District 27

Community Newsletter

New York City Department of Education

Community Superintendent David Norment

Website: http://www.district27nyc.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/D27NYC

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Email: District27@schools.nyc.gov

District Updates - January 25, 2023

Pre-K Applications are Open!!


The pre-K application is open and the deadline to apply is March 10, 2023.

You can apply in one of three ways:

  1. Online with MySchools.nyc.
  2. By phone at 718-935-2009. Call us Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm.
  3. Contact a Family Welcome Center. Learn how at schools.nyc.gov/FWC


Apply Now

3-K and Pre-K Programs - Safe and Healthy Learning for All

3-K Applications are Open!!


The 3-K application is open and the deadline to apply is March 10, 2023.

You can apply in one of three ways:

  1. Online with MySchools.nyc
  2. By phone at 718-935-2009. Call us Monday-Friday between 8am and 6pm.
  3. Contact a Family Welcome Center. Learn how at schools.nyc.gov/FWC


    Apply Now

    Welcome to 3-K Admissions!

    Weather Emergency Procedures

    Severe weather can often delay, or stop school bus transportation. When this happens, we coordinate with other city agencies and take the following actions.

    Timeline and Preparation

    Support

    • Following the declaration of an emergency, DOE and NYCEM collect, monitor, and share information on route delays and stranded vehicles.
    • The NYPD, Fire Department, and NYCEM coordinate to secure support resources.
    • The DOE initiates call center surge staffing; language access options are included.
    • Automated telephone calls are made to provide information about delays and/or cancellations to families.
    • The DOE will directly contact families of students on buses that are significantly delayed.

    Shelter or Relief


    If a bus cannot continue its route for safety reasons, the bus company will notify the DOE Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) and provide it with:


    • The location of the vehicle and the route
    • Any emergencies related to students or passengers on the bus
    • The conditions of the current and surrounding streets
    • Any nearby road hazards (such as a fallen tree)
    • Whether the bus has sufficient emergency supplies
    • Whether the route was already reported to the OPT call center
    • Any other important information

    OPT will then work with Division of School Facilities (DSF) and NYCEM to advise the bus company of the closest school at which to seek temporary shelter.


    The bus driver will proceed to that school when safe to do so.


    Get Information During an Emergency

    • Listen to your local radio station starting at 6AM for announcements
    • Contact your school for closing and opening delay notifications
    • Call 311 for information about a school during an emergency
    • Call OPT for bus-related assistance at 718-392-8855

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program


    The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for all NYC public school students— regardless of family income or immigration status.

    In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, through the Save for College Program, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with an initial $100 allocation on their behalf, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program.

    The Save for College Program began as a pilot in 2017 in the geography of Community School District 30, and now 96% of all eligible students (~13,500 first through fourth graders) in pilot schools have a NYC Scholarship Account with financial assets for their educational futures. Visit the Save for College Program Pilot website to learn more about the pilot phase of the Save for College Program.

    As part of the 2021 Juneteenth Economic Justice Plan, the City announced the expansion of the Save for College Program to all kindergarten students enrolled in NYC Public Schools (including participating charter schools) starting September 2021.


    Who is qualified for this program?

    Kindergarten and first grade students who:

    • begin kindergarten during the 2022-23 academic year, and
    • are enrolled in a NYC Public School, including participating charter schools.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/college-and-career-planning/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program

    District Updates - January 15, 2023

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    Take a Leadership Role in Our Public Schools

    Dear New Yorkers,

    One of our core pillars is to engage families as our true partners. You are the experts on your children and their education, and your involvement can help them thrive inside and outside of school. That is why I am encouraging you to take a leadership role in our public schools by applying to run for a seat on one of the City’s 36 Community or Citywide Education Councils (CCEC).

    The Councils are made up of elected and appointed parent volunteers just like you. If you win a seat, you will play a vital role in shaping important decisions in your school district. For example, you could approve zoning lines or review improvements to your child’s school building. These are the kind of changes that make a real difference in the lives of our children.

    To bring even more diversity to our Education Councils, I’m excited to share that for the first time ever, families with a child in a District 75 school or program can vote for a District 75 representative to sit on each local Council. This is a big win for our families, and I encourage eligible parents to run for a designated District 75 seat.

    Our Family and Community Engagement team is providing a host of resources to walk you through the election and voting process. These include information sessions via Zoom in different languages and more details on the structure and roles of the Education Councils, eligibility guidelines, key dates, and Frequently Asked Questions. You can access all of this and submit your application at schools.nyc.gov/elections2023 through February 13.

    As parents, I believe we all share a loving mission: to help young people flourish and succeed. When you run for a seat on an Education Council, you commit to being a voice for change in your child’s education. When you lend your voice to the important issues affecting our schools by voting and sharing your opinions with your CCEC representatives, you show your communities that you are part of the solution.

    Please consider running for a Council seat and help put all our students on a path to the bright futures they deserve.


    Soaring high,


    David C. Banks


    Chancellor

    Nominate your Favorite Teacher for a Big Apple Award!

    Nominations are OPEN for the Big Apple Awards through February 28, 2023! Everyone is encouraged to nominate a teacher by clicking here or emailing us here. Learn how to nominate a teacher


    The Big Apple Awards recognize and celebrate New York City teachers who:

    • Inspire students to be their best selves, dream, and advocate for their future
    • Model equitable learning with high expectations for the diverse and dynamic needs of all students
    • Affirm students’ identities, unique gifts, and genius
    • Enrich their school communities by partnering with families, community members, and community-based organizations

    By honoring these teachers, we recognize all those who go above and beyond to serve our students and families!

    The Citywide Council for English Language Learners Presents: A Town Hall Event with Chancellor David C. Banks

    Tuesday, January 31st

    6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

    P94M@PS397

    12 Spruce Street

    New York, NY 10038

    Proof of vaccination is still required for all visitors entering school buildings.

    Town Hall will also be live streamed. Please register for this event at the following link,

    https://learndoe.org/cec/

    Don’t miss this excellent opportunity. Issues and concerns will be addressed.

    English Conference Line: Dial 929 205 6099 (Local NYC) and enter Webinar ID: 835 9700 6395

    Spanish Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 885-2262-3501

    Mandarin Conference Line: Dial 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 850-5788-8465

    Register for ASL Service at https://learndoe.org/cec/


    Citywide Council on English Language Learners(CCELL)

    28-11 Queens Plaza North, 4th Floor

    Long Island City, NY, 11101

    Email: ccell@schools.nyc.gov

    website: www.ccell.org


    The voice of ELL!

    Scan the code!

    Take the survey!

    Register for the Salute to Music Program!

    Deadline: January 25, 2023
    Event: January 25, 2023
    Contact: Robert Rams /718-668-3080
    The Salute to Music Program provides an opportunity for NYC public school students to receive FREE Saturday morning musical instruction along with peers within their boroughs. Ensembles include borough-based concert bands (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island), orchestras (Bronx, Queens), choruses (Brooklyn, Queens) and a citywide Jazz ensemble that meets in Brooklyn. Each ensemble site will prepare and present a culminating concert in the spring. Auditions are open to all NYC DOE public school students in grades 4-8 who have completed at least one year of instrumental or choral instruction and are recommended by their instrumental or choral music teacher, principal, or guidance counselor to participate. Students who demonstrate proficient skill will be accepted into the appropriate borough-wide ensemble. Participation in a Junior Ensemble may be available for students who have completed at least one year of instrumental study and show promise of acquiring the skills necessary for advancement. Learn more and register by completing the 2022-23 Salute to Music Registration Form

    Apply for the Summer Arts Institute

    Deadline: January 20, 2023
    Event: July 5 through July 28, 2023
    Contact: SummerArtsInstitute@schools.nyc.gov
    The Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week intensive arts training program for DOE students entering grades 8-12 in September 2023 held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Students explore all aspects of being an artist and specialize in one art form – dance, film, vocal music, instrumental music, orchestral strings, theater, or visual arts. The program, administered by the DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects, is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen art form. The Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study – an arts-focused high school, college/university, or conservatory. For additional information, email SummerArtsInstitute@schools.nyc.gov and complete the 2023 Summer Arts Institute application form to apply.

    GuggTeens Night at the Museum at the Guggenheim Museum

    Deadline: January 20, 2023
    Event: January 20, 2023
    Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
    Join the Guggenheim Museum for the Forothermore exhibition. Inspired by the exhibition Nick Cave: Forothermore, the FREE GuggTeens Night at the Museum will include art-making, film screenings, exploring the galleries, and more! The title of the exhibition, Forothermore, is a new word that reflects the artist Nick Cave’s lifelong commitment to creating space for those who feel marginalized by dominant society and culture—especially working-class communities and queer people of color. Learn more and rsvp on the GuggTeens Night at the Museum & Nick Cave's Forothermore registration page

    Apply for the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship

    Deadline: February 1, 2023
    Event: July 3 through July 28, 2023
    Contact: hsapplications@scsjip.org
    The High School Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (The Sotomayor Program) encourages diverse and underrepresented high school students from communities throughout New York City to pursue careers in the law. Students will intern with a state or federal judge located in one of the five boroughs. Internship hours will likely be from 9am-4pm, subject to the assigned judge’s discretion, from Monday through Thursday for four weeks. Students will also attend educational and professional development workshops on Fridays, likely from 10am-2pm. Students must honor the above time commitments, whether in-person or virtual, to participate in and successfully complete the program. Learn more and apply by completing the 2023 Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program Form

    The Moth's All Country Storytelling Program

    Deadline: January 22, 2023
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: Devin Wilson
    All Country is a free, virtual out-of-school storytelling workshop for students in grades 10-12 from all over the country. This 8-week workshop teaches the art and craft of true, personal storytelling (including games, brainstorming, and story crafting) and culminates in a final share. It is an excellent opportunity to develop and share a story from your life, whether it be for yourself, friends, the family dinner table, or even a starting point for your college essay. Learn more and apply on the Spring 2023 All Country Application page

    STEM Saturdays @ The Cooper Union

    Deadline: February 8, 2023
    Event: March 25 through April 29, 2023
    Contact: stem@cooper.edu
    The Cooper Union offers design and engineering classes for students in grades 9-11. STEM Saturdays Spring 2023 students will work on World-building using VR. Classes meet in person at 41 Cooper Square. Priority is given to students with no design or engineering experience. Learn more and create an account on the Cooper Union website to apply for this opportunity.

    Register for Design Discovery: Urban Planning

    Deadline: February 3, 2023
    Event: February 4, 2023
    Contact: Mary Lib Schmidt/212-358-6133
    Register now for the Design Discovery Winter/Spring 2023 series. This workshop will introduce students to the design thinking and decision-making used in urban planning, focusing on fundamental architectural design skills and exploring the architecture of New York City. Working with a set of planning and zoning guidelines, students will collaborate to design a model of an ideal urban neighborhood, from the overall layout of the area to the design of individual buildings and open spaces. Roll up your sleeves and share your ideas for urban living at its best! Program cost is $100; need-based scholarships are available. The workshop will be held at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012, from 10am-3pm. Learn more and register on the Design Discovery: Urban Planning webpage

    Visit Parent University!

    Parent University is a course registration and management system where NYC families can find free trainings on a wide range of topics. Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood, and seeks to educate and empower them as partners and advocates through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

    Visit the Parent University Website!

    District Updates - December 19, 2022

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    Schools Closed for Winter Recess

    Monday, December 26, 2022 - Monday January 2, 2023

    Kindergarten Applications are OPEN!!

    In New York City, children enter kindergarten in the fall of the calendar year they turn five, and are guaranteed a kindergarten seat at a public school. Once your child starts kindergarten, they can remain at the same school until its final elementary grade. Scroll down and watch our video series to learn more about kindergarten admissions.

    The kindergarten application is open! If your child was born in 2018 and lives in New York City, they are eligible to attend kindergarten in fall 2023. Apply by January 20, 2023.

    https://www.myschools.nyc/en/

    Gifted & Talented (G&T)


    This year, families will be able to apply to kindergarten Gifted and Talented programs on the same general kindergarten application. If you list G&T programs on your application, eligibility will be determined after you apply. Learn more about G&T programs on our G&T page.


    Sign up now for updates about the 2023 kindergarten admissions process.

    Elementary Admissions Events

    All NYC families with children born in 2018, 2019, and 2020 are invited to join us at a virtual information session covering 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented admissions. After the presentation, we’ll respond to your questions.

    During each online event, we’ll walk you through each of the elementary admissions processes. We’ll cover how to learn about schools and programs, and their priorities, using the online school directory at MySchools Events Calendar.

    2023 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

    Elections for all New York City’s Education Councils are coming in January 2023! Parents across the city have an opportunity to help shape policies and priorities for NYC schools by voting for their representatives on a council or by running for a council seat themselves. There are 32 Community Education Councils, one for each NYC community school district, and four citywide councils. Learn about NYC Education Councils!

    The best way to learn about the councils is to see them in action. Attend their meetings


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/Community-and-citywide-education-councils-cecs/elections-2023-community-and-citywide-education-councils

    Register for the Salute to Music Program!

    Deadline: January 25, 2023
    Event: January 25, 2023
    Contact: Robert Rams /718-668-3080
    The Salute to Music Program provides an opportunity for NYC public school students to receive FREE Saturday morning musical instruction along with peers within their boroughs. Ensembles include borough-based concert bands (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island), orchestras (Bronx, Queens), choruses (Brooklyn, Queens) and a citywide Jazz ensemble that meets in Brooklyn. Each ensemble site will prepare and present a culminating concert in the spring. Auditions are open to all NYC DOE public school students in grades 4-8 who have completed at least one year of instrumental or choral instruction and are recommended by their instrumental or choral music teacher, principal, or guidance counselor to participate. Students who demonstrate proficient skill will be accepted into the appropriate borough-wide ensemble. Participation in a Junior Ensemble may be available for students who have completed at least one year of instrumental study and show promise of acquiring the skills necessary for advancement. Learn more and register by completing the 2022-23 Salute to Music Registration Form

    Student Poster Contest: Promote Your Health Resource Room

    Deadline: January 17, 2023
    Contact: CAP2@schools.nyc.gov
    The Office of School Wellness Programs is accepting artwork for its Health Resource Room Promotion: Student Poster Contest. Health Resource Rooms are safe, supportive, inclusive places in your school building where students can receive support and resources from trained and trusted DOE staff. Submitted artwork will help increase student awareness and use of Health Resource Rooms in middle and high schools across New York City. Winning students—two middle school students and two high school students—will receive a $200 Visa gift card, and their school will receive an $800 grant to start or improve its Health Resource Room. Winning posters will be made available to secondary schools citywide. Learn more and sign-up by completing the contest entry form

    Navigating College Virtual Workshop

    Deadline: January 18, 2023
    Event: January 19, 2023
    Contact: DML@schools.nyc.gov
    Students and families are invited to attend the Navigating College virtual workshop to learn about the education rights of immigrant students and policies designed to ensure a safe school environment for all children, regardless of immigration status. The event will be held on Zoom from 6-7pm. Learn more and complete the Navigating College Workshop registration form to attend.

    District Updates - December 1st, 2022

    Important Dates

    • Monday, December 5, 2022 - Middle School and High School Applications due
    • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - Kindergarten and G&T Application Period Opens
    • Monday, December 26, 2022 - Monday January 2, 2023 - School Closed, Winter Recess
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    Kindergarten Applications

    The kindergarten application IS OPEN. If your child was born in 2018 and lives in New York City, they are eligible to attend kindergarten in fall 2023. Apply by January 20, 2023.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/kindergarten

    Gifted & Talented Applications (G&T)

    For Children Entering Kindergarten G&T Programs in Fall 2023

    This year, families will be able to apply to kindergarten Gifted and Talented programs on the same general kindergarten application. The combined G&T and kindergarten application is OPEN. If your child was born in 2018 and lives in New York City, they are eligible to apply for fall 2023. Apply by January 20, 2023.

    For Children Entering G&T Programs for First, Second and Third Grade in Fall 2023

    For children who wish to enter G&T programs for grades 1-3, more information will be provided soon.

    Sign up for updates about the 2023 Gifted and Talented admissions process.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/gifted-talented

    Middle and High School Application Deadline has been EXTENDED

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit your application by Monday, December 5. You can apply in one of three ways:

    • Online with MySchools.nyc ––recommended! With this option, you can apply 24 hours a day and through 11:59pm on the December 5 deadline.
    If your child currently attends a NYC public school (DOE or charter), you can work with your child's current school to receive a copy of your welcome letter.

    If your child attends a private, independent, or parochial school you can visit a Family Welcome Center to receive a welcome letter.

    Elections 2023 Community and Citywide Education Councils (CCECs)

    Elections for all New York City’s Education Councils are coming in January 2023! Parents across the city have an opportunity to help shape policies and priorities for NYC schools by voting for their representatives on a council or by running for a council seat themselves. There are 32 Community Education Councils, one for each NYC community school district, and four citywide councils. Learn about NYC Education Councils!

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/Community-and-citywide-education-councils-cecs/elections-2023-community-and-citywide-education-councils

    New York City Schools Account - NYCSA

    The new NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Portal will allow you to:

    • See your students grades, test scores and more in My Student
    • Take classes in Parent University
    • Report bullying
    • Access forms for your child
    • Reset your child's DOE account password
    • Access SupportHub

    All with one login! https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

    Beyond Access Series

    The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics related to special education.

    Register for Upcoming Sessions


    Students in Special Education: Information & Resources for Newly Arrived Families

    Tuesday, December 6th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    This session will be led by the office of Council Member Rita Joseph in collaboration with Project Open Arms.

    • We will be focused on informing our newly arrived families who are new residents of NYC and/or asylum seekers on resources for students with special education needs. Information such as "Borough Response Teams", "Know your Rights", and "Students with IEP" are all topics that will be touched on.
    • Council Member Joseph in partnership with Project Open Arms will share relevant information tailored to families who are newly arrived that may have children with special needs.

