Update from Ms. Sportella 12/18/20

ALL BLENDED LEARNING  STUDENTS IN GROUPS A & B RETURN TO 5 DAY A WEEK IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION WITH A TENTATIVE START DATE BEGINNING MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2021

Dear TAOTS Families, 

      We are working diligently on bringing back 5 days a week of in person learning for our blended students in groups A & B with a tentative start date of Monday, January 11, 2021.  Tentatively on Monday, January 11, 2021, students in both  A & B Cohorts will return to school for 5 days a week of in person instruction.  All In-Person Blended Learning students will attend TAOTS everyday of the week.   All Remote Learning students will remain Fully Remote for all five days.

     Please understand  that we are doing our best to accommodate all of our students with minimal disruption to their schedule.  However in order to accommodate the 5 day a week model of instruction, changes will need to be made regarding student class and teacher assignments. There are many factors that apply to this change including room size capacity, following safety guidelines, ordering additional grade appropriate furniture and the availability of in-person teachers.  We will continue to follow strict guidelines that have been put in place by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  and the New York City Department Of Education (NYCDOE) to assure that we keep the health and safety of our school community as a top priority.

     TAOTS will continue to support the  social and emotional well being of all of our students whether they are in person or fully remote.  We encourage families to keep the lines of communication open with the TAOTS staff community.      Since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year we have stated this is a year like no other.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the blended cohorts (A&B) back in building, but with this new model comes changes that must be welcomed by our families and students. Changes involve  possible new student/ teacher assignments since more students will be in the school at the same time and additional classrooms are opened.  Please reiterate a possible change occurring to your child while assuring them that everything will OK and that TAOTS is a wonderful school community filled with caring teachers and staff.

     More information regarding official start date, student class assignment, arrival & dismissal procedures will follow.   Kindly be mindful that this task involves many moving parts and information will be made available once they are finalized within the next few weeks.   Once again, I thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding during this very unique school year.