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REOPENING SCHOOLS-Chancellors Update 7/27/2020

Posted July 28, 2020 By Donna Moscatello

July 27, 2020
Dear Families,
I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before
we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you
know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations
for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know.

Your Learning Options

First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As
previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school
buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week.
Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. 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.

However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly.

You can fill out a web form at or call 311.

To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what
you can expect from each mode of learning, which you can find at the end of this letter. Families who choose
all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school
year, beginning in November.

No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled
in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed
by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers
from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect
your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school
year begins.

As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health
conditions continue to evolve.

How to Learn More 

Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will
find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and
flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our
teachers, principals, and school-based staff.
Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to
discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide
information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City.

Please join us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27. You can visit to register and submit a question.  

In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review
planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings
with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more.

While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students,
teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver
what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New
Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no
matter what.

Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true
now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and
Richard A. Carranza

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New Student Registration

Posted July 27, 2020 By Donna Moscatello

Are you interested in registering to attend PSIS 30 this September?   Please email  your request to register for PSIS30 to Brooklyn FWC inbox at  They will let you know the steps you need to take and the documentation you will need to complete the application process.

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Preparing for Sept.

Posted July 9, 2020 By Hal Miller

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 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark, where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening.

Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion.

Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and 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.

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.

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 at, and at the end of this letter are the most important takeaways for you at this moment. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.

I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible.

Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Attachment(s): Sept. Update for Families-Reopening_July 8 2020.pdf

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Additional Messages for Families (IEP and MLL)

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller


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2020 Graduation | Pandemic Edition video

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller

2020 Graduation | Pandemic Edition

The year is 2020, you are set to #graduate but a #pandemic has taken over the world. Maybe you’re feeling sad that you won’t get the chance to dress up and t…


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“Signs of Support” event on Zoom

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller
Happy Last Day of School!
After K-2 students watched the Sesame Street Town Hall on standing up to racism, a few students asked how they can help and show their support. They inspired us to host a virtual ‘Signs of Support’ event on Zoom.
68 of our PS/IS 30 family members (students, families & teachers) attended the event!
Here’s a video of some of their signs:

Signs of Support

After watching the CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall, Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, some of our K-2 students wanted to show their support. They inspire…

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Other goodbyes 2020 … to the graduates of PS/IS30

Posted July 1, 2020 By Hal Miller

Other goodbyes 2020…to the graduates of ps/is30

A special dedication and message from PS/IS 30 graduates


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