    Register for this Upcoming Session:

    Newly Arrived Families REGISTRATION


    Fostering Communication in Early Childhood Grades

    Tuesday, December 13th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    This session will be led by three presenters from the NYC Department of Education: Melanie Leong, Director of Speech Services, Nataly Tarnarider, Manager of Speech Services and Kismet Ware, Supervisor of Speech Services

    • We will review ways parents can embed language when interacting with young children during daily routines. It will highlight the parallel between language development and play and provide ideas on fostering communication skills.
    • Considerations for multilingualism will be discussed.

    Register for this Upcoming Session:

    Fostering Communication REGISTRATION

    Important Dates:

    • Monday, June 20, 2022 - Juneteenth (observed), schools closed
    • Monday, June 27, 2022 - Last Day of School

    High School Offers are Here

    High school offers are available, and waitlists are open through September 16!

    • Log in to your MySchools account to view your child's offer letter online.
    • Don't have a MySchools account and want to view your offer now? Talk to your current school or a Family Welcome Center.

    Your child's offer letter includes:

    • Results from the high school application process , including up to one offer and a list of programs where your child is waitlisted, if applicable;
    • Any LaGuardia High School results, if your child auditioned for this Specialized High School, including up to one offer to each program they auditioned for; and/or
    • Any testing Specialized High School results, if your child took the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), including their SHSAT score and up to one offer to a testing Specialized High School. SHSAT results letters were also sent to families in April.
    • Any next steps, including information about using high school waitlists. *Please note that the nine Specialized High Schools, including LaGuardia High School, do not have waitlists.*


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

    3-K Results Are Here

    All families who submitted an application by the April 14 deadline can now view your child's 3-K results letter in MySchools(Open external link).
    • If you opted for print notifications, a copy of this letter will also be mailed to you.
    Your child's results letter includes:
      • Their 3-K results, which may include an offer for the 2022-2023 school year
      • How to accept this offer, or other next steps
      • Information about waitlists.
        • If your child got an offer to any program but your first choice, they are automatically on the waitlist for any program(s) listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer.
        • If your child did not receive an offer to a program from their application, they are automatically on the waitlist for each program you listed on it.
        • A program will contact you directly if they can make your child a waitlist offer.
    • Received a 3-K offer? Accept it by June 27!

      • If you received a 3-K offer, we encourage you to accept it by the June 27 deadline, even if you are hoping for a waitlist offer. Accepting this offer now secures your child's seat at this program, and doing so does not affect your child’s chances of getting a waitlist offer to another program later.
      • After you accept this offer, your child’s 3-K program will be in touch with more information about how to register for 3-K and what documents to bring.
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/3k

    NYCSA Parent Portal

    The new NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Portal will allow you to:

    • Track your Student’s Academic Progress.View their grades, schedule, test scores, transportation, attendance, and more! If your student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you can view their student’s recommended services.

    • Take classes in Parent University
    • Report bullying
    • Access forms for your child
    • Reset your child's DOE account password
    • Access SupportHub

    All with one login!

    In the next few months, more features will be added making this a true one stop for parent facing information to support student learning.

    You can also sign the COVID consent form, fill out emergency contact information and stay better connected to your school, your PA/PTA and your District Parent Leadership.

    You can sign up for an account by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. It only takes five minutes, and it is the first step in getting a full account.


    https://www.schoolsaccount.nyc/

    Summer Meals

    Breakfast and lunch will continue beyond the instructional school year. Our Summer Meals Program is available throughout New York City to anyone ages 18 years old and under. Designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks will be open for service. No registration, documentation, or ID is necessary to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal. Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the summer in the coming weeks.

    Service Dates

    • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – Friday, September 2, 2022
    • There is no service Monday, July 4, 2022

    Service Times at Designated Public Schools

    • Breakfast: 8AM–9:15AM
    • Lunch 11AM–1:15PM

    How To Find Locations

    Food Service Trucks

    • Manhattan: Sara D. Roosevelt - Chrystie St & Forsythe St, NY, NY 10002
    • Manhattan: Holcombe Rucker - 280 W. 55th Street, NY, NY 10039
    • Queens: Rufus King Playground - 150-29 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11435

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/summer-meals

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for all NYC public school students— regardless of family income or immigration status.

    In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, through the Save for College Program, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with an initial $100 allocation on their behalf, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program.


    Kindergarten students who:

    • begin kindergarten during the 2021-22 academic year, and
    • are enrolled in a NYC Public School, including participating charter schools.


    Once a student is enrolled in the Save for College program, NYC Kids RISE will create an NYC Scholarship Account and automatically allocate $100 toward the student’s educational future. Over time, NYC Kids RISE will offer opportunities for families to earn more money for their student’s NYC Scholarship Account. Community organizations, businesses and others can also add to the scholarship accounts through Community Scholarships to help students reach their college and career goals.


    NYC Kids RISE, a nonprofit organization, owns and manages the scholarship funds on behalf of participating students, and invests the funds in New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, a type of investment account specifically designed to help save for higher education.


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/college-and-career-planning/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program

    Keep the learning going this summer with free e-books and learning resources for all NYC students!

    Sora - The Student Reading App

    Sora is a user-friendly e-reader app that allows K-12 students access to eBooks and digital audiobooks. This summer, NYC public school students will have access to hundreds of engaging titles through Sora. Readers can discover grade level e-books and digital audiobooks in a variety of languages and grade levels simply by logging into their DOE student account. The Sora app is available on DOE-issued iPads and can also be downloaded to any Internet enabled device or by visiting Sora’s website. Review the instructions at discoversora.com/nyc to get started with Sora!

    The New York City School Library System

    The New York City School Library System has curated a collection of K-12 fiction and nonfiction e-books. Visit https://galepages.com/nycdoe11/ebooks to view the complete collection. To access the eBooks, please email libraries@schools.nyc.gov to receive the username and password.

    NOVELny (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library)

    NOVELny (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) contains research databases that students may access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NOVELny does not require a log in to access in New York state. The database includes texts, newspapers and magazines, Spanish language resources, primary sources, as well as encyclopedias. Visit https://galepages.com/nycdoe11 to see a complete list of databases. To access the databases from outside of NY, please email libraries@schools.nyc.gov to receive the username and password. Please note that some of these thirdparty resources might only be available in English.

    NYC Parks Free Summer Activities for Kids

    Please visit the NYC Parks Website at https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/free-summer-activities-for-kids for a list of free facilities and programs around New York City where kids can learn new things and have fun this summer.


    • Outdoor Pools
    • Summer Meals
    • Kids in Motion
    • Summer Sports Experience
    • Swim Programs
    • Digital Tech Programs
    • Family Camping
    • Movies in the Park
    • Recreation Centers

    Free Summer Movies in NYC


    https://www.nycgo.com/articles/free-summer-movies/

    Register for GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
    Take a study break and join us for a meaningful, teen-led conversation with community leaders, artists, and museum staff around environmental justice! GuggTeens Conversations is a free hybrid series for teens to think creatively about environmental justice through artistic reflection and community dialogue. This series will include both remote and in-person sessions. During the sessions, students will be joined by local community partners to explore artworks in the Museum’s collection and to discuss themes of environmental and social justice. After each session, there will be prompts for participants to interpret and create their own reflective artworks. MetroCards cards and snacks will be provided for the in-person meetings. Learn more and register by completing the GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022 form

    FTF x LBF 1st Annual High School Legal Summit

    Deadline: June 29, 2022
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: Josue De Paz/631-361-1026
    First Tech Fund and Legally BLK Fund are presenting their first annual Summer Legal Summit for thirty female-identifying high school students of color in New York City. The event will bring legal professionals of color together with rising young female leaders for a day of authentic conversations, networking, professional development, and more. Through this event, First Tech Fund and Legally BLK hopes to seed future attorneys with the resources they need to succeed now and share insight that will inspire them to continue pursuing their legal dreams. Learn more and complete the 2022 FTF x LBF High School Law Summit Application to apply.

    Girls Write Now Enrollment is OPEN

    Deadline: June 27, 2022
    Event: September 2022 - June 2023
    Contact: mentee@girlswritenow.org
    Join Girls Write Now and be matched with a mentor to form a bond for life! Girls Write Now is a dynamic, multi-generational community of writers and leaders. For more than 20 years, their nationally award-winning programs have provided creative, critical, and digital writing support, college and career readiness, personalized one-to-one mentoring, vibrant workshops, and extensive opportunities for the next generation. They welcome all women-identifying, trans, or gender expansive candidates—register for a virtual open house to learn more about this opportunity. Visit the Girls Write Now webpage and apply to become a Mentor or Mentee!

    Family Update - May 31, 2022

    Important Dates:

    • Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Clerical Day, K­–5, K–6, 6–8, and K–12 schools and D75 programs, students in these schools do not attend
    • Thursday, June 9, 2022 - Anniversary Day, Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development, students do not attend
    • Monday, June 20, 2022 - Juneteenth (observed), schools closed
    • Monday, June 27, 2022 - Last Day of School
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    G&T Admissions Events

    Join us for a live virtual event to provide families with information on this spring’s G&T admissions process for children entering kindergarten or grade 1, 2, or 3 in September.

    Tuesday, May 24 from 1pm - 2pm

    Thursday, May 26 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Wednesday, June 1 from 1pm - 2pm

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/kindergarten/elementary-school-events

    Pre-K Offers Are Here!

    • All families who submitted an application by the March 18 deadline can now view your child's offer letter in MySchools.
    • If you opted for print notifications, a copy of this letter will also be mailed to you.
    • Don’t have a MySchools account and don't want to wait? You can also get your offer now by emailing ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov, calling 718-935-2009, or visiting a Family Welcome Center.

    Watch this video for a walkthrough of how to view and accept your pre-K offer.

    Accept your offer by June 17!

    • We highly encourage you to accept your child’s offer by the June 17 deadline, even if you are hoping for a waitlist offer. Accepting this offer now secures your child's seat at this program, and doing so does not affect your child’s chances of getting a waitlist offer to another program later.
    • After you accept this offer, your child’s pre-K program will be in touch with more information about how to register for pre-K and what documents to bring.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/pre-k

    Middle school offers are here, and waitlists are open!

    • You can now view your child’s middle school offer letter in MySchools(Open external link). If you did not choose paperless messaging, a printed copy will also be mailed to your child's home address in a few weeks.
    • Your child's offer letter includes...
      • Your middle school offer. This offer is accepted automatically––there’s nothing else you need to do!
      • Information about waitlists, including anywhere your child is waitlisted.

    There are two ways a child can be on programs' waitlists:

    • Automatically, before waitlists open. If your child's offer is not to their first-choice program, they are automatically on the waitlist for any program listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer—learn more on our Waitlists page.
    • Added by parent/guardian, while waitlists are open––optional. You can also add your child to additional waitlists. If a school can make you a waitlist offer, they will contact you directly and you would have one week to accept or decline it.

    Middle Schools Waitlists Events

    We're hosting live virtual events about offers and waitlists on May 24, May 25, and May 26! You can find event times and interpretation details below:

    Tuesday, May 24 from 5pm – 5:45pm

    Wednesday, May 25 from 5pm – 5:45pm

    Thursday, May 26 from 1pm – 1:45pm

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/middle-school

    Special Education Family Forum

    Join us at the Special Education Family Forum on Monday May 23, 2022 from 6:00PM - 9:15PM, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education. During this interactive virtual Forum, you'll learn about a variety of special education topics from experts, hear from parent leaders, and get tools that can be used to support participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Our interactive workshops have been developed to meet the diverse learning needs of families who are new to special education, those with children who are preparing for life after high school, and everything in between.


    See featured speakers, breakout sessions, online resources and discussion panels, all under one virtual roof!


    NYC Department of Education Home Page (techlearningevents.com)

    Summer Rising Enrollment

    As we prepare for the next period of enrollment (including program assignments for those students mandated to receive summer services) the Summer Rising Enrollment Portal is now closed. If you have signed up for Summer Rising but your plans have since changed, and you no longer wish to participate in the program, please let us know via the Summer Rising Unenrollment Formas soon as possible so schools plan accordingly.

    This summer, DOE and DYCD will serve a record number of students through Summer Rising, a free, safe, and fun academic and enrichment program for NYC students currently in grades K–8.

    Please Note:

    • We have reserved Summer Rising seats for students who need to attend summer school to ensure they meet the requirements to advance to the next grade level when school begins in Fall 2022.
    • We have reserved Summer Rising seats for students in kindergarten through grade 8 whose Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) recommend 12-month programmatic services (participating in District 75, Chapter 683, and Extended School Year programming). We will share more information with families in the coming weeks on how to sign up for afternoon enrichment programming.
    • We encourage charter school families to contact their school about programming that may be available through Summer Boost NYC, a new summer initiative focused on supporting charter school students this summer. Charter school families can enroll in either Summer Rising or Summer Boost NYC programming, but not both.
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer/grades-k-8

    Kindergarten offers

    Kindergarten offers for the 2022-2023 school year are now available! For families who applied by the deadline, here's what to do:

    1. Get your offer letter. This letter includes your offer, meaning the school where your child will attend kindergarten in the fall, as well as contact information for that school and information about waitlists, if applicable.
      • You can view your child's kindergarten offer letter now online in MySchools
      • A copy of this offer letter is also in the mail, unless you've requested paperless notifications.
    2. Accept your offer by May 6. You can accept your child's offer online in MySchools; as an alternative, you can accept your offer by contacting the school directly. Accepting this offer secures your child's seat in this program.
      • We encourage you to accept even if you are hoping for a waitlist offer from another program; accepting this offer now will not affect your chances of receiving a waitlist offer later.
      • If you do not accept this offer by May 6, you will give up this offer.
    3. Make an appointment with the school to register.


    Sign up for our kindergarten admissions email list to get the latest updates and key date reminders.

    Questions? We’re here to help! Call 718-935-2009, get support from a Family Welcome Center, or email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for all NYC public school students— regardless of family income or immigration status.

    In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, through the Save for College Program, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with an initial $100 allocation on their behalf, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program.


    Kindergarten students who:

    • begin kindergarten during the 2021-22 academic year, and
    • are enrolled in a NYC Public School, including participating charter schools.


    Once a student is enrolled in the Save for College program, NYC Kids RISE will create an NYC Scholarship Account and automatically allocate $100 toward the student’s educational future. Over time, NYC Kids RISE will offer opportunities for families to earn more money for their student’s NYC Scholarship Account. Community organizations, businesses and others can also add to the scholarship accounts through Community Scholarships to help students reach their college and career goals.


    NYC Kids RISE, a nonprofit organization, owns and manages the scholarship funds on behalf of participating students, and invests the funds in New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, a type of investment account specifically designed to help save for higher education.


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/college-and-career-planning/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program

    Register for GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
    Take a study break and join us for a meaningful, teen-led conversation with community leaders, artists, and museum staff around environmental justice! GuggTeens Conversations is a free hybrid series for teens to think creatively about environmental justice through artistic reflection and community dialogue. This series will include both remote and in-person sessions. During the sessions, students will be joined by local community partners to explore artworks in the Museum’s collection and to discuss themes of environmental and social justice. After each session, there will be prompts for participants to interpret and create their own reflective artworks. MetroCards cards and snacks will be provided for the in-person meetings. Learn more and register by completing the GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022 form
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    Family Update - May 16, 2022

    Important Dates

    • Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day, schools closed
    • Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Clerical Day, K­–5, K–6, 6–8, and K–12 schools and D75 programs, students in these schools do not attend
    • Thursday, June 9, 2022 - Anniversary Day, Chancellor’s Conference Day for staff development, students do not attend
    • Monday, June 20, 2022 - Juneteenth (observed), schools closed
    • Monday, June 27, 2022 - Last Day of School
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    Special Education Family Forum

    Join us at the Special Education Family Forum on Monday May 23, 2022 from 6:00PM - 9:15PM, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education. During this interactive virtual Forum, you'll learn about a variety of special education topics from experts, hear from parent leaders, and get tools that can be used to support participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Our interactive workshops have been developed to meet the diverse learning needs of families who are new to special education, those with children who are preparing for life after high school, and everything in between.


    See featured speakers, breakout sessions, online resources and discussion panels, all under one virtual roof!


    NYC Department of Education Home Page (techlearningevents.com)

    ABENY SERVICE AWARDS

    Abeny strives to support service by students to their schools. To this end, a Human Service Certificate is offered. All public elementary, middle and high schools are eligible to nominate a student who has evidenced outstanding service to his/her school for this award. To nominate a student, the following information should be emailed to sheilahbobo@gmail.com:


    1. Name of the school.

    2. Principal and/or contact person's name and email.

    3. Name of the student.

    4. His/her grade.

    5. One-two sentences explaining why this student is receiving an award for service. What specifically has he/she done to serve the school?


    The deadline for the submission of nominees for the ABENY service award is May 31.


    ABENY Inc. - ABENY Inc. (wildapricot.org)

    Summer Rising Enrollment

    Update, 5/6/22: We are thrilled by the enthusiasm around Summer Rising! Our elementary programs are now full. We still have open seats for grades 6-8, and we encourage our middle school families to continue enrolling through the Enrollment Portal. Any program that displays in the portal still has seats available.

    If you have signed up for Summer Rising but your plans have since changed, and you no longer wish to participate in the program, please let us know via the Summer Rising Unenrollment Form so we can plan accordingly.

    Thank you and we appreciate your interest in Summer Rising!

    Kindergarten offers

    Kindergarten offers for the 2022-2023 school year are now available! For families who applied by the deadline, here's what to do:

    1. Get your offer letter. This letter includes your offer, meaning the school where your child will attend kindergarten in the fall, as well as contact information for that school and information about waitlists, if applicable.
      • You can view your child's kindergarten offer letter now online in MySchools
      • A copy of this offer letter is also in the mail, unless you've requested paperless notifications.
    2. Accept your offer by May 6. You can accept your child's offer online in MySchools; as an alternative, you can accept your offer by contacting the school directly. Accepting this offer secures your child's seat in this program.
      • We encourage you to accept even if you are hoping for a waitlist offer from another program; accepting this offer now will not affect your chances of receiving a waitlist offer later.
      • If you do not accept this offer by May 6, you will give up this offer.
    3. Make an appointment with the school to register.


