COVID 19 System Closure

Dear Families,

All of us at the Department of Education have been so proud to witness the joy of students and educators reuniting and learning together this year. We have been the only major school district in the nation to reopen our buildings.

All along, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes, temporarily closing our school buildings in response to elevated rates of COVID-19 transmission and, when necessary, transitioning all students to fully remote learning.

Given the rise in COVID-19 infections citywide, that is what we must do now. Beginning November 19, all schools will go fully remote until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that Early Childhood Centers (ECCs) will remain open.

It’s up to all New Yorkers to continue to take the steps we know are key to preventing the spread of this virus. Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day to protect ourselves, our city, and our communities, against COVID-19. 

We will continue to provide updates as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your partnership.


New York City Department of Education