The NYC Dept. of Ed is now accepting nominations for the Big Apple Awards! Students, families, educators, school staff, and community members can nominate teachers and counselors by visiting the Big Apple Awards website through January 10, 2021. Nominees must be current, full-time public school teachers or college counselors in a district school, charter school, or early childhood education center in New York City who demonstrate exceptional success in the classroom.
We want to hear from you! Join us and share your questions and experiences of the 2020-21 school year.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 or Thursday, November 19, 2020: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Please register for one of these events at: https://learndoe.org/face/
English Conference Line: Dial 929-205-6099 (Toll Free) and enter Webinar ID: 882 1418 6470
Spanish Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 735-255-0102
Mandarin Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 933-059-6663
Cantonese Conference Line: Dial 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 565-808-2412
Superintendent Loughlin is hosting a conversation for families on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 4-5pm on Zoom. See below for additional information.
Parent Teacher / Conferences are coming up in November!
All conferences will be Remote By Appointment. Teachers will email families with a signup schedule prior to the conferences.
Early Dismissal on Thursday, November 5
We will open the gates around 11:00 am and complete dismissal by 11:10 am. Bus dismissal is at 11:10 am as well. Lunch will not be served. If you would like your child to receive lunch that day, please send a note requesting school lunch via purple Kidmail folder to your classroom teacher by November 4.
If you need assistance, you may contact Sharon Lustig, PS 452 Parent Coordinator.
Translated letter: Spanish, Chinese. Additional translations of this and other letters can be found at NYC Dept. of Education Messages for Families page.
September 21, 2020
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.
There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols and created a COVID-19 Response Situation Room for DOE principals, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for school leaders in handling all COVID-19 cases in schools. When principals learn of a potential COVID-19 case in their school, they call the Situation Room to report it, and medical, public health, and education staff are on hand and readily available to support principals through responding to it. Principals or their designees call the Situation Room, which helps to handle everything from there - including quickly communicating vital updates for principals to share with their school communities.
We are confident in our ability to provide your children with the healthy, safe, engaging, high-quality education you expect. We will continue to be transparent and keep you informed. In this Update for Families, I am happy to share the latest information on:
In addition, to help you find key information I have shared in past updates, we have included quick links to DOE resources on:
As always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. If you have additional questions, please contact your principal. You can find information about your child’s school, including principal contact information, on our website using “Find a School” at schoolsearch.schools.nyc.
You have heard me say that September is my favorite month, and that is especially true this year. Return to School 2020 took a team effort, thousands of hours of work, and attention to countless details to get where we are today. I could not be prouder of our families, students, educators, and everyone who works in and for our schools.
As we start the new school year together, I can assure you that the largest school system in the nation is well prepared and up to the task. Please know that we are here for you. Your teachers and principals are here for you. And, together, we will achieve a remarkable year of learning.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
How to Complete Daily Health Screenings for Your Child
As always, the health and safety of our students, families, and school staff remain our top priority. We have spent months preparing for the safe reopening of our schools; we know they are like home for so many of us and provide the social-emotional support and learning our children need.
We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities safe. We are asking you to do your part by making sure your children have completed their health screenings (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. We encourage you to use our Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.
As always, please keep your child home if they are sick.
Where to Get Tested for COVID-19
It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested!
How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community
It’s important that your school is able to reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.
What Transportation to and from School Will Look Like
Whether traveling by bus, public transportation, or other means, students will be expected to wear masks and practice social distancing, just as they will in and around their school. Here are some details about different modes of transportation:
Following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), buses transporting students will be limited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. Seating on the bus will be clearly marked to guide students to where they can and cannot sit.
Public Transportation and Other Alternatives
Schools will provide free MetroCards to students and families engaged in blended learning for travel to and from school.
Where to Find Information on:
Health and Safety Measures in Schools
To learn more about ventilation and other building safety measures, outdoor learning, food services in schools, testing and tracing, and personal health measures all schools are taking to keep your children safe, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety.
