Parents should keep open the communication between home and school, informing school of any changes at home that may have an effect upon your child’s performance in school.
Education happens everywhere.
Parents and Families are a child’s first teacher…
Remember education should never be limited to school hours. It should extend to the time spent at home also, to help reach the height of his/her potential.
Parental involvement is a key component of our school. A variety of events are held throughout the school year to promote parental involvement.
Parent Associations play an essential role in our schools. They provide leadership and direction to parents seeking to become more involved with their children’s education and within the school community. A school’s Parent Association is a good place for parents to find out what’s happening in that school. Through involvement in their Parent Association, parents can learn how their school operates and discover a network of people committed to their children's school. You can also visit this link to learn more about what Parent Associations work and what they can do for the school.
Citywide Council on Special Education members are the representatives of the parents of students receiving citywide special education services (District 75) and the community-at-large. Members of the Citywide Council on Special Education will receive information on matters affecting the provision of citywide special education services to students. They, in turn, must consult with a wider community of parents and comment on citywide special education policy. Their monthly meetings will be open to the public, and will allow members of the community to be heard on educational issues. These meetings are held monthly. Please see your Parent Coordinator for meeting agendas and locations.
Citywide Council on Special Education
45-18 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
Home Schooling vs. Home Instruction
Home Schooling – Parents are responsible for the complete education of their child. However you must be approved and submit regular updates about their academic progress. For more information, contact the Parent Support Office at 212-802-1607.
Home Instruction Services – A student who is in need of home instruction services due to an accident, illness, orthopedic or other medical condition which prevents school attendance should obtain a letter from their physician. The note should include a brief description of the conditions with some estimation of how long the student will need home instruction services.
The responsible Home Instruction borough office is the one in which the student lives or where he/she receives instruction and not where he/she attends school, if they are different. For more information, contact the Office of Home Instruction at 718-794-7200. You can review the Chancellor's Regulations A-170.
Office of Home Instruction – Chancellor’s Regulations
Basic things a parent should know if they want to apply for placement in home instruction:
1. Student must be medically/physically and/or emotionally/behaviorally/ psychologically unable to attend the customary school placement for an anticipated duration of at least six (6) weeks.
2. Requests for Home Instruction for medical/physical conditions must include a fully completed Home Instruction Referral Form, and a physician's request that includes the diagnosis and expected duration of the condition on doctor's or hospital's stationery. These referrals should be submitted directly to the Borough Office of Home Instruction.
3. Requests for Emotional/Psychological/Behavioral Reasons: All requests must be made to the appropriate Committee on Special Education (CSE). In general, a CSE approval for Home Instruction is a temporary authorization of an interim service plan during which time a more permanent and appropriate educational placement is sought. In some instances, the CSE may authorize Home Instruction to meet.
Workshops for Parents of Students with Special Needs
There are a number of available workshops for parents that are available on a school, district, and central level.
District 75 offers a calendar of parent workshops that you can register for online.
Find an upcoming workshop. Call 212-802-1685 to register for/to get additional information about workshops.