    Sign up for our kindergarten admissions email list to get the latest updates and key date reminders.

    Questions? We’re here to help! Call 718-935-2009, get support from a Family Welcome Center, or email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for all NYC public school students— regardless of family income or immigration status.

    In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, through the Save for College Program, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with an initial $100 allocation on their behalf, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program.


    Kindergarten students who:

    • begin kindergarten during the 2021-22 academic year, and
    • are enrolled in a NYC Public School, including participating charter schools.


    Once a student is enrolled in the Save for College program, NYC Kids RISE will create an NYC Scholarship Account and automatically allocate $100 toward the student’s educational future. Over time, NYC Kids RISE will offer opportunities for families to earn more money for their student’s NYC Scholarship Account. Community organizations, businesses and others can also add to the scholarship accounts through Community Scholarships to help students reach their college and career goals.


    NYC Kids RISE, a nonprofit organization, owns and manages the scholarship funds on behalf of participating students, and invests the funds in New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, a type of investment account specifically designed to help save for higher education.


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/college-and-career-planning/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program

    NYCEM Commissioner for a Day Contest

    Event: May 2022
    Contact: readyny@oem.nyc.gov
    All New York City high school students are invited to participate in the second NYC Emergency Management “Commissioner for a Day” essay contest. Entrants must submit an original essay and complete the contest application. The NYC Emergency Management Commissioner will select the winner who will be invited to NYC Emergency Management headquarters to participate in the Commissioner for a Day Award Ceremony and learn more about the agency by engaging with subject matter experts. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the NYC Emergency Management Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest announcement page

    NYCDOE Minecraft Net Zero Challenge

    Deadline: May 27, 2022
    Event:
    April 11-May 27, 2022
    Contact:
    Sasha Ban/212-323-7865
    The 2022 NYCDOE Minecraft Challenge) asks students to design solutions in Minecraft for a more sustainable and accessible New York City. Students will choose from one of five sites across New York City’s five boroughs to design a solution that reduces waste, improves energy efficiency, or increases accessibility for users. Students who submit projects by the priority deadline of Friday, May 13, will have their submissions considered for inclusion at the Flipgrid.

    Next Gen Democracy Camp

    Deadline: May 27, 2022
    Event: June 27- July 1, 2022
    Contact: Sanda Balaban/917-543-8350
    Are you interested in helping democracy work better? Be part of the solution and apply to the Next Gen Democracy Camp This weeklong in-person program aims to engage teens across NYC in analyzing the history and current state of our democracy along with investigating current challenges, designing democracy proposals, and creating action plans to implement with peers during the 2022-23 school year. Participants are eligible for a stipend of up to $200 for full and engaged participation. Learn more and apply on the YVote website.

    Summer Camp 1: The Eastern District of New York Justice Institute: Crime, the Constitution, and the Courts

    Deadline: May 15, 2022
    Event: July 18- July 22, 2022
    Contact: justiceforall@ca2.uscourts.gov
    Students entering grades 10 and 11 in September 2022 are encouraged to apply to the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) Justice Institute: Crime, the Constitution, and the Courts, run by the federal court in partnership with Brooklyn Law School and the Federal Bar Council. Students will learn all about the legal system, including careers within that system, and develop advocacy skills in a fun and interesting format. Students will hear presentations from federal judges, FBI agents, Deputy U.S. Marshals, and a U.S. Secret Service agent to learn about their roles within the justice system. The EDNY Justice Institute will take place at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. Learn more and complete The EDNY Brooklyn Justice Institute: Crime, the Constitution, and the Courts form to apply

    Summer Camp 2: The Southern District of New York Justice Institute: Crime, the Constitution, and the Courts

    Deadline: May 15, 2022
    Event: July 25-29, 2022
    Contact: justiceforall@ca2.uscourts.gov
    Students entering grades 10 and 11 in September 2022 are encouraged to apply to the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Justice Institute: Crime, the Constitution, and the Courts, run by the federal court in partnership with New York Law School and the Federal Bar Council. Students will learn all about the legal system, including careers within that system, and develop advocacy skills in a fun and interesting format. Students will hear presentations from federal judges, FBI agents, Deputy U.S. Marshals, and a U.S. Secret Service agent to learn about their roles within the justice system. The SDNY Justice Institute will take place at the federal courthouse in Manhattan. Learn more and complete the SDNY Manhattan Justice Institute: Crime, the Constitution, and the Court to apply.

    CS4ALL’s Pathfinders Internship

    Deadline: May 15, 2022
    Event: July 5-August 31, 2022
    Contact: Amanso@schools.nyc.gov
    CS4LL’s Summer Pathfinders Paid Internship program is a 40-hour summer program for High School students interested in Computer Science. Students will gain work experience in person or remote and attend career development workshops. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion. To learn more, review the program FAQs) and complete the Pathfinders Application Summer 2022 form) to apply.

    Register for GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
    Take a study break and join us for a meaningful, teen-led conversation with community leaders, artists, and museum staff around environmental justice! GuggTeens Conversations is a free hybrid series for teens to think creatively about environmental justice through artistic reflection and community dialogue. This series will include both remote and in-person sessions. During the sessions, students will be joined by local community partners to explore artworks in the Museum’s collection and to discuss themes of environmental and social justice. After each session, there will be prompts for participants to interpret and create their own reflective artworks. MetroCards cards and snacks will be provided for the in-person meetings. Learn more and register by completing the GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022 form

    Family Update - April 14, 2022

    Important Dates:

    • April 15­–22, 2022 - Spring Recess (includes Good Friday and Passover), schools closed
    • April 26–28, 2022 - 3–8 Math Assessment administration

    NYC School Survey Extended to April 15!

    Every year, we ask all families and teachers and staff in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 to take the survey. The survey gives school leaders a better understanding of what you and other members of your school community think about your school. The information collected by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of your school community about how to make your school a better place to learn.


    Families can visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality/nyc-school-survey for more information.

    Kindergarten offers

    Kindergarten offers for the 2022-2023 school year are now available! For families who applied by the deadline, here's what to do:

    1. Get your offer letter. This letter includes your offer, meaning the school where your child will attend kindergarten in the fall, as well as contact information for that school and information about waitlists, if applicable.
      • You can view your child's kindergarten offer letter now online in MySchools
      • A copy of this offer letter is also in the mail, unless you've requested paperless notifications.
    2. Accept your offer by May 6. You can accept your child's offer online in MySchools; as an alternative, you can accept your offer by contacting the school directly. Accepting this offer secures your child's seat in this program.
      • We encourage you to accept even if you are hoping for a waitlist offer from another program; accepting this offer now will not affect your chances of receiving a waitlist offer later.
      • If you do not accept this offer by May 6, you will give up this offer.
    3. Make an appointment with the school to register.


    Sign up for our kindergarten admissions email list to get the latest updates and key date reminders.

    Questions? We’re here to help! Call 718-935-2009, get support from a Family Welcome Center, or email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

    Summer Rising 2022: Grades K-8

    Enrollment for Summer Rising 2022 will launch on April 25!

    This summer, DOE and DYCD plan to serve a record number of students through Summer Rising, a free, safe, and fun academic and enrichment program for NYC students currently in grades K-8.

    We encourage families to apply early to secure a spot at their preferred location. Enrollment is quick and easy, and it can be completed from any device with an internet connection or by contacting your school’s Parent Coordinator.

    Please Note: We will be reserving spots for students who need to attend summer school for promotional purposes. Additionally, K-8 students whose IEP recommends certain 12-month programming already have a spot in Summer Rising and should not enroll via the Enrollment Portal; the families of these students will receive additional information on enrollment. Please reach out to your principal for more information or with questions.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer/grades-k-8

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for all NYC public school students— regardless of family income or immigration status.

    In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, through the Save for College Program, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with an initial $100 allocation on their behalf, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program.


    Kindergarten students who:

    • begin kindergarten during the 2021-22 academic year, and
    • are enrolled in a NYC Public School, including participating charter schools.


    Once a student is enrolled in the Save for College program, NYC Kids RISE will create an NYC Scholarship Account and automatically allocate $100 toward the student’s educational future. Over time, NYC Kids RISE will offer opportunities for families to earn more money for their student’s NYC Scholarship Account. Community organizations, businesses and others can also add to the scholarship accounts through Community Scholarships to help students reach their college and career goals.


    NYC Kids RISE, a nonprofit organization, owns and manages the scholarship funds on behalf of participating students, and invests the funds in New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, a type of investment account specifically designed to help save for higher education.


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/college-and-career-planning/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program

    3K Applications

    The 3-K application for children born in 2019 is open, and the deadline to apply is April 14, 2022. The best way to apply is online with MySchools.As an alternative to applying online, you can apply by phone at 718-935-2009 or through a Family Welcome Center.

    Pre-K admissions is not first come, first served! You can make changes to your application any time before the deadline. All applications submitted by this date are treated the same based on admissions priorities.

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    NYCEM Commissioner for a Day Contest

    Event: May 2022
    Contact: readyny@oem.nyc.gov
    All New York City high school students are invited to participate in the second NYC Emergency Management “Commissioner for a Day” essay contest. Entrants must submit an original essay and complete the contest application. The NYC Emergency Management Commissioner will select the winner who will be invited to NYC Emergency Management headquarters to participate in the Commissioner for a Day Award Ceremony and learn more about the agency by engaging with subject matter experts. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the NYC Emergency Management Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest announcement page

    Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp 2022

    Deadline: April 29, 2022
    Event: August 1 – August 12, 2022
    Contact: Ellen Mauser/ 917-521-3762
    The Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, in-person, two-week summer arts program for New York City public school students entering grade 8 in September 2022. The NYC DOE Office of Arts & Special Projects administers this program in collaboration with a group of leading cultural organizations: Lincoln Center, Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall, Harlem School for the Arts, NY Philharmonic, Studio in a School, and Julliard. The goal of the program is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened public arts high schools and arts programs for 300 Title I middle school students interested in auditioning for a screened high school arts program. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the 2022 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp webpage

    Girls Rise Up Free STEM-based Dance Program

    Deadline: April 30, 2022
    Event: July 5-22, 2022
    Contact: Claire Tunkel
    Female students in grades 5-12 are invited to join Girls Rise Up and experience an unforgettable three weeks of exploring what is possible in STEM. Students will learn introductory coding, create an imaginative dance performance, and hear from inspirational women in STEM. Leap into this summer experience to broaden your creativity, boost your confidence, and build up your problem-solving abilities. Ready to rise up? Learn more and apply on the Girls Rise Up website.

    Building Emotional Resilience Against Climate Distress

    Deadline: April 28, 2022
    Event: April 28, 2022
    Contact: Daneille Foster-Russell
    Have you ever felt anxious about the climate crisis? Are the effects of climate change causing you or the youth in your life to worry about the future? These are all the effects of climate distress, including feelings of worry, anxiety, anger, and empathy for our planet and its threatened ecosystems. On April 28, GrowNYC will be moderating a conversation between NYC high school students and Dr. Wendy Greenspun, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who serves on the board of directors of the Climate Psychology Alliance–North America. Walk away from the discussion with concrete ways to deal with climate distress and anxiety, and a greater understanding of the mental health struggles associated with a warming planet. The discussion will be open to the public and curated for teachers, parents, and/or anyone struggling, or has struggled with mental health challenges related to climate change. Learn more and register for this event on Eventbrite

    Virtual Reading: Tidy by Emily Gravett

    Deadline: April 14, 2022
    Event: April 14, 2022
    Contact: Matt Malina
    Join NYC H2O and author Emily Gravett for a LIVE virtual reading of Tidy. Tidy is a save-the-environment picture book perfect for early readers. The author will also be showing an illustration demo after the read-aloud and finish with a Q and A. This free event will be held via Zoom at 11am. Learn more and register on the NYC H2O virtual reading webpage

    Register for GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
    Take a study break and join us for a meaningful, teen-led conversation with community leaders, artists, and museum staff around environmental justice! GuggTeens Conversations is a free hybrid series for teens to think creatively about environmental justice through artistic reflection and community dialogue. This series will include both remote and in-person sessions. During the sessions, students will be joined by local community partners to explore artworks in the Museum’s collection and to discuss themes of environmental and social justice. After each session, there will be prompts for participants to interpret and create their own reflective artworks. MetroCards cards and snacks will be provided for the in-person meetings. Learn more and register by completing the GuggTeens Conversations Spring 2022 form

    Apply for Art Detectives Program at the Guggenheim Museum

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Event: July 11-28, 2022
    Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
    Spend some time at the Guggenheim Museum this summer! Art Detectives is a FREE program for NYC high school students interested in the arts and sciences. This summer program is a unique opportunity to study with a variety of museum conservators and scientists working in art conservation and cultural heritage science. MetroCards and snacks will be provided for the in-person meetings. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a $960 stipend for their participation. This program is open to all students currently in grades 10 and 11. Learn more and apply on the Guggenheim Museum website

    Apply for the ARAS Pioneer Teens Summer Art Program at the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Event: July 11-22, 2022
    Contact: Kako Ueda
    Join ARAS Pioneer Teens, a two-week summer art program to discover the world through images. ARAS is a unique archive of mythological and symbolic images in art worldwide and all epochs of human history. Students will learn to research and create their own artwork inspired by images from the Archive. To further encourage and deepen the understanding of art and symbols, students will explore museums and galleries and meet with working artists. The program culminates in a presentation of the teens' artwork and statements. Learn more and apply on the ARAS Pioneer Teens Summer Art Program Application webpage

    School of Interactive Arts - Free Summer Camp in Game Design

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Event: July 11-August 19, 2022
    Contact: Joelle Blackstock/212-966-5881 ext. 9037
    The School of Interactive Arts is a nonprofit program that offers students entering grades 9-11 a free Summer Camp in Game Design that take place for six weeks with both online and in-person offerings. It is an opportunity to learn C# coding and engage in computer science by developing your own video games. Learn more and apply on the Summer Camp 2022 website

    Tech Scholars: Web Design I

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Dates: July 11-15, 2022
    Contact: Maria Betancur
    Where are all the women in history textbooks? Explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history, then code to create a website to amplify a woman’s story as you learn HTML and CSS. Participation is free for female high school students in NYC! The program will take place in person. Learn more and apply on the New-York Historical Society website

    Tech Scholars: Web Design II

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Dates: August 15-19, 2022
    Contact: (Open external link)Maria Betancur
    Take your coding and history skills to the next level! Deepen your HTML and CSS skills and learn JavaScript to create an online exhibition! Completion of Tech Scholars: Web Design I is necessary to participate in Tech Scholars: Web Design II. Participation is free for female high school students in NYC! The program will take place in person. Learn more and apply on the New-York Historical Society website

    Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

    Deadline: April 29, 2022
    Event: July 11 - August 5, 2022
    Contact: cssi@google.com
    The Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is an online four-week introduction to computer science for rising first-year college students with a passion for technology — especially students who identify with groups that have been historically marginalized in the field. CSSI seeks to inspire tomorrow's tech leaders and innovators and build self-confidence, agency, and efficacy. Students will learn computer science fundamentals, participate in workshops to promote self-care, identity, career and skill development, and build community with peers and industry professionals. Learn more and apply on the Computer Science Summer Institute webpage

    Virtual Spring NYC College Fair

    Deadline: April 27,2022
    Event: April 27, 2022
    Contact: James F. Rodriguez/866-509-5921
    The Virtual Spring NYC College Fair will feature public and private colleges from the New York tri-state area. Representatives will conduct presentations via Zoom, and each presentation will last 90 minutes. Students and parents must register in advance. Learn more and register on Eventbrite

    Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

    Deadline: May 3, 2022
    Event: ongoing
    Contact: info@mfscholarship.org
    The Milton Fisher Scholarship is a four-year award of up to $20,000 (up to $5,000/year) for students who have found a new and distinctive solution to a problem faced by their community, school, or the world. Students are eligible if they live or attend a college in Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area. Learn more and apply on the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity webpage

    Family Update -March 31, 2022

    Important Dates:

    • March 29–31,2022 - 3–8 ELA Assessment administration
    • April 15­–22, 2022 - Spring Recess (includes Good Friday and Passover), schools closed
    • April 26–28, 2022 - 3–8 Math Assessment administration

    Congratulations!!

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    NYC School Survey Extended to April 15!

    Every year, we ask all families and teachers and staff in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 to take the survey. The survey gives school leaders a better understanding of what you and other members of your school community think about your school. The information collected by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of your school community about how to make your school a better place to learn.


    Families can visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality/nyc-school-survey for more information.

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college and career training more accessible for all NYC public school students— regardless of family income or immigration status.

    In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, through the Save for College Program, every kindergarten student enrolled in a participating NYC public school automatically receives a NYC Scholarship Account with an initial $100 allocation on their behalf, unless their parents/guardians “opt out” of the program.


    Kindergarten students who:

    • begin kindergarten during the 2021-22 academic year, and
    • are enrolled in a NYC Public School, including participating charter schools.


    Once a student is enrolled in the Save for College program, NYC Kids RISE will create an NYC Scholarship Account and automatically allocate $100 toward the student’s educational future. Over time, NYC Kids RISE will offer opportunities for families to earn more money for their student’s NYC Scholarship Account. Community organizations, businesses and others can also add to the scholarship accounts through Community Scholarships to help students reach their college and career goals.


    NYC Kids RISE, a nonprofit organization, owns and manages the scholarship funds on behalf of participating students, and invests the funds in New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, a type of investment account specifically designed to help save for higher education.


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/college-and-career-planning/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program

    3K Applications

    The 3-K application for children born in 2019 is open, and the deadline to apply is April 14, 2022. The best way to apply is online with MySchools.As an alternative to applying online, you can apply by phone at 718-935-2009 or through a Family Welcome Center.

    Pre-K admissions is not first come, first served! You can make changes to your application any time before the deadline. All applications submitted by this date are treated the same based on admissions priorities.

