We will start school remotely in NYC on September 1. In NYC, we made this decision for two reasons. First, we have not been able to get access to all of our NYCDOE buildings – and it’s increasingly clear that we will not be able to get sufficient access before our planned start date. In CT and RI, we have greater access to our buildings, so this is not as much of a challenge for us. Second, given that our school calendar begins earlier than our local districts in NY, we felt that we had the flexibility to make this decision on our own without state approval. In both CT and RI – and especially in RI where the Governor has set the school calendar for next year through an Executive Order (including in-person and remote days) – we do not have the same operational autonomy.
For grades 3-8, if there are more families who want to be served in-person than we can serve in-person, then we will implement a rotating, in-person schedule so that Group A is in-person 2 days per week (Monday/Tuesday), and Group B is in-person 2 days per week (Wednesday/Thursday). We are currently seeking family and staff feedback on what to do with the fifth day – which has been a half-day for us with afternoon staff PD. It is possible this day could rotate between Group A and Group B or it could be another remote day for all students. We will work with families who have multiple students enrolled in AF schools to have them consistently enrolled in Group A or Group B so that they attend school on the same days.
Again, we are planning to prioritize bringing at least K-2 students in-person 4 or 5 days per week. Please note that the start and end times are not finalized, are for example purposes only, and may vary by school. We are still working with our districts, bus companies, and co-located schools, and school communities to finalize timing.
Elementary Schools In-person Schedule
|7:15 am - 7:50 am||Staggered arrival and breakfast (note: RI schools begin 15 minutes later)|
|7:50 am - 8:10 am||Morning meeting|
|8:10 am - 2:30 pm||Live academic instruction including snack, lunch, and recess|
|2:30 pm - 2:55 pm||Closing meeting and pack-up|
|2:55 pm - 3:35 pm||Staggered dismissal & cooperative play|
Elementary Schools Remote Schedule
|8:30 am - 8:50 am||Morning meeting|
|8:50 am - 2:20 pm||Live academic instruction, including two 25-minute breaks and 1 hour for lunch|
|2:20 pm - 2:30 pm||Closing circle|
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||Intervention (for students who need extra support)|
|3:00 pm - 4:00 pm||Office hours (for students who need extra support)|