What Teaching and Learning Looks Like This Year
To learn more about blended learning supports, social-emotional learning and mental health, supports for multilingual/English language learners, students with disabilities, students in temporary housing and foster care, students who are 21 or older, and students in early childhood programs, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTSteachinglearning.
School Schedules for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
To learn more about programming models, sibling schedules, and what happens when students come to school on the wrong day during blended learning, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTSschedules.
Dear Manhattan Community,
We write to you in the darkest days of our lives. We are deeply saddened by the murder of George Floyd. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and our Black community across the country, the city, and here in Manhattan. This is the tipping point of a long history of unjustified hatred and violence against people of color. Today, we need to come together and acknowledge that our Black and Brown community is hurting and tired of generational and institutional racism.
We are committed to always supporting and caring for you and your communities. How we show up for you is grounded in our collective values: Compassion, Collaboration, Innovation, Whole Child, and Equity.
For the past few years, we have led crucial work of anti-racism and have engaged in courageous conversations about race and implicit bias. Today, is the day in which we practice courage and the tools we have learned together. Our first step, after acknowledging the pain and frustration of our brothers and sisters, is to engage in dialogue and to listen to their lived experiences, pain, and frustration. Please also hear and see their resilience, beauty and excellence.
As educators, as people who love ALL children, we can no longer be silent and complicit. Know that we will make mistakes along the way; however, that cannot paralyze us. We can no longer be afraid of saying the wrong thing. We have to stand up against racist comments and we must lift up our black and brown community. As long as we show up with our values, with a loving, supportive, and listening stance, then and only then, we will become allies.
Democracy, freedom, inequity, poverty, pandemic, starvation, authoritarianism, climate change, and racism are our collective reality for the foreseeable future. Our number one job is to educate our students about things that will impact our collective lives for years to come. In our work with children, we will continue to center our most vulnerable students, ensuring that they receive an outstanding education that guarantees them a full measure of access and opportunity to the best of what our city and nation have to offer.
We stand ready to listen, to speak against injustice, to join you in civic action, and to support you in all forms of healing and restorative work. Even during this period of remote learning, we must remain closely connected. No member of our beloved community, especially our students, must process these intense feelings alone. There is tremendous strength in unity and we stand ready to hold a healing space for you.
We have always trusted your leadership and today we ask that you trust and join us in action.
In unity and partnership,
Carry Chan, Superintendent D1,
Donalda Chumney, Superintendent D2,
Christine Loughlin, Superintendent D3,
Alex Estrella, Superintendent D4,
Danika Rux, Superintendent D5,
Manny Ramirez, Superintendent D6,
Vivian Orlen, Superintendent Manhattan High Schools,
Steven Aragona, Executive Director
Marisol Rosales, Executive Superintendent
We are nine. We are one. We stand with you. We stand with our Black and Brown community.
The DOE is engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions* for fall 2021. All parents and students are invited to join virtual borough-based meetings with Executive Superintendents:
Manhattan, with Executive Superintendent Rosales, Monday, June 1, 6pm-8pm
Click here for more information, including registration and sign up to speak.
*We believe a majority of the discussion will be focused on potential changes to the middle and high school admissions processes.
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Click HERE to find a meal hub:
El Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York se compromete a ofrecer tres comidas gratuitas a diario para cualquier neoyorquino. Cualquier neoyorquino que quiera uno puede recibir tres comidas gratis al día en más de 400 centros de comidas en toda la ciudad. Haga clic aquí para encontrar un centro de comidas: https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx
We hope that you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves and each other during these ever changing times. Continue to check your email for communication from the administration and teachers.
In addition, it is a priority for all families to sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA). NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a web-based application that lets parents see their child’s academic and biographic information (e.g. grades, test scores, attendance, transportation information) on any computer, phone, or tablet. It also allows families to begin receiving emergency notifications from the DOE. The application is translated into nine languages other than English.
If you have not yet created an account, please take the following steps now: