“News from 9”

Welcome to weekly updates from PS9, the Sarah Smith Garnet School!

Week of June 27

This page is maintained by PS9’s Parent Coordinator, Ms. Charmaine Derrell-Jacob. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 718-638-3260 extension 1121, or email her at CDerrell@schools.nyc.gov

At PS9

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2021–2022 School Year Calendar 

The 2021–22 school year calendar  is now available for all K­­–12 NYCDOE public schools. View the 2021-2022 Calendar.


Kindergarten Registration

Beginning the week of May 3, all families who accepted an offer in MySchools will be contacted by PS9 staff with instructions for registration.

Waitlist offers are populated in MySchools for viewing. When we receive guidance to move forward with our waitlist, we will contact families if/when seats become available and we have reached your waitlist number.


Free Summer Meals – “Grab & Go”

This summer, any New Yorker who wants them can get free “grab & go” meals across the city starting June 28th.

  • View all the summer feeding locations
  • No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch
  • Locations will be available for search on 6/25/2021 after 5pm
  • Meals Hubs are open for children and families Monday–Friday
  • Breakfast and lunch service times will be 9am to 1pm
  • Vegetarian meals are available at all locations
  • All meals are Grab and Go, not to be consumed on site
  • Kosher and Halal meals are available at select locations
  • There will be no service Monday, July 5th (Independence Day Observed) and Tuesday, July 20th (Eid-ul-Adha)


Daily Health Screening Update

The DOE has updated the questions on the daily health-screening questionnaire to reflect the latest guidance regarding the elimination of mandatory quarantine requirements. You can also view this printable copy.



Brooklyn North & Community School District 13


Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide reduced cost broadband internet service for eligible New York City households during the COVID-19 pandemic. All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:

  • Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or
  • One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 – $50), where available.

Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: SpanishArabicAmharicBurmeseChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPortugueseRussianSomaliTagalog, and Vietnamese.

If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.



NYCDOE Citywide

School Reopening for SY21-22

I am excited to share that based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall of 2021. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12, including students in YABCs and adult education programs, will be learning in-person this fall. 

All teachers and staff will also return to school in-person this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all of our principals, teachers, and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year. Because there will be no fully remote positions in the fall, COVID-related remote work accommodations for school- based employees will not be available next school year. However, our regular application for reasonable accommodations will continue to be available for employees.

 As all students and staff return to full-time in-person this fall, our commitment to the health and safety of our staff, students, and families will not change. With a current rolling 7-day COVID-positivity rate of 0.16% and consistently low transmission rates, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the physical distancing requirements are in September based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYDDOH), and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and we are confident that we can serve all of our students in-person within the parameters. And, while vaccinations for COVID-19 will not be required by the DOE or the City of New York, at least half of our teachers and staff are already fully vaccinated and we continue to encourage all DOE employees to get the vaccine. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to many of the health and safety measures we had in place this school year, including: 

 ·         Masks will continue to be a requirement in all DOE buildings. 

·         Individuals with any COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay home.  

·         Students, teachers, and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home.  

·         Every school building will continue to have an assigned nurse. 

·         We will continue to ensure all ventilation systems are working in every classroom.  

·         On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by applicable health guidance.  

·         The Situation Room will continue to support schools in the management of positive cases, following the applicable health guidance. 


During this transition, we will continue to monitor and make necessary changes based on the evolving health guidance from experts and will communicate any updates with the entire DOE community. Thank you for your dedication and hard work in service of our students as we partner together to navigate our recovery from an unprecedented school year brought on by the pandemic. I, personally, am inspired by you all, and look forward to the opportunity ahead of us to reimagine our schools and system as a whole in service of our students. 


In gratitude and partnership, 


Meisha Porter

Chancellor, New York City Public Schools



Summer Rising Grades K–8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City student in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate.

All K–8 students participating in programs will have access to academic classes and enrichment programming, including field trips, arts activities and outdoor recreation. Students will engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities.

Summer Rising will address academic and social emotional needs of our youth through tailored support. These programs will provide a bridge to next school year and allow students to reconnect with one another and with their schools. They will address unfinished learning while providing avenues for recreation, exploration, and fun.

Program Overview

    • Summer Rising will be available throughout the City to every New York City student.
    • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
    • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences
    • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
    • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
    • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
    • There will be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are educational and in accordance with State health and safety guidelines.
    • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.


Grades K–5

    • July 6 to August 20 (except July 20)
    • Monday–Friday
    • 8 a.m.–6 p.m.


For Summer Rising programs in grades K–8, families can sign up through the discoverDYCD website.

View and sign up for Summer Rising at PS9.


Parent University: Classes for NYC Families

Parent University – https://parentu.schools.nyc/ – seeks to educate and empower families as partners, advocates, and lifelong educators in their student’s education through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved with Parent University.  With an expanding course list Parent University is ready to support you.

Register and enroll for a course today! To access the website you must use your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). If you do not have a NYCSA account, instructions on how to create one are available on our website.

Video Series available for the following (with translations in some languages):

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccines

Resources from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

New Yorkers ages 16 years and older can now get their COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at select sites across NYC: http://on.nyc.gov/walkupvax

It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment! To book your vaccine appointment for you and any family member residing, working, or studying in New York City, visit the City’s vaccine finder at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ or call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692).

Please note that walk-up appointments are now available for New Yorkers over the age of 50 and a companion at these sites located throughout the five boroughs.

Watch the COVID Vaccine: Doing Our Part Video to hear from NYC DHS and HRA leaders about what the COVID-19 vaccine meant for them.

Key links to share with others: Most of these resources are available on nyc.gov/covidvaccine in multiple languages!

Wide Open School

Wide Open School (run by CommonSense) is partnered with the NYCDOE to provide student and parent support with distance learning. They have created Parent & Caregiver Guides to a wide variety of subjects to foster a positive experience learning from home. The helpful how-tos include: using Zoom, making routines & setting expectations, creating a balanced approach to tech & media usage,  and supporting academic growth. Go to their website to check out the Parent & Caregiver Guides and explore a wealth of other vetted resources.

“Let’s Learn NYC!”

Let’s Learn NYC is an educational public television program produced by the WNET Group in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), features lessons for children in 3K through second grade that will supplement remote learning. More information can be found at Let’s Learn NYC.


Prospect Heights Community