Notes from Chancellor Carranza

February 26, 2021

Dear Families, 
I hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. I’m writing today with some important news.
After three years leading the DOE, I will be stepping down as Chancellor in March.
I am full of mixed emotions to leave the DOE family. It has been the honor of my career to serve you, and help
your child’s school and our whole system get closer to reaching its full potential. The strength and resilience of
your children—our 1 million students—is awe-inspiring. It is what drove me through this unprecedented crisis,
and it is what I take with me as I leave this post. The commitment and support you have shown to your children,
and to your school communities, is incredible.

Throughout my career, my guiding light has been the belief that public education is the most powerful equalizer
for children. Public education anchors communities. Public education makes it possible for a child who is poor,
or who lives in temporary housing, or—in my own case—who doesn’t speak English when they enter the public
school system to develop their dreams, and then to chase them. Truly, it is public education that expresses the
highest ideals of our democracy. My time in New York City has only strengthened this belief, as I have seen it
play out time and again, in schools all across the boroughs.
And together, we have seen proof. Our seniors kept breaking their own records as graduation rates and college
enrollment kept rising higher, and the dropout rate kept getting lower.

We also made true progress in dismantling the structures and policies that are the products of decades of
entrenched racism in the city and country. We have worked to undo segregation and turn “equity” from an esoteric
concept to a reality. Every school that no longer screens children for admission, and every district that uses DOE
resources to create more space for low-income students, or English language learners, is making this mission

We finally brought the mental health of our children into the spotlight and made it a major priority so that every
child can feel welcomed, comfortable, and safe in their classroom and school community—especially now, when
so many of our students are dealing with unforeseeable trauma.
And, of course, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we transformed the nation’s largest school system
overnight in order to protect the health of our students, staff, families, and communities. We have reinvented what
it means to teach and learn in New York City public schools.

All throughout, I have been proud to prioritize what’s best for kids over what’s politically popular. I have never
been afraid of hard conversations. I have always believed that we need to set a high bar for every student—and
then do what it takes to help them meet it.
You, your children, and the dedicated staff who serve you deserve both continuity and courageous leadership
from your next Chancellor. You need someone who knows firsthand the reality on the ground at our schools,
and has the talent and leadership to finish the school year out strong and drive towards bringing every child back
to buildings in September.

That is why I am so proud that one of the most important leaders in this work will take on the privilege and
responsibility of being your next Chancellor: Meisha Porter.
Meisha is a 20-year veteran of New York City public schools, and currently serves as Bronx Executive
Superintendent. In this role, she leads community school districts 7-12, covering the entire borough and
its 361 schools and 235,000 students. She is a lifelong New Yorker and product of our public schools who first
joined the Department of Education as a teacher at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice—a school
she helped conceive. After 18 years at the school, where she became Principal, Meisha spent three years as
Superintendent of District 11, serving the Pelham Parkway, Eastchester, and Woodlawn neighborhoods of the
Bronx. She has been Executive Superintendent since 2018, and in that time, the students of the Bronx have
achieved significant academic gains, and schools have gotten stronger and stronger.
Meisha is an unparalleled warrior for our students and our schools. She attended them, she taught in them, she
led them, and now she will be Chancellor for ALL of them. None of the last several Chancellors—myself
included—have been actively working with our schools, day in and day out, at the time they were appointed.
Meisha will break the mold, bringing all her experience, past and present, to support you and your children. You
will be hearing much more from Meisha soon, and I will be working with her over the next several weeks to
ensure a smooth and productive transition.

More than anything, I am proud to have served you, and so proud of the strides we have made. I don’t know
what’s next for me, but I know I will take the spirit and richness of New York City with me anywhere and
everywhere I go.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your Chancellor. I am grateful to each and every one of you.

Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

 Update for Families February 26 2021.pdf 

 Feb. 8, 2021- Update for Middle School Families February 8 2021.pdf 

 Update for Families December 22 2020.pdf 

 Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - September 27 2020.pdf 

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

 Update for Families_September 8 2020.pdf 

In SCHOOL Covid-19 Testing Information


Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re bringing testing directly into schools beginning in October 2020. Our testing partners will come to district schools, every month, and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12.

**UPDATED INFO ON Transitions between Blended and Remote Learning

Choose your learning preference

Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time.

Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15.

  • Complete the Learning Preference(Open external link) survey.
    • Beginning on November 2, families who previously chose remote only learning will be able to opt into blended/in-person learning for the remainder of this school year using this survey.


  • How to Provide Consent for In-school Testing

    How to Provide Consent for In-school Testing  
    When we return to in-person learning, students from grades 1-12 will be participating in random testing for
    COVID-19 through the rest of the school year. Regular testing of staff and students in schools allows us to keep
    our schools and broader communities healthy and safe. More than 57,000 students have already been tested
    across the city. The testing process is quick and easy, and entails swabbing the anterior nasal area/frontal part of
    the nose with a short swab (like a Q-tip). The swab length may vary, but only a small portion is inserted into the
    front part of the nose for five to 10 seconds.   
    To ensure that your child can be tested, please submit a consent form for testing. You can complete the consent
    in two easy ways:    
    1. Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to  
    o If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name,
    click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the
    page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.     
    o If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account
    creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then
    provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school,
    you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19
    Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.    
    2. Paper form: Fill out and return the paper form to school. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages
    Your consent must be submitted by the first day your child resumes in-person learning. If you have already
    provided consent for your child to be tested, we encourage you to submit it again to ensure we have the most up
    to date form on file.
    You can find additional information about consent and testing under Frequently Asked Questions at 

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  • Grading in the 2020-21 School Year

    Grading in the 2020-21 School Year 
    Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning
    models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have
    Grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in
    each subject. This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options including a scale
    of 1-4, a numerical scale (100 points), and an alphabetical scale (A-D).  
    You can find more information on grading at 

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  • Attendance Requirements for Remote Instruction

    Attendance Requirements for Remote Instruction 
    As we continue to adjust to all the changes this school year, one thing that remains the same is our goal to have
    every student learning and connecting with a caring adult from their school each day. As previously announced,
    for the 2020-21 school year, we are returning to more traditional definitions for attendance that track a student’s
    engagement in learning and instruction.  
     “Present” is defined as participating and being virtually present in a specific virtual learning
    environment during the scheduled school day, or participating in scheduled coursework. This may look
    like logging into full or small group instruction over Zoom, participating in student-teacher check-ins,
    completing pre-recorded lessons and coursework, or participating in group projects and discussions in an
    online setting. 
     “Absent” is defined as not being present during a remote class, remote lesson, or scheduled teacherstudent instruction during the scheduled school day. 

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  • November 24, 2020  Devices for Remote Learning

    Update for Families, November 24, 2020 
    Devices for Remote Learning 
    Do you need a device or technical support? Need help with a broken, lost, or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help
    desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.  
    You can also get quick help online:  
     Browse tech support topics:  
     File a tech support ticket:  
     Request a device:
     Get support with a DOE-issued iPad:  
     Issues with your Internet connection:
    For information on platforms your child may use and ways to support them during remote learning, visit 

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  • 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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  • 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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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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