Mission Statement at PS 163Q


The Mission of P.S. 163Q We believe that our community of learners will lead us into the future by:

  • Using their critical thinking skills to solve problems
  • Tapping into their social emotional toolkits to self-regulate behaviors
  • Having a strong command of language to articulate the need for systemic changes
  • Promoting an equitable tomorrow through opportunities and resources FOR ALL

Statement of Accessibility

Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact ffiore2@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.

Travel Health Factsheet for Parents - June 18, 2024

5th Grade Stepping-Up Ceremony Reminder - June 10, 2024

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

We have a few reminders for this Friday’s festivities. The Stepping-Up ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the schoolyard and last approximately 90 minutes. The entrance to the schoolyard will be on 160th street. Students should wear comfortable clothes consisting of a nice top and bottom. A reception will be held immediately afterwards with refreshments and an opportunity to take pictures with family, friends, and staff. There will be a party for the students beginning at 12:30 p.m. with music, lunch and snacks being served. Students will be dismissed at 2:35 p.m. following our normal schedule.


對於本週五的慶祝活動,我們有一些提醒。升學典禮將於上午 9:00 在校園開始,持續約 90 分鐘。校園入口位於 160 街。學生應該穿著舒適的衣服,包括漂亮的上衣和下裝。隨後將立即舉行招待會,提供茶點,並有機會與家人、朋友和工作人員合影留念。中午 12:30 將為學生舉辦一場聚會。提供音樂、午餐和小吃。學生將於下午 2:35 放學。遵循我們的正常時間表。

Estimadas familias de quinto grado:

Tenemos algunos recordatorios para las festividades de este viernes. La ceremonia de Stepping-Up comenzará a las 9:00 a.m. en el patio de la escuela y durará aproximadamente 90 minutos. La entrada al patio de la escuela será por la calle 160. Los estudiantes deberán vestir ropa cómoda compuesta por una bonita camisa y pantalón. Inmediatamente después se llevará una recepción con refrigerios y la oportunidad de tomar fotografías con familia, amigos y el personal. Habrá una fiesta para los estudiantes a partir de las 12:30 p.m. con música, almuerzo y refrigerios. Los estudiantes saldrán a las 2:35 p.m. siguiendo nuestro horario normal.

Thank you/Gracias/謝謝

John Barone

Assistant Principal/Subdirector/副校長

Thursday 6/6 Simulation Day Spring 2024 - May 29, 2024 (中文/Español)

中文: Simulation Day Spring 2024 Letter chn.docx  

Español: Simulation Day Spring 2024 Letter spn.docx 

Dear Families,

At New York City Public Schools (NYCPS), one of our top priorities is to ensure that every student can continue to learn, even during unexpected situations like severe weather or other emergencies that require our schools to pivot to remote learning. 

As part of our ongoing efforts, PS163 will conduct an emergency readiness simulation exercise on the morning of Thursday, June 6, 2024.  Since June 6 is a scheduled non-attendance day for students, students will be participating in the simulation activity from home. This will allow students to engage online with their teachers just like they would on an actual remote learning day.

Is participation required?

This activity is entirely voluntary. However, the more students that participate, the more accurate and useful our emergency readiness simulation will be in preparing our schools for the shift to remote instruction in unexpected situations.

 During the simulation, students and teachers will log on to NYCPS systems during a pre-scheduled time slot to engage in a non-instructional activity that includes logging into our NYCPS applications.

How long will this activity last? 

The activity will last for 25 minutes for all grades from 9:00AM-9:25AM for Grades PK-5. We would appreciate it if you can remain on for the duration of the activity.

What will students be doing?

  1. Each school determines the specific online activity for the June 6 simulation exercise. 
  2. Regardless of the exercise, all students will be asked to log into NYCPS TeachHub and stay logged on.

What do students need to participate?

  1. A working, internet-enabled device
  2. An internet connection
  3. Their student login information

While participation in this remote simulation is voluntary, we hope you will join us on June 6 to help support our school’s emergency preparedness. We thank you in advance for your participation and cooperation, which will be very helpful in improving our emergency preparedness.

If your child does not have access to a device, reach out to your child’s teacher to request one. If you have any questions, please reach out to the school at 718-353-2514.


Francine A. Marsaggi


What’s Happening in NYC Public Schools - Week of May 27th (中文/Español)

中文:  37255-nycps-family-update-week-of-may-27-2024-chinese.pdf 

Español:  37255-nycps-family-update-week-of-may-27-2024-spanish.pdf 

Week of May 27, 2024

This Family Update provides important information about summer school, Summer Meals, summer athletics programming, opportunities and support for high school students, and resources to support families in continuing to build reading skills all year long.

Summer School

Each May and June, New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) teachers assess students’ progress using multiple measures to determine if they are ready for the next grade level. Families of students who have not yet made sufficient progress will be notified via letter in mid-June.

If your student is in grade 3–8 and is not promoted in June, they will be required to attend summer school. If your student did not receive a Summer Rising seat, then they will attend the academic portion only. Detailed instructions on date and time will be on the letter. At the end of summer school, schools will make a final decision about students’ grade levels for next year. Students in grades K–2 and 9–12 may have the opportunity to attend summer school as well.

For more information, please visit schools.nyc.gov/summerschool.

Summer Meals

When school is out, students can still enjoy free breakfast and lunch through NYC Public Schools! Our 2024 Free Summer Meals Program is available all across New York City, and is totally free for anyone 18

years old or younger. From June 27 through August 30, you can find these meals at select NYC public schools, community pool centers, parks, and libraries. You don’t need to sign up in advance or provide identification to receive these meals. Just head to a Summer Meals location and enjoy a meal. For more information, please visit schools.nyc.gov/summermeals.

All dates, times, locations and menus are subject to change.

  • Dates of Operation: Thursday, June 27–Friday, August 30, 2024
  • Breakfast Service Hours: 8–9:15 m.
  • Lunch Service Hours: 11 m.–1:15 p.m.
  • There is no service Thursday, July 4, 2024 (Independence Day)

Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) High School Summer Program

Get ready for summer sports! This summer, NYC high school students can enjoy free athletic training, fitness and conditioning, sports-specific skill development, and recreation activities at select high school sites across the five boroughs. The Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) High School Summer Sports, Fitness, and Recreation program will run daily Monday to Thursday from 3:00– 6:00 p.m., beginning July 10 and ending on August 13. To provide students choice of sports/activities throughout the summer, there will be two sessions:


Session 1: Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 25

Session 2: Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, August 13

This program is open to all NYC students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2024. Students do not need to attend school at their chosen school site during the regular school year to participate in a PSAL summer program at that site. Students can find program details and register for the summer 2024 program at psal.org/events-and-standings/summer.aspx beginning June 3.

Space is limited at the individual sites. Please select only one site and one program for a given SESSION. Once registration has been submitted, the parent or guardian listed will be notified via email if the student is approved for the site and program selected. In the event that the chosen site and program are at capacity, students are encouraged to register for another site/program.

Summer Learning Opportunities

CUNY College Now

For the 2024 summer semester, CUNY College Now will be offering a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person courses open to NYC public high school students entering grades 11 or 12 in September 2024.

Participation is free. For more information, visit k16.cuny.edu/collegenow/summer-programs.

Summer Design Institute

High School students looking for a hands-on learning experience (with opportunity to earn a stipend) are invited to apply for NYCPS’ Summer Design Institute at one of our Career and Technical Education (CTE)

sites. These six-week programs offer students the opportunity to work on projects alongside industry partners in fields like Computer Science, Engineering, Media Arts, Advertising and Digital Design, Game Design, and Fashion Design. Students who successfully complete their projects are eligible for stipends. CTE and non-CTE students are welcome. Please view the program flyer in English and translation for more information about each school’s programs and application process: bit.ly/4bX54NV

College and Career Advising

High school students can sign up for College and Career Advising Texts at schools.nyc.gov/choosing-the- right-path to receive text messages each week to help them plan and pursue their future. Texts include links to youth employment opportunities, scholarship information, access to workshops, and deadline reminders. For additional support, College and Career Advising can also connect students with access to free, one-on-one virtual meetings with expert advisors after school and on weekends. Students graduating in 2024 can use College and Career Advising Texts to connect with their College and Career Bridge Coach, a current college student trained to help recent graduates navigate the transition between high school and the next stages in their college and career pathways. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/choosing-the-right-path.

Summer Reading

Reading is like any skill: it takes practice! Over the summer, reading together can help your child continue to develop their literacy skills and avoid any learning loss that might occur over their time outside of the classroom.

Our Summer Reading Guide—available online at schools.nyc.gov/LiteracyResources—is a great first step on your family’s next reading adventure. It contains tips for reading at home, recommended titles for students in all grade levels, resources where you can find books, and more. In addition to the guide, our Literacy Resources webpage also features at-home activities and other recommended reading lists that will help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.

This summer, we also encourage you to use our Citywide Digital Library, Sora. Sora is the quickest and easiest way for NYC students to access thousands of e-books and audiobooks in multiple languages. You can log in to Sora using your NYC Public School credentials at soraapp.com/library/nycschools.

District 25 Parent Feedback Survey

School Publications/Announcements Notice/Opt-Out Form (中文/Español) - May 14, 2024

File (All languages):  school-publications-opt-out-form 1

PS163Q FLUSHING HEIGHTS produces a number of school publications (such as yearbooks, playbills, graduation programs, sports team rosters, and school newspapers) and makes a number of announcements about your child’s achievements (for example, making honor roll or winning an award). We distribute these publications and make these announcements to the school community, including school staff, other parents and students, and guests, at school events. These publications may include certain information about your child, known as “directory information.” Directory information in these publications is limited to a student’s name, age and grade level, images of your child, information about their participation in school activities, and recognition of honors, awards, or other prizes they’ve received. Personal contact information, such as home addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers, will not be included in these publications.

Federal law allows you to opt-out of having your child’s directory information included in our school’s publications. If you wish to keep your child’s “directory information” out of our school’s publications, you must complete the form below and return it to Tiffany Tung (Parent Coordinator) by Friday, May 17, 2024.

If you opt-out now and change your mind later, you may opt back in by submitting a signed, written letter to Tiffany Tung (Parent Coordinator).

Please complete one form per child if you wish to keep their directory information out of school publications. If you fill out and submit this form, then your child’s photograph, name and other directory information will NOT appear in the publications you check off.


PS163Q FLUSHING HEIGHTS製作各種學校出版物(例如:畢業紀念冊、節目單、畢業程序表、體育團隊名冊、校報等),並會就您子女的成績製作各種通告(例如:進入優秀生榜或獲獎等)。在舉行學校活動時,我們會把這些出版物以及這些通告分發並傳達給學校社區的各成員,包括學校教職員、其他家長和學生以及特邀嘉賓。這些出版物可能會包含一些與您的子女有關的資訊,叫做「名錄資訊」。這些出版物中包含的名錄資訊僅限於:您子女的名字、年齡和年級,您子女的影像,您子女參加學校活動的資訊,以及對於子女獲得的優秀成績、獎項或其他獎品等的表彰與認可。個人聯絡資訊,包括家庭住址、電子郵箱和電話號碼將不會出現在出版物裏。

聯邦法律允許您選擇不把您子女的名錄資訊在我們學校的出版物裏公佈。如果您選擇不把您子女的「名錄資訊」在學校的出版物公佈,您必須填寫下面的表格,並在2024 5 17 日星期五之前把該表格交給家長協調員 Tiffany Tung

如果您現在選擇不公佈子女的名錄資訊,但今後改變主意,您可以通過提交一份簽名的書面信函給家長協調員 Tiffany Tung,來撤銷目前這一決定。


Formulario de exclusión voluntaria para anuncios y publicaciones de la escuela

PS163Q FLUSHING HEIGHTS crea una serie de publicaciones escolares (tales como anuarios, carteleras, programas de graduación, listas de jugadores de equipos deportivos y periódicos de la escuela) y realiza cierto número de anuncios sobre los logros de su hijo (p. ej., cuando figura en el cuadro de honor o gana un premio). La escuela distribuye estas publicaciones y hace anuncios para los miembros de la comunidad educativa, incluyendo el personal escolar, otros padres y estudiantes, e invitados a eventos de la escuela. Estas publicaciones podrían divulgar cierta información específica sobre los estudiantes, conocida como “información de directorio.” La información de directorio que figura en dichas publicaciones se limita al nombre, edad, grado e imágenes del estudiante. También incluye información sobre su participación en las actividades escolares y reconocimientos, premios u otras distinciones que haya recibido. Los datos personales de contacto como dirección, correo electrónico y número de teléfono no serán divulgados en estas publicaciones.

La ley federal permite que usted renuncie voluntariamente a que la información de directorio de su hijo figure en las publicaciones de la escuela. Si desea que la información de directorio de su hijo no figure en las publicaciones de la escuela, debe completar el formulario que figura más abajo y entregárselo a Coordinadora de padres Tiffany Tung a más tardar el viernes 17 de mayo de 2024.

Si decide excluirse voluntariamente pero más adelante cambia de opinión, puede revocar la exclusión voluntaria enviándole una carta firmada a Coordinadora de padres Tiffany Tung.

Por favor llene un formulario por estudiante si no desea que se divulgue la información de directorio en las publicaciones de la escuela. Si llena y entrega este formulario, NO se divulgarán la foto o el nombre de su hijo, ni otra información de directorio, en las publicaciones que usted marque.


2024 Summer Rising Offers are Out! - April 18, 2024

Summer Rising offer information is now available on MySchools for those that applied between March 4 and 25!

Waitlists for Summer Rising are available now in MySchools

For families who submitted by the deadline, your child will be automatically waitlisted for each program listed higher on their application than the program to which they received an offer.

If your child did not receive an offer then they will be automatically waitlisted at all choices listed on their application.

K–5 Summer Rising

July 2–August 16
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Academics, social-emotional learning, and enrichment activities for 6 weeks (New York City Public Schools-led academics in the morning followed by extended-day enrichment provided by DYCD CBOs), with a seventh week of DYCD CBO-led enrichment and trips.

If you need assistance, please reach out to the main office at 718-353-2514 or call/text 929-585-4492.

NYC School Bus Tracker App - January 16, 2024

Respect for All Parent Letter 2023-24 (中文/Español)

 Respect for all Parent Letter Eng/中文/Espanol.docx 

Dear Parents and Students:

Each student and staff member brings to our school community the richness of our city’s cultural diversity and the desire for respect. We are committed to promoting respect for diversity among students and between students and staff so that all of our students feel valued, safe and supported.

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying, sexual, harassment, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight.

It is a violation of DOE policy for any DOE employee to discriminate against or create a hostile environment for a student by conduct and/or verbal or written acts on school property, or at a school function, on the basis of any of the above-noted grounds. Please see Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 for additional information regarding this policy.

It is also a violation of DOE policy and of the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning (DOE’s Discipline Code; https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode) for any student to discriminate against another student on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight, or to harass, intimidate or bully another student or to sexually harass another student. Please see Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 and A-832 [https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/policies/chancellors-regulations/volume-a-regulations], and the Discipline Code, for additional information regarding DOE’s policy. 

It is further the policy of the DOE to prohibit retaliation against any student, parent, or DOE employee who in good faith reports or participates in an investigation of allegations of student-to-student harassment, intimidation and/or bullying, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

Our school’s Respect for All (RFA) Liaison(s) to whom students and parents can make reports of student-to-student discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, is (are) Jbarone3@schools.nyc.gov.

Our school’s Sexual Harassment Prevention (SHP) Liaison to whom students and parents can make reports of student-to-student sexual harassment is Jbarone3@schools.nyc.gov

The RFA and SHP Liaisons can be reached by calling the school at 718- 353- 2514 or at Jbarone3@schools.nyc.gov.

Students, parents, and individuals other than staff may report allegations of student-to-student discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying or student-to-student sexual harassment verbally, or in writing, by submitting  a Student and Parent Complaint/Reporting Form [https://www.schools.nyc.gov/RespectForAll], to the principal/designee or the RFA or SHP liaison, or any other school staff member, or via the online portal available at https://www.nycenet.edu/bullyingreporting.

Any student or parent of a student who feels that the student has been discriminated against by a DOE employee may file a complaint with the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) by contacting:

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management

110 William Street, 15th Floor, New York, New, York 10038 at 718-935-3320.

OEO Complaint Form (https://www.nycenet.edu/oeo)

Gender-based discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment), whether by a staff member or a student, can also be reported to the DOE Title IX Coordinator at Title_IX_Inquiries@schools.nyc.gov.

