The Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) is providing an update of events and resources:
Within our schools, we have seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of only .18 percent out of more than 100,000 students and staff tested. This has been a reassuring sign that our schools are safe, and that our families, staff and student are taking all necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy.
However, outside of schools, the signs are not as promising. Two months ago, we pledged to close our buildings and temporarily shift to fully remote teaching and learning if the average weekly positive testing rate, across the city, reached 3%.
Unfortunately, the rate has been increasing towards 3%, and we may have to temporarily shift back to full-time remote learning for every school in the coming weeks. We have already communicated this to principals and know that you and your colleagues are working hard to prepare for that possibility. This is an outcome that no-one wants, in a set of circumstances that no-one is happy about. However, we do need to be prepared should we have to take this step, and thank you all, as ever, for your continued dedication through these challenging times.
We will keep you closely updated.
Show Your Schoolwork NYC
The DOE is launching “Show Your Schoolwork NYC” series, a year-long virtual celebration of great schoolwork completed by blended and remote-learning students in 3-K– grade 12 throughout the 2020–21 school year. All DOE staff members and families are invited to participate by submitting a brief summary of a student and their work that you would like to highlight via the submission form at any time during the course of the 2020–21 school year. Submitters should also include at least three photos and/or one video with your submission—this could be media featuring the student, their work, your relationship to the work (i.e., did you assign it), and/or any background regarding the assignment (i.e., lessons learned, expected outcomes). The series will be featured on the DOE’s blog The Morning Bell and the DOE’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
For more information, review the submission form homepage.
The Window to Opt Into Blended Learning is Open until November 15
DOE public schools offer blended/in-person learning (a mix of in-person days at school and remote-learning days at home) and fully remote learning. Learn more about blended/in-person learning and the 2020-2021 school year on our Return to School 2020 web pages. If guardians have any difficulty completing this form online, they can call 311 for help.
Big Apple Awards 2020 Nominations are Now Open!We are now accepting nominations for the Big Apple Awards! Nominations for teachers and college and career counselors will be accepted through January 10, 2021.
Students, families, educators, school staff, and community members can nominate teachers and counselors by visiting the Big Apple Awards website, today 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.
PA/PTA Elections and Annual Financial Report (AFR):
Thank you for all of the work you put into holding PA/PTA elections. Holding elections during a traditional year is challenging work, and the transition to holding elections in a virtual environment has made the challenge even greater. FACE is in the process of developing a waiver process that will allow PAs/PTAs unable to meet the election deadline to request an extension to December 31, 2020.
SLT Parent Member Elections: Following the PA/PTA election, your school should also have conducted School Leadership Team (SLT) parent-member elections to fill any vacancies on the SLT.
Annual Financial Report (AFR): Your school is required to submit the Annual Financial Report (AFR), including the PA/PTA budget beginning balance, income, expenses, and ending balance. The results of these elections, and the Annual Financial Report (AFR), should be recorded in the School Parent Leader Contact Information (SPLCI) system by you or your parent coordinator by November 16. For step-by-step directions on how to access SPLCI from a remote workspace, or on the DOE network, see this guide.
For more information and resources, see the PA/PTA Resource Folder and SLT Support Site. For questions, email FACE@schools.nyc.gov.
PA/PTA Roles and Responsibilities Virtual Training
We would like to share the Roles and Responsibilities for PA/PTA presentation and recording for the virtual training held by FACE on November 10, 2020. We will be posting on the DOE website over the next few days.
Access the recording here with Access Passcode:
EVENTS FOR PARENTS
November is Family Empowerment Month
Family Empowerment Month is an opportunity to recognize the importance of school, home and community partnerships, now even more crucial in these times. Family Empowerment Month is collection of activities and events celebrating and supporting families. We invite you, our colleagues and partners in this work, to join us this month and year in celebrating and supporting our families.
