School Policies

Attendance Policy for School Year 2020-21

In response to COVID-19, in the spring of 2020 the NYC school system created policies and structures to track student interactions to account for attendance in a remote learning setting. As schools prepare to transition to a blended learning environment in the fall of 2020, New York State is requiring the City to track student attendance for reporting, state aid, and instructional purposes.

As schools prepare to transition to a blended learning environment in the fall of 2020, New York State is requiring the City to track student attendance for reporting, state aid, and instructional purposes.

Moving forward, the City will use “attendance” and not “interaction” as a measure of student engagement and instructional time in remote and in-person learning settings. This is a return to a more traditional definition and practice of taking attendance, aligned to New York State Education Law.

In School Year 2020–21, the DOE will track and follow up upon the attendance for every student every day (Monday through Friday), regardless as to whether those students are engaged in remote or in-person learning, and schools will use the daily attendance values of Present and Absent for in-class attendance and for remote attendance.

The definitions of “present” are as follows:

Present in Person: Student is physically present in the classroom / school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.

Present for Remote Learning: Student is virtually present in a virtual learning environment for synchronous instruction during the scheduled school day.


Blended & Remote Learning School Grading Policy K-5

Q: How will my child’s grade be determined by their classroom teacher in each subject area?

50% Assessments & 50% Classwork and Engagement


Q: How will my child’s grade be determined by their cluster teachers?

Art, Theater, Music and Physical Education = 75% Classwork and Engagement & 25% Assessment

Technology = 75% Classwork and Assessments & 25% Engagement


Q: How will my child’s year-end grade be determined?

Year-end/Final grade will be combination of all 3 marking periods:

1st marking period = 25%, 2nd marking period = 50% , 3rd marking period = 25%