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Time is running out to get your children back into the classroom for this school year!

From now until Friday, April 9, 2021, NYC public school families have one final opportunity to switch their children into blended learning settings for the remainder of the 2020–2021 school year.

Opting into blended learning for the remainder of the school year provides students with the opportunity to get back into their schools for in-person learning for at least part of the school week. And because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 guidance on physical distancing in school settings, we can now safely accommodate more students into classrooms.

Pre-K student showing off his homemade face mask

Opting in to Blended Learning

Complete the Learning Preference Survey online, or call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must also submit a consent form for random COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning.

You can submit your consent for COVID-19 testing one of two ways:

  • Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or
  • Complete and sign the consent form available online, and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building.

As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. Thanks to our schools’ strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more—our school buildings are among the safest places in the whole City. As we have from the beginning of this pandemic, the NYC Department of Education will continue to support and empower our school communities while keeping health and safety front and center.

On behalf of the DOE, we thank all of our teachers, administrators, facilities personnel, and support staff members for helping our schools reach this important milestone this year!

School custodian rearranging a student table inside of a classroom

NYC public schools will continue to ensure the safety and cleanliness of City classrooms this year and beyond.

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