Kindergarten Application Deadline Extended to Friday, January 22, 2021

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Beginning Thursday, December 10th, children born in 2016 can apply to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.

The application has been extended to January 22, 2021. All families who apply by the deadline will receive a kindergarten offer in April.

All families should participate in kindergarten admissions, including children currently attending pre-K, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students with accessibility needs. includes an online directory tool that allows families to explore program choices, save programs of interest and submit their application, all on the same site.

Families can apply to Kindergarten in two ways, online at MySchools and over the phone by calling 718-935-2009. Additionally, you can share the attached flyer with your families about the Kindergarten application.  

Middle School Application window closes February 9th

 The middle school application is now available.

Families who have created a MySchools account in the parent portal may explore their personalized MS application and submit choices.  

Please be advised account creation codes were mailed home.

If you are in need of assistance, please email Ms. Sillecchia. (

For Families Enrolled in In-Person Learning

Please see the cohort calendar below for students in kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades.

In-person learning days for cohort A are shaded red and in-person learning days for cohort B are shaded blue.

Students in  1st, 2nd and 3rd grades will be attending school 5 days a week beginning Monday, January 4, 20201.

red and blue cohort calendar 

COVID Testing in Schools

School Reopening Information from Chancellor Carranza

 Please see the letter and consent form below which discusses the school building re-opening schedule and required consent for mandatory in-school testing. Translations of the family letter will be available as soon as possible at


Students in 3-K, Pre-K and grades K through 5 will return to in-person learning beginning on Monday, December 7

o   This includes all students in 3-K and pre-K programs and elementary grades K through 5, across school types (e.g., in K-2 schools, K-3 schools, K-5 schools, as well as District Pre-K Centers,  K-8 schools, and K-12 schools).  

o   This excludes schools currently located in State-designated Red and Orange Zones. You can see if your school is in a Red or Orange Zone at


·         Students in all grade levels in District 75 schools will return to in-person learning beginning on Thursday, December 10

o   This excludes schools currently located in State-designated Red or Orange Zones. 

·         Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75 schools) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.


·         These return dates apply to all students in blended learning, including those who selected blended learning during the recent opt-in period. Students who selected remote-only instruction will remain in remote only.


  • Students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 14 days or test out of the 14-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance. Staff and students should continue to complete the health questionnaire daily.

As always, our first commitment is to health and safety for all of our DOE community, above and beyond everything else. Your tireless efforts have made it possible for our schools to re-open for in-person learning.

Here is how we collectively can help keep them open:

·         Mandatory Weekly Testing: To ensure schools remain a safe and health place to learn, all schools will have 20% of students and staff tested on a weekly basis.  Scheduling and logistics for testing will be shared with you prior to your test administration day each week.


·         Student Consent: All students are required to provide consent for testing by December 7 or by their first scheduled in-person learning day. If a student arrives on their first day of in-person without a consent form in hand or submitted online, you must call their parent or guardian that day to collect consent immediately. Guidance to enter consent in ATS will be provided in Tuesday’s Principals Digest.

o   Families can submit consent using NYCSA or this updated consent form (also attached to this email). Please note that even if parents previously provided consent, we are asking them to submit again to ensure they have the updated consent form for their child that reflects the requirement for weekly testing in your school. Note that the consent form was updated on Wednesday, October 14 to reflect this change.

o   Students who need a medical exemption (available for all students) or disability-based exemption (available for students with IEPs) will be able to submit separate forms for approval. Principals will receive more information this week for distribution to families by Monday.

o   Students without consent and who do not have medical exemption or disability-based exemption will be moved to fully remote instruction.

 Update for Families_November 29 2020.pdf 


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Changing your child's learning preference

Parents can change their learning preference for their child by visiting the learning preference page.

Currently, there is no window to return to blended learning for the 2020-2021 school year.  

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Let's Learn

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The DOE, in partnership with the WNET Group, is launching new episodes of the public television program Let’s Learn, which features lessons for children in 3-K—grade 2. Let’s Learn offers age-appropriate content that is aligned to education standards and lessons for early childhood education, using videotaped lessons by educators, that focus on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. The series also supports social-emotional learning and brings viewers on virtual field trips to see dance performances, meet animals, visit botanical gardens, and more. Beginning November 16, episodes of Let’s Learn will air weekdays at 11:00 a.m. on WNET-Channel 13, and at 9:00 a.m. on WLIW-Channel 21, the New York-metro-area PBS stations. Episodes and segments will stream nationwide at All programming will have English and Spanish captions. 

Please complete the Family Income Inquiry Form today!

The DOE asks families to fill out a Family Income Inquiry Form each school year. 
All New York City Public School students receive free lunch. However, this form is a key factor in determining if our school is eligible to receive Title I federal funding which could make a big difference in our budget for next year. 
Please visit this website now to complete your Family Income Inquiry Form:
 My school App website page 

December Family Night!

Fun in the Snow for P.S. 255

Statement on Accessibility

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Upcoming Events

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  • School Closed: Lunar New Year

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  • School Closed: Midwinter Recess

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  • Report Card Distribution

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  • Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

    Please refer to the Google Link sent by your child's teacher for individual appointments.

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