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September 1, 2020

Dear Families,

Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have announced there will be a delay to the start of the school year. 
Starting on Wednesday, September 16, all students will learn remotely for an instructional transition and
orientation period.  For families who chose in-person learning, the start day has been moved to Monday,
September 21. Whether you have chosen remote or hybrid, we are happy to announce that students will be
taught by MS 442 staff members.

Grade Arrival Dismissal
6 8:30am 1:45pm
7 8:35am 1:50pm
8 8:40am 1:55pm
We are all working to ensure this school year is the best it can be for our school community. This is the most
complex start of school New York City has ever faced.  We recognize you may have questions and we plan on
sending out more information for families as we receive further guidance from the Department of Education.
For your planning purposes, we do want to inform you of arrival and dismissal times.

*All students will enter and exit through our main doors.

We want to guarantee all of our students have the best learning experience from the start of the new school
year. We need to be prepared and ensure our student groups are balanced and programmed. We can no
longer accept requests to change hybrid cohorts. In the event of a family emergency that needs to be
discussed, please contact me, If you decide to switch from hybrid to remote, please
email Maria, and complete the DOE survey again.
Our family handbook will be emailed before the start of the school year. This document will offer more
specific information concerning the 20-21 school year.
Thank you and be well,
Noreen Mills

Sept. 3, 2020


 Updates on the P-EBT Cards:

  • The original ditribution timeline changed. The state will be mailing the 3rd wave (for those who do not receive benefits) September 0ctober.

  • Some cards for those with benefits have been delayed as well. Parents should call the helpline (1-833-452-0096) to check eligibilty, get help with errors or glitches, to find out if/when their card will be sent

  • Improvements have been made to the helpline (1-833-452-0096) with wait times reduced to 10 minutes or less.

  • If you press and hold the language request key (1 for English, 2 for Spanish, etc.) a person should come on the line.

  • Parents can continue to email for assistance--

  • Community Food Advocates has a P-EBT page with all the info and links to their info sessions for parents. The info sessions are also on their Facebook page.

Back to School Pledge

Health and Safety Always Come First

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies will be supplied to all schools, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) will have a 30-day supply on hand at all times – with a hotline for principals to call for immediate resupply for their schools

  • There will be a full-time nurse in every public school building

  • Any school building or room found to have inadequate ventilation will not be used by students or staff

  • Students and staff will practice physical distancing in all school buildings

  • Students will remain in pods for as much of the day as possible

  • Students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the school day; if they do not have them, they will be provided for free

  • We will place hand sanitizer in every classroom

  • City-run testing sites will prioritize free COVID testing and expedited results for school staff; free testing is also available to all students, families, and New Yorkers citywide

  • We are encouraging all DOE employees to be tested monthly

  • NYC Department of Health and Test + Trace Corps will immediately investigate confirmed cases to prevent spread of the virus

  • Schools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools

  • When necessary, classrooms or school buildings will temporarily close to maintain safety of school communities and prevent spread of the virus

  • School buildings will close if the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in New York City is 3% or more using a 7-day average—the most aggressive threshold in the nation

NYC Public Schools Will be Cleaned and Disinfected, Day and Night

  • All school buildings will be disinfected overnight, every night

  • High-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day

  • Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact

Students Will be Learning Five Days a Week, No Matter What

  • Whether in-person or online, students will study in supportive environments with rigorous academic standards

  • Remote students will interact with their teachers every day

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

  • Academic instruction will integrate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care to support students holistically

  • Teachers will have time each day to engage one-on-one with students and families

August 20, 2020.


Dear MS 442 Families/Guardians,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying summer.

Please see below important links, please click and sign/fill out anything if you have not already.

Thank you for your support.

Be well and safe.


Please subscribe to newsletter as this is where updates, announcements, emails, meetings, important information, fun info will come from. Information that is sent from newsletter/email is also posted on our website:


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Rising 8th Grade Families:

The Admissions Offie will give out "my school" account numbers in the fall.

Please see Summer Homework Information below:

Summer Homework Access Codes 2020

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code nt7ksfa (Incoming 6th Grade Summer Homework)



1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code s36lb5u (Incoming 7th Grade Summer Homework)



1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code thdkdc3 (Incoming 8th Grade Summer Homework)

Please contact our PTA if you would like to subscribe to their Konstella App which is an online family community app:

If you feel you have not received information from us please be sure to make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter and check our website as everything is updated there as well. Our main home page and summer home page info hub

August 11, 2020


Dear parent leaders and parent support professionals,

In partnership with NYC museums, FACE has organized a series of free, live-virtual summer field trips. Below are upcoming field trips for this week. Click here to see all August field trips. Please share these opportunities with your network broadly!


