At the Bank Street School for Children, we believe everyone–children and adults alike–learn in the context of meaningful relationships and through a thoughtful understanding of the world around them. In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, knowing the importance of learning in-person particularly for our youngest children, we developed a strong health and safety plan that has enabled us to offer full-day, in-person education, five days a week for all students within our 112th Street building since September. However, given the rising infection rates throughout the city, we have decided to temporarily move all programs to our fully remote BankStreet@Home option during this time.
Decisions like these are not taken lightly. Like the decision to open the school safely, we engaged in thoughtful consultation with city officials, administrators, teachers, and families as well as conducted a thorough analysis of the city’s data around COVID-19 infection rates. Our goal has always been to offer the safest in-person programming to students and we believe we will be able to do so again once the citywide rates have declined.