A Letter from Mrs. Neglia

November 23, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the administration and faculty of P.S. 216, I would like to take this opportunity to send a special note of thanks to our families and students.  We are so grateful to have a wonderful school community that is committed to supporting students no matter the obstacle. As I reflect on this season of Thanksgiving, I realized how fortunate I am to be a school leader at P.S. 216. Even in a pandemic, we have so many reasons to be thankful. Our beautiful school, whether in-person or virtual, continues to provide a space for children to learn and grow. Thank you for sharing your amazing family with us. We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished this year. They are the true pioneers in learning despite a pandemic. Each day, they reveal to us how they are becoming leaders in their own learning. Their eagerness to become the best version of themselves is inspiring. It is a joy to witness!

As you may already know, classes will not be in session on Thursday and Friday (November 26th – 27th) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. School will resume on Monday, November 30th.  At this time, we believe it will still be fully remote. If our status changes; parents will be notified.  First trimester report cards are now complete and will be released to parents via the NYC Schools account. If you do not have your login information or need a new creation code, please reach out to our parent coordinator, Mallory Figueroa at mfigueroa43@schools.nyc.gov

In addition, the following opportunities for parents to pick up student workbooks have been arranged:

  • Tuesday, November 24th  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 1st 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


More information will be sent to parents via Operoo.  Please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions.  

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on all for which we are grateful. I hope that each of you will find time to share your gratitude with your family and friends.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! May your family have health, happiness and love always!


Donna Neglia


**NEW** Update for Families: November 18, 2020

Dear Families,

November 18, 2020

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

All of us at the Department of Education have been so proud to witness the joy of students and educators reuniting and learning together this year. We have been the only major school district in the nation to reopen our buildings. The benefit to hundreds of thousands of students is incredible, as school communities have reconnected in person for learning, growing, and supporting one another.

All along, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates across the city and, when necessary in response to infections, temporarily closing our school buildings and transitioning students to fully remote learning.

Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students, until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

I am sure you have many questions, and below you can find some important guidance to provide some answers. As always, we are committed to academic excellence, community-building, and social-emotional support for your child—no matter where they are learning.

Devices for Remote Learning

Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.

You can also get quick help online:

We are committed to ensuring every student is learning 5 days a week. Your child’s school will support you in remote learning if you currently don’t have a device by providing paper-based work. Contact your school for more info.

Free Meals for Students and Families

All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

Learning Bridges

Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available.

Early Childhood Education

3-K and Pre-K classrooms in district schools and DOE Pre-K Centers will be closed. If your child attends a program in a community-based center that is not located in a public school, or attends a family childcare program that is part of a DOE network, it will remain open. If you are not sure which type of program your child attends or have questions about your child’s services, please contact your program directly. Strong supports are in place to ensure that these sites can continue operating safely.

Although we are temporarily shifting to fully remote teaching and learning for all students, if you have recently elected to enroll your child in blended learning, your child will be able to begin in-person learning after we reopen. I know that for many of you, this decision to temporarily close school buildings that we recently opened up will be disappointing, and I understand. But by confronting these challenges together, we can continue to fight back against COVID-19. And I am confident that before long, we will be able to safely reopen our school buildings again.


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day.

We will continue to provide updates, supporting you and everyone in the DOE family as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. We are grateful for your partnership and all you do for our city.

Please see for this letter in different languages:

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Urdu.pdf  

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Arabic.pdf  

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Bangla-Bengali.pdf  

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Chinese.pdf  

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Korean.pdf  

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Russian.pdf  

32043 Update for Families_November 18 2020_Spanish.pdf 



Please see below for the school closure images:

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 32039 NYCDOE_Fall2020_SchoolClosure_SM_Haitian Creole.jpg  

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32039 NYCDOE_Fall2020_SchoolClosure_SM_Chinese.jpg  

32039 NYCDOE_Fall2020_SchoolClosure_SM_Bangla.jpg  

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