  • Summer Art Studio(Open external link)
    For grades 6-8 | August 12 | 11-11:40AM
    Join the Whitney Museum of American Art for free weekly online art classes. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen.

  • Meet Author Vashti Harrison(Open external link)
    For grades K-12 | August 13 | 1PM-2PM
    Join The DiMenna Children’s History Museum to meet author Vashti Harrison and discuss her celebrated book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History(Open external link), a captivating collection of profiles that showcase women from the worlds of activism, arts, journalism, sports, politics, and more. Rediscover women you’ve learned about before—like Rosa Parks—and explore the lives of women whose stories need to be sung, like chemist Alice Ball.

  • Codebreakers!(Open external link)
    For grades 3-12 | August 13 | 3-4PM
    Join the Intrepid Museum to learn about Naval communication by examining artifacts from Intrepid in its time of service. Testing their wits, students will have the opportunity to take a stab at decoding, and will learn to construct their own coded messages!

  • Summer Art Studio(Open external link)
    For grades 9-12 | August 14 | 11AM-11:40AM
    Join the Whitney Museum of American Art for free weekly online art classes. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen.

  • Summer Art Studio(Open external link)
    For grades PreK-12 | August 15 | 11-11:40AM
    Join the Whitney Museum of American Art for free weekly online art classes. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials. Join us to create your own version of Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen.




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Council Members: Camille Casaretti (President), Antonia Ferraro (Co-Vice President 1), Tia Schellstede (Co-Vice President 2 & BP Appointee), Bess Abrahams (Secretary), Kimmerly Scott (Treasurer), Cateia Rembert (Parliamentarian), Mark Bisard (IEP Rep), Iván Banda (BP Appointee), Krystal Cason, Claudia Lechuga.

Hello MS 442 Families/Community

Hope everyone is well.

Just a quick reminder to please fill out your online digital blue card if you have not already :

If you need blue card technical support please contact:

Please fill out the MS 442 School Model Preference Survey:

Thank you

August 11, 2020


Letter from the Chancellor

Dear Families,

There are many things that keep me up at night, including constant messages I receive from families who simply want the best for their child. All of us raising children want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. We want our kids to always be learning, growing, and getting ready to take on the world. 


Our schools play such an important role in the wellbeing of our children—especially now, when they have been through so much. For us, health and safety lead the way, always. Our vision for the fall is safe, strong, and supportive learning—an excellent education—for every student. School will be in session 5 days per week—no matter where our students are.  


We know a lot more now about how that is going to work with respect to safe in-person learning, as well as remote learning. Right now we are planning for nearly three-quarters of our students—over 700,000—to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means they’ll learn in person in school buildings part of the school week, and continue learning remotely from home the rest of the week. 


As of now, 26 percent of families plan to begin the year in fully remote learning. This is consistent with what families told us earlier in the year about their preferences. Additionally, we know that as of now we can expect about 85 percent of the teaching workforce to be teaching in person in a blended model as well.  


About 15 percent of teachers have requested a reasonable accommodation to work from home. Those who are granted that accommodation will work exclusively remotely—but will still be as engaged and devoted as ever. Because that’s who you are. You are educators who in a matter of days completely transformed teaching in the biggest school district in the country. You have grit, compassion, and a dedication to your students that amazes me every day.  


So: with all this information at hand, each school continues to develop plans to reopen, and that is largely thanks to the tireless work of our principals. Each one is blazing an entirely new path for their schools, leading our teams of fellow dedicated professionals hustling all summer long to be ready for the first day of school.  


The same can be said of all the school-based staff working to make sure our school buildings and communities are safe and supportive environments set up for rich and engaging learning. Our Central and Borough and Citywide Office employees are critical to reopening too, of course, working every day to reinvent and deliver the policies and supports that all our school communities depend on. 


Speaking of Central employees, there is some important news I am so excited to share with you. As of Monday, Donald Conyers has been named First Deputy Chancellor for the DOE. He will lead our work to supervise and support schools; guiding, challenging, and developing our  principals and school staff to effectively serve all 1.1 million of our students. Donald has served the New York City public schools for nearly 40 years in many roles, including as a special education teacher, principal, and superintendent. He has been our Senior Superintendent since 2018, leading the principal evaluation system, principal onboarding processes, superintendent and deputy superintendent induction and professional learning, overseeing the Office of Leadership as well as the New York State and federal policy teams, and the School Workflow Management Team. These years of experience, passion, and strong partnerships at the school, district, and citywide systems-levels give me confidence he will do an extraordinary job in this role. 


