Schechter Queens has been committed to educational excellence for almost 7 decades. This academic excellence continued this past Spring when we were forced to go virtual due to COVID-19. Our students continued to grow academically and socially. We are preparing once again to adapt to the situation before us. To that end, we are excited to announce that we will be re-opening our building in full next month. We are taking every precaution including distancing, dividers, masks, and disinfecting to ensure the safety of our students and teachers. This is a monumental undertaking that is requiring the use of every spare space in the building. Many of these spaces- such as our lunchroom were not previously designed to be classrooms. The process of retrofitting these rooms so that they can be used for educational purposes includes purchasing and installing boards (BenQ Boards) and increasing electrical and WiFi capabilities in these spaces. In addition, we will be installing dividers throughout the classrooms to ensure the safety of all, as well as placing awnings around the entrances of the school where children will be screened for COVID-19 by our medical professional team.
We recognize that, even with all of the aforementioned protocols being put in place, some families still may not feel comfortable sending their children to school due to health concerns. We will thus be offering a live streaming option for these students- allowing students to attend classes from their homes. This live streaming ability that is being put in place will also allow for quarantined students to attend classes while at home. It is also likely that we will have periods of time where individual students or cohorts are not allowed to attend school for brief periods of time. On these days, students will have the ability to have classes live streamed or on ZOOM instruction- depending on the teacher’s ability to be in the building. This plan requires the installation of multiple cameras, interactive display boards and microphones.
In addition, due to the economic impact of the pandemic, our requests for financial assistance have increased dramatically. It has always been part of the mission of Schechter Queens to ensure that no student is deprived of a Jewish education due to lack of family resources. As a result, we anticipate a shortfall of over $300,000 in our scholarship fund that needs to be raised in order to continue educating these students.
The list below is a breakdown of the equipment and work needed to be in place for us to accomplish the aforementioned goals, as well as opportunities to sponsor a student on scholarship.
Cost Analysis for the above Projects: UNIT PRICE (TOTAL)
40 HP CHROMEBOOKS, 3 YR WARRANTY: $303 ($12,120 TOTAL)
1 WIRELESS USB EXTENDER: $326
40 WEB CAMERAS: $150 ($6,000 TOTAL)
1 LOGIC TECH WEBCAM: $95
3 BENQ INTERACTIVE DISPLAY PANELS: $3,270 ($9,810 TOTAL)
2 ROLLING STANDS FOR BENQ BOARDS: $481 ($962 TOTAL)
1 ANDROID TABLET: $200
52 FIRE RETARDANT DIVIDERS FOR DISTANCING: $1,000 ($52,000 TOTAL)
AWNINGS IN YARD AS TRIAGE AREA: $3,500 ($10,500 TOTAL)
ELECTRICAL WORK, ADDITIONAL WIFI: $15,000
Financial Assistance Support
The following are ways you can assist in educating our families in need:
To sponsor a child for the 2020-21 academic year: $15,000
To co-sponsor a student’s scholarship: $7,500
To be a supporter of Schechter families: $2,500
To be a contributor towards Schechter families: Any Amount Appreciated
Contributions to the above will be greatly appreciated, and will enable our students to continue to grow academically and spiritually, in a safe manner. In addition, they will ensure that no student is turned away based on financial needs.
All of the above donations are tax deductible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Kalman, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 591-9800, extension 303.