    NYCEM Commissioner for a Day Contest

    Event: May 2022
    Contact: readyny@oem.nyc.gov
    All New York City high school students are invited to participate in the second NYC Emergency Management “Commissioner for a Day” essay contest. Entrants must submit an original essay and complete the contest application. The NYC Emergency Management Commissioner will select the winner who will be invited to NYC Emergency Management headquarters to participate in the Commissioner for a Day Award Ceremony and learn more about the agency by engaging with subject matter experts. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the NYC Emergency Management Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest announcement page

    Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp 2022

    Deadline: April 29, 2022
    Event: August 1 – August 12, 2022
    Contact: Ellen Mauser/ 917-521-3762
    The Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, in-person, two-week summer arts program for New York City public school students entering grade 8 in September 2022. The NYC DOE Office of Arts & Special Projects administers this program in collaboration with a group of leading cultural organizations: Lincoln Center, Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall, Harlem School for the Arts, NY Philharmonic, Studio in a School, and Julliard. The goal of the program is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened public arts high schools and arts programs for 300 Title I middle school students interested in auditioning for a screened high school arts program. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the 2022 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp webpage

    Apply for the Wooster Group Summer Institute

    Deadline: April 1, 2022
    Event: July 11-30, 2022
    Contact: Clio Contogenis/(347) 306 2883
    The Summer Institute is a free three-week theater camp for New York City public school students, ages 12 to 17 years old. In this program, students study movement, voice, acting, script-writing, and other aspects of performance. Students also work closely with award-winning professional actors and directors to create an original performance for an invited audience. No prior acting experience is required. Lunch and MetroCards are provided. Learn more on the Summer Institute page about this opportunity, and apply by completing the Wooster Group Summer Institute NYC 2022 application

    Student Interview Skills

    Deadline: April 12, 2022
    Event: April 12, 2022
    Contact: dml@schools.nyc.gov
    Students in grades 10-12 are invited to join the Division of Multilingual Learners (DML), in partnership with CUNY Immigrant Community Ambassadors – a group of immigrant DOE alumni enrolled in CUNY colleges who are committed to prioritizing postsecondary planning and access for immigrant communities – for an interview skills workshop to gain strategies and confidence to address both common and difficult interview questions. Students will learn how to prepare prior, during, and after an interview. Register by completing the Interview Skills for Students meeting registration form.

    NYS Dream Act for Students

    Deadline: March 31, 2022
    Event: March 31, 2022
    Contact: dml@schools.nyc.gov
    This workshop is brought to you by the Division of Multilingual Learners (DML) and will be facilitated by DML/CUNY Immigrant Community Ambassadors – a group of immigrant DOE alumni enrolled in CUNY colleges who are committed to prioritizing postsecondary planning and access for immigrant communities. Students will learn about the NYS Dream Act eligibility requirements, which allows students, regardless of immigration status, to access New York state grants and scholarships to fund higher education. Students will also learn the NYS Dream Act eligibility requirements and gain strategies and resources to highlight this financial aid source for students. This workshop is available to students in grades 10-12 and will be held in both English & Spanish. Learn more by reading the NYS Dream Act flyer and register by completing the NYS Dream Act for Students meeting registration form

    Student Historian Internship

    Deadline: April 10, 2022
    Event: July 5-August 11, 2022
    Contact: Maria Betancur
    Be a history changemaker! Students entering grades 10-12 in September 2022 can apply to use the resources of New-York Historical Society to conduct teen-led research on undertold yet highly relevant histories, including topics students care about. Interns will learn about the history of activists and social movements, discuss how knowledge of history can inform change-making in the present, work with historian mentors, take trips to history archives around the city to help support their research, lead gallery tours, and produce creative digital projects that cover culturally responsive stories that aren’t well represented in our history books today. Learn more and apply on the New-York Historical Society website

    Family Update March 14, 2022

    Important Dates:

    • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - Evening parent-teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools.
    • Friday, March 18, 2022 - Afternoon parent-teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.
    • Tuesday– Thursday, March 29–31 2022 - 3–8 ELA Assessment administration

    Summer 2022

    Summer 2022 will provide a record number of students across the city with the opportunity to engage with peers, caring adults, and their community in a wide range of experiences this summer.

    For grades K-8, Summer Rising programming will spark curiosity, joy, and a love of learning. Students will engage with peers and caring adults to experience all that our city has to offer. We will continue to combine academic support and school-based enrichment programming led by Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and students will have daily opportunities to play, create, explore, and develop new interests.

    For high school students, Summer 2022 is the beginning of our city’s focus on reimagining each student’s learning journey – or pathway – to prepare, engage, and connect students to careers, with long-term economic security as the goal. In partnership with DYCD, DOE, and other city agencies, the Adams administration is providing a record 100,000 summer opportunities for high school students, both through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and other programs.

    Additional information will be forthcoming, including instructions on program enrollment, which will open in April. Families can also email summer@schools.nyc.gov with questions.

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    Pre K applications

    The pre-K application for children born in 2018 is open, and the deadline to apply is March 18, 2022. The best way to apply is online with MySchools. As an alternative to applying online, you can apply by phone at 718-935-2009 or through a Family Welcome Center.

    Pre-K admissions is not first come, first served! You can make changes to your application any time before the deadline. All applications submitted by this date are treated the same based on admissions priorities.

    3K Applications

    The 3-K application for children born in 2019 is open, and the deadline to apply is April 14, 2022. The best way to apply is online with MySchools.As an alternative to applying online, you can apply by phone at 718-935-2009 or through a Family Welcome Center.

    Pre-K admissions is not first come, first served! You can make changes to your application any time before the deadline. All applications submitted by this date are treated the same based on admissions priorities.

    2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online

    NYC School Survey

    Every year, we ask all families and teachers and staff in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 to take the survey. The survey gives school leaders a better understanding of what you and other members of your school community think about your school. The information collected by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of your school community about how to make your school a better place to learn.

    For the first-time ever, you can login to your NYC Schools Account to take the parent/guardian NYC School Survey without needing an access code!

    School leaders use feedback from the survey to reflect and make improvements to schools and programs. Survey results are also used to help measure school quality. To review the results, see the School Quality Guide under the "NYC School Survey Results and Quality Review" tab for a link to each school’s report: View 2021 Survey results in the School Quality Guide

    NYC Youth Speaks

    Mayor Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor David C. Banks, and NYC Speaks launched NYC Youth Speaks, a new piece of the NYC Speaks civic engagement initiative designed to engage public school students and young people from across the city.

    NYC Youth Speaks is a youth version of a citywide survey that is currently being distributed throughout the five boroughs and online to inform the policies and priorities of the new mayoral administration.

    Take the survey!

    Educators can visit the InfoHub to get access to the NYC Youth Speaks Toolkit, which will engage young people in the classroom about civic action, city government, and ways to make a change.

    Zero Waste School Awards

    Deadline: May 6, 2022
    Event: ongoing
    Contact: schools@dsny.nyc.gov
    The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is excited to announce that after a 2-year hiatus, the Zero Waste School Awards are back! Your school’s sustainability project could be an award winner. Win cash prizes, giveaways, and recognition for your school while showing off all you are doing to reach zero waste. Schools can enter the following contests: DSNY’s Commissioner’s Cup, Team Up To Clean Up, Reduce & Reuse, and Super Recyclers. Learn more on the Zero Waste Schools Opportunities page and register on the Zero Waste Schools webpage

    NYCEM Commissioner for a Day Contest

    Deadline: April 1, 2022
    Event: May 2022
    Contact: readyny@oem.nyc.gov(Open external link)
    All New York City high school students are invited to participate in the second NYC Emergency Management “Commissioner for a Day” essay contest. Entrants must submit an original essay and complete the contest application. The NYC Emergency Management Commissioner will select the winner who will be invited to NYC Emergency Management headquarters to participate in the Commissioner for a Day Award Ceremony and learn more about the agency by engaging with subject matter experts. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the NYC Emergency Management Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest announcement page(Open external link).

    Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp 2022

    Deadline: April 29, 2022
    Event: August 1 – August 12, 2022
    Contact: Ellen Mauser 917-521-3762
    The Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, in-person, two-week summer arts program for New York City public school students entering grade 8 in September 2022. The NYC DOE Office of Arts & Special Projects administers this program in collaboration with a group of leading cultural organizations: Lincoln Center, Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall, Harlem School for the Arts, NY Philharmonic, Studio in a School, and Julliard. The goal of the program is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened public arts high schools and arts programs for 300 Title I middle school students interested in auditioning for a screened high school arts program. To learn more about this opportunity and access the application, visit the 2022 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp webpage

    Our Future Is Science TikTok Campaign to Win Scholarships and Cash Prizes!

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    Contact: Trisha Hautéa
    Our Future is Science is a joint initiative between the Aspen Institute Science & Society Program(Open external link) and Coda Societies). The mission is to ignite a movement where youth across the U.S. draw connections between STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) fields and social justice. To ensure that the voices of youth are heard, high school students are being called to submit a 60-second TikTok video about how society could use science to solve a problem in their community for a chance to win scholarships and cash prizes tagging #ourfutureisscience. Learn more and register for this campaign on the Our Future is Science webpage

    Free Teen STEM Summer Program

    Deadline: March 31, 2022
    Event: June 27-July 15, 2022
    Contact: Breanne Harris
    AI4ALL at Columbia University is a unique and engaging free summer program to introduce students entering grades 10-12 in September to the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The program targets students who come from communities historically excluded from AI; e.g., Black, Latinx, Indigenous, low-income, women, etc. Students will learn the fundamentals of AI and how it can be applied to social work. No coding or AI experience is necessary. Learn more and apply on the Al4ALL website

    Financial Aid Options for Students

    Deadline: March 23, 2022
    Event: March 23, 2022
    Contact: dml@schools.nyc.gov
    This workshop is brought to you by the Division of Multilingual Learners (DML) and will be facilitated by DML/CUNY Immigrant Community Ambassadors – a group of immigrant DOE alumni enrolled in CUNY colleges who are committed to prioritizing postsecondary planning and access for immigrant communities. Students attending this workshop will understand the diverse sources of financial aid such as free money, borrowed money, and earned money. Students will also learn how to access financial aid resources that are most accessible to immigrant and undocumented students. This workshop is available to students in grades 10 -12 and will be held in both English & Mandarin. Register by completing the Financial Aid Options for Students meeting registration form

    Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop

    Deadline: March 22, 2022
    Event: March 22, 2022
    Contact: Michaela Boruta
    Join Believe & Inspire in an interactive virtual Resume and Cover Letter Writing workshop. In this workshop, students will learn how to effectively write a resume and cover letter, impress recruiters in a large pool of applicants, and review formal writing rules. This session takes place from 4-5 PM via Zoom. Learn more on the Internship Prep Workshop Series page and resister by completing the Spring 2022 Workshop Registration form

    Teen Transmitters Paid High School Internship Summer 2022

    Deadline: April 11, 2022
    Event: July 5-August 5, 2022
    Contact: Rebekah Fisk (212) 621-6663 eduny@paleycenter.org
    Teen Transmitters at the Paley Center for Media is a 100 hour paid summer internship for New York City public high schools students entering grades 11 and 12 in September. What impact does media have on society? This is the essential question students will explore as a Teen Transmitter intern. Throughout the program, Teen Transmitter interns will take a deep dive into media literacy and explore how the words, sounds, and images they encounter every day make an impression on them. In addition to studying the media landscape, interns will find out what it means to be a media maker. Industry professionals, museum curators, journalists, documentarians, and podcast producers will be invited to speak to the students about their career paths and act as mentors over the course of the program. For the culminating project, interns will produce an original podcast series about their relationship to media. Above all, interns will gain skills in public speaking, interviewing, research, writing, and audio production that are crucial for college and career readiness. Learn more about this internship opportunity, and apply on the Paley Center for Media website

    At-Home Learning Guides/Parent University

    The At-Home Learning Guides provide families with K–12 learning guides in the core content areas to support and deepen learning at home. The guides include activities, resources, and projects to help students continue to understand grade-level information and skills. The guides are accessible in multiple languages.


    Families can visit Parent University to learn more about how to use the guides to support their child with learning at home.

    Teaching and Learning YouTube Channel

    Teaching and Learning YouTube Channel is organized by grade-level playlists and offers select video content for students aligned to New York City DOE curricula, including lessons and resources, on TeachHub.

    Beyond Access Series

    The Beyond Access Series is a part of the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.


    Past sessions can be viewed on YouTube. If you are trying to access translated captions, please turn on closed captioning first by clicking the "CC" icon. Then in the settings (click the gear icon) select "Subtitles/CC" then select "Auto-translate" and select the desired language.

    Translated Support for Blended and Remote Learning

    The New York City Department of Education’s Division of Multilingual Learners has provided step-by-step guides to support families with accessing and using Google Classrooms. Additionally, families are encouraged to use Google Translate, a free application that is available on most devices. Google Translate can be used to translate text, handwriting, speech, and websites in over 100 different languages. These guides to using Google Classrooms and the Google Translate tool are accessible in 10 languages.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    COVID Vaccine

    As a reminder, vaccination is the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and to keep our schools

    safe for all our students. Children ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-

    19. If your child is eligible but not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, please take the opportunity

    during the Midwinter Recess to make an appointment for vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or

    call 311 to find a vaccine site near you. The vaccine is free to all New Yorkers, regardless of

    immigration or insurance status.

    Vaccine booster shots are also now available for all fully vaccinated people ages 12 and older.

    For more information about booster shots, see:

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page#boost

    Family Update February 28th, 2022

    “Stay Safe, Stay Open”

    To keep our school communities safe after the midwinter recess, we strongly encourage all students to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school on February 28, regardless of vaccination status. Your child can test through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit. Your child will come home with two COVID-19 home tests, which may be packaged in one box or two.

    When should my child take the tests?

    • First test on February 26: Please help your child take one of the COVID tests provided on the evening of Saturday, February 26.

    • Second test on February 27: Please help your child take the second test 24 hours later, on the evening of February 27.

    • If your child tests negative and feels well, they should come to school on Monday, February 28.

    • Please note, if your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they do not need to take a test and should attend school on Monday, February 28, if they are feeling well.

    What should I do if my child tests positive on one of the tests?

    • Kindergarten and older: Please inform your school and isolate your child for five days. Your child may return to school on the sixth day if they have no symptoms or their symptoms are improving (including being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication) and your child can wear a well-fitting mask while at school through the tenth day after their positive test.

    • Pre-K and younger: please inform your school/program school and isolate your child for ten days. Your child may return to school/program after the tenth day.

    For all ages:

    Please remember that if your child tests positive, your child is entitled to asynchronous learning and Office Hours for the duration of your child’s isolation period.

    Please refer to our COVID-19 Guidance Charts, available at: schools.nyc.gov/2022Health, for additional steps to take if your child tests positive.

    COVID Vaccine

    As a reminder, vaccination is the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and to keep our schools

    safe for all our students. Children ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-

    19. If your child is eligible but not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, please take the opportunity

    during the Midwinter Recess to make an appointment for vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or

    call 311 to find a vaccine site near you. The vaccine is free to all New Yorkers, regardless of

    immigration or insurance status.

    Vaccine booster shots are also now available for all fully vaccinated people ages 12 and older.

    For more information about booster shots, see:

    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page#boost

    NYC School Survey


    Every year, we ask all families and teachers and staff in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 to take the survey. The survey gives school leaders a better understanding of what you and other members of your school community think about your school. The information collected by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of your school community about how to make your school a better place to learn.

    The majority of the survey is aligned to six elements of the DOE's Framework for Great Schools which helps increase student achievement.


    Take the 2022 NYC School Survey

    Middle School Admissions Updates

    The middle school application is open, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2022!

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/middle-school

    High School Admissions Updates

    The high school application is open, and the deadline has been extended to Friday, March 11, 2022.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school


    The registration period for LaGuardia High School auditions is open; register by March 11 to audition for programs

    2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online

    Robinhood Grant through Teaching Labs

    District 27 is excited to announce that we are a proud recipient of a 2-year Robinhood Grant through Teaching Labs. The purpose of this grant is to achieve educational Equity through instructional improvement and shifting the paradigm of professional learning. The Teaching Lab approach includes:

    1. Effective professional learning focusing on core academic content;

    2. Strengthening the teacher community so that teachers become leaders of their own professional learning;

    3. Repeated cycles of inquiry with a focus on evaluating evidence of student learning.

    New York State Learning Technology Grant (LTG)

    We are pleased to announce that District 27 is proud to be the Recipient of the New York State Learning Technology Grant for the 2021-2024 school years. As a result, we are inviting 22 highly effective (HE) District 27 school teachers to be part of our first cohort. Teachers accepted into this cohort will receive 18 hours of professional development, online activities, & independent time to develop technology products aligned to state standards, and follow-up technical assistance from the professional learning providers (provided by Flipped TIPS). They will also receive an electronic device that they will return to District 27 if they leave their current school.

    NYC Youth Speaks

    Mayor Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor David C. Banks, and NYC Speaks launched NYC Youth Speaks, a new piece of the NYC Speaks civic engagement initiative designed to engage public school students and young people from across the city.

    NYC Youth Speaks is a youth version of a citywide survey that is currently being distributed throughout the five boroughs and online to inform the policies and priorities of the new mayoral administration.

    Take the survey!

    Educators can visit the InfoHub to get access to the NYC Youth Speaks Toolkit, which will engage young people in the classroom about civic action, city government, and ways to make a change.

    STEM Matters NYC Spring Break Enrichment Programs

    Deadline: February 28, 2022
    Event: April 18-22, 2022
    Contact: STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov
    Apply now for spring break STEM enrichment programs! Learn more on the STEM Matters NYC Programs pageand apply for the STEM Matters NYC spring break program to have fun, new STEM adventures this spring break! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022.

    Take a Virtual Field Trip to the Morgan Library and Museum

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: Jessica Pastore
    Virtual field trips at The Morgan Library and Museum offer direct observation of primary sources, such as Mesopotamian seals and tablets, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare printed books, master drawings, and period architecture. Upon booking, the museum will provide a secure Zoom link to join the live, interactive, virtual program. Kindly book your trip at least two weeks before your desired visit date. Learn more on the Morgan’s website and schedule your trip today.

    Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

    Deadline: March 4, 2022
    Event: January 5-March 4, 2022
    Contact: Helene Amato
    The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is excited to announce the launch of this year’s Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. Students in grades 2-12 in New York City and the East and West of Hudson Watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. There are five contest themes: Water, A Precious Resource; NYC’s Water Supply System; NYC’s Wastewater Treatment System; Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems; and Water Stewardship and Climate Change. For information and to submit entries, visit the DEP’s Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest website.

    Gilder Lehrman Institute Student Advisory Council

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: studentadvisorycouncil@gilderlehrman.org
    The Student Advisory Council is a group of high-achieving students from all over the world with an interest in American history who are nominated by their teachers to join this elite community of like-minded individuals. Student Advisory Council members work with Gilder Lehrman Institute staff members to provide feedback on existing programs and help the Institute refine its outreach with the needs of young people in mind. Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to participate in the council and act as the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s student voice. Meetings are free and held via Zoom on the second Saturday of each month. Learn more on the Gilder Lehrman Institute Student Opportunities page, and apply by completing this online form.

    Summer Travel Scholarships

    Deadline: March 1, 2022
    Event: Summer 2022
    Contact: Stan Rosenberg/ 914-438-5834
    Trip of a Lifetime is now accepting applications for summer travel scholarships. Trip of a Lifetime is a non-profit organization that has sent over 225 underserved students from NYC on teen tour and community service trips to Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the east coast of the United States. This opportunity is available to students in grades 7-11. Visit the Trip of a Lifetime website for more information and to apply.

    Summer Law Institute for Eighth Grade Students!

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Event: July 5- August 5, 2022
    Contact: Josh Myers/718-752-0222, ext. 208
    Are you fascinated by law TV shows? Have you ever thought you could be a good lawyer or believable witness? Then Legal Outreach has the program for you! As part of the Summer Law Institute (SLI) you will learn all about the law and criminal justice system; meet attorneys; go on field trips to legal institutions; and do a mock trial before a real judge! This five-week program for rising ninth graders will introduce you to new friends from other schools; expose you to positive and successful role models; and push you to see yourself as a young professional in training. Learn more and apply on the Legal Outreach website.

    4th Annual NYC Public School Film Festival

    Deadline: March 25, 2022
    Event: May 20-21, 2022
    Contact: ArtsAndSpecialProjects@schools.nyc.gov
    The 4th Annual NYC Public School Film Festival, presented by the DOE and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, is accepting submissions! The Festival is open to middle and high school students. Twenty short films will be selected for the Festival by a panel of media professionals and educators and will be screened in May 2022. In addition, Adobe has partnered in support of this year’s Festival! All NYC public school students and teachers have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud Express (through DOE credentials) to support students’ creative filmmaking. Learn more on the NYC Public School Film Festival webpage, and submit your film on FilmFreeway.

    Apply for the Service in Schools Leadership Institute During Spring Break

    Deadline: March 4, 2022
    Event: April 18-22, 2022
    Contact: ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov
    High school students interested in becoming leaders while also serving the community can apply for the Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute! The SIS Leadership Institute is an exciting opportunity, powered by Service in Schools, for NYC public high school students in grades 10-12 to build their leadership skills over the course of a five-day in-person Institute during spring break and two virtual after-school sessions in May 2022. Throughout the program, students will work in small groups to learn about local issues and develop a live virtual lesson for students in grades 3-5 that will be presented to a class in late spring 2022. Learn more on the Service in Schools Leadership Institute page and complete the Service in Schools Leadership Institute Form to apply.

    National High School Design Competition

    Deadline: February 28, 2022
    Event: Ongoing
    Contact: DesignCompetition@si.edu
    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announces the 7th annual National High School Design Competition. The 2022 competition challenges high school students to envision the future we want to live in and design for a more peaceful and just world. The competition is free to enter, and prizes include inspiring virtual mentoring opportunities with leading designers and experts in the field. Learn more and register on the Cooper Hewitt website.

    Princeton Summer Journalism Program

    Deadline: February 28, 2022
    Event: June - August 2022
    Contact: Tieisha M. Tift/609-258-0219
    The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free journalism and college preparatory program at Princeton University for current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Students must have a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA to be considered. Students will participate in workshops taught by Princeton professors and professional journalists to learn reporting skills. Participants will hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event, write a review of a theatrical production, and interview people for their feature stories – which all culminates in their articles being published in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students work one-on-one with a volunteer college adviser and professional journalist to help them through their application process. Learn more and apply on the PSJP website.

    Family Guidance for Remote Learning


    Currently there is no remote option; students are expected to attend school unless they tested positive for COVID-19 or they do not pass the daily health screener.


    Any student that has a positive COVID-19 test (at-home, rapid, PCR test, etc.) is entitled to asynchronous instruction and access to Office Hours from their teacher(s). In this case, the school and teachers will work to ensure that the student receives effective support to continue high-quality instruction in a supportive learning environment. Asynchronous learning is defined as instruction and learning opportunities that do not feature students and teachers interacting at the same time and enables students to work at their own pace so they can learn the same material at different times independently. If your child is receiving asynchronous instruction due to a positive COVID-19 test, families and caregivers play an even more critical role in supporting their child's learning and social-emotional wellness.

    At-Home Learning Guides/Parent University

    The At-Home Learning Guides provide families with K–12 learning guides in the core content areas to support and deepen learning at home. The guides include activities, resources, and projects to help students continue to understand grade-level information and skills. The guides are accessible in multiple languages.


    Families can visit Parent University to learn more about how to use the guides to support their child with learning at home.

    Teaching and Learning YouTube Channel

    Teaching and Learning YouTube Channel is organized by grade-level playlists and offers select video content for students aligned to New York City DOE curricula, including lessons and resources, on TeachHub.

    Beyond Access Series

    The Beyond Access Series is a part of the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.


    Past sessions can be viewed on YouTube. If you are trying to access translated captions, please turn on closed captioning first by clicking the "CC" icon. Then in the settings (click the gear icon) select "Subtitles/CC" then select "Auto-translate" and select the desired language.

    Translated Support for Blended and Remote Learning

    The New York City Department of Education’s Division of Multilingual Learners has provided step-by-step guides to support families with accessing and using Google Classrooms. Additionally, families are encouraged to use Google Translate, a free application that is available on most devices. Google Translate can be used to translate text, handwriting, speech, and websites in over 100 different languages. These guides to using Google Classrooms and the Google Translate tool are accessible in 10 languages.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    Family Update February 2nd, 2022

    Important Dates:

    • Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 - Lunar New Year, schools closed
    • February 21–25 - Midwinter Recess, schools closed

    Shortened Isolation and Quarantine Periods

    Isolation Period

    The isolation period for K-12 students with a positive COVID-19 test result has been shortened to five day from ten days. This means if your child tests positive for COVID-19 and is in kindergarten or higher, your child can return to school on Day 6.

    • Children can return from isolation on Day 6 if they have no symptoms or their symptoms are improving, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    • Students returning from isolation on Day 6 must wear a well-fitting mask such as a KN95, KF94, or a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask on Days 6–10.

    Children in Pre-K and under who test positive for COVID-19 still must isolate for 10 days.

    Please be aware that any child (in any grade) who has completed their isolation period is NOT required to show proof of a negative test result before being allowed to return to school or work.

    Shortened Quarantine for COVID-19 Exposure

    The quarantine period for students exposed to COVID-19 has been shortened. Students in K-12 will continue to use home test kits to stay in school after an in-school exposure.

    • If your child is NOT fully vaccinated and was exposed to COVID-19 outside of a school setting, your child must quarantine for at least 5 days; this is reduced from 10 days.
    • If your child is fully vaccinated and was exposed outside of school, your child can continue to attend school so long as they do not have any symptoms.
    • All students are required to wear masks while on school grounds, and students who were exposed must wear a well-fitting mask such as a KN95, KF94, or a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask on Days 6–10.

    Children who are at least 2 years old in LYFE, 3-K, and Pre-K only need to quarantine for five days if they are symptom-free, have a negative test, and are able to wear a well-fitting mask through Day 10. This has been shortened from ten days.

    • These children must have a negative COVID-19 test from a health care provider on Day 5 OR two negative home test results from Day 4 and Day 5.

    Children under 2 years old in LYFE must still quarantine for up to ten days. There is no change in this policy.

    • These children can return to school on Day 8 if they are symptom-free and have a negative COVID-19 test from a health care provider on Day 5 or later. Home tests are not considered valid for this age group unless administered at the direction of a health care provider.

    Any child in a LYFE, 3-K, or Pre-K classroom that was exposed but does NOT get tested for COVID-19 can return after completing a 10-day quarantine.

    Health and Safety in Our Schools

    District 27 schools are taking many important precautions to help keep students and staff healthy and safe this school year. We are putting additional health and safety measures in place to ensure students and staff are safe and that our schools can continue to be open. Please utilize the link below for more information:


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/covid-information/health-and-safety-in-our-schools

    COVID-19 Rapid Home Test Kits for Students in 3-K and Pre-K Programs

    Kits should only be distributed to 3-K and pre-K students, when they are symptomatic. If a student in 3-K or pre-K shows symptoms of COVID-19, they should be isolated and sent home. Upon pick up, parents/guardians of these symptomatic students should be issued two at-home tests for optional student use at home.


    Students in 3-K and pre-K, who become ill while at school, may only be picked up from school by a parent/guardian or other adult designated on the student’s blue, home-contact card. In addition, please note the following:

    • Symptomatic 3-K or pre-K students can return to school if all three of the following conditions are met:
      • The student has taken two at-home tests, at least 24-hours apart, or one molecular test, that is negative for COVID-19; and
      • The student has been fever-free for 24-hours, without the use of medication; and
      • The student’s overall symptoms are improving.
    • If symptomatic 3-K or pre-K students do not get tested for COVID-19, they can return to school only after all three of the following conditions are met:
      • At least 10 days have passed since the symptoms started; and
      • The student has been fever-free for 24-hours, without the use of medication; and
      • The student’s overall symptoms are improving.

    Additionally, for students in 3-K and pre-K, the quarantine policy currently remains the same: any 3-K or pre-K student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still need to quarantine for 10 days. However, these students have the option to take a COVID-19 test on day five (5) or later, and return to school on day eight (8).

    Middle School Admissions Updates

    The middle school application is open, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2022!

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/middle-school


    The DOE will continue to pause screening (using students’ academic records in admissions) for students entering middle school in fall 2022. If middle school programs have more applicants than seats, offers will continue to be made using admissions priorities and random selection––learn more about how admissions works.

    NEW! Auditions

    This year, arts-based middle school programs will resume holding auditions and make offers based on these auditions. Learn more, including the required components for specific programs, on the Middle School Auditions page.

    NEW! Sibling Priority

    We are excited to announce that, starting with Fall 2022 admissions, the DOE will phase in a sibling priority for middle school applicants citywide. This means:

    • This year, students entering middle school in fall 2022 who have a sibling in sixth grade during the 2021-2022 school year have a priority to attend the same school as that sibling if they apply to it.
    • Next year, students entering middle school in fall 2023 who have a sibling in sixth or seventh grade during the 2022-2023 school year will have a priority to attend the same school as that sibling if they apply to it.

    This priority includes any full-siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, and/or foster siblings who live in the same household as the applicant.

    • Applicants will keep the same priority to attend their sixth-grade sibling’s school whether you list it first or last on their application. When submitting your child's middle school application, you will be asked if the applicant has a sibling in sixth grade at a DOE middle school. If the answer is yes, you will be prompted to provide the sibling’s name and school. This information will then be verified with the middle school.
    • Select programs that are admitting students through the audition or language: criteria admissions methods would not have a sibling priority, as those programs have distinct criteria for admission.
    • Remember to list programs on your child's application in your true order of preference. For instance, if you list your child's sibling’s school second and the applicant does not get into their first-choice school, they will still have a priority to attend their sibling’s school.

    NEW! Multiples Priority

    If you have more than one child the same age applying to middle school (ie., twins), you may choose to submit identical applications for both children so they receive an offer to the same program:

    • If you have more than one middle school applicant connected to your MySchools account and want them to attend the same program, you only need to add choices to one application. Before submitting that application, you will be asked by MySchools if you'd like to add the same application choices to the other child’s (or children’s) application(s).
    • If you include an audition or language: criteria program on your children's identical applications, and only one child is accepted to that program, then the children may receive separate offers.

    High School Admissions Updates

    The high school application is open, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school


  1. Happening Next: Beginning in early February, applicants will be able to submit auditions online directly through MySchools. We'll update this page and alert families when this feature is available.
  2. Sign up for our high school admissions email list to get updates, tips, and key date reminders.
  3. New to NYC public schools and need a high school now? Learn what to do on the New Students page.
  4. 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online

    Family Guidance for Remote Learning

    Currently there is no remote option; students are expected to attend school unless they tested positive for COVID-19 or they do not pass the daily health screener.


    Any student that has a positive COVID-19 test (at-home, rapid, PCR test, etc.) is entitled to asynchronous instruction and access to Office Hours from their teacher(s). In this case, the school and teachers will work to ensure that the student receives effective support to continue high-quality instruction in a supportive learning environment. Asynchronous learning is defined as instruction and learning opportunities that do not feature students and teachers interacting at the same time and enables students to work at their own pace so they can learn the same material at different times independently. If your child is receiving asynchronous instruction due to a positive COVID-19 test, families and caregivers play an even more critical role in supporting their child's learning and social-emotional wellness. This resource contains tips for how you can best support your child's engagement, minimize stress and anxiety about remote learning, as well as additional resources to help you plan ahead to meet your child’s educational and social-emotional needs.


    Tips for preparing for remote learning

    • Staying in touch with your child’s school is crucial during remote and blended learning. Ensure all family/caregiver contact information is updated and correct with the school and directly with the NYC Schools Account (NYCSA). Don’t hesitate to share preferred methods of communication as well as any questions or concerns.

    • Make sure that your child has the tools and information they need to engage with remote learning from home. Check that the device they will be using (tablet, Chromebook, laptop) is in good working order, and can access the internet. Confirm that the apps and websites used by your school are installed or bookmarked and that your child is able to log in with the appropriate credentials. For information about using your child’s DOE device, logging in, platforms and applications, and how to get technical support, visit: schools.nyc.gov/learning/digital-learning

    • If possible, create a designated workspace space for your child and their school supplies.

    • Be sure you are clear on the school’s expectations for your child’s engagement, participation, and how/when assignments are completed.

    • As a household, make a plan for screen time. As your child may be spending more time in front of a screen to access assignments and instruction, it may be helpful to limit other forms of screen time before and after school.

    • Create a schedule for breaks, play/exercise, and snacks. While your child’s school may have a structured schedule for the day, there may be periods of asynchronous (not “live”) instruction—such as pre-recorded videos, reading assignments, or worksheets—that are not teacher-guided.

    • Designate a time to check in with your child about how they are experiencing the transition and how your family can best support one another.

    Resources for Remote Learning

    At-Home Learning Guides/Parent University

    The At-Home Learning Guides provide families with K–12 learning guides in the core content areas to support and deepen learning at home. The guides include activities, resources, and projects to help students continue to understand grade-level information and skills. The guides are accessible in multiple languages.


    Families can visit Parent University to learn more about how to use the guides to support their child with learning at home.

    Sora

    The New York City Department of Education’s Citywide Digital Library, Sora, has hundreds of diverse resources available for grades 3K–12 in multiple languages to help students see themselves and fellow students in the books they are reading. The Sora App can be downloaded to virtually any device or accessed via a web browser. Log in with your student’s DOE credentials; no additional sign-up is necessary.

    Early Childhood At-Home Activities

    Families and caregivers are a child’s first teacher. Early Childhood At-Home Activities provide ideas for fun and continued learning outside of the classroom. These activities are designed so that you can do them with your child with whatever materials you have available in your home. This guide can be found on the Early Childhood Family Resource page in multiple languages.

    The Early Childhood Family Resource page includes two documents that provide a variety of additional resources for children, families, and caregivers, including activities and exercises that can be done together. In the translated documents provided in ‘Online & Community Resources’ on this page, you will find information on online classes and virtual visits to zoos, museums, and more!

    NYC Math Team’s Tips on Helping Your Child with Math

    This document, How Can I Help My Child with Math, provides a set of tips, ideas, and suggestions on how families can support learning mathematics at home. The document is organized in an easy-to-read two-column format that offers suggestions for families about what to do as well as guidance about what to avoid.

    WNET Let’s Learn

    WNET’s Let’s Learn, offers remote learning classes for grades 3K–2 taught by DOE professionals. Click the link to access one-hour episodes featuring literacy, math, music, movement, science, and social studies lessons.

    Teaching and Learning YouTube Channel

    Teaching and Learning YouTube Channel is organized by grade-level playlists and offers select video content for students aligned to New York City DOE curricula, including lessons and resources, on TeachHub.

    Beyond Access Series

    The Beyond Access Series is a part of the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.


    Past sessions can be viewed on YouTube. If you are trying to access translated captions, please turn on closed captioning first by clicking the "CC" icon. Then in the settings (click the gear icon) select "Subtitles/CC" then select "Auto-translate" and select the desired language.

    Translated Support for Blended and Remote Learning

    The New York City Department of Education’s Division of Multilingual Learners has provided step-by-step guides to support families with accessing and using Google Classrooms. Additionally, families are encouraged to use Google Translate, a free application that is available on most devices. Google Translate can be used to translate text, handwriting, speech, and websites in over 100 different languages. These guides to using Google Classrooms and the Google Translate tool are accessible in 10 languages.

    Special Education Resources

    The New York City Department of Education’s website provides special education resources for learning at home as well as supports for at-home related services:

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

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    Chancellor David C. Banks Letter to Families

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    We Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Health and Safety in Our Schools

    District 27 schools are taking many important precautions to help keep students and staff healthy and safe this school year. We are putting additional health and safety measures in place to ensure students and staff are safe and that our schools can continue to be open. Please utilize the link below for more information:


    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/covid-information/health-and-safety-in-our-schools


    NEW Information!!

