MS 442 School for Innovation
500 19th Street - Bishop Ford Complex
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Noreen Mills, Principal
Jason James, Assistant Principal
Maria Egan, Parent Coordinator

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MS 442 School for Innovation exemplifies 21st century education in New York City’s public schools. We use a mastery-based structure and our students are encouraged to engage in groups to develop solutions through inquiry, collaboration and questioning, supported by technology.



Good morning D15 Friends and Family,


Please read below Mayor De Blasio and Chancellor Carranza's communication. To read more about the health safety protocols click here to be directed to the DOE's website.


Best regards,


Letter from the Chancellor

July 28, 2020


Update for Families on School Reopening from Chancellor Carranza

Dear Families, 

I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know.

Your Learning Options 

First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week. Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. We know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly. You can fill out a web form(Open external link) or call 311. 

To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what you can expect from each mode of learning, below. Families who choose all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school year, beginning in November. 

No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school year begins. 

As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health conditions continue to evolve.

How to Learn More

Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to our Return to School 2020 page. Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our teachers, principals, and school-based staff. 

Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City. Please join us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27. You can visit our Return to School 2020 page to register and submit a question.

In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more.

While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no matter what.

Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and healthy.

Comparison of Remote and Blended Learning Experiences: School Year 2020-21

Fully Remote Learning ExperienceBlended Learning Experience

Fully remote instruction at home.Combination of learning in-person at school buildings, and remote instruction at home.

Students participate in a regular schedule of age-appropriate, standards-based remote learning from home every day.

Students go to school buildings for age-appropriate, standards-based, in-person instruction on some days; and continue their learning from home remotely on the other days of the week.

Students will have live interaction with teachers every day.

On in-person days, students will attend classes in their school building. 

We are also working to ensure live interaction for students in blended learning on each day they are learning remotely.

Every class will include live instruction. The amount will vary by grade, depending on what is developmentally appropriate.On in-person days, students will have the opportunity for whole class, small group, and individual work and collaboration with classmates and teachers.

Students will use a DOE-approved online platform (such as iLearnNYC or Google Classroom), available in multiple languages, for lessons and submission of work.

Students will experience whole class, small group and/or individualized instruction in an online environment, as well as collaboration with classmates and teachers.

Students will use a DOE-approved online platform (such as iLearnNYC or Google Classroom), available in multiple languages, for lessons and submission of work.

We will make every effort to ensure students consistently have the same instructors throughout the year.
 We will make every effort to ensure students will be taught by a consistent set of teachers in-person and remotely, who work together throughout the year to maintain continuity and maximize learning.

There will be an emphasis on social-emotional learning across school communities to ensure the mental health and wellness of students and staff.There will be an emphasis on social-emotional learning across school communities to ensure the mental health and wellness of students and staff.

Students will be able to access video-recorded lessons, assignments, and tasks.
 Students will be able to access video-recorded lessons, assignments, and tasks.


Teachers will regularly engage students and families to check student work, provide timely feedback, and adjust instruction as necessary, via remote learning platforms, calls, emails, video chats, etc. 
 Teachers will regularly engage students and families to check student work, provide timely feedback, and adjust instruction as necessary, in-person and via remote learning platforms, calls, emails, video chats, etc.

Students and families will have access to one-on-one support to help with instructional activities.Students and families will have access to one-on-one support to help with instructional activities.

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Information for Families/July 27, 2020

Dear MS 442 Families/Community

We hope everyone is doing well and finding time to enjoy the summer.  This week, DOE announced guidelines around physical education and art for remote and in-person instruction.  Our schools and district/central offices are busy planning for re-opening, and will continue to provide more updates as they come.  As always, thank you for uplifting parent voice and helping to ensure that our communities are informed and empowered.  Below is an overview of what’s happening next week: 

Registering for Remote-Only Learning 

Parents have two choices: (1) 100% Remote Learning (all online, from home); or (2) Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning where students follow their school’s schedule of a mix of in-person and remote learning days.  Parents should make their choices by completing this survey by August 7, 2020.   

Parents who need assistance in completing this survey can call 311.  If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, you should fill out the 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. 

Family and Student Information Sessions  

Please join us for our upcoming Family and Student Information Sessions where our Department of Education leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.   

Next Tuesday, families will be able to hear re-opening updates directly from the Chancellor who will be joined by all of our Executive Superintendents.  The event will feature a Q&A where Executive Superintendents will answer questions from families about the re-opening plans rolling out in their districts.  Below are the links to register: 

·         Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

·         Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 

·         Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6:30-8pm 


Family Engagement Toolkit for Schools  

Face has shared a family engagement toolkit for schools.  The toolkit includes guidance, strategies, and resources to support communications and engagement efforts.  The toolkit gives schools samples that make family engagement easier and provides a sample calendar, letters and agendas that can be modified to fit schools’ needs.    


Apple Workshops 

Apple is hosting virtual learning sessions for parents and guardians from July 27th - August 22nd  on topics ranging from how to set up an iPad and how to manage parental controls to a review of build-in apps and features.  Learn more here


UFT Workshops for Parents 

During the summer, UFT will be offering a host of workshops for parents on Thursdays from 5-6pm.  The topics are below, and you can register here

July 30: Dare to Lead, a Leadership Workshop for Parents 

Aug. 6: Cleaning Your Home Safely  

Aug. 13: Social-Emotional Learning for Parents  

Aug. 20: Meeting Governance for Parent-Teacher Associations — Amending Bylaws and Creating Standing Rules  

Aug. 27: Leadership 2.0, a Second Leadership Workshop for Parents  

Sept. 2: Growing Up Cavity-Free, an Oral Health Workshop for Families 


5 Day Virtual Institute for Parents of MLLS 

The Office of Multi-lingual Learners is offering a 5-day Virtual Institute for Parents of ELLS.  Parents can register here, and a description of the sessions is listed below:  

·         Thursday, July 23 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Know Your Rights 1. Learn more about the Rights for Parents of English Learners 

·         Tuesday, July 28 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  - Know Your Rights 2. Learn more about the Identification of ELLs/Commissioner's Regulation Part 154 

·         Wednesday, July 29 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  - Know Your Rights 3. Geared towards Undocumented families and online/offline resources for immigrant families 

·         Tuesday, August 4 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  - Bilingual Programs 

·         Thursday, August  6 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM  -  College Planning 

Families will receive the information to log in one-day before the event.  The 60-minute English sessions will be interpreted in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Haitian Creole.  The 30-minute group sessions will be led in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Polish, Uzbek, by our partners in Citywide Council for English Language Learners. 

LIVE Virtual Summer Field Trips for Families 

In partnership with parent leaders, we have organized a series of LIVE virtual summer field trips with cultural institutions across NYC.  Here are the trips that families can log onto next week: 

·         Sumer Art Studio at the Whitney Muesum for PreK-5 | July 28 | 11AM-11:40AM  

Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.  

·         Star Stories at the Intrepid for grades 3-12 | July 28 | 3PM-4PM  

Using images of the night sky, stories from different cultures and examples of simple navigation tools, an Intrepid Museum Educator will help participants view their sky in a whole new way. 

·          Meet Victoria at the Tenement Museum for grades K-8 | July 29 | 11AM-12PM  

Journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States in 1913. Victoria will show us her home, and share stories of her daily life and how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holidays and more. Throughout the program, participants will have a chance to ask Victoria their own questions. 

·         Summer Art Studio at the Whitney Museum for grades 6-8 | July 29 | 11AM-11:40AM  

Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Experiments of Color inspired by Emma Amos. 

·         What Floats Your Boat at the Intrepid for grades 3-12 | July 30 | 3PM-4PM  

How exactly does a ship float? Join the Intrepid Museum as we learn about the steps engineers take as they carry out a project such as making a ship large as Intrepid float and create your own floating vessels. For kids and adults at home. Materials: A sheet of foil, large bowl, and 20 to 40 pennies. 

·         Summer Art Studio at the Whitney Museum for grades 9-12 | July 31 | 11AM-11:40AM  

 Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Experiments of Color inspired by Emma Amos. 

·         Exploring Creative Careers at the MET for grades 9-12 | July 31 | 1PM-3PM  

How can artists and art lovers turn their interests into careers? Join the MET on this interactive virtual event to investigate careers in the arts, discover new interests, hear from creative professionals, and build your skills in special workshops. 

School Programming Exceptions Guidance 

The Department of Education has developed three baseline programming options for schools to choose from, as plans for re-opening are underway. The proposed models are based on analysis of system-wide constraints, national research, international best practices, parent and student surveys, and school leader focus groups. The models intend to support schools as they address the needs of their students and families and align with health and safety guidance. Proposed models exist for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; two additional models are available for District 75 schools. In extreme cases where, for example, schools are managing space and staffing issues, schools can apply for an exception to implement an innovative model that will address these specific needs (see below for details). Exceptions will be considered only in the most of extreme circumstances.  Families will be notified of their student’s specific schedule in late August. 

School Programming Model Selection Process 

·         Principals will review all programming models with the School Leadership Team, inclusive of Chancellor’s recommended models, which prioritize consistency for families. 

·         Schools will host engagement meeting with families by August 10, 2020 to receive parent input on programming model selection. Schools are encouraged to present families with 2 potential models during the initial engagement period. For general resources to engage families, see Family Engagement Toolkit. 

·         Principals will share, in writing, the models that the School Leadership Team is considering with all families. If for any reason a District Review Team (defined below) rejects a school’s submission, schools will need to reassess models with their school community and SLT and reach out to families in writing (a second time). Alternatively, schools that presented families with 2 potential models during the initial engagement period can reference those engagements should they need to revise their proposed plan based on the District Review Team’s feedback. 

·         Schools will have the opportunity to reconsider their initial selections as COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations staff responses and data from the Learning Preference Survey are available and updated up until August 14, 2020. 

·         Principals will submit preferred models for approval by their District Review Team using the School Programming Model Selection Survey(Open external link) by August 14, 2020. 

Upon approval, schools will notify students and families by late August. 

Exceptions Process 

Only in the following situations, may a school request an exception to the proposed programming models: 

·         The recommended models are not feasible given space, staffing, family choice and expected in-person attendance. 

·         Schools have unique programmatic needs that must be addressed, to better meet the needs of the community and has staff and parental support. 

In these limited cases, schools will be asked to submit an exceptions request explaining: 

·         Why existing models don’t meet their community’s needs 

·         How their proposed model better responds to their: 

o    Space/capacity issues 

o    Staffing concerns 

o    Learning Preference Survey results 

o    Specific programmatic need (multiple grade bans, i.e. K-8; CTE, etc.) 

Note: No group of students may be prioritized above students with disabilities for in-person instruction, such that members of that group receive more in-person instructional time or in-person instructional ahead of a student with disability. 

School exceptions to DOE-defined models must be afforded by the school’s budget. Program model exceptions should not be approved where costs exceed school funding. 

Prior to submission, principals in co-located buildings must share the proposed exception plan with campus principals to facilitate smooth scheduling of shared spaces. 

If a school submits an exception request, the school is required to share the exception model with families prior to submitting a proposal to the District Review Team. This includes holding at least one parent meeting where families can provide input on the programming selection prior to submitting the exception request. 

Additionally, principals must receive signed approval of the proposed model from the School Leadership Team and indicate this approval within the School Programming Model Selection Survey

Principals in co-located buildings must share the exception plan with campus principal/s to ensure adequate scheduling of shared spaces without disruption of other school’s programs. 

Superintendents Process for Review: District Review Team 

Each Superintendent must establish a District Review Team (DRT) to review and approve all schools’ reopening plans. This includes schools choosing from pre-identified programming model options and those submitting exceptions. To ensure that every criterion is considered in the approval or request for revision of a plan, District Review Teams (DRTs) should include varied personnel from across the Superintendent Team/District, Borough Citywide Office (B/CO), and Central Office. At minimum, DRTs must include: 

·         Superintendent 

·         Academic Policy, Performance, and Assessment Lead (APPA) 

·         Instructional Personnel (from BCO and/or Superintendent’s Team) 

·         Director of Operations 

·         Human Resources Director or Budget Director 

·         Additional point as per Executive Superintendent 

It is highly recommended for DRTs to include added instructional and planning personnel, including the T-DEC, Director of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology Director (where applicable), B/CO staff who support special populations, and/or relevant members of the Central Office (i.e. from Division of Multilingual Learners). Team members will have access to the School Programming Model Selection District Review Tracker, which will be available beginning July 30, 2020. 

The District Review Team must review each school’s model selection and articulate their approval or disapproval of each school’s program, as well as the rationale for their decision, within the tracker. The District Review Team should consider additional information when determining the viability and approval status of the school’s model selection. This information might include, but is not limited to: 

·         The school model choice number or details for how the exception request meets the requirements laid out by the proposed models 

·         Why other model choices do not apply/reason for exception 

·         Number of children selecting 100% remote learning (as per Family Learning Preference surveys) 

·         Staff accommodations (number of staff requesting COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations) 

·         Requisite space and facilities-specific information, including square footage 

·         Efforts to address co-location challenges, including assurance from the campus council that plan does not infringe on other schools in the building 

·         Efforts to address specific needs based on student populations or programs (ASD Nest, MLL, CTE, etc.) 

·         Efforts to maintain COVID-19 safety and health guidelines 

·         Specific information about scheduling and programming 

·         Confirmation that the exception plan can be funded with existing school budget 

·         Consultation with B/CO Transportation Liaison regarding busing 

Upon the District Review Team’s approval of pre-identified models, the school will be informed of its status so that it may begin to program students. If the District Review Team does not approve a pre-identified model, which will only occur if it is not possible to logistically implement the model, the school will automatically be notified so that it can work with their Superintendent to select another model. 

The District Review Team is expected to review all exception requests with the Executive Superintendent. 

·         Exception requests with a status of ‘Central Review Required’ will be automatically forwarded to the Central Review Team (defined below) for Central DOE approval. Any recommendations or comments from the District Review Team or Executive Superintendent will be included for the Central Review Team to review. 

·         All exception approvals and denials must be reviewed with the Executive Superintendent. 

Central Process for Review of Exception Requests 

To ensure that all exception requests meet DOE standards and guidelines, DOE will develop a Central Review Team consisting of members from Academic Policy, District Planning, Space Planning, DHC, OPT, MLL, and SEO to review all exceptions requests. 

·         Once a superintendent reviews an exception and has preliminarily approved the request, they will mark the decision as ‘Requires Central Review.’ This will automatically submit the request to the Central Review Team. 

·         The Central Review Team will then review each request routed to them, using the Central Review Tracker, to ensure viability. 

