Spring Break Announcement from Chancellor Carranza

Since closing school buildings and shifting to remote learning last week, all of you, in partnership with our more than 150,000 staff, have shown incredible resilience and fortitude as we leap into a new reality. Together, we have been transforming public education in the nation’s largest school system in ways we never imagined even a few weeks ago. 

Throughout this process, we have approached every decision with the health, safety, and continuous learning of our students at the forefront of our minds. Through it all, I’ve emphasized that we need to operate with flexibility and patience for all our school communities. 

Those values, along with the fact that social distancing remains an imperative for all New Yorkers, means we must take a new approach to Spring Recess, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 9 through Friday April 17, 2020. 

For the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, the City and the State are in agreement that schools must continue to offer remote learning, including during days that were previously scheduled as breaks. As a result, our schools will continue with remote learning through the time originally scheduled for Spring Recess. 

We know that many New Yorkers plan to observe religious holidays on April 9 and 10. Any students and school staff who individually wish to observe those holidays may do so. However, these days will not be considered “days off” for the school system, and remote learning activities will continue for students who are not observing the holidays.

Remote Learning 

We know that Spring Recess is a time of rest and recharging time for our educators and students alike—and we know how hard all of our students and educators have been working to adapt to a new approach to learning. 

With this in mind, we will offer schools remote learning resources that focus on daily themes and enrichment activities for all students for April 9-17. This will keep students and their teachers meaningfully engaged and connected with each other and ideas happening in the world around them—even as we all remain socially distant at home.

Resources will include “theme” days (e.g., wellness, world language, computer science, college and career readiness) and taking advantage virtually of the unparalleled educational and cultural resources right here in the city (e.g., museums, libraries, and cultural institutions).

More information on these activities will be shared with schools next week. We are confident that continuing remote learning will help ensure that families adhere to social distancing in the coming weeks, which is imperative to slowing the spread of the virus and keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe. 

Regional Enrichment Centers 

Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) serve the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential employees across the City. The majority of the REC sites will remain open from April 9-17. We will proactively communicate with families who may need to be temporarily reassigned to a REC during that time.

Free Meals 

Meal Hubs offer free meals to any New Yorker who wants them. The majority of our Meal Hub sites will also continue to operate. Find the nearest Meal Hub to you during this period or anytime.

Health Precautions 

We know our families are working hard to stop the spread of coronavirus. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19, and therefore the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recommends you wear a face covering or mask whenever you leave home. A face covering will not protect you from infection, but it can help others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system. Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people. Please visit nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information and an FAQ on face coverings, as well as other important information on the virus. Read the letter from Chancellor Carranza and Commissioner Barbot. (Open external link)

We continue to operate with health, safety, and high-quality learning as our top priorities for every child and adult in the DOE community across all five boroughs. Time and time again, you and your children—and all the educators who serve them—are proving that New York City has the best students and staff in the world, and that nothing will ever change that. 

Please call 311 for any questions regarding Spring Break, RECs, Free Meals, and much more. As always, you should reach out to your teacher, principal, and others at your school for continued information about remote learning and your child. 

Chancellor Signature

Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education

Chancellor's Letter to Families About Remote Learning

Here are all the Coronavirus/Remote Learning Letters from the Chancellor.  Please see the most recent Letter from the Chancellor.


 Students sitting at a desk 


Do you need a device?

The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with an internet connection.

You may also access the webpage to request a device.

 The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have
one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100
and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with an internet connection. 

Corona Virus

Parent Letter Regarding a confirmed Coronavirus Case at PS 186


The Chancellor has announced that all NYC Public Schools are closed.

Your child's teacher will reach out to you with more information about setting up a Google Classroom account as part of our school-wide plan for remote learning.

Also, please have your children log into iReady daily to practice reading and math.  Remember, read nightly.  Here is a guide for using iReady at home

  We will keep all of our latest information on the Department of Education Website at the NYCDOE Corona Virus Family Letter Page and the NYCDOE Corona Virus Update Page.

Please visit My Student Account to create an account and to update your emergency contact information.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to the letter for more information, or visit NYC Health Corona Virus Page at any time for important updates.

The health and safety of our students continue to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.

Other Resouces for Coronavirus information:
NYS Dept. of Health Coronavirus information
CDC Information regarding Covid-19 


Playworks Recess at Home

 Playworks logo 

Have you joined Playworks Virtual Recess yet? Playworks is eager to share our Play at Home series to support kids’ healthy movement and play while students are home.  Anyone can join Playworks for Live Virtual Recess Monday - Friday at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm EST. 

A Playworks Coach leads a morning warm-up, a midday game, and an afternoon cooldown each weekday. Not on Facebook, or can’t join live? Playworks posts all Virtual Recess videos on the Playworks YouTube page so you can Play at Home anytime. 

We are now, more than ever, committed to responding to the need for continued healthy activities through the Play at Home resources we are offering for free:

At Playworks, we believe that every child deserves to play every day! Please share these resources widely. 

Peace and play, 

The Playworks Team

Learn at Home

 Home learning 

Please take a moment to log in to your class’ Google Classroom using your Google login.  Please reach out to your teacher for your username and password.

Student user names are the full first then the first letter of the last name the last four numbers of the student ID number then “@ps186.com” and the is the password is the student ID number.

For example, John Doe whose ID is 123456789 would have the user name JohnD6789@ps186.com.  His password would be 123456789

NYCDOE has also set up a Learn at Home page.

Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in English
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Arabic
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Bangla
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Chinese
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Korean
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Russian
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Spanish
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Tajik-Farsi-Persian
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Ukrainian
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Urdu


Good luck and have fun learning online!!!



PTA Meeting Schedule

PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know

Location:  Auditorium 

Date: TBD

Time: 8:30

 We will be celebrating our students of the month at the meeting! 

2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Family Resources for Special Education

Playworks- A Rocking Recess!

Our Indoor "Rockin' Recess" is such a great success! We would, however,  like to give the children the opportunity to play outside whenever it is possible.  Please remind students to come dressed appropriately (cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing and use multiple layers to maintain warmth) for outdoor play daily.  The decision to stay indoors or outdoors will be made on a day to day basis. 

Outdoor Lineup and Recess

In keeping with the recommendations from the NYC Dept. of Health, the Deptartment of Education has set forth the following guideline:

"Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind-chill factor is below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not preclude outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and should take precautions to keep students warm and ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth."

Please be sure to dress your child for outdoor line up and recess each day.  

On days when the weather does not permit outdoor lineup, students should enter the school through one of the schoolyard entrances.

Link to NYCDOE Website regarding outdoor activities.

Statement on Accessibility

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