DOE Family Updates

Family Device Collection Letter

May 15, 2024


Dear Students and Parents/Guardians, 


As we approach the end of the academic year, this is an important reminder that unless otherwise directed, students must return any NYCPS issued educational technology devices (iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, etc.) to 27Q064.


We will collect devices and all supporting accessories including keyboards, cases, power cords, etc. that were distributed when you received the device as follows:

  • 3K- Kindergarten: Tuesday, June 18
  • Grades 1 & 2: Thursday, June 20
  • Grades 3-5: Friday, June 21


Please ensure the device and all accessories provided to you are sent in with your child on the date listed above. A member of our staff will collect the device and document that it has been received.


Collecting these devices will allow us to assess device condition, address any necessary repairs and maintenance, update device software and operating systems, and prepare for distribution at the start of the new school year.


As per NYCPS policy, when a student transfers schools, including transferring from elementary to middle/intermediate school, transferring from middle/intermediate to high school, or if a student is discharged from the New York City Public Schools at any grade level, the device must be returned to the school the student is currently attending.


We want to assure you that if a student lacks a personal device at home and needs a school-issued device to complete their schoolwork, one will be assigned from the new school they attend. 


For more information on devices, click here:  NYCPS Loaned Devices (




Elizabeth Mitchell


Summer Rising 2024

Week of February 26, 2024

This Family Update provides important information about summer 2024 learning and enrichment
opportunities, including the new application process for Summer Rising.
• Overview
• New MySchools Summer Rising Application
• Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans
• Connect With NYC Schools
Summer Rising Is Back for Students in Grades K–8

New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) is looking forward to partnering with the Department of
Youth and Community Development (DYCD) once again for Summer Rising 2024. Summer Rising
connects elementary and middle school students to fun, culturally relevant, and hands-on
experiences that strengthen their academic, social, and emotional skills. Summer Rising is free, and
open to any NYC student currently in kindergarten through grade 8.

Grades K–5:
• The program will run from July 2, 2024 to August 16, 2024, and will run Monday through
Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grades 6–8:
• The program will run from July 2, 2024 to August 8, 2024, and will run Monday through
Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Students will be provided with free breakfast and lunch. Programming will include academics led by
NYCPS staff and enrichment activities held by DYCD Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

New MySchools Summer Rising Application

The application will open in early March, and close in late March. This year, for the first time,
families can apply for Summer Rising online using MySchools, our online directory and application

To apply, log in or create a MySchools account at using your email address, your
child’s 9-digit student ID number and a MySchools account creation code, which you can get by
contacting your child's school. If you have applied using MySchools before, your child will already
be added to your account. For general support call 311.
Families can list as many programs as they would like on their application; we recommend families
list as many programs as possible to increase the likelihood of being placed in a program of their

This process is not first-come, first-served; all applications will be considered at the same time after
the window ends. If families wish, they can make changes to their application at any point within the
application window.

Offers will be released in mid-April. Log back in to MySchools to view your results.
If you have any questions or need support with the application, please contact your school or email

Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans
Students attending 12-month/Extended School Year (ESY) special class or autism programs -
Nest or Horizon Programs will receive the program and services recommended on their IEP at an
Extended School year (ESY), District 75, or autism programs - Nest or Horizon Summer Program site.
Families who wish to participate in IEP program and extended-day CBO-led enrichment through
Summer Rising should use the application portal. Summer Rising for grades K–5 runs Monday–
Friday until 6:00 p.m., and for grades 6–8 runs until 4:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday. These families will
have priority for seats in Summer Rising and will choose from the CBO program(s) operating in
connection with their IEP program.
If a family does not want extended day enrichment for their child, and their child will only be
participating in Nest or Horizon programming (until 12:00 p.m.), D75 (until 2:30 p.m.), or ESY
programming (until 2:00 p.m.), the family should contact their child’s school instead of using the
application portal.
Students who require accommodations, such as a paraprofessional or nurse, to participate in
Summer Rising will receive them based on their individual needs.
Connect With NYC Schools
To stay up to date with all NYC Public Schools and Summer Rising news, bookmark,
and follow us @nycschools and @doechancellor on Twitter/X. You can also find us on Facebook and
Instagram at our official @nycschools accounts.

HIV Lesson Overviews for Parents

HIV Lesson Overviews for Parents

These overviews provide parents and families with a summary of the HIV lessons their student will have. Lessons include basic concepts and skills that students will need for future HIV prevention as well as for lifelong health.

In grades 7-12, there are some lessons that teach about methods of HIV prevention, like birth control and condoms. Parents can excuse their child from these lessons by writing a letter to the principal. You can learn which lessons are “opt-out” lessons in the overviews below.