As our buildings reopen and your child reconnects with their school community, we are reminded of how much it takes from all of us to operate the largest school system in the nation. Serving each of our 1.1 million students takes an immense amount of resources, and right now the federal government isn’t coming through with the funds that our city desperately needs.
You can make a huge difference by filling out the 2020 United States Census. While the Census deadline has been temporarily extended, I still encourage families to complete it today as the final deadline has yet to be determined. It’s a short online survey to count all New Yorkers, and it only happens once every ten years. Filling it out ensures our city gets the money, power, and respect we deserve from the federal government.
Without an accurate population count, our City will lose out on billions of dollars in federal funding for our schools, but also healthcare, roads, hospitals, public transportation, and more. New York could even lose two seats in Congress.
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 COVID- 19 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.
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an important update on the start of school.
As you know, for months we have been preparing to reopen our school buildings so that if COVID-19 infection rates fell low enough in our city, we would be ready to welcome students back to school. And thanks to all of you and everything you have done over the last six months, we are there. The city has seen infection rates hovering around 1% for several weeks, making us the only city in the country able to reopen.
Hello Dewey Graduates,
Diplomas, senior items and refund checks are finally in and ready for distribution. However, due to Covid-19 we must adhere to a strict appointment schedule. In order for you to receive your diploma you must return all electronics, textbooks and sports equipment given to you by the school. You must also have ID to receive your diploma. If you do not or cannot show up for your scheduled time, you must make an appointment by calling the school starting Tuesday, September 15. Walk-ins will be turned away. During this time, you will also be able to clear out your lockers if you have items inside. You will enter the field through the Stillwell avenue parking lot and exit through the ave X parking lot.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, September 10th
9am – 10am June 2020 graduates with last names A – B.
10am – 11am June 2020 graduates with last names C – Di.
11am – 12noon June 2020 graduates with last names Do – H.
12noon – 1pm June 2020 graduates with last names I – Le and All January 2020 graduates
Friday, September 11th
9am – 10am June 2020 graduates with last names Li – M
10am – 11am June 2020 graduates with last names N – Sa
11am – 12noon June 2020 graduates with last names Se – V
12noon – 1pm June 2020 graduates with last names W – Z and All August 2020 graduates