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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

Device Request for Remote Learning

The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have
one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection. Flyers are also available at the Grab and Go in the school buildings.

The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with internet connection. Flyers are also available at the Grab and Go in the school buildings.

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Coronavirus Updated Information

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.

During this time frame your child’s teachers will continue to provide instruction.  Students will be expected to follow their school schedule and attend “virtual” classes.  The classes will take place on Google Classroom; students will receive information on these virtual classes via their PupilPath email. Classes will follow the time frame outlined below:

Period 1 – 9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Period 2 – 9:25 a.m. – 9:45 a.m

Period 3 – 9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Period 4 – 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Period 5 – 10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Period 6 – 11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Period 7 – 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m..

Period 8 – 11:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Period 9 – 12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

12:45 – Work on all assignments 

In addition, Ms. Gattuso (Parent Coordinator) and your child’s guidance counselor are available from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. everyday via email.  If you need the email address for your child’s teachers, guidance counselor or any other JDHS staff member you can find it on the school’s website

Two additional websites have been set up by the DOE to help your child who might be having connectivity issues. 

If your child does not have access to an internet-connected device he/she will be able to borrow a device from the school on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Additionally, if you cannot make it to school on Thursday, the Department of Education has arranged to make iPads available for students.  Parents will need to complete a survey in order to help the DOE to prioritize distribution of these devices.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the school via email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.  Please remind your child to practice social distancing and to wash his/her hands regularly.

Stay safe,

Ms. C. Hamilton

Principal – John Dewey HS

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Coronavirus Updated Information

March 10, 2020

Dear Families,
The health and safety of all NYC Department of Education (DOE) students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. We are writing
today with a number of important updates for all students and families, including the latest information about ways to protect your health.
There are a number of actions we have taken and many things you can do to keep our communities safe. The most important action you can take is to stay home if you are sick.

Please read theWhat You Need to Know and Stop the Spread flyer , and read on for additional information.

Our Preparations and Protocols
School Cleaning Hygiene 

We continue to work in close partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to enhance protocols in schools. These include:
. Ensuring that all DOE school buildings have a nurse; 
. Increasing deep cleanings to two times per week, disinfecting surface areas with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved cleaning disinfectant;
. Ensuring that all schools have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels;
. Supplying all schools with facemasks to be used if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms and requires isolation prior to transport to a doctor and/or testing; and
. Strongly encouraging regular hand washing throughout the day, particularly before meals, and making changes as needed to ensure students have the time to wash hands.

International Travel
. All DOE-sponsored international travel for students and staff for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year is canceled.
. This includes study abroad programs, where students are scheduled to come from other countries to stay with host families in NYC, and where DOE public school students are hosted abroad.

We are committed to easing families’ concerns on attendance and admissions. 
. Student absences in the current school year (2019–2020) will not impact applications of current fifth and eighth-graders applying to middle- or high-schools for the 2020–2021 school year.
. Student absences in the current school year (2019–2020) will not impact applications of current fourth- and seventh-graders applying for middle- or high-school for the 2021–2022 school year.

What if a student feels sick in school? 
. In the event a student is sick, complaining of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that child should be taken to the school nurse.
. The nurse will ask the student to wear a face mask, call for parental pick up, and recommend calling a medical provider for instructions.
. Any student with respiratory symptoms and fever should wait in a supervised setting with a closed door, away from other students.

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in my school? 
. In the event that DOHMH determines that there is a need for investigation, closure, or other action at a school, you will immediately be notified.
. Per New York State, if there is a confirmed case in a school, the school must be closed for at least 24 hours while DOHMH investigates and determines whether additional closure is needed.
. We urge you to ignore rumors you might hear separate and apart from official communication from DOHMH, DOE, and your school.
We are working with the State to provide more information on school closure guidance to share in the near future.

Large Gatherings
Right now, the City has not advised the cancellation of large events or public gatherings, but is monitoring developments and will adjust as needed.
. If you are sick, stay home. 
. If you have chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, a compromised immune system, chronic lung disease, and/or cancer, avoid unnecessary gatherings and events.

What You Can Do 
Reduce Overcrowding 
. Walk or bike to work, if possible. 
. If the train is too packed, wait for the next one. 

If You Feel Sick 
. Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath, fever, or sore throat.
. If you do not feel better in 24–48 hours, seek care from your doctor. 
. Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or work until you have been fever-free at least 72 hours 
without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen. 
. If you need help getting medical care, call 311. 
. NYC will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Special Guidance for Vulnerable New Yorkers
. The City is advising those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a compromised immune system to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings.
. If you have family or friends who have one of these conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick. 

If You Have Traveled Recently
Anyone who has traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, or China and returned on or after March 4, 2020, must stay home from work or school for 14 days after their last day in that country and minimize contact with other people.
. If returning travelers from affected countries develop fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their medical provider and tell them about their symptoms and history of travel.
. For those self-monitoring at home, DOHMH has developed a supporting doctor’s note and FAQ available at under “Returning Travelers.”
Students and families who returned from the affected countries before March 4, 2020, should monitor their 
health; if they develop any symptoms, they should stay home and call their medical provider. Please monitor for updates on affected countries.

Continue to Practice General Viral Infection Prevention Measures Including:
. Wash your hands with soap and water often. 
. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. 
. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands. 
. Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump. 
. Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.

How to Stay Informed and Fight Bias
To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

Please read the What You Need to Know
Visit at any time for important updates, including ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue.

It’s important we come together as a city and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities.
The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly, and stay in consistent communication with our 1.1 million families.


Richard A. Carranza 
New York City Department of Education 

District 21 Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza- Wednesday, March 25th at Edward R. Murrow High School

Coronavirus Update

March 3, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Over the weekend, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. While we all hoped this moment would not come, it was something the City has meticulously prepared for. At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Despite our first confirmed case, New Yorkers remain at low risk for contracting the virus.

The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. As we monitor the situation, we are enhancing certain protocols and providing additional resources, including:
. Providing CDC-approved cleaning agents to every school
. Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging students and staff to wash hands frequently
. Ensuring principals and school nurses have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited at school, and provide help for any affected individuals

Working in close partnership with the Health Department, we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves, and communicate about any possible impact to parents and our school communities. We will keep all of our latest information on our website at

There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be taken at the direction of public health experts. As a reminder, it is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve 
• Wash your hands regularly 
• Avoid touching your face 
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late 
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history. 

We are in direct and regular communication with principals to ensure they have the latest information and to answer any questions that may arise. Additionally, we remind all families that they can receive regular updates on this topic and many others by signing up for an NYC Schools Account. Please visit to create an account and to update your emergency contact information.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit at any time for important updates. The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief
priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.


Richard A. Carranza 
New York City Department of Education 

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

To sign up for an NYC Schools Account (NYCSA):

1- Visit NYCSA homepage from any computer, phone, or tablet, and click “Create an Account.”

2- Enter their name and email address, create a password, and set up brief security questions to help retrieve the password in case they forget it.

Once a family has created a basic account, they must still verify their identity and relationship to a student in order to link that student to their account. After they link their students, they can see grades, test scores, attendance, transportation information, test scores, and more. However, having a basic account will allow families to begin receiving emergency notifications from the DOE.