• New York State Digital Equity Family Questionaire


    The New York State Education Department is requiring all school districts, including the New York City Department of Education, to collect information from families about students’ access to devices and the internet for the 2022-23 school year. To make this as easy as possible for families, the DOE has added a Digital Equity Family Questionnaire to the NYC Schools Account Parent Portal(Open external link) where you can provide answers to the questions for each of your students in grades kindergarten to 12.

    The Questionnaire has nine questions and is easy to fill out in your NYC Schools Account. Your answers will be used to: 

    • help identify school and district needs, 
    • target resources and funding opportunities, and 
    • to inform state policy and legislative initiatives.

    Letter for Families

    Families should fill out the questionnaire each year.  Please visit the following page in order to access the survey:

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    Please  view the attached map with dismissal/arrival schedule for all students.

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  • 2022-2023 Department of Education School Year Calendar

    Visit the Department of Education  2022-23 School Year Calendar Page to get a quick view on important dates and translated, printable versions of the calendar.

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  • P-EBT Card Lost or Damaged??

    Call EBT Customer Service 1-888-328-6399 to request a replacement card, check your balance, or activate (PIN) a card

    Complete the NYS P-EBT contact form to request a replacement card and for troubleshooting
    Additional Information:
    Visit this website:
    NYS P-EBT Helpline: 1-833-452-0096
    P-EBT FAQ's:

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  • P-EBT Card Information

    All NYC public school students who were enrolled in school during the month of June 2021 are automatically eligible for a P-EBT payment of $375.
    • No application or registration
    • Regardless of income or immigration status
    • Does not affect any other benefits or public charge
    • Did NOT have to be enrolled in summer school 2021
    • 2021 graduates will receive the benefit
    New York State will automatically issue P-EBT to an active SNAP/EBT card, a Medicaid card, or a P-EBT card.
    Please OPEN the attached informational flyer.

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  • Register for Parent University from The Department of Education

    The DOE’s Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free training on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Visit

    Please view the attached registration flyer.

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  • Check out this NEW website: Wide Open School

    This newly launched site provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families. Activities are available in all subjects and grades, and in all languages via Google Translate.

    Families can use the information to do the following:

    * Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon.

    * Engage with their child on what is taught at school;  Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;  Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences; Locate after-school activities.

    To learn more about tools and resources available on Wide Open School, visit

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  • Happy Valentine's Day

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  • President's Day

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  • Midwinter Recess-Schools Closed

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  • Afternoon/Evening Parent Teacher Conference

    Early Dismissal-More info to come...

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  • Daylight Saving Time Begins

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Parent University

Parent University offers lots of great FREE programs, courses and events to help you prepare your student for back to school this fall while giving you support as you return to work. Click the links below and enroll today. New courses are added weekly!

Need help? Visit us on YouTubeOpens in a new browser tab for user tutorials. 

See you on Parent UniversityOpens in a new browser tab!

NYC Schools Account (NYSCA)

Parent Portal (NYCSA) Information about your child’s current school, education, and academic record—beginning in fall 2022, you can also access MySchools through your NYCSA account.

How to use it: Stay connected to your child’s education—see grades, get updates, fill out forms, find technical help and FAQs on SupportHub, and more...  

Who it’s for:  

• Anyone: Create an account to get general DOE emergency alerts  

• Families with children currently in DOE public schools: Log in and add children to your account to access their records and get school-specific updates



Searchable directories of NYC public schools and programs, and a personalized application system for families How to use it: Explore schools and early childhood programs, build an application, apply, get offers, and check waitlists— all in one place.  

 Who it’s for:  

• Anyone: Year-round, school directories are open to the public  

• Families with children applying to school: Create an account and log in to access a personalized search and your child’s application 



NYC Department of Education Homepage

DOE public website

NYC public school information, calendar, news, and resources

How to use it: Find up-to-date information on NYC public schools, including how to apply to school

Who it’s for:

  • Anyone: This website is open to the public—you don’t need an account
  • Interested in getting admissions updates? Subscribe to our email lists at

Statement on Accessibility:

We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact 
our IT department at to request assistance.