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    DOE Family Update

    April 8, 2021
    • All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9
    • Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application
    deadline is Friday, April 9
    • Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19
    • Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update
    Important Deadlines
    Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9
    If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in
    to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit
    your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been
    extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:
    • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey
    at to select blended learning for your child.
    • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.
    G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9
    The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the
    deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of
    three ways:
    • Online at
    • Through a Family Welcome Center—visit to learn more.
    • By phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.
    Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19
    Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application
    deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.
    Learn more at
    Tests and Assessments
    New York State Exams
    New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education
    Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for
    grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in
    person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.
    If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your
    school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any
    further action.
    The exams will be administered within the following dates:
    • English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29
    • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13,
    when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.
    • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11
    Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at

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    All students must have an updated emergency card for the 2020-2021 school year. Please use the link below to complete the form

    2020-2021 Emergency Contact Form

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

    The New York City Department of education has added important dates and information. Please check their site often, NYCDOE Welcome to 2020-2021 School Year

  • WE MADE IT- D75 Parent Support

    The end of the year is here and it’s time to celebrate! Come to District 75’s Support Group Meeting Thursday June 10th, 2021 3 pm - 5 pm Join using the link below:


    Or by phone using one of the numbers below: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

    Meeting ID: 863 3193 1400

    Passcode: 744373

  • An important message from the Chancellor Regarding September 2021 reopening

    Dear Families,


    First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought to us over the past year. As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support. As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our reopening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall. All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall. As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year, including the following: 

    Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings 

    Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home 

    Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home 

    Every school building will continue to have a nurse 

    Every classroom will have working ventilation systems 

    On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance 

    The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases


    We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to support our students. Here are some ways that we are supporting with the transition now, and we encourage you and your children to participate: Chancellor’s Borough-Wide Family Forums: I am hosting borough-wide family town halls to hear more from you about this fall, and how we can use our resources to ensure a positive homecoming for your children and provide an enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning. To learn more and register, please visit us here: School Open Houses: Starting in June and throughout the summer, every school will host open houses for families to visit, take a tour, and learn about the health and safety precautions in place that have kept our schools safe over the last year. Your child’s school will be in touch with you about when these will be scheduled, and we encourage you to participate to learn more. Summer Rising: In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, we are so excited to provide an enriching, fun and joyful summer camp experience for any interested student. We encourage your child to join us - to be welcomed back into their school communities, re-connect with teachers and staff, and get ready for fall while having fun! Families can sign up here: Thank you for your partnership, your engagement, and your dedication to your children’s education over the last year. I am in awe of how our communities came together to lift each other up to ensure our children had the best experience possible despite enormous challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with you, learning from you, and leveraging all we‘ve done together over the last year to create a new normal starting in September - one that is warm and welcoming, affirming and enriching, and exciting and challenging - for each one of your children.


    In partnership,


    Meisha Porter

    New York City Schools Chancellor


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  • May 18, 2021 Water Test @2697 Westchester Ave, Bronx

    Dear Families and Staff:


    This is a follow up to a January letter informing you that your school’s operational water fixtures would be tested for the presence of lead in 2020. On April 21, 2021, all operational sources of water at P.S. 721 (Otc) - Bronx (P.S. X721 - Stephen McSweeney School at 2697 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY 10461), including for drinking or cooking, were tested for the presence of lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 1 of the 74 samples fixtures from which water was taken and tested. Any drinking or cooking fixture with elevated levels was immediately taken offline, and will remain offline until it is successfully remediated. Details of elevated results are attached and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at https:// Click “Reports” and look for the “Facilities” heading. The test results include water fixtures that are not used for drinking or cooking, including handwashing sinks. Sinks will have clear signs indicating “Hand Washing Only” and “Not for Drinking Use.” The custodial staff will flush the P.S. 721 (Otc) - Bronx water systems on Monday mornings and after holidays before school starts, in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend. This is part of our robust protocol to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff. Please visit to learn more about the protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school. We will keep you updated on the remediation work at P.S. 721 (Otc) - Bronx, and thank you for your patience and support.


