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Remote Learning @ Media

Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how Media is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.

Please visit https://mystudent.nyc to sign the consent for COVID-19 testing. Students who are attending in-person will be randomly tested for COVID-19.

Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

The NYC DOE Return to School 2020 site section also has important information and resources for you. See the Update for Families letter.

Last updated: January 29, 2021

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HYBRID LEARNING SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2020

Media High School has been approved to use Model 1B. We have assigned students Group A or Group B for in-person learning. Students can refer to their DOE email account for their group assignment.

Model 1: Alternating days with rotating Mondays, two in-person student groups

  • This model assumes that a school can serve at any given time at least half of students who choose in-person learning.

  • In this model, there are two in-person student groups and one fully remote student group.

  • Students will receive in-person learning for the same two days every week, as well as alternating Mondays. This amounts to a total of five days of in-person instruction every two weeks. Students will participate in remote learning for non-in person-days.

  • Model 1B: students receive in-person learning on two consecutive days per week - Tuesdays and Wednesdays for one group and Thursday and Fridays for the other group - with groups alternating Mondays. ​

  • Students whose families choose fully remote learning will receive remote instruction every day. You can move your child into 100% remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form 

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TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Device Request Form to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free but it must be returned!

  • If your children experience internet-connectivity issues with their iPads, they can request help through the Technical Support for Families form

  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days.

  • If you are not able to get the internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.

  • If you need technical support with your laptops or iPads, please reach out to Mr. Raymond Martinez at: rmartinez@hsmcnyc.org or fill out the Media Help Desk ticket by clicking here.

BUILDING SAFETY

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults and students in the building.

  • Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.

  • Social Distancing: Social distancing is required at all times. Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building.

  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home and notify the school. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and notify the school.

  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working at home is different and difficult for many students. We want to provide flexibility:

  • Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.

  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can my child obtain a laptop from school?

Yes, although our laptop is limited at this time. Please fill out the Remote Learning Device Request if you haven't done so yet to be put on a waiting list. Once we receive more laptops, we will contact you to schedule a time and date to pick one up. In the meantime, Catholic Charites can provide you a tablet so you can stay connected.

2. My child has an iPad from the DOE, but prefer to get a laptop instead, what can I do?

Yes, we can provide you a laptop if our inventory allows it. However, you will have to return the iPad and swap it for a laptop. The reason for this is because we want to make sure all students have devices and with our current inventory, we do not have enough devices for students to have both iPads and laptops. If you need a device with an LTE internet connection, the DOE iPads are the only device that is capable to have an LTE connection.

3. What happens if we do not have internet access at home?

If your household does not have internet, you will need to request an iPad from the DOE by filling out the Remote Learning Device Request form. Once you complete this form, please let Mr. Martinez or your guidance counselors so we can get your child an iPad as soon as possible. We are also working on getting hotspots for students who are in temporary housing or living in high poverty neighborhoods.

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Address: 549 Audubon Avenue (1st Floor)

                New York, NY 10040

Phone: (212) 927-1841

Fax: (212) 927-2326

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