Parents' Corner



Dr. Easterling, First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene joined NYCDOE Senior Deputy Chancellor Marisol Rosales for a discussion of COVID-19 vaccination. Frequently asked questions from parents provide the basis for this discussion.

Click to view on Parent University or on the DOE’s website under “Health and Wellness” category, (scroll down to view)

NYCDOE UPDATE: Vaccine Details for Children Ages 5 -11

People of all ages can get COVID-19. While COVID-19 is more dangerous for adults, children are still vulnerable. With more contagious variants of the virus, more young people are getting COVID-19 and being hospitalized. Some people also have long-lasting health problems after having COVID-19, such as difficulty breathing, muscle and joint pain, headaches and tiredness.

Getting children vaccinated also helps protect others, such as grandparents and relatives who have a medical condition that increases their risk for severe COVID-19. It even helps people in your community, since being vaccinated helps stop the spread of the virus.

The Pfizer vaccine is now approved and available for children 5-11 years old in NYC

  • Children aged 5-17 must get Pfizer. It is the only FDA/CDC vaccine approved for children.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is 2 doses, given 21 days apart, to be fully vaccinated

  • The vaccine went through rigorous research, trials, and evaluation and is safe, free, and easily accessible in NYC.

  • Everyone aged 5+ should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible

  • Even if a child (or their parent) had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine because it helps protect them against infection, severe illness, or death from COVID-19.

  • For more information about vaccines and children, families can go to and see this FAQ.

  • Parents or guardians can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) with questions about the vaccine

  • People should also talk to their health care provider with concerns or questions specific to their own medical situation.


  • Find a vaccine site near you at or by calling 877-VAX4-NYC

    • You can search “Pfizer 5-11” under vaccine type for a site that administers to this age group

  • City-run vaccine sites will offer vaccines for children aged 5+ starting November 3, and there will be temporary sites in over 1,000 schools starting on Monday, November 8, 2021. Sites at schools can be found on the DOE website.

    • For City-run sites, including H+H hospitals, appointments and walk-ins will be honored.

  • The City is working to ensure that health care providers, including pediatricians and pharmacies, across the City have access to vaccine supply for children. These providers will likely start coming online over the course of this week, check with your doctor, local pharmacy or


  • Children must have a parent or guardian's consent to get the vaccine. Children 5-15 y/o must be accompanied by an adult when they receive the vaccine, and if the child is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, written consent or verbal consent by phone from the parent or guardian must be obtained at the time of vaccination.

    • For specific questions about school vaccinations, please discuss with your child's school


  • The $100 individual incentive is available to children who get vaccinated. Children may use a parent's email address to redeem their visa gift card.

  • Organizations participating in the $100 Vaccine Referral Bonus program (including PAs/PTAs) are also able to get the $100 incentive per child they refer to get vaccinated. See more information at


  • YouTube: Videos from NYC Health in ten languages

  • Parent University: Live and pre-recorded classes on Covid-19 Vaccines. The courses are taught by experts from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and include updates about COVID-19 vaccines, as well as live question-and-answer sessions.

  • NYCDOE website: Health and Safety in Our Schools

New York City’s Public Libraries Announce No More Late Fines, Ever

As of October 5, 2021, everyone is getting a fresh start at the Library: All existing fines and replacement fees in all patron accounts have been cleared and erased. This is the case for all three of New York City’s public libraries: New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library.

Check out your local library for all the great free resources and services it offers!

UPDATE: Emergency Broadband Benefit: Internet Service Discount

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any families with children in schools offering free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision can sign up for this program, which means it’s available to all students enrolled in New York City’s public schools.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Read more details on the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit website, and watch the FCC’s video in English, Spanish, or American Sign Language to learn more.

NYCDOE UPDATE: Universal Mosaic Curriculum Community Engagement Town Halls

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is co-designing the Universal Mosaic Curriculum—a rigorous, inclusive, affirming, and standards-aligned K–12 English Language Arts and Math curriculum by New York City educators for New York City public schools, to be available to all schools in fall 2023.

NYCDOE UPDATE: Ready4K, A Free Family Resource

The NYCDOE is excited to offer you Ready4K, a FREE resource for helping your child, Birth through 5th grade, stay on track with their learning goals. You will receive 3 texts/week with simple ways to bring learning into everyday moments, plus self-care ideas, because parental health is key! Families can get messages in Spanish, English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Russian. To sign up, text "NYC” to 70138, or fill out the webform here.

NYCDOE UPDATE: 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:

  • 3-K (children born in 2019)

  • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

  • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

  • Middle School (current 5th graders)

  • High School (current 8th graders)

The printed guides are currently being delivered to schools, shelters, and community partners. We are aiming to finalize delivery in all languages by mid-November. All languages are now available online— scroll to the bottom of the page for links.

NYCDOE UPDATE: Supporting Students Affected by Homelessness

Join a Town Hall and open dialogue about supporting students affected by homelessness

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is hosting a series of open dialogues through Virtual Town Halls, bringing together students, families, school and community partners to share ideas supporting public school students affected by homelessness. Feedback will inform the DOE's planning for the use of federal stimulus funds. See the flyer for more information.

Register here: Weds, November 17, at 4:15pm (Spanish interpretation available for this event)

You can also take our brief survey to share your priorities, concerns and ideas (available in translation). If you’d like to learn more or discuss your ideas, please contact

NYCDOE UPDATE: Brilliant NYC Citywide Expert Panel

We are about halfway through our district engagement meetings. Thank you to those who have attended our meetings and shared their feedback on the blueprint of Brilliant NYC!

As we continue to co-design this work together, we are bringing in national and local experts. These experts will help us better understand the science behind accelerated learning and project-based instruction and contextualize how Brilliant NYC will look in our schools when implemented next fall. Please save the date on November 22 for a live-streamed event. For details on how to watch the citywide expert panel, visit the Brilliant NYC website. For questions, email

NYCDOE UPDATE: Upcoming Community Education Council Town Halls with Chancellor Meisha Porter

Chancellor Town Hall with Community Education Council 11

Community Education Council 11

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

All District 11 parents are encouraged to attend! Please see our flyers in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Bangla.

Register for this event at the following link

NYCDOE UPDATE: District 79 Offerings and Support Available

District 79 is New York City’s Alternative Schools district. We proudly serve over 50,000 students a year from 6 weeks old to 96 years old. Our Referral Center can be found citywide and offers students and families an opportunity to explore alternative options.

The District 79 team is here to support NYC. If you are interested in organizing a presentation for families, please reach out to Manny Pica at

Special Education Recovery Services

Beginning this fall, every DOE school will offer an after school or Saturday program (or a combination of the two) to deliver Special Education Recovery Services. Special Education Recovery Services are specialized instruction and related services, targeted to each student’s individual needs. These services will be provided to students with IEPs in addition to their regular school day. They offer the opportunity for children to receive additional services as soon as possible, without any need for parents to make a request or wait through an administrative process.

To learn more about Special Education Recovery Services, visit the Special Education Family Resources page on the DOE website.

Face Covering Policy

The DOE’s face covering policy has been updated to align with the NYS Commissioner of Health’s determination that all persons entering a NYC Department of Education building must wear a face covering. This policy provides schools with examples of how they can use age and developmentally appropriate strategies to support children towards improving mask tolerance and includes steps to take when children will not wear face coverings (not including children with approved mask exemptions). We are delighted to share that our students have been phenomenal at taking care of themselves and each other by wearing their face coverings.

If your child is not medically able to tolerate a mask, please let your school know so that an alternative accommodation can be provided. For questions about the face covering policy, please contact your school.


The DOE increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways: 

  • Fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): or

  • Download the form online at and bring the completed form to your child’s school.

Chancellor’s Regulation A-660 Posts!

We are excited to announce that the revised Chancellor’s Regulation A-660 has posted! We want to thank the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) for making this a priority, and acknowledge the incredible work of the A-660 working group. These proposed amendments are the result of collaboration and partnership between parent leaders and DOE - this is a proud moment!

The proposed amendments will: expand PA/PTA membership to include parents of students in an early childhood program offered by a district school; provide updated guidance around remote and hybrid meetings; and modernize financial rules.

The Office of School Food is Hiring!

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services needs your assistance in letting the community know they are hiring. Below is the image and text that you can post on your Social Media Accounts:

Food and Nutrition Services is Hiring! Providing healthy food choices to NYC Public School Students. Looking for service oriented employees to work year round in school kitchens. Openings in 5 boroughs, part time work and full benefits. Learn how to apply at

Complete Family Income Inquiry Form, which helps schools receive money for their programs. The school will send a copy of this form home with your child, or you can complete the form online. This form is needed for ALL students. Click link below.

Completen el formulario de ingresos, que ayuda a las escuelas recibir dinero para sus programas. La escuela enviará una copia de este formulario a casa con su hijo, o puede completarlo en linea. Haga clic en el enlace a continuacion.

Mental Health Support - Apoyo de salud mental

Report Cards - Calificaciones

Report cards can be seen by logging onto the NYC Schools Account. Your NYCSA account is available at You must register before logging in. If you have forgotten your password you can click on 'forgot password' to reset it.

Las calificaciones se pueden ver ingresando a la cuenta de NYC Schools (NYCSA). Su cuenta NYCSA está disponible en Debe registrarse antes de ingresar a su cuenta. Si olvidó su contraseña, puede hacer clic en 'Olvidé mi contraseña' para restablecerla.

