School Environment

  • After-School

    Find after-school programs for your child. Many programs give students opportunities to learn skills, explore their interests, and discover new things and most programs are free.

  • Attendance

    How do students do well in school? They go every day! Here are some basic things you should know about attendance in New York City schools.

  • Digital Citizenship

    Both parents and teachers need to help students be good digital citizens. Here are the responsibilities expected of, parents, students, and teachers.

  • Dress Code Guidelines

    Students have the right to determine their own attire, except where the dress is dangerous, interferes with the teaching and learning process, or violates the DOE’s anti-discrimination policy.

  • Get Help at Your Charter School

    If you need help at your child's charter school, you can reach out to staff or file a complaint.

  • Guidelines on Gender

    New York City Department of Education has policies to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment in all schools, including for transgender and gender expansive students.

  • Hello

    Parents have the right to receive information or communicate with a staff member at their school or Department of Education office in their language.

  • Immigrant Families

    The Department of Education and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student to attend public school, regardless of immigration status, national origin, or religion

  • LGBTQ Supports

    The New York City Department of Education supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff across the five boroughs through a variety of policies and programs.

  • Respect for All: Preventing and Addressing Student-to-Student Discrimination, Sexual and Other Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

    Respect for All helps you understand you can do about bullying, whether your child is a victim, perpetrator, or witness.

  • School Counselors

    Counseling support staff can help to ensure your child’s success in school and in the future. Know what to ask for at a conference with your child’s counselor.

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