Summer Rising

The K-8 Summer Rising application portal is closed. Tentatively it will launch in the afternoon on March 4, 2024.

Program Overview

Summer Rising 2024 is a partnership between New York City Public Schools and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Summer Rising is free and available to all NYC students in grades K-8, pending seat availability.

Students in Summer Rising will have access to both academic and enrichment programming over the course of the day, including field trips, arts activities, and outdoor recreation. Programs will be full-day, in-person, and planned and operated collaboratively by school principals and community-based organizations (CBOs). The environment will be safe and supportive with staff prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs. Breakfast, lunch, and snack will be served. 

A typical day for students in grades K–8 will include a mix of academic support, social emotional learning, and enrichment activities. Academics will be provided by licensed teachers in the morning. Enrichment activities (such as art, sports, and play) will be led by CBO staff in the afternoons and on Fridays. CBOs will also facilitate enrichment in the morning, alongside academics, for K-5 programs. Students with disabilities who may require additional supports to participate in programming, such as a paraprofessional, will receive those supports as needed.

Multilingual learners/English language learners (MLs/ELLs) in grades K-8 participating in Summer Rising will engage in culturally responsive and student-centered academic opportunities in the morning and participate in afternoon enrichment sessions facilitated by trusted community-based organizations. Additionally, in the morning, MLs/ELLs will receive instruction targeting language and literacy development to support them with grade-level content. English as a New Language (ENL) teachers can provide MLs/ELLs with support through various instructional models, including small-group instruction or one-to-one support for MLs/ELLs. 

Welcome Letter and Reminders

Please find a welcome letter containing reminders on important information for students and families participating in Summer Rising 2023 programming below.

Calendar

Program 

Schedule 

K–5 Summer Rising
Academics, social-emotional learning, and enrichment activities for 6 weeks (New York City Public Schools-led academics in the morning followed by extended-day enrichment provided by DYCD CBOs), with a seventh week of DYCD CBO-led enrichment and trips 

July 2–August 16
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Grades 6–8 Summer Rising
Academics, social-emotional learning, and enrichment activities (New York City Public Schools-led academics in the morning followed by extended-day enrichment provided by DYCD CBOs), including field trips to parks and other venues 

July 2–August 8
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Students with 12-month IEPs (District 75)
Specialized instruction, related services, and social-emotional learning

July 3–August 13
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM, or similar schedule* 

Students with 12-month IEPs (Districts 1–32 Extended School Year)
Specialized instruction, related services, and social-emotional learning

July 2–August 12
Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM* 

ASD Programs
K–8 students in current ASD Nest and Horizon programs who have IEPs that recommend 12-month related services receive their related services, specifically speech, by a trained provider, with support from trained educators focusing on social and pragmatic communication skills 

July 2–August 8
Monday to Thursday, 8 AM to 12 PM* 

Please Note: Students who enroll in a Summer Rising seat are accessing a seat for the hours above dependent on their grade or program. Families with scheduling concerns around full-day attendance should contact their CBO once placed into a program. 

*Students with 12-month IEPs will have the option to participate in DYCD-led extended day enrichment hours (until 6pm) and programming through August 8, 2024 (6–8 students) and August 16, 2024 (K–5 students). Families interested in this extended day enrichment should apply via the application portal.

Find a Summer Rising Program

Students with Disabilities

Accommodations

Students who receive a health paraprofessional or nurse during the school year pursuant to an IEP or 504 Plan will receive those services throughout the Summer Rising day. Students who have a behavioral paraprofessional will receive this support during the academic portion of the day and will receive additional support as needed during enrichment activities. The student’s home school will prepare a Summer Rising Accommodation Plan that will be given to the student’s parent and the student’s Summer Rising site before Summer Rising begins. 

