Dear LaGuardia Community,

We hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy.  As the fall semester comes to an end we are updating you with some logistical details:

 

Pupilpath/Skedula Partially Restored

As of this morning, all students and parents/guardians should be able to log into the web and app versions of Pupilpath; all faculty/staff have access to the web and app versions of Skedula/iOEducation. Please note that some functions, such as email messaging and password reset, are not fully operational. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this third-party software glitch.



Regents Week Special Activities Schedule

 

Friday, January 21, is the last day of the marking period. 

Monday, January 24, is the last day of scheduled classes for the semester.  We will be on a Conference Bell Schedule for students and teachers to wrap up their classes for the semester.

Tuesday, January 25-Friday, January 28, we will be running a Regents Week Special Schedule

  • Students will participate in activities by grade, art studio, and academic departments.
  • Students will attend LaGuardia based on the activities they are scheduled for. Every student’s schedule will be different.  Not every student will come to LaGuardia every day.
  • Students also have the opportunity, daily, to meet with their teachers during Academic Support/Arts Open Studio sessions. We encourage students with NX’s and students who have been absent to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Every morning before 10am, students must complete a guidance survey using their laguardiahs.org account to be marked present for the day.
  • This Regents Week Special Schedule is in draft format and will be finalized at the end of the week with additional details.

Monday, January 31 is a professional development day for faculty/staff. No students are in attendance.

Tuesday, February 1 is Lunar New Year. School buildings are closed.

Wednesday, February 2 is the first day of the Spring Semester.  MetroCards will be distributed.



Support for Absent Students

At this time, remote learning continues to not be an option in the NYCDOE. However, any NYCDOE student that has a positive COVID-19 test result, is entitled to instructional materials and access to meet virtually with their teachers. At LaGuardia, we understand there are many other circumstances that can lead to student absences. Teachers work with all students to stay on pace with class work, regardless of their reason for absence. It is important that students who are well enough to complete work stay in direct communication with their teachers.  which may include but is not limited to:

  • A student is ill
  • A student has been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19
  • A student has been directed by a medical professional to assume they have COVID-19, without a confirmation test
  • A student is immunocompromised
  • A student has an immunocompromised family member

Again we encourage students who have been absent to visit their teachers during Regents Week Academic Support/Arts Open Studio sessions.



Clarification on CR Selection

The NYCDOE has determined that as students and families continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and manage other out-of-school challenges, parents/guardians will continue to have the option to replace their students’ passing final grades with “CR” (credit) to avoid penalizing students for a drop in performance for factors beyond their control. An updated link for 2021-2022 Fall Semester grades will be shared with families who would like to choose CR. 



Distribution of At-Home Testing Kits to All Students

Until further notice, we will continue to provide all students and faculty/staff two At-Home Testing Kits at the start of each week. Distribution of the Testing Kits for students is in the lobby at the end of periods 8, 9, and 10. Out of an abundance of caution, all community members are urged to test on Mondays and Thursdays each week, as per DOE guidance for individuals with multi-exposures. 



Distribution of At-Home Testing Kits to All NYC Residents

Every home in the United States is eligible to order 4 free At-Home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. https://www.covidtests.gov/



Isolation is 10 Days for Students Who Test Positive

The current DOE policy, created in collaboration with the DOHM and T2 Corps, is that students who test positive isolate for 10 days.  The day the test was taken is considered Day 0 for counting purposes.  This is different from the policy for faculty/staff, who isolate for 5 days. 

 

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  •       Isolating for 10 days AND  
  •       Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND 
  •       Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms




Statistics

Last week the DOE selected 50 dividuals to test last week (2% of the school). Of these individuals, 1 tested positive (2% of those tested).

Since returning from Winter Recess, we have received 415 reports of positive COVID-19 cases (16% of the school). 



Please continue to contact COVID@laguardiahs.org to update us on any positive cases of COVID-19. DOE schools must report all cases to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Testing + Tracing Corps.

 

Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we work our way through this surge as a community.

 

Best,

Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos  

Principal




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  • End of Semester Update 1.19.22

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear LaGuardia Community,

     

    We hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy.  As the fall semester comes to an end we are updating you with some logistical details:



    Pupilpath/Skedula Partially Restored

     

    As of this morning, all students and parents/guardians should be able to log into the web and app versions of Pupilpath; all faculty/staff have access to the web and app versions of Skedula/iOEducation. Please note that some functions, such as email messaging and password reset, are not fully operational. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this third-party software glitch.



