HSCL Student Announcements:
COVID Testing and Vaccination Update
As you are aware, all DOE employees are required to have received to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27. Employees should use the DOE Vaccination Portal to upload proof of vaccination.
In the interim, between September 13 and September 27, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof of having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, or weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test (rapid or non-rapid).
Testing From 9/13 to 9/27
For each week of the interim period (September 13-27), if you have not provided proof that you have received at least one vaccine dose, you must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (rapid or non-rapid) by the end of each week: 9/19 and 9/26). For a week in which COVID-19 testing is available in your school/office, you will be able to get tested on-site. For the week in which such testing is not taking place in your school/office, in order to be tested, you are eligible for up to one hour of additional pay or leave (for staff with annual leave) in order to be tested outside of work hours (not release time).
All staff can get tested for free at City sites. More information is available on the NYC Health and Hospitals website.
Reporting Test Results
COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
During the first week of school the DOE will be hosting vaccination sites in every school with students aged 12 or older—approximately 700 locations. More information and a list of these sites is available here. For questions, contact stayinghealthy@
NYCDOE Division of Human Capital
Dear HSCL students,
As I welcome you all back for the 2021-2022 school year, I hope that you all find yourselves and your loved ones safe and in good health.
There are many challenges that remain as a consequence of the pandemic and I know that you have a lot of questions. I will try to answer as many of your questions as I can, however, because the situation is constantly changing, I may not be able to give a response to all of your questions. Also, please be reminded that the major policy decisions for schools are not set by the HSCL administration, but rather the Mayor’s Office.
Below, I want to communicate some important details about the upcoming school year:
1) School starts for all students on September 13. Grades 9, 10 and 11 should report to the building no later than 8:45am on the first day of school. Students can access their programs via Pupil Path (9th grade students received an email with access information) and should report to first period by 9:00am on Monday. 12th Grade students report by 9:45am and also access their programs via Pupil Path. Any student without a program or that has questions about her or his program will be able to meet with staff members at the entrance of the building (there will be a desk and banner so that they know where to go).
2) Normal school hours are 9:00 or 9:45am to 2:30 or 3:15pm. Lunch is from 12:15pm – 12:55pm. After school classes, tutorials and clubs start at 3:30pm. A grab-and-go breakfast is available near entry from 8:30 – 8:50am.
3) Masks are mandatory at all times when in the building (classrooms, offices and hallways) except when eating lunch in the cafeteria or during outdoor activities.
4) All persons aged 12 and older are highly encouraged to get vaccinated. There is a lot more evidence that the approved vaccines are safe and the recent surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations is concentrated among people that have not gotten vaccinated. The PSAL has also mandated vaccinations for all students playing a sport. Once you get your vaccination, you should upload proof using the NYCDOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/covid-information/health-and-safety-in-our-schools#jump-to-heading-0
5) There is no remote option being offered to students and families this year. This is a policy set by the Mayor’s Office. Attached to this letter is a document from the NYCDOE explaining how quarantining as a result of positive Covid-19 cases will be handled. You can also access this document in the “parent” section of the HSCL APP or our website: www.nychscl.org. You can also access the relevant information directly on the NYCDOE website here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/covid-information/health-and-safety-in-our-schools#jump-to-heading-0
6) In order to reduce the number of students during lunch, students in grades 11 and 12 will be permitted to go outside for lunch. This is a privilege, which can be taken away, that depends on maintaining good grades as well as showing responsibility by returning to class on time after lunch. We will also have a covered outside space for eating in addition to the lunchroom.
7) All students will receive an HSCL device (Chromebook, Ipad or MacBook) to use at home and at school, as well as other school instruments such as calculators, so that in the event of a cancellation of in-person learning, we will be able to transition easily to remote classes. We will continue to use Google Classroom and students should regularly use their @NYCHSCL.ORG email.
8) The main contacts for any academic or other issue you have are:
- Grade 9 families: Ms. Papadatos (Spapadatos@nychscl.org )
- Grade 10 families: Ms. Duran (Aduran@nychscl.org )
- Grade 11 families: Ms. Duran (Aduran@nychscl.org )
- Grade 12 families: Ms. Willis (Cwillis@nychscl.org )
- For any issues related to your HSCL email: Mr. ALkaifi (Aalkaifi@nychscl.org )
9) Eligible students will receive Metro Cards between September 13 and 14.
10) Mr. Baez (Johnny) will be visiting your classes during the first week of school to take Student ID pictures.
I know that there will be many more questions as we navigate this challenging time. We encourage students to stay informed by downloading the HSCL APP from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. We also invite you to follow us on Twitter @HSCLeadership or Instagram @hscl_official.
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Student Government Association Executive Board: