October 16, 2020
Dear Parent Leaders,
We hope that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. As the largest school system in the nation, the transition to a new educational model this school year was incredibly challenging. It required all of us, from central and district offices to schools, to work together to learn new protocols and policies, new operational systems, and new ways of interacting with one another. We ask that you approach this year with a fresh perspective and an optimist's resolve. Together we will continue to overcome the challenges and struggles that will come along the way.
Next month is National Parent Engagement Month, and we are excited to work together as a system to celebrate and honor you, the heroes and sheroes of our school communities! Please enjoy the weekend and share the information below with our families.
Monthly Random COVID-19 Testing Program - Testing Company Contracts Update
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! For more information about the DOE’s Random COVID-19 Testing Program, please see the presentation from last week’s parent leader briefing on random testing in schools and links below. If you were unable to make the event, you can watch the recording here.
We received a number of questions from parent leaders and advocates about testing and student privacy, and are pleased to announce that the DOE website has been updated to provide information about the agreements with BioReference Laboratories Inc., Fulgent Genetics Inc., and Somos Healthcare Inc. We will share answers from the questions raised in the event’s chat and Q/A session next week. Here are additional resources:
· See the Frequently Asked Questions about the testing program
· If you have a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify your child’s school as well.
o Don't have a New York City Schools Account? Get one today!
· Read the letter from Chancellor Carranza about the testing (translations also available).
· Paper consent forms are available here.
· Video: NYC Schools will keep our kids safe
NYCDOE Daily COVID Case Map
The DOE website now features a map that shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 6:00pm, and shows information about classroom and school building closures. You can view the map here.
Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers
The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:
· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.
· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.
· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.
For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:
· All branches of the New York Public Library
· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan
· LinkNYC kiosks across the City
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
Over-the-Counter Placement Updates at Family Welcome Centers
Effective October 9, Family Welcome Centers (FWCs) will prioritize over-the-counter (OTC) enrollment support for families whose children:
· Do not yet have a school and need to register, or
· Need medical or safety transfers and are participating in blended learning (any schedule with in-person learning days).
This change will ensure that families who are experiencing the greatest hardship at this time will be serviced first. If capacity permits, additional transfer requests beyond medical or safety transfers may be processed at FWCs. Please note, all guidance and transfer requests submitted prior to this date will still be reviewed. As a reminder, Family Welcome Centers (FWCs) will continue to process enrollment inquires and registrations remotely until further notice. Each FWC has an email inbox where families can reach out for assistance.
High School Admissions Update
COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:
· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.
· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.
· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.
We appreciate your patience and will update this page with more detailed information and timelines as soon as we can.
· Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. If you are eligible and have not received a P-EBT food benefit for your child, please contact the State using P-EBT contact form or by calling 1-833-452-0096 (8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday).
Dial a Teacher Program
UFT Dial a Teacher is up & running for the school year. K-12 students and their parents or caregivers are invited to call 212-777-3380 or visit the Dial-A-Teacher website Mondays through Thursdays between 4 and 7 p.m. to get free homework help from a licensed teacher.
Many of the teachers are bilingual, so Dial-A-Teacher can assist students and families in 10 languages, including Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.
Upcoming Town Halls with the Chancellor
· CEC 30 Town Hall w/Chancellor – 10/22
· CEC 5 Town Hall w/Chancellor – 10/26
· CEC 17 Town Hall w/Chancellor – 10/29
Immigrant Family Forums, October 28th & 29th
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 28th @ 6-7:30pm Flyer
Zoom Link Here
Webinar ID: 875 5951 8267
Zoom Call in #: 646 558 8656
October 29th @ 6-7:30pm Flyer
Webinar ID: 824 7813 5461
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#
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).
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