We all want students to have the best possible experience with random COVID testing, this video, produced by NYC DOHMH, is short, friendly, and demonstrates the process for kids.
In the attached Update for Families, Chancellor Carranza discusses how the DOE brought students in 3-K through fifth grade, and students in all grade levels in District 75 schools, back into classrooms and share information on:
· What families need to know about mandatory, in-school testing
· How to submit consent for in-school random testing
· What to do if a child has recently traveled
· What families need to know about exemptions from in-school testing
· How to apply for kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year
· How to learn more about elementary admissions
· How to participate in Parent University, a new platform offering families on-demand courses and resources on a host of subjects.
Translations of this letter are available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies.
Plan to Re-Open School Buildings
Working in partnership, the City and the State, the Department of Education is releasing plans to re-open school buildings with enhanced weekly testing for COVID-19 in place for students and staff.
For translation of this letter in various languages please visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families
Parent University, New Online Resource for Families
Schools Chancellor Carranza launched Parent University, a new online platform that offers a centralized catalog of courses, live events, and activities to help connect with families and support students.
Parents can visit Parent University at https://parentu.schools.nyc/
Temporary All Public School Building Closure
As of November 18, the City has now reached the threshold of 3% COVID-19 test positivity rate citywide and, as a result, the DOE will temporarily close down all public school buildings for in-person learning starting on Thursday, November 19.
Translation in other languages of this letter available here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families
Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today announced that the City will add new mental health services to hundreds of schools in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two new programs will use existing resources to maximize mental health support for students and confront the trauma that has been caused by the public health crisis. This work is supported by the administration's Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity, which brings an equity-based approach to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in hardest-hit communities.
Re: Health Screening
Information about the health screening process, including the health screening survey and temperature checks, as well as other helpful information on how to stay healthy and safe while in and out of school.
Translations will be available on the Messages for Families page of the DOE family-facing website.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, UFT President Michael Mulgrew and CSA President Mark Cannizzaro today announced a phased schedule and additional staffing plan to ensure all schools and all educators are best positioned to deliver a strong, safe, and healthy start to the 2020-2021 school year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced “Bridge to School,” a Citywide initiative for the 2020-21 school year focused on the social and emotional well-being of students and adults in order to create a safe, supportive learning environment that confronts the trauma caused by the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, schools will be equipped to integrate trauma-informed practices into school reopening, and build off of last year’s major expansion of mental health supports in schools.
Re: Comprehensive School Air Safety Measures
Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carranza today announced a multi-pronged approach to addressing, monitoring, and reporting air quality and ventilation in every building by the first day of school.
Re: "Outdoor Learning" Initiative
Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced "Outdoor Learning”, a citywide outdoor learning initiative for the 2020-21 academic year. The program will allow schools to hold classes outdoors in schoolyards, adjacent streets, and nearby park space.
Re: Nurses in School Buildings
Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza guarantee a nurse in every school building by the first day of school