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NYC DOE: Return to School 2020

Return to School 2020

On March 15, 2020, the nation’s largest school district underwent a historic transformation, closing school buildings in order to protect our 1.1 million students, and all staff, families, and fellow New Yorkers from COVID-19.

As we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

We are ready for this: adapting and strengthening our practices; investing in the technology required to provide a quality online academic experience—including distributing over 300,000 iPads to students who need them; and working with teachers to be more effective online instructors. We will update curriculum to reflect the blended learning online and in-person model, and to ensure the guidelines and curriculum include appropriate social-emotional learning and mental health supports.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.

What we Know

  • Parents need consistency to keep their kids focused, schedule childcare, keep life organized; confidence in the safety of their children in their learning environments, and agency in the decisions that will affect their livelihood and families.
  • Students need routine in their learning—building habits and academic success through regular pattern and cadence of instruction; support for both academic and social and emotional health.
  • Teachers need clear expectations for schedule and pace for working with students so they can maximize support in right modality.
  • Principals need flexibility to choose what will work best for their student body and community; need to be able to choose among options.

Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available on this web page. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

We also know that New Yorkers can rise to meet the challenge, and that everyone at DOE will be there every step of the way to support our students and families. Please read on for guidance and information about attending a New York City public school in the 2020-2021 school year.

Tech Scholars Online

NY Historical Society
Tech Scholars

Learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment!

Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. Share under-told stories of women throughout history and code digital projects that make a difference in the world and help fight the gender gap.

Tech Scholars is open to high school students nationwide, grades 9-12, who self-identify as girls.

Tech Scholars Programs are offered on a pay-what-you-want basis.  We are committed to making the program accessible to all girls.

Program Highlights
Tech Scholars: Web Design
App Builders
Web Design 2
Video Games


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About Us
The NYC Poison Control Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons or questions about medicine safety. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice. All calls are free and confidential. Translation services are provided in more than 150 languages.
In NYC: (212) POISONS (212-764-7667)
Outside NYC: (800) 222 – 1222
Contact Us
Useful Links
Visit our website.
Request free multilingual poison prevention and medicine safety materials.
Check out our summary of programs.
We are able to offer virtual workshops focusing on Poison Prevention and Medicine Safety in English, Spanish and Chinese. To schedule one of our educators to speak to the parents, staff or older adults you work with, email
Online Training
The Poison Prevention in the Home online training teaches the key messages about household products, plants, carbon monoxide and medicines. A certificate will be emailed after completion of the training and post-test. Access the training now!

NYC Poison Control CenterPoison Prevention & Medicine Safety Webinars 
English, Spanish and Chinese
This webinar will provide important safety tips for storing and using cleaning products and medicines during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Registration for the Webinar- English
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:00 – 11: 00 AM 
Register Here

Este taller web proporcionará importantes consejos de seguridad para almacenar y utilizar productos de limpieza y medicamentos durante el brote de COVID-19

Registrese aquí para el taller web – Español
Martes, Julio 21, 20203:00 – 4:00 PM
Registrese Aquí

Whitney Museum of American Art: Summer Studio Program

Dear Whitney Community,

It is officially summer! We are thrilled to launch our Summer Studio program, our new series of online weekly art classes for kids, teens, and families. For six weeks this summer, kids, teens, and families are invited to join Whitney educators to experiment, create and learn together. Each week features a new theme and project inspired by a work of art in the Whitney’s permanent collection.

Signs of Protest inspired by Cauleen Smith
Week of July 7–11, 11 am

Tuesday, July 7: 5–10 year olds
Wednesday, July 8: 11–13 year olds
Friday, July 10: 14–18 year olds
Saturday, July 11: families

Murals inspired by Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945
Week of July 14–18, 11 am

Tuesday, July 14: 5–10 year olds
Wednesday, July 15: 11–13 year olds
Friday, July 17: 14–18 year olds
Saturday, July 18: families

Drawing Week inspired by Edward Hopper
Week of July 21–25, 11 am

Tuesday, July 21: 5–10 year olds
Wednesday, July 22: 11–13 year olds
Friday, July 24: 14–18 year olds
Saturday, July 25: families

Experiments with Color inspired by Emma Amos
Week of July 28–August 1, 11 am

Tuesday, July 28: 5–10 year olds
Wednesday, July 29: 11–13 year olds
Friday, July 31: 14–18 year olds
Saturday, August 1: families

Window Installations inspired by Raúl de Nieves
Week of August 4–8, 11 am

Tuesday, August 4: 5–10 year olds
Wednesday, August 5: 11–13 year olds
Friday, August 7: 14–18 year olds
Saturday, August 8: families

Reimagined Books inspired by Marlon Mullen
Week of August 11–15, 11 am

Tuesday, August 11: 5–10 year olds
Wednesday, August 12: 11–13 year olds
Friday, August 14: 14–18 year olds
Saturday, August 15: families

Register here for one week or all six weeks!

Keep learning and creating by exploring our activity guides for families, kids audio guides or through our new Whitney Kids Art Challenge! This series of artmaking prompts is designed for kids and grown-ups to do together. Each prompt is based upon a work of art in the Whitney’s permanent collection by artists like Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jay DeFeo, Charles Henry Alston and Isamu Noguchi. Check back for updates on a regular basis.

We love to see what you are making. Use the hashtag #WhitneyFromHome to share your work with us!

Stay safe and well.

Yours from afar,
Whitney School, Youth and Family Programs


Major support for School and Educator Programs is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, and The Paul & Karen Levy Family Foundation.

Generous support is provided by The Fund for Individual Potential.

Additional support is provided by Con Edison, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Whitney’s Education Committee.

Free Guided Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools are endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

Major support for Youth Insights is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and GRoW @ Annenberg.

Additional support is provided by the Keith Haring Foundation; The Tianaderrah Foundation; the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the Youth Insights Fund, supported by an anonymous donor, Lise and Michael Evans, Ellen and Andrew Celli, David Sigal, and the Yurman Family Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the Whitney’s Education Committee. 

Major support for Education Programs is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, Krystyna Doerfler, The Paul & Karen Levy Family Foundation, Steven Tisch, and Laurie M. Tisch.

Generous support is provided by Lise and Michael Evans, Ronnie and Michael Kassan, Barry and Mimi Sternlicht, Burton P. and Judith B. Resnick, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Significant support is provided by the Manitou Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Barker Welfare Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Whitney’s Education Committee.

Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools are endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014


July 1: Bollywood & July 8: Swing Dance

Don’t miss our final free Wednesday classes of the season! Pooja is back with her famous combo of BollyJazz, and Shannon Varner streams in from Columbus, Ohio to teach Lindy Hop/Swing!

FINAL Moving Together Classes for now:Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm EDT

with Pooja Uberoi

Bollywood Dance is a mix of dance styles performed in Bollywood films, including traditional Indian styles of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, folk styles, and modern Jazz, Hip-Hop or Belly Dance. Jazz gives a dancer form and style while Bollywood allows you to experience and open up the body in a fun way. Equal parts dance and fitness!

with Shannon Varner
Lindy Hop is the mother of all Swing Dances and was born in America with African American dancers in Harlem, NYC, along with the music of this period. This is a class with authentic solo dance steps from the Vintage Swing & Jazz Age of the 1920s-1940s, moves from the Charleston to Tabby the Cat.


Pooja Uberoi is the founder and owner of the Artistic Dance Company IKIGAI USA which operates in the U.S. and India. Pooja is a trained Jazz and Bollywood dancer and teacher. Pooja is also a trained 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher from Bangalore, India and currently teaches at the Indian Embassy in New York. Pooja Uberoi is also the Producer for NYC Dance Week and founder of Funkar – a NYC10 initiative. She has more than 13 years of experience as a dancer and teacher in Jazz schools in India, the Bollywood Film industry in Mumbai, India and New York City. She was a Board member and Head of a National Dance school in India before moving to New York City. Pooja has choreographed for many movies, musical theatre shows and the famous Sesame Street in India.

Shannon Varner discovered Lindy Hop while living in New York City and has been fortunate to live in Lindy Hop-centric cities ever since. Whether Washington DC, Chicago, or Columbus, OH, they all provided rich opportunities to participate in their wonderful and varied dance scenes, as an instructor, choreographer and a performer. Shannon has won numerous awards, placing in such competitions as the Beantown Dance Camp, Nevermore Jazz Ball in St. Louis, SwingIN, Southern Swing Challenge in Nashville, American Lindy Hop Championships, Virginia State Open, and the Jack & Jill contest at Midsummer Night Swing in NYC. Her media credits include “PBS’ Swingin with the Duke” with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; The Today Show; Dance Chicago and NBC4 Columbus. She rounds out her dance experience with a background in arts administration.

Summer Camps Are Here!

Summer Camp Resources

Summer camps are here!
COVID-19 has caused parents everywhere to rearrange their summer plans. Instead of traditional summer camps, families and camps are choosing virtual options to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Although some organizations are sticking to tradition by hosting in person camps, there are still adjustments being made to keep everyone safe and healthy. From educational to recreational, Ralspin has provided a list of virtual camps to get you started. 

Camp Supernow
Students from ages 5 to 11 can join a virtual “cabin” at Camp Supernow. Campers will be paired with a counselor and other campers from across the country for an hour of crafts and activities on Zoom. Each session is two weeks and costs $199 per camper. See if your kids will like the camp before you commit with a free trial day.

The BIZNOVATOR Virtual Camp is a fast-paced interactive online camp experience that allows students to apply what they’ve learned, including writing their own start-up business plan. Some of the topics covered are mindfulness, technology and entrepreneurship.

Camp Wonderopolis
This STEAM focused camp provides fun and education for kids of all ages. Camp Wonderopolis offers free STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math—programs. The camp helps kids with vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way.iD Tech
The iD Tech Virtual Tech Camps teach kids from 7 to 19 everything from coding to machine learning. They are offering several sessions this summer to help build new skills, connect with other students online and explore their creativity as it relates to all things tech.

New York University is offering an array of immersive online courses and workshops to afford high school students opportunities to engage with leading scholars and professionals, and collaborate with classmates from all over the world. Parents and students may select from more than 30 programs. 

Click on the links below to find programs in the arts, entrepreneurship and STEM.

NYU  High School AcademyCoding for Game Design High School Summer ProgramNYU Bronfman Center RewiredRemote Contemporary Vocal Workshop

Want a free Ralspin demo for you, your school or parent group?
Schedule Your Demo Today!

by: Susie AnOn a hot, sunny morning last week, a few YMCA camp counselors in northwest suburban Palatine stood far out in a grassy field and led a call and response singalong.

Flushing Town Hall at Home

Cross Current Contemporary Dance Virtual Festival
Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and presented by Flushing Town Hall, the virtual festival on Facebook Live aims to foster creative contemporary dance choreography in the Asian American Community by showcasing new works by Asian American choreographer and in-depth discussion with the artists and Nai-Ni Chen. 

Webinar: Coping with Loss in Challenging Times


Coping with Loss in Challenging Times a webinar for parents and caregivers will be held on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 12:30 PM. To register for this webinar, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

This one-hour webinar will provide information about how loss and the grieving process is complicated by this unique point in history, differences between adult and child reactions to loss, as well as strategies and resources to support adults and children in coping.