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Dear Uncommon New York City Families, 

As of Friday morning, as we write this message, we are still awaiting the final outcome of the election and like you, we are anxious to learn the path ahead for our country. However, it seems that this year, we continue to be challenged to live with uncertainty for at least a while longer while votes continue to be counted. 

Though there are still so many unknowns, we remain clear in our Uncommon mission: the well-being of our students and families and our core work of ensuring our schools are rooted in love, joy, rigor, and justice. We will support our students in understanding and navigating this current moment. We will continue to care for and support one another. And, no matter the outcome of the election, Uncommon will continue to advocate for our communities and ensure that our students are prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

Thank you for all that you have done this election season – casting your own vote despite the challenges of the pandemic. Most of all, thank you for your steady presence and unwavering commitment to our students, ensuring that even in these uncertain times, they have a constant.

School Updates

Student Stay Home, Send Home, and Clearance to Return to School Policy Update:

We have updated our policy for all Uncommon Schools students who are exposed to COVID-19, present with symptoms of COVID-19 at home before the school day, present symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, or otherwise develop suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. This policy includes the updated definition of close contact from the CDC on October 22, 2020.

COVID- 19 Symptoms: The symptoms below are currently associated with COVID-19 and could change at any time. Please reference for the most up to date information.

  • Temperature 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Meals During Remote Learning:

Remote students or parents/guardians may pick up meals at most DOE school buildings. Meals for students will be available on school days only from 9AM - 12PM. Families can visit the take-out meals page to find a take-out meal location near them. If a student or family is unable to pick up meals from 9AM to 12PM, they can pick up meals from 3pm to 5pm at several community meal sites throughout the city. Community food sites can be found here. Please note that MOST schools will not be open from 3pm to 5pm for meal pickup, please check this link to find a location near you that will be open during the evening hours.


Wellness Corner: November is Physical Wellness Month at Uncommon!

Physical wellness is when we use exercise, healthy eating, and sleep to grow our minds and bodies for optimal health and functioning. As we become more aware of our physical wellness, we are learning to listen to our bodies. Physical wellness matters because it encourages principles of good health and knowledge, which affect behavior patterns that lead to a healthy lifestyle. It also promotes positive health habits that can help decrease our stress, lower risk of illness, and increase our energy.

Below are resources to get you and your family physically well!

Parent Partners for Advocacy Upcoming Events:

Our PPFA is still meeting regularly to keep our families connected to each other and our communities! If you would like to stay connected to our community or just take a break from your normal routine, sign up to stay plugged into our virtual events. Interested in becoming a part of the Parent Partners for Advocacy (PPFA)? Sign up here.

  • Join us for our first PPFA meeting of the year! We’ll be discussing the outcome of this monumental election and what it means for our communities. We will discuss how to approach our advocacy in light of the political realities solidified by the election.

If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Michael Blake
Managing Director of Operations, Uncommon New York
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