Each of you continues to demonstrate what it means to persevere, and to keep your eye on the prize—serving the young people who, not long from now, will be leading this city. Thank you so much again for your dedication during this extraordinary time. 


In unity, 



FREE RESOURCES/recursos gratuitos

Please see link below/Por favor vea el enlace a continuación:

Summer Homework Access Codes 2020

1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code nt7ksfa (Incoming 6th Grade Summer Homework)



1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code s36lb5u (Incoming 7th Grade Summer Homework)



1. Go to Google Classroom

2. Click the + in the top right corner

3. Select "Join A Class"

4. Enter this code thdkdc3 (Incoming 8th Grade Summer Homework)

August 7, 2020






August 7, 2020

Please make sure to fill out online Blue Card if you have not yet already: As we need to have all up to date information digitally.

If you have any technical issues/questions/concerns, please contact:

MS 442 Families/Guardians Meeting-Tentative School Reopening Plans for Fall Recorded Video



Please see link:

Also please fill out our School Model Preference Survey:

Deadline to fill out School Preference Learning Survey: August 7, 2020.


Aug. 6, 2020







MS 442 Families/Guardians/Meeting - Tentative Reopening Plans


Dear MS 442 Families/Guardians,

Hope everyone is well and  enjoying their summer.

Please see information below:



We will be holding a meeting for MS 442 families/guardians.

Topic: Tentative reopening plans
When: Thursday August 6 @ 5pm.
Zoom meeting info will be sent the day before the meeting
Thank you !

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,


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.

 August 7, 2020


Free Backpacks

I hope this email finds you well during these challenging times. As a long time arts-educator I’ve been particularly concerned about the growing equity gap between children with access to physical art-making and creative engagement, and those increasingly relegated strictly to screen time.

    I’m writing to share that through the generous support of one of our board members, we’ve been given an exciting opportunity to develop 2,500 free Art Backpacks to be distributed to families with children up to age 10. Each backpack includes a variety of art materials, as well as suggested activities developed by our educators.

    I’m hoping that you can help us to get the word out, so that these backpacks can reach local families that might truly benefit from them. We will be distributing a first round of them on Tuesday, August 18, from 1–6 pm in the Sculpture Garden located in the back of the Museum. Would you be willing to share this opportunity with your family networks?
    Here’s some information to share:
    On Tuesday, August 18, from 1-6 pm, come to the Brooklyn Museum’s Steinberg Family Garden to pick up a free Art Backpack for children up to the age of 10, and stay for some socially distanced art activities, family-friendly music, and more!
    All backpacks have an art kit filled with quality art materials and suggested activities inspired by the Museum’s collection. One backpack will be distributed per family, or one per child if children are at pick-up. Art Backpacks are presented in partnership with Camp, a family experience company.
    The Brooklyn Museum is at 200 Eastern Parkway, at Washington Avenue. The Steinberg Family Garden is on the parking lot side of the Museum. Rain date: Wednesday, August 19. For more information about the Museum’s family programs, visit<;;sdata=vC78kkP1UxyN7pxC9KTJYZMTYx4VJy%2FFGpw%2BNN6AcTs%3D&amp;reserved=0>.

    If you would like us to set aside some backpacks for you to pick up and deliver to your constituents directly, please email us at

    Thank you in advance for helping us to get the word out in support of Brooklyn families. Teamwork makes the dream work!

    With gratitude,

    Adjoa Jones de Almeida
    Director of Education
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn,     NY 11238-6052 P 718-501-6588
    Pronouns: she/her

Aug. 6, 2020


Hello MS 442 Families./Guardians


Here is a great program in case you may be interested:

Cornell Plant Biology Summer Study


"This four-week program will help your budding botanist understand how scientists organize plants into categories to help make sense of the many different kinds of plants. The program gets kids outside to observe different plants, understand a plant family tree, and sort as they learn about plant characteristics and families.  Each child will receive a home activity kit containing a hand lens, plant family cards, a family tree, and more. The program also includes weekly check-ins with educators via Zoom at 10am on Mondays and on Fridays. During the Zoom check-ins, children will get to ask questions about their plants, share something they’ve learned, and interact with other children, Cornell biology students, and plant experts."


Please see link below:


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

Is your child feeling sad or worried? Is your teen having trouble sleeping , eating, or concentrating in school? Do they get easily upset with you or have tantrums? 


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

Call us at 929-314-4584 

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 

a program of 

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services 

¿Su niño se siente triste o preocupado? ¿Su joven tiene problemas durmiendo, comiendo o concentrándose en sus estudios? ¿Tienen rabietas? 


