• May 21, 2020 Updates For Families From Richard Carranza Topic: Middle School & High School Fall Admissions for Fall 2021

    Admissions Engagement

    Happening Now

    The DOE is engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions for fall 2021. All parents and students are invited to join virtual borough-based meetings with Executive Superintendents:

    • Bronx with Executive Superintendent Ross Porter on Wednesday May 27th (6pm-8pm)
    • Queens with Executive Superintendents Muñiz-Sarduy and Spencer on Thursday May 28th (6pm-8pm)
    • Staten Island with Executive Superintendent Lodico on Friday May 29th (6pm-8pm)
    • Manhattan with Executive Superintendent Rosales on Monday June 1st (6pm-8pm)
    • Brooklyn with Executive Superintendents Watts and Freeman on Tuesday June 2nd (6pm-8pm)

    We'll be updating this page with details on how to participate: check back again soon!

    Additionally, the DOE is hearing from parent leaders across the city through meetings with the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, CEC presidents, Presidents’ councils, and other parent advocacy groups.


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  • May 20, 2020 Updates for Families Regarding Summer In The City -NEW DATES

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  • May 18, 2020 Updates For Families From Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

    Dear Families,

    Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

    Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)— formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

    NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

     As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

    • As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.
    • Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.
    • When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
    • Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.

    The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

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  • Wellness Wednesday--Keeping Your Family Healthy

    May 13, 2020: Keeping Your Family Healthy

    Fight Germs: Wash Hands! When your child or another household member has a cold or cough, wash your hands frequently. Handwashing may be the most important act that you and your child can do to lower the risk of spreading infection to others. It is a key to disease prevention.


    • 20 Seconds or More(Open external link), produced by Hip Hop Public Health: A hand-washing video featuring legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh and well-known music artists, public health experts, athletes, entertainers, and families. Listen along and learn how to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • CDC Handwashing Video(Open external link): This 9-minute video aimed at children explains
      • how germs spread
      • why it is important to wash with soap
      • the right way to wash your hands
      • when it is important to wash your hands
      • how to avoid getting colds and flu
    • Hand Washing: Keeping Your Family Healthy(Open external link): This flyer from the CDC is a resource for parents to help teach children about handwashing. Available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. The linked page also has other fact sheets about keeping hands clean.

    Workout of the Day

    Workout with a US Rugby Player(Open external link)!

    As part of Wellness Wednesday, we encourage you to find time to be physically active. Today’s workout features Phaidra Knight. Phaidra is a retired professional rugby player who was named US Rugby Player of the Decade in 2010. Since her retirement, Phaidra has enjoyed being a lawyer, media talent, business owner, and motivational speaker.

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  • NY Immigration Coalition Community Engagement Toolkit

    The Community Engagement Department has developed COVID-19 toolkits in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Mandarin and Russian to help support you and your parents that covers content our families need right now:

    • how/where to find medical assistance,
    • COVID-19 public charge implications,
    • unemployment benefits
    • remote learning tools and free meal information,
    • Census 2020 and absentee ballot information,
    • tax preparation.

    Post: May 12 GD

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  • May 11, 2020 Update For Families Regarding PMIS

    Dear Families,
    Below please find guidance,from the DOE regarding Pediatric Inflammatory Multi Symptom Syndrome (PMIS) ,which we touched upon during our Town Hall (May 11, 2020) sessions this afternoon.



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  • Parent Town Hall Meetings Hosted by Lisa Speroni, Principal

    Mrs. Speroni will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meeting to discuss:

    Remote Learning Experience at PS 253, Grading Policies  Promotional Policies.  The dates are: 

    Kindergarten & Grade 1-May 11th 2:30-3:00

    Grades 2-3-May 11th 3:15-3:45

    Grade 4 - May 12th 2:30-3:00

    Grade 5 Parent Town Hall will June 3rd 2:00pm  (Link will be published at a later date)

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  • Say Thank You During Teacher Appreciation Week-It's Easy and Quick -Just Follow The Link!!

    Say Thank You During Teacher Appreciation Week

    Great teachers deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Complete the form below and we'll send a "thank you" note from you to the NYC DOE teacher who inspires you.

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  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week : May 4-8

    While we often thank our School Staff every day, it’s during Staff Appreciation Week when we like to pause and really show our love for School Staff  in our lives. We encourage you to tell members of your school community  how much you…

    Love (❤️) how they encourage you in special ways
    Like (👍) what’s happening in their virtual classroom
    Celebrate (🎉) their achievements with students
    Care about (😍) their commitment to students and families


    Lisa Ditillo Speroni


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  • Let's Learn NYC! A NEW Educational Public Television Program

    The DOE and The WNET Group have partnered on Let’s Learn NYC!, a new educational public television program featuring lessons for children in grades 3-K through second grade, which can supplement remote learning. Episodes will air on weekdays at 11:00AM EST on THIRTEEN from Monday, May 4 to the end of the school year. The episodes will also be available to livestream at external link).

