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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.
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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.  (See https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-vaccination-requirement-doe.pdf or https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/counseltothemayor/downloads/DOE-Staff-Vax-Mandate-FAQ.pdf )
The relevant language is summarized below:
All staff of contractors of DOE and the City who work in-person in a DOE school setting or DOE building, including individuals who provide services to DOE students, must provide proof to their employer no later than September 27, 2021 or prior to beginning such work that:
    1. they have been fully vaccinated; or
    2. they have received a single dose vaccine, even if two weeks have not passed since they received the vaccine; or
    3. they have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, and they must additionally provide proof that they have received the second dose of that vaccine within 45 days after receipt of the first dose. Self-employed independent contractors hired for such work must provide such proof to the DOE.
In addition, please notify your staff that as of September 9, all DOE staff and contractors must wear a face covering at all times while in DOE buildings, except while eating or drinking, regardless of the individual’s COVID-19 vaccine status.
Finally, as a reminder, all City and DOE contracted employees, whether in DOE or buildings or non-DOE buildings, are required to meet the COVID-Safe Requirement, which, beginning 9/13, requires them to:
  • 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
Please sign and submit the attached certification to evidence that your company is complying with the new policy by 9/13/2021 and upload it directly to your PASSPort vendor profile or send it to the NYCDOE at COVIDCertification@schools.nyc.gov if you do not have a PASSPort account. The certification is attached to this email.
For further information please consult the Commissioner’s Order or contact the Vendor Hotline at vendorhotline@schools.nyc.gov
Thank you for your compliance and helping keep the City safe and healthy.


URGENT ADVOCACY ALERT: Submit Written Testimony to the New York City Council in Support of Arts Education

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Posted on May 19, 2020

The following letter was sent out to the Roundtable mailing list on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. To stay up to date with weekly e-blasts about advocacy efforts, best practices, current trends, upcoming events, and more, please subscribe to the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable mailing list.

Update (June 19, 2020): The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable recently launched the #ArtsAreEssential campaign to preserve arts education funding in the 2020/2021. For more information about the campaign, please click here. 


Latest Memo from NYC Department of Education Office of Arts & Special Projects

Updates from OASP, NYC Department of Education. Pictured: NYC Department of Education and Office of Arts and Special Projects logos.

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2020

Yesterday, the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects shared the attached memo with the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable regarding the continuation of remote learning services.

As it relates to our community’s ongoing advocacy work, the memo states:

“…Arts services that are provided remotely in collaboration and in support of schools’ remote teaching plans, and fulfill mandated services and/or New York State graduation requirements can continue to be offered.

DOE managers will ensure that invoices for services rendered to schools and central offices prior to April 1st, as well as any services which meet the above criteria offered after April 1st, will be paid accordingly.”

For questions about Arts Partnership Grants, please reach out to Audrey Cox, Director of Arts Partnerships at ACox16@schools.nyc.gov. For any other questions, please reach out to ArtsAndSpecialProjects@schools.nyc.gov.


Our Suggestions

Based on our understanding of this memo, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable offers the following suggestions:

  • Review your Purchase Order(s). How can your organization provide contract deliverables remotely? How do these activities and objectives align with city/state arts learning standards and/or standards in other academic subjects?
  • Be prepared to justify why your program(s) fulfill mandated services. Highlight required arts instruction hours, graduation requirements, arts support for student sub-populations (i.e. students with disabilities, ENL students) and arts education’s impact on student learning, health, and wellbeing. **See helpful research links below.
  • Advocate directly to the school principal with these points clearly laid out (and ‘CC partnering educators, arts liaison, and other support staff). Give them what they need to make the case for your services. Be clear on PO deliverables in digital space, provide program rationale, and attach the memo from OASP.

It is our understanding that it will ultimately be up to each individual principal to justify and advocate for the continuation of arts vendor services. Given the current uncertainty about the future landscape of in-person education, we hope you can use these suggestions as a way to continue building relationships that will carry into the next school year.

Research / Policy

We hope you can use the below policies and studies as a jumping off point to advocate for your programs now and in the future.

Our Next Steps

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable would like to thank our community members who helped advocate for these written assurances from the NYC Department of Education. It will be a long road ahead, and there is more work to be done. The Roundtable will continue to advocate on behalf of our membership to address the challenges that lie ahead and to ensure #ARTSareEssential in the “new normal”.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:30am – 12pm for A Roundtable Conversation: Advocacy in Action to discuss how we can use our collective impact to move the field forward from here.