Distance Learning 2019-2020
Notes from Chancellor Carranza
July 8, 2020
July 27, 2020
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 at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 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, which you can find at the end of this letter. 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
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
schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. 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 schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 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
Yorker's of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no
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
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Staying Healthy, Body, Mind & Spirit during Covid-19
FREE MEALS-Free Meals for ALL:Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed Monday - Friday 7:30am - 1:30pm at more than 400 locations across the city.
Use our site lookup - https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx to find a location near you! New Yorkers can pick up 3 Free Meals
Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday through Friday
SI Food Pantry-Project Hospitality has open pantry hours open to anyone with no requirement for enrollment. People can access the pantry at 514 Bay Street on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-11am and the pantry at 221 Heberton on Thursday evenings from 5pm-7pm.
SI Food Pantries
SI Homeless Shelters
NYC Well Mental Health Resources
Update info on the coronavirus
June Calendar- Special Notice
May 30, 2020
Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing
today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar.
We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in
attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on
both of these days:
Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of
Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).
Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades
K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs.
On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional
development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in
advance with independent work for the day.
On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected
to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are
not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work
for the day.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for
As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance
to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.
Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the
best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together,
we will continue to weather this storm.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
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Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Updated: May 22, 2020 / Visit bit.ly/CFAPEBT for updates and the latest version
What is Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?
P-EBT is a program for families to buy
food while students are learning from
home. In NYC, every single public school
student will receive $420. Students in
charter and parochial schools will receive
P-EBT if their school participates in the
federal school lunch program.
Can my child get P-EBT?
Every single NYC public school student,
ages 2-21, regardless of income or
immigration status will receive P-EBT.
Benefits will be issued automatically.
There is no application or documentation
required and it does not affect eligibility for
other benefits or public charge status.
To keep students connected and able to participate in remote learning, the DOE is lending 300,000 internet-enabled iPads to students. Priority will be given to students most in need. All devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student.
Families that want to request a device should fill out the Remote Learning Device Request.
Teachers and school staff should use this same form to request devices on behalf of their students.
The DOE is working with Apple and T-Mobile to ensure that in the coming weeks, students who don’t currently have an internet-enabled device will have one for schoolwork at home while schools are closed.
The DOE is contracting with FedEx to deliver iPads directly to students. Your iPad will be shipped to the address you entered on the request form. Multiple iPads will be delivered to homeless shelters and foster care centers.
If you have already filled out the request form, you will receive a text message or email making sure you have completed the Student Device Loan Agreement. Please complete the agreement when you request a device as your device cannot be shipped unless you have signed the agreement.
Please make sure someone is at the address to accept the delivery, as FedEx will not leave packages unattended. Also, FedEx carriers will adhere to social distancing rules.
Getting Started with Your iPad
If you are borrowing an iPad from the NYC Department of Education for remote learning, here is what you need to know when getting started with your device.
Your iPad comes with internet access already enabled. It is activated on T-Mobile’s Education plan. You will be able to visit websites and download apps immediately.
If you cannot access the internet:
- Go to Settings.
- Select Cellular Data.
- Turn on Cellular Data.
- Tap Cellular Data Options.
- Verify that LTE and data roaming are turned on.
Your iPad has built-in content filtering. This means that your student will not be able to access adult content on the iPad. Filtering rules are compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Schools may also put a third-party blocker on the tablets to decrypt and filter https traffic in accordance with their rules.
- For hardware and software support: call AppleCare Support for the NYCDOE at 1-800-919-2775. When prompted, enter the PIN: 692363 (NYCDOE).
- To request a repair: send an email to AppleCare at email@example.com(Open external link).
- Please include the device’s serial number and a brief description of the issue.
- If you are in District 75, email D75ATRepair-Replacem@schools.nyc.gov.
Apple Care+ for Schools
The iPad also comes with Apple Care+ for Schools. This means you get 24/7 technical support and priority access to Apple experts either by chat or phone.
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