Message from the DOE Office of Family and Community Empowerment
Fri, Apr 17 11:05pm

Dear PS20 community, 

 We hope that this email finds you well. This is the end-of-the-week wrap up communicated by the DOE Office of Family and Community Empowerment. Please read carefully and take the time to fill up the survey about the Remote-Learning.  The survey is in all DOE languages and the deadline to return it, is May 1st, 2020.

Enjoy your weekend!



Extension of Remote Learning in New York City Schools 


Last weekend, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced that New York City schools will be continuing academic instruction through Remote Learning through the remainder of the 2019-20 Academic Year.  In the joint announcement, DOE committed to reopen schools stronger than ever in September, ensuring the safety of our buildings and the resources in place to combat any learning loss and provide emotional support to our students, families, and educators as needed to resume learning and reconnect our communities. 


Remote Learning Survey 


DOE will be issuing a survey to find out from caregivers and students how remote learning has been working. We are asking all parents/guardians of DOE students in any grade and all students in grades six through twelve to take a short survey to help us collect feedback about their experience with remote learning. The survey is: 


  • Available in all DOE languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu) 

  • Anonymous for all respondents 

  • The same for all boroughs (survey is divided by borough to make it easier for you to identify your school name) 


The results of the survey will help schools to continue to support families and students in the current learning environment and should be completed by May 1, 2020. 


Please complete the Remote Learning Survey here and share the link with your families. 


iPad Distribution and Support to Students 

We’re so proud to say that we have been able to distribute more than 117,000 iPads to students in need, and we’re not finished!  If families still need a device, please encourage them to fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form

Here are helpful resources regarding iPad distribution and set-up: 

DOE iPad Distribution 
Getting Started With Your iPad 

DOE Learn from Home 

DOE Technical Support and Resources 




During this unprecedented crisis, the City is facing incredible fiscal hardship, and must make difficult choices. As you may have heard, this week Mayor De Blasio announced the city’s executive budget.  The Chancellor has shared with us that the City has committed to providing more than $380 million in funds in FY 2021 to the DOE to mitigate the impact of school aid lost from the State budget. Without that, our budget would have been cut even further. That said, DOE will see approximately $150 million cut this fiscal year (which ends on June 30, 2020) and $470 million in FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). The FY 2020 savings are effective immediately.  


 Below is a summary of what we know about the budget impact. We will share more detailed information as it becomes available in the coming days and weeks.  


Impact on Hiring and Purchasing  


Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and significant financial uncertainty at the State and City level, there is currently a citywide freeze that affects DOE central and school-based purchases, per session, and hires that are not directly related to the COVID-19 emergency response or legally mandated services.  This includes all non-essential, non-mandated DOE activities, including training, overtime, and materials at schools, central and field offices.   


Impact on FY 2021  


In the coming Fiscal Year, DOE Central budgets will be additionally reduced by more than $250 million as previously announced, including:  


  • Fair student funding reduction prioritizing schools that already have over 100% (DOE) - $100M in FY21 

  • Operational savings in training, overtime, and materials at schools, central and field due to school building closures (DOE) - $100M in FY20 

  • Professional Development reduction (DOE) - $67M in FY21 and outyears 

  •  Cuts to Summer in the City, Single Shepherd, College Access for All (DOE) - $49M in FY21 and outyears 

  • Delay in 3K Expansion to districts in 1, 12, 14, and 29 (DOE) - $43M in FY21 

  • Reducing the ATR pool by implementing a non-ATR hiring freeze (DOE) - $40M in FY21 and outyears 

  • Temporary reduction of School Allocation Memoranda, which provides schools with funding to implement programming (DOE) - $40M in FY21 

  • Contract and supply reductions associated with arts programming in middle and high schools (DOE) - $15.5M in FY21 and outyears 

  • Savings from delayed installation of air conditioners (DOE) - $10M in FY21 

  • Eliminate District/Charter Partnerships program - $4.4M in FY21 and outyears 

  •  Eliminate supplies and materials used in Civics for All curriculum and programming (DOE) - $3.8M in FY21 and outyears 

  • Adjustments to SONYC Afterschool budget (DOE) - $5M in FY21 and outyears 

  • Scaling down contracts, technology curriculum and health education certification programming for teachers (DOE) - $1.8M in FY21 and outyears 


Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) 


Our Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) provide care for the children of our first responders, transit workers, healthcare workers, and other essential employees (i.e. DOHMH, DEP, NYCHA, Parks, Probation, Grocery, Pharmacies).   We are serving approximately 8,000 stuents daily, over half of whom are the children of medical workers. We just added new eligibility for restaurant/food/takeout and delivery workers and residential and commercial building staff. 


Meal Hubs 


As of Monday, April 6th, free meals have been available for students and adults. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs throughout the city. Meals can be picked up between 7:30 –11:30 am (for children and caregivers) and 11:30 – 1:30 pm (for adults). No registration or documentation necessary. For more information, check the DOE’s website here.  


We have been serving close to 300,000 meals a day, over a million meals weekly. 


Special Education 


This week, parents of students with disabilities should have received a letter regarding remote instruction and services.  Schools should have partnered with parents of our students with IEPs a "Special Education Remote Learning Plan" based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). If you are contacted by a parent for whom this has not happened, or you yourself have not received this, please contact the child’s teacher or related service provider if the only service the child receives is a related service. If you are not successful, e-mail or call 311. 


More details on Special Education Remote Learning Plans can be found here.  


PA/PTA Meetings 


We know that many PA/PTAs want to know how the pandemic will affect their meetings, elections and financial transactions. We’re very grateful to the members of the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) for recent recommendations around these topics. We have shared those recommendations with our legal team and should be able to move forward on making recommendations to the Chancellor very shortly. 


Mental Health and Wellness Supports for Families 


We know how challenging and stressful this time is for everyone. Families and students are anxious, many of us are grieving the loss of loved ones and we may feel isolated and unsupported. We are working with our colleagues in the Division of School Climate and Wellness to launch family support trainings and resources for our family facing DOE personnel so that they can support you and your families. We will have more information on those opportunities in the next few days.  We also highly recommend visiting the Harmony at Home site, which provides social-emotional learning resources and materials for families. 


As ever, I thank you all for your resilience and grace under such trying times. We know that New York has the best students and families in the world, and our partnership with you all proves that every day. Thank you again so much and please be kind to yourselves! I hope that you all enjoy the weekend. 



Friday, April 17, 2020 


Adrienne Austin, Esq.

Acting Deputy Chancellor

Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications

New York City Department of Education