    Regents Week Special Activities Schedule

     

    Friday, January 21, is the last day of the marking period. 

    Monday, January 24, is the last day of scheduled classes for the semester.  We will be on a Conference Bell Schedule for students and teachers to wrap up their classes for the semester.

    Tuesday, January 25-Friday, January 28, we will be running a Regents Week Special Schedule

    • Students will participate in activities by grade, art studio, and academic departments.
    • Students will attend LaGuardia based on the activities they are scheduled for. Every student’s schedule will be different.  Not every student will come to LaGuardia every day.
    • Students also have the opportunity, daily, to meet with their teachers during Academic Support/Arts Open Studio sessions. We encourage students with NX’s and students who have been absent to take advantage of this opportunity.
    • Every morning before 10am, students must complete a guidance survey using their laguardiahs.org account to be marked present for the day.
    • This Regents Week Special Schedule is in draft format and will be finalized at the end of the week with additional details.

    Monday, January 31 is a professional development day for faculty/staff. No students are in attendance.

    Tuesday, February 1 is Lunar New Year. School buildings are closed.

    Wednesday, February 2 is the first day of the Spring Semester.  MetroCards will be distributed.



    Support for Absent Students

     

    At this time, remote learning continues to not be an option in the NYCDOE. However, any NYCDOE student that has a positive COVID-19 test result, is entitled to instructional materials and access to meet virtually with their teachers. At LaGuardia, we understand there are many other circumstances that can lead to student absences. Teachers work with all students to stay on pace with class work, regardless of their reason for absence. It is important that students who are well enough to complete work stay in direct communication with their teachers.  which may include but is not limited to:

    • A student is ill
    • A student has been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19
    • A student has been directed by a medical professional to assume they have COVID-19, without a confirmation test
    • A student is immunocompromised
    • A student has an immunocompromised family member

    Again we encourage students who have been absent to visit their teachers during Regents Week Academic Support/Arts Open Studio sessions.



    Clarification on CR Selection

     

    The NYCDOE has determined that as students and families continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and manage other out-of-school challenges, parents/guardians will continue to have the option to replace their students’ passing final grades with “CR” (credit) to avoid penalizing students for a drop in performance for factors beyond their control. An updated link for 2021-2022 Fall Semester grades will be shared with families who would like to choose CR. 



    Distribution of At-Home Testing Kits to All Students

     

    Until further notice, we will continue to provide all students and faculty/staff two At-Home Testing Kits at the start of each week. Distribution of the Testing Kits for students is in the lobby at the end of periods 8, 9, and 10. Out of an abundance of caution, all community members are urged to test on Mondays and Thursdays each week, as per DOE guidance for individuals with multi-exposures. 



    Distribution of At-Home Testing Kits to All NYC Residents

     

    Every home in the United States is eligible to order 4 free At-Home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. https://www.covidtests.gov/



    Isolation is 10 Days for Students Who Test Positive

     

    The current DOE policy, created in collaboration with the DOHM and T2 Corps, is that students who test positive isolate for 10 days.  The day the test was taken is considered Day 0 for counting purposes.  This is different from the policy for faculty/staff, who isolate for 5 days. 

    When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

    Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

    •       Isolating for 10 days AND  
    •       Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND 
    •       Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms




    Statistics

     

    Last week the DOE selected 50 dividuals to test last week (2% of the school). Of these individuals, 1 tested positive (2% of those tested).

     

    Since returning from Winter Recess, we have received 415 reports of positive COVID-19 cases (16% of the school). 



    Please continue to contact COVID@laguardiahs.org to update us on any positive cases of COVID-19. DOE schools must report all cases to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Testing + Tracing Corps.

     

    Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we work our way through this surge as a community.

     

    Best,

    Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos  

    Principal



    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Class of 2025 Students Can Apply for LaG/Disney Volunteers Mentoring Program; Deadline: January `19, 2022

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hello Prospective LaG Disney VoluntEars Mentoring Participant -

     

    So glad to hear of your interest in the LaG Disney VoluntEars Mentoring Program.   Our program matches LaGuardia students with an adult mentor who partners with the student throughout their high school career.  Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors are invited to join.  The mentoring relationship requires a minimum of 4 hours per month with their assigned mentor in individualized meetings concentrating on career, college preparation, volunteer opportunities or any topics the pair decides is important.  Our program provides SAT/ACT Prep and college scholarships to participants who fulfill program requirements.  Student participants participate in an additional 4 hours per month in school-based Mentee meetings where students share their mentoring experiences, attend informative sessions hosted by the employees of the Disney Companies, and most of all have fun!

     

    The competitive process to join the program and club requires a 3 step process.  This includes a written application - a profile of your interests, experiences and expectations.  You can download the profile or complete online - LaG Disney VoluntEars Mentoring Application.   The application is due January 19, 2022.  Send your completed application along with a copy of your transcript to shernk@laguardiahs.org

     

    All applicants must participate in a peer interview.  Virtual interviews are first come, first serve basis.  SIGN UP HERE

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • January 18 SLT Meeting Moved to the 25th

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    LaGuardia Arts next School Leadership Team meeting is at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 25.  Observers are welcome.  We ask that they register by filling out this form.  The Zoom link to the meeting will be sent to the email registered below.

     

    Our by-laws state that iIndividuals may attend SLT meetings as observers, meaning that they can observe the meeting but cannot speak and should not use the chat function during the meeting.  The exception is that the SLT chair may call on an observer to address the SLT, usually an invited guest; however, this is at the discretion of the SLT.  The SLT chair will not call non-SLT members, even if hands are raised.

     

    In the event there are technology-issues, the link may be changed at the last minute, so if a person is having difficulty accessing the meeting, they should check their email in the event a new link is sent out.

     

    This form closes at 2:00 PM on the day of the SLT meeting.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Request for Observer Link

     

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Register as an Observer for January 18 SLT Meeting

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hello,

     

    LaGuardia Arts next School Leadership Team meeting is at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 18.  Observers are welcome.  We ask that they register by filling out this form.  The Zoom link to the meeting will be sent to the email registered below.

     

    Our by-laws state that iIndividuals may attend SLT meetings as observers, meaning that they can observe the meeting but cannot speak and should not use the chat function during the meeting.  The exception is that the SLT chair may call on an observer to address the SLT, usually an invited guest; however, this is at the discretion of the SLT.  The SLT chair will not call non-SLT members, even if hands are raised.

     

    In the event there are technology-issues, the link may be changed at the last minute, so if a person is having difficulty accessing the meeting, they should check their email in the event a new link is sent out.

     

    This form closes at 2:00 PM on the day of the SLT meeting.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Request for Observer Link



     

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Chancellor's Family Letter, January 5, 2022

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     January 5, 2022 

    Dear Families, 

    It’s an honor to serve with Mayor Eric Adams as I become your new Schools Chancellor—and to welcome your children back to school after their much-deserved winter break. The health and safety of our children, families, and staff is our highest priority. I hope you received the recent letter outlining the new health and safety measures we have put in place to ensure that your children remain safe and that our schools remain open. We continue to encourage families to get tested, get vaccinated, and consent to in-school testing. If you missed the letter, you can read it at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies. 

    As a parent and life-long educator, I believe that every young person is filled with brilliance, promise, and gifts. I believe that all children deserve a strong academic foundation that prepares them to graduate with an employable skill set. Equally important, they deserve the tools and support needed to be physically and emotionally healthy. 

    And as a proud New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, I know the difference an excellent educator and school can make in a child’s life. I will never forget the teacher at P.S. 161 in Brooklyn who transformed my life: Mrs. Mildred Scott. She taught me about Black history and culture. She also taught me that I had a responsibility to my community, a value reinforced by my parents. 

    I took those lessons with me to Queens, where I graduated from Hillcrest High School and then attended college. Now, I didn’t plan on becoming a teacher. In fact, I was a school safety officer for a year when I was bitten by the teaching bug. Wouldn’t you know it, I began my first teaching job at P.S. 167 in my old neighborhood on Eastern Parkway. From there, I became a founding principal at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, and later at the Eagle Academy for Young Men, where I proved that a high-quality college preparatory education for young men of color can be provided in a public-school setting. 

    In the more than 30 years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve learned a few things about education. I learned that the answers to how we improve the system exist in the hearts and minds of our teachers, principals, children, and families. I learned that you cannot create innovative and high-quality schools that serve all students without engaging the entire community. And so, in my first week as your Chancellor, I welcome your input and partnership as we work together to ensure that the nation’s largest school system also becomes the nation’s best school system. 

    To achieve this goal, we will work on behalf of all our children–children from every neighborhood, and especially those who have been historically left behind. Children who are learning to speak English. Children with disabilities. Children who live in temporary housing. We will work day in and day out for all of our children, because they are all capable of thriving. This means giving every student the support, learning experiences, and resources to graduate from high school, attend college or learn a trade, get a great job, and become informed and engaged citizens. 

