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May 3, 2021: Update for Families

 

2021–22 School Year Calendar

 

The DOE has released the 2021–22 public school calendar, available now.

 

Some of this year’s important dates include:

  • First Day of School for All Students: Monday, September 13

  • Election Day (full remote asynchronous instructional day for all students): Tuesday, November 2

  • Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed): Thursday–Friday, November 25–26

  • Winter Recess (schools closed): Friday–Friday, December 24–31

 

Please note the following reminders:

  • 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.

  • Your parent-teacher conference date might be different from those listed on the School Year Calendar. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.

 

You can find a printable version of the calendar along with translations here.

 

Vote Now in the 2021 CCEC Elections!

 

CCEC elections voting is now open and runs through May 11. And for the first time, voting is open to parents and guardians of all students!

 

Education Council representatives serve as the voice of our families and offer important advice to the Chancellor and the Department of Education. Now is your chance to have a say on who sits on these councils.

 

Parents can vote for their district councils and citywide councils that serve their students using their NYC Schools Account here.

 

Want to learn more about how to vote in the CCEC elections? Parent University offers a free course on the voting process here  or you can watch directly on our YouTube channel here.

 

For more information about running for, serving on, and voting in elections, please visit Education Council Elections 2021.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week Begins May 3

 

New York City’s teachers have shown up for our students, families, and City in so many ways this past year. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time for us to show up for them. 

The DOE invites students, families, and other members of the community to take a moment to thank a teacher today!

 

Visit our website, where you can send a note of appreciation to the teachers making a difference in your life.

 

You can also share your gratitude on social media using the hashtag #ThankaTeacherNYC.

Register for Summer Rising

Registration is now open for Summer Rising, NYC's new free summer program for students in grades K–12.

 

Summer Rising will offer academic and social-emotional support, arts, and recreation. There will also be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are both educational and meet State health and safety guidelines.

 

Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

 

Families of students in grades K-8 can sign up here. For families of students in grades 9-12, high schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss a summer program that meets their needs and interests.

If you are a family of a student in grades K-8 and you do not see your site listed, please complete the survey and you’ll be contacted when a program opens in your neighborhood. We’re adding new ones every Monday through mid-May. After you sign up for a program, you’ll receive an email confirming your registration.

We look forward to seeing your child this summer!

April 20, 2021: Family Letter

 

Dear Families,

 

Last year, a police officer put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, but to me, it felt like an eternity.

 

I felt pain and rage, deep in my bones. It wasn’t a new feeling. I have felt that many times in my life, as a Black woman, sister, daughter, and mother to Black children—and as an educator who has served children of color in this city for more than 20 years.

 

That pain, rage, and fear has been present throughout the trial of the officer who killed George Floyd. I feel like I have been watching George Floyd die again and again, renewing the tragedy each time, as the jury and the nation have confronted what happened in the pursuit of justice for Mr. Floyd—and the family who is forced to go on without him.

 

And now, the first step toward justice has been served.

 

For me as a Black woman, for my brothers, for my mother and aunts who lost their brother to police violence, getting to justice is so important.

 

For our Black and brown children to know that they matter, the accountability this verdict represents is so important.

 

In a world that too often tells them otherwise, accountability in this moment tells the Black and brown children in our schools that their lives matter, and lifts up the importance of their futures.

 

This is what anchors the work we do in schools every day—why we are so focused on creating welcoming, loving environments for all our children. We want to make sure that each child doesn’t just hear, but feels that they are important. We want them to feel that their teachers and school community value their past and present experiences, as well as their dreams for the future.

 

For more than 20 years, I have experienced the sensitivity and wisdom of children—they know what’s going on, even those who may not be able to put it into words. They can feel the energy of the world around them. So we are making sure our schools are safe spaces for students to share their feelings. Every school is receiving resources to help facilitate open conversations and ensure our children have their questions heard.