Save the Date
Family and Student Information Session
Families across the DOE are invited to attend a virtual “Family and Student Information” session, which will take place from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on November 19. Principals and their parent coordinators/family-facing staff should share the following session flyers (English, Spanish, Chinese) via email to ensure families are aware of this opportunity. The session, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature DOE leaders discussing the most up-to-date information about remote and blended learning, grading policies, and health and safety protocols. Families can join this event by registering via Learn DOE; families can also view the event, without registering, via this livestream on the day/time of the event.
Missed us on November 12th? You can view the recording here: https://learndoe.org/face/recordings/
Virtual Workshops on Financial Wellness for Students and Families (English and Spanish)
The DOE is partnering with EverFi and Master Your Card to host two workshops on Financial Wellness, one in English and one in Spanish. The workshops will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18th, with the English workshop taking place from 3:00pm to 4:00pm and the Spanish workshop taking place from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Please share the information below or the flyers for the English workshop (3:00pm-4:00pm) and the Spanish workshop (4:30pm to 5:30pm) with your communities. For questions, email the Division of Multilingual Learners at DML@schools.nyc.gov.
The Power Of Financial Wellness
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 3:00 P.M.—4:00 P.M.
Location: Online (Zoom)
Join us for this online session to learn about:
Su Bienestar Financiero
Fecha: miércoles es 18 de noviembre de 2020
Hora: 4:30 P.M.–5:30 P.M.
Acompáñenos a una sesión en línea para aprender:
For MLL/ELL students and families
If you have a child who is in middle schools and is a Multilingual or English Language Learners, or know someone who does, please attend an information session that highlights Career & Technical Education programs in NYC schools and the benefits of career related school pathways. The session will take place on November 16th from 5pm - 6pm with translations available in Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin.
City University of New York Admissions Events
Thursday November 19th and Friday November 20th - 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Monday November 23rd and Tuesday November 24th - 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For all families, especially junior and senior MLLs/ELLs
CUNY Admissions Overview – 11.19 and 11.20
Learn more about colleges, majors, and support programs available to new students at the City University of New York (CUNY), and ask any questions you have about applying.
Held in the afternoons on November 19-20, and offered in Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali, and Russian. Students and families are welcome.
CUNY Application Support – 11.23 and 11.24
Receive hands-on support in starting and completing an application to CUNY colleges.
Held in the afternoons on November 23-24, and offered in Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali, and Russian. Students wanting to apply to CUNY are welcome.
City Harvest Food Drive
For 38 years, City Harvest and the Daily News have partnered to host the city’s largest food drive, taking place this year from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 through Friday, January 22, 2021. Our goal is to collect one million pounds of nutritious food, which we will deliver, free of charge, to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs across the five boroughs.
Find out how you can get involved this year by visiting City Harvest’s website
From Betty A. Rosa, Interim Commissioner New York State Education Department
Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been the health and wellbeing of our students and educators. With this in mind, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) determined that the January Regents Exams could not be safely, equitably, and fairly administered across the state given the current status of the pandemic, and we recently announced that the January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period.
No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other state assessment programs. We will continue to monitor applicable data and make decisions about other state assessment programs as the school year progresses, being mindful of the evolving situation.
Protecting children is part of the responsibility of educators, and that includes preventing child sexual abuse. Curriculum resources are now available to help schools and educators implement Erin’s law, which requires public schools to teach child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention in Kindergarten through eighth grade.
NYSED launched an Erin’s law website with materials to help educate students on awareness, skills, self-confidence, and support to prevent child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse.
These curriculum resources provide schools with caring, grade-appropriate materials to help empower children by letting them know it’s safe to speak up to someone they can trust. We are grateful to our partners in the legislature, Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz, who advocated for this law and for our students.
NYSED strives to maintain a strong connection with families and communities, and a key aspect of this connection is transparency. We recently launched a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. The Parent Dashboard increases data transparency by providing you, as parents, with valuable information about your child’s school, enabling you to make informed decisions about your child’s education.
NYSED is now gathering additional feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide further enhancements to the Parent Dashboard. We will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public and to make improvements to the website. We invite you to explore the Parent Dashboard and then provide feedback via an online survey, available in 17 languages. By completing the survey, you will help us determine how the Parent Dashboard can best provide you with information about your child’s education.
All children deserve access to a high-quality education that will allow them to meet their full potential, regardless of their race or religious beliefs. NYSED will hold a series of regional meetings to engage and gather input from stakeholders in the religious and independent school community, as well as their counterparts in public schools, to inform policy decisions related to the substantial equivalence of instruction in nonpublic schools as required by Education Law Section 3204(2).
The outcomes of the stakeholder engagement sessions and the survey of religious and independent schools will be considered by the Board of Regents as it considers next steps in the process to develop regulations for substantially equivalent instruction for nonpublic school students. By engaging our partners in the field, we anticipate constructive and thoughtful discussions to develop an inclusive framework for determining substantial equivalence for the students of New York State.
Thank you, as always, for your continued partnership and dedication to your children's education.
Betty A. Rosa Interim Commissioner
The FACE Team
Meeting Date: November 17, 2020 (Tuesday)
Meeting Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Meeting Agenda: PTA 2020-2021 Budget Vote
Meeting Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting
View the proposed budget:
For more information, please contact
Name: John Lee
Fully remote families will soon have the option to opt-in to blended learning, meaning that students will learn in the school building for part of the week, and remotely at home the rest of the week.
From Monday, November 2 through Sunday, November 15, families will be able to fill out a form indicating their wish to change learning preferences. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.
DEBATE PROGRAM -
The PTA launched the Debate Program for 5th - 8th grades. Registration has closed. Please contact the PTA Debate Program if you have any questions or concerns about this program at TAG.
Vendors that TAG PTA has worked with in the past are still offering classes!
Contact the vendors directly if your child is interested in taking a virtual afterschool class for
Piano, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Chess and other Bridge The Gap Enrichments.
FYI: The French class is a new program being offered by a vendor we have a long-standing relationship with.
The Wisdom Learning program is being offered by a vendor we have a long-standing relationship with as well, offering various "Bridge The Gap Enrichment" courses.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE VENDOR DIRECTLY FOR ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAMS, THEY ARE HAPPY TO ENGAGE IN DISCUSSION WITH ANY OF OUR TAG FAMILY MEMBERS. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR THESE CLASSES, PLEASE EMAIL THE VENDOR DIRECTLY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
PIANO - (see flyer for details)
Beehive Music www.beehivemusicacademy.com
Contact - Mirta Gomez: email@example.com
SPANISH - (see flyer for details)
Espanol Experience www.espanolexperience.com/fall-2020-online.html
Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Information: www.manhattanmandarin.com/fall2020
Contacts - Michelle: email@example.com
FRENCH - (see flyer for details)
French Classes www.beehivemusicacademy.com
Contact - Mirta Gomez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chess online afterschool offered by NY Chess Kids is open to all students. Information is here:
Feel free to register for whatever day works for you, but we suggest Fridays, to keep our program consistent with last year and to have the kids see each other once a week. If you register we would like to ask you if you could also fill this out:
so that we can keep track of which kid is registered and we can communicate to you if there's any news.
If you want to be added to the chess mailing list please email email@example.com
Email THE VENDOR Saudin at firstname.lastname@example.org IF YOU HAVE ANY REGISTRATION QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT CHESS.
BRIDGE THE GAP ENRICHMENTS -
Wisdom Learning: www.wisdomlearning.us/
for more information contact: email@example.com
We were excited to welcome students back into school, whether remotely or in-person, over the last two weeks.
After all we have been through this year, it is wonderful to see students interacting with each other and their teachers, doing science experiments, creating art, discussing literature—in school buildings buzzing with activity.
