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Guidance on remote learning

Use of Zoom: The DOE issued updated guidance permitting the use of Zoom as a teleconferencing platform. Read the update »

Grading policy: The DOE, in consultation with the UFT and parent groups, decided that a standardized grading policy was necessary this year. Read the details of the grading policy »

Clarification on live instruction: Teachers are responsible for, to the extent possible, interacting with students in real-time to deliver lessons, facilitate discussion and lead other instructional activities during the designated time. This can be done in multiple ways; for example, videotaping instruction, responding to student work or synchronous instruction. As we continue to flexibly meet the needs of all students, families and school personnel, synchronous instruction is not required at this time. We are confident that each school community will select and continue to adapt the instructional methods that work best for their unique communities. 

Keeping our students and families safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves in New York City is our priority. An important part of this support is attending to one another’s emotional wellness. We recognize that moving to remote learning will have a significant impact on our students, families and community stakeholders. We want to acknowledge the very real feelings surrounding this, support one another by checking in and, to the greatest degree possible, create community in our remote learning spaces. Remote learning provides an opportunity for students and educators to remain connected and engaged with instruction while working from locations outside of the physical school environment for a designated period of time due to an unforeseen situation. This example of remote learning is necessary in response to the emergency situation posed by COVID-19.

Transitioning to remote learning can keep students on track so that when they return to physical school environments, they will be ready for the next phase in their learning. Remote learning should adhere to as many state and local requirements as possible.

Remote teaching is a new way to engage with students and colleagues. Such a moment requires a willingness to take chances and learn. Our shared goal in this moment where the landscape is constantly shifting, is to ensure continuity of learning, student engagement and the prevention of learning loss. We recognize that schools, staff, students and families will have different starting points. To that end, this document provides guidance to help clarify roles as we prepare for what could be a longer-term circumstance.

Below is a suggested list of roles and responsibilities.

Download the complete guidance document as a PDF »