I was asked to share this information with our families by Christine Farrell, our D15 Parent Leadership Coordinator...
The health and safety of all students, staff, and families is the DOE’s first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. Moreover, the DOE seeks to ensure that PA/PTA elections are conducted in a free, fair, and inclusive manner, and provide an opportunity for the full participation of all members.
Given the closure of DOE school buildings, the DOE recognizes the difficulties faced by PA/PTAs and Presidents’ Councils in accessing their documents. Based on current federal, state, and local orders and recommendations related to public gatherings, social distancing, and staying home except for essential business, as well as the current closure of DOE school buildings, the following provisions of Chancellor’s Regulation A-660 have been waived and allow for the following:
Extends deadline for holding PA/PTA elections to October 31, 2020, and extends current officers’ terms until elections are held;
Extends deadline for submission of Annual Financial Report to October 31, 2020;
Eliminates in-person meeting requirement for PA/PTA and Presidents’ Council meetings.
PA/PTA and Presidents’ Council Officer Elections
The waiver extends the deadline for holding PA/PTA and Presidents’ Council elections to October 31, 2020, relieving parent leaders of the pressure to organize and hold elections this spring. The terms for PA/PTA and Presidents’ Council officers will continue until elections are held, and PA/PTAs should follow their current procedure for filling vacancies that arise prior to the election.
The waiver does not prohibit PA/PTAs from holding elections prior to October 31st, and we are working with legal to develop guidance around virtual elections (detailed guidance and training will follow).