Some of the conduct that is prohibited by Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 and A-832 is also prohibited by Title IX, which is a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination and harassment in schools and DOE’s programs and activities. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education adopted regulations which revise the type of behavior prohibited by Title IX and the procedures for investigating allegations of Title IX student-on-student sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault.  In some cases, depending on the nature of the allegations, the Title IX Team will conduct its own separate investigation, in addition to the investigation conducted by the school. If this occurs, a member of the Title IX team will reach out to you. Please refer to the Title IX webpage [https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/policies/non-discrimination-policy/title-ix] for additional information regarding Title IX. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to adopt updated Title IX regulations during the 2023-2024 school year. DOE will communicate key information to parents.

We look forward to a productive school year as we work together to promote Respect for All [https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/school-environment/respect-for-all/respect-for-all-handouts]. Please feel free to contact me or our schools RFA and SHP liaisons if you have any questions regarding this issue.


Francine A. Marsaggi

Discipline Code Letter

September 2023

Dear Families, 

The NYC Public Schools is committed to ensuring safe, supportive, and inclusive environments in all schools. We
successfully foster these environments by providing professional learning for teachers and school staff on how to
support students who may be experiencing challenges in or outside of the school day and by engaging families as
partners in our school communities.

Driven by our Four Pillars for Building Trust in NYC Public Schools https://www.schools.nyc.gov/FourPillars), we know
that schools need to prioritize wellness and its link to student success, as well as be culturally responsive spaces where
all children are affirmed and where all families are engaged as true partners. Our school communities are working
diligently to support the social-emotional, mental, and physical health and safety of our students.

We ask that you, along with your child, review the Chancellor’s Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student
Learning (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode), which includes the Discipline Code and outlines the K-12 Student Bill of
Rights and Responsibilities (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights), protections for students with disabilities, and
expectations for student behavior. The Discipline Code outlines how school staff will address behavioral issues with a
focus on restorative approaches.

Please discuss these behavioral expectations with your child. The Discipline Code applies to all students—and
includes both supports and interventions, as well as disciplinary responses. Please note that the 2019-20 Discipline Code
remains in effect for the 2023-24 school year. The full Discipline Code is available in all NYC Public Schools supported
languages at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode and can be provided by your school in paper copy, upon request.
We thank you in advance for reviewing the Discipline Code and for your partnership in contributing to a supportive, safe,
and inclusive school climate. Thank you for making our school community better, stronger, and safer for all children. If
you have any questions, please contact your school’s principal.

Best wishes for the upcoming school year! 

Best regards,
Mark Rampersant,
Chief, Safety and Prevention Partnerships
New York City Public Schools


Estimada familia:

El Sistema de Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC Public Schools, NYCPS) se compromete a garantizar entornos
seguros, solidarios e inclusivos en todas las escuelas. Fomentamos con éxito estos entornos proporcionando capacitación
profesional a los maestros y al personal de las escuelas sobre cómo apoyar a los estudiantes que puedan estar enfrentando
dificultades durante o fuera del horario escolar y haciendo partícipes a las familias como colaboradores en nuestras
comunidades educativas.

Guiados por nuestros Cuatro pilares para generar confianza en las escuelas públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York
(https://www.schools.nyc.gov/FourPillars), sabemos que las escuelas deben priorizar el bienestar de los estudiantes y el
efecto que genera en el buen desempeño académico, así como ser espacios que tomen en cuenta la diversidad cultural donde
todos los estudiantes sean valorados y todas las familias puedan participar como verdaderos colaboradores. Nuestras
comunidades escolares trabajan activamente para apoyar la salud y la seguridad socioemocional, mental y física de los

Le pedimos que revise junto a su hijo las Expectativas de conducta para apoyar el aprendizaje estudiantil en la Ciudad, del
canciller (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode) que incluye el Código Disciplinario y describe la Declaración de Derechos y
Responsabilidades de los Estudiantes de kínder a 12.o Grado (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights), las protecciones
para los estudiantes con discapacidades y las expectativas de conducta estudiantil. El Código Disciplinario describe cómo el
personal escolar abordará los problemas de conducta centrándose en enfoques restaurativos.

Converse con su hijo sobre estas expectativas de conducta. El Código Disciplinario se aplica a todos los estudiantes e incluye
tanto apoyos como intervenciones, además de respuestas disciplinarias. Tenga en cuenta que el Código Disciplinario del año
escolar 2019-2020 seguirá vigente para el 2023-2024. El Código Disciplinario está disponible en los 10 idiomas del NYCPS en
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode y su escuela puede proporcionarle una copia impresa, si lo solicita.