 

We also have mental health support in place for our students, teachers and staff to help grapple with any feelings that emerge. Because while the individual who took George Floyd’s life will be held accountable, we recognize that systemic racism, and the violence it fuels, is still creating tragedy and inequality across our country every single day. We are all part of the work to undo this harm and reach true justice.

 

As you take care of yourselves and your loved ones the best you can, know that we are here in your corner, affirming the importance of our children’s future, each and every day. And that will never change.

 

In partnership,

 

Meisha Porter

New York City Schools Chancellor

April 16, 2021: Parent Summer Service Survey Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

You are receiving this email because your child’s IEP recommends an Extended School Year (summer) classroom-based special education program and/or Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and/or Speech services. We are pleased to inform you that these programs and services will be available both in-person and remotely this summer. The program will run from Friday July 2nd, 2021 through Friday, August 13th, 2021 (the program will be closed on July 5th and July 20th due to holiday observance).

 

Please click on the following link to complete a very brief survey to indicate whether you would like to preregister your child to participate in the program. It is important that you pre-register by April 23rd to support the planning process and ensure we have up to date contact information for site selection and scheduling purposes:

 

Parent Summer Service Survey

 

Please note the following important information:

 

  • You will need your child’s 9-digit student ID number to complete the survey. You can find this number on your child’s IEP or by logging in to your NYC Schools Account and selecting “Student.” If you are unable to locate your child’s ID number, please contact your child’s school, Committee on Special Education, or Committee on Preschool Special Education.

  • The survey applies to school-age students attending DOE and Charter schools; and preschool students receiving only related services and/or SEIT or enrolled in special classes in 3-K or Pre-K for All programs. If you are not sure which services your child should have for the summer, you can find this information on the “12-Month Programs and Services” section of their IEP.

  • Summer programs and services will be offered primarily in-person at designated sites in each of the five boroughs. You may indicate on the survey if your child will attend only if all recommended program(s) and/or service(s) are offered remotely.

  • The DOE will provide information about the site(s) where summer IEP programs and services will take place later in the spring. If your child will be receiving related services only, we will schedule your child for a specific appointment time at the site you select.

  • If your child currently receives related services from a contract provider and will be enrolled in a 3-K or Pre-K for All program in the fall, we will typically seek to provide 10-month school year (September – June) services at that site, unless otherwise specified by the IEP. Your child will likely be assigned a new provider at that time. In the meantime, if your child’s IEP recommends Extended School Year services (6 weeks during July and August), you may contact the CSE to request that the DOE retain the therapist who worked with your child during the 2020 -2021 school year to continue this summer at a location consistent with the IEP.

 

If you have questions or require assistance with the survey, please contact us.

 

Sincerely,

The Special Education Office

April 9, 2021: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. X176 at 750 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Community:

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

 

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

 

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X

April 8, 2021: Update for Families

 

Contents

  • All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9

  • Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application deadline is Friday, April 9

  • Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19

  • Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update

Important Deadlines

Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9

If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:

  • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.

  • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9

The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:

Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19

Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at Pre-K.

Tests and Assessments

New York State Exams

New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.

 

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.

 

The exams will be administered within the following dates:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29

  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.

  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11

 

Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at Testing.

April 2021 Calendar

This is the April 2021 Calendar Newsletter for parents.

March 25, 2021: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. X176 at 750 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Community:

 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

 

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

 

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X

25 de Marzo, 2021: Caso confirmado de COVID-19: Cuarentena de los contactos cercanos

 

Estimada comunidad de la escuela P176X:

 

El Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DOHMH) y el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC Test & Trace Corps, T2) han determinado que un miembro de nuestra comunidad educativa ha dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 y puede haber expuesto a otras personas en la escuela.

 

Más abajo encontrará orientación sobre los pasos que debe tomar para mantener la salud y seguridad de su familia y de nuestra comunidad educativa. A continuación, encontrará una guía que recoge la experiencia del Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental, del Departamento de Educación (DOE) de la Ciudad de Nueva York y del equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

 

¿Qué ocurre ahora?

