Coronavirus Updates

This Week from INCLUDEnyc

Week of June 1, 2020


Tuesday, June 2

Parent support group, 6 PM



Wednesday, June 3

Receive one-on-one support from an INCLUDEnyc educator, 10 AM

with the Brooklyn Public Library



Parent support group, 6 PM 



Thursday, June 4

Your special education rights under school closure, 5 PM

with The Law Office of Steven Alizio, PLLC




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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.

NEW INCLUDEnyc resources:

Updated April 11, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Mayor de Blasio announced today that 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. 


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.