You will find information on this page on DOE and Stuyvesant Return to Schools Information from July 2020. The newest information will be cataloged from the top of the line below. Chancellor Updates can be downloaded from this page.
Contact: Dina Ingram, Director of Family Engagement
347-224-6673 or 212-312-4800 extention 2731
As of November 19, school buildings were temporarily closed for teaching and learning, and all New York City public school students transitioned to fully remote learning. On November 29, the Mayor and Chancellor announced plans to reopen school buildings for in-person instruction for many students. Mandatory weekly in- school testing for COVID-19 in all reopened buildings, and how you can submit the required consent forms is noted below for when Stuyvesant High School reopens.
Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75 schools) will continue to learn remotely until further notice. See the Chancellor's letter dated November 29 for families.
When school buildings reopen for blended learning, consent to COVID testing is mandated for all students and staff members.
The DOE received a number of questions from parent leaders and advocates about testing and student privacy, and are pleased to announce that the has been updated to provide information about the agreements with , , and . They will share answers from the questions raised in the event’s chat and Q/A session next week. Here are additional resources:
See the about the testing program.
If you have a, you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify Ms. Ingram at email@example.com Ms. DiCarlo at firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
If you don't have a ? Get one today by emailing Ms. Ingram for an activation code. This is a parent account. Infroamtion will not be shared with students. Each parent has their own individual code.
· Read the letter from (translations also available).
· Paper consent forms are available .
· This includes all students in 3-K, Pre-K and grades K through 5, across school types (e.g., in K-2 schools, K-3 schools, K-5 schools, as well as District Pre-K Centers, K-8 schools, and K-12 schools).
· This excludes schools currently located in State-designated Red or Orange Zones. You can see if your school is in a Red or Orange Zone at .
Students in all grade levels in District 75 schools will return to in-person learning beginning on Thursday, December 10.
· This excludes schools currently located in State-designated Red or Orange Zones.
The guidance below applies to students in blended learning, who have already chosen to learn in the school building part of the week, and from home the rest of the week. Students who chose fully remote learning prior to building closures will continue to learn remotely full time.
Weekly Testing: All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
Student Consent: All students in grades 1 and higher are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day. Families can submit consent using NYCSA or this updated . A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at . Students who do not submit consent will be transitioned to remote only learning.
Staff Consent: All staff are required to provide consent by the first day they report to their school building. Staff can submit consent using the daily Health Questionnaire or using this .
IMPORTANT UPDATE: starting November 19, 2020, all NYC school buildings are CLOSED for in-person learning until further notice. All students who were learning in school buildings part of the week will transition to remote learning every day. Visit for more.
Read the Chancellor's letter to families dated November 18, 2020 attached below
Info Sessions for Student and Families on Blended Learning Opt-in for 2020-21 on November 12 and 19 at 6:30pm.
Register for the live stream in English, Spanish, Chinese or American ASL at
Watch the recorded session for November 12, 2020 at:
#NYCOfficeHours with the Experts on Tuesday, October 27
Join us on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-7:30pm, for our #NYCOfficeHours telephone town hall, all about health and safety in our schools! Dr. Jay Varma, Senior Advisor for Public Health in the Mayor’s Office, and DOE Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications Adrienne Austin will be taking questions from callers. Whether you have questions about COVID-19 testing in schools, ventilation, PPE and cleaning, or more, dial 1-800-280-9461 on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30pm to ask and listen.
School Re-opening 2020-2021 Family Guide
The provides some information on what that teaching and learning will look like this school year. You will find universal expectations for how our schools will support every single student every single school day—whether they are participating in fully remote or blended learning.
Read the guide in , , , , and other languanges on the site above.
School Reopening delayed until October 1, 2020
DOE Press Release on 9/1/2020--- Schools reopen on 9/21
MAYOR DE BLASIO, CHANCELLOR CARRANZA, AND LABOR REACH AGREEMENT TO REOPEN NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS
NEW YORK—Mayorde Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, UFT President Michael Mulgrew, CSA President Mark Cannizzaro, and DC 37 Executive Director Henry A. Garrido today announced an agreement to begin in-person learning on September 21st. Teachers will report to buildings on September 8th as originally scheduled and will have dedicated time for training, professional development, and readiness to collaborate and prepare for blended and remote learning. Beginning September 16th, teachers will begin to engage students in preparations and orientations to help them acclimate to the new school year.
"This is a great day for every public school student in New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We face a return to school unlike any in our city's history, but New Yorkers have made it possible because of their extraordinary work fighting back COVID-19. Our agreement puts the health and safety of our 1.1 million students, teachers, and school staff above everything else. We couldn't be more excited to get our young people back to the classrooms where they learn best."
“Reopening school during an ongoing pandemic is one of the most complex challenges any government anywhere has had to figure out in modern history, and New York City is best positioned to do so,” said Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “So many things about this year will be new, but the fundamentals remain the same: the majority of our students plan to return to buildings, students will learn best in person with a caring teacher as often as possible, and we will lead with health and safety every step of the way.”
"New York City will now have the most aggressive policies and the strongest safeguards of any school system in the nation,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Beginning immediately, prioritized access to testing will be available to students, teachers, and DOE school-based staff at 34 sites across the city. These sites will give priority to all DOE workers so they can quickly be tested, and provide results within 24-48 hours. Beginning October 1st and recurring each month, it will be mandatory for schools to test a random 10-20% sample of their students participating in blended learning and on-site staff population. Families will be asked to sign a consent form at the start of the year for their child to participate at random, and be notified ahead of time if their child has been selected for the month.
In a typical school year, teachers return to school a few days before students to prepare for the start of the year, and we are extending that preparation time for educators to prepare their physical and virtual rooms for a new year of learning. This time will allow teachers and all school staffs to set up students for success in both full-time remote and blended models. School leaders and educators will be fully trained on health and safety protocols and have ample time to coordinate with each other to ensure they can provide educational continuity between remote and in-person days for blended learning.
On September 8th, educators return to school, and will collaborate to prepare for the school year. On September 16th , schools will begin engaging students in learning and orienting them to the new school year prior to the first in-person day on September 21st. They will use this remote launch to engage students in health and safety procedures, and talk to students about connectivity for remote learning, wellness and social emotional health heading into an unprecedented school year, and to ensure students are ready to learn. An important focus of this orientation period will be on the social and emotional well-being of students and families and provide an opportunity for deeper understanding of the ways this unprecedented school year will work.
Health and safety continues to lead all reopening plans, and the City will not reopen schools if the citywide infection rate exceeds 3 percent. The citywide infection rate is currently 1.3%.
View the recording of the PA Meeting on August 18 where Survey #3 results and Mr. Yu answered questions on the Exception Model here:
View the recording of the SLT Meeting on August 13 here:
View the recording of the 2nd Town Hall at this link: The Q&A from the Town Hall (not the chat) is available in English and Chinese
View the recording of the SLT meeting on July 21, 2020 at this link:
Presentations and data including results from Informational internal Surveys:
View the recording of the SLT meeting held on July 15, 2020 regarding plans for Returning to School in Fall 2020 at this link:
View the recording of Stuyvesant's Town Hall held on July 14, 2020 at this link:
Review of Q&A from Town Hall: (Green highlighted sections are questions answered live on the video).
LINK to NYC DOE Return to Schools 2020 Page: