Education & Childcare
School Building Reopenings: School buildings that closed on November 19th will begin reopening. The reopening dates vary by school district and grade, and can be found here. All students in 1st grade or higher that are resuming blended learning will need to submit a COVID testing consent form by their school’s reopening date. Students in reopened schools will be randomly tested for COVID on a weekly basis starting December 14th. Information on filling out the consent form can be found here.
Daily COVID Case Map: You can use this map here to see all known cases of COVID-19 at NYC public schools as well as all classroom and school building closures.
2020-2021 School Year: Click here for the latest updates from the NYC Department of Education regarding the 2020-2021 school year. Schools will open in September as long as NYC’s COVID-19 infection rate remains below 3%. If schools reopen and the infection rate increases beyond 3%, schools will close again. Individual classrooms or buildings may close if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Every public school will have a nurse present to offer health services to students, teachers, and staff. Schools are being encouraged to set up outdoor classrooms. Additionally, there will be no snow days this school year. If there is snow, in-person classes will be canceled and all learning will be remote for that day.
Choosing Fully Remote Learning: If your child is in blended learning, you can switch them to fully remote learning at any time by filling out this form here or calling 311. At this time, a child in fully remote learning cannot switch to blended learning.
Letters to Families: Chancellor Carranza released an end of the year letter to all families on December 22. You can view the letter and previous letters here. Recent letters include information on middle and high school admissions.
Family and Student Information Sessions: The NYC Department of Education is hosting live information sessions for students and families regarding school closures and reopenings. You can register for the live info sessions and view the recordings of past sessions here. The sessions are delivered and recorded in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Questions regarding the reopening should be directed towards the principal of your child’s school. You can locate the contact information for principals by using the NYC Find a School tool here.
Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School Applications: Kindergarten applications are now open. You can apply online here or call (718) 935-2009 on Monday - Friday from 8 am - 6 pm and Saturday - Sunday from 9 am - 1 pm. The middle school application will open the week of January 11 and the high school application will open the week of January 18. Registration for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) opens December 21 and closes January 15.
Mental Health Tips: Check out this article here for advice on how to calm your child’s anxieties about school during the pandemic.
Healthy at Home Tips: Click here for tips and resources to keep your children safe, healthy, and engaged while staying at home.
Free COVID Testing: All NYC School students and employees are eligible for a free COVID test. Call 311 to learn more.
Pre-Screening Requirement: Students will need to complete a COVID pre-screening before they arrive at the school building on days they are learning in-person. The online pre-screening can be accessed here and more information on the screening requirement can be found here.
Weekly COVID Testing: Each week, a group of students and staff will be randomly selected to receive a COVID test in order to monitor for any new cases. In order for the DOE to administer the COVID test to your child, you will need to sign and return a consent form, which can be found here. You can also now sign the consent form through your NYC Schools Account if you have one. This form must be signed if your child is in blended learning.
See the full 2020-2021 School Year Calendar here.
Transportation: General information regarding student busing and transportation can be found here. Your child’s bus assignment and route can be found in your NYC Schools Accounts.
Parent University: This is a free service for parents that offers courses and resources in a wide range of subjects to help them support their students. You can register
Free Learning Resources
NYC Schools Account: Track your child’s education by signing up for an NYC Schools Account here. Services are available in all DOE languages.
All: The New York Public Library system offers free online tutoring from early elementary school to high school from 2-11pm daily. See here for more details on how to get started.
New York Public Library: NYPL has begun a limited reopening, with grab-and-go services available at 50 library locations. Expanded services, including book browsing and public desktop use, is available at 14 library locations. See here for more details.
Additionally, you have free access to Google Classroom, Microsoft Office 365, and Zoom for all students. To access, click here. Click to learn how to use google classroom, microsoft office, and zoom.
Early Childhood: Free access to activities for Infants, toddlers, and young kids 3-4 years old here.
- Please see here for the DOE’s message to parents of children with disabilities.
- For help with Assistive Technology, click here
- For Occupation Therapy supports, click here
- For Physical Therapy Support, click here
- For Speech Therapy Support, click here
Activity Packets: Click here for resources for learning from home from K-12 (and for more information, click here!)
Updates: Click here for the latest NY updates on childcare.
COVID Vaccination: Providers and staff of NYC child care centers are now prioritized groups for receiving a COVID vaccine. Click here for more information on new vaccine guidance for child care providers.
Child Care Center Closings: NYC has designated certain areas of the city as COVID hotspots based on the increasing numbers of COVID cases in these areas. NY State has placed restrictions on child care centers in red, orange, and yellow zones. You can find the restrictions here and you can read an interim guide on testing out of these restrictions here.
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies: For assistance in searching for child care, you can contact your local CCRR office. If you tell them the specifics of your child care needs, they can provide a list of nearby providers that meet those needs. Click here to see the CCRR office contact list.
Child Care Guide: The NYC Department of Health released a child care guide for parents/guardians. You can read the guide here.
Child Care Centers Reopening Requirements: Requirements for opening a child care center in the city can be found here.
Child Care Centers Operating without License: Click here to see the list of child care centers currently operating without a license or registration.
New Travel Restriction Guidance: NY State has released new travel guidance for child care workers. You can find the new guidance here.
Learning Bridges Program
NYC plans to provide free childcare to 100,000 families this fall on days that children are not in school buildings. You can fill out the application and learn more about the program here. You can now also call 311 to fill out the application over the phone. If you already completed the expression of interest form, there is no need to fill out this application again. Children in 3K through 8th grade will be eligible. Families with parents/guardians that cannot work from home will be prioritized, especially parents/guardians who are essential workers and previously had their children enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center.
Child Care Scholarship for Essential Workers: $20 million has been allocated to support the child care for children of essential workers. An application to receive a child care scholarship will be available soon. You can sign up to receive an email notification when the application opens by clicking here.
CARES 3 Grant: $20 million has been specifically allocated to help closed child care programs reopen or restructure their services to comply with CDC guidelines. The application can be found here.
Child Care Search: You can search for child care services that you may be eligible for here. In addition, the Child Care Subsidy Program can provide financial support for childcare. Furthermore, you can compare the performance and health inspection records of child care centers here.
Access NYC Child Care: Child care for babies and toddlers and Head Start programs are available for free/low-cost through Access NYC. Find out more information and determine your eligibility here.
Diapers: If you are in need of diapers, please call 211 on your phone or search online at 2-1-1.org to find out if an agency in your area provides diaper assistance to families in need.
Fraud Alert: The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is warning about scam phone calls that claim to have your CARES funding and then ask for your financial information. OCFS will NOT call you for financial information. OCFS will only discuss financial information via email.
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