As a result of the Mayor’s order to temporarily close schools, the District 21 Office at PS/IS 226 is temporarily closed. You may call 347-371-0882 or email the Family Support Coordinator Mary Dorney at MDorney2@schools.nyc.gov or the Family Leadership Coordinator Georgette Pezzolanti at GPezzolanti@schools.nyc.gov
Apply to kindergarten
Do you have a child who’s turning five in 2021? If so, you will apply to kindergarten this winter!
The kindergarten application is not yet open, but it will be very soon. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2021.
All New York City families with children born in 2016 are encouraged to apply. Even if your child is currently attending pre-K, be sure to submit a kindergarten application.
Want to learn more? Visit our Kindergarten Admissions website. Still have questions? Call us at 718-935-2009.
IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families
We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.
As you are aware, on November 18, we temporarily closed school buildings for teaching and learning, and all New York City public school students transitioned to fully remote learning. Today, we are pleased to share our plan to reopen school buildings for in-person instruction for many of our students. These return dates apply to students in blended learning, including those who selected blended learning during the recent opt-in period. All students in grades 1 and higher returning to buildings on the schedule below must submit a COVID-19 testing consent form by their first day back. Visit mystudent.nyc to complete it online, and see more information at the end of this email.
When Will My Child Return to the School Building?
Students in Grades 3K through Grade 5 will return to in-person learning beginning on Monday, December 7. Your school will contact you with your student’s specific schedule.
This includes all students in grades 3K through 5, across early education and elementary school types (e.g., in K-2 schools, K-3 schools, K-5 schools, as well as District Pre-K Centers, K-8 schools, and K-12 schools).
Students in all grade levels in District 75 will return to in-person learning beginning on Thursday, December 10. Your school will contact you with your student’s specific schedule.
Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.
This plan excludes schools currently located in State-designated Orange Zones, or Red Zones that may be declared. You can see if your school is currently in one of these Zones at nyc.gov/covidzone. As of now, schools in Orange Zones remain closed for in-person learning. We are working with the State to develop a plan to reopen buildings in Orange Zones as soon as possible and will share information as soon as a plan is confirmed with the State of New York. There are currently no Red Zones in New York City, but per the State, school buildings in Red Zones would also be closed.
Submit your COVID-19 Testing Consent Form
Given the ongoing fight against a citywide resurgence of COVID-19, mandatory weekly testing of students and staff for COVID-19 is a crucial part of our plan to keep all schools safe. Each week, a random selection of staff and students in your child’s school will be tested for COVID-19.
The test is quick, safe, and easy. A video showing the testing process is available at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.
Any student in grade 1 or higher returning to school buildings must submit a consent form for COVID-19 testing in school by their first day back in school buildings. 3K, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students are excluded from random testing.
Even if you have already submitted consent, we ask you to do so again to ensure your student has the latest consent form on file. There are two easy ways to submit:
1) Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) at mystudent.nyc.
- If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.
- If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in just a few minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information.
2) Print and sign the consent form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.
You must submit consent by the day that your child returns to your school building; this is the due date, and we need all students to participate. If your child comes to school on their first day back for in-person instruction without a consent form on file, principals and school staff will contact you to obtain consent.
After that, students without consent forms on file, who do not have a medical or disability-based exemption submitted, must be moved to fully remote instruction. More information on exemptions will be provided by your child’s school principal this week.
It’s up to all New Yorkers to continue to take the steps we know are key to preventing the spread of this virus. Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day to protect ourselves, our city, and our communities, against COVID-19.
We are grateful for your flexibility and patience as we continue our journey together through this unprecedented year. All of us at the DOE are focused on a strong, supportive education for your child every day—no matter where they are learning—and that will never change.
We look forward to welcoming students back into school buildings in the coming weeks, and will continue to provide updates as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your partnership.
New York City Department of Education
translations are available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies.
The 2020-2021 Family Guide, which is available online and in all 9 DOE languages.
The guide provides information on what teaching and learning will look like this school year, and universal expectations for how our schools support all students —whether they are attending fully remote or blended learning classes. The guide also provides information about who families can contact when they have questions or concerns, and resources that families can use to support learning at home.
Visit Parent University!
Parent University is a course registration and management system where NYC families can find free trainings on a wide range of topics. Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood, and seeks to educate and empower them as partners and advocates through free courses, resources, events, and activities.
Citywide and Community Education Council Elections
Elections for Community and Citywide Education Councils will take place between February and May 2021 and this cycle promises to be historic! Thanks to the advocacy of Education Council members, NYS law was changed to allow parents of all NYC public school students to vote in these elections. In addition, voting for the Citywide Education Councils representing Special Education and English Language Learner communities was expanded to include all families of the students in these programs. We are excited about these changes!
Are you ready to Run. Serve. Lead?
As NYC School Account (NYCSA) is becoming a one-stop shop for student records and communications to parents, we have leveraged it to make the application and voting process more user-friendly and encourage maximum participation. Because NYCSA is the entry point for both applying and voting, it is imperative that all parents create an account and link all their children to it.
School open houses and fairs are an opportunity for you to learn about your school options and the admissions process. This year, we remain committed to offering robust admissions resources and supporting virtual events; however, due to the ongoing public health crisis, in-person events are not considered safe for students, their families, or school staff. Therefore, the format and dates for high school events, as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide, are changing.
This fall, we invite you to:
- Watch the High School Admissions Video Series | Anytime, Anywhere. Based on the presentations we usually give live at the high school fairs, these videos walk you through how to apply to high school and participate in Specialized High Schools admissions. New videos, including detailed MySchools tutorials, are coming soon. Click here to access the videos.
- Attend the NYC CTE Virtual High School Fairs | November 16 – December 5, 2020. Learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools at these virtual events, which are open to all NYC students and their families. Find out more and register here.
- Visit schools’ websites to learn about virtual open houses/virtual tours | All high schools are encouraged to offer virtual opportunities for families to find out more about them. Starting in November, high schools will be posting information for potential applicants on their websites. This will include:
- A schedule and links to any live or recorded events.
- Videos and/or other media.
- Contact information for families who want to speak with school staff.
You can find each high school’s website on its school page in the searchable online MySchools directory. High schools are submitting their updated website information on a rolling basis, and we are updating their page in MySchools over the next several weeks. You can also reach out to high schools directly. Contact information is on each high school’s page in MySchools.
As previously mentioned, the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration periods are not yet open, and students will have additional time to apply and register. The dates and deadlines listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—including all application, registration, test, and audition dates—are changing.
Questions? Talk to your child’s current school counselor or call 718-935-2009.
COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:
- The middle school application is not yet open, and it no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.
- We appreciate your patience and will update this page with more detailed information and a timeline as soon as we can.
- Sign up for our middle school admissions email list and we’ll notify you when the application opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.
- Explore schools and programs with the searchable MySchools middle school directory.(Open external link) You don’t need an account to start browsing!
- Search. Type any school’s name in the search box to learn more about it. Search for schools by features or offerings, such as “debate” or “band.”
- Filter. Use the filter buttons below the search box to narrow down the list of schools based on what is important to you, such as accessibility, location near a specific subway line, sports offered, and more.
Free Meals for Students and Families
All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available.
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.
Benefits Navigator: This guide to navigating NYC’s public services was created with and for families of students living in temporary housing or experiencing housing instability. www.benefitsnavigator.cityofnewyork.us
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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