The Citywide Council on Special Education November Public Meeting

The Citywide Council on Special Education

November Public Meeting

Talk to Officials from the Division of Students with Disabilities

Thursday, November 15, 2012

6:00 p.m.

The Institute for Basic Research (IBR)

1050 Forest Hill Road

Staten Island, NY 10314

Please keep comments to less than three minutes.

Translation services will be provided.

~ Refreshments will be available ~

Calendar of Events for PS 373R

  • Tuesday, November 13                    -PS 58 Parent Teacher Conference
  • Wednesday, November 14              -PS 58 Parent Teacher Conference
  • Thursday, November 15                  -School Spirit -T-Shirt Orders Due
  • Friday, November 16                       -Main/Mini Picture Day                                                      
  • Tuesday November 20                    -School Leadership Team Meeting – and -P861 Site Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thurs 11/22 & Frid 11/23              –NO SCHOOL –Thanksgiving break
  • Tuesday November 27                    -Petrides Picture Day AM
  • Thursday November 29                  -PTA Fair set up – and -Main/Mini/Petrides Parent/Teacher conference rescheduled


Please link for the Con Ed Claim for Food and Medicine Spoilage resulting from loss of power during the Hurricane.

This applies to anyone who lost power during the storm long enough hours for refrigerated food and medicine to spoil.

Instructions are on the form. Questions should be addressed directly to Con Edison.-LINK HERE:  con ed claim form

Advocates for Children: Assistance Resources


Dear friends,

We hope you and your loved ones made it safely through Hurricane Sandy. As you know, the New York City public schools have experienced a number of disruptions due to the storm. We wanted to pass along the following information and resources to assist you and your families as students transition back to school.

School Closures and Relocations

The majority of New York City schools reopened today. A number of schools, however, sustained severe damage from the storm and remain closed. Those schools will be temporarily relocated, and the Department of Education says they will reopen to students on Wednesday, November 7. You can find a list of relocated schools, as well as the schools that will host them, here. In some instances, schools will be relocated across multiple sites. Additional schools remain closed today because they are serving as shelter sites or do not have power. Students in those schools can return on Wednesday, November 7. 

All schools will be closed on Tuesday, November 6 for Election Day.

For the most current information on school closures and relocations, visit the Department of Education’s website.

Students Living in Temporary Housing

Many families have been displaced by the storm and are currently staying with friends or relatives, or at a motel or shelter. These families are considered homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Under McKinney-Vento, homeless children residing outside their original school district have the right to continue to attend their school of origin OR enroll in a school closer to their temporary residence. 

Displaced elementary and middle school students who wish to attend the zoned school for their temporary residence can find their zoned school by visiting or calling 311. If there is no zoned school for an address, you should visit an enrollment office. To find the enrollment office nearest you, visit or call 311. All displaced high school students should visit an enrollment office if they would like to enroll at a high school that is closer to their new residence. Displaced students do not need to provide any documents in order to enroll.

For more information on students’ rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, visit the website of Advocates for Children’s New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS) at or call the NYS-TEACHS toll-free Helpline, 1-800-388-2014. 

Additional Resources

If you or your loved ones have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in need of assistance, you can register with FEMA for aid. To do so, call (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585 or register online at
The Red Cross has shelters throughout affected areas. Visit their website for a listing or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Distribution locations for food, water, and blankets can be found here
Information on Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available here
Additional information about the relief effort can be found at, and
For other questions related to the NYC schools, AFC will try to help. Call the Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline, 1-866-427-6033, Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm.