Dear LaGuardia Community,
It is hard to believe that May is upon us! As we work towards the end of this school year culminating with the in-person Graduation of the Class of 2021, we are also planning for the 2021 - 2022 academic school year. We would like to keep you informed of the most up-to-date information that we have, so this letter is divided into two segments:
- Spring 2021
- Summer and Fall 2021
As our City works towards reopening and we look forward to the future, please keep in your thoughts our most vulnerable families who struggle to access health care, are afraid to leave their homes, grieve the never-ending loss of loved ones.
Teacher Appreciation Week!
It’s teacher appreciation week! LaGuardia teachers have been incredible throughout the pandemic making meaningful, out-of-the-box adjustments to ensure that every student continues to be engaged in their education. The best way to show your appreciation for your teacher is to show them what you have learned.
Great teachers deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Complete the “teacher appreciation thank you tool” and we'll send a "thank you" note from you to the NYC DOE teacher who inspires you.
COVID Vaccinations Available to Those 16 years and Older
Please use the link above for information about the COVID-19 vaccination and how to schedule an appointment for sixteen and seventeen year olds. Below is an excerpt from the DOH letter:
By getting your child vaccinated, you are helping to protect them from COVID-19 and making your community safer. Also, please consider vaccination for yourself and other household members age 16 and older, if not vaccinated already. Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19. While we encourage everyone age 16 and older to get vaccinated, vaccination is especially important for those with an underlying health condition, such as asthma, obesity or diabetes. The same is true for those who live in a multigenerational household or with a person who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. Vaccination is provided at no cost to all and regardless of immigration status.
New Health Screening Form
As of April 10, asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, US state, or territory are no longer required to test for COVID-19 or quarantine. Any symptomatic travelers, even those fully vaccinated, must immediately self-isolate, contact their health care providers, and get tested for COVID-19. The DOE has updated the questions on the daily health-screening questionnaire to reflect the latest guidance regarding the elimination of mandatory quarantine requirements. Please view the New Health Screening Form to see the new questionnaire.
Student Schedules and Programming
By the end of May returning families will access comprehensive course offering information for students to submit course preferences for next school year. The school’s programming takes place over the summer, and students can access their schedules electronically via NYC Schools or Pupilpath account prior to the start of the school year.
Welcome Assistant Principal (IA) Mr. Sinacori
We are proud to announce that dance faculty Mr. Greg Sinacori has been named Assistant Principal (IA) of Dance! Mr. Sinacori has been an invaluable member of the LaGuardia community since joining the Dance Studio as a 9th grade student, and we are so pleased that he will continue to support the community in his new role. Please see introductory message from Mr. Sinacori below:
Thank you to Principal Vasconcelos, Michelle Mathesius and the administration for supporting me as I transition into a new role at LaGuardia as interim acting Assistant Principal. I am thrilled, honored and grateful to be in a position surrounded by passionate educators of a world-class Arts institution within the NYC public school system. As a product of LaGuardia and as a dance educator for over ten years, I look forward to supporting the LaGuardia community as we navigate the road ahead. The next few years are sure to pose many new challenges as LaGuardia evolves from a tumultuous decade including a change in leadership, a world pandemic, a call for equity and a fight against institutional racism. There is a lot of healing to be done and changes to be made. My vision is to Repair, Reimagine and Rise! Together we can join forces as a community, build trust in one another, cultivate interdepartmental collaborations and focus on what has brought us all to work at LaGuardia in the first place; supporting the next generation of talented young artists. I appreciate our community and I look forward to working together to uphold the legacy that is LaGuardia Arts!
Summer and Fall 2021
Awaiting Guidance on Summer Rising
The Chancellor has asked principals to begin to re-envision this summer as an opportunity to offer classes and activities to our communities, pending further guidance from the DOE. We are excited about having Summer 2021 as an opportunity to engage our community and ease the transition back to Fall 2021. We will share more information with the community about summer programs as soon as they are approved for implementation.
Room Utilization and Ventilation
We have received the latest assessment of our ventilation systems, and I am happy to report that all rooms in the LaGuardia building have been approved for occupancy based on ventilation. At present a number of spaces are closed for renovation through partnership with the School Construction Authority - all ongoing projects are scheduled to complete and ready for use by July or September 2021. This will enable us to begin resetting our physical spaces in the summer in preparation for welcoming all students who are able to attend in person in the fall. We are grateful to our Custodial Engineer Mr. McGovern and his team for their tireless work every day since the start of the pandemic to ensure that our building continues to be maintained and upgraded.
2021 - 2022 DOE School Year Calendar
The DOE has released the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar, with the first day of school on September 13. As is the process every year, once the DOE has released this calendar, LaGuardia can now begin the process of reviewing and scheduling our school’s internal calendar of events.
Awaiting Guidance on Fall 2021
As we do every Spring, LaGuardia is planning for five-days a week of in-person instruction in Fall 2021 for families who can participate in this option. While some families have requested that LaGuardia formally commit and guarantee that students will attend school five-days a week, iIndividual schools in the DOE do not have the authority to make this decision. We are optimistic that the DOE will make a formal announcement soon.