CDC Guidance for Back-to-School
This week, CDC issued guidance to help families prepare for back-to-school this year. The guidance includes an explanation of factors that families should consider in making decisions around schooling, and a checklist for returning to in-person learning. Here are a few helpful links:
As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and early childhood programs will operate on a blended learning model. This means that each week, students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely. Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this survey at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges .
The Learning Bridges programs will:
- Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners
- Provide opportunities for children to connect to their remote learning activities
- Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities
- Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools
You can complete the survey even if you do not yet know your child’s school schedule. The survey is meant to assess interest; this is not a formal application. More information will be shared by the Department of Education (children in 3-K and pre-K) or the Department of Youth & Community Development (children in grades K-8) about a potential placement in the coming weeks. Programs will become available on a rolling basis beginning at the start of school.
You can also call 311 for support in completing the survey. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to sharing more information with you soon.
To find the plans for individual schools, use Find a School, type in the name of the school. Once you are on the school page, scroll down to the box called School Reopening Information 2020 to find that school’s plan.
Instructional Videos for Parents
The Office of the Chief Academic Officer has produced a series of instructional videos for parents on topics ranging from “Remote Learning for Students with IEPs” to “Instructional Strategies.” These videos aim to support parents with techniques and strategies to help students learn at home. Please check out the videos here.
New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements.
As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. This legislation is in response to the measles outbreak and will help contain the spread of measles among unvaccinated students.
All prior religious exemptions granted to students are now invalid. Please see the Parent Immunization Letter from the DOE for more information.
All NYC students must meet the immunization requirements in order to attend school. You can review the immunization requirements online at schools.nyc.gov on the Immunizations page. Please review the Immunization Chart and Parent Immunization Letter to ensure that students are in compliance with requirements for school year 2019-20.
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