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Update from Chancellor 9-8-2020

posted Sep 9, 2020, 6:05 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated Sep 9, 2020, 6:09 AM ]
September 8, 2020 

Dear Families,    

As we approach the start of the school year, everyone at the New York City Department of Education is laserfocused on delivering a high-quality education that puts your child’s health, safety, and emotional wellbeing first this fall. An education that creates a new standard of excellence for learning from any location. An education that will prepare your children to thrive—today, tomorrow, next year, and for the rest of their lives.    

I want to share with you that full-day learning for all students will begin on Monday, September 21. A few days before that, beginning on Wednesday, September 16 through Friday, September 18, all students and teachers will engage remotely for a partial-day instructional transition and orientation to help students reconnect to school. Taking this time will help ensure all children are ready to learn and succeed.    

In this letter, we include updates on what that teaching and learning will look like. You will find additional information on how our schools will support every student every day—whether they are participating in fully remote or blended learning (in which they are learning in school buildings for part of the week, and remotely for the rest of the week).    

 Read the Reopening Update for Families below to find more information on:    

 How your child will learn at home: Live interaction and lessons with teachers, and projects that students complete on their own  
 Who will be teaching your child in blended or fully remote learning  
 How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community   

If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. Principal information is on each school’s web page at schools.nyc.gov, in the “School Contacts and Information” section. You can find the page for your child’s school on our website using Find a School: schoolsearch.schools.nyc. And as always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.    

You have heard me say that New York City has the best, strongest, most committed students, staff, and families anywhere. Every day, you continue to prove that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. I want to reaffirm our pledge to take absolutely every precaution to keep your children healthy and safe. And to ensure they receive the highquality education they deserve no matter how or where they are learning.   

I am so excited to welcome all our children and educators back to their school communities soon!    

Richard A. Carranza  Chancellor  New York City Department of Education