Reopening Plan
2020-2021

To assure equity in education for all students, Rosalyn Yalow Charter School’s reopening plan strongly encourages the return of all students to in-person instruction. The New York State Department of Health and the Governor’s office prioritize in-person instruction for students in early grades, special education students, and English language learners. All these student groups make up 100% of  Rosalyn Yalow’s student population.

Families have a choice. Those families  choosing non-attendance will be offered instruction remotely, but that decision is in-person or remote, not a mixture.

Coronavirus Self-Checker | CDC

The Coronavirus Self-Checker tool from the Center for Disease Control helps you choose when to seek testing and medical care.

First Day of School: September 8

The first week of school will be remote only for all students, beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Rosalyn Yalow’s two campus buildings will reopen for in-person instruction on Thursday, September 17. Yellow buses may not be available the first month of school.

New School Campus 2021-2022

4-Year Charter Renewal

On March 2, 2020, the NYS Board of Regents voted to grant the Rosalyn Yalow Charter School a four-year charter renewal. In the past three years only four NYS charters have been awarded a four-year renewal, which is a strong vote of confidence in Yalow’s model and the progress we’ve made, growing from 210 to 510 students. Click the button to read the official commentary from the March 2, 2020 Regents’ meeting.

About the School

The Rosalyn Yalow Charter School is a K-8 grade school in District 9 of the Bronx, which opened September 1, 2015 with 211 K-1 students. Now in our fourth year, Yalow serves 437 K-4 students. It honors Nobel Laureate Rosalyn S. Yalow (1921-2011), a physicist and the second American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine (1977). Dr. Yalow was a lifelong Bronx resident, raising two children there, where at the Bronx VA hospital she crafted her Nobel award-winning research in radioimmunoassay, a method initially used to measure insulin in the blood and expanded to cover many substances of biologic interest.

Our hope is that Dr. Yalow’s legacy will inspire a new generation of Bronx children to work hard at their education and strive for success.

Changes at Yalow to Accommodate Covid Safety Requirements

Team Yalow has been hard at work preparing our 2  buildings and classrooms for a safe return of our students. Scroll left or right through the photos below to show our new protective lobby partitions at the 169th St. campus with newly installed 6-foot partitions, and one model classroom, with protective desk partitions to minimize the spread of airborne particles between students, and 6-foot safety glass partition surrounding the teacher desk. Classrooms have been renovated to create additional space for teachers to walk around while viewing student work, and to install cubbies for students belongings.

Parents will be required to drop students off at the front door without entering each building.

Daily temperature checks and masks are mandatory for the students. Extra hand-sanitizing stations have been added throughout both buildings.

Rosalyn Yalow’s disinfection protocol exceeds CDC guidelines by using UV-C lamps with ozone each evening for disinfecting every classroom.

Remodeled classroom with polycarbonate desk dividers
Remodeled classroom with polycarbonate desk dividers
Remodeled lobby with full height partitions
Remodeled lobby with full height partitions
169th St. lobby entrance
169th St. lobby entrance
Model classroom with student desk partitions #1
Model classroom with student desk partitions #1
Model classroom with student desk partitions #2
Model classroom with student desk partitions #2
Model classroom with teacher desk partition
Model classroom with teacher desk partition
Model classroom with small group instruction tables and cubbies
Model classroom with small group instruction tables and cubbies

Choral Performance

Student ties for 2nd place at Girls Nationals

7-year-old Keyla Hernandez Acevedo won 5 of 6 rounds at the 16th annual Kasparov Chess Foundation All Girls Nationals Chess Championships in Chicago to finish in a 5-way tie for 2nd place. The trophy was taller than Keyla. Read the article on Keyla by Sarina Motwani from the U.S. Chess Federation.

Family Support Center

Violin Rehearsal

Diet and Sleep for Tournaments

David MacEnulty, coach of the Dalton chess team, perennial national champions, met with 20-some parents of Yalow’s chess and fencing teams to discuss the importance of a healthy diet and good sleeping habits before and during competitions, particularly the weekend-long ones. 

Parent Orientation to Competitive Chess with David MacEnulty
Parent Orientation to Competitive Chess with David MacEnulty

Yalow’s Choral Performance

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