·         Once the Central Review Team grants final approval, with a decision of ‘Approved’, the school principal will receive an email and the result will be stored in the tracker. 

Key Dates 

·         8/7: Learning Preference Surveys due 

·         8/10: Schools receive Learning Preference Survey results and staff accommodation approval results 

·         8/14: Last day for principals submit program model selection or exception requests 

·         8/21: Last day for Superintendents and District Review Teams to review all school submissions . 

·         8/21: Schools with DRT approval, may begin programming students. 

·         8/28: Last day for re-submission of models (only schools whose model submissions were not approved by DRT during initial submission). 

·         8/28: Last day for the Central Review Team (CRT) to approve exception requests 

·         8/28: Schools with CRT approval begin programming 

·         8/28: Schools can notify parents 

·         8/28: School plans are posted 


NYSED Interim Commissioner Resigned 

Shannon Tahoe, who has served as acting and interim commissioner of education since November 2019, will leave the State Education Department on Aug. 13. No successor has been named.  The Board of Regents continues its search to find a permanent commissioner and expects to appoint an acting commissioner before Aug. 13. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issued Re-opening Guidance 

This week, the CDC issued guidance on re-opening for school districts.   

Professional Developments for Family Facing Staff 

Future Ready Summer Series July 29, 2020 Flyer Future Ready Summer Series  

This online session is designed to develop student leaders who take ownership over their postsecondary planning journey. The College Career Planning Team will take a hands-on approach to researching colleges and programs that students can see themselves attending. We will walk students through the process of seeking out opportunity programs, campus resources, apprenticeships and offices that are designed to support their postsecondary plans, with the goal that students feel more confident in their postsecondary list. 

Summer 2020 Tech Ambassador Program 

The DOE is partnering with New York Cares to launch the Summer 2020 Tech Ambassador Program. Through this program, volunteer staff can connect with families who need tech support with their DOE-issued iPads and help resolve other remote-learning inquires. FACE Invites parent coordinators, family support coordinators, and family leadership coordinators to register for an upcoming training session, by July 29, to learn more about this opportunity. Family Liaisons will also be notified via email from

Watch Party Wednesday:  Kognito At-Risk 

During this pandemic, we are all at increased risk for trauma.  To create a community of awareness, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in partnership with the Department of Education has adopted the Kognito At-Risk Suite, an online role-play simulation to help us learn to recognize signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss our concerns, and if necessary refer parents/students to the appropriate resources.  Please register (in advance) at the link below to attend this Watch Party Wednesday on July 29th at 1:00 pm to learn about the Kognito At-Risk Suite:    

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions, please email FACE   

We hope that you and your families and safe, healthy and enjoying the summer.  Thank you for your continued partnership. 

Warm Wishes, 

The FACE Team 

Information/Survey for Families

Dear MS 442 Families/Community,

Thanks to all of you that were able to join us on Thursday, July 16th for the Student and Family Information Session! Over 25,000 people were able to join the Chancellor and his cabinet at this live virtual session. Thursday’s event was the first in a series of central information events, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Information Session.

(Please pay special attention to the survey-please fill out if you have not already) Thank you


ILearning Preference Survey 

As many of you know, last week we announced our preliminary guidance for principals to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

This fall, NYC schools will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning.  

Parents can choose from two options: 

1. 100% Remote Learning (all online, from home). OR 

2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Students can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: the school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks.  

Parents should make their choices by completing this survey by August 7, 2020.  If you or a parent you know is having difficulties completing this survey, please call 311.  If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, you should fill out the 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. 


Family and Student Information Sessions 

Yesterday, we hosted our first Family and Student Information Session – thank you to everyone who attended!  We had over 25,000 people log on to watch the event, and it was broadcast on Bronx Net’s public access television station.  We received thousands of questions from parents and community members registering for the event, and will be using them to create an FAQ. 

Please join us for our upcoming Student and Family Information Sessions where our Department of Education leadership will share the latest updates as we plan for the return to schools in Fall 2020.  Registration for all upcoming sessions (dates below) is open here: 

·         Tuesday, July 28, 2020 

·         Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

·         Thursday, August 27, 2020 


New York State Education Department Issued School Reopening Guidance 

This week, the New York State Education Department released guidance to help schools and school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two.  The guidance builds on the Framework of Guidance that the Department presented to the Board of Regents on Monday, July 13th and can be found here: 

Family Engagement Toolkit for Schools 

Today, we shared our family engagement toolkit for schools.  The toolkit includes guidance, strategies, and resources to support communications and engagement efforts.  The toolkit gives schools samples that make family engagement easier and provides a sample calendar, letters and agendas that can be modified to fit schools’ needs.   


NYC Announcement about Childcare 

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a public childcare program that will see kids supervised in public and private locations across the five boroughs.  New York City will provide childcare to 100,000 New York City kids this fall as the Department of Education, in an attempt to protect students from novel coronavirus, offers in-school learning two or three days a week.  



We’re happy to let you know about a new app, called Learn at Home. This app is now available on all DOE-issued iPads. The Learn at Home app is helpful in supporting students’ remote-learning needs—giving parents, students, and staff the ability to stay connected and informed through quick access to student accounts, other learning apps and technical support. 

The app provides students with links to all the tools they need to attend class, complete assignments, and track their progress. The Learn at Home features can be accessed by using this link: 


Reopening:  School Busing Update 

We are currently assessing student busing and transportation options for fall 2020.  We are working to make other options available like the MTA and TLC, and will provide an update when we have more information. 


NYC DOE Budgets 

This week, DOE’s central offices received their budget for the next school year.  CCECs also received their budgets (same as last year) - please contact your SGO for more information. 


New Superintendent, District 4 

Effective Monday, July 27th, Dr. Kristy De La Cruz will begin as Community Superintendent of District 4 in Manhattan. Most recently, Dr. De La Cruz served as Deputy Superintendent of District 9 in the Bronx, where she assisted the Community District Superintendent in overseeing 48 schools, including selecting, supporting, and evaluating principals. In addition to serving as Deputy Superintendent, Dr. De La Cruz has over 25 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, principal, and English as a New Language (ENL)/Bilingual Coordinator. She has worked in New York City public schools since 2001.  

Selection concluded following consultation with the district and a C-37 process that incorporated community and parent input, including the CEC. Schools, families, and students have been notified. Dr. De La Cruz will begin a listening tour throughout the district, meeting with schools and community members.  


Welcome to Dr. De La Cruz! 


Professional Development Opportunities for Parent Coordinators, FLCs, FSCs 

We know that during this pandemic students, as well as the general population, are at increased risk for trauma.  To create a community of awareness, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in partnership with the Department of Education has adopted the Kognito At-Risk Suite, an online role-play simulation to help us learn to recognize signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss our concerns, and if necessary refer parents/students to the appropriate resources. 

Please register (in advance) at the link below to attend this Watch Party Wednesday on July 29th at 1:00 pm to learn about the Kognito At-Risk Suite:   

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions, please email FACE  

Virtual Summer Field Trips 

The DOE has partnered with museums across the city to offer over 100 virtual summer field trips that can be taken anytime, and live virtual museum events. In addition, we are hosting citywide summer challenges, including: song and dance, creating a pixel portrait of yourself in Minecraft, a backyard bird scavenger hunt, augmented reality workshops, and much more. The virtual field trips, museum events, and challenges will be updated each week on this page, so please check back regularly! 


