May 19, 2020
Video available at: https://youtu.be/zChGbQZNDF8
NEW YORK— Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced the City's summer learning plan. This summer, the Department of Education will provide academic support to approximately 177,700 students with remote summer learning. This adjusted summer learning model will offer education and services to students with disabilities and provide academic support and additional time to the students not yet mastering grade-level standards.
"Our students, families, and educators continue to show resilience in the face of the unprecedented challenges we have faced. We are not going to let this crisis knock our kids off course, which is why we are going to help all students who need to catch up and strengthen their skills through remote learning this summer," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza said, "While this summer will be different than any summer we've had before, our remote summer learning model will keep our kids on track and ready to hit the ground running come September. I'm so grateful for our tireless educators and families who have adapted to remote learning and will continue to provide extra support to our students through the summer months."
In line with previous policy and practice, promotion decisions are based on a holistic review of a student's progress toward meeting the standards for their grade level. Teachers will use the full school year to make these determinations. If a school requires a student to attend summer learning, their promotion to the next grade is contingent on demonstrating sufficient progress in summer coursework. Additionally, a new cohort of students who are not in jeopardy of being retained but could use some additional help to prepare for the next school year will also be offered summer learning.
Schools will begin to notify families in June if their student is being recommended or required to participate in summer learning. This timeline is the same as previous years.
Programming will run in three time frames:
All students participating in programs will have opportunities to go on virtual field trips to zoos, museums and cultural institutions and engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities. Additionally, the City is exploring ways to provide summer learning and activities for all students.
Regional Enrichment Centers will continue to operate throughout the summer, and students who are enrolled in a summer program and who attend a REC will engage in remote learning at the REC site.
Families can still request a remote learning device for their child by calling 311. 284,000 devices have been delivered to students so far.
More information about the Department of Education's grading policies can be found here.