This family update provides important information about the newly released 2022-23 school year calendar, free summer meals, and updating your child’s information through the New York City Schools Account (NYCSA).
The 2022-23 school year will begin for students on September 8, 2022. You can view and download printable files of the calendar for the full 2022-23 school year in multiple languages at schools.nyc.gov/calendar. Here’s some important information for the coming school year:
Please reach out to your school with any questions about the school calendar.
Beginning June 28, anyone age 18 and under can receive free breakfast and lunch at locations across New York City through this year’s Summer Meals program. Designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks will be open for service. No registration, documentation, or ID will be necessary for children to receive these free meals.
The free meals will be available daily, including weekends, from Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, September 2, except for Monday, July 4. Designated public schools will provide breakfast from 8:00 to 9:15 in the morning, and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
All meals maintain the highest standard of nutrition, meeting or exceeding U.S. Department of Agriculture standards. The meals do not use food additives such as artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. We offer a variety of fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables, and salads for children to enjoy.
Before the end of the school year, your child’s school will send a letter to families in your school community identifying the three Summer Meals distribution sites closest to the school.
You can also find free summer meals sites at schools.nyc.gov/summermeals
If you have not already opened a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA), now is a great time to sign up and make sure that your child’s school can reach you to share important information about end of year activities and the start of the 2022-23 school year!
NYCSA is an easy way to stay connected to your child’s school, offering you access to your child’s grades, schedules, test scores, attendance, Individualized Education Program (IEP) information, bus times, and more. NYCSA allows you to submit essential school forms online and access important announcements from the NYC Department of Education, including news of events happening in your district or citywide.
NYCSA now includes Parent University, a resource hub filled with free courses, events, and activities to help empower you as an advocate for your child’s education. In addition, you will be able to use NYCSA to cast your vote in upcoming elections for candidates who will represent your community on local and citywide Community Education Councils.
You can sign up for an account today with just your name and contact information, and then connect the account to your child’s records by contacting your school for verification. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa and sign up now at schoolsaccount.nyc.
When you sign in to your NYCSA account, you will see a pop-up message reminding you to update your emergency contact information. You may click Update Now to go directly to the Emergency Contact page. Once you have reviewed and confirmed your information, select “Verified” at the top of the page. Using the Emergency Contact page in your New York City Schools Account, you can update your home, cell, and work phone numbers as well as email addresses. You also have the option to update your preferred written or spoken language.
In addition, you can update your child’s health information to share with your child’s school. This includes your child’s physician name and phone number, any known diagnoses, allergies, limitations that may limit physical activity, and health insurance status.
May 25, 2022
Today we find ourselves in the heartbreaking position of having to process, once again, the senseless and devastating murder of students and teachers. We have endured so much these last few years and our school communities have shown incredible resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. What they should not have to worry about is the threat of gun violence in their own classrooms. No parent should have to worry about the safety of their child when they drop them off for school every morning. No teacher or principal should feel fear when the door of a classroom or school building opens throughout the day. No child should have to a light candle for lost friends and classmates.
In these times, it is important that we all pull together and do what our city does best: support one another. School staff members are willing and able to provide support and assistance. Remind your child that their school is a safe place and encourage them to discuss their feelings. Please do not hesitate to share your child’s concerns with school staff members so we can provide appropriate supports.
I want to reassure all members of our school community that we are focused on safety every day. The NYC Department of Education will continue to work closely with the New York Police Department and partner city agencies to provide support and information during major incidents that impact our school communities. All New York City public schools follow strict safety protocols designed to keep your children safe at all times, especially in the event of an emergency. You can find information about the protocols we follow to keep children safe on our website at schools.nyc.gov/school-life/safe-schools/emergency-readiness.
Please make sure your school has current emergency contact information for your family. In addition, you can register for Notify NYC (a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov) and create an NYC Schools Account (schoolsaccount.nyc) to ensure you receive up-to-date information on emergency events.
The health and safety of our students continues to be our highest priority and we are here to help you during this challenging time.
David C. Banks
Academy for Conservation and the Environment-18K637
South Shore Educational Complex
6565 Flatlands Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11236