Education Updates from WJPS
September 12, 2021
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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:
have proof of vaccination,
complete the daily health screening form, and
wear a face covering.
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:
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.
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.
You can fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc
Download the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/NYCSA
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.
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:
COVID-19: Vaccine webpage: includes the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines (such as how to find a vaccination site, vaccine eligibility and what you can do once fully vaccinated)
COVID-19: Vaccine Facts webpage: includes information on common issues and questions about the vaccines
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines for Families and Educators
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.
How to Create Your NYCSA Account
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 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:
Sign in with your NYC Schools Account or create a new account
Choose a course from the Course Catalog tab
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:
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.