Enrollment for Students in 12-Month IEP Programs

Students in D75, ESY, or ASD programming over the summer can choose to participate only in their IEP programming (until 2:30pm for D75/ESY and 12pm for ASD) or IEP programming plus CBO-led extended-day enrichment until 6pm. Please review these important application details: 

If a family does not want extended day enrichment for their child, and their child will only be participating in ASD programming (until 12pm) or D75/ESY programming (until 2:30pm), the family should contact their child's school instead of using the application portal.

If a family wants to participate in IEP programming and extended-day enrichment (in other words, programming until 6pm), they should use the application portal. Families in ASD, ESY, and D75 programming will have priority for seats in Summer Rising. 

ASD students and ESY students: Families can choose between any of the Summer Rising CBO program(s) operating at the student’s IEP program site.

D75 students: D75 schools often operate at more than one location over the summer. In the portal, families of D75 students will see the locations where their home school is operating where there is also enrichment programming until 6pm. If a student’s morning location is one of the available options, families should rank the program(s) within that location, so the student can stay at the same site all day.

  • If the student’s morning location is not one of the available options, families can choose between the program(s) and site(s) listed, and NYC Public Schools will aim to provide an alternate 2:30pm bus drop-off to that site. 

For families interested in CBO-led extended-day enrichment until 6pm, please note:

  • Students who are staying until 6pm and are eligible for transportation will have access to pre-paid rideshare services, where a family member can take a pre-paid rideshare to pick up their child, and then a pre-paid rideshare home with their child. School buses will not be available at 6pm.
  • ASD students who sign up for 8am-6pm programming can either take a bus home at 3pm (the latest time NYC Public Schools buses run) or participate in rideshare at 6pm. 

Transportation

NYC Public Schools and DYCD are committed to ensuring students have a safe way to and from Summer Rising. This summer, eligible students will receive busing daily from July 5 through August 11, arriving at their program at approximately 8am and leaving their program by no later than 3PM. (Students in D75 and ESY programming will receive busing for the duration of their IEP program: July 5–August 14 for ESY and July 6–August 15 for D75). Eligible students must have enrolled in summer programming by May 19 in order to receive a bus route in time for July 5.

Students eligible for busing transportation include:

  • Students with IEPs that recommend busing
  • Students with a 504 accommodation that mandates busing
  • Students in temporary housing, in grades K to 6, residing more than 0.5 mile away from their summer site who requested and were found eligible for busing during the 10-month school year, either through an exception or through the DHS CARES transportation preference request
  • Students in foster care, in grades K to 6, residing more than 0.5 mile away from their summer site who requested and were found eligible for busing during the 10-month school year through an exception
  • Any other student who requested an exception for transportation and were found eligible for busing during the 10-month school year (For eligible students, families, NYC Public Schools and supporting shelter staff can request a new exception during the Summer Rising term through SupportHub if a new transportation request is needed)
  • Students who received stop-to-school busing during the school year and remain grade and distance eligible based on the location of their summer site (you can find grade and distance eligibility on the transportation eligibility page)
  • Students in grades K–6 who are not grade and distance eligible during the school year and whose site is not open for summer will receive busing only from their 10-month site to their Summer Rising site if the two are more than half a mile apart.

Students who were assigned MetroCards during the school year or become eligible based on the distance of their Summer Rising site can receive a MetroCard at their summer site and can use these MetroCards to go to and from Summer Rising at the program start and end times (8AM and 6PM). 6PM busing will not be available this summer; however, families of eligible students (Students in Temporary Housing, Students in Foster Care, and students who receive curb-to-school busing and who are signed up for programming until 6PM) will have access to a MetroCard upon request or pre-paid rideshare, similar to last year.

Please Note: Students accepted during the second enrollment phase will not receive busing on the first day. Families should reach out to their school to determine the date that busing will begin. The PIC’s delegated staff should reach out to the district transportation liaison for eligible students requiring transportation. Metro cards will be available upon request.

Summer Rising RideShare Overview 

DOE will be offering rideshare to eligible families for 6pm Summer Rising dismissal as busing will only be available through 3pm.

