Archive: Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Archived Resources

Updated July 8, 2020, 2:30 PM

NYC Department of Education:

While New York school districts await official guidance from the NYS Education Department on reopening, Mayor de Blasio announced earlier today that public schools in New York City will partially reopen in the fall. Families will have a choice on how they would like their child to learn this coming school year. Instruction will either be blended or fully remote. Blended learning is a mix of in person and remote learning. Most students will attend school for 2-3 days a week in the fall.

School schedules will be staggered. Determinations will be made on the size of the student population in schools and physical space. Principals will work on what that looks like during the next few weeks and will let parents know in August what days students will physically attend school.

Students with disabilities:

  • In-person services will be offered to students with IEPs who opt to receive them to the greatest extent possible.
  • No information on school busing has been released as of now.
  • Alternative staggering schedules may be available for District 75 programs due to smaller classes.

School based health and safety precautions will be put in place, such as:

  • Social distancing
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Deep nightly cleaning of school buildings
  • Updates to ventilation systems in school buildings


July 7: All principals provided with scheduling options.

July 7: School budgets released to principals.

July 15: Parent portal opens for families to sign-up for fully remote instruction.

July 16: First virtual Family Information Session.

August 7: Deadline for families to opt for fully-remote instruction and staff to submit medical accommodation.

Note: Families will be allowed to opt back into in-person instruction on a quarterly basis. Families can opt for fully-remote learning at any time.

View press release for more information and examples of schedules.

View presentation with programming models. 

Continue to check NYCDOE's Return to School website for updates. 


Updated July 7, 2020, 5:30 PM

NYC Department of Education:

There is an opportunity for some 21-year-old students who are aging out to receive services and instruction during the summer and fall to earn their diploma or work on their transition plan next year. 

Eligible students include:

  • Students with 33 credits who were working toward a High School diploma.

  • Students with IEPs who are alternatively assessed and will be receiving a Skills and Achievement Commencement (SAC) Credential, but missed instruction and services during remote learning and/or showed signs of regression and have not met IEP goals. 

  • Students with IEPs who have completed school, but need to be connected to adult and postsecondary services or education such as OPWDD, ACCES-VR, and adult programs.

If you are interested and this criteria may apply to you, contact your school. For further questions, email

Read the full details here.


Updated June 3, 2020, 11 AM


  • ACCES-VR is now accepting applications online at this time. Staff is working remotely, so applicants should not visit District Offices or mail applications. All applications for services and supporting documents must be scanned and sent via e-mail to
  • Application should include a functional email that is checked on a regular basis and a phone number(s) where applicant can be reached. When you receive a follow up call, the number will appear as (518) 313-1663. Please include the school name on the bottom of the first page of the applications.


Updated May 22, 2020, 7 AM

NYC Department of Education:

There have been updates to 2020 Summer School dates. 

  • For elementary and middle school students: 

    • The program will start one week earlier. It will run from July 6 to August 11. 

  • For high school students: 

    • The program will start one week earlier. It will run from July 6 to August 14.

  • For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services:

    • There will be no change to the calendar. Students will continue to be expected to participate from Thursday, July 2 to Thursday, August 13.


Updated May 19, 2020, 2 PM

NYC Department of Education:

  • Summer School 2020 will happen remotely and not in person. 

    • Students with 12-month IEPs (Wednesday, July 1-Thursday, August 14)

    • Grades 3-8 (Monday, July 13-Friday, August 21)

      • Students who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school. 

      • Some students who are promoted in June may also be recommended by their teacher for additional academic support over the summer.

      • Schools will notify parents in June if their child is required or recommended to attend.

    • Grades 9-12 (Monday, July 13-Friday, August 21) 

      • Students who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in the prior term, will participate in remote instruction for the course(s) in which they need to earn credit.

      • Schools will notify parents in June if their child is required or recommended to attend.


Updated May 9, 2020, 1:15 PM

INCLUDEnyc Executive Director Barbara A. Glassman was appointed to the Mayor’s Sector Advisory Council for Education. Learn more.


Updated May 1, 2020, 12:30 PM

Governor Cuomo confirmed today that K-12 schools and college facilities will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide distance learning. Breaking from: New York Times, CNBC.


Updated April 30, 2020, 6 PM

New York State Education Department:

Updated April 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM

NYC Department of Education:

  • New guidance on grading policies for remote learning: 
    • 3K & Pre-K: No change, as students in 3K and Pre-K do not receive report cards or grades.
    • Elementary School: K-5 will receive either "meets standards" or "needs improvement."
    • Middle School: Grades 6-8 will have the same two options plus "course in progress," which means they'll have to attend summer school.
    • High School: Existing grades scale plus "course in progress."
  • Students with disabilities in a religious or independent non-public school who need a device to learn remotely can now apply for one.

New York State Education Department:

  • Additional guidance was released yesterday on evaluations, reevaluations, annual reviews, and the provision of special education services during school closures.

U.S. Department of Education:

  • Their letter to Congress stated that they will not seek to grant states waivers on the basic principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The law is still in place and schools must continue to provide special education services. However, students and families should anticipate the need for flexibility on how and when services will be delivered.

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Updated April 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM

NYC public schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year. Teachers and students will complete the year through remote learning.

The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) is expected to send out guidance to school staff and families this weekend. We will share that information here once it is available. They will also continue to provide childcare for first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and other essential workers at the Regional Enrichment Centers. Free meals will also still be provided to any New Yorker who wants one at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.

The DOE expects every student who has requested an internet-enabled device to have one by the end of April. Please fill out this request form if your child still needs a device and you have not yet done so.

NYC public schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year.

New York City Closes Schools for Academic Year: Live Updates
New York Times, 4/11/20

New York City schools, with 1.1 million students will stay closed for rest of year
NBC News, 4/11/20 Updated 10:30 AM


Updated April 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM

New York State Education Department:

  • June 2020 Regent Exams have been canceled
    • Guidelines for students scheduled to graduate and course requirements
    • The NYS Regents released updated guidance on the cancellation of the June 2020 High School Regents exams due to COVID-19 school closures. This memo provides details on the various exemptions for Regents exams so that students who are due to graduate this year can do so in spite of missing Regents exams. There are also details about CDOS and other credentials and endorsements. As of now, the August Regents exams have not been canceled.

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development:

Updated April 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM


New York State:

  • Governor Cuomo extends PAUSE and orders schools and nonessential businesses to remain closed at least through April 29th.

New York City Department of Education:

  • Spring recess has been canceled. Remote instruction and learning will continue and take place on all seven days originally scheduled for school break from April 9-17.
  • Schools will no longer use Zoom for video conferences and may use Microsoft Teams instead.
  • Middle school offers are now available online. They also will be mailed to the child's home address.
  • Any New Yorker can get three free meals a day Monday-Friday at more than 400 school locations throughout the city.
    • No one will be turned away.
    • Kids pick up 7:30 AM-11:30 AM. Adults pick up 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.
    • No registration or ID is required.


Updated April 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM

New York City Department of Education:

  • Related services will be provided remotely when the student can benefit from tele-therapy. Providers and teachers will contact families to develop a Special Education Remote Learning Plan. They will also provide resources and strategies to use at home that are directly connected to the child’s IEP goals.
  • NYC public schools will close for spring break for two days on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10. Remote instruction will resume on Monday, April 13. Schools were originally scheduled to close for seven school days from April 9-17.

New York City Department of Health, Early Intervention (EI):

  • Families should call 311 for a referral to services. Evaluations will take place through a live video connection over the Internet (cell phone, tablet, or computer).
  • EI services will be delivered remotely when possible. Families should contact their child’s Service Coordinator if they have not already heard from them or call 311.
  • Evaluations and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings will occur by phone.

New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities:

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Updated March 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM

New York City Department of Education:

  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services for preschool students with disabilities will be provided remotely. Further guidance is expected from the New York State Department of Education soon.
  • Regional Enrichment Centers providing child care and supervision for frontline workers will be expanded to also serve grocery and pharmacy employees. These centers are currently serving the children of healthcare workers, first responders, transit workers, and other essential staff.

New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA):

  • Online application available for ACCESS HRA to request public benefits, including SNAP (food stamps) and Cash Assistance benefits. Many HRA center locations are consolidating.
  • Child Support Services:
    • The New York City Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) Borough Offices and Customer Service Walk-In Center is closed. New York City Family Courts are also closed. For child support assistance, email or call the New York State Child Support Helpline at 888-208-4485. Provide your child support account number with all inquiries.

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD):

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs:

  • Reporting Hotline is still in place. Report allegations of abuse and neglect by calling 1-855-373-2122 or submitting this web form.

New York State Office of Mental Health:

  • NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is available. For consultation and/or referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

Social Security Administration:


Updated March 24, 2020 at 4:30 PM

New York City Department of Education:

New York City Department of Youth & Community Development:

  • As of now, the deadline for students to submit their application for Summer Youth Employment (SYEP) has not changed and is still due on April 10th.

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities:

U.S. Department of Education:

Updated March 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM


New York City Department of Education:


New York State Education Department:

  • Suspension of the following elementary and intermediate-level state assessments

    • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
    • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
    • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
    • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
    • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
    • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school

Updated March 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM

New York State Department of Health:

  • Evaluations for Early Intervention services will be provided through teletherapy: live video connection over the internet via computer, tablets, cell phone.

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD):

  • Day Habilitation, Day Treatment, and Prevocational Services across the state have temporarily been suspended.
  • Care Coordination Organizations (CCO) are providing care management remotely.
  • Direct Support Professional (DSP) services are still being provided, and expected to follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines regarding hand hygiene and not working when sick.
  • Front Door and Self-Direction information sessions will occur remotely via WebEx. Contact your borough-based Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDROs) to register for front door sessions and Robert Johnsen for self-direction information sessions at

New York State Education Department:

New York City Department of Education (DOE):

  • The DOE is lending Internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. Parents can request a device by filling out this form. We are still waiting to learn how the DOE will get Assistive Technology related devices to students who use them at school.
  • Grab & Go breakfast/lunch is available for any students at the entrance of every DOE school building from 7:30am-1:30pm.
  • Pre- K application deadline for the 2020-21 year has been extended to Sunday, March 29, 2020.

*Mediation for Early Intervention, Special Education, and co-parenting will be provided remotely via a video or telephone call. Manhattan & Brooklyn families should contact Carol Himes at, and Susan Petza at for Queens.

Updated March 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM

As always, if you need direct assistance, please call our Help Line or fill out a Help Request form and we’ll get back to you.

Here’s the latest information that we know from the New York City Department of Education.

Special Education:

  • Many related services will be delivered by telepractice starting Monday, March 23, 2020. This includes speech and occupational therapy, and counseling. These services will be provided by existing providers so students will have as much continuity as possible.
  • IEP meetings will occur by phone. Families can still make referrals by writing to school or calling 311. 

Remote Learning:

  • Still on schedule to begin Monday, March 23, 2020. Initial lessons will probably focus on how students will participate online.
  • Each school will decide upon a learning platform and have its own instructional schedule and must include all courses that students receive as part of regular instruction. Classes may be for shorter periods.
  • Schools/teachers should be in contact with families within the next few days to share school and student-based information, and to ask questions on student access to the internet, technology, and best ways to communicate, such as email or postal mail.

Regional Enrichment Centers:

  • 100 buildings across the city will be open Monday, March 23, 2020 to the children of critical city workers, including healthcare and transit workers along with other first-responders.
  • Centers will be open Monday-Friday 7:30am-6:30pm and assigned to families based on location.

Food at Schools:

  • Grab-and-go meals are available at all city schools this week for any student who needs them.
  • As of March 23, grab-and-go meals will be offered at 100-150 centrally-located sites for any child under 18. Those sites will be announced by March 20.

COVID-19 Resources:

Updated March 16, 2020 at 5:30 PM

New York City Government:

New York City Department of Education:

New York State Education Department:

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD):

New York State Higher Education:

U.S. Department of Education:

Early Childhood (Birth-5):

  • We will provide information and resources as soon as possible.

Parenting Supports:

Updated March 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Today, Sunday, March 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza announced the following. Please note that these details can change at any time:

  • NYC public schools are closed starting from Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 20. At maximum, schools may be closed for the rest of the school year.
  • Teachers will be trained on Remote Learning during the next few days. 
  • Remote Learning/Learn at Home will begin on Monday, March 23. 
  • Over the next 5 days, schools will be open only for children to get grab and go meals and leave. They will not be allowed to stay in the school building.
  • The City will do its best to provide technology and connectivity for students in need.
  • Regional Enrichment Centers will be opened throughout the City to provide child care for first responders, health care and transit workers, and most at-risk student populations.

More from the NYC Department of Education.

INCLUDEnyc's Response to COVID-19

Updated March 16, 2020 at 12:30 PM

We are following the guidance of the NYC Department of Health and the NYC Department of Education. Register for upcoming online parent support groups and live streams through our calendar

We strongly encourage you to call our Help Line 212-677-4660 (English) or (212) 677-4668 (Español) which remains open. We are here for you! You can fill out a Help Line Request form at any time and we’ll get back to you.

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