Education Updates from WJPS

October 2021

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UPDATE: Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 and A-832

Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 (Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment) and A-832 (Student-to-Student Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and/or Bullying) have been amended. The cover page of each regulation provides a detailed explanation of all the changes.


There are also two new student and parent resources to support schools regarding Chancellor’s Regulations A-832 and A-831:


New Student and Parent Complaint/Reporting Form: This new reporting form has been developed for parents and students to use when making reports of Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment and/or Student-to-Student Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and/or Bullying incidents.


Students or parents who request a complaint form will be provided with this new form. Completed forms may be submitted to any school staff member. Parents and students are not required to file a complaint form and may continue to report incidents verbally, electronically, or in writing. School staff are available to support you with filing or to file for you.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): This new resource for parents and students includes helpful information about how to report Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment and/or Student-to-Student Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and/or Bullying incidents. The FAQ explains the investigation process, and follow-up actions that are required under the regulations to prevent and address student-to-student sexual harassment and student-to-student gender-based harassment, bullying, intimidation, and/or discrimination. Schools will have hard copies of the FAQ available in a location that is accessible to students and parents.

Emergency Broadband Benefit: Internet Service Discount

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any families with children in schools offering free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision can sign up for this program, which means it’s available to all students enrolled in New York City’s public schools.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Read more details on the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit website, and watch the FCC’s video in English, Spanish, or American Sign Language to learn more.

Know Your Rights - Special Education Training

Join Kerry T. Cooperman, Special Education attorney at Stroock and Stroock, and NY Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc. for a free webinar on the rights of students having an Emotional Disturbance (ED) classification on their IEP. Topics include:


  • Special education evaluations

  • Related services

  • Appropriate educational placements

  • Behavioral supports

  • Interpretation and translation services

  • IEP meetings, Mediation, and Impartial Hearings

  • Charter schools, nonpublic schools, and private schools, and more.


Register here for the webinar to be held November 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM.

Join the Youth Tech Safety Project at the Cornell Social Media Lab

As technology use has become an important part of teenagers’ lives, protecting them from digital risks and harms becomes a critical issue. While technology use has created opportunities for learning and social connection, it can also be used as a tool of abuse in teenagers’ interpersonal relationships. Consistent access and exposure to media, including content posted by peers, has raised concerns regarding increased exposure to inappropriate content, online harassment, sexual coercion, and cyberbullying.


The Cornell Social Media Lab is conducting a study that aims to understand which online risks parents, caregivers, and educators are concerned about and how they respond when digital harms occur. The outcome of this work will be the development of publicly available tools for parents, caregivers, advocates, and youth. These tools will provide resources for privacy education and mitigation strategies to protect youth.


All interviews and focus groups will be conducted over Zoom and will last 60 minutes. No personal identifying information will be collected.


If you are interested in participating in a focus group, contact: TECHsafety@cornell.edu

Consent Forms for Covid-19 Testing

It is important that you provide consent for your child to participate in the in-school testing program. Submit your updated testing consent form for your child using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) at schoolsaccount.nyc or by downloading the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and providing the completed printed form to your child’s school.


Testing consent forms submitted in the previous school year expire on September 30, 2021. If you previously provided consent, your child may be tested this month as part of the in-school testing program—however, for your child to participate in the testing program for the remainder of this school year, you must submit a new consent form.

"COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know" WEBINAR

The DOE’s Parent University invites NYC families to another session of “COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know”. In this course, families will learn about the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as participate in a live question and answer session. This course will be taught by our partners and experts at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Time: 10am OR 6pm

Register on Parent University

AM Session: COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know (10am Session)

PM Session: COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know (6pm Session)

Parent Leadership Updates

NYCDOE UPDATE: Updates to Chancellor’s Regulation A-660

We are excited to announce that the revised Chancellor’s Regulation A-660 has posted! We want to thank the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) for making this a priority, and acknowledge the incredible work of the A-660 working group. These proposed amendments are the result of collaboration and partnership between parent leaders and DOE - this is a proud moment!


The proposed amendments will: expand PA/PTA membership to include parents of students in an early childhood program offered by a district school; provide updated guidance around remote and hybrid meetings; and modernize financial rules.


NYCDOE UPDATE: “Parliamentary Procedures” WEBINAR

Are you a parent leader and want to run meetings more effectively? Join us and learn about Parliamentary Procedure. In this training we will discuss rules for running a meeting in an orderly and productive fashion, rules for productive debate, and rules for taking action.

