July 8, 2020 Dear Families, I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 Continue reading Updates For Families From The Chancellor
June 26, 2020
Today is the last day of the most challenging, most intense school year many of us have ever experienced. I am humbled by your efforts and so proud of your children—our brilliant students.
I know that last September feels like it was years ago, and that time in general seems to exist as “before COVID” and “after COVID.” It might be hard to remember, but before the pandemic upended our lives, we opened more pre-K Dual Language programs across the city, saw a record number of our students enrolling in college, and learned just how much our Community Schools have been changing students’ lives for the better—to name just a few of our accomplishments. All that still matters because it has real-life, positive impacts for our children.
And then, all of a sudden, it was Monday, March 16, and the corona-virus forced us to reinvent the nation’s largest school system, closing all school buildings and transitioning our 1.1 million students to remote learning. To me, the “after COVID” time is as stunningly impressive as what came before. I know this because over the past three months I have seen your children complete science experiments in your kitchens, debate the United States Constitution in Spanish from your living rooms, and join band practice and master Shakespeare on Zoom.
Your children accomplished these amazing feats all while the corona-virus was affecting you, your families, and your communities. Sadly, we lost immediate family members, and 79 Department of Education employees, to COVID-19. We will never be the same without the loved ones, friends, and colleagues who gave our lives and work meaning. We will never, ever forget a single one of them. They live on in our hearts, in our memories, and in our children.
I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever, as you became your child’s teacher, coach, and constant presence in an uncertain world. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home. Continue reading End of Year Letter From The Chancellor
As the school year comes to an end, I want to thank you again for your leadership during this unprecedented time, and acknowledge some topics that are top of mind for all leaders across the city: budget, summer school, and the re-opening of our school buildings in September.
Mayor de Blasio and I have made no secret that New York City is in a dire fiscal situation, which significantly impacts our public schools. We need federal and New York State financial support to preserve critical functions to support schools and accelerate learning across the City. As deliberations continue and the City moves to adopt a budget, I will share information with you, your superintendents, and borough citywide offices as soon as it is available to help you plan, manage your teams, and make decisions for your school communities. We anticipate some degree of reduction to be unavoidable, but I am committed to minimizing budget cuts to schools and looking for other ways to achieve necessary reductions. I will continue to fight for you every step of the way, and we plan to provide school budgets to you in early July.
As you know, summer learning for students with 12-month Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) will begin on July 2.Students in elementary, middle or high school who are mandated or recommended to attend summer school will begin on July 6. We have prepared our system to serve up to 177,000 students during Summer School 2020. Detailed guidance on summer school budgets, recommending students, class sizes, and professional learning was shared with principals via Principals Digest and in the Summer School 2020 FAQs. As noted in the June 17 edition of Principals Digest, the DOE will use iLearnNYC as the learning management platform for Summer School 2020. For more information on how to prepare summer school students to access iLearnNYC and for students to access their year-end report cards in TeachHub, see here.
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