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Guidance for principals on remote learning

The principal is responsible for setting the overall expectations for the school’s implementation of remote learning and ensuring that these expectations are clearly communicated to teachers, students, families, and other involved school staff. This guidance is meant to support principals in setting these expectations. The principal may delegate the below responsibilities to assistant principals and other staff as needed. These responsibilities may include:

  • Designate roles and responsibilities for administrative school staff with respect to remote learning, so that the following decisions and tasks are implemented effectively. This includes designating an administrator or teacher to be the remote learning lead, or primary point person for the implementation of the school’s remote learning plans.
  • Implement structures and protocols for checking in with the teachers and staff responsible for executing remote learning.
  • Establish a mechanism for tracking student engagement and interaction, which also accounts for student attendance.
  • Ensure that updates and expectations about the school’s remote learning program are communicated to students and families. This includes tips for student success, directions for accessing any online platforms, escalation pathways for administrative support, and assurances about student privacy.
  • Using NYC DOE academic policy guidance, develop expertise and answer questions related to the impact of COVID-19 on key academic policy areas such as promotion, grading, and graduation. Share questions with the Borough/Citywide Office as needed for escalation and resolution.
  • Ensure that a Special Education Remote Learning Plan is developed for all students with IEPs in the school by their special education teacher or other school based staff with knowledge of the student, and that each child’s plan is shared and discussed with their family.
    • Ensure that a LAP addendum is developed to reflect changes in delivery of services to ELLs through remote learning.
    • Set expectations for teacher grade-keeping, data entry, and tracking student participation.
    • For high school students, ensure that the school’s remote learning program prioritizes the courses and exam preparation that students need to stay on track toward graduation.