Safely welcoming our children back to a brick and mortar classroom this fall is a milestone for our school system and our city as a while. We are the only major city in the nation to do this and it couldn’t have happened without our families.
Thank you for your support and faith in our public schools.
Each day we work to earn that faith by protecting the health and safety of all students and staff.
That’s why many things in our school buildings look different this year: from wearing face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night, and much more.
We are taking all these steps so that our schools remain safe and open and so that families can feel confident sending their children for in-person learning.
Our vision for the fall is safe, strong, and supportive learning for every student. School will be in session 5 days per week – whether our students are in their school buildings or learning remotely at home.
COVID-19 Testing in Schools
Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.
DOE has partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection. Testing will be provided by, among others, school nurses, City staff, and our partners: SOMOS, Bio Reference Laboratory, and Fulgent Genetics. Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population.
Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit). If a child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, the child will not best tested and the school will work with the family to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing.
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(Open external link) each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.
Daily COVID Case Map
On September 14, the Situation Room—a multi-agency partnership between the Department of Education, Department of Health and Mental Health, and the Test & Trace Corps—launched to facilitate a rapid response to positive COVID-19 cases in public schools. Since then, it has operated six days a week from 5:30AM-9:30PM Monday – Friday, and 11:00AM – 9:30PM on Sundays. Staff communicates with school principals, quickly confirming positive cases, taking swift action where necessary, and clearly communicating to the school community.
This week, the Situation Room is launching an online map updating families and the public on which buildings have active confirmed cases of COVID-19 and which require either temporary classroom or full-building closures. This map will be updated once daily with the latest information from the School Reopening Situation Room.
The online map can be accessed here.
In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school community, school leadership works closely with the Situation Room and the Test + Trace Corps to confirm the case, identify close contacts, and provide immediate next steps for the entire school community. Schools will communicate this information and next steps to all families and students when the case is laboratory confirmed.
COVID-19 School-Based Testing Programs
School staff and DOE students in grades 3k through 12 receive priority testing at 22 Health and Hospital (H+H) testing sites. Please see the COVID-19 School-Based Testing Programs page for a list of the 22 priority sites and additional details.
COVID Alert NY Contact Tracing App
New York on Thursday launched a new contact tracing app that alerts users when they’ve come into close contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus. The app is called “Covid Alert NY.” It’s free and available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play for both iPhones and Android phones.
State Health Department issues guidance on who is healthy enough to be in school
Today, the State Health Department today issued a nine-page document to help parents, school employees and school officials make decisions regarding who belongs in school when symptoms associated with COVID-19 arise.
The Pre-K to Gr 12 COVID-19 Toolkit includes many decision trees with green and red arrows. One page for employees is labeled: "I have COVID-19 symptoms. When can I go back to work at the school?"
The toolkit states that school officials should call 911 if a student or staff has:
Download the document here
The Fund for Public Schools
The Fund for Public Schools has consistently and rigorously dedicated itself to supporting New York City’s public schools since 1982. The Fund has secured unprecedented investment from foundations, businesses, and individuals, raising more than $532 million for the city’s 1,800 public schools and 1.1 million students.
Julie L. Shapiro, the Chief Executive Offer of the Fund was in her role for just 4 months when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Read about the Fund’s support of New York City’s schools in Julie’s blog here.
RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
PA/PTA Virtual Election Guidance
Please be reminded that PA/PTA Virtual Election Guidance has been issued. You may find this and other helpful documents in the PA/PTA Resource folder on the DOE website.
Also, don't fret if you missed this week's trainings! The next training will be held on Friday Oct. 9th at 5PM.
Please click this link to join the webinar. The passcode is: 285745
You may also join via telephone (dial either number listed below, based on your current location):
Webinar ID: 868 6762 4172
Take-Out Meals for Remote Learning
Remote Learning Students may pick up a free breakfast and lunch at select locations. The parents/guardians of those students may also pick up the take-out meals. Take-out meals for students and other NYC children will be available on school days from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. No registration, ID, or documentation required.
Find a Take-Out Meal Location Near You
Please visit the community meals page for more information on meals for all New Yorkers.
The NYCDOE is hiring substitute teachers! We are looking for committed, compassionate, positive educators who are ready to make a difference for NYC students.
You will find information about the position and how to apply on the DOE’s website here.
If you have issues with technology for learning at home, visit our support pages: http://on.nyc.gov/3kImrrp. If you still have issues, we are here for you. Fill out the Technical Support for Families form: http://schools.nyc.gov/techsupport and we will get in touch.
We hope that these first few days of school went well for your children, colleagues and loved ones. Please enjoy the weekend!
--The FACE Team
Whether or not you are struggling from the effects of the pandemic, look into P-EBT:
What are P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) food benefits?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school.
Can my child get P-EBT?
Every single NYC public school student, ages 2-21, regardless of income or immigration status will receive P-EBT. Benefits will be issued automatically. There is no application or documentation required and it does not affect eligibility for other benefits or public charge status.
Click for answers to many commonly asked questions about the P-EBT food benefits for New York State residents.
Click if you are looking for information on how and when you will receive your benefits or call the P-EBT hotline at 833-452-0096.
Visit the P-EBT Redistribution Network site for information for financially secure families who want to donate their P-EBT.
The Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) has organized a series of free, live-virtual summer field trips. Below are upcoming field trips for this week. Click here to see all August field trips.
This fall, your child’s school will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. You can choose from two options:
1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit the form at the link below. If you are having technical difficulties completing the form, call 311.
2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. Your school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks. Please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the website for more information.
If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, complete this form again by August 7.
After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year.
If no form is submitted for a child, the default for that student will be Blended Learning.
Note that families can choose full-time remote learning at any time.
This form does not apply to charter schools. If your child attends a charter school, please reach out to the school directly to discuss remote learning options.
GET TO STARTED, CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT SURVEY (DUE BY AUG 7th)
From Nicholas Cruz, UFT Director of Community and Parent Engagement (firstname.lastname@example.org):
The UFT Manhattan parents summer workshop series will be online this year. Workshops will explain how to use Zoom to run online meetings, and you'll get a chance to practice using the software. After you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting.
Here are the dates and registration forms in case you'd like to mark your calendar and register now:
At last week's parent webinar, we heard about free summer programs from the Fresh Air Fund and shared with participants some other camps, internships and summer programs that are still accepting applications. Here is that list.
Please take note of the application deadlines, as some of them are coming up quickly!
Jobs and internships
From the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE):
Thank you for your continued partnership. I hope you find time to rest and relax this summer. This week, DOE issued guidance to schools on blended learning and offered a series of program models that schools will use in the fall. This framework will support the intensive planning efforts underway in our schools across the City, as we continue the challenging work of preparing for next school year. Below are key highlights from this week that we hope you share with your communities.
Successful 2020 Parent Member for PEP Election
We are pleased to announce that Thomas Sheppard will serve as the first CEC-elected member of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP)!
Tom served as the Title 1 Parent Representative at PS 41 in the Bronx from 2014-2019. He has been on PS 41’s SLT since 2015, and served as PTA President for the 2019-20 term. Tom was on the District’s Equity Team and was the North Bronx Area Representative on the ACS Citywide Head Start team during 2015-16. Most recently, has was a member of Community Education Council 11.
The CEC-elected parent member of the PEP is a new position, created last year in connection with the legislative changes around Mayoral accountability. The change came about as a direct result of the Education Council Consortium lobbying for legislation expanding parent participation on the PEP.
We thank the members of the Nominating Committee for their hard work and partnership in ensuring a fair process for this first-ever election. We also thank every parent who submitted an application; all were exceptional leaders and staunch advocates for students, families and communities. And we congratulate the other finalists, Sanayi Beckles-Canton and Sharmilee Ramudit, for a well-run race.