Jobs and internships 

Virtual internships for high school and college students: The Knowledge House, Student Dream and Bloc invite students to apply for summer internships in data analytics, software development, digital marketing and more. These internships pay between $500 and $1,200 and require a commitment of five-10 hours per week. They’ll run from July 15 to Aug. 26. Find out more » 

Jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau for students and parents: Anyone over the age of 18 who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply for a job with the 2020 Census. These are temporary jobs with flexible hours. To learn more and apply, visit the website » 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Summer Bridge for ages 14 to 24: In place of SYEP this year, students and young adults are invited to apply for Summer Bridge, a paid career-training program with opportunities to meet with professionals, build professional skills and make your voice heard in your community. There is a stipend for participating. The application deadline is this Wednesday, July 15. Learn more and apply » 


Classes and Camps 

Virtual summer classes from Varsity Tutors: Check out free, online summer classes for students in kindergarten through college in subjects including art, computer science, languages and more. Find out more » 

Virtual summer camp from Camp Kinda: Students in kindergarten through 8th grade can enjoy free weekly activities from Camp Kinda until Sept. 1. Activities can be done on your family’s schedule and won’t keep kids glued to a screen. Learn more and enroll » 

STEM and literacy-building projects from Camp Wonderopolis: Kids of all ages and their parents can enroll in Camp Wonderopolis for free, online summer-learning activities that explore music, literature, STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and more. Check it out » 

Weekly law workshops for high school students: The New York City Bar Association invites high school students to free, online workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. These workshops will cover topics of interest to students considering a career in law. See the schedule and register » 


Fresh Air Fund 

Virtual camp for children ages 7 to 13: Fresh Air Everywhere offers fun, small-group activities and interactive theme projects on topics like nature, art, time travel and more. Kids will be mailed an activity box full of goodies to help them participate. Learn more and register » 

Outdoor activities in New York City parks for children ages 5 to 13: The Fresh Air Summer Spaces program offers two-hour drop-in sessions at neighborhood-based locations with supervised outdoor activities such as arts and crafts, games and dance parties. Learn more and register » 


More resource lists 


·         45+ Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy While Safely Social Distancing 

·         30 Best Virtual Summer Camp Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained This Summer 

·         22 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep the Kids Entertained (and You Sane) This Summer 

Letter from Ms Mills

July 20, 2020


Dear MS 442 Families,

I hope you and your families well.  I wanted to send a quick update about the upcoming school year.  

At the moment, we are still in the planning stages of what will work best for our school community.  We are using the DOE survey results and the class-size capacities recommendations as we continue to draft our initial plan for reopening.  As you can imagine, there are still many unknowns and challenges for the upcoming school year.  We will be sure to update you as much and as often as possible.  

We have also received many questions about finding out your child’s class number for the upcoming school year.  It seems there are ways to see the number in your child’s NYC Schools Account.  Please do not stress the class number at the moment.  Students must be placed into a new class to be promoted to the next grade, but this does not mean this will be your child’s class for the upcoming school year.  This is especially true for our incoming sixth graders as they are placed blindly into a class in June.  Final class numbers are determined in August and you will be notified of your child’s official class number right before the start of school.  On top of all this, next year classes will have no more than 12 students to ensure the safety of our school community and to allow students in-school education. 

I understand how not having answers can be stressful for families.  District 15 is working together to navigate the logistics of reopening in September.  We are striving to have an initial reopening plan in a few weeks for families to review and to provide input.  



Noreen Mills

Letter from Anita Skop



July 17, 2020

Dear District 15 Families and Community:

I hope that you are safe and heathy during these difficult times, and that you are enable to enjoy some of the summer weather out of doors.

I know that there are very real concerns for every family in the district around the re-opening options and decisions that schools are being asked to make in terms of best providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students in the fall. People want to be able to plan as expeditiously as possible, and so there are rumors circulating that some District schools have already made decisions, and have shared their structures with their families, so that protocols are in place and schools are all set. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case!

The Chancellor’s Office has put forward a series of options for schools to discuss with their SLTs and communities and then put forward as a tentative selection to be approved by the Superintendent and then at the Central level. Additionally, parents can apply to have their child participate in full time remote learning by filling out a form. We are asking all Parent Coordinators to share the instructions for this with all parents, so reach out to your principal or PC for further information. These structures were shared by the Chancellor last night at his Town Hall and are on the Department of Education website at the link below as well as all other information as to the reopening plans.

The final selection will be determined by mid-August. Right now schools are holding Town Halls and information sessions, or meeting with their SLTs to share their options and glean feedback from constituents, and we urge you to take advantage of these opportunities to talk with your community about your concerns. Please understand that NO DECISIONS have been made or approved as of yet.

I want to reassure that we are happy to share any information with you as soon as more becomes available. I know that this is an incredibly stressful and difficult time for students, for teachers, for parents and for our entire city. What I also know, however, is that all of our principals are deeply dedicated to providing the best options for our children. They are working to coordinate cohorts for siblings to ensure that families have consistent and coherent schedules. They are working with our amazing teachers to provide strong levels of high quality instruction remotely and in a brick and mortar setting. I wish that this terrible disease were not a threat to us all, but we are all here for you, and I also know that we will continue to support each other throughout this crisis.

Warmest regards,

Anita Skop
Community Superintendent-District 15

District 15 Meeting, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:30-9:00pm

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This Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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NYC Department of Education

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Flynn O'Hara Uniforms

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A reminder about uniform shopping this year


In light of COVID-19, FlynnO'Hara will be offering a series of back-to-school promotions this summer in an effort to make uniform shopping more affordable. In return, we are asking for support from our partner schools in making this back-to-school season a safe one.


In order to encourage families to shop early, discount percentages will decline over the course of the summer - meaning that the earlier families shop, the more they'll save!  Additionally, in the interest of safety, discounts can be applied only to remote orders (online, over the phone, or curbside pickup) to encourage customers to shop from home. 


Thank you for your support in making this back-to-school season a successful one, and as always, thank you for choosing FlynnO'Hara uniforms. 





Letter from Anita Skop

July 8, 2020 

Letter from Superintendent Anita Skop

Dear District 15 Families and Community: 

As you may have heard by now, the Mayor and the Chancellor have announced the initial roll out of a plan for the re-opening of New York City public schools in September. While there are still many more details that must be addressed, I wanted to reach out to you to ensure that you had an understanding of the plans and the reasons behind the decisions that have been made and that will be made going forward. 

First and foremost, let me reassure you that the health and safety of our children and all District 15 educators, school staff and families is, and will always be the top priority for the Department of Education, every member of the district staff and every school leader. As the rollout continues, you will hear even more about all the protocols and precautions that will be instituted in line with CDC guidelines. Some of this information, along with a detailed description of the menu of possible plans, is posted on the DOE website at 

Please note that these options are provided as menus, and were developed through extensive research into successful rollouts not only nationally, but also internationally. Discussions with parents, teachers and administrators across the city also provided different perspectives, as did a citywide survey that drew responses from over 300,000 families. 

Like the Mayor and the Chancellor, as your Superintendent, I heard overwhelmingly from families at our District forums that they want their children to return to school. I know that these options are not the complete return to school in September that we all would love to be able to implement. To put it bluntly, that is not a viable possibility in light of the continuing COVID crisis. They do offer, however, blended learning models that enable schools to provide students with both safe in-school brick and mortar classroom instruction several days a week, depending on the number of students and the model selected. Further, all parents at every school, will have the option to select a remote learning only protocol should they wish their children to continue to learn at home. 

