Notes from Chancellor Carranza

September 29, 2020
Dear Families,
We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health
and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will
look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school,
every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay
healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.
Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing
our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and
take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC
Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace
Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.
Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The
number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition
to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who
are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested
positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is
a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that
tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage
you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.
Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19
transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present.
As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this
testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.
While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to
identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep
school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students
who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough
students in the school.
We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will
not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing.
We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.
If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results,
which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.
We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked
Questions document. Please review this with your child.
Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or

 Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - September 27 2020.pdf 
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ted Long, MD, MHS
Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

 Update for Families on COVID-19 Testing - September 29 2020.pdf 

 Update for Families_September 8 2020.pdf 

Pick up of books and instructional materials for Remote Only students

Grades will pick up materials at Exit 3 next to the Main Entrance at their designated time:


Wednesday September 16, 2020:

Kindergarten Main: 10:30-11:00

First Grade Exit 2: 11:00-11:30

Second Grade Main: 11:00-11:30


Thursday September 17, 2020:

Third Grade Main: 9:00-9:30

Fourth Grade Exit 2: 9:00-9:30

Fifth Grade Main: 10:00-10:30

Transitions between Blended and Remote Learning

Families can transition between blended and remote learning on a quarterly basis. Check here for more information.

Transitions between Blended and Remote Learning Guidelines and Timeline


  • Students with Individualized Education Plans

    The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your
    child's IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your
    preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child's school will contact you to discuss
    your child's specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will
    release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly.

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  • Students in Temporary Housing and Foster Care

    Students in temporary housing and foster care face unique challenges as a result of COVID-19, including the shift
    to remote learning. We have been providing additional supports to these students, including ensuring their early
    receipt of remote learning devices. Any remote learning devices given to students in shelter have cellular
    capabilities. As possible and appropriate, students in temporary housing and foster care may also receive
    additional in-person instruction, depending on a school’s programming model, overall student needs, and

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  • Oops, I came to School and it's NOT my day!

    Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate which days their child will attend school in-
    person. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements and to build a plan to help ensure that

    your child does not arrive at school on unscheduled days. If a student arrives at school on days when they are
    scheduled for remote learning, your child’s school will inform you. All children attending on an unscheduled day
    will need to be picked up or will be sent home, depending on age and other factors. For more information on
    policies for students who attend school on a mistaken day, visit

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  • Changing to full remote learning

    Your school principals, in partnership with district and central administrators, are continuing to develop school-
    level plans for every public school in New York City. We are currently planning for around three-quarters of our

    students (over 700,000 students) to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means that they’ll
    learn in-person in a school building part of the school week and continue learning remotely from home for the
    rest of the week. The remaining families in our DOE community will begin the year in fully remote learning

    You can move your child into 100 percent remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form: . Families who choose 100 percent remote learning can opt back into
    blended learning on a quarterly basis, beginning in November.

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  • Stay Informed on COVID-19

    When the school year begins, we want to make sure we can contact you quickly and effectively to share
    information, including about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a New York
    City Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.
    Your NYCSA account can also help you find your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation
    information, and more— from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. I encourage you to
    keep your contact information up to date, so we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. If you
    don’t have an account, sign up today at     

    It only takes five minutes!

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  • Health and Safety Update

    For school buildings to open in September and remain open, the city must see fewer than 3 percent of all COVID-
    19 tests come back positive on a weekly average. Since June, the city positive test rate has been between 1 and 2

    percent. We have strict protocols for testing, tracing, and quarantining if there is a confirmed case in school, and
    we will use every effort to prevent the spread of infection in schools if a student or staff member is feeling sick
    or has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    Many families have questions about ventilation. Our commitment is simple: if a room does not have adequate
    ventilation, it will not be used by students or staff. We are assessing and performing maintenance in buildings to
    maximize ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible. We expect maintenance to be completed by
    the opening of school.
    Finally, this fall, every school building in New York City and all early childhood programs across the city will
    have access to nurses. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, in addition to our established nursing
    workforce, every student will have access to a qualified nurse every day as we reopen schools safely and continue
    to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nurses will be in-place by the first day of school.

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Blended Learning Schedule

We are starting the school year with a blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If NYC  moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates. 

  • Group A will be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and working from home some Mondays and all Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • Group B will be in school on Wednesdays and Fridays, and working from home some Mondays, and all Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • Mondays will alternate between group A and group B. Every student will receive a schedule of their days in the building and which days they will be learning remotely. 
  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day. 

How Blended Learning Works

Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 
  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 
  • Teachers and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Class) . These schedules will be shared with you once school starts. Students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments. 
  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or in school on Mondays. 

Remote Learning Expectations

During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Students and families should check Google Class daily for important updates from their teachers. 
  • At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Class by Sunday night each week. 
  • At-home assignments for each week should be turned in by 4:00 each Friday. Assignments will be graded. 
  • During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Meet. Check Google Class for your live class schedule.
  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. 

Subject to be modified and updated- 8-9-2020

Learning Bridges Family Interest Form

For students in 3K to 8th grade who are in blended learning, Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free childcare options on the days the student is scheduled to be home. This program will:
- Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners;  
- Provide opportunities for children to connect to remote-learning activities;  
- Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities;  
- Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools.   
Families can express interest in the Learning Bridges program by completing the Learning Bridges Family Interest Form

Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access

We will keep this page updated with technology information from the NYC  DOE.

Remote Learning Device- Once you fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form, DOE will be sending you an email in which you have to verify that you need a device. Also keep on checking your emails for further information. Anyone needing assistance may email Mercedes Chow, Parent Coordinator at

 iPad Troubleshooting One-Page revised again 1.pdf

 Troubleshooting DOE iPads 1.pdf 

Please contact Ms. Regan at or Mrs. Chow  for additional assistance or direction for solutions to your tech issues.

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