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Family Empowerment Month is an opportunity to recognize the importance of school, home and community partnerships, now even more crucial in these times. Family Empowerment Month is collection of activities and events celebrating and supporting families.  We invite you, our colleagues and partners in this work, to join us this month and year in celebrating and supporting our families.  



The Window to Opt Into Blended Learning is Open until November 15

DOE public schools offer blended/in-person learning  (a mix of in-person days at school and remote-learning days at home) and fully remote learning. Learn more about blended/in-person learning and the 2020-2021 school year on our Return to School 2020 web pages. If guardians have any difficulty completing this form online, they can call 311 for help.

Changing Preferences

  • At any time, parents can use this form to choose fully remote learning for your child.

  • Between November 2 and November 15, 2020, parents can use this form to switch to blended learning (a mix of in-person days at school and remote-learning days at home) for the remainder of this school year.

  • Students who switch to blended learning will begin their new schedule sometime the week of November 30 or the week of December 7, 2020.

  • Please note that students in blended learning must submit a consent form to participate in random testing for COVID-19, which can be submitted through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) or by downloading the form here.


Save the Date

Chancellor Town Hall with CEC 8 (11/9)

Chancellor Town Hall with CEC 32 (11/19)


Horario de Oficina con el Canciller y El Doctor (11/10), llamen al 1-800-280-9461

Forum for Foster Families (11/10) (11/18)


Family and Student Information Sessions (11/12) (11/19) 

Multi-Lingual Mondays:  CTE Pathways for Middle School Students (11/16)


Family Fun (Parent Workshops and Virtual Family Field Trips)

Parents as Learning Heroes: Tips and Resources for a Different Kind of School Year  (11/10) (11/16)

Workshop Post Secondary Pathway Fair with Children's Aid (11/11) All Grades

New York Transit Museum Virtual Field Trip (11/11) Ages 5-11

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Virtual Field Trip (11/8)    All Grades

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Virtual Field Trip (11/11) High school (9-12)

Workshop Common Sense Education, Digital Learning and Well-being  All Ages (11/16 7:00pm)


NYC Horario de Oficina con el Canciller y El Doctor

Spanish-speaking families across the DOE are invited to attend #NYCOfficeHours en Español, the Chancellor’s Spanish-language virtual town hall on health and safety in school buildings, which will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on November 10. The town hall meeting, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature Dr. Aaron Miller, executive director of the Family Health Program for New York City Health and Hospitals. They will be providing information and responding to questions from families about COVID-19 testing in schools, ventilation, PPE and cleaning protocols, among other topics. To access #NYCOfficeHours en Español, families should dial 1-800-280-9461.


Family and Student Information Session

·         Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

·         Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us this Thursday, November 12th from 6:30pm-8pm at our next Family and Student Information Session.  We want to hear from you! We know that many families are considering whether to “opt-in” to blended learning and want to provide an opportunity for families to ask question and learn the most up-to-date information about blended learning.  This event is also an opportunity for you to share your experiences of back to school for you and your family.

Registration is open for both events and families can submit questions by completing the online registration form here: and ASL interpretation will be provided.

Anyone can access the livestream at the time of the event by accessing this link:  


For multi-lingual and English Language Learners

Middle school MLLs/ELLs and their families are encouraged to attend an information session that highlights Career & Technical Education programs in NYC schools and the benefits of career related school pathways. The session will take place on November 16th from 5pm - 6pm with translations available in Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin.