Camille Casaretti. President CEC15
Even in this time of crisis, we have so much to be thankful for. Our incredible school communities are banding together to support each other, and so many people inside and outside of our school communities are lending hands to help those in need, and to fight for changes in policies that could create opportunities in education and beyond.
As more and more stories emerge about friends and family members being lost to this terrible pandemic, I want to wish you, and all of your family members well, and hope that those you love are staying safe.
This is our second official teleconference meeting and we’ve changed platforms to WebEx. Please bear with us as we work through the kinks. We will continue to hold virtual meetings until further notice. We know these daily changes are frustrating for everyone, and being thrown into the remote learning world at a moment's notice has been challenging. Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated. We are all looking forward to the day that we can return to our school buildings.
Please make sure to treat yourself well during this time. We are all here for each other. Reach out for support if you need it. And try to schedule some quiet time every day. Staying on a regular sleep schedule, exercise and eating at the same time every day will make a big difference in your child’s day and yours. Look for opportunities to talk during meals, check in with one another, find ways that will support your emotional health. Our children are desperate for cuddle time. We have to find ways to keep them strong emotionally and physically now and always. They are our most precious resource.
Our CEC15 Members are here for you as we stand strong and fight for the needs of our District 15 school communities. We recently wrote a letter to Mayor de Blasio opposing the budget cuts, and we sent a letter to Deputy Chancellor Chen asking that amendments to the grading policy reflect the social emotional well-being of our students.
We’ve had some turn over on our Council and are seeking 2 new members - one to represent our English Language Learners and another Council Member who will serve as a school liaison. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of the District 15 Community Education Council, please write to us at CEC15@schools.nyc.gov
CEC15 members have been helping with, and working on conditions as they arise. We are here to support you. If you need help please reach out to us. Every CEC Member has a liaison school. You can find the list on the CECD15.org website. Reach out individually or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been an incredibly large number of meetings in this last month. There are Town Halls and webinars every week, and CEC15 members are signing on to many of them. We have been having weekly calls with the DOE to get updates on remote learning and many other resources that the DOE is offering. All of that information is being shared through email and posted on our website, and on Facebook. I would encourage everyone here tonight to please sign up for email alerts, and tell your friends about CEC15.
There have been a number of Citywide Education Council Consortium Meetings that our CEC Members are attending. We continue to advocate for Equity for all of our students. A Citywide DOE Working Group will be formed to support Social Emotional Learning and Student Health, and I’ve been asked to sit on that team. Deputy Chancellor LaShawn Robinson, who leads the Office of School Climate and Wellness will be on the Team. I’ve also sat in on a number of calls to advocate for a more equitable grading policy.
There’s a lot going on and our progress with remote learning is getting better every day. Most importantly, we need to stay strong and make sure that we are supporting each other. We want to hear about how you're doing, what your concerns are, how things could be better. We’re looking forward to hearing your comments later after Superintendent Skop’s District Report.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone who has gone above and beyond to care for students in the best ways possible, from the Chancellor, to our Executive Superintendent, our amazing Superintendent Anita Skop and her incredible staff, our Principals, Teachers, Support Staff and especially our School Foods Workers and Custodians who are on truly on the front lines of this pandemic. None of our accomplishments could be possible without your dedication to our students. I am confident that we will all get through this period of time, and come out stronger than ever.