  • Los estudiantes y el personal que comparten el (las) aula(s) con la persona que dio positivo se consideran “contactos cercanos” y se les ha notificado que deben permanecer en cuarentena por 10 días a partir de la última vez que estuvieron con la persona contagiada. Todos los estudiantes y el personal pasarán al modelo de clases completamente a distancia durante este período.

  • El equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el DOHMH completarán su investigación para identificar y notificar a otros contactos cercanos en el edificio, que también tendrán que permanecer en cuarentena por 10 días.

  • Las personas que den positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 no volverán a la escuela hasta que dejen de ser una fuente de contagio.

  • Todas las áreas que la persona con COVID-19 haya visitado serán limpiadas en profundidad, desinfectadas y reabiertas.

  • Si su hijo se siente enfermo, manténgalo en casa.

 

¿Cómo nos mantenemos sanos?

Recuerde seguir estas cuatro medidas básicas:

  1. Quédese en casa si está enfermo, excepto para recibir la atención médica necesaria, que incluye la prueba de COVID-19.

  2. Practique el distanciamiento social: Manténgase a una distancia de al menos 6 pies de las personas que no son miembros de su hogar.

  3. Use mascarillas para reducir la propagación de COVID-19.

  4. Practique una higiene de manos saludable: Lávese las manos a menudo o use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol; evite tocarse la cara; y cúbrase la cara con el brazo, no con las manos, al toser o estornudar.

 

¿Cómo puedo mantenerme al día?

 

Continuaremos siguiendo de cerca las recomendaciones de los expertos de la salud pública y comunicándoselas a usted. Para que podamos comunicarnos con usted por mensajes de texto y correo electrónico, por favor, cree una cuenta NYC Schools (NYCSA) lo antes posible en schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

A fin de ayudar a los neoyorquinos a permanecer en cuarentena, el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York trabaja junto con organizaciones comunitarias para conectar a las personas con recursos tales como alimentos, medicamentos y atención médica. Llame al 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) para más información.

 

Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, visite schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus o llame al 311.

 

Atentamente,

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X  

March 22, 2021: Opt In Window for Blended Learning

We just reopened high school buildings for in-person learning for the first time since November 2020, and I have to say that the joy on our students’ faces as they entered their school buildings was amazing. We are thrilled to see students of all ages safely learning in physical classrooms.

 

That is why I am very pleased to let you know that all our remote families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as possible.

 

When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning 

  • Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey to select blended learning for your child. 

  • Families can also call 311. 

  • You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.

 

When Your Student Can Return to the School Building 

  • Students in district 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April. 

  • Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible. 

  • Updates will be posted here.

 

Requirements for Returning to the School Building

Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning. You can submit your consent for testing one of two ways: 

  • Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or 

  • Complete and sign the consent form available here and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building.

 

Families that select blended learning are expected to have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled to do so.

 

Please note that if your child is currently learning fully remotely and you do not complete the survey indicating a preference for blended learning, your student(s) will remain fully remote.

 

We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely accommodate more students in a classroom. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. That has been our priority since day one, and will continue to guide everything we do.

 

Thanks to our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more—our school buildings are among the safest places in the whole city.

 

Thank you, as always, for your faith and partnership. We continue to show the nation what is possible in terms of safely educating our one million students—and we couldn’t do it without you. I thank you for your commitment and, in turn, I promise you that our commitment to your child is unwavering.

March 14, 2021: School Building Cleared for Reopening

 

Dear I.S. 181 - BRONX at 800 BAYCHESTER AVENUE Families:  

 

Today I am writing to share an important update about our school building. Since closing the building following multiple unlinked COVID-19 cases in our school community, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have completed a thorough investigation. They have determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 3/15/2021.

 

Here is guidance from DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to help clarify next steps:

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious. 

● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 10- day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

● The NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect quarantining New Yorkers to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

 

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

 

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandra Guerriero

Principal, 176X