The model at your child’s school will reflect the actual needs of your school community as well as the social distancing concerns that your school’s space defines. We, at the District office will be providing support, but you as parents and members of that community will have a voice in this as well. More opportunities will be available at the school level throughout the summer, but please do not hesitate to reach out to me at to share your ideas, concerns and questions. 

I know that this is incredibly difficult. I wish that we never had to face this horrible pandemic and I pray that it ends as quickly as possible. So many people have suffered such devastating losses that we are all families in trauma at this point. I also know, however, that the District 15 community is the most caring and committed group of educators and families that it has ever been my privilege to work with. We can get through this because we work together and support each other. 

With grateful appreciation for your support, 

Anita Skop
Community Superintendent-District 15 


COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 15 131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-935-4317 

Letter from the Chancellor

Dear MS 442 Families/Community, 


I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark, where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening.

Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion.

Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and as we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities— like closing the digital divide.

Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available at, and at the end of this letter are the most important takeaways for you at this moment. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around

sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.

I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible.


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Return to School 2020: Critical Information
Overall Guidance

  •   The 2020-21 school year will start in September 2020. We will announce details about the first day of school in the coming weeks.

  •   NYC students will be learning 5 days a week, whether in-person in school buildings or remotely at home.

  •   We are maximizing in-person instruction as much as possible given health and safety guidance, which includes social distancing. Students will return in either a blended learning model (a combination of remote learning from home, and in-person instruction in school buildings), or a fully remote learning model from home, if you so choose.

  •   Health officials have made clear that following basic safety protocols are key to reducing the spread of COVID-19: social distancing, face coverings (masks), handwashing, and staying home when sick.

    Developing Your Child’s Schedule

    As of now, given current health and safety guidance, we will not be able to have 100% of students present in a school building on any given day. You should expect to hear from your school in August regarding your child’s specific schedule.

    Under the blended learning model, students will be taught on-site in school buildings for part of the week, and will learn remotely from home on the other days of the week.

  •   Schools will choose a schedule from a limited number of models that take into account the space constraints of their school buildings, and that prioritize consistency for parents and students in their scheduling.

  •   You can expect your child or children to be in school one to two consistent days per week, with additional in-person days on a rotating schedule based on groups or cohorts of students.

  •   Schools will make every effort to safely conduct as much instruction in-person as possible, and your principal will communicate your child’s schedule with you in August.

    We know that there are families who may not feel comfortable going back into school buildings in the fall. You can elect to choose all-remote learning for your child; a web form will be shared with you on July 15 that will allow you to select that preference by August 7. Families who have chosen fully remote learning at the beginning of the school year will be allowed to transition back into in-person instruction on a quarterly basis. Once the school year begins, families can choose to go fully remote at any time.

    New Health and Safety Protocols

  •   All people (including students and adults) in a school building should remain at least 6 feet apart at all times, including in classrooms, common areas, and during lunch periods.

  •   Face coverings will be required for all students, staff, and visitors while inside buildings. Disposable face coverings will be provided to students and staff who need them.

o Exceptions will be made for those who cannot wear masks for developmental reasons, including based on their age.

  •   Students and staff will have increased access to handwashing and sanitizer. Schools will be supplied with additional cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

  •   All schools will identify a space to be equipped as an Isolation Room in the event a student or staff member becomes ill while at school.

  •   Our buildings will be deep-cleaned on a nightly basis with electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, and HVAC systems are being upgraded to ensure better ventilation.


Equity and Excellence: Our Continued Commitment

Our vision of educational equity and excellence for all students persists even during this time of crisis. We are laser focused on helping your child achieve academic excellence by providing key academic, social-emotional, and other supports to unlock their full potential to learn—no matter who they are. We remain focused on high- quality, tailored instruction for every student. In addition, here is some of what we will do to help our children reach their highest potential:

  •   We will allow time for students to readjust to being in school buildings, and to adapt to changes.

  •   We will integrate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care into core academic instruction,

    and all New York City public schools will prioritize access to mental health supports throughout the

    2020-2021 school year.

  •   For students with IEPs, this fall we will continue to offer in-person services to all who opt to receive in-

    person services to the greatest extent possible.

  •   Multilingual learners will receive an instructional program that will ensure continued progress in both

    their language development and content area knowledge.

    Keeping You Informed

    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. We know that for each piece of information we are providing, more questions can emerge. Please visit the Return to School 2020 webpage at on a regular basis for the latest updates.

    Throughout the summer we will continue to engage with families, students, and community leaders—both centrally through the DOE and within each school community.

  •   Centrally, the DOE will host a series of online Family & Student Information Sessions to answer any questions or concerns that families may have. The first of these will be held on July 16. More details and a full calendar will be available at

  •   We will be convening community and advocate roundtable meetings, briefings with elected officials and Community Education Council leaders, and more.

  •   Specific guidance will be coming soon for families with children enrolled in CBO-based early childhood programs.

Report Cards

Hello MS 442 Families,

We understand you are not able to access your child's last report card on the student account. They are yet to be posted by the DOE. Please continue to check, they should be released any time now.

Thank you

Letters from the Chancellor

Dear Families, 

As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience, resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and remote learning. No one ever imagined confronting such a disruptive and damaging pandemic. I recognize it imposed hardships on you, and brought new complications in the education of our students—especially those who are building their proficiency in English. 

I started off in kindergarten not speaking a word of English, so I personally know the kinds of challenges that you and your children face even under normal circumstances. That is why all of us at the DOE embrace your home language, home culture, and traditions—all of the things that make you and your child who you are. We are dedicated to making your child’s educational experience safe, welcoming, and supportive. That’s true in our school buildings and when we are teaching your children remotely. 

Over the summer and heading into the fall, we remain committed to equipping our educators with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure your child has the language support required to learn grade-level material. I encourage you to connect with your teacher if you have not already to identify what programs, resources, and strategies you can use over the summer to build your child’s language development. Supporting your child’s summer learning process is a high priority for all of us. 

At the same time, please work with your child in your home language as well! Reading, writing, and asking questions in the language you use will lead to their academic success in both languages. 

We are looking toward the fall and making key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way possible. If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey at by June 30. 

I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer! 


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education 

Dear Families,
As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience,
resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and the implementation of remote
learning. I recognize that the situation imposed hardships on you and brought new complications in the
education of our students—especially those with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). We are
extremely grateful for everything you have done to partner with us in supporting your child and helping us
adapt to these challenging times.
As we have engaged in virtual instructional and teletherapy programs, you have risen to the occasion and
been your child’s greatest source of support. In continuing to explore options to best address your child’s
needs, we will rely heavily on the strong bonds we have forged with you along our collaborative journey to
help us make decisions that truly make a difference.
Your child’s teacher should have contacted you for an end-of-year wrap-up conversation to support the
transition to summer. Should you seek additional information, please reach out to your child’s principal
directly. We encourage you to ask questions about progress made on your child’s IEP goals, to make
recommendations and offer feedback about what has and hasn’t worked for your child during the remote
learning period, and to request information to support the transition to summer. We also encourage you to
talk to your child’s teacher and school administrators about any recommendations regarding summer school
for additional academic support.
During these past three months, we have broadened our vision of what family engagement and
empowerment can truly mean. We have heard the voices of parents and families like you during various
workshops and forums, offering questions, concerns, and recommendations about your child’s learning
process. We have heard from many of you that the Beyond Access series of online learning workshops for
families of children with disabilities, as well as family office hours, provided valuable information that can
be put to immediate use. We will continue to provide resources, workshops, and family sessions in order to
support you as we prepare for September and beyond.
As we look toward the fall and make key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way
possible, we will continue to rely on you to offer input about what would work best for you and your child.
If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey
at by June 30.
We at the DOE are deeply committed to serving all of our students with IEPs and providing them with an
excellent education.
I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer!

Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Last Week of School Updates

Hello MS 442 Families/Community,


Hope everyone is well.


We are nearing the end of the school year!   


This week looks a little different for our students and staff, so we wanted to update our community of the DOE changes to the week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is a full day of instruction for all students but a half day of professional development/clerical work for school staff. (Teachers will not be available for office hours those days.) Friday is the last day of school, which is a half day of school for students and will serve as a time for students to say good-bye to their teachers and friends for the summer.


Report Cards-Please look for updates that we will post on our website and email to our families regarding when and how you will be able to access your child's report card.  Report cards should be accessible on your child's NYC School Account ( Friday.


Lockers-We will also update you on when students may access their lockers to collect their things. If your child is currently in 6th or 7th grade, they do not need to empty them at the moment.  If your child is moving on to high school, we will be in touch in the coming weeks about how you will get the contents of their lockers.  If there is something extremely important that they may need to get please email at:


Thank you everyone for a wonderful school year and your continued support.

Info from DOE High School Admissions

Dear 7th Grade Families,


During these trying times, we hope you and yours are well. We also hope your seventh-grade child is starting to get excited about applying to high school. The application process officially starts this fall. 

There are two paths into high school admissions and your child can take both:   

  • Apply to high school by submitting a high school application. You can apply to 12 programs.  

  • Register to audition and/or test to apply to one or more of the nine Specialized High Schools.  

Here’s what you can start doing this summer, all without leaving your home:  

  1. Subscribe to our email lists to get the latest updates on high school admissions  

  2. Learn about high school admissions in our 2021 High School Admissions Guide. Now available online in both PDF and web accessible versions. This book is two guides in one!   

  • The High School and Specialized High School Admissions Guide includes everything you need to know about applying to high school in New York City including how to participate in Specialized High Schools admissions. 

  • The Guide to the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), offers policy, test tips and practice exams. 

  1. Start exploring your high school options online with MySchools. Save or print the pages of your favorite programs.  

  2. COMING SOON: Watch our new video series – we'll walk you through the steps of applying to high school in New York City. 

 Need help or have questions?  

  • Call us at 718-935-2009 


Thank you,

DOE-High Schools Admissions Team



Esperamos que usted y su familia se encuentren bien en estos momentos difíciles. También esperamos que su hijo de 7.° grado esté entusiasmado con la idea de solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria. El proceso de solicitud de ingreso comienza oficialmente este otoño. 

Hay dos vías de ingreso a la escuela secundaria y su hijo puede optar por ambas: 

  • Puede solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria por medio de una solicitud e incluir 12 programas. 

  • Puede inscribirse en la audición o el examen para solicitar el ingreso a una o más de las nueve escuelas secundarias especializadas. 

 A continuación, le informamos todo lo que puede hacer este verano sin salir de su casa: 

  1. Apúntese en nuestras listas de correos electrónicos para obtener la información más reciente sobre el proceso de admisión a la escuela secundaria. 

  1. Puede obtener más información en nuestra Guía de admisión a la escuela secundaria 2021, que ya está disponible en internet tanto en versión PDF como en versión accesible. Esta publicación consiste en dos guías en una. 

  • La Guía de admisión a la escuela secundaria y a las escuelas secundarias especializadas incluye todo lo que debe saber para solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria en la Ciudad de Nueva York, además de cómo participar en el proceso de las escuelas secundarias especializadas. 

  • La Guía del Examen de admisión a las escuelas secundarias especializadas (Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, SHSAT) ofrece pautas, consejos para estudiar y exámenes de práctica. 

  1. Comience a explorar sus opciones de escuela secundaria por internet a través de MySchools. Guarde o imprima las páginas de sus programas favoritos. 

  1. PRÓXIMAMENTE: Vea nuestra nueva serie de videos, que le guiarán a través de los pasos para solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria en la Ciudad de Nueva York. 

¿Necesita ayuda o tiene alguna pregunta? 


Muchas gracias, 

Equipo de Admisiones a la Escuela Secundaria 







  • 提交高中申請表申請高中。您最多可以申請12個課程。 

  • 申請九所特殊高中當中的一所或多所,方法是報名參加這些高中的表演面試和/或測驗。 


  1. 訂閲加入我們的電郵名單,了解高中入學的最新消息 

  1. 請查看《2021年高中入學指南》(2021 High School Admissions Guide)了解高中入學。現在可以在網上獲得PDF格式和網絡無障礙版本。這兩份指南現在合二為一! 

  • 《高中及特殊高中入學指南》(The High School and Specialized High School Admissions Guide)裡面包含您申請紐約市高中所需的所有資訊,包括如何參與特殊高中的入學程序。 

  • 特殊高中入學測驗指南(SHSAT)説明了有關規定,測驗小建議和模擬測驗。 

  1. 使用MySchools,開始在網上探索您的高中選項。把您最喜歡的課程儲存或打印下來。 

  1. 即將發佈:觀看我們的新視頻系列:我們將一步步指引您申請紐約市高中的步驟。 





7th Grade Virtual High School Information Session

Hello 7th Grade Families,


As the 2019-2020 school year comes to close, we share in the excitement of celebrating your child’s achievements, and we also look forward to partnering with you during their 8th grade year!  


High School Directories are USUALLY delivered in June, however we haven't received any information about when, or how they will be distributed.


In the meantime, please visit the NYC DOE myschools website and use their directory to search for information about any NYC public high school. High school information will be posted on our school’s website as we receive invitations to open houses and tours.  


We highly recommend you tour all schools of interest to experience what they have to offer. Additionally, please check high school websites or contact the school directly for specific tour information.


As you begin your search, always consider your child’s interest, the size of the school, and the school’s location. There are so many schools in the city, with wonderful things to offer, and we are committed to helping you find a great match for your child!  

As we navigate the high school process, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, and encourage you to check our school’s website for high school updates.  Our 2020-2021 high school articulation meeting is usually held in late September. We will be in touch when we have a date. Ms Ford and I will be hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 18th at 5:30pm to answer your questions regarding the next steps towards preparing for the high school process. (Invitation link to follow soon)


We wish you a safe and relaxing summer, and look forward to meeting with you in September!






Lashawn Ford 

Guidance Counselor


Maria Egan

Parent Coordinator

Updated Family Letter for June 4th and June 9th

Dear Families,


Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar. We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:

 Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).

 Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs. On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information. As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks. Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.


Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education

Updated Summer School Dates

May 20, 2020 Updated Summer School Dates

Resources for MS442 Families/Community

Hello MS442 Families/Community,

All NYC public school families will receive $420 per child for food benefits through federal coronavirus relief effort


Dear District 15 Families,

We now offer HW Help, Tech Support, and Translation in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, and Telugu for parents and families of students grades PK-12. Students in grade 6 or higher are welcome to call in as well. 
Please email or call your teacher at the scheduled time to schedule an appointment!




