PARENT UPDATES – Week of October 13th

DOE Meals for NYC Families – Students and Adults

NYCDOE is providing meals Remote Learning Students may pick up a free breakfast and lunch at select locations. The parents/guardians of those students may also pick up the take-out meals. Take-out meals for students and other NYC children will be available on school days from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. No registration, ID, or documentation required.

·         Find a Take-Out Meal Location Near You (

·         See what’s on the menu for free breakfast and lunch this month.

·         Dates, locations, and menus are subject to change.

Any New Yorker can pick up free meals from 200+ @NYCschools locations across the city.  Please visit the community meals page for more information on meals for all New Yorkers.

Message from the Office of Senator Leroy Comrie

I trust this message will find you well. I am writing on behalf of the Office of Senator Leroy Comrie to personally extend an invitation to you to a Virtual Meet & Greet with Senator Leroy Comrie.
Senator Comrie is fully aware that this is a challenging time for you and your families, faced with so many challenges and transitions especially within schools and certainly in communities, as we endure this unfortunate heath pandemic. It must also be a busy time with PA/PTA’s elections ahead.
In fact, with all things being considered, Senator Comrie has set aside time to especially hear from you and to lend his support. You are invited to attend a Virtual Meet & Greet with Senator Comrie on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Please find attached an event flyer and use the active link listed on the flyer to register to attend.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or require additional information. I can be reached by telephone (202) 630-6743 (remote) or by Please share the flyer with the parents in your schools and community. I look forward to seeing you.

Be well. Be safe.
Kind regards

Lynette Shelborne-Barfield
Director of Special Projects
Office of NYS Senator Leroy Comrie
113-43 Farmers Blvd
St. Albans, NY 11412
DO: 718-765-6359
Fax: 718-454-0186

Click HERE to access flyer

Remember to fill out your 2020 Census by phone English: 844-330-2020 or
online — even if you don’t have a PIN. Visit and get counted today!

Monthly Random COVID-19 Testing Program

This testing program will begin this month. Students and staff will be randomly tested (with consent only). This testing initiative is organized by NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test & Trace Corps. In addition to the random monthly testing, NYC DOE is also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe.  The whole test will take about two minutes.  For more information please see below:

·         See the Frequently Asked Questions about the testing program

·         If you have a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify your child’s school as well.

o   Don’t have a New York City Schools Account? Get one today!

·         Read the letter from Chancellor Carranza about the testing (translations also available).

·         Paper consent forms are available here.

·         Video:  NYC Schools will keep our kids safe  

·         Video:  5 Things to Know About COVID Testing in Schools

·         Video:  Sign your consent form for COVID testing in schools

·         Video:  What do you do if your child is sick?

·         Video:  Can Children Get and Transmit COVID-19?

Events for Parents/Caregivers

Immigrant Family Forums, October 28th & 29th

Join the New York City Department of Education, ImmSchools and Access NYC to discuss resources available to best support immigrant students and families, regardless of immigration status.  We welcome ALL to this forum including educators, families, students, and caregivers with different types of immigration statuses including TPS holders, people who are undocumented, DACA recipients, asylum seekers, and others.

·         Attendees will remain anonymous; no information will be collected.

·         Topics will include: Protections in DOE schools regardless of immigration status, College Access & adult education, Emotional supports, Legal resources, Q&A

October 28th @ 6-7:30pm Flyer

Register Here

Zoom Link Here

Webinar ID: 875 5951 8267

Passcode: 434503

Zoom Call in #: 646 558 8656

October 29th @ 6-7:30pm Flyer

Register Here

Zoom Link Here

Webinar ID: 824 7813 5461

Passcode: 466820

Mandarin Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 823 420 645#

Haitian Creole Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 262 168 294#

October PA/PTA/SLT Elections

The election of parent members to the school’s SLT is done at the same election meeting as the PA/PTA election but follows the election of PA/PTA officers. This ensures that SLTs will be hold their meetings in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-655.

Watch Party Wednesday with TOM LIAM LYNCH, ED.D. Director, Education Policy Inside Schools  – October 14th, 2020

SAVE THE DATE (Outlook Calendar)
InsideSchools+ is a new online community designed by the team at InsideSchools specifically for NYC families. InsideSchools+ is free to join, mobile-friendly, and tailored to NYC families’ collective school-related needs. Families can find discussion groups organized by shared educational interests, timely online classes, and most importantly each other. Click here to check it out.  Join the Watch to learn how your parents can take advantage of the free resources from Inside Schools