FACE - DOE End of the Week Wrap Up: October 23, 2020
Mon, Oct 26 11:12am

Dear Parent Leaders,

We hope that you are doing well and able to relax and restore over the weekend.



November is Family Empowerment Month

Even during these challenging times, we honor the crucial role parents and families play in their children's education, knowing that when schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed, not just in school but also throughout life.

Family Empowerment Month is both an awareness campaign as well as a collection of family-facing trainings, resources, and supports designed so that families and school staff can better partner to support their children.

We know that you are working tirelessly to support families in your school and community and want to celebrate and strengthen those partnerships with you. Stay tuned for more details about Family Empowerment Month in the next few days.


#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.


Trauma-Informed Care Resources for Families

NYC Well: Free, confidential mental-health services are available 24/7 in over 200 languages. Support is available by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting "WELL" to 65173, or via online chat at nyc.gov/nycwell


Help Now NYC: Employment resources, food assistance, health and medical assistance, emotional support and spiritual care are available through Help Now NYC.


Early Voting in NY Starts on Saturday, October 24

New Yorkers will now have an additional option to cast their vote in the 2020 General Election. From Saturday, October 24th through Sunday, November 1st, select sites will offer early voting in advance of the General Election on November 3rd. Voters will continue to have the option to cast an absentee ballot if they choose to do so.

All voters are assigned to an Early Voting Poll Site. Visit nyc.pollsitelocator.com to find your site.


NYS Cluster Zone Initiative

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined modifications to some current focus zones, established new ones in areas where there are recent upticks in cases, and set criteria for areas to exit a focus zone.  The governor announced that "cluster zone" focus areas are designated based on geographic case prevalence and restrictions are implemented accordingly based on the severity of spread. Buffer zones with fewer restrictions are implemented in the areas outside the most impacted areas to help prevent further spread.  The governor indicated that after 14 days, data will be reviewed to determine whether a focus area has successfully reduced viral spread to the level where restrictions can be eased.   

Changes to cluster zones and new cluster zones take effect on Monday for impacted schools.  Per the state, schools that are in the “yellow zones” will need to implement weekly randomized testing.  For more information, click here.


PA/PTA Elections

We know that many of our PAs/PTAs across the City are focused on holding elections this month!  Has your school already held their elections, and if not, is it scheduled? Please let us know by responding to this brief survey.

We are encouraging parent leaders to hold the elections for the parent representatives on the SLT at the same meeting as the election of the PA/PTA officer elections to ensure a functioning SLT.

For more guidance on how to hold virtual PA/PTA elections, please view the Guidance for the Virtual Environment Folder which contains translated guidance documents, training materials, and templates to support PA/PTAs and Presidents' Councils with annual elections, financial reporting and recordkeeping, and meetings.


NEW! Documents uploaded this week include:

·         Election Script and Agenda

·         Voter Registration Instructions

·         Zoom Instructions

·         Zoom Poll Setup Instructions

·         Fillable Election Certification Form


Virtual Backgrounds

This year, DOE is continuing to use Google Meets, Zoom, and Microsoft teams to host virtual meetings, events and classes.  Many parents have asked about how to enable a virtual or blurred background on these platforms, so that their faces can be seen, but not their background environment.  Below are instructions on how to create virtual backgrounds:

·         Background Effects in MS Teams

·         Background Effects in Zoom

 ·         Background Effects in Google Meet



Parents as Learning Heroes: Tips and Resources for a Different Kind of School Year 11.3.20 9:30 am – 10:30 am

NYC parents, we’ve got your back and want to celebrate you! Join us for this interactive workshop to get simple ideas and free resources to support learning and life skills at home.  We’ll also help you get ready for parent-teacher conferences as partnering with teachers has never been more important. 

Registration is required



Taller De Padres : Padres como Héroes de Aprendizaje: Consejos y recursos para un año escolar diferente  Fecha: 11/4/2020 6:00pm- 7:00pm  (Spanish Workshop (Parent/ Caregiver)

¡Padres de NYC, te queremos celebrar! Acompáñenos en este taller interactivo para obtener ideas sencillas y recursos gratuitos (en español) para apoyar el aprendizaje y las habilidades para la vida en casa.  También le ayudaremos a preparar para las conferencias de padres y maestros, ya que la asociación con los maestros nunca ha sido más importante. 



English Translation:

Workshop Title: Parents as Learning Heroes: Tips and Resources for a Different Kind of School Year

NYC parents, we’ve got your back and want to celebrate you! Join us for this interactive workshop to get simple ideas and free resources to support learning and life skills at home.  We’ll also help you get ready for parent-teacher conferences as partnering with teachers has never been more important. 


UFT Citywide Parent and Family Virtual Conference

UFT’s Virtual Parent and Family Conference will be held online and the theme is Reimagining Parent Voice in the Age of COVID-19.

·         Date: Saturday, Nov. 7

·         Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can register for the entire day or just one of the two workshop sessions. There are more than 30 workshops to choose from, including meditation and relaxation, mental health for children, Gifted and Talented program admissions and special education advocacy. To learn more, see the event listing on the UFT website.


During the Parent and Family Conference, UFT will be hosting a teen summit for students between the ages of 13 and 18.  There will be workshops on topics of interest to teens, such as healthy relationships and standing up to cyberbullying, plus live music and other activities. Your teen can register using the same online form as the parent conference at UFT.org/parent-conference. For young children, UFT is offering "virtual child care" through the screening programming from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).



Immigrant Family Forums, October 28 & 29

Join the New York City Department of Education, ImmSchools and Access NYC to discuss resources available to best support immigrant students and families, regardless of immigration status.  We welcome ALL to this forum including educators, families, students, and caregivers with different types of immigration statuses including TPS holders, people who are undocumented, DACA recipients, asylum seekers, and others.

·         Attendees will remain anonymous; no information will be collected.

·         Topics will include: Protections in DOE schools regardless of immigration status, College Access & adult education, Emotional supports, Legal resources, Q&A


October 28 @ 6-7:30pm Flyer

Register Here

Zoom Link Here

Webinar ID: 875 5951 8267

Passcode: 434503

Zoom Call in #: 646 558 8656


October 29 @ 6-7:30pm Flyer

Register Here

Zoom Link Here

Webinar ID: 824 7813 5461

Passcode: 466820

Mandarin Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 823 420 645#

Haitian Creole Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 262 168 294#



We hope that you are your loved ones are doing well and thank you for all that you do for our students and families.


Warm Regards,


The FACE Team



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