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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.

Announcements

  • From the Chancellor Family Letter January 5, 2021

    Dear Families,
    It’s an honor to serve with Mayor Eric Adams as I become your new Schools Chancellor—and to welcome your
    children back to school after their much-deserved winter break. The health and safety of our children, families,
    and staff is our highest priority. I hope you received the recent letter outlining the new health and safety measures
    we have put in place to ensure that your children remain safe and that our schools remain open. We continue to
    encourage families to get tested, get vaccinated, and consent to in-school testing. If you missed the letter, you can
    read it at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies.
    As a parent and life-long educator, I believe that every young person is filled with brilliance, promise, and gifts.
    I believe that all children deserve a strong academic foundation that prepares them to graduate with an employable
    skill set. Equally important, they deserve the tools and support needed to be physically and emotionally healthy.
    And as a proud New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, I know the difference an excellent educator and school can make
    in a child’s life. I will never forget the teacher at P.S. 161 in Brooklyn who transformed my life: Mrs. Mildred
    Scott. She taught me about Black history and culture. She also taught me that I had a responsibility to my
    community, a value reinforced by my parents.
    I took those lessons with me to Queens, where I graduated from Hillcrest High School and then attended college.
    Now, I didn’t plan on becoming a teacher. In fact, I was a school safety officer for a year when I was bitten by
    the teaching bug. Wouldn’t you know it, I began my first teaching job at P.S. 167 in my old neighborhood on
    Eastern Parkway. From there, I became a founding principal at the Bronx School for Law, Government and
    Justice, and later at the Eagle Academy for Young Men, where I proved that a high-quality college preparatory
    education for young men of color can be provided in a public-school setting.
    In the more than 30 years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve learned a few things about education. I learned that the
    answers to how we improve the system exist in the hearts and minds of our teachers, principals, children, and
    families. I learned that you cannot create innovative and high-quality schools that serve all students without
    engaging the entire community. And so, in my first week as your Chancellor, I welcome your input and
    partnership as we work together to ensure that the nation’s largest school system also becomes the nation’s best
    school system.
    To achieve this goal, we will work on behalf of all our children–children from every neighborhood, and especially
    those who have been historically left behind. Children who are learning to speak English. Children with
    disabilities. Children who live in temporary housing. We will work day in and day out for all of our children,
    because they are all capable of thriving. This means giving every student the support, learning experiences, and
    resources to graduate from high school, attend college or learn a trade, get a great job, and become informed and
    engaged citizens.
    You can count on me to always be honest. I won’t sugarcoat it: we face enormous challenges, and we can only
    change a system as large as ours with an all-hands-on-deck approach. This is particularly true as we enter our
    third year of a pandemic that has required us to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning.
    This is where you, our families, come in. We want to reach every one of you and welcome you as partners in your
    children’s education. We want your input on the policies that affect your children. Over the coming months you
    will begin to see new and improved ways to communicate with our school system. We want to empower you to
    be advocates for your children, your schools, and your communities. We want to bring in our parents who are not
    typically engaged with the school system and elevate their crucial voices.
    I began this letter with my commitment to safety and I want to reassure you that we will do everything in our
    power to keep your children safe and our schools open, with as little disruption as possible. We owe your children
    nothing less. Thank you for your warm wishes and for your support as we lift all our students higher.
    Soaring high,
    David C. Banks
    Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

    For more information please see the New York City Department of Education website,  Messages for Families

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  • Family Letter January 2022

    Dear Families,
    We hope you had a restful holiday and were able to spend time with your loved ones. As we welcome students
    back into our classrooms from a well-deserved winter break, our highest priority continues to be the health and
    safety of our students, families, and staff. To this end, we are putting additional health and safety measures in
    place to ensure students and staff are safe and that our schools can continue to be open.
    The following updates were made in partnership with our City and State public health colleagues and are
    based on federal and scientific guidance.
    Home Test Kits
    ● Beginning January 3, schools will distribute free, take-home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any student
    or staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has
    been identified.
    ● If your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test on the day
    they receive the home test and help your child take the second test five days after exposure or at the first
    indication of symptoms.
    o Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and
    does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
    o If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth day, please have your child
    isolate and take the second home test immediately.
    o If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the
    first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately to inform them and for
    further guidance.
    ● If your child had symptoms of COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test
    immediately and help your child take the second test 24 hours later.
    o Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests
    taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of
    fever-reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID
    test.
    o If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the
    first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately and report the test results.
    ● Any student who tests positive on a take-home test should immediately report it to the school and begin
    isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can return to school on Day 11. No
    negative test is required to return to school.
    ● As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors must pass the DOE health screener in order to enter school
    buildings. Additional questions will be added to the health screeners for those students and staff who
    receive at-home rapid test kits to share their negative result. No other proof of a negative result is
    required in order for these students to enter the school building.
    New Quarantine Policy
    Our goal is to ensure that students safely remain in school as much as possible, and we have updated our
    policies to ensure we meet this goal. This means that if there is a positive case in a classroom:
    ● For students in kindergarten through grade 12, unvaccinated or not yet fully-vaccinated students who
    were in close proximity to a positive case will no longer have to quarantine and will continue attending
    school if they do not have symptoms and do not have a positive test result from a COVID test. Instead,
    all students and adults in that classroom will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over
    the course of five days.
    ● For students in 3-K and Pre-K, the quarantine policy will remain the same, meaning that any 3-K or preK student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still have to quarantine for 10 days.
    Increased In-School Surveillance Testing
    To further ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff, the in-school surveillance testing program is
    expanding to double the number of individuals tested in each school, including both vaccinated and
    unvaccinated students, in grades 1 and up. The random in-school surveillance program continues to provide
    public health experts with an accurate look at the prevalence of COVID-19 in schools. We encourage all
    families who have not yet submitted consent, regardless of whether their child is vaccinated, to consent to inschool testing through their NYC Schools Account (schoolsaccount.nyc) or return a signed paper form to the
    school. Additional information on testing for students and the printable version of the consent form in multiple
    languages can be found on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) website:
    schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
    Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and communities safe. Thank you to those families who have
    already consented to testing, and for your cooperation by participating in our in-school testing program!
    COVID-19 Testing Sites
    ● The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) continues to open new testing sites
    throughout the five boroughs. We strongly encourage that all students get tested for COVID-19, through
    a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit on a continuous basis, regardless of vaccination status.
    For a list of testing sites, including sites with at-home rapid tests, call 212-COVID19, visit
    nyc.gov/covidtest, text "COVID TEST" to 855-48, or call 311 to find a nearby testing site.
    ● Additionally, many pharmacies and doctors’ offices are offering COVID-19 testing. Please check with
    your pediatrician’s office or local pharmacy to see if you can schedule a test.
    We know that nothing is more important to you than keeping your children in school, learning in healthy
    and safe environments. The changes we are announcing today aim to keep students in our classrooms with the
    least amount of disruption as possible, while putting their safety front and center.
    We will continue to update you as the situation changes and hear your feedback on these updated policies and
    procedures. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to keep our children and staff safe in school.
    In partnership,
    David C. Banks
    New York City Schools Chancellor

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Shot Letter

    Dear Families,
    As the holidays approach, we wish all our families a safe and healthy holiday season. We know that COVID-19 delta and omicron variants may be on your mind and we want to make it clear that that the health and safety of our children, families, and school staff is our highest priority. Vaccination is our best tool in maintaining safer schools and defending against COVID-19. If you have a child who is at least 5 years old and not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get them vaccinated as soon as
    possible with the Pfizer vaccine (the only vaccine authorized for children age 5-17).

    As a reminder, if your child is fully vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine and miss school if exposed to a person with COVID-19. As long as your child is fully vaccinated (meaning that it has been
    at least 2 weeks since the second COVID-19 vaccine dose) and does not have COVID-19 symptoms, they can attend in-person school after being exposed. Also, students age 5 and older participating in high-risk extracurricular sports and other high-risk extracurricular activities (such as singing and band) must be vaccinated to participate in those activities during the 2021-22 school year.

    In addition, we strongly recommend that all children receive the annual flu vaccine. The flu and COVID19 are expected to circulate at the same time this season. Getting a flu vaccine reduces the chance of
    serious illness and hospitalization due to the flu and has been shown to save children’s lives. Getting both vaccines is important, because the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine does not protect against flu. Your child can receive the flu vaccine at the same time as all other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Check with your child’s health care provider to schedule a vaccination appointment or you can find vaccine sites for both flu and COVID-19 vaccines at
    nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.

    Once your child is vaccinated against COVID-19, you can upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the Department of Education’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc using your child’s Department of Education account information. Submitting that information will let us
    know that your child does not have to quarantine if they become a close contact to a person with COVID-19.

    You can find more information about the vaccine and other health and safety practices in our schools at schools.nyc.gov/2021health.
    For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine sites, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine.

    We wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season.

    Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
    Commissioner
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    Meisha Porter
    Chancellor
    NYC Department of Education

    Covid-19 Vaccine and Flu Shot Letter

     

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  • Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

    The New York City Department of education has added important dates and information. Please check their site NYCDOE Website and their calendar  NYCDOE 2021-2022 School Year   often.

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  • Family Letter December 23, 2021

    Dear Families,
    When I became Chancellor this March, I was deeply moved to have the honor of leading the school system that
    I grew up in as a student, sent my children to as a parent, and served throughout my entire career. We are not
    only the largest system in the country by far, but also the most extraordinary, thanks to the remarkable diversity
    and dedication of our students, families, and educators. I see that especially now, families across the city are
    doing all they can to keep communities safe from Omicron.
    From day one, we shared the important goal of fully opening our school buildings in September to all students.
    That long-awaited homecoming welcomed students back with new support systems to address their social and
    emotional needs, a curriculum that reflects their lived experiences, and technology that builds on the lessons we
    learned during the pandemic.
    As we head into the holiday season and I transition out of my role at the end of this year, I want to thank you for
    doing so much to make our homecoming and the first months of this school year safe and successful for
    everyone in our schools. This continues to be an extraordinarily challenging time, but your partnership has
    enabled our students to thrive as they returned to the community of the classroom, where they learn best. I could
    not be more proud or grateful for what we have accomplished together.
    I am heartened that my former colleague and friend David Banks will be carrying the torch from me as your
    new Chancellor, and know that he will further build on the progress we made for our students.
    On my final tour of schools last week, a student said to me, “Thank you for helping me out as a young Black
    girl. You set a great example of success as the first Black woman Chancellor, and that gives me more hope than
    ever before.” I will always remember the people I met in this role, from that young woman to our incredible
    educators and our steadfast support staff who make New York City public schools possible.
    I am proud of what we accomplished together for our students and I am hopeful that children like that young
    woman are empowered to follow in our footsteps and find success in chasing their dreams.
    Happy Holidays and much gratitude to you all!
    In partnership,
    Meisha Porter
    New York City Schools Chancellor

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  • December 10th, 10am -11:30am - Understanding your Child's IEP

    December 10th, 10am -11:30am - Understanding your Child's IEP

    Parent Workshop: Understanding Your Child's IEP

    Friday, December 10, 2021 10-11:30am

    Presenter: IncludeNYC Online on Zoom

    Registration Link

    INCLUDEnyc Family Educators will help you better understand your child's IEP and answer your questions.

    Interpretation in Spanish and Mandarin

    Questions?: Contact Rachel Beadle, 277Q Parent Coordinator: 718-361-3567 or rbeadle@schools.nyc.gov

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Sites

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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.

School Calendar

 2021-22 calendar cover