC Department of Education that every month beginning in October, a random sample of up to 15% of scholars and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test. The test is a self-administered nasal swab that does NOT go deep into the nasal cavity.

As of September 7, 2020, we have limited information about testing and will post updates as we learn more.



NYCDOE Information and Letters from the Chancellor

Fore more information from the NYC Department of Education, visit the following pages: