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August 3: Tips for getting your child to wear a mask, 5 PM

August 4: Responding to your children’s feelings at home, 3 PM

August 4: Online parent support group, 6 PM

August 5: Talk one-on-one with an educator, 10 AM
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August 5: Grupo de apoyo para padres virtual, 6 PM

August 5: Explorando los primeros años de vida (1ra), 4 PM

August 6: Explorando los primeros años de vida (2da), 4 PM

August 3: Tips for getting your child to wear a mask, 5 PM


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Updated July 21, 2020, 6 PM

NYC Department of Education:

  • NYC DOE’s Division of Early Childhood is launching a team to support families citywide as they transition from Early Intervention (EI) to preschool. For support through this transition, families can send an email to or call 646-389-7171. This team also can provide more information about preschool special education services and inclusive preschool options.

Updated July 13, 2020, 6 PM

New York State announced guidelines on reopening schools:

  • The state will decide between August 1 and 7 whether schools can reopen for the fall based on regional infection rates. Approach will mirror economic reopening and different phases.
  • Schools can open if their region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate remains 5% or lower using a 14-day average since unPause was lifted.
  • Schools will close if there is a spike in infection rates between the first week of August and the first day of school or after. And if the regional infection rate is greater than 9%, using a 7-day average after August 1st.
  • New York State Education Department Reopening Guidance


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.


To view past updates and resources, click here.


INCLUDEnyc provides information, individual assistance, and training to youth, families, and professionals. It does not provide legal advice or representation.