During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need.

Reminder:Last Day to Request iPads

Hello MS 442 Families,

Just a Reminder:

Please note -- to receive an iPad by April 30, today is the last day to submit a request. 

If your children do not have access to an internet-enabled tablet or laptop/personal computer, and you have yet to fill out our online Remote Learning Device Request Form, we urge you to fill out it out at your earliest convenience. Available in ten languages, the online form will allow you to request an internet-enabled iPad on behalf of an NYC public school student in your household.

And if you submit a request form by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, and your student is deemed eligible, your student will receive a device by Thursday, April 30. City families who submit their device request forms after April 23 should expect to receive their loaner devices beginning in May.

Once you submit your form, the DOE will use the contact information you provide to follow up with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student—families with multiple students who need devices should fill out one device request form for each student.

Thank you!

Reminder to MS 442 Families

Hello MS 442 Families,

Just a reminder that we are back to regular class schedule and teachers are using Google Meet to hold live classes.  

Please continue to visit the Remote Learning Dashboard via, the same as before spring recess.

Thank you

Follow Up to Chancellor's Letter Sent on April 11, 2020

On Saturday, we were informed by Mayor DeBlasio that school buildings will remain closed and remote learning will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year.  The attached letter from the Chancellor confirms this decision.  Please note that the Governor has not yet confirmed this decision as he is the final arbiter of school closings statewide. We await his confirmation as well.

Update for MS 442 Families


April 11, 2020 

Dear Families: 

Less than one month ago, we came together and began transforming the largest school system in the nation. The battle against COVID-19 left us no choice but to close school buildings to students and staff, transition to remote teaching and learning from home, and adjust to distancing from each other to remain safe. 

Now, we face another painful decision. After consulting with public health experts about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and with educators about the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year, we have decided that New York City school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning. We will continue to operate our 400+ school-based Meal Hubs, which serve three free meals a day to any New Yorker who needs them, and we will continue to ensure child care for the children of essential workers. 

This is a painful but necessary decision for two reasons. First, public health experts have determined that community transmission of COVID-19 will be widespread well into the end of the school year. Even at low-level transmission, we’d have new cases, which would be extremely difficult to contain school-to- school. We believe there simply wouldn’t be enough time to bring our students back. 

Second, we, as parents, know how important it is to have some sense of predictability in order to effectively plan for your family. This crisis is hitting all of us very hard. But we are hopeful that this sense of certainty will allow for more stability and the ability to better plan for our work and home lives. 

We know this will have an immense impact on the 1.1 million students and 150,000 staff who make up our New York City public schools. But we are inspired by the extraordinary ways everyone in our school communities has risen to this challenge. Every day, we see how you – students, families, and the dedicated staff serving and supporting our public schools – are going above and beyond to connect in the face of this crisis, all in service of making sure learning continues. We also know that you’ll need support to continue this tremendous undertaking. That’s why we’re making the following commitments to you as we extend the closure of our school buildings until the end of the school year: 

1. Every student who has requested an internet-enabled device will have one by the end of April. 

No student will go without the tools they need for learning. We have already delivered tens of thousands of devices to our most vulnerable students, including those in shelter and temporary housing. We are committed to closing the remainder of the digital divide for each of our kids. If you still need a device, please fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form at, or call 311. 

2. We will make sure that parents can ask and get answers to their questions about remote 

learning. We know you need someone to turn to who will answer any question you have about 

education during this time—from social-emotional support to academic progress to graduation requirements. Your school is always ready and willing to support you, and we will also make sure that additional support is available as we continue in our remote environment. This means increasing hours and staffing of our parent hotlines so you can get the answers you need. Call 311 to be directed to the right DOE support. 

3. We’ll continue to invest in instructional resources, enrichment programs, and student supports 

for your families to engage in learning at home. Our students need and deserve rich, deep programming and remote learning opportunities as we go further into the school year, and we will continue to provide them. This includes learning resources provided by your teachers and schools, but it also includes enriching and fun materials from the world-class cultural institutions, libraries, museums, parks, and more right here in New York City. 

4. We will ensure every high school senior is supported towards graduation. We’ll provide 1:1 

counseling support to every senior, working closely with schools and families to understand if students are on track—and if not, provide opportunities to help them get there. Guidance counselors from every high school will reach out to every senior to make sure they are on a path to graduate. 

5. We will reopen schools stronger than ever in September, ensuring the safety of our buildings and the resources in place to combat any learning loss and provide emotional support to our students, families, and educators as needed to resume learning and reconnect our communities. 

Nothing about this is easy. For the last six years of this administration, public schools have been the anchor of our fight against inequality. They are how we’ve delivered increased opportunity, and we can’t overstate the loss of the concrete sense of community our schools provide. But this is about saving lives. 

We are so grateful for your flexibility and patience; we know how hard every one of you has worked to support your children’s learning at home. And we will continue to make every effort to both support you and keep learning going during this unprecedented time. 

We will also continue to keep you updated. As a reminder, you can visit DOE’s website anytime at for more information and updates on our plans for the rest of the school year. 


Bill de Blasio

Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education


Dear MS 442 families-
By now I’m sure you heard the news- we will not be returning to the school building for the remainder of the school year. Upsetting is an understatement, we miss our students immensely. Putting it all in perspective, we know this is the best decision for the health of our students, families, staff  and whole school community. You have our assurance that we will continue to be committed to the educational and social-emotional growth of our students.
We look forward to continuing our home/school relationship in order to support each other and celebrate all of our accomplishments.

Now let’s have some fun! Please share with your kids:
A Sneak Peek at Spirit Week- Students will be sent a message with directions on how to share their home/school spirit via Flipgrid.
4/13 – PJ/crazy hair day
4/14- Wear blue to honor first responders
4/15- Got jokes? ...Tell your favorite school appropriate joke
4/16- Pet day- Introduce your pet to the school (no pet? Favorite stuffed animal? How about a sibling?)
4/17- Karaoke Day- Since along to your favorite song
Noreen Mills


Update for MS 442 Families

April 8, 2020

Dear Families: 

None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe. 

This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day. 

In that context, I have important updates and reminders to share with you: 

• School Closures: The State has announced that all schools in New York State will now remain closed through April 29, 2020. 

• Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school. 

• Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8. 

• AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey. 

• Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools. 

I believe that the professionalism and dedication of our educators has never been more apparent than throughout this extraordinary crisis. They have risen to the occasion, fundamentally transforming our learning model while also attending to the altered needs of their own families. 


Likewise, your support and partnership have been critical in helping our students cope, remain safe, and learn— even as you have confronted enormous stresses of your own. Thanks to everything you and our educators are doing together, I am confident that our children will continue to meaningfully engage and progress during these times. 

Like our educators during this ordeal, you are truly heroes. We know this is difficult as we all learn to navigate through this unprecedented time together. But we will continue to do everything in our power to support you every step of the way. 


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education 

Letter to our MS 442 Families

Noreen Mills, Principal

Jason James, Assistant Principal

500 19th Street – Bishop Ford Complex



March 31, 2020


Dear MS 442 Families,


I hope that you and your families are staying healthy in this unprecedented time.  