    COVID-19 Rapid Home Test Kits for Students in 3-K and Pre-K Programs


    Kits should only be distributed to 3-K and pre-K students, when they are symptomatic. If a student in 3-K or pre-K shows symptoms of COVID-19, they should be isolated and sent home. Upon pick up, parents/guardians of these symptomatic students should be issued two at-home tests for optional student use at home.


    Students in 3-K and pre-K, who become ill while at school, may only be picked up from school by a parent/guardian or other adult designated on the student’s blue, home-contact card. In addition, please note the following:

    • Symptomatic 3-K or pre-K students can return to school if all three of the following conditions are met:
      • The student has taken two at-home tests, at least 24-hours apart, or one molecular test, that is negative for COVID-19; and
      • The student has been fever-free for 24-hours, without the use of medication; and
      • The student’s overall symptoms are improving.
    • If symptomatic 3-K or pre-K students do not get tested for COVID-19, they can return to school only after all three of the following conditions are met:
      • At least 10 days have passed since the symptoms started; and
      • The student has been fever-free for 24-hours, without the use of medication; and
      • The student’s overall symptoms are improving.

    Additionally, for students in 3-K and pre-K, the quarantine policy currently remains the same: any 3-K or pre-K student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still need to quarantine for 10 days. However, these students have the option to take a COVID-19 test on day five (5) or later, and return to school on day eight (8).

    District 27 Information Sheet

    Remote Learning helpful links and resources for families.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hh5WlKBRoyd46fqNFeMOSoI42HOaqQl7/view?usp=sharing

    2022 District 27 Family Empowerment Calendar

    Please continue to visit our Virtual Family Engagement Calendar for Virtual family events, workshops, and community meetings in our district

    IMPORTANT DATES:



    • Monday, January 17, 2022 - All schools will be closed (MLK Day);
    • Monday, January 24, 2022 - Community Education Council (CEC) Monthly Meeting @ 6:30pm;
    • CANCELLED - NYS Regents Exams - January 25th-28th.

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    Vaccine Boosters for Ages 18 and Up

    COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available for people 18 and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. Book yours here: https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov.


    These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series. Your booster shot does not need to be the same vaccine brand as your first two doses; you can choose to receive any of the three authorized or approved vaccines. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, visit nyc.gov/covid19vaccine.


    If you have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19, we urge you to do so as soon as possible. It is the best thing you can do to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe. In addition, COVID-19 vaccines are available for children ages 5 to 17. If you have additional questions about youth vaccinations, please review the following FAQ.


    The safe and life saving vaccines are free and accessible. You may visit any of the available walk-up sites, book an appointment at https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov, or call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692). To sign-up for the in-home vaccination services, please complete this form.

    Vaccine Details for Children Ages 5 -11

    The Pfizer vaccine is now approved and available for children 5-11 years old in NYC

    • Children aged 5-17 must get Pfizer. It is the only FDA/CDC vaccine approved for children.

    • The Pfizer vaccine is 2 doses, given 21 days apart, to be fully vaccinated

    • The vaccine went through rigorous research, trials, and evaluation and is safe, free, and easily accessible in NYC.

    • Everyone aged 5+ should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible

    • Even if a child (or their parent) had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine because it helps protect them against infection, severe illness, or death from COVID-19.

    • For more information about vaccines and children, families can go to nyc.gov/covidvaccine and see this FAQ.

    • Parents or guardians can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) with questions about the vaccine

    • People should also talk to their health care provider with concerns or questions specific to their own medical situation.


    Access:

    • Find a vaccine site near you at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX4-NYC

      • You can search “Pfizer 5-11” under vaccine type for a site that administers to this age group

    • City-run vaccine sites will offer vaccines for children aged 5+ starting November 3, and there will be temporary sites in over 1,000 schools starting on Monday, November 8, 2021. Sites at schools can be found on the DOE website.

      • For City-run sites, including H+H hospitals, appointments and walk-ins will be honored.

    • The City is working to ensure that health care providers, including pediatricians and pharmacies, across the City have access to vaccine supply for children. These providers will likely start coming online over the course of this week, check with your doctor, local pharmacy or nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.


    Consent:

    • Children must have a parent or guardian's consent to get the vaccine. Children 5-15 y/o must be accompanied by an adult when they receive the vaccine, and if the child is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, written consent or verbal consent by phone from the parent or guardian must be obtained at the time of vaccination.

      • For specific questions about school vaccinations, please discuss with your child's school

    Incentives:

    • The $100 individual incentive is available to children who get vaccinated. Children may use a parent's email address to redeem their visa gift card.

    • Organizations participating in the $100 Vaccine Referral Bonus program (including PAs/PTAs) are also able to get the $100 incentive per child they refer to get vaccinated. See more information at nyc.gov/vaccineincentive

    Resources:

    • YouTube: Videos from NYC Health in ten languages

    • Parent University: Live and pre-recorded classes on Covid-19 Vaccines. The courses are taught by experts from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and include updates about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as live question-and-answer sessions.

    NYCDOE website: Health and Safety in Our Schools

    2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online

    The Kindergarten Application is Open!

    From now through January 18, 2022, all NYC families with children born in 2017 can apply to kindergarten by submitting an application. We encourage all families with children of this age to apply: NYC DOE kindergarten programs welcome and serve all children, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students with accessibility needs. Even families of current pre-K students need to apply to participate in kindergarten admissions.


    There is no advantage to applying early: all applications received by the deadline will be treated the same, and all families who apply by January 18 will receive a kindergarten offer this spring.


    Apply to kindergarten one of the following ways:


    Learn more about how to apply and how students get offers at schools.nyc.gov/Kindergarten, which features a video playlist on elementary admissions. We also welcome families to attend a virtual event about kindergarten, pre-K, and 3-K admissions this winter––find dates, times, and information on how to join at schools.nyc.gov/ESEvents

    Middle School Admissions Updates

    • The middle school application will open the week of January 10, 2022, and the deadline to apply will be the week of February 28.

    • This week, middle school welcome letters were released! This personalized letter includes information on how to access your MySchools.nyc account. When you're logged in to your account, you can use MySchools to explore your child's middle school program options and save favorite programs. When the application opens, you will also use MySchools to apply.

      • All current fifth grade public school families will receive their child’s welcome letter in the mail. You can also get a copy from your current school counselor.

      • Private and parochial school families can request your child’s welcome letter from a Family Welcome Center (schools.nyc.gov/FWC)

    • The DOE will continue to pause screening (using students’ academic records in admissions) for students entering middle school in fall 2022. For middle school programs with more applicants than seats, offers will be made using admissions priorities and random selection.

    • This year, arts-based programs will resume holding auditions.

    • Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/Middle

    High School Admissions Updates

    • The high school application will open the week of January 24, 2022, and close during the week of February 28.

    • In response to feedback from community leaders, families, and schools, borough- and zone-based admissions priorities will remain in place this year. This means that some high school programs will continue to prioritize zoned applicants and/or applicants who live or currently attend middle school in a specific borough. District-based admissions priorities were eliminated last year and will continue to not be used in high school admissions.

    • For high school programs that screen applicants, multiple measures will be used to evaluate students this year. These measures will include submissions of work samples from last year, such as essays or reports, and first-semester grades from this school year.

    • Right now, families of current eighth grade students (and interested ninth grade students) can get ready by creating a MySchools.nyc account, exploring program options, and saving favorite programs.

    • Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/High.

    Support for Families in Crisis

    Brooklyn Defender Services is proud to share “Your Family, Your Rights", an advocacy and education website created for parents impacted by the family regulation system to get informed, get help, and get involved.


    "Your Family, Your Rights" is for parents or caretakers who are being investigated by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Here you will find information about your rights, how to navigate an investigation and how to advocate for your family. Learn more here!

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    The Future of School Meals Survey

    For the last few months, the New York City Department of Education Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS) has been going through a strategic planning process to determine what it should focus on for the next 3-5 years. To get it right, OFNS wants your input about what the future of school meals should look like for NYC schools. Complete this short, anonymous survey by December 24th! Survey Link


    During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need. Visit NYC Human Resources Administration website food assistance webpage for assistance.

    The People’s Money

    The City of New York is investing $1.3M to support recovery in the 33 neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. Partners in this citywide Neighborhood Coalition initiative are the NYC Taskforce for Racial Inclusion and Equity (TRIE), Civic Engagement Commission and Young Men’s Initiative. If you live in one of these communities, you will get to decide how to spend $40,000 of public funds in your neighborhood! These investments will support your community and contribute to a more fair recovery.


    The People’s Money is a participatory budgeting (PB) process. That means residents decide what matters most and focus the funding to address it.


    All residents of the TRIE neighborhoods are invited to VOTE! CAST YOUR VOTE!

    Voting deadline has been extended to January 17, 2022.

    Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Survey

    On the night of Tuesday, January 25th, 2022, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Survey, a point-in-time survey undertaken each winter that helps the City estimate the number of unsheltered New Yorkers living on the street on one of the coldest nights of the year. The results gathered through this survey provide the City with valuable information that helps determine how best to allocate resources in support of New Yorkers in need.


    Every January, thousands of volunteers across the five boroughs participate in NYC’s annual HOPE survey. Volunteers canvass streets, subway stations, parks, and other public spaces across the city to identify individuals living unsheltered. Volunteers are needed from approximately 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. on the night of January 25th.


    Thanks to the efforts of past volunteers along with the ongoing 24/7/365 efforts of DHS outreach workers via our HOME-STAT outreach program, we have helped more than 4,200 New Yorkers come off the streets and into transitional and/or permanent housing since 2016.


    Of course, the safety of everyone involved in HOPE is our highest priority and a range of COVID safety policies and procedures will be in place, including:


    • Proof of vaccination is required for all volunteers, and masks will be required at all times.

    • Facilities will be set up to promote social distancing, and masks and other PPE will be provided.

    • Training for HOPE volunteers will also be conducted remotely and volunteers will be dismissed remotely and will not be required to return to their designated HOPE site after canvassing.


    Please visit nyc.gov/hope to learn more and to register. Volunteer participation is essential to helping us address the challenge of homelessness and support some of our City’s most vulnerable residents as they get back on their feet.

    The Searchable Museum of African-American History and Culture

    The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture has launched a digital platform giving free access to interactive stories, images, and videos from the museum.

    District 79 Offerings and Support Available

    District 79 is New York City’s Alternative Schools district. We proudly serve over 50,000 students a year from 6 weeks old to 96 years old. Our Referral Center can be found citywide and offers students and families an opportunity to explore alternative options.



    The District 79 team is here to support NYC. If you are interested in organizing a presentation for families, please reach out to Manny Pica at mpica@schools.nyc.gov.

    Family Update - December 6, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Friday, December 24th - Friday, December 31st, 2021 - Winter Recess, schools closed

    Queens South High Schools District 27, 28, 29

    Please visit the Queens South High School page for more information and resources about District 27,28, and 29 High Schools.


    https://www.queenssouthhighschools.com/

    Inclusion Summit and Inclusive Schools Week

    Next week is Inclusive Schools Week! Monday-Thursday we encourage schools to participate in daily inclusive lessons and activities. Next Friday, we hope you can join us at the virtual Inclusion Summit, “Understanding and Ending Ableism.” Learn more and register here!


    The Summit will take place virtually during National Inclusive Schools Week (December 6-10). Monday-Thursday join schools across the country who are committing to rebuilding inclusive communities. We’re providing NYC schools with themes, lessons, and activities that focus on current disability and inclusion topics. Click here for activities.


    On Friday, NYC students will come together at a virtual event to explore the concept of ableism and hear from guest speaker, Peter Trojic. Peter is an inclusive dancer, actor, accessibility consultant, and NYC schools graduate. He will share his personal stories and lessons learned with disability, inclusion, and ableism. Register here!


    • Monday: Importance of Inclusion

    • Tuesday: Disability Language

    • Wednesday: Accessibility and UDL

    • Thursday: Inclusion Advocacy

    • Friday: Ableism Virtual Event Featuring Peter Trojic


    The Summit is hosted by the DOE and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE).

    Any questions? Email InclusionSummit@schools.nyc.gov.

    Vaccine Details for Children Ages 5 -11

    The Pfizer vaccine is now approved and available for children 5-11 years old in NYC

    • Children aged 5-17 must get Pfizer. It is the only FDA/CDC vaccine approved for children.

    • The Pfizer vaccine is 2 doses, given 21 days apart, to be fully vaccinated

    • The vaccine went through rigorous research, trials, and evaluation and is safe, free, and easily accessible in NYC.

    • Everyone aged 5+ should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible

    • Even if a child (or their parent) had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine because it helps protect them against infection, severe illness, or death from COVID-19.

    • For more information about vaccines and children, families can go to nyc.gov/covidvaccine and see this FAQ.

    • Parents or guardians can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) with questions about the vaccine

    • People should also talk to their health care provider with concerns or questions specific to their own medical situation.


    Access:

    • Find a vaccine site near you at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX4-NYC

      • You can search “Pfizer 5-11” under vaccine type for a site that administers to this age group

    • City-run vaccine sites will offer vaccines for children aged 5+ starting November 3, and there will be temporary sites in over 1,000 schools starting on Monday, November 8, 2021. Sites at schools can be found on the DOE website.

      • For City-run sites, including H+H hospitals, appointments and walk-ins will be honored.

    • The City is working to ensure that health care providers, including pediatricians and pharmacies, across the City have access to vaccine supply for children. These providers will likely start coming online over the course of this week, check with your doctor, local pharmacy or nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.


    Consent:

    • Children must have a parent or guardian's consent to get the vaccine. Children 5-15 y/o must be accompanied by an adult when they receive the vaccine, and if the child is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, written consent or verbal consent by phone from the parent or guardian must be obtained at the time of vaccination.

      • For specific questions about school vaccinations, please discuss with your child's school

    Incentives:

    • The $100 individual incentive is available to children who get vaccinated. Children may use a parent's email address to redeem their visa gift card.

    • Organizations participating in the $100 Vaccine Referral Bonus program (including PAs/PTAs) are also able to get the $100 incentive per child they refer to get vaccinated. See more information at nyc.gov/vaccineincentive

    Resources:

    • YouTube: Videos from NYC Health in ten languages

    • Parent University: Live and pre-recorded classes on Covid-19 Vaccines. The courses are taught by experts from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and include updates about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as live question-and-answer sessions.

    NYCDOE website: Health and Safety in Our Schools

    2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online

    Literacy Summit - Reaching Every Reader

    Thursday, December 9, 2021

    10:00 AM – 3:30 PM EST

    Register Here


    The New York City Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with Advocates for Children of New York and the ARISE Coalition, is hosting a virtual Literacy Summit on December 9, 2021 at 10:00 am, EST. Building on existing initiatives, the Summit brings diverse stakeholders, both within and outside the DOE together to strengthen our commitment and joint efforts towards advancing equitable literacy outcomes for all of our students.


    The Summit will feature keynote addresses from Lacey Robinson and Chancellor Porter, as well as three panels:

    • Evidence-Based and Culturally Relevant Practices: Working at the Intersection for Equity

    • All means ALL: Diversifying Literacy to Meet the Needs of Every Student

    • How do We Move Forward? Understanding the Shared Responsibility Around Literacy


    We invite you to join us as we engage with some of today’s respected thought leaders to explore current challenges in literacy and share implications for how we can together plan for the future.

    Support for Families in Crisis

    Brooklyn Defender Services is proud to share “Your Family, Your Rights", an advocacy and education website created for parents impacted by the family regulation system to get informed, get help, and get involved.


    "Your Family, Your Rights" is for parents or caretakers who are being investigated by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Here you will find information about your rights, how to navigate an investigation and how to advocate for your family. Learn more here!

    NYCDOE UPDATE: SUBMITTING COVID TESTING FORMS

    Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE has increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:


    Celebrate Homecoming on Parent University!

    Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

    Need help? Visit us on YouTube for user tutorials. Download this flyer for instructions on how to enable captions in multiple languages.

    We want your input! Are you a Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and want to work with NYCDOE? Help us plan an informative training session by responding to this short survey.

    Department of Education (DOE) Vaccination Portal for Families and Staff

    Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Every school will randomly test weekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.

    If your child has been vaccinated, please upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the DOE’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    Vaccination Portal

    Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

    • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
    • The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.
      • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
      • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    “Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination” WEBINAR

    The Manhattan Transition and College Access Center (TCAC) welcomes families of students with disabilities to a workshop on self-advocacy and self-determination. This workshop allows families to develop a robust understanding of the importance of self-advocacy and self-determination and how to use those skills to help their children with postsecondary life.


    Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021

    Time: 5:30pm - 7pm

    Click to register on Parent University (or search under “Special Education” category)

    Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Survey

    On the night of Tuesday, January 25th, 2022, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Survey, a point-in-time survey undertaken each winter that helps the City estimate the number of unsheltered New Yorkers living on the street on one of the coldest nights of the year. The results gathered through this survey provide the City with valuable information that helps determine how best to allocate resources in support of New Yorkers in need.


    Every January, thousands of volunteers across the five boroughs participate in NYC’s annual HOPE survey. Volunteers canvass streets, subway stations, parks, and other public spaces across the city to identify individuals living unsheltered. Volunteers are needed from approximately 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. on the night of January 25th.


    Thanks to the efforts of past volunteers along with the ongoing 24/7/365 efforts of DHS outreach workers via our HOME-STAT outreach program, we have helped more than 4,200 New Yorkers come off the streets and into transitional and/or permanent housing since 2016.


    Of course, the safety of everyone involved in HOPE is our highest priority and a range of COVID safety policies and procedures will be in place, including:


    • Proof of vaccination is required for all volunteers, and masks will be required at all times.

    • Facilities will be set up to promote social distancing, and masks and other PPE will be provided.

    • Training for HOPE volunteers will also be conducted remotely and volunteers will be dismissed remotely and will not be required to return to their designated HOPE site after canvassing.


    Please visit nyc.gov/hope to learn more and to register. Volunteer participation is essential to helping us address the challenge of homelessness and support some of our City’s most vulnerable residents as they get back on their feet.