This rideshare model is site-driven and parent-procured -- parents, guardians, or authorized adults to book rides to and from the Summer Rising site through DOE Tripslink.

All eligible students will have a voucher code for LimoSys in their NYCSA account.

Rideshare Eligibility 

Students are eligible for 6pm rideshare if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • They were in grades K–8 in the 2022–23 school year
  • They will be at a Summer Rising or D75 Hub site for enrichment programming
  • They have a program code in ATSSUM that indicates they will be participating in programming until 6PM 
  • They have curb-to-school busing this summer OR they are a STH or SFC student who is either routed for stop-to-school busing (grades K–6) or have an IEP (grades 7–8)

Accessing Rideshare 

  • Rideshare will be provisioned set to Monday–Friday, July 5–August 18, to be used beginning at 4PM and ending no later than 8PM
  • During week 7 (August 14th-August 18th), Rideshare will be available for use from 6AM to 8AM and in the afternoon from 4PM and ending no later than 8PM for eligible students
  • Eligible students participating in the regents on August 16th and August 17th may also use rideshare beginning at 6AM and ending no later than 8PM based on students individual scheduled exam
  • To book a ride families can book directly through the Tripslink website or contact 212-426-8000
  • Families will be able to book two trips totaling four rides a day with the single voucher code (i.e. to school in the AM, from the school in the AM, PM adult pick up to school and from school in the PM)
  • Families must use the Summer Rising address as both the destination of the ride to pick up their child AND as the starting point for their ride home. The ride can only be booked from the school address as the start or end point of the ride.

By noon on July 5, the PIC or designee (e.g. Transportation Coordinator) must contact these families using the contact information in the RCON report in ATSSUM to inform parents that they are eligible for the service and provide their voucher codes. They should also inform the parent/guardian where they can access the code moving forward, as well as the fact that the person picking up the child must be an authorized adult (over the age of 18) per the student’s Blue Card information and/or the DYCD supplemental enrollment form. 

Support/Escalation Protocol 

Families 

If families need technical support related to booking the ride, they should contact Limosys directly at 212.426.8000 or email Doe@limosys.com.

If families need access to the voucher code for Limosys, they should log into their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), under the Transportation screen’s Vehicle Modifications field it will be listed as the Eligibility Code. If families do not have a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), the CBO should escalate to the DOE staff member with access to Student Profile, e.g. the Transportation Coordinator, the PIC/AP Site Supervisor, or another designee, who can look up this eligibility code after confirming the adult is authorized to pick up the child.

Staff

Safety Information—For All Students, Rideshare and Regular Pickup 

All students staying until 6PM must have completed the DYCD Supplemental Enrollment Form, which asks for information on adults authorized to pick up a child. Schools can use this information or the Blue Card/Emergency Contact Card for that student to determine authorized adults. Only authorized adults may pick up or leave with a child. If an unauthorized adult attempts to pick up a child, the SSA and the parent/guardian must be notified immediately.

If an authorized adult fails to pick up a participating student in a timely fashion, the CBO staff must make every effort to contact the parent/guardian/emergency contacts using all updated contact information provided by the family on the Blue Card/Emergency Contact Card or the DYCD CBO supplemental enrollment forms 

If contact with the parent/guardian is unsuccessful, the CBO provider must inform the school safety agent of the issue, which will ensure that agents do not leave the site after their work day has ended. 

The school safety agent will make contact with the direct supervisor, who will visit the site to discuss next steps, which can include calling the NYPD. That decision will be made in conjunction with the CBO provider; however we have to allow that parent/guardian sufficient time to arrive at the site. Given that the program ends at 6:00 PM, that parent will have until 8:00 PM before the NYPD is contacted for assistance. 

If the NYPD is contacted, they will work with the CBO provider when they arrive at the site to ensure that all contact options have been exhausted before making a decision to take the child to the precinct and/or contacting ACS. 