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Register on Parent University


NYCDOE UPDATE: “Capital Plan” WEBINAR

The Office of Family and Community Empowerment invites CCEC members to attend a presentation on the Capital Plan. Representatives from the School Construction Authority will present and explain the role of CEC members in the Capital Plan process and how to identify and prioritize projects for capital funding.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Register on Parent University


College Is Possible Webinar for High School Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

College information for high school students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who will leave high school with a diploma.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021

6-7:30 P.M.


Panelists will include City University of New York, ACCES-VR, INCLUDEnyc, student

self-advocates, and the NYC Department of Education for students who are leaving school with a diploma. Get your questions answered by representatives from CUNY Accessibility, Financial Aid, ACCES-VR, student self-advocates, and more! See flyer for details.

REGISTER ONLINE OR BY PHONE: (212) 677-4650 ext. 21


Learn about educational programs on college campuses for students with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities who use Alternate Assessment and will leave high school with a non-diploma credential.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021

6-7:30 PM


Panel will include representatives from CUNY Unlimited, Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program, THINK College, ACCES-VR, student self-advocates, and more! See flyer for details.

REGISTER ONLINE OR BY PHONE: (212) 677-4650 ext. 21

NYCDOE UPDATE: Specialized High School Admissions Test

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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.

How to Create Your NYCSA Account

It’s important that WJPS can reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in the school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message. With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. In order to see your child’s records, request an Account Creation Code from our Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Reed at helen.reed@wjps.org.


Parents are able to to view and update their emergency contact information and their child’s health information directly in NYCSA. This information will automatically update in the DOE system.


Families can now access the new NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) portal, which consolidates several important parent-facing applications in one place. In addition to seeing information for MyStudent, such as grades, attendance, and transportation, families will also be able to access Parent University and the Bullying Reporting online form.


Parents can reset the passwords to their student’s DOE email accounts through the Manage Account page; please note the change in URL from http://mystudent.nyc to http://schoolsaccount.nyc. Families who currently have a NYCSA account will automatically have access to new features in the portal.

Parent University!

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!

To register for a course:

  • Visit parentu.schools.nyc

  • Sign in with your NYC Schools Account or create a new account

  • Choose a course from the Course Catalog tab

  • Click Enroll

  • Check your email for confirmation!

For more information about Parent University, including flyers in different languages, please visit the Office of Family and Community Empowerment page on the DOE website. To get started, watch this short video tutorial and learn how to create an account. Then, go to parentu.schools.nyc .

We hope to see you on Parent University!


Here are some courses:


Mindfulness is emerging in public education based on 60 years of teachers, parents, and families discovering and utilizing these strategies of stress management, attentional focus, awareness, acceptance, and self-regulation to:

  • Stay with & realize solutions to personal and public challenges and changes

  • Increase one's capacity to notice and appreciate life in ways that support resilience

  • Support joyful learning and growth

  • Develop critical thinking skills


Join us each Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm as we build community and harness the power of self-care and self-healing through the discovery of the conscious breath, meditation, and movement.



Mindfulness for Parents (Every Tuesday & Thursday at 7:30pm)


Helping Our Kids Build Healthy Relationships WEBINAR

Please join First Lady Chirlane McCray and the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence for “Helping Our Kids Build Healthy Relationships,” a virtual parent and caregiver webinar focused on healthy relationship skill building for students in grades K-5. Come learn about “The ABCs of Healthy Relationships”, new web-based resources for students, parents, caregivers and educators and get tips from experts on how to support kids in developing healthy relationships.


Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Register on Parent University


"Let's Talk NYC: To Support Student Mental Health"


Join us on Parent University to learn about new initiatives and resources from the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, the Department of Education, and external partners that you can access to promote your child’s mental health. This webinar will introduce the “Let’s Talk NYC: To Support Student Mental Health” campaign, useful guides to engage your child about their emotional wellbeing, and information about how to find additional support.


Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time: 2pm - 3:30pm

Register on Parent University

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Card for Food

Every single NYC public school student is automatically eligible—regardless of income or immigration status. No application or registration is required. P-EBT does not affect any other benefits or public charge status. Students in parochial or charter schools may be eligible if their school participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). For more information, please check out the links below.



For detailed instructions on how to replace your P-EBT card, see below:


Free Parent and Caregiver Webinars from the Ackerman Institute

Join the Ackerman Institute for these free webinars, designed to help parents and caregivers to support their child’s mental health across a diverse range of subjects. Webinars are created by family therapy experts and will be held on Zoom:


Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This child sexual abuse prevention webinar will teach you how to keep your child safe from sexual abuse as well as how to respond if your child makes a disclosure. Due to more kids having access to the internet as a result of COVID-19 and remote learning, special focus will be given to online sexual abuse prevention.