De antemano le agradecemos por revisar el Código Disciplinario y por su colaboración para crear un entorno escolar solidario,
seguro e inclusivo. Gracias por ayudarnos a que nuestra comunidad escolar sea mejor, más sólida y más segura para todos los
estudiantes. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el director de la escuela de su hijo.




請您和子女一起細閱教育總監的《全市促進學生學習行爲期許》(Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support
Student Learning)(https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode),當中包括《紀律準則》和《幼稚園至 12 年級學生權利與
責任法案》(K-12 Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities)的槪述(https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights)、對殘

2019-20 學年《紀律準則》在 2023-24 學年仍有效。紐約市公校系統所支援的各種語言版本的《紀律準則》全



Annual FERPA Notification for School Year 2023-24 - September 9, 2023 (Chinese/Spanish)

 annual-ferpa-notice 23-24 CHINESE

annual-ferpa-notice 23-24 SPANISH

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents and students age 18 and older rights over student education records. The Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security provides you with additional provides additional information.
Among other things, you have the right to:

• Inspect and review your child’s education records within 45 days after the DOE receives your request.
o You should submit a written request that identifies the record(s) you wish to inspect.
o Your child’s school will notify you of the time and place where you may inspect the records.
• Request changes to your child’s education records when you believe they are inaccurate, misleading, or violate your child’s privacy rights under FERPA.
o You should make requests to amend records in writing, and identify what you want changed and the reason for doing so.
o If the DOE decides not to amend records as requested, you will be notified of the decision, and of your right to a hearing and certain hearing procedures.
• Provide written consent before personally identifiable information in your child’s education records is disclosed. However, in certain cases, FERPA allows disclosure without consent. Cases permitting disclosure without consent include:
o Disclosure to school officials who need to review education records to fulfill their professional responsibilities. School officials include:
▪ DOE employees (such as administrators, supervisors, teachers, other instructors, or support staff members); and
▪ People whom the DOE engages to perform services or functions for which it would otherwise use its employees. These include (a) individuals and entities providing DOE services and functions through contracts, (b) employees of other government agencies providing DOE-related services or functions, such as attorneys in the NYC Law Department representing the DOE, and school nurses and Office of School Health staff employed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, (c) parents, students, or other volunteers assisting other school officials in performing their tasks, and (d) other qualifying individuals or organizations, such as consultants and community-based organizations, but only if they have agreed in writing to keep student information confidential.
• When records are requested by officials of another school, district or education institution in which your child seeks or plans to enroll, or is already enrolled if made for purposes of your child’s enrollment or transfer.
• Other exceptions exist that permit disclosure of personally identifiable information without consent include certain types of disclosures. Some are listed below. Most of these types of disclosures are subject to certain additional requirements and limitations. Please see FERPA and Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 for more information about them.
▪ to authorized representatives of government entities and officials in connection with audits, evaluations, or certain other activities;
▪ in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received;
▪ to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the NYCDOE;
▪ to accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions;
▪ to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
▪ to appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency; and
▪ of information that the NYCDOE has designated as “directory information.”
• File a complaint with the USDOE if you believe the NYC DOE failed to comply with FERPA’s requirements. Complaints may be filed here:

Student Privacy Policy Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20202-8520
or by email to FERPA.Complaints@ed.gov

Summer EBT Benefits - June 24, 2024

English:  Summer-EBT-Flyer.pdf 

Spanish:  Summer-EBT-Flyer-Spanish.pdf 

Beginning in summer 2024, New York State (NYS) is implementing Summer EBT, a new federal program to help low-income households with children purchase food over the summer when school is out of session and children can no longer rely on access to free/reduced price school meals. The Summer EBT benefit of $120 per eligible child will be issued on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that families can use just like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase eligible food items at SNAP participating grocery stores, farmers markets, and other retailers; these benefits expire 122 days from the date that the benefits are issued.

The new program is in addition to free meals that children ages 18 and younger can get at summer meal sites in their communities.

Please note that this is not a DOE program. For questions, direct families to OTDA.NY.gov/SummerEBT and then call the Summer EBT Customer Service Helpline (1-833-452-0096) if further assistance is needed. The helpline will be able to answer questions about a specific child’s eligibility beginning July 1.