    You can count on me to always be honest. I won’t sugarcoat it: we face enormous challenges, and we can only change a system as large as ours with an all-hands-on-deck approach. This is particularly true as we enter our third year of a pandemic that has required us to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning. 

    This is where you, our families, come in. We want to reach every one of you and welcome you as partners in your children’s education. We want your input on the policies that affect your children. Over the coming months you 

    will begin to see new and improved ways to communicate with our school system. We want to empower you to be advocates for your children, your schools, and your communities. We want to bring in our parents who are not typically engaged with the school system and elevate their crucial voices. 

    I began this letter with my commitment to safety and I want to reassure you that we will do everything in our power to keep your children safe and our schools open, with as little disruption as possible. We owe your children nothing less. Thank you for your warm wishes and for your support as we lift all our students higher. 

    Soaring high, 

    David C. Banks 

    Chancellor 

    New York City Department of Education 

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Important School COVID Policy Updates for Jan 3

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     January 3, 2022 

    Dear Families, 

    We hope you had a restful holiday and were able to spend time with your loved ones. As we welcome students back into our classrooms from a well-deserved winter break, our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, families, and staff. To this end, we are putting additional health and safety measures in place to ensure students and staff are safe and that our schools can continue to be open. 

    The following updates were made in partnership with our City and State public health colleagues and are based on federal and scientific guidance. 

    Home Test Kits 

    ● Beginning January 3, schools will distribute free, take-home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any student or staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has been identified. 

    ● If your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test on the day they receive the home test and help your child take the second test five days after exposure or at the first indication of symptoms. 

    o Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19. 

    o If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth day, please have your child isolate and take the second home test immediately. 

    o If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately to inform them and for further guidance. 

    ● If your child had symptoms of COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test immediately and help your child take the second test 24 hours later. 

    o Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID test. 

    o If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately and report the test results. 

    ● Any student who tests positive on a take-home test should immediately report it to the school and begin isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can return to school on Day 11. No negative test is required to return to school. 

    ● As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors must pass the DOE health screener in order to enter school buildings. Additional questions will be added to the health screeners for those students and staff who receive at-home rapid test kits to share their negative result. No other proof of a negative result is required in order for these students to enter the school building. 

     

    New Quarantine Policy 

    Our goal is to ensure that students safely remain in school as much as possible, and we have updated our policies to ensure we meet this goal. This means that if there is a positive case in a classroom: 

    ● For students in kindergarten through grade 12, unvaccinated or not yet fully-vaccinated students who were in close proximity to a positive case will no longer have to quarantine and will continue attending 

     

     

    school if they do not have symptoms and do not have a positive test result from a COVID test. Instead, all students and adults in that classroom will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over the course of five days. 

    ● For students in 3-K and Pre-K, the quarantine policy will remain the same, meaning that any 3-K or pre-K student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still have to quarantine for 10 days. 

     

    Increased In-School Surveillance Testing 

    To further ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff, the in-school surveillance testing program is expanding to double the number of individuals tested in each school, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, in grades 1 and up. The random in-school surveillance program continues to provide public health experts with an accurate look at the prevalence of COVID-19 in schools. We encourage all families who have not yet submitted consent, regardless of whether their child is vaccinated, to consent to in-school testing through their NYC Schools Account (schoolsaccount.nyc) or return a signed paper form to the school. Additional information on testing for students and the printable version of the consent form in multiple languages can be found on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) website: schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting 

    Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and communities safe. Thank you to those families who have already consented to testing, and for your cooperation by participating in our in-school testing program! 

    COVID-19 Testing Sites 

    ● The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) continues to open new testing sites throughout the five boroughs. We strongly encourage that all students get tested for COVID-19, through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit on a continuous basis, regardless of vaccination status. For a list of testing sites, including sites with at-home rapid tests, call 212-COVID19, visit nyc.gov/covidtest, text "COVID TEST" to 855-48, or call 311 to find a nearby testing site. 

    ● Additionally, many pharmacies and doctors’ offices are offering COVID-19 testing. Please check with your pediatrician’s office or local pharmacy to see if you can schedule a test. 

     

    We know that nothing is more important to you than keeping your children in school, learning in healthy and safe environments. The changes we are announcing today aim to keep students in our classrooms with the least amount of disruption as possible, while putting their safety front and center. 

    We will continue to update you as the situation changes and hear your feedback on these updated policies and procedures. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to keep our children and staff safe in school. 

    In partnership, 

    David C. Banks 

    New York City Schools Chancellor 

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Chancellor's Family Letter; December 23, 2021

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear Families,

    When I became Chancellor this March, I was deeply moved to have the honor of leading the school system that I grew up in as a student, sent my children to as a parent, and served throughout my entire career. We are not only the largest system in the country by far, but also the most extraordinary, thanks to the remarkable diversity and dedication of our students, families, and educators. I see that especially now, families across the city are doing all they can to keep communities safe from Omicron.

    From day one, we shared the important goal of fully opening our school buildings in September to all students. That long-awaited homecoming welcomed students back with new support systems to address their social and emotional needs, a curriculum that reflects their lived experiences, and technology that builds on the lessons we learned during the pandemic.

    As we head into the holiday season and I transition out of my role at the end of this year, I want to thank you for doing so much to make our homecoming and the first months of this school year safe and successful for everyone in our schools. This continues to be an extraordinarily challenging time, but your partnership has enabled our students to thrive as they returned to the community of the classroom, where they learn best. I could not be more proud or grateful for what we have accomplished together.

    I am heartened that my former colleague and friend David Banks will be carrying the torch from me as your new Chancellor, and know that he will further build on the progress we made for our students.

    On my final tour of schools last week, a student said to me, “Thank you for helping me out as a young Black girl. You set a great example of success as the first Black woman Chancellor, and that gives me more hope than ever before.” I will always remember the people I met in this role, from that young woman to our incredible educators and our steadfast support staff who make New York City public schools possible.

    I am proud of what we accomplished together for our students and I am hopeful that children like that young woman are empowered to follow in our footsteps and find success in chasing their dreams.

    Happy Holidays and much gratitude to you all! In partnership,

    Meisha Porter

    New York City Schools Chancellor

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • Modified Schedules for December 22 & 23, 2021

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear LaGuardia Community,

     

    Thank you for your commitment to the well being of every community member at LaGuardia. I want to thank you for your resilience and care and consideration for yourself and others. We are committed to continuing our programs for all students and actively taking steps to keep our entire community safe.

     

    I have consulted with our Superintendent, School Leadership Team, and Administrative Cabinet. At this time we believe it is in the best interest of LaGuardia to make the following adjustments for Wednesday, December 22, and Thursday, December 23, 2021:

     

    Modification to the School Day

    Both school days will follow the Conference Day bell schedule.  (This is the schedule we use twice a month on Mondays.)  These are full days of period 1 to period 10 instruction from 8:00AM-2:48PM. The shortened day will ensure that our community members depart the building earlier in the day and minimize exposure to rush hour crowds.  

     

    After-School Supervision

    For families who are not able to make necessary arrangements for their child to be dismissed at the earlier time, students will have a designated, supervised space at school until the regular dismissal time of 4:09PM.

     

    After-School Activities on Wednesday

    All planned after-school activities at LaGuardia will proceed immediately after school at 2:50PM on Wednesday, and take place for the same amount of time originally scheduled, though ending at an earlier time. PSAL games will take place as previously scheduled.  

     

    After-School Activities on Thursday

    There are no planned after-school activities at LaGuardia on Thursday. PSAL games will take place as previously scheduled.  



    COVID-19 Vigilance

    Our building has remained open and we have been able to proceed with all planned classes, performances, art shows, and celebrations due to our adherence to the strictest COVID-19 safety guidelines amongst educational institutions and arts industries.

     

    It is critical that we all continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures. Please continue to practice the most basic safety precautions, that we have control over, and are also the most effective:

     

    • Remain masked at all times, ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered.

    • When eating, remain socially distanced 6 feet apart. 

    • Wash your hands frequently.

     

    Some families may make the decision to stay home. We encourage families to consider their health, their family’s health, and the health of those around them when they make the decision.  If you are sick, even if you do not test positive for COVID-19, stay home for your safety and the safety of others. Please contact our Pupil Accounting Secretaries Ms. Lopez mlopez2@schools.nyc.gov (dance and music students) or Ms. Delesline tdelesline@schools.nyc.gov (theater and fine arts students), and your child’s teachers, if a student will not be attending.

     

    We appreciate your support during this critical time.

