Welcome To The Parents Page
Welcome to our Parents Page! Here you'll find important parent information, updates and resources.
HEALTH SCREENING FAMILY LETTER: ALL LANGUAGES
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.
There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols and created a COVID-19 Response Situation Room for DOE principals, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for school leaders in handling all COVID19 cases in schools. When principals learn of a potential COVID-19 case in their school, they call the Situation Room to report it, and medical, public health, and education staff are on hand and readily available to support principals through responding to it. Principals or their designees call the Situation Room, which helps to handle everything from there - including quickly communicating vital updates for principals to share with their school communities.
We are confident in our ability to provide your children with the healthy, safe, engaging, high-quality education you expect. We will continue to be transparent and keep you informed. In this Update for Families, I am happy to share the latest information on:
- How to complete daily health screenings for your child,
- Where to get tested for COVID-19,
- How to stay informed on COVID-19 cases in your school community, and
- What transportation to and from school looks like
In addition, to help you find key information I have shared in past updates, we have included quick links to DOE resources on: Health and safety measures in our schools,
- What teaching and learning looks like this year, and
- School schedules for elementary, middle, and high schools
As always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. If you have additional questions, please contact your principal. You can find information about your child’s school, including principal contact information, on our website using “Find a School” at schoolsearch.schools.nyc.
You have heard me say that September is my favorite month, and that is especially true this year. Return to School 2020 took a team effort, thousands of hours of work, and attention to countless details to get where we are today. I could not be prouder of our families, students, educators, and everyone who works in and for our schools. As we start the new school year together, I can assure you that the largest school system in the nation is well prepared and up to the task. Please know that we are here for you. Your teachers and principals are here for you. And, together, we will achieve a remarkable year of learning. Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Chancellor Richard Carranza
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Parent and Family Resources
A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools in conjunction with resources and information you receive from your child’s school and teachers. We will continue to build upon this toolkit as we receive feedback from educators and families.
In the Toolkit for Parents and Families:
- Interpreting 3-8 ELA & Mathematics Tests,
Results, & Score Reports
- Letter from Commissioner King to Parents
- Parent's Guide to Higher Learning Standards
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What Parents Can Do to Help their Children Learn
- Common Core Resources for Parents to Learn More
- Guides to the Common Core Standards
- Educational Activities
- Videos for Parents and Families
The Common Core State Standards are important because they will help all children – no matter who they are – learn the same skills. They create clear expectations for what your child should know and be able to do in key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics. If you know what these expectations are, then you can work with the teacher and help your child prepare.
Watch the videos below for an overview of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.
- Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: An Overview
This 14-minute video provides an overview of the Common Core State Standards in ELA/Literacy. NYS Commissioner of Education John King and contributing author David Coleman discuss the background of the Common Core State Standards, their value in the state, the principles of their development, and the changes required of schools during this transition.
- Common Core in Mathematics: Overview
This 14-minute video provides an overview of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr. and contributing author David Coleman discuss the background of the Common Core State Standards, their value in the state, the principles of their development, and the changes required of schools during this transition.