View official report cards. . . register for your NYC Schools Account here.


Vea las calificaciones oficial. . . registrese en NYC Schools Account aqui ahora!

Register on PupilPath to view academic updates and get real time teacher notifications! Get your unique registration code here then register. Or download the app for quick access.


Registrese en Pupilpath para ver atualizaciones academicas y recibir notificaciones de maestors. ¡Busque su codigo unico aqui y luego registrese! O descarge la aplicacion movil para acceso rapido.

Search for NYC high schools and get started on the high school application process. Register or sign in by clicking here.


Busque escuelas superiores en NYC y comienze la aplicacion de su hijo/a. Registrese o ingrese denuevo haciendo clic aqui.

Back to school

Back to school means new practices and to avoid confusion below you will find updates that may help you when you arrive.

- All students have received an IN-Tech email address and PupilPath account. Pupilpath allows for parents to register as well to view current academic information.

- Students can find their class schedules on PupilPath (Students must register before signing in.)

- ALL students need a school ID to enter the building. The school will provide one ID card per student.

- Middle school (MS) uniform is white button down shirt and khaki pants.

- High School (HS) uniform is white button down shirt and black pants .


REGRESO A CLASES - en español (Haga clic aqui)

El regreso a la escuela significa nuevas prácticas y para evitar confusión siguiente encontrara un repaso que les pueda ayudar al regresar.

- Todos los estudiantes han recibido un correo electrónico de IN-Tech y una cuenta de PupilPath. Los padres tambien deben registrarse en PupilPath para ver actualizaciones academicas.

- Los estudiantes pueden encontrar su horario individual en PupilPath (Deben registrarse antes de ingresar.)

- TODOS los estudiantes necesitan su identificacion (ID) para entrar al edificio. La escuela provee un ID a cada estudiante.

- El uniforme de escuela intermedia (MS) es camisa/blusa blanca y pantalón/falda khaki.

- El uniforme de escuela superior (HS) es camisa/blusa blanca y pantalón/falda negra.


Main Office Services - Servicios de la Oficina Principal

Contact our main office for assistance at (718) 432-4300 with the following: Comuniquese con la oficina al (718-) 432-4300 para asistencia con lo siguiente:

  • To schedule an appointment if you need to visit the school building. o Para hacer cita si necesita entrar al edificio.

  • Request a letter Public Assistance, SNAP, or the IRS. o Pida carta para el IRS, asistencia publica o SNAP.

  • Assistance with Social Security Administration documents for students. o Asistencia con documentos del estudiante de para el seguro social.

  • Transcript request. o Certificado de estudio.

  • Update student immunization. o Actualize el recor de vacunas del estudiante.

  • Change of address or phone number. o Cambio de direccion o numero de telefono.

  • Attendance concerns? Contact Ms. Flack at Lflack@in-techacademy. o Preocupacion sobre la asistencia? Comuniquese con al Sra.Flack al

  • Metrocards can only be picked up by students! See Ms. Velazquez. o Las tarjestas Metrocard solo se le daran a los estudiantes. Vea a la Sra. Velazquez.

Middle School Counselor - Consejera de Intermedia Ms. Mora (grades 6 - 8) -

Special Education - Consejera Educacion

High School Counselors - Consejeras de escuela superior

Riverdale Neighborhood House - Middle School

SONYC Afterschool Program @ IN-Tech Academy

The RNH SONYC afterschool program offers a variety of activities for our middle school students, grades 6 - 8. Students can select the programs they would like to be part of. Students MUST register before they can participate.

You can contact Ms. Lidia Beqiraj, Program Director, for more details at (917) 576-2874. You can also complete the registration form and submit it via email at

Click here to visit our College Office webpage

Doreen D. Elridge- New Parent Coordinator

Hello Parents! I just want to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Doreen D. Elridge and I am the NEW Parent Coordinator at In-Tech Academy. I am very excited to work with you all and to get to know you better. Addressing your needs so that your child(ren) can succeed in school is my biggest focus. I look forward to speaking or meeting you very soon. Please check back here often for the latest updates on what is going on in school. You can reach me 718-432-4300 ext. 1551 or email: Here's to a Great Year!

¡Hola padres! Solo quiero tomarme un momento y presentarme. Mi nombre es Doreen D. Elridge y soy la NUEVA Coordinadora de Padres en In-Tech Academy. Estoy muy emocionado de trabajar con todos ustedes y conocerlos mejor. Abordar sus necesidades para que sus hijos puedan tener éxito en la escuela es mi mayor enfoque. Espero hablar contigo o conocerte muy pronto. Vuelva aquí a menudo para conocer las últimas actualizaciones sobre lo que está sucediendo en la escuela. Puede comunicarse conmigo al 718-432-4300 ext. 1551 o correo electrónico: ¡Por un gran año!

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