Family and Student Information Sessions
Throughout the summer we will host a series of Family & Student Information Sessions to answer any questions or concerns that families may have. The first of these will be held on July 16, 2020, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available.
You can join this event by registering at the Return to School 2020 Webpage. Translated flyers will also be available for download there.
Fall Re-opening Announcements
This week, the Chancellor and Mayor announced the new split schedule program models that schools will choose from for the fall. The most up-to-date information is available in the School Building Reopening Plan. Below are the most important takeaways at this moment including Overall Guidance, Developing Student Schedules, New Health and Safety Protocols, Equitable Education, and Keeping Parents and Families Informed. This guidance may change as city, state, and federal health guidance continues to evolve.
Developing Student Schedules
It is clear that given the necessary health and safety requirements, it will not be feasible to have 100% of students present in any school building at the same time on any given day.
New Health and Safety Protocols
We are focused on delivering a high-quality, trauma-informed, purposeful education for every student this fall. We know that many of our families experienced trauma and loss related to COVID-19, and that the last few months have been difficult for all. As we return to school buildings, it is important to make space for these experiences, and to recognize that our “new normal” is not what any of us are used to.
As we finalize plans for a school year like no other in our history, we know how important it is that our students, families, and staff have the information they need to prepare. For each piece of information we are providing, more questions can emerge. Please visit the Return to School 2020 webpage on a regular basis for the latest updates at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
We are so excited to host SYEP at our Watch Party Wednesday. Please join us on Wednesday, July 15th from 1pm – 2pm, to hear the latest information about how students can apply for summer jobs. This is your opportunity to add this workshop to your summer family empowerment recipe.
The Virtual United Activities Unlimited Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) helps youth ages 14-21 and 22-24 by providing programming throughout New York City, offering opportunities to learn new skills, explore potential careers and earn money this summer. United Activities Unlimited are available via phone or web to help young adults find jobs and prepare them for the workforce. Log on this upcoming Wednesday, July 15th at 1pm and learn about the available resources for your families/communities that include:
Thank you all for your unwavering dedication to our families! We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Have a good weekend.
From the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE):
It’s hard to believe that it is already July. We know that the start of school in 2020-21 will be different, and have been working to plan for a school reopening that will welcome our students and staff in the safest way possible, while also ensuring that learning happens immediately. Today, our Chancellor met with principals across the city to update them on fall re-opening planning, and shared this presentation. Thanks to all of you for giving your feedback and perspective about how we can best approach this challenge together.
Fall 2020 Return to School Survey Results
The results of the Fall 2020 Return to School Survey Results can be found here. We received responses from 301,138 families and 117,700 students from across the city. Thank you to everyone who completed this survey to help inform this important planning process. Among our preliminary findings were:
Health and Safety Results
We are developing a system for staff to apply for medical accommodations that would allow them to work from home due to COVID, and will honor student medical accommodations as well.
More than 90% of respondents identified the importance of having cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer available
Preferred Schedules Results
For families that want to have an all-remote schedule next fall, we will be sending additional information in the coming weeks on how to register. Students will not need a medical reason to register for this option.
While overall results were similar across districts, results vary for each school community, and we will share school-level data with principals next week.
This feedback, along with information from public health experts, will continue to guide our reopening plans. We will continue to:
We also continue to monitor testing and screening guidance, and will be working with principals to determine best practices for entry and exit protocols. Schools will continue to follow health guidance that states the best thing to do is to stay home when sick, and we will partner with NYC Health + Hospitals on contact tracing and follow-up.
NYC Budget Passed
This week, City Council voted to approve New York City’s $88.1 billion budget. Overall, the DOE's budget has been reduced by a net of $275 million. This includes $400 million in new cuts, and $125 million in restorations of previous cuts. Even with the restorations, going back to last July, the net impact of budget reductions over Fiscal Years 2020 and FY 2021 has been over a billion dollars. The Mayor has stated that if there is no federal or state intervention by October, the City will have to consider layoffs. Full school budgets for next year will be released on Wednesday, July 8th.
