It's A New School Year !

Welcome, New and Returning Merrick Families!
As caregivers, we know that the weeks leading up to the beginning of school are full of planning, medical visits, and school shopping. In the age of COVID-19, you are all faced with the same tasks, in addition to deciding whether or not your student will attend school in person or not and who will take care of your child(ren) while you work, to name a few. While Merrick Academy is looking forward to offering in-person instruction and a hybrid model school year, with the safety of students, families, and our staff at the forefront of our minds, Merrick will start the first 3 weeks of the new school year with full virtual instruction for all grades. We will continue to monitor community health data and infection rates and while we wait for important information from the DOE, such as their plans to provide yellow school bussing. 
Parent Orientations
Merrick Academy will hold Virtual Parent Orientations from 6 pm-7:30 pm on the following dates;
Kindergarten and new students orientation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8th 
1st and 2nd-grade orientation will be held on Sept.10th 
3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade orientation will be held on Sept.11th
If your child has an IEP or is an English Language Learner, an additional virtual parent orientation will be held on September 9th from 6-7:30 pm.
A zoom link for each orientation will be provided on our website and texted to families. 
2020-21 School Information
Merrick's first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 15th.
- The school will be virtual from Sept 15- Oct 2. 
- We no longer plan to hold in-person/in-building student assessments. All students will be assessed virtually once Chromebooks have been distributed.
- The student day is 8 am- 3:30 pm. From 2:30-3:30 pm each day, teachers will hold office hours for parents and students.
- We will provide you with specific School Foods information during orientation.
- This week, for families who may have special situations, such as a student with an IEP who does not have access to technology, or families that have told us in their family survey responses that they are essential workers or first responders and require in-school support, we will be reaching out to discuss how the school can and proposes to support you and your child during the first 3 weeks.
- We will be closely monitoring community infection rates, student attendance data as well as the needs of families during the first 3 virtual weeks so that we can plan for in-school hybrid learning beginning as early as the week of Oct 5th.
Additional Important Information
- The next "Coffee with the Principal" will be held on Tuesday, August 25th, at 9 am and 5 pm.
- We have published on our website a response to FAQs from prior calls with the principal this can be found under the "Latest News" section of our homepage.
- If there is a question not on the FAQ page please attend your grade level orientation as we will have additional information to share. 
- Parents have until the end of the day on Monday, August 24th, to complete the survey on whether you are selecting 100% remote learning for your child. If you would like to opt for full remote learning please go to fill out the survey link (also found on under our "Latest News" section).
- All student devices must be turned in prior to the first day of school. Devices must be reset and updated for student learning. If you have not turned in your device please do so by August 31st. You can drop off your child’s device at our main entrance Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm. 
As always we thank you for your partnership with Merrick Academy Charter School!