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Parent Engagement


Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits. For schools and districts across the U.S., family engagement is becoming an integral part of education reform efforts.

I.S. 349 Policies

Policies are key for the success of a school and are important because they help a school establish model-operating procedures and create standards of quality for learning and safety, as well as expectations and accountability. Below are current policies adopted at I.S. 349. 

I.S 349 Parent Surveys

Parent Account Registrations


New York City School Account (NYCSA)- NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a web-based application that lets you to see and manage important information about your child on any computer, phone, or tablet. The application is translated into nine languages other than English. You will need the Account Creation Code that will be sent home with your child in a letter. You can also request a letter from your child’s school. You will need this code and the child’s 9-digit student ID number to create an NYCSA or to add additional children to an existing account. https://mystudent.nyc/

I.S. 349 Afterschool Programs

After-school programs give students opportunities to learn skills, explore their interests, and discover new things. I.S. 349 offers a variety of free afterschool programs throughout the school year, which include academic tutoring, the arts, dance, recreational activities and clubs.  

There are more than 900 programs serving K-12 students throughout NYC. To find an after-school program, visit the Department of Youth and Community Development website. Through the Comprehensive After-School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC), programs are free and are located in schools, community centers, religious institutions, public housing and recreational facilities throughout NYC. For more information on applying for City-funded after-school programs.

Enrollment and School Forms

Visit the enrollment website to find the forms you might need to enroll in a DOE public school, available in multiple languages. All I.S. 349 families are required to fill out and submit to our Pupil Accounting Secretary the following four forms:  

  1. Emergency Contact Card   
  2. Home Language Identification Survey 
  3. Housing Questionnaire    
  4. Parent-Guardian-Student Ethnic and Race Identification 

Parents may fill out fillable forms, print, sign forms, and send to main office room 301 with their child. *Parents must sign and date all school forms.

Medical Services and Forms

New York City schools offer many health services to support student health. School physicians and nurses conduct physical exams and help manage the health of students with health issues like asthma, allergies and diabetes. Students with health issues and disabilities can receive prescribed medicine, skilled nursing treatments and 504 Accommodations in school. 


If your child requires any of these services, to fill out the required health forms, visit the Health Services website.

If your child is due for their annual physical, have their physician fill out the CHILD & ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXAMINATION FORM, you will be required to give a copy to the school nurse. Examination form is available below. 

ESSA Title I Get Help

Fundamentally, ESSA is about creating a set of interlocking strategies to promote educational equity by providing support to districts and schools as they work to ensure that every student succeeds. New York State is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and thrive in school no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from.

What is ESSA? Why does it matter? What do parents need to know?

ESSA Title I parent information website link available below.

Respect For All in NYC Public Schools

Each student and staff member brings to our public school community the richness of our city’s cultural diversity and the desire for respect. It is the policy of the Department to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, citizenship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or weight. The policy prohibits such behavior by students against other students and by staff against students. Respect For All Handouts: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/school-environment/respect-for-all/respect-for-all-handouts

Family Empowerment

We encourage all parents/guardians to get involved with New York City public schools. Families are our closest partners in helping our 1.1 million students to thrive. Here are some ways you can connect with your child’s school.

Family and Community Empowerment (FACE)

The Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) team is responsible for developing and supporting parent governance structures in New York City schools. FACE provides leadership opportunities, training, coaching, and other resources for families to help them advocate for the educational success of their children. In addition, FACE provides support to parent coordinators, family leadership coordinators, and school leadership so all New York City parents are empowered and welcomed in their school communities.

Family and Community Wellness Collective

Building on our trauma-informed work with school staff, we are empowering parents and caregivers in 900+ schools to become Family Healing Ambassadors. This initiative focuses on 33 communities “hardest hit” by COVID-19, in addition to communities that have a high percentage of other health and socioeconomic disparities. The DOE is committed to supporting trauma-responsive educational practices and resources and this initiative does that. Parent leaders will be key partners to the school’s leadership team to help champion and advance trauma-informed approaches within the school community. Parent leaders will also have access to families through existing PA/PTA channels independent of efforts taken by school leaders and staff.

Get Help

There are many ways to stay connected with your child's education, classroom, school, and the Department of Education. You can call, write, or sign up for alerts and emails. Find out how to get help and ways to talk to us!