The provider must make every effort, using the contact information provided, to leave a message for the parent/guardian informing them of the action taken and which precinct they should go to to pick up the child. 

All incidents that occur, related to dismissal or otherwise, must be reported via OORS.

Family Rideshare FAQs 

What is rideshare? 

Rideshare is a transportation option where a parent, guardian, or authorized adult takes a pre-paid vehicle for hire (e.g., rideshare or a taxi) to their child’s Summer Rising site, and then takes a pre-paid ride home with their child. 

Who is eligible for rideshare? 

Students in grades K-8 in SY 22-23 who are participating in extended day Summer Rising enrichment until 6pm and are receiving curb-to-school busing this summer are eligible.   

This year, along with all students receiving curb-to-school busing and participating in Summer Rising until 6pm, we are expanding eligibility to include STH and SFC who either receive stop to school busing (grades K-6) or have an IEP (grades 7-8)

Schools will confirm with families who is eligible prior to July 5   

How can I confirm my child’s eligibility for rideshare? 

Please see the guidance above. You can also reach out to your child’s summer site to confirm. 

When is rideshare available? 

Rideshare is available Monday-Friday for 6pm pickup For the duration of Summer Rising. 

Authorized adults can book rides beginning at 4pm to arrive at the Summer Rising site (though you cannot dismiss with your child before the CBO’s designated pickup window).  

Rides leaving a Summer Rising site must be booked for pick-up prior to 8pm 

How does rideshare work? 

Rideshare will be provided by a company called Limosys. Parents/Guardians will be able book rides through their website or contact 212.426.8000  using the voucher code listed on your child’s NYCSA account 

Voucher  codes can be found in the Transportation section of NYCSA under the Vehicle Modifications field listed as Eligibility Code 

One voucher code can be used for four trips (two bookings a day); ie to school in the AM, from the school in the AM, PM authorized adult pick up to school and from school in the PM 

If a parent or guardian needs assistance locating the voucher  code they should contact their school’s transportation coordinator Please see the Transportation Section of the Summer Rising website for details.

Who can pick up a child? 

Authorized adults who are either on the school’s Blue Card or DYCD Contact Form can pick up their child. Different authorized adults can pick up on different days. Adult must be over the page of 18 to accompany the student for rideshare. 

What if a child uses a wheelchair? 

Limosys allows families to request a wheelchair accessible vehicle. 

If a family needs to pick up two children from two different schools, can the Limosys make multiple stops? 

If both children are eligible for rideshare then each student will have a voucher code in their NYCSA accounts which will allow the parent/guardian to book the additional rides needed If one of the children is not eligible, then the drop off location can be set to travel  to  the second child's school, but a voucher will not be available to take them home. 

What if no one arrives to pick up your child and the CBO program cannot get in touch with parent/family, or authorized pick-up? 

If no one arrives to pick up your child at 6pm and the CBO program cannot get in touch with you, the CBO will work with the School Safety Agent and the NYPD to ensure that your child is secure until an authorized adult can pick up the student. If a significant time has passed and the CBO and school safety have not been able to get in touch with you, the child may be taken to the local police precinct until they can be picked up by an authorized adult. 

Who should families contact if there is an issue with a ride? 

Families can reach out to LimoSys directly at 212.426.8000 or email Doe@limosys.com 

Both the phone number and email address can be used by parents/guardians to book trips, get technical help and lodge a complaint regarding a ride.  Complaints that don't get resolved should be escalated to your schools or the OPT Customer Service Center 

Support/Summer Safety Guidance 

If you have questions, please reach out to your student's school, a Summer Rising CBO, or the summer email inbox (summer@schools.nyc.gov).

Information about summer air quality guidance can be found HERE

Accessibility Escalation

Please reach out to accessibleadmissions@schools.nyc.gov and accessibility@schools.nyc.gov for questions around accessible 2023 summer sites.