SUMMER RESOURCES

July 31, 2020

 

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,

CEC15

FREE MEALS

Please see link below:

 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals

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.

Please click here for the latest school reopening information for Fall 2020

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

 

July 27, 2020

 

Dear Parent Leaders and Family Support Professionals, 

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 FACE@schools.nyc.gov

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:    

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudO-srz8uEtMdSjvbs2soKUQbsSZjGzFR    

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

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 

 

CFTSS Services

 

Good Day,

 

My name is Nivia Butler and I am the Director for the Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS) program with The Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) in Brooklyn, NY.  Our program offers in-home therapeutic services (psychotherapy, crisis intervention/avoidance, establishing ADL’s/routines) to children who may be exhibiting emotional or behavioral concerns either in the home, at school or, both.  We work with children between the ages of 0 to under 21 who are Medicaid or a Managed Care Medicaid recipients living within the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens. 

 

(Disclaimer: all sessions are taking place virtually due to the COVID pandemic crisis until further notice). 

 

Please see below for information

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself or our Program Assistant, Madeline Rivera at 718-497-6090, ext. 453.

Thank you,

 

 

 

Nivia Butler, LCSW

Director, Children and Family Treatment Support Services

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

315 Wyckoff Avenue, 6th floor

Brooklyn, NY 11237

Office: 718-497-6090, ext. 364

Fax: 718-497-6262

Madeline Rivera

Program Assistant, Children and Family Treatment Support Services

Coalition for Hispanics Family Services

315 Wyckoff Avenue, 6th floor

Brooklyn, NY 11237

Office:718-497-6090, ext.453

Fax: 718-497-6262





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WE'RE HERE TO HELP! 

NO REFERRAL NEEDED - JUST CALL! You don't even have to leave your home! We can work with you via phone or video call. 

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Children must have Medicaid or Medicaid managed care and be under the age of 21 to receive services. Children and Family Treatment and Support Services 

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WE'RE HERE TO HELP! 

Our professionals are available to render services via phone or video calls. 

Call us at 929-314-4584 

Children must have Medicaid or Medicaid managed care and be under the age of 21 to receive services. 

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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.  

 

Sincerely,

Noreen Mills

Dear Families,

July 16, 2020


I hope you and your children are having a happy summer and staying healthy and safe. Summer can be an
important time for resting and recharging—especially given the past few months, which have been so challenging
for students, families, and staff alike.
Together, we have risen to meet that challenge—and your children have proven what they are capable of under
remarkable circumstances. This summer, I urge you to keep the learning going!
We have an unconventional start to the school year ahead of us, and we know that all students will be best
positioned for success if they remain socially and emotionally engaged, and actively involved in academic
exploration over the next several weeks.
To support your children’s path to academic success, we have pulled together learning resources that will be both
fun and intellectually stimulating for you and your family: Summer Reading, Summer Enrichment, College
Bridge for All, and other supports that are ongoing throughout the summer months. Please read on to learn more—
I encourage you to take advantage of as many of these as you can!
Summer Reading
One of the best ways for children to keep their minds active and their creativity flowing is to continue to read
throughout the summer. Since just the end of the school year, New York City students have accessed over 30,000
books and logged over 7,500 hours of reading with the eBook reader, Sora. The DOE is thrilled to continue to
offer our 3K–12 students free access to hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks through Sora. We encourage you to
read to your children and to encourage them to read independently. You just need your DOE account name and
password to access the collections. Visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading to learn more.
In addition, the New York City School Library System has also curated a special collection of K–12 fiction and
non-fiction eBooks for NYC public school students. Visit galepages.com/nycdoe11/ebooks to view the complete
collection. To access the eBooks, please email libraries@schools.nyc.gov to receive a username and password.
Summer Enrichment Challenges and Activities
Who says learning can’t take you to exciting new worlds? This summer, families can choose to virtually “visit”
extraordinary people and places on more than 100 free virtual field trips. These virtual resources will help students
to encounter remarkable events in history and learn more about fascinating topics: from animals to aerospace,
New York City’s water supply to national parks, honeybees to hip-hop, and so much more. Our dozens of partners
include Audubon New York, the Paley Center for Media, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo,
the Wildlife Conservation Society. They can’t wait to help you explore the streets of New York and beyond.
The DOE is also hosting several citywide challenges for students to participate in during the weeks of July 13
through August 17. It doesn’t matter which borough you’re from or which grade you’re in: you can join a fun
competition where you can show others your hard work and talent. These exciting summer challenges range from
expressing yourself through dance or song, to creating a pixel portrait of yourself in Minecraft, to a New York
City bird watching challenge.

You can find more information on Sora, virtual field trips, and the citywide challenges at
schools.nyc.gov/summerlearning.
College Bridge for All

We’re so proud of the graduating Class of 2020 – we joined forces with Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Lin-
Manuel Miranda, and many more proud New Yorkers in celebrating them with a citywide virtual graduation

ceremony at the end of June. If you missed the citywide celebration, you can view it at nycclassof2020.com.
We are continuing to support our graduates along their next steps with free individualized coaching through the
College Bridge for All program. From now through September, graduates have access to coaches who are trained
to support them in their transition to all pathways, whether that’s college, a career training program, a vocational
program, service, or employment. Please encourage your graduate to fill out the Senior Contact Form at
bit.ly/classof2020nyc.
Ongoing Supports
A quick reminder of these continuing services:
 Summer School runs through mid-August. For more information, visit schools.nyc.gov/summerschool.
 Remote Learning. Want to brush up on your digital skills? Visit schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools to learn
more about Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other remote-learning platforms.
 “Let’s Learn NYC!”, the educational public television program produced by WNET/THIRTEEN and
the DOE, starts up again on July 13 and airs 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST) through August 28 on channel 13 on
your local television network. Let’s Learn NYC! episodes can also be watched online at
thirteen.org/programs/lets-learn-nyc/. Episodes will continue to focus on foundational reading and writing
skills, mathematics, social studies, and science for children in 3-K through second grade. Find more
information here: schools.nyc.gov/letslearn.
 Meal Hubs provide free grab-and-go meals to all New Yorkers. Service is available from 7:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals for more information and to find the
Meal Hub nearest you.
 Regional Enrichment Centers provide emergency childcare to the children of essential workers, and
operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through August. Find more information here:
schools.nyc.gov/RECs.
While you are making the most of summer, I know you are also eager to hear what education will look like for
your child this fall. I want to thank the more than 400,000 families that completed our Return to School survey.
Your feedback has been an important part of our decision-making. As always, the safety of our students, families,
and staff members continues to be our first priority. We are closely tracking guidance from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the State of New York, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Initial planning guidance has been shared with schools and families, and you can find the most up-to-date
information at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. Please know that our plans will be flexible as necessary, and
we’ll continue to adjust and update as the public health landscape continues to evolve, and as we get closer to
reopening.
A safe return to schools in the fall will require a partnership not only with school leaders and educators but also
with you, our families and students. I will continue to keep you informed as we receive the necessary guidance. 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.
Enjoy your summer. Please stay safe and healthy—and keep the learning going!

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/summer-learning

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

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