DOE hosts series of back-to-school virtual forums next month

Students are socially distanced in this October 2020 photo taken at a public school in the Bronx.

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The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a series of back-to-school forums in the boroughs over the next two weeks before the first day of class for public school students on September 13.

At the forums, students and parents will have the opportunity to pose to New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter, as well as other executive superintendents, borough office staff and officials. Health department experts have general questions about the upcoming school year or specific questions about their neighborhood or school. .

“These local forums will build on the critical progress schools are making this summer to reconnect with families and prepare them for a full return to in-person learning through Summer Rising, open houses, back-to-back events. home and more, ”a DOE spokesperson said. Each forum will last an hour and a half and begin with Porter’s comments followed by a question-and-answer session.

Families in public schools can register for the virtual forum on the DOE website. When registering, invitees should specify whether they would like to ask a question or share comments during the forum and indicate if their question relates to a certain category such as health and safety, academics, special education, stimulus fund or mental health.

After each session, DOE staff will post a recording of the event on the department’s website and on Parent University– an online platform where parents can access dozens of free lessons, so families unable to join the virtual event can watch it at their convenience.

American Sign Language interpretation and interpretation services will be available on all forums.

The forums will be held in each borough on the following dates and will include interpretation for the following languages:

  • Brooklyn | Wednesday September 1, 2021 – Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic (6 pm-7.30pm)
  • Queens | Wednesday September 1, 2021 – Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali (8:00 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.)
  • Bronx | Thursday September 2, 2021 – Spanish, French, Bengali (6 p.m.-7.30 p.m.)
  • Staten Island | Thursday September 2, 2021 – Spanish, Mandarin, Russian (8 pm-9.30pm)
  • Manhattan | Thursday September 9, 2021 – Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese (8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Harry L. Blanchard