The move to remote learning was sudden and we are all learning how to do this to meet the needs of all our families. The MS 442 staff have been working collaboratively to address any glitches and sharing effective practices to make this a positive learning situation for our students.  Teachers are doing a mix of holding virtual classes through Zoom and posting assignments to Google Classroom.  Teachers are utilizing the Remote Learning Dashboard, accessible from, to be a one-stop hub to help you and your child to stay informed on Zoom sessions and what assignments are due in Google Classroom without the need to comb through Google Classroom to try to figure it all out.  In the afternoon, teachers and staff are also available during office hours to work with kids, answer emails, or attend virtual IEP meetings. 


For children with IEPs and English Language Learners, we are continuing to provide mandated services to the best of our abilities within the context of a virtual meeting or classroom.  Children who get these services have been contacted by related service providers and intervention teachers to work out individualized programs.


As we rely more than ever on the internet and our virtual interactions for remote learning, I would like to emphasize the importance of appropriate online behavior. Our learning environment must be safe for all students, and we expect students to adhere strictly to appropriate internet use, as outlined here in the NYC Department of Education's Internet Acceptable Use Policy. We cannot tolerate unkind, bullying, or discriminatory behavior on our online tools. Furthermore, we expect students to interact according to the assignment at hand, and refrain from online behavior or commenting that is distracting or disruptive. Families, we will rely on you to help monitor your child's online.  Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your child, please do not attempt to address the teacher during “class time”. This time is strictly for staff and students. Check our remote learning dashboard for information about teacher office hours. 


If you or your child notice inappropriate behavior online, you should contact one of our deans to report an issue, Ms. Molina ( or Mr. Tavoularis (  All students must adhere to the 15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussions poster and the NYC DOE Internet Acceptable Use Policy


So many of you have reached out with supportive emails and we do appreciate that.  If you have any concerns, please continue to reach out to us because we are all here to support you. 


I hope that you and your families are staying healthy and I wish you the best during these challenging times.



Noreen Mills


Message for MS 442 Famlies

Dear MS 442 Families,

Our MS 442 community has been working diligently to prepare for remote learning which will begin on Monday,
March 23.  Our students have a good grasp on this type of learning and will be lead by our amazing teachers and paraprofessionals as they learn how to communicate using Zoom. This is a learning curve for some, especially for adults. At first, it may not be perfect but with your partnership and support, it will ensure our students receive academic instruction and keep them on track to success

Be sure to stay informed by talking to your child, visiting our website, reading email blasts and Ms. Egan's weekly newsletter. The NYC DOE website  also contains a multitude of information that may be helpful to you. 
Staff email addresses are also available on our website.   I ask that you be patient while staff is addressing the concerns of our whole staff community. If a staff member does not respond immediately, understand they are most likely working with another family or in a remote teaching situation.

Please stay well and know we are here for you and your child.

Noreen Mills



Thursday, March 19 1:00PM

Remote Learning Update

Information about our Remote Learning Plan will be posted here tomorrow (3/20) by 12PM.  

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Hello Families,

We are in a continual process of updating email addresses, if you are not receiving The Weekly Newsletter please sign up on our "Newsletter Sign Up Link" on our MS 442 home page under "The Stay Informed Column".

Thank You.

Mark Your Calendar


Uniform Information


Students should come to school every day wearing the MS 442 uniform. Uniforms can be purchased here or by calling Flynn O'Hara directly at (718) 567-8593. If you need help, please contact the Main Office.



First and foremost, we are excited to announce that we have begun shipping online and phone orders from our Philadelphia distribution center!  Please note that delivery times will be delayed as we work back up to full operational capacity.  FlynnO’Hara will continue to offer Free Shipping on all online and phone orders as long as our stores remain closed.


As of now, all 34 of our retail stores remain closed; we do not anticipate any locations opening to the public until mid-June at the earliest.  Reopening dates will be determined on a state-by-state basis according to local guidelines, along with an internal company evaluation of safety and readiness.  We are doing everything in our power to resume normal business operations as soon as we can, but we will not reopen our stores to foot traffic until we are confident that the proper measures are in-place, and that our staff is trained to ensure the safety of both customers & employees.


At the very least, we know that when we reopen, it will be with reduced capacity and highly modified in-store processes (for example, most stores will only be able to accommodate a fraction of normal foot traffic, and it’s unlikely that it will be safe for customers to try on products for size).  As such, it is critical that we encourage families to shop online if they can, and to shop earlier in the season to avoid an August rush.  We are asking for your support in relaying this message to school families.


In order to relieve some of the financial burden of back-to-school shopping, FlynnO’Hara will be offering discounts ranging from 5%-20% off during the months of May, June & July.  These discounts will be offered online only and will be tiered in order to incentivize customers to shop early, and to shop online. 


If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to encourage your incoming families to opt-into our FlynnO’Hara emails & follow us on social media by sharing the attached flyer.  We will begin releasing discount information within the coming weeks; the earlier families shop, the more they’ll save!


After 50 years in business, and almost two decades of ecommerce, we know the reasons why some families prefer in-store shopping to ordering online, namely: sizing concerns, shipping costs, discomfort navigating online, and an inability to receive packages to their homes.  Knowing that remote shopping will be the safest options for families this summer, we’ve implemented the following initiatives to these address customer concerns:


One of the biggest challenges our customers face in shopping online is how to choose the right sizes for their child. So, we’ve developed the following measuring resources to help parents make accurate, informed decisions from home:


  • At-Home Measuring Tutorial: This short video shows parents how to measure their child for his / her clothing dimensions using either a soft measuring tape or a piece of string. The video then offers guidance on where to find – and how to use – FlynnO'Hara’s size charts to choose the right garment sizes for each of our uniform products!  These videos will be live on our website early next week; in the meantime, view Our girls video HERE!

  • At-Home Measuring Kit: Parents who don’t already have a measuring tape at home can easily order an at-home measuring kit from our website.  The kit is free and will arrive at their doorstep in just a few days!  The order form for this kit will be available on our site early next week.

  • Size Charts: Finally, each uniform item at now has a product-specific size chart linked beneath the website product listing for parent reference.

  • Please note: These resources will live on our website, but we will be sharing them with families via email and our social media accounts as they become available.  Once again, it’s important that families opt-into our emails and follow us on social to stay in the loop!

For customers who prefer a personal touch or are uncomfortable navigating our ecommerce platform, our customer service team is available Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM to take orders over the phone.  These hours will be expanding to evenings and weekends as we move back into the summer season. Up-to-date customer service hours can be found HERE.  Please note, discounts will be applied to phone orders!


For customers who have trouble receiving deliveries at home, FlynnO’Hara will be offering the option to buy online and pick-up orders at one of our local stores.  Although our stores are currently closed, it’s likely that this in-store pick-up option will become available to families before our stores reopen to foot traffic.  We will communicate directly with schools and customers as soon as we activate this option, which will be available to choose as a shipping method at check-out on our ecommerce site.


As outlined above, while our stores remain closed, FlynnO’Hara is offering free shipping on all online and phone orders with promotion code FREESHIP.  Once our stores reopen their doors, we will continue to offer free shipping over a minimum order value threshold.


Our sincere hope is that our generous product warranty and return policy will provide some peace of mind to families shopping earlier this year.  As always, FlynnO’Hara will accept returns / exchanges on any unworn products (with tags) up to one year from their date of purchase.  Additionally, our school year guarantee remains in effect: if families aren’t satisfied with the way their uniforms are holding up, we’ll replace them up to one year from the date of purchase – no questions asked!

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