The Emotions of Parenting

Wednesday, November 10, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Emotions are often misunderstood and seen as something to fear and avoid. In this workshop, you will gain strategies for understanding and working with your own and your child’s feelings. We will look at the purpose of emotions and how they underlie our effective, satisfying, and zesty living. We will discuss why they are so hard, at times, to allow in ourselves and in others: what is so difficult, scary, or overwhelming about emotion? And we will learn and practice some practical strategies for connecting to emotion so that they can be helpful guides for parenting and other relationships.


The Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

The Office of Food & Nutrition Services is Hiring!

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services needs your assistance in letting the community know they are hiring. Below is the image and text that you can post on your Social Media Accounts:

Food and Nutrition Services is Hiring! Providing healthy food choices to NYC Public School Students. Looking for service oriented employees to work year round in school kitchens. Openings in 5 boroughs, part time work and full benefits. Learn how to apply at schools.nyc.gov/foodsrvicejobs.

All Visitors to DOE School Buildings Must Show Proof of Vaccination

Effective Monday, September 13, all visitors to DOE school buildings are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (1 dose), in order to enter the building, except in the case of an emergency. This proof may be provided in several ways, please see schools.nyc.gov/2021health for more information.


Pending an Order by the Health Commissioner​

On the first day of school, 3K/Pre-K parents, in small groups, are able to walk their children into the classroom and stay with them briefly on the first day of school without showing proof of vaccination. All other requirements apply. ​


In order to enter the building, a visitor must:​

  • show identification,​

  • have proof of vaccination, ​

  • complete the daily health screening form, and​

  • wear a face covering. ​

Let's Get Vaccinated!

As we look toward a return to school buildings for every student this fall, it is important to spread the word that everyone age 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccines are essential to stopping this pandemic. When you support COVID-19 vaccination, you help to protect your school and your community against COVID-19.


There are New Yorkers who still have questions or concerns about vaccines, and we are dedicated to addressing them. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is sharing a number of resources with detailed information:


For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine or call 311. To find out where you or your loved ones can get vaccinated, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can also sign up by visiting nyc.gov/homebound or calling 877-VAX-4NYC for an in-home vaccination.

Vaccinations Required for Students and Staff Participating in Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Sports

Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Vaccination Policy

As a reminder, 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 while the sport is not high risk, the locations where it occurs 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. For additional information about health and safety protocols for PSAL in the 2021-22 school year, please visit schools.nyc.gov/PSAL.

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.

New York City’s Public Libraries Announce No More Late Fines, Ever

As of October 5, 2021, everyone is getting a fresh start at the Library: All existing fines and replacement fees in all patron accounts have been cleared and erased. This is the case for all three of New York City’s public libraries: New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library.


Check out your local library for all the great free resources and services it offers!

NYC Students Can Access FREE Digital Books

The Sora app is the quickest and easiest way to read digital books. NYC students grades K-12 can log in using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device, for FREE.


New York City Department of Education’s ebook and audiobook collection is available 24/7.


Download the FREE Sora app - use set up code NYCSCHOOLS

Students log in with their DOE email account

Download Digital Books or Audio Books

Wide Open Schools Website for Families

Wide Open School, powered by Common Sense, is a NYC DOE-approved website with learning activities for students. Activities are free and available for all subjects for preschool - grade 12.

Families can find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping kids focused and helpful information about using online learning tools. Families can also find an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year in grades K-8 with high school coming soon.

When to use Wide Open School:

  • To engage with your child about what your child is learning at school.

  • To help parents with conversations at teacher conferences.

  • As a backup plan when the school is having closures or technical difficulties.

  • When looking for free after-school or summer activities.

  • When looking for family tips for learning at home.

To learn more about Wide Open School's tools and resources, visit nycschools.wideopenschool.org.

RESOURCE: How to help someone who needs mental healthcare

Get started with a new guide from the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health, produced with NYC Health + Hospitals and the NYC Health Department. The guide walks you through how to get mental health support for anyone, at any level of need - including what to know, where to look, and who to call.

Explore the guide online here.

Mental Health Resources for All New Yorkers

NYC has greatly expanded mental health and substance misuse services, and increased services as the COVID-19 pandemic created additional challenges.


The 24/7 helpline 1-888-NYC-WELL is FREE and provides many different kinds of support and interventions. The website Mental Health for All helps with finding support for recovery from depression; grief support; support through any kind of crisis; and substance use disorder services.


New York City has universal health care (NYC Care) that includes counseling services. No New Yorker, documented or undocumented, needs to go without coverage. Mental health is as important as ever during tough times. NYC will continue to promote universal access to mental healthcare during the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.