NO NECESITA REFERENCIA - LLAME HOY! ¡Ni siquiera tiene que salir de la casa para obtener ayuda! Alguien puede hablar con ud. por medio de llamada telefónica o video. 

Llama al 929-314-4584 

Niños tienen que tener Medicaid o Medicaid managed care y menos de 21 años para recibir servicios. 

Children and Family Treatment and Support Services 

un programa de 

Coalición de Servicios para la Familia Hispana 

Do you know a child who is exhibiting problems with family or social dynamics? Are they in need of wrap-around mental health services in the home? 


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. 

Children and Family Treatment and Support Services 

a program of 

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Letter from the Chancellor

August 3, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are safe and healthy, and finding some rest and relaxation this summer. As we are approaching the
start of the 2020-21 school year, I want to share some important new information with you about health and safety
protocols in your child’s school—and every school—for the upcoming year.
All schools are preparing for blended learning, during which students learn in-person in school buildings for part
of the week, and continue learning remotely from home on the other days. However, any family can choose 100%
remote learning for any reason. If your preference is 100% remote learning, we ask that you let us know by this
Friday, August 7, so that schools have enough time to plan. Please visit to
fill out a short web form, or call 311.
In this letter you will find:
 Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open
 What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in
 Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School
Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open
While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our
commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of
our policy moving into September.
On July 31, the Mayor and I announced that for school buildings to open in September and remain open, on a
weekly average the city must see fewer than 3% of all COVID-19 tests come back positive. Additionally, if 3%
or more of New Yorkers who are tested for COVID-19 are found to have the virus after we open, school buildings
will close again, and 100% of learning will be remote for every student.
Since June, we’ve hovered around 1-2%, and are working closely with the New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health), NYC Test + Trace, and the Mayor’s Office to prepare for a coordinated
school reopening. If staff and students aren’t healthy, they can’t teach and learn, and we are doing all we can to
ensure that schools remain safe and healthy for learning.
What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools
In close collaboration with our expert colleagues at NYC Health, we have developed strict protocols that address
prevention, precaution, and response to one or more of our students or employees having a confirmed case of
COVID-19. It’s important to know that a “confirmed case” means that a parent or guardian, student, or staff
member submits a positive test result from a healthcare provider or laboratory—like a City-run testing site, a
private doctor, or an urgent care center—to the school.

Our protocols to keep school communities healthy include:
 Prevention: Starting with the first day of the 2020-21 school year, if a student or staff member is feeling
sick, they are required to stay home. Additionally, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they
will be asked to get tested.
 Feeling Sick in School: If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and
monitored by a school staff member until they are picked up by their parent or guardian. Staff members
who become symptomatic at school must notify administration and immediately leave the building.
 Testing: All school staff members are asked to get tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the
beginning of school, and will be prioritized for expedited results at the 34 City-run testing sites. All school
staff are also asked to get tested monthly during the school year. This free testing is also available for
families citywide.
 Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health
will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom
with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days
since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this
applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.
If there's more than one case in a school, and it's not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and
the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for
14 days for quarantine.
Students will continue their learning remotely during any necessary quarantine periods.
 Communication: Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information
to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, schools will communicate
to all families and students at school.
Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School
Testing and tracing are part of several strict health protocols designed to keep our school communities healthy.
Here are the key things that you and your family should know about NYC Department of Education (DOE) health
and safety practices, policies, and protocols as we re-open our school buildings in September:
 At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school
or on their way to school. Exceptions will be made for children who can’t wear a face covering for medical
reasons, and for younger children who aren’t developmentally able to wear a face covering.
 Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on
school grounds and to and from school.
 Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch
 Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be readily available in throughout every school.

 Every school will have a school-based team ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in
a school.
 Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during
the school day.
For more details on these and other policies, please visit and click “Health
and Safety” for additional information and all the latest updates.
We are approaching reopening by centering health and safety and basing our policies on the expertise of health
I’ve been a public school parent, teacher, and principal, and I know what it feels like to want the best possible
education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned
a lot since March—both about the virus, and about our ability to react and respond to it in real time. That’s why
we won’t settle for anything but the strictest and most rigorous processes for coming back to school.
We will send more information in the coming days and weeks. As always—thank you for being part of the DOE


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Please click here for the latest school reopening information for Fall 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

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 

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

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 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 to view the complete
collection. To access the eBooks, please email 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
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
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
Ongoing Supports
A quick reminder of these continuing services:
 Summer School runs through mid-August. For more information, visit
 Remote Learning. Want to brush up on your digital skills? Visit 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 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:
 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 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:
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 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
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!


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

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