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Month: February 2020

Annual Teen Arts Week

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Annual Teen Arts Week
Leading cultural organizations in all five boroughs will present free classes, workshops and performances for teens from March 2nd to March 8th, 2020.Events enable teens to gain hands-on experience in different areas of the arts, engage with professionals in the creative industries, and explore pathways to future leadership within the context of the arts.
Events are open to all NYC teens 14+ with a valid school ID. Educators are encouraged to bring student groups, both during and after regular school hours. Please feel free to share this with anyone who would be interested.
Linked to here is a 20 Second video along with toolkit on the TAW site for more information.
For any questions please contact Ivy Rosado

Protection for Immigrant Families

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Dear families,

The federal government recently announced a rule change related to when certain immigrants might be considered a “public charge” under immigration law. Under this rule change, some immigrants may be prevented from obtaining legal permanent residence status (i.e., green card/permanent resident card) or a visa, if they receive certain public benefits or the federal government believes they are likely to depend on public benefits in the future.
The DOE is committed to keeping all students and families safe in our schools. Accessing school-based services—including educational services and supports, free breakfast or lunch, or school-based health clinics—does not put those seeking a green card/permanent legal resident card or a visa at risk of being considered a public charge. Receipt of Medicaid benefits by students under age 21 is also excluded from public charge consideration.
Please read this flyer (中文翻譯) from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) with more information about the broader impact of public charge to you and your family members. For additional guidance and information, see the Supporting Immigrant Families page and the Immigration Letters InfoHub page.
We remain steadfast in our support of immigrant families across our City, and we thank you for your service in providing safe spaces for all of our children.
In unity,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor of the Department of Education

Updating Emergency Contact in NYC Schools Account

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Beginning February 4, parents/guardians will be able to update their cell phone numbers in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), under the Emergency Contact tab. DOE offices will use the contact information provided by families in NYCSA to communicate with families directly in the case of an emergencies.
In order to support families with this new feature, you should work with your parent coordinator to:
For additional information on NYCSA Guardian Emergency Contact, refer to the NYCSA Wiki. If you have questions, suggestions, or need support with providing access to NYCSA to a parent, email or call the Help Desk at 212-374-6646. Please note that you should not direct parents/guardians to the Help Desk number or inbox, as the Help Desk only supports DOE staff. For parent/guardian resources, including an overview of NYCSA, see the public NYC Schools Account website or call 311.