FROM NYCE DOE: Important Health and Safety Information & Action Items

Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021

The following text is from an email sent out to NYC DOE Contractors the on Thursday, September 2. NYCAIER has follow up with the Vendor Hotline for more information.


NYC Department of Educaiton logo in green, orange, and blue

Attention DOE Contractors:

Please be advised that on August 24, 2021, the New York City Commissioner of Health signed an Order that requires COVID-19 vaccination of contractors of DOE or the City who work in person in a DOE school or DOE building. 

National Arts and Educational Organizations Send Letter to Secretary of Education Cardona

Published on August 26, 2021

On August 19, 2021, a group of national arts and educational organizations sent the following letter calling on the Honorable Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education, to address the inequities in access to arts education. Thank you to fellow advocates in this work! A PDF version of this letter can be found at the bottom of this document.


NYC Mandates Vaccinations for Public School Teachers, Staff

AUG. 23, 2021

NEW YORK — New York City will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all Department of Education workers, from teachers to custodians to agency office staff, beginning Sept. 27.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the vaccination mandate Monday, three weeks before the beginning of the school year on Sept. 13. The mandate, unlike a broader requirement for all municipal employees,

Arts ARE Education Podcast: Advocating for Strong Arts Education Programs

Published on August 19, 2021

Roundtable Executive Director Kimberly Olsen and Roundtable Co-Chair and Director of Education and Community Engagement, New York Philharmonic, Gary Padmore were recently interviewed by Jim Palmarini from Arts ARE Education for the second episode of the Arts ARE Education Podcast series. Entitled “Advocating for Strong Arts Education Programs,” Kim and Gary talk about everything from arts education as a tool to process traumatic events to the need for arts education to be prioritized for funding by our political leaders.

2021-2022 NYC Budget Updates

Thank you to the hundreds of arts education champions that joined in this spring in advocating for increased funding for arts education. While we are still waiting to hear about funding for DOE Arts Initiatives, here is what we know so far:

  • Fair Student Funding (FSF) was funded at 100%. This money makes up a school’s budget and can be spent at the principal’s discretion.
  • CASA funding restored to pre-COVID levels ($17.3M).

COVID-Safe Requirement: FAQ for Contracted Organizations

COVID-Safe Requirement: FAQ for Contracted Organizations

as of August 12, 2021

On July 26th, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City is requiring all City and contracted employees to show proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests. This is referred to as the “COVID-Safe Requirement.”

Under the COVID-Safe Requirement, employees must either:

  • provide one-time verification that they are fully vaccinated OR
  • provide a weekly record of a negative PCR test as evidence that they are in compliance with the mandate.

My Experience at the Black Women’s Wellness Retreat

Published on July 23, 2021

by Lakeisha Frith


The Covid-19 pandemic was a rollercoaster of emotions and frankly a lot to digest. In March of 2020, life as we all knew it changed forever. I never stopped, never paused, I just continued to plough through. Rolling along with every change in both my work and personal life. I kept myself busy from morning until night with zoom meetings,

Ain’t Nobody Got Grey Arms

Photography by Anthony Francis

by Aminah Decé

Wind is rushing through the skies delivering urgent messages to the corners of Arroyo City.

The hypnotic push and pull of the waves are a sensual lullaby to the acrobatic fish who stretch as they prepare for their breakfast dance with the pelicans.

I am sitting, swaying to this melody reflecting as the last days of the Nepantla Residency creep upon me.


$635M historic investment to jumpstart academic achievement for every student 

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter today announced their academic recovery vision for New York City’s public schools and students in the wake of the pandemic. The bold, rigorous framework will guide school communities and support students during the 2021-22 school year and beyond, stressing six critical areas of focus: early literacy for all, developing students as digital citizens,