Middle Schools are scheduled to resume in-person learning for blended learners on Thursday, February 25.
It is critical that all blended students have a completed COVID-19 Testing Consent Form on school file. Families who have not completed a COVID-19 Testing Consent Form are urged to do so immediately using one of the following methods:
1)Complete a COVID-19 Testing Consent Form and email to SLopez35@schools.nyc.gov
2)Complete using your NYC Schools Account (instructions can be found in the letter below)
MESSAGE FROM CHANCELLOR CARRANZA:
Dear Middle School Families,
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will
be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on Thursday, February 25.
Since the beginning of the school year, I have heard from many of you who are eager to have your child return
to a physical classroom. We are pleased that we can now re-open our buildings to students in grades 6, 7, and 8
in a manner that prioritizes health and safety, while offering the educational experience of learning with our
dedicated educators in person.
We have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe, and to maximize in-person learning time for students learning in our buildings. Here is what you need to know about how your
school will return to in-person learning:
Weekly COVID-19 Testing and Mandatory Consent
* All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
* All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first
scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.
* Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior
to their child’s first day of in-person learning.
If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s):
* Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears,
click “Consent Forms.”
* Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.
If you do not already have a NYCSA account:
* You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a
full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above.
* If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right
away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s
information to provide consent.
* Students who do not submit consent will be immediately transitioned to fully remote learning.
Learning Preference & In-Person Schedule
Those of you who chose blended learning as your child’s learning preference, either prior to the beginning of
the school year or during the November opt-in period, will soon be contacted by your child’s school with their
If you previously selected blended learning but wish to stay fully remote, you may do so by changing your
preference as soon as possible at Learning Preference Survey.
Please note that students in blended learning are required to attend in-person on a consistent basis. Your school
will reach out if your child is not attending in-person regularly, and will transition your child to fully remote
learning if irregular in-person attendance continues. This will allow schools to maximize in-person instructional
days for students who are attending in-person.
If You Travel
Please remember that students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the
State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 10 days, or test out of the 10-day quarantine based on the State’s
guidance, which can be found at Travel Advisory.
* DOE students continue to have access to priority testing at H+H sites across the city; a list of sites can
be found here: Covid-19 Testing Sites.
No matter where your child is learning, we are committed to ensuring they receive a strong, supportive
education. We know how important school is for your student, whether blended or remote—and our dedication
to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.
Richard A. Carranza