    Sincerely yours,

    Kevin Moran

  • Classroom Closure

    4/8/2021 12:22 PM

    Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined


    Dear P.S. X721 - Stephen McSweeney School at 2697 WESTCHESTER AVENUE Community:

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school. Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE). What Happens Now? ● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period. ● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days. ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious. ● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened. ● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home. How do we stay healthy? Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.


    How can I stay updated? We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit or call 311.

    Sincerely, Sara Byas Aracena

  • Let's Talk it Out

    Let’s Talk It Out!

    Come to District 75’s Support Group Meeting Thursday April 8th, 2021 3 pm - 5 pm

    Join using the link below: CSTJaQT09

    Or by phone using one of the numbers below: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 863 3193 1400 Passcode: 744373

  • Weekend Wellness: Self Care Communities and Families

  • Free Online English Classes

    Register for class 862-367-6647

    Morning Classes 9:00 AM—12:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    April 20—June 24 Evening Classes 6:00 PM—9:00 PM

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday April 20-June 24 Saturday Classes 9:30 AM—4:00 PM

    Saturdays April 24—June 26 Citizenship Classes 6:00—8:00 PM

    Monday/Wed. or Monday/Thurs. April 19—June 28

  • FREE Citizenship Classes

    FREE Citizenship Classes Prepare for the U.S. citizenship test and interview Classes are online Beginner Class: Option 1: Mon. & Wed. 6:00-8:00pm Option 2: Mon. & Thurs. 6:00-8:00pm April 19 - June 28 Intermediate Class: Monday & Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm April 19 - June 28 To register: Call 973 - 797 - 9407 Email Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement 10-25 41st Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

  • Autism Spectrum Workshop Series

     All School P721x: Stephen D. McSweeney School Lisette Melendez, Transition Coordinator Mar 10, 2021 10:30 AM EST
    Autism Spectrum Workshop Series

    Educating and informing with general guidelines for parents/guardians on the Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sexuality.


    Sexuality and Disability 101: Talking to your young person about their sexuality and sexual health

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2pm. Click here to register here via Zoom


    Dealing with Puberty and Sex Education: Smart ways to deal with Sexuality and Autism

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2pm. Click here to register via Zoom

  • The Office of Autism @ District 75 & Rethink Ed. Invite Parents, Caregivers and Families To Our March 2021 Workshop

    Resilience: How to Practice Being More Resilient Post 2020!

    Learn strategies to be more resilient and optimistic even in the most

    challenging times.


    Tuesday March 16th, 2021.

    4:00 PM

    To join, please click here:

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Welcome to P721X!

 P721X Main Site Exterior 

The Stephen D. McSweeney School is a District 75 high school for students with special needs. We serve students diagnosed with various disabilities including cognitive delays, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and multiple disabilities. Our organization consists of a Main Site, an inclusion site at Lehman High School, off-sites at the Monroe Annex, at 368, at DeWitt Clinton High School as well as several full time work sites.

Our Mission
At the Stephen D. McSweeney School, we believe in educating and preparing our students to meet the challenges of living independently in contemporary society. Our school is a student centered learning community that believes in educating the “whole student” with a focus on integrating academic, social emotional, and vocational development with self-advocacy and college and career readiness. We believe a student’s success is found in a sound partnership between the school, the family, and the community.

Our transition services focus on the vocational aspects of education, providing our students with meaningful work experiences in our school and in the community. While our inclusion students may graduate with a high school diploma, the majority will graduate with competitive and supported employment or an association with one of the many agencies that serve our students.


 P721X Worksites 


721X Main Site  Monroe Site  368 Site  DeWitt Clinton H.S.  Inclusion: Lehman H.S.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NYC Department of Education Chancellor has discontinued in-person community activities.  We hope to return to these worksites once the city reopens and the Chancellor deems community activities to be safe for our students.