New cuts include:
Restorations of previous cuts include:
School Safety will be Moving from NYPD to DOE
School Safety Agents will be moving from the NYPD to the DOE. In the next year, the transition will begin with additional DOE-led training in de-escalation, implicit bias, and restorative justice. When the transition is complete, SSAs will be on the DOE payroll. The agents will remain members of their current union.
DOE will be convening a task force to develop recommendations on how to facilitate the transition of NYPD to DOE.
Special Education and Remote Learning
Information about Special Education and Remote Learning can be found on the DOE’s website here.
Supporting Students with Disabilities who are 21 Years or Older
The DOE is planning to deliver an extension of services for students who would typically be aging out of school but are in need of continued education or support services in order to graduate with a diploma or to transition to adult programs and services.
Which students may receive services after aging out?
If you believe your young adult may be in one of these groups but you have not heard from their school yet, please contact their school as soon as possible to discuss. If you continue to have any questions or concerns please email email@example.com.
What if my child has already been accepted to a college or program?
Many students with IEPs may have already been accepted to college or an adult services program. In this case an extension of education or support services is likely not needed. However, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Person Services to Students with IEPs
DOE will be providing in-person services to students with disabilities over the summer. DOE will be providing speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as transition services, which are consultations for students with disabilities 21 or over aging out of the school system to provide support and guidance for post-secondary education and career. If you have any questions or concerns please email email@example.com.
As announced in the June 26 and June 29 Principals' Digest, schools should have communicated to summer school students, by June 30, with instructions on how to log in to TeachHub and ILearnNYCSchool using their DOE student accounts. Superintendent teams have been provided lists of the students (over 30,000) who have not yet accessed their DOE accounts and will be following up with schools to make sure outreach has been made to those students.
Parent Coordinators, please make sure that you reach out to your families and students to make sure that students who will be attending summer school are able to access the iLearnNYC platform with their DOE accounts.
Please click here to learn more about accessing Summer School 2020. For more details, please review this Summer School Student Account FAQ page on the InfoHub.
Summer Camps and Summer Youth Jobs
Camps and jobs for more than 100,000 city youth could return this summer through a budget agreement set for a vote Tuesday evening, city officials said. More to come.
The summer is an opportunity for Central offices to reflect on our work over the prior school-year, fine-tune our process, and strategically plan for the next school-year. The Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) is looking forward to a robust planning process over the summer, and will invite our parent leaders and colleagues in at critical points to provide us with feedback on how to improve our support. We take pride in our office and work, and will continue to improve the way that we serve our communities, in partnership with our communities.
This will certainly be one of the strangest July 4th holidays that any of us have ever experienced – no parades, large gatherings or hot dog eating contests on Coney Island. Even so, we hope that you can connect with your loved ones, take care of yourselves and rest and recharge.
So much has changed because of this pandemic. So many of our school events had to be canceled, including beloved fundraisers such as our annual Gala and Auction. All indications are that we can expect significant reductions to TAG’s budget. We do not have any clarity on when our Scholars will be able to return to our building or what that will look like. We simply cannot anticipate the upcoming need or the costs. During this time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever for those who can give financially to support our Scholars.
Beginning on June 17 and for one week, your TAG PTA will be hosting our “100 Families, 100 Dollars” Campaign. IPledges made during the campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar. A generous TAG family has indicated that if parents can raise $10,000 they would be willing to provide a dollar-for dollar match. That means if 100 families donate 100 dollars each, TAG PTA will get not $10,000, but $20,000.
That is our goal: One week. 100 families each donating $100 - - - $20,000.
So many of you have shown your generosity in so many different ways. Contributions come in all forms and we all hope there will once again soon be plenty of opportunities to volunteer your time and talents and show how strong community we continue to be. But, for those families who can donate money, please click here to make your iPledge!