Superintendent's Update and Resources from FACE
Tue, Jul 21 10:40am

More information from the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE):


New York State Education Department Issued School Reopening Guidance 

This week, the New York State Education Department released guidance to help schools and school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two.  The guidance builds on the Framework of Guidance that the Department presented to the Board of Regents on Monday, July 13th and can be found here: 


NYC Announcement about Childcare 

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a public childcare program that will see kids supervised in public and private locations across the five boroughs.  New York City will provide childcare to 100,000 New York City kids this fall as the Department of Education, in an attempt to protect students from novel coronavirus, offers in-school learning two or three days a week.  


Virtual Summer Field Trips 

The DOE has partnered with museums across the city to offer over 100 virtual summer field trips that can be taken anytime, and live virtual museum events. In addition, we are hosting citywide summer challenges, including: song and dance, creating a pixel portrait of yourself in Minecraft, a backyard bird scavenger hunt, augmented reality workshops, and much more. The virtual field trips, museum events, and challenges will be updated each week on this page, so please check back regularly! 


Classes and Camps 

Virtual summer classes from Varsity Tutors: Check out free, online summer classes for students in kindergarten through college in subjects including art, computer science, languages and more. Find out more » 

Virtual summer camp from Camp Kinda: Students in kindergarten through 8th grade can enjoy free weekly activities from Camp Kinda until Sept. 1. Activities can be done on your family’s schedule and won’t keep kids glued to a screen. Learn more and enroll » 

STEM and literacy-building projects from Camp Wonderopolis: Kids of all ages and their parents can enroll in Camp Wonderopolis for free, online summer-learning activities that explore music, literature, STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and more. Check it out » 

Weekly law workshops for high school students: The New York City Bar Association invites high school students to free, online workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. These workshops will cover topics of interest to students considering a career in law. See the schedule and register » 


Fresh Air Fund 

Virtual camp for children ages 7 to 13: Fresh Air Everywhere offers fun, small-group activities and interactive theme projects on topics like nature, art, time travel and more. Kids will be mailed an activity box full of goodies to help them participate. Learn more and register » 

Outdoor activities in New York City parks for children ages 5 to 13: The Fresh Air Summer Spaces program offers two-hour drop-in sessions at neighborhood-based locations with supervised outdoor activities such as arts and crafts, games and dance parties. Learn more and register » 


More resource lists 


·         45+ Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Kids Busy While Safely Social Distancing 

·         30 Best Virtual Summer Camp Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained This Summer 

·         22 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep the Kids Entertained (and You Sane) This Summer