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The Department of Education (DOE) is preparing to reopen public schools for the 2020-2021 school year. 

From September 16th through September 18th, all students are scheduled for remote instructional orientation. Students will:

  • Reconnect to their school community
  • Learn the health and safety procedures
  • Check technical connectivity
  • Have wellness checks with their teachers and guidance staff

On September 21st, all schools will begin full-day teaching and learning. School buildings will reopen in phases for students in blended learning, based on grade level:

  • September 21: 3-K, Pre-K, and District 75
  • September 29: K-5 and K-8 Schools
  • October 1: Middle Schools, High Schools, Secondary Schools, and Transfer/Adult Education Schools

Remote learning will continue for all other students during this phased reopening. You should contact your child's school for specific reopening plans.

DOE’s website has the latest information on Return to School 2020, including:

  • In-person and remote learning
  • Health and safety precautions
  • School schedules and learning models

You can also attend a virtual information session.

Learn more about DOE’s Return to School 2020 plan.

Learn more about the 2020-2021 school year.

Register for a virtual information session.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s school or learning schedule, contact the school directly. For contact information, visit the School Finder page.

Students will be learning on every school day, no matter what. Whether in-person or online, students will study in supportive environments with rigorous academic standards. Teachers will have time each day to engage one-on-one with students and families.

Academic instruction will include social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care to support students.

Student schedules—both remote and in-person—will be preset and consistent to allow families to plan.

If you choose fully remote learning for your child, you will have the option to change back to blended learning only at a few specific times during the school year, beginning in November 2020.

Blended Learning

This fall, public schools will offer blended learning, a mix of in-person days at school and remote-learning days at home. The default for all students is to participate in their schools’ blended learning schedules.

Your school will keep you informed of its specific learning model and your child’s schedule. If you have questions, please reach out to the school directly. For contact information, visit the School Finder page.

Get more information about teaching and learning models.

Remote-Only Learning

The default learning model for all students is blended learning, which involves a schedule of both in-person and remote instruction days. However, you can change to fully remote learning at any time of year, for any reason by completing the online learning preference form.

Please note: 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.

Remote-only learning means that a student would learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). Remote learning includes live interaction with teachers every day, and every class includes live instruction.

Online

Choose remote learning for your child.

Get more information about teaching and learning models.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

 

 

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In order to provide the maximum number of students receiving in-person instruction at each school and follow health and safety plans, students participating in blended learning will rotate in groups between in-person and remote learning.

DOE has developed three types of learning schedules for schools to choose from. Principals and school leadership teams will compare the different schedule options to the specific needs of their students and communities to select a best-fit model.  

Principals will have at least one parent meeting before selecting a learning schedule to inform parents of selection and allow for input before a final decision is made.

Families will be notified of their school’s decision on scheduling in August.

Learn more about school programming options.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s school or learning schedule, contact the school directly. For contact information, visit the School Finder page.

To support remote learning and help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to public school students.

You can request an iPad for a New York City student in your family.

Priority will be given to students most in need. All iPads are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one iPad per student.

It may take a few weeks to process your request and deliver the iPad. You can get learn-at-home materials and activities on DOE's website for your student to work on without a device.

Request an iPad for an NYC student.

Get answers to some remote learning device (iPad) questions.

Returning a DOE iPad

Students who will attend a DOE school in the fall may keep their DOE iPad over the summer. In the fall, returning students will be asked to bring the DOE device to the school they will attend at that time. This includes students transitioning to new DOE schools, such as middle or high schools or students transferring to a new DOE school. That device will stay in the school’s inventory and can be reassigned by the school, as needed.

Students who are graduating or not returning to a DOE school in the fall will need to return their DOE iPads. If any family needs to return an iPad, they should contact their child’s school, fill out the Technical Support for Families form, or call the DOE Service Desk.

Get Help

You can get help with:

  • Filling out the iPad request form
  • Setting up the device
  • Accessing applications
  • Technical issues
  • Internet connection issues

Online

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Education
  • Division: DOE Service Desk
  • Phone Number: (718) 935-5100
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 6 AM - 5 PM
  • You'll hear an automated message that will ask for your language. After choosing your language, press 5 for remote learning device assistance.

When school buildings reopen, all schools will be required to follow health and safety protocols to prevent, identify, and address the spread of COVID-19.

Schools will:

  • Promote healthy behaviors such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings, handwashing, and using sanitizer
  • Clean the school throughout the day and disinfect every night
  • Maintain an isolation room for students with symptoms with a dedicated staff member or health professional
  • Communicate clearly with families and the school community
  • Have a nurse in every public school building

Beginning October 1st and recurring each month, it will be mandatory for schools to test a random 10-20% sample of their students participating in blended learning and on-site staff population. Families will be asked to sign a consent form at the start of the year for their child to participate at random, and be notified ahead of time if their child has been selected for the month. 

You can learn more about how schools plan to reopen safely, including:

  • Thresholds for opening and closing schools
  • Building preparations and safety measures
  • Testing and tracing protocols if someone is feeling sick or has COVID-19

Get COVID-19 health and safety information for public schools.

To report a school not following COVID-19 health and safety rules, visit the School Reopening Complaint page.

School Building Ventilation Survey

All public school buildings have been surveyed for ventilation. The DOE will make repairs or improvements before Monday, September 21, and/or will close any rooms not repaired by that date. 

The results of your child’s school building ventilation survey will be posted on the individual school page on the DOE website.

You should reach out to your child's school with any questions or concerns. If a significant number of rooms in your child’s school have issues regarding ventilation, you will receive additional information from your principal.

Learn more about school building ventilation survey results.

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.

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

If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, you can submit a survey to the DOE, 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. Submitting the interest survey is not a guaranteed placement in the program.

More information will be shared by the DOE (for children in 3-K and pre-K) or the Department of Youth & Community Development (for children in grades K-8) about a potential placement in the coming weeks.

Programs will become available on a rolling basis beginning September 21st.

Online

Submit the Learning Bridges program survey.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

 

 

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If your child attends a charter, private, or parochial (religious) school, you should contact it directly for any questions related to coronavirus preparation and handling, school reopening and closures, and remote learning.

iPads for Non-Public School Students

To support remote learning and help students stay connected during emergencies, the Department of Education (DOE) is lending internet-enabled iPads to:

  • Private, charter, and parochial school students with disabilities
  • Charter school students who are living in temporary housing (such as a shelter or living with someone else temporarily)
  • Charter school students in foster care

To request an iPad for an NYC student in your family, please fill out the request form. All iPads are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one iPad per student.

Request an iPad for an NYC student.

Get answers to some remote learning device (iPad) questions.

If you need help with filling out the iPad request form, you can get assistance by phone.

  • Agency: Department of Education
  • Division: DOE Service Desk
  • Phone Number: (718) 935-5100
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 6 AM - 5 PM
  • You'll hear an automated message that will ask for your language. After choosing your language, press 5 for remote learning device assistance.

Parking is allowed in school zones when school is in recess. However, you should be aware that specific schools may be open on holidays and during summer vacations. Parking restrictions would remain in effect.

Parking restrictions remain in effect while schools are doing distance learning.

Also, when schools are open for summer sessions, teacher meetings, or similar activities, the parking regulations apply on such days, even if students aren't attending.

You should contact the specific school to verify that it's in recess.

To look up information for a public school, go to the School Finder page.