This word cloud sits above the entrance to our school lobby. It's a reminder that we are a multicultural community and that everyone who walks through our doors matters.
As we look toward the fall, we imagine returning students and new students coming through those doors. What will it look like for our school and every other school in New York City? Of course it’s all but impossible to really know what the scenario will be then – or through the rest of the 2020-2021 academic year. As such, we are in the midst of detailed planning, trying to anticipate every possible COVID-19 related framework that we can imagine.
One thing we are endlessly grateful for right now is that we are a very small school, with plenty of room in our building and quick access to the outdoors. We have around 10 students per classroom and one class for each grade (you can see more about the benefits of a small classroom here). Being a small school is a gift that allows us to more easily accomplish a safe “social distance” than bigger schools. We know that we have a lot to prepare, but we are also feeling very positive about our options.
And through it all, our community and our school children remain our primary focus -- and our inspiration. We often post our students’ poetry, prose and flashes of creativity on our Facebook and Instagram pages. They help keep all of us hopeful and excited for the time when our community can be together in person again, walking through those doors and seeing that Welcome sign.