Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Information - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Information

Updated February 12, 2020: We’re so excited for more students than ever before return to school next month for hybrid learning! A critical piece of our health and safety plan is communicating early and often when a positive COVID case overlaps with a school community. Many families have already started to receive these communications from Principals, and once hybrid is underway, they should expect to receive them regularly.

We know you may have questions about what these emails mean and how they impact your student, along with other inquiries about our health and safety protocols and closure thresholds. We hope you’ll join us for an all-family webinar next month (register here!).

Additional Resources:

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Program Status
  • DTES: Remote Learning. Hybrid Learning starts March 1.
  • WTES: Hybrid Learning.
  • CHMS: Remote Learning w/ Learning Hubs. Hybrid Learning starts March 8.
  • WTMS: Remote Learning. Hybrid Learning starts March 1.
  • BPHS: Remote Learning. Prospect Pods start March 8.
School Year Calendar
Find our updated Calendar of Important Dates from September 2020-June 2021 here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my student be tested for COVID-19 at school?

    To help monitor infection rates at each school, we have decided to introduce onsite testing on our campuses. Every week via an onsite healthcare vendor, Prospect Schools will implement random testing (PCR) of 20% of each school’s student and adult population who are coming to the building for in-person learning. If/when a school enters a state-mandated “Red Zone,” random testing will increase to 30% on a weekly basis. To ensure ongoing community safety, we will continue to evaluate the need for weekly testing and make adjustments in our testing policies on a monthly basis by using public health data, state vaccination roll-out plans, and school community input to inform our decisions. See the Board-Approved Protocol for PS COVID Testing & School Closure Triggers for more details. On timing and rollout: School operations teams are working very hard to implement this program at your school and launch dates may vary from campus to campus. You will receive a consent form for testing from your Principal, which is mandatory for all in-person students, per state guidelines. Very importantly, regular testing does not change the importance of exercising COVID-19 health and safety measures, both on and off school grounds. The guidance by the Department of Health has been to focus on health and safety measures rather than relying on testing.
  • Under what conditions would my school switch to remote learning from hybrid?

    The network will switch to fully remote learning if the Percent Positivity Rate for Kings County (not NYC) rises above 9% (7-day rolling average, for 3 consecutive days), as identified on the Governor’s COVID dashboard. Should network closure happen, Prospect Schools will initiate re-opening conversations and set a target date for returning to hybrid when the Percent Positivity Rate for Kings County (not NYC) is less than 9% (for at least 3 consecutive days at the end of the 10-day period). Individual school closures would happen according to scenarios outlined in the document below. See the Board-Approved Protocol for PS COVID Testing & School Closure Triggers for more details.
  • How will I learn about a positive COVID case at my school?

    As we continue to hold in-person learning, Prospect Schools is working hard to keep families and staff informed about any instances in which a positive COVID-19 case comes into contact with your school community. This protocol is being enacted in an effort to keep all stakeholders informed about the health and safety of our school communities. Depending on the scenario, families can expect to receive email communications from their Principals about any suspected or known instances in which a positive COVID case came into contact with the school. Please be sure to read these communications carefully, as they contain important information about your child's school.
  • What is a “hybrid” model?

    This means that students will receive a mix of in-person and remote learning. Remote learning will consist of both remote live classrooms (synchronous) and pre-recorded classes and work assignments (asynchronous) instruction.
  • What does the hybrid model at my school look like?

    Each school will operate slightly differently based on the capacity of the building, grade level, school size, and the varying needs of students depending on their age. Please contact your Principal or school office for more details.
  • Can my family opt-in to all remote learning?

    Yes, families can opt-in to all remote learning. Please indicate your preference for this option in the next school survey you receive from your Principal, if you have not already done so.
  • What if I have children at more than one school?

    For parents with children at more than one school, we understand the challenges that scheduling may present for your family. We will do our best to minimize that complexity.
  • Will Brooklyn Prospect offer busing this year?

    To best support the health and safety of our community, Brooklyn Prospect will not offer student busing through the NYCDOE Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) this school year, except for students requiring accommodations in their individualized education plans (IEPs) or with other such required accommodations. Students who meet OPT requirements will be eligible to receive MetroCards in lieu of student busing. Distribution of MetroCards will occur at each school. Families with questions should contact their school's program office. Transportation and MetroCards are provided by the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT). Eligibility Guidelines are set by OPT and are not determined by Brooklyn Prospect. Brooklyn Prospect will make necessary adjustments to services provided by the NYCDOE to ensure the health and safety of the full Prospect Schools community.
  • Where can I pick up food for my student(s)?

    Please see the guidance below regarding school food. Additional food services being provided by the City can be found here
  • My child needs a device to participate in remote learning. What can I do?

    Please see the guidance below regarding device pick-up and continuing support.
  • I have questions about my school's remote learning plan. Who can I go to?

    Please contact your child's principal, advisor, or lead teacher if you have questions, or click through to your school's remote learning page via the links below. You can also watch the recorded webinar below for more information on remote learning.

School Food

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs between 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday. Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30AM to 11:30AM, and for adults from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time. Additional food services being provided by the City can be found here.

Find A DOE Meal Hub Near You

Remote Learning Devices

Please contact your school program office if you need a device. The devices are Android A50 phones that come with data access upon request.

If you need assistance with your device, please call the Prospect Schools IT Team at 718.643.1086, ext. 4957 between 9 am – 5 pm.

Remote Learning Resources

Please visit the following links to access your school’s remote learning pages. We recommend bookmarking these pages for easy access.

All Access After-School

Introducing Remote Enrichment!

Our after-school team is excited to share resources for remote enrichment. Click below for DIY activities, workouts, videos and activity recommendations for students of all ages.

Start Exploring!