    District 79 Offerings and Support Available

    District 79 is New York City’s Alternative Schools district. We proudly serve over 50,000 students a year from 6 weeks old to 96 years old. Our Referral Center can be found citywide and offers students and families an opportunity to explore alternative options.



    The District 79 team is here to support NYC. If you are interested in organizing a presentation for families, please reach out to Manny Pica at mpica@schools.nyc.gov.

    The NY Public Library Best Books of 2021

    The New York Public Library is proud to present our Best Books of 2021. Our annual recommendations for kids, teens, and adults, curated by our expert librarians, encompass fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, poetry, kids’ books in Spanish, and much more.


    All of these books are in the Library’s catalog and many are available in multiple formats, including e-books, audiobooks, and accessible editions. Happy reading!


    Check the website for lists or download them here:

    Family update - November 22nd, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Thursday, November 25 - Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Recess, schools closed
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    FAQ COVID Vaccine

    Dr. Easterling, First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene joined NYCDOE Senior Deputy Chancellor Marisol Rosales for a discussion of COVID-19 vaccination. Frequently asked questions from parents provide the basis for this discussion.


    Click to view on Parent University or on the DOE’s website under “Health and Wellness” (scroll down to view)

    Vaccine Details for Children Ages 5 -11

    The Pfizer vaccine is now approved and available for children 5-11 years old in NYC

    • Children aged 5-17 must get Pfizer. It is the only FDA/CDC vaccine approved for children.

    • The Pfizer vaccine is 2 doses, given 21 days apart, to be fully vaccinated

    • The vaccine went through rigorous research, trials, and evaluation and is safe, free, and easily accessible in NYC.

    • Everyone aged 5+ should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible

    • Even if a child (or their parent) had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine because it helps protect them against infection, severe illness, or death from COVID-19.

    • For more information about vaccines and children, families can go to nyc.gov/covidvaccine and see this FAQ.

    • Parents or guardians can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) with questions about the vaccine

    • People should also talk to their health care provider with concerns or questions specific to their own medical situation.


    Access:

    • Find a vaccine site near you at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX4-NYC

      • You can search “Pfizer 5-11” under vaccine type for a site that administers to this age group

    • City-run vaccine sites will offer vaccines for children aged 5+ starting November 3, and there will be temporary sites in over 1,000 schools starting on Monday, November 8, 2021. Sites at schools can be found on the DOE website.

      • For City-run sites, including H+H hospitals, appointments and walk-ins will be honored.

    • The City is working to ensure that health care providers, including pediatricians and pharmacies, across the City have access to vaccine supply for children. These providers will likely start coming online over the course of this week, check with your doctor, local pharmacy or nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.


    Consent:

    • Children must have a parent or guardian's consent to get the vaccine. Children 5-15 y/o must be accompanied by an adult when they receive the vaccine, and if the child is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, written consent or verbal consent by phone from the parent or guardian must be obtained at the time of vaccination.

      • For specific questions about school vaccinations, please discuss with your child's school

    Incentives:

    • The $100 individual incentive is available to children who get vaccinated. Children may use a parent's email address to redeem their visa gift card.

    • Organizations participating in the $100 Vaccine Referral Bonus program (including PAs/PTAs) are also able to get the $100 incentive per child they refer to get vaccinated. See more information at nyc.gov/vaccineincentive

    Resources:

    • YouTube: Videos from NYC Health in ten languages

    • Parent University: Live and pre-recorded classes on Covid-19 Vaccines. The courses are taught by experts from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and include updates about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as live question-and-answer sessions.

    NYCDOE website: Health and Safety in Our Schools

    2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online

    Ready4K, A Free Family Resource

    The NYCDOE is excited to offer you Ready4K, a FREE resource for helping your child, Birth through 5th grade, stay on track with their learning goals. You will receive 3 texts/week with simple ways to bring learning into everyday moments, plus self-care ideas, because parental health is key! Families can get messages in Spanish, English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Russian. To sign up, text "NYC” to 70138, or fill out the webform here.

    High School and Specialized High School Admissions

    This fall and winter, all current eighth and first-time ninth grade students and families are invited to a two-part series of virtual events about high school and Specialized High Schools admissions in New York City. See the flyer in English, Chinese, and Spanish, with more languages coming soon.


    Part 1, November Virtual Information Sessions: Getting Started with MySchools and Registering for the SHSAT. The application isn’t open yet, but there’s so much you can do now! At each event, we’ll walk through how to create your MySchools account, use MySchools to explore high school options, and register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). After the presentation, we will respond to your questions about these topics.

    JOIN US FOR PART 1

    • November 9, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Arabic, Bangla, Urdu


    How to join:

    • Join us on Zoom at the event’s start time here: https://tinyurl.com/2022HSInfo

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Check schools.nyc.gov/High 48 hours before the event: it will include this same Zoom link and the password you’ll need to join, as well as numbers to call for interpretation in provided languages.

    Part 2, Winter Virtual Information Sessions: Applying to High School. At each of these upcoming events, we’ll cover when and how to apply, how offers are made, how to build a balanced application, and how to participate in the audition process for arts programs, including LaGuardia High School. Dates, times, and language access information for these sessions will be announced later this year.

    Support for Families in Crisis

    Brooklyn Defender Services is proud to share “Your Family, Your Rights", an advocacy and education website created for parents impacted by the family regulation system to get informed, get help, and get involved.


    "Your Family, Your Rights" is for parents or caretakers who are being investigated by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Here you will find information about your rights, how to navigate an investigation and how to advocate for your family. Learn more here!

    NYC Families: Save Money on Your Home Broadband Service

    This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), a federal initiative that provides eligible households with a temporary discount on monthly broadband internet bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    All households with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for two types of benefits available:

    • Monthly Benefit: Provides a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; and
    • One-Time Device Discount: This is a one-time discount of up to $100 on a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, where available.

    Who Else is Eligible for EBB?

    In addition to households with students enrolled in a DOE school or program, your household is eligible for EBB if at least one person in your household:

    • Receives certain income-based benefits like SNAP (food stamps), SSI, federal public housing assistance, or Medicaid;
    • Receives free or reduced-price school lunch or breakfast;
    • Received a federal Pell Grant during the current school year;
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.

    To apply for the EBB program, confirm your household’s eligibility, and find participating broadband internet providers, visit the Universal Service Administrative Company’s EBB Program website.

    Have further questions? Call the EBB Program Support Center at (833) 511-0311 or email them at EBBHelp@usac.org.

    We hope your family will be able to benefit from this new federal program. For more free and discounted internet options like EBB, check out the DOE’s “Free and Low-Cost Internet Options” page.

    NYCDOE UPDATE: SUBMITTING COVID TESTING FORMS

    Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE has increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:


    Celebrate Homecoming on Parent University!

    Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

    Need help? Visit us on YouTube for user tutorials. Download this flyer for instructions on how to enable captions in multiple languages.

    We want your input! Are you a Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and want to work with NYCDOE? Help us plan an informative training session by responding to this short survey.

    Department of Education (DOE) Vaccination Portal for Families and Staff

    Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Every school will randomly test weekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.

    If your child has been vaccinated, please upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the DOE’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    Vaccination Portal

    Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

    • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
    • The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.
      • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
      • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.
    • The portal can be translated using Google Translate.

    Privacy and Security

    The privacy and security of your information will be protected by technical, physical, and administrative safeguards, including encryption. This information will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    The STEM of Film and Photography

    Join educators from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and New York Hall of Science on Zoom on Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 11:00am-1:00pm, ET.


    Come and participate in engaging and fun conversations and presentations about the STEM of film and photography. Science, technology, engineering and math are everywhere, even in film and photography. Without it, we would not be able to create, curate, and share our compelling stories and perspectives of the world. Intrepid Museum's curators and Explainers from New York Hall of Science are excited to share the connections between STEM and photography, using Intrepid’s Photo Lab exhibit and engaging demonstrations of optics. Get ready for a virtual cow eye dissection!


    Have your own digital cameras ready (on a smartphone is best) to participate in an engaging activity with Intrepid Museum educators. Let's use STEM and photography to curate a moment in your life.


    Invite friends, clubs, and even your class to register and attend. Pre-registration is required for this FREE virtual program!


    Register here and see the flyer for details. Got questions? Contact the Youth Leadership team at youthleadership@intrepidmuseum.org

    Family update - November 8th, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - REMOTE Evening parent-teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools. Please contact your child’s school for exact PTC dates and times.
    • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day, schools closed
    • Friday, November 12, 2021- REMOTE Afternoon parent-teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early. Please contact your child’s school for exact PTC dates and times.
    • Wednesday, November, 17, 2021 - REMOTE parent-teacher conferences for middle schools and District 75 school programs. Please contact your child’s school for exact PTC dates and times.
    • Thursday, November 18, 2021 - REMOTE Afternoon Conferences for middle schools and District 75 school programs; students in these schools dismissed three hours early. Please contact your child’s school for exact PTC dates and times.
    • Thursday, November 25 - Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Recess, schools closed

    MAYOR DE BLASIO, CHANCELLOR PORTER, AND COMMISSIONER CHOKSHI ANNOUNCE VACCINATION SITES IN EVERY SCHOOL SERVING 5 TO 11 YEAR OLDS

    Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, and Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi announced November 3 that every school that serves students aged 5 through 11 will host vaccination sites beginning on Monday, November 8, 2021. This will provide easy access to life-saving vaccines for the 400,000 eligible public school students in this age range at 1,070 sites. See the full press release and the details below!

    Families can find out when their school will host a clinic at schools.nyc.gov/covid19. No appointment is necessary and all locations will be serving 5 to 11 year olds enrolled at a school in that building exclusively. Clinics will be open between either 7:00AM and 11:00AM or 12:30 PM and 4:00PM, depending on the location.

    Vaccines are safe, effective and free! You do not need to have health insurance or share your immigration status to get vaccinated. The Pfizer vaccine was studied in children ages 5 to 17 and shown to be very safe and effective. The process was monitored closely by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, other organizations, and independent experts. The Pfizer vaccine has safely been given to millions of children in the U.S.

    Universal Mosaic Curriculum Community Engagement Town Halls

    The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is co-designing the Universal Mosaic Curriculum—a rigorous, inclusive, affirming, and standards-aligned K–12 English Language Arts and Math curricula by New York City educators for New York City public schools, to be available to all schools in fall 2023. And we want your input!

    We are holding four Town Halls to elevate the perspectives and insights of students, families, educators, and community members. At the opening of each town hall, DOE students from schools across the City will share their vision for the future of NYC classrooms. Interpretation services will be available in the languages listed below for each event.

    Register today at https://learndoe.org/mosaiccurriculum/

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm | Spanish

    Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm | Mandarin, Russian, Spanish

    Monday, November 15, 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm | Arabic, Bangla, French, ASL

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm | Haitian Creole, Korean, Urdu

    Inquiries can be directed to mosaiccurriculum@schools.nyc.gov

    Registration can be found here. Please share the flyer with members of your community.

    2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

    The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:


    • 3-K (children born in 2019)

    • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

    • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

    • Middle School (current 5th graders)

    • High School (current 8th graders)


    The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online
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    CCELL monthly meeting on November 9, 2021

    Citywide Council on English Language Learners

    Virtual Calendar and Business Meeting


    We invite you to join us for our monthly virtual Calendar and Business meeting on

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 6:15 pm

    Zoom Meeting Information

    Meeting ID:896 5502 8749

    Passcode: 590984

    Dial by phone: 646-558-8656

    Ready4K, A Free Family Resource

    The NYCDOE is excited to offer you Ready4K, a FREE resource for helping your child, Birth through 5th grade, stay on track with their learning goals. You will receive 3 texts/week with simple ways to bring learning into everyday moments, plus self-care ideas, because parental health is key! Families can get messages in Spanish, English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Russian. To sign up, text "NYC” to 70138, or fill out the webform here.

    High School and Specialized High School Admissions

    This fall and winter, all current eighth and first-time ninth grade students and families are invited to a two-part series of virtual events about high school and Specialized High Schools admissions in New York City. See the flyer in English, Chinese, and Spanish, with more languages coming soon.


    Part 1, November Virtual Information Sessions: Getting Started with MySchools and Registering for the SHSAT. The application isn’t open yet, but there’s so much you can do now! At each event, we’ll walk through how to create your MySchools account, use MySchools to explore high school options, and register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). After the presentation, we will respond to your questions about these topics.

    JOIN US FOR PART 1

    • November 9, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Arabic, Bangla, Urdu


    How to join:

    • Join us on Zoom at the event’s start time here: https://tinyurl.com/2022HSInfo

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Check schools.nyc.gov/High 48 hours before the event: it will include this same Zoom link and the password you’ll need to join, as well as numbers to call for interpretation in provided languages.

    Part 2, Winter Virtual Information Sessions: Applying to High School. At each of these upcoming events, we’ll cover when and how to apply, how offers are made, how to build a balanced application, and how to participate in the audition process for arts programs, including LaGuardia High School. Dates, times, an

    NYC Families: Save Money on Your Home Broadband Service

    This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), a federal initiative that provides eligible households with a temporary discount on monthly broadband internet bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    All households with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for two types of benefits available:

    • Monthly Benefit: Provides a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; and
    • One-Time Device Discount: This is a one-time discount of up to $100 on a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, where available.

    Who Else is Eligible for EBB?

    In addition to households with students enrolled in a DOE school or program, your household is eligible for EBB if at least one person in your household:

    • Receives certain income-based benefits like SNAP (food stamps), SSI, federal public housing assistance, or Medicaid;
    • Receives free or reduced-price school lunch or breakfast;
    • Received a federal Pell Grant during the current school year;
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.

    To apply for the EBB program, confirm your household’s eligibility, and find participating broadband internet providers, visit the Universal Service Administrative Company’s EBB Program website.

    Have further questions? Call the EBB Program Support Center at (833) 511-0311 or email them at EBBHelp@usac.org.

    We hope your family will be able to benefit from this new federal program. For more free and discounted internet options like EBB, check out the DOE’s “Free and Low-Cost Internet Options” page.

    NYCDOE UPDATE: SUBMITTING COVID TESTING FORMS

    Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE has increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:


    Extracurricular Activities Vaccination Policy

    Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for students who are at least 12 years old and are participating in afterschool extracurricular activities considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission.

    High risk afterschool activities include:

    • Chorus
    • Musical Theater
    • Dance / Dance Team
    • Band / Orchestra / Marching Band
    • Cheerleading / Step Teams / Flag Team

    Please reach out to your school for additional information regarding participation in these activities.

    Parent University

    Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

    Need help? Visit us on YouTube for user tutorials. Download this flyer for instructions on how to enable captions in multiple languages.

    We want your input! Are you a Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and want to work with NYCDOE? Help us plan an informative training session by responding to this short survey.

    Department of Education (DOE) Vaccination Portal for Families and Staff

    Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Every school will randomly test weekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.

    If your child has been vaccinated, please upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the DOE’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    Vaccination Portal

    Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

    • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
    • The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.
      • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
      • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.
    • The portal can be translated using Google Translate.

    Privacy and Security

    The privacy and security of your information will be protected by technical, physical, and administrative safeguards, including encryption. This information will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

    We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

    Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

    Family update - October 25th, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Election Day, fully remote, asynchronous instructional day
    • Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - Evening parent-teacher conferences for elementary schools and K–8 schools.
    • Thursday, November 4, 2021 - Afternoon parent-teacher conferences for elementary schools and K–8 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.
    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - Evening parent-teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools.
    • Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day, schools closed
    • Friday, November 12, 2021- Afternoon parent-teacher conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schools; students in these schools dismissed three hours early.
    • Wednesday, November, 17, 2021 - Evening parent-teacher conferences for middle schools and District 75 school programs.
    • Thursday, November 18, 2021 - Afternoon Conferences for middle schools and District 75 school programs; students in these schools dismissed three hours early
    • Thursday, November 25 - Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Recess, schools closed

    NYC Families: Save Money on Your Home Broadband Service

    This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), a federal initiative that provides eligible households with a temporary discount on monthly broadband internet bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    All households with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for two types of benefits available:


    • Monthly Benefit: Provides a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; and


    • One-Time Device Discount: This is a one-time discount of up to $100 on a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, where available.


    Who Else is Eligible for EBB?


    In addition to households with students enrolled in a DOE school or program, your household is eligible for EBB if at least one person in your household:


    • Receives certain income-based benefits like SNAP (food stamps), SSI, federal public housing assistance, or Medicaid;


    • Receives free or reduced-price school lunch or breakfast;


    • Received a federal Pell Grant during the current school year;


    • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.


    To apply for the EBB program, confirm your household’s eligibility, and find participating broadband internet providers, visit the Universal Service Administrative Company’s EBB Program website.

    Have further questions? Call the EBB Program Support Center at (833) 511-0311 or email them at EBBHelp@usac.org.


    We hope your family will be able to benefit from this new federal program. For more free and discounted internet options like EBB, check out the DOE’s “Free and Low-Cost Internet Options” page.

    CCELL monthly meeting on November 9, 2021

    Citywide Council on English Language Learners

    Virtual Calendar and Business Meeting


    We invite you to join us for our monthly virtual Calendar and Business meeting on

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 6:15 pm

    Zoom Meeting Information

    Meeting ID: 896 5502 8749

    Passcode: 590984

    Dial by phone: 646-558-8656

    NYCDOE UPDATE: Special Education Recovery Services

    Beginning this fall, every DOE school will offer an after school or Saturday program (or a combination of the two) to deliver Special Education Recovery Services. Special Education Recovery Services are specialized instruction and related services, targeted to each student’s individual needs. These services will be provided to students with IEPs in addition to their regular school day. They offer the opportunity for children to receive additional services as soon as possible, without any need for parents to make a request or wait through an administrative process.


    Please join an information session for families on October 5, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Read more and register here.


    To learn more about Special Education Recovery Services, visit the Special Education Family Resources page on the DOE website.

    NYCDOE UPDATE: SUBMITTING COVID TESTING FORMS

    Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE has increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:


    Extracurricular Activities Vaccination Policy

    Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for students who are at least 12 years old and are participating in afterschool extracurricular activities considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission.

