Archive for the ‘Parents’ Category


Starting today Friday, April 3, 2020 three free meals will be available daily for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs across the 5 boroughs. Meal Hubs sites operate from 7:30AM-11:30AM for children and families and 11:30AM-1:30PM for adults. Vegetarian and halal options are available at all sites. All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time. No one will be turned away. No registration or ID required. To find a location near you visit


iPad Distribution:
The week of April 6: we will focus on delivery to high school students, focusing on multilingual learner students, students with disabilities, and students who live in public housing. iPads will be distributed on a rolling basis with new shipments arriving and being staged each week. Students who have requested an iPad, but are not in the above groups, will be eligible to receive iPads after deliveries have been made to the above groups.

Individual Deliveries
Our courier will reach out to you to confirm the delivery address you entered on the request form. Your iPad will be shipped to the address you entered on the request form. If you have already filled out the request form, you will receive a text message or email making sure you have completed the Student Device Loan Agreement. Please complete the agreement when you request a device as your device cannot be shipped unless you have signed the agreement.

Please keep a copy of the confirmation email or text that you received, as you will need it to show FedEx when they deliver your device.

Please make sure someone is at the address to accept the delivery, as FedEx will not leave packages unattended.
Also, FedEx carriers will adhere to social distancing rules. 

Census 2020

Coronavirus Parent Letters

Please click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions on remote learning and other parent letters that are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.


We hope this finds you and yours well. Let me begin by saying how deeply everyone at the College Board appreciates the vital role school counselors, teachers, AP coordinators, principals, and superintendents have played in the past few weeks providing guidance and comfort to students and their families, even as you deal with the stresses on you and your own families. We wish you the best during this immensely challenging time.

In the face of the significant disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the College Board has been seeking and listening to your input on how we might best support you and your students now and in the coming months.

You have been clear: The College Board needs to act to reassure students, counselors, high schools, and higher education that we’re committed to providing support, flexibility, and solutions during this crisis.

Because students overwhelmingly told us they want to take their AP Exams, we’re providing online learning and AP Exams available at home for all students this spring. We’re so grateful to the community of extraordinary teachers who stepped up to teach live classes on YouTube, as well as all the AP educators helping students continue with their study.

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For Families

Hi Parents, Guardians and Students of John Dewey HS.

This is your principal; Connie Hamilton and I want to say thank you for trusting us and for collaborating with us to ensure that your children get the best education that we can give to them during this very uncertain time. We have gotten through our first week of remote learning and WE DID GOOD! We had approximately 75 percent student attendance on-line, 100 percent teacher attendance all week and we are working together all day to create more and better experiences for your children. Presently, grades are due in two weeks and your children will be receiving their grades as usual. As long as they are handing in their work to the best of their ability they will be in good shape. Remember, if they don’t attend virtual classes and don’t hand in their assignments, they cannot receive a passing grade. We still must hold our students to a high standard, and I am sure they will rise to the occasion. 

There will be more updates as we move forward. To date, school will be closed for the next two weeks. If you need to contact us, please use the website to contact our parent coordinator, Ms. Gattuso or contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor through pupil-path. I understand that this is a difficult and scary time but if you can, enjoy your loved ones, read a book for fun, meditate, take a walk practicing social distancing and always be well and be safe. I know that we will come out of this stronger and I hope to see you all soon. 


Connie Hamilton

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism Through COVID-19 Webinar – 3/30/20

Individuals with ASD are uniquely impacted by the many changes that have come with the emergence of COVID-19. This webinar will focus on practical tips for parents in supporting children with ASD during this time. We will discuss strategies for designing and implementing new routines, ways to approach explaining changes in daily life due to COVID, and how to maintain social skills virtually. We will also share resources specific to individuals with ASD.

Michelle Lee, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Rebecca Doggett, Ph.D.
Clinical Director
Autism Spectrum Disorder Service,
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Coronavirus Update

March 22, 2020

Dear Families,

Tomorrow, we will all come together to take the first steps of a huge new educational journey as New York City brings remote learning to our 1.1 million students.

While none of us could have predicted even a few weeks ago that we would launch this dramatic new transition in education, I could not be prouder of the way our educators have come together to ready themselves to teach your children from their own homes. And I could not be more grateful to all of you for your faith in our educators, and all of the hardworking staff at DOE.

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Remote Learning

Students and teachers will need to download the following apps on their devices:

Google Drive
Google Classroom
Google Docs
Google Sheets
Google Meet (Hangout)
Pupil Path

Please note, the above apps are available on every mobile platform (Apple iOS, Google Android…etc), as well as the Windows and Macintosh computer operating systems.

JDHS Teacher E-Mail

Please click here to view a list of teachers’ email addresses