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • December Family Letter

    Dear Families,

     

     

     

    As the holidays approach, we wish all our families a safe and healthy holiday season. We know that COVID-19 delta and omicron variants may be on your mind and we want to make it clear that that the health and safety of our children, families, and school staff is our highest priority. Vaccination is our best tool in maintaining safer schools and defending against COVID-19. If you have a child who is at least 5 years old and not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get them vaccinated as soon as possible with the Pfizer vaccine (the only vaccine authorized for children age 5-17).

     

    As a reminder, if your child is fully vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine and miss school if exposed to a person with COVID-19. As long as your child is fully vaccinated (meaning that it has been at least 2 weeks since the second COVID-19 vaccine dose) and does not have COVID-19 symptoms, they can attend in-person school after being exposed. Also, students age 5 and older participating in high-risk extracurricular sports and other high-risk extracurricular activities (such as singing and band) must be vaccinated to participate in those activities during the 2021-22 school year.

     

    In addition, we strongly recommend that all children receive the annual flu vaccine. The flu and COVID- 19 are expected to circulate at the same time this season. Getting a flu vaccine reduces the chance of serious illness and hospitalization due to the flu and has been shown to save children’s lives. Getting both vaccines is important, because the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine does not protect against flu. Your child can receive the flu vaccine at the same time as all other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Check with your child’s health care provider toschedule a vaccination appointment or you can find vaccine sites for both flu and COVID-19 vaccines atnyc.gov/vaccinefinder.

     

    Once your child is vaccinated against COVID-19, you can upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the Department of Education’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc using your child’s Department of Education account information. Submitting that information will let us know that your child does not have to quarantine if they become a close contact to a person with COVID-19.

     

    You can find more information about the vaccine and other health and safety practices in our schools at schools.nyc.gov/2021health.

     

    For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine sites, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine. We wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season.

     

     

     

     

     

    Meisha Porter
    Chancellor
    NYC Department of Education

    Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc

     

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    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
  • March 23, 2022, is PSAT/SAT Day

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear Parent or Guardian, 

     

    This school year, all New York City high schools will participate in the PSAT10/SAT School Day administration. As part of this administration, all sophomores take the PSAT10 and all juniors take the SAT. Both exams will take place during a school day. To avoid multiple disruptions to the instructional day, LaGuardia is offering both of these exams the morning of Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Once the exam ends the instructional day will resume with afternoon classes for all grades.

     

    The Department of Education will be paying College Board for the cost of all exams, so there will be no cost to students for these school-day exams.  The Department of Education is automatically registering all sophomores for the PSAT10 and all juniors for the SAT; students do NOT self-register for the PSAT10/SAT School Day exams online. If you do not wish for your child to take the PSAT10 or SAT, please complete the opt-out form here:  SAT School Day/PSAT10 Opt-Out Form

     

    The PSAT10 provides information on students’ standardized testing strengths and areas for improvement. The SAT is not currently required for admission to most 4-year colleges, but can be submitted when a student feels that it positively supports their application. We hope this PSAT10/SAT administration will also give you an opportunity to discuss college and career goals with your child. Please note that the PSAT10 is not a qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship. 

     

    Students with existing IEPs or 504 plans may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT10 and SAT.  Unlike city and state tests, administration and policies regarding the PSAT10 and SAT are overseen by the College Board, NOT the school. The College Board is a national organization that oversees the administration of these exams and makes determinations about who is eligible for testing accommodations. This means that even if your child receives testing accommodations in school, they will not automatically receive them on College Board tests. To learn more about eligibility and typical accommodations, visit College Board Student with Disabilities

     

    All students who want to use testing accommodations on the PSAT10, SAT, or Advanced Placement exams must submit an application to the College Board. Even students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plans must submit an application if they want to use the accommodations on these exams.  Please complete the attached form if you would like LaGuardia to submit the application for your child. 

     

    Students who have already been approved for College Board accommodations do not need to reapply.

     

    Return the form to our school’s SSD Coordinator, Mr. Harkness, in Room 234H, as soon as possible. We cannot request these accommodations on your child’s behalf without receiving the signed consent form from you. If the College Board approves an accommodation for your child, it will also apply to all future College Board tests (PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement exams). Please note that it can take up to 12 weeks for your application to be reviewed by the College Board.

     

    Learn more about the PSAT10 and SAT Here.    If you have any questions about the PSAT10 or SAT administration, please feel free to reach out to me directly, or to our Post-Secondary Specialist, Ms. Kleiman, at AKleiman@schools.nyc.gov

    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
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