Parent 411 Updates - Sept. 2021

The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School - 2021

Safety Is Our Priority...

This past week was the official start of our 2021 - 2022 school year and we want our families to know that we have made the safety of our students top priority.

  • Universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Classrooms set up with at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to reduce transmission risk. We have also layered multiple other prevention strategies such as:

  • Daily health screenings by all staff & students

  • Random testing

  • Desk shields provided for every child in every classroom setting.

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New Things AT PS 160x-

We had some changes just before the start of school. Our former Assistant Principal Ms. Kiana Washington had a wonderful opportunity presented to her to become the new principal at PS153x in Co-op City Sect. 4. We wish her all the best at her new school and we are so thankful for what she brought to P.S. 160 during her time with us!

Our new interim acting Asst. Principal is Ms. Nelida Pagan. Ms. Pagan has led and worked on several school teams, many District 11 teams and most recently at the borough level. We are looking forward to all that Ms. Pagan will bring to her new role as Interim Acting Assistant Principal.

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NYC School Accounts -NYCSA

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UPDATE: New NYC Schools Account (NYSCA)

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 to Families who currently have a NYCSA account will automatically have access to new features in the portal.

New families and any returning families that have not set up their NYCSA account Family Letters will be back packed home with their student during the week of Sept. 20th.

Any families that require assistance with setting up their NYCSA accounts please join us at our upcoming REAL Talk Tuesday on Oct. 5th at 2:30 pm

New Visitor Procedures

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UPDATE: School Building Visitors

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 for more information.

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

  • show identification,​

  • have proof of vaccination,(photocopy, NYC App, and/or actual card)

  • complete the daily health screening form, and​

  • wear a face covering. ​

CEC - Community Education Councils

Community Education Council- CEC

There are 32 Community Education Councils (CEC’s) in New York City, each governing a Community School District that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools. They replaced the Community School Boards that existed through June 2004.

Community Education Council members are representatives of the parents and community-at-large. They live or work in the community, and send their children to the local schools, and their role is to reflect the needs and wishes of the community regarding the education of its children.

The Councils are responsible for promoting the achievement of educational standards and objectives relating to the instruction of students and must establish a positive working relationship with the community superintendent.

Community Education Council members are consulted on many important matters, and in turn, must consult with parents. Their meetings will be open to the public, and will provide an opportunity for the community to be heard on educational issues.


What are Education Councils?

Education Councils are part of New York City's school governance structure. There is a Community Education Council (CEC) for every community school district. There are also four Citywide Councils:

- Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)

- Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)

- Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)

Click Here To Learn More..

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REAL TALK Tuesdays

Join us every other Tuesday for our REAL TALK Informal conversations with your Parent Coordinator, Kwafi Gray and invited guests. Our goal is to engage, educate and empower each other.

Join us every other Tues. from 2:30 pm to 3:10 pm via Zoom.

Sessions will be recorded and shared on our Parent Corner of our website.

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Family Events- Engage, Educate and Empower Wednesdays

Calling All Families in District 11 -

Join us on Wedsnesdays at 6 pm as your District 11 Parent Coordinators and their schools host our weekly "Engage, Educate and Empower Wednesdays" for our families virtually via zoom.

All are welcome to attend and bring a friend along!

Click here for more info-

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Upcoming Parent Events

Please note the following two virtual events that have been designed to support our Bronx families. Please share them with your schools and your respective communities.

We will be hosting the An Overview of ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS for Parents in Spanish and Bangla on October 4, 2021 6:00-7:00 pm. We are waiting for the translated flyer from T&I.

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