    Let’s Learn NYC! is hosted by DOE instructional leaders and coaches with expertise in teaching young learners. Programming offers age-appropriate curricular content that is aligned to standards and lessons for early childhood education and includes foundational reading skills, literacy, math, social studies, and science. 

    The series is being broadcast commercial-free on THIRTEEN, New York City’s PBS station, which is available for free to over 99 percent of city residents. The program is also available to live stream on the station’s website. 

    Following each broadcast, each episode and supplemental learning materials will also be made available here and at

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Office of Immigrant Affairs

 New: Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits


City Hall COVID-19 Announcements and Updates – 

Today at City Hall the Mayor announced an increase in PPE deliveries to nursing homes, mass distribution of face coverings and more on how NYC is working to close the digital divide.

See below additional updates from Mayor de Blasio about the city’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.



  • Big News: NYC to Distribute 7.5 Million Face Coverings Free of Charge:
    • Spread the word with these sample tweets!
  • Message from the Mayor:
  • Help Needed: Food remains a major concern for New Yorkers. Our goal?  We want the ability to deliver 1 MILLION meals a day.
  • Statement from the Mayor on White House Economic Advisor Kevin Hassett
  • ATTENTION NEW YORK CITY SMALL BUSINESSES: COVID-19 support is available for you.
  • Every child can continue to learn!
  • We’re bringing testing to communities that have been hardest hit by this crisis.
  • Protect yourself and others. All NYC Taxi  drivers and passengers must wear a face covering.
  • No matter where you're from, you have a right to be counted in the census.
  • Asian New Yorkers: You have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law.
  • If you live in NYC and you have DACA, call 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application.
  • It’s Mental Health Awareness Month: Providers can respond to distress experienced by DACA recipients
  • Our Asian and Pacific Islander communities have contributed so much to the fabric of our city. Now more than ever we must let them know that we stand with them — and AGAINST the discrimination we’ve seen in this crisis. New York City is and will always be your home.
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Department of Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, and NYC Health and Hospitals Ambulatory Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Wallach hosted a Community and Ethnic Media virtual round table on COVID-19 testing updates.


  • NYC Distributing 7.5 Million Face Coverings, Free of Charge
    • 5 million 3-ply non-medical masks    
    • 2.5 million cloth face coverings
    • Distributed citywide, including at NYCHA, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, Parks, Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, during social distancing enforcement and more


  • NYC to Provide iPads to Students With Disabilities in Non-Public Schools
    • Students with disabilities in religious and independent nonpublic schools can request tablets DOE has acquired for remote learning
    • DOE has identified approximately 35,000 eligible students


  • Get Tested in Your Community
  • New York City Department of Probation:One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI)
    • Call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821
    • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, 7 days a week
  • Testing Sites Citywide for people most at risk      
    • Open to 1199 workers, health care workers, and residents over 65
    • Call 1-888-OneMED1 or go to and use the code NYCCARE30
  • Student Loan Debt Tips During COVID-19
  • FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
  • Centralized COVID19 page for resources:
  • Real-time COVID updates
  • Confidentially self-report COVID19 status and symptoms
  • 11,000 hotel rooms to help New Yorkers Quarantine
    • If you’re a healthcare worker and need a hotel nycgov/covid19hotel
  • Free meals are available to every New Yorker at over 400 locations
  • For DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline
  • Skip the Trip to Access HRA:
    • To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many HRA locations are consolidating until further notice. We are asking New Yorkers to do everything they can through #AccessHRA or by calling 311.
  • Volunteer, donate or partner with NYC:
  • Assistance for Organizations
  • Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors
  • Freelancers in NYC: If you're facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint:
  • It's ILLEGAL for stores to overcharge you.
    •  If you think a store excessively increased the price of items needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID19 you can:
  • New webpage full of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. For information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more
  • Donate money, medical supplies or Personal Protective Equipment  for front line workers
  • Affected by COVID19? Find out what benefits you may qualify for and more
  • Has your financial situation changed due to #COVID19?

·         NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling – it’s secure and confidential.

  • Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home
  • Stop the spread of misinformation about COVID19 and stand against stigma.
  • Many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay.
    •  Visit the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ COVID-19 resource guide for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Information is available in multiple languages:  
  • To access SNAP online ordering
  • COVID-19 Resources for NYCHA residents
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders:
  • Learn more about COVID-19, or coronavirus, in American Sign Language.
  • NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal
    The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • We've released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home.
  • DOE Graphics Library
  • Remote Learning:  
  • Housing Court
    •  is closed for most non-essential matters and that all pending proceedings are being administratively adjourned
    • New York City Housing Court are now only open for essential cases permitted by the court, such as landlord lockouts, serious housing code violations, and requests for emergency repairs orders. Other Housing Court cases are on hold.
      • Know that since March 16, 2020, all eviction proceedings in New York City are suspended indefinitely. For more information, please visit the NYC Department of Investigation (DOI).
      • Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI's Bureau of City Marshals at 212-825-5953.
      • Call 311 or fill out the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants Contact Us form if you are being threatened with eviction, harassment or need emergency help.  
  • COVID-19 and Poison Prevention: Staying Safe While Staying Home

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