    High risk afterschool activities include:

    • Chorus
    • Musical Theater
    • Dance / Dance Team
    • Band / Orchestra / Marching Band
    • Cheerleading / Step Teams / Flag Team

    Please reach out to your school for additional information regarding participation in these activities.

    NYCDOE UPDATE: Specialized High School Admissions Test

    All current 8th and first-time 9th grade students who live in New York City can apply to high school and test and/or audition to apply to the Specialized High Schools during the 2021-2022 school year. In mid-October, you’ll get your child’s welcome letter with details on how to access your MySchools account and participate.


    SHSAT UPDATE

    Today, we have updates for students interested in applying to any/all of the eight testing Specialized High Schools. You apply to these schools by registering for and then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT); offers are made based on each student’s SHSAT score, their school preferences, and seat availability. Here’s what to do, when:

    • Prepare. Detailed test information, sample tests, and information about testing accommodations are available on our website.

    • Register. Registration will open in mid-October 2021. Specific registration dates are coming soon!

    • Test. All registered students will take the SHSAT in December 2021. When specific test dates and other information become available, we will send an update.


    MORE UPDATES ARE COMING SOON, INCLUDING:

    • When to submit your high school application, the way to apply to most of the city’s 700+ program options.

    • When and how to register for programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC’s audition Specialized High School, which uses a separate admissions process.

    • How to audition for arts programs at high schools across the city, including LaGuardia.


    WHAT TO DO NOW


    Questions? Talk to your child’s current school counselor or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

    Celebrate Homecoming on Parent University!

    Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

    Need help? Visit us on YouTube for user tutorials. Download this flyer for instructions on how to enable captions in multiple languages.

    We want your input! Are you a Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and want to work with NYCDOE? Help us plan an informative training session by responding to this short survey.

    Department of Education (DOE) Vaccination Portal for Families and Staff

    Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Every school will randomly test weekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.

    If your child has been vaccinated, please upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the DOE’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older

    Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Vaccination is safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status.

    If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

    • You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.
    • For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefacts.
    • To submit your child’s proof of vaccination, families should use the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. For more information about how to use the portal, please visit our Health and Safety page.

    Vaccination Portal

    Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

    • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
    • The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.
      • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
      • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.
    • The portal can be translated using Google Translate.

    Privacy and Security

    The privacy and security of your information will be protected by technical, physical, and administrative safeguards, including encryption. This information will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    Family Update - October 12, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Monday, October 11, 2021- Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day, schools closed
    • Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Election Day, fully remote, asynchronous instructional day
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    BRILLIANT NYC

    Reimagined Accelerated Learning to All K-5 Students, Eliminates Gifted & Talented Test and Separated Classrooms.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio and School’s Chancellor Meisha Porter announced “Brilliant NYC,” a blueprint for accelerated learning for all elementary students in New York City and a 32 district engagement plan to solicit community feedback. Starting with Kindergarten in September 2022, accelerated learning will be offered to 65,000 kindergarteners compared to 2,500 kindergarteners that the current Gifted & Talented (G&T) model serves. Students currently in G&T will remain in their programming so there is no disruption to their learning. Brilliant NYC will be phased in for grades one through three.

    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    As part of his Juneteenth Economic Justice Plan, Mayor de Blasio announced the citywide expansion of the Save for College Program to all kindergarten students starting September 2021. In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE, this free program will provide incoming kindergarten students with NYC Scholarship Accounts including the first $100 deposit into each account, opportunities to earn additional rewards and access to Community Scholarships, as well as supporting financial education and college and career readiness activities.

    Since the Save for College Program began as a pilot in 2017, 96% of all rising first, second, third and fourth graders (~13,500 students) now have a NYC Scholarship Account for their educational futures. Visit Save for College Program Pilot website to learn more about the pilot phase of the Save for College Program.


    NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

    NYCDOE UPDATE: Special Education Recovery Services

    Beginning this fall, every DOE school will offer an after school or Saturday program (or a combination of the two) to deliver Special Education Recovery Services. Special Education Recovery Services are specialized instruction and related services, targeted to each student’s individual needs. These services will be provided to students with IEPs in addition to their regular school day. They offer the opportunity for children to receive additional services as soon as possible, without any need for parents to make a request or wait through an administrative process.


    Please join an information session for families on October 5, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Read more and register here.


    To learn more about Special Education Recovery Services, visit the Special Education Family Resources page on the DOE website.

    NYCDOE UPDATE: SUBMITTING COVID TESTING FORMS

    Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE has increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:


    Extracurricular Activities Vaccination Policy

    Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for students who are at least 12 years old and are participating in afterschool extracurricular activities considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission.

    High risk afterschool activities include:

    • Chorus
    • Musical Theater
    • Dance / Dance Team
    • Band / Orchestra / Marching Band
    • Cheerleading / Step Teams / Flag Team

    Please reach out to your school for additional information regarding participation in these activities.

    NYCDOE UPDATE: Specialized High School Admissions Test

    All current 8th and first-time 9th grade students who live in New York City can apply to high school and test and/or audition to apply to the Specialized High Schools during the 2021-2022 school year. In mid-October, you’ll get your child’s welcome letter with details on how to access your MySchools account and participate.


    SHSAT UPDATE

    Today, we have updates for students interested in applying to any/all of the eight testing Specialized High Schools. You apply to these schools by registering for and then taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT); offers are made based on each student’s SHSAT score, their school preferences, and seat availability. Here’s what to do, when:

    • Prepare. Detailed test information, sample tests, and information about testing accommodations are available on our website.

    • Register. Registration will open in mid-October 2021. Specific registration dates are coming soon!

    • Test. All registered students will take the SHSAT in December 2021. When specific test dates and other information become available, we will send an update.


    MORE UPDATES ARE COMING SOON, INCLUDING:

    • When to submit your high school application, the way to apply to most of the city’s 700+ program options.

    • When and how to register for programs at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, NYC’s audition Specialized High School, which uses a separate admissions process.

    • How to audition for arts programs at high schools across the city, including LaGuardia.


    WHAT TO DO NOW


    Questions? Talk to your child’s current school counselor or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

    Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

    Every year between September 15th and October 15th, Americans across the United States celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in honor of the histories, cultures, and contributions of U.S. families with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.


    Please visit the DOE’s Morning Bell Blog to see a list of books, events, and resources for families and students in grades 3-K through 12. We hope you enjoy and learn from these outstanding books and resources.

    Celebrate Homecoming on Parent University!

    Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

    Need help? Visit us on YouTube for user tutorials. Download this flyer for instructions on how to enable captions in multiple languages.

    We want your input! Are you a Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and want to work with NYCDOE? Help us plan an informative training session by responding to this short survey.

    Department of Education (DOE) Vaccination Portal for Families and Staff

    Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Every school will randomly test weekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.

    If your child has been vaccinated, please upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the DOE’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    School Enrollment

    Family Welcome Centers serve NYC families all year round with enrollment and admissions. Our staff members provide remote support Monday through Friday via email, phone, or video conference.

    To request support and/or set up an appointment in District 27, please email:

    Important Note

    Family Welcome Centers are currently prioritizing support for families whose children

    • do not yet have a school and need to register, or
    • need emergency medical or safety transfers.

    At this time, we are unable to support non-emergency transfer requests. We care deeply about your child’s education and well-being, and we will update this page as soon as we're able to process additional transfers.

    Family Welcome Centers (nyc.gov)

    COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older

    Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Vaccination is safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status.

    If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

    • You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.
    • For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefacts.
    • To submit your child’s proof of vaccination, families should use the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. For more information about how to use the portal, please visit our Health and Safety page.

    Vaccination Portal

    Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

    • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
    • The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.
      • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
      • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.
    • The portal can be translated using Google Translate.

    Privacy and Security

    The privacy and security of your information will be protected by technical, physical, and administrative safeguards, including encryption. This information will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

    We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

    Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

    Family Update - September 13, 2021

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    Celebrate Homecoming on Parent University!

    Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

    Need help? Visit us on YouTube for user tutorials. Download this flyer for instructions on how to enable captions in multiple languages.

    We want your input! Are you a Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) and want to work with NYCDOE? Help us plan an informative training session by responding to this short survey.

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    School Enrollment

    Family Welcome Centers serve NYC families all year round with enrollment and admissions. Our staff members provide remote support Monday through Friday via email, phone, or video conference.

    To request support and/or set up an appointment, please complete and submit this form:

    Request for Support Form

    • When we receive your form, we will call or email you to support with your request. We’ll make every effort to respond in three business days.
    • Please do NOT submit duplicate requests by form and/or email; doing so may further delay our response time. We are grateful for your patience.
    • Need help accessing or submitting the online form? Call 718-935-2828 for assistance.


    Important Note

    Family Welcome Centers are currently prioritizing support for families whose children

    • do not yet have a school and need to register, or
    • need emergency medical or safety transfers.

    At this time, we are unable to support non-emergency transfer requests. We care deeply about your child’s education and well-being, and we will update this page as soon as we're able to process additional transfers.

    2021–2022 School Year Calendar

    Please visit the link below for the 2021–22 school year calendar for all K­­–12 NYCDOE public schools. If your child attends a private, parochial, or charter school, please contact your child’s school for information about their calendar. Please note the following reminders:

    • November 2, Election Day, will be a fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students.
    • On “Snow days” or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.
    • Parent-teacher conference dates are the citywide defaults; individual school dates might differ from those below. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/2021-2022-school-year-calendar

    COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older

    Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Vaccination is safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status.

    If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

    • You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.
    • For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefacts.
    • To submit your child’s proof of vaccination, families should use the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. For more information about how to use the portal, please visit our Health and Safety page.

    Vaccination Portal

    Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

    • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
    • The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.
      • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
      • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.
    • The portal can be translated using Google Translate.

    Privacy and Security

    The privacy and security of your information will be protected by technical, physical, and administrative safeguards, including encryption. This information will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Vaccination Policy

    COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for DOE students and staff participating in Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) sports considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission. High-risk sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby. Vaccination will also be required for participation in bowling because it takes place in spaces that require vaccination.

    Participants in fall high-risk sports must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the first day of competitive play, which varies by sport. Winter and spring PSAL participants have until the beginning of their season to be fully vaccinated. Get additional information about health and safety protocols for PSAL in the 2021-22 school year.

    WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

    The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


    Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

    https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

    IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

    We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

    Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

    Family Update - August 16th, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 - Last day of Summer Rising (Middle Schools)
    • Friday, Aug 13, 2021 - Last Day of Summer Rising (High Schools, D75, Extended School Year)
    • Friday, Aug 20, 2021 - Last Day of Summer Rising (Elementary Schools)
    • Monday, Sep 13, 2021- First day of school for students

    Mental Health

    • Mental health services are being offered remotely to support children and family during these difficult times. The School Mental Health Program is working with our community providers to offer Telehealth services which utilize health insurance, medicaid or offer a sliding scale for billing. Please reach out to your school mental health team for more information.

    • NYC-Well is a confidential mental health information and referral line with access to mobile crisis teams. Staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

    Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), or chat now

    School Enrollment

    Family Welcome Center - schools.nyc.gov/FWC

    Available Monday through Friday to support by email, phone or video conference.

    In person is by appointment only.

    Complete the online request form or call 718-935-2828


    EarlyLearn - Birth - 2 Years

    For eligible families, there are EarlyLearn programs for children from birth to two years old. Email earlylearn@schools.nyc.gov or call 311 to find out if your family qualifies.


    3-K - 3 Years Old, Pre-K - 4 Years Old

    3-K programs offered in every district, and there is a pre-K seat for every 4 year old in New York City. Contact a Family Welcome Center. Extended Day/Year programs for 3-K and pre-K are available for children who qualify based on family income and needs. Email

    EDYapplication@schools.nyc.gov


    Elementary School Grades K-5/ Middle School Grades 6-8

    Most children attend their zoned school for elementary or middle school. Contact your zoned school directly to enroll during the school year. Or contact a Family Welcome Center if you don’t have a zoned school or want to learn about other options. We can help you find a school and enroll.


    High School Grades 9-12

    There are more than 400 high schools with more than 700 programs across New York City. Contact a Family Welcome Center to discuss school options and enroll.


    Home Instruction Information

    School Building Ventilation Survey

    Properly ventilated classrooms are key to school safety. The DOE continues to monitor ventilation in all spaces throughout our buildings on a regular basis and posts updated information on each school’s page on our website, via the Overview tab, under Building Ventilation Information. As always, the health and safety of our staff, students and families is our number one priority.

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/building-ventilation-status

    New York State Education Department Releases Guidance for SY 2021-2022!

    The New York State Education Department issued a Health and Safety Guide for the 2021-2022 School Year.


    The guide describes a range of strategies that schools and districts should consider, and provides recommendations based on the best health and safety information currently available.

    Homecoming 2021

    Fall 2021 marks an important homecoming for our schools. We will begin the journey to recovery by welcoming New York City students back to school communities and classrooms where they can feel safe and well-cared for, and where they can learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

    Our return to full-time, in-person learning starts with the Academic Recovery Plan, a new vision for New York City’s students with a special focus in the upcoming 2021–22 academic year on transformative, far-reaching investments in seven critical areas: early literacy for all, developing students as digital citizens, preparing students to be college- and career-ready, special education services and support, support for multilingual learners, building a rigorous and inclusive universal curriculum, and social emotional supports for every student.

    Our Priorities:


    • Social Emotional Supports for Every Student
    • Early Literacy for All
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Special Education Investments
    • Expanded Multilingual Support

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families

    2021–2022 School Year Calendar

    Please visit the link below for the 2021–22 school year calendar for all K­­–12 NYCDOE public schools. If your child attends a private, parochial, or charter school, please contact your child’s school for information about their calendar. Please note the following reminders:

    • November 2, Election Day, will be a fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students.
    • On “Snow days” or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.
    • Parent-teacher conference dates are the citywide defaults; individual school dates might differ from those below. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/2021-2022-school-year-calendar

    Get a COVID-19 Vaccine at Select School Sites

    All New Yorkers age 12 and up can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine! In partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, some school sites will offer vaccination. You can simply walk in with your student, any friend or family member who needs a vaccine, or just get one for yourself. It's quick and easy, and will help you keep yourself, your neighborhood, and your school community safe.

    Have questions about the vaccine? Visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts.

    Important information:

    • You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. ID is only required for proof of age.
    • You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated.
    • All minors who are 12 to 15 must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent/guardian.
    Coronavirus Update (nyc.gov)

    NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

    DOE Health Screening

    All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

    https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

    Free Summer Meals

    This summer, any New Yorker who wants them can get free "grab & go" meals across the city starting June 28th.

    • View all the summer feeding locations
    • No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch
    • Find Locations starting 6/25/2021 after 5pm
    • You may also call 311 or text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877 (text messaging and data rates may apply)
    • Meals Hubs are open for children and families Monday–Friday
    • Breakfast and lunch service times will be 9am to 1pm (click links to view menus)
    • Vegetarian meals are available at all locations
    • All meals are Grab and Go, not to be consumed on site
    • Kosher and Halal meals are available at select locations
    • There will be no service Monday, July 5th (Independence Day Observed) and Tuesday, July 20th (Eid-ul-Adha)
    • All locations, dates and times are subject to change.
    • Community Based Organizations may call the Office of Food & Nutrition Services Accounts Receivable department at 718-707-4371, 718-707-4382 or 718-707-4383 for additional information

    Meals for All New Yorkers

    Take-home and cook options will be available at the community hubs. Check your local DOE food distribution center for more information. These meals are perfect for cooking at home with families. The choice of items may vary according to location and availability.

    WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

    The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


    Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

    https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

    Parent University

    Classes for NYC Families

    Parent University seeks to educate and empower families as partners, advocates, and lifelong educators in their student's education through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

    Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved with Parent University. With an expanding course list Parent University is ready to support you. Register and enroll for a course today!


    Sign In with NYCSA

    Already have a NYC School Account?
    Then you're already registered, just sign in!

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    IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

    We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

    Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

    Family Update - July 26th, 2021

    Important Dates:

    • Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 - Last day of Summer Rising (Middle Schools)
    • Friday, Aug 13, 2021 - Last Day of Summer Rising (High Schools, D75, Extended School Year)
    • Friday, Aug 20, 2021 - Last Day of Summer Rising (Elementary Schools)
    • Monday, Sep 13, 2021- First day of school for students

    Homecoming 2021

    Fall 2021 marks an important homecoming for our schools. We will begin the journey to recovery by welcoming New York City students back to school communities and classrooms where they can feel safe and well-cared for, and where they can learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

    Our return to full-time, in-person learning starts with the Academic Recovery Plan, a new vision for New York City’s students with a special focus in the upcoming 2021–22 academic year on transformative, far-reaching investments in seven critical areas: early literacy for all, developing students as digital citizens, preparing students to be college- and career-ready, special education services and support, support for multilingual learners, building a rigorous and inclusive universal curriculum, and social emotional supports for every student.

    Our Priorities:


    • Social Emotional Supports for Every Student
    • Early Literacy for All
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Special Education Investments
    • Expanded Multilingual Support

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families

    2021–2022 School Year Calendar

    Please visit the link below for the 2021–22 school year calendar for all K­­–12 NYCDOE public schools. If your child attends a private, parochial, or charter school, please contact your child’s school for information about their calendar. Please note the following reminders:

    • November 2, Election Day, will be a fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students.
    • On “Snow days” or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.
    • Parent-teacher conference dates are the citywide defaults; individual school dates might differ from those below. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/2021-2022-school-year-calendar

    Get a COVID-19 Vaccine at Select School Sites

    All New Yorkers age 12 and up can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine! In partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, some school sites will offer vaccination. You can simply walk in with your student, any friend or family member who needs a vaccine, or just get one for yourself. It's quick and easy, and will help you keep yourself, your neighborhood, and your school community safe.

    Have questions about the vaccine? Visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts.

    Important information:

    • You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. ID is only required for proof of age.
    • You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated.
    • All minors who are 12 to 15 must be accompanied to the va