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    721X Donors Choose

    721X Grant and Research Team have created Donors Choose accounts to gain access to material that will support students educational and vocational needs.


    Donors Choose Active Projects: 

    4 Chromebooks for Inclusion 

    Tech Needs for Student Dreams | DonorsChoose project by Ms. M 

    2 Lexmark Printers 

    Printing Made Possible | DonorsChoose project by Ms. M 

    Consider virtually test driving a Ford to support 721X Donors Choose Projects

    Donors Choose Ford $50 Gift Card (5/3-5/7) 

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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

  • 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:

  • Lehman/Renascence Families

    Dear Families,

    I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will be reopening our high schools for in-person learning on March 22. Since the beginning of the school year, I have heard from many of you who are eager to have your child return to a physical classroom. I know you and your child have seen their peers in other grades return to in-person learning, while your student has continued to do the hard work of remote learning. I am so pleased that we can now invite students in grades 9-12 who selected blended learning in the fall back to the classroom. As students and staff in other grades have returned to school buildings, we have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe, and to maximize in-person learning time for students learning in our buildings. More information about activities, such as sports and extracurriculars, will be shared soon. For now, here is what you need to know about how your school will return to in-person learning: Weekly COVID-19 Testing and Mandatory Consent 

    All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.   

    All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.   

    Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at prior to their child’s first day of in-person learning.   If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s):   

    Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.”  

    Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.  If you do not already have a NYCSA account: 

    You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above.   

    If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.  

    You can also print and submit the form attached to this letter.  

    Students who do not submit consent will be immediately transitioned to fully remote learning. Learning Preference & In-Person Schedule  Those of you who chose blended learning as your child’s learning preference, either prior to the beginning of the school year or during the November opt-in period, will soon be contacted by your child’s school with their new schedule.  If you previously selected blended learning but wish to stay fully remote, you may do so by changing your preference as soon as possible at Attendance Please note that students in blended learning are required to attend in-person on a consistent basis. Your school will reach out if your child is not attending in-person regularly, and will transition your child to fully remote learning if irregular in-person attendance continues. This will allow schools to maximize in-person instructional days for students who are attending in-person.   If You Travel  Spring break begins on Monday, March 29. Please remember that students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 10 days, or test out of the 10-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found at travel-advisory.  

    DOE students continue to have access to priority testing at H+H sites across the city; a list of sites can be found here:  No matter where your child is learning, we are committed to ensuring they receive a strong, supportive education. We know how important school is for your student, whether blended or remote—and our dedication to them remains unwavering during this challenging time. Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education

  • From Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

    Dear Families, 
    I hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. I’m writing today with some important news.
    After three years leading the DOE, I will be stepping down as Chancellor in March.
    I am full of mixed emotions to leave the DOE family. It has been the honor of my career to serve you, and help
    your child’s school and our whole system get closer to reaching its full potential. The strength and resilience of
    your children—our 1 million students—is awe-inspiring. It is what drove me through this unprecedented crisis,
    and it is what I take with me as I leave this post. The commitment and support you have shown to your children,
    and to your school communities, is incredible.
    Throughout my career, my guiding light has been the belief that public education is the most powerful equalizer
    for children. Public education anchors communities. Public education makes it possible for a child who is poor,
    or who lives in temporary housing, or—in my own case—who doesn’t speak English when they enter the public
    school system to develop their dreams, and then to chase them. Truly, it is public education that expresses the
    highest ideals of our democracy. My time in New York City has only strengthened this belief, as I have seen it
    play out time and again, in schools all across the boroughs.
    And together, we have seen proof. Our seniors kept breaking their own records as graduation rates and college
    enrollment kept rising higher, and the dropout rate kept getting lower.
    We also made true progress in dismantling the structures and policies that are the products of decades of
    entrenched racism in the city and country. We have worked to undo segregation and turn “equity” from an esoteric
    concept to a reality. Every school that no longer screens children for admission, and every district that uses DOE
    resources to create more space for low-income students, or English language learners, is making this mission
    We finally brought the mental health of our children into the spotlight and made it a major priority so that every
    child can feel welcomed, comfortable, and safe in their classroom and school community—especially now, when
    so many of our students are dealing with unforeseeable trauma.
    And, of course, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we transformed the nation’s largest school system
    overnight in order to protect the health of our students, staff, families, and communities. We have reinvented what
    it means to teach and learn in New York City public schools.
    All throughout, I have been proud to prioritize what’s best for kids over what’s politically popular. I have never
    been afraid of hard conversations. I have always believed that we need to set a high bar for every student—and
    then do what it takes to help them meet it.
    You, your children, and the dedicated staff who serve you deserve both continuity and courageous leadership
    from your next Chancellor. You need someone who knows firsthand the reality on the ground at our schools,
    and has the talent and leadership to finish the school year out strong and drive towards bringing every child back
    to buildings in September.
    That is why I am so proud that one of the most important leaders in this work will take on the privilege and
    responsibility of being your next Chancellor: Meisha Porter.

    Meisha is a 20-year veteran of New York City public schools, and currently serves as Bronx Executive
    Superintendent. In this role, she leads community school districts 7-12, covering the entire borough and
    its 361 schools and 235,000 students. She is a lifelong New Yorker and product of our public schools who first
    joined the Department of Education as a teacher at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice—a school
    she helped conceive. After 18 years at the school, where she became Principal, Meisha spent three years as
    Superintendent of District 11, serving the Pelham Parkway, Eastchester, and Woodlawn neighborhoods of the
    Bronx. She has been Executive Superintendent since 2018, and in that time, the students of the Bronx have
    achieved significant academic gains, and schools have gotten stronger and stronger.
    Meisha is an unparalleled warrior for our students and our schools. She attended them, she taught in them, she
    led them, and now she will be Chancellor for ALL of them. None of the last several Chancellors—myself
    included—have been actively working with our schools, day in and day out, at the time they were appointed.
    Meisha will break the mold, bringing all her experience, past and present, to support you and your children. You
    will be hearing much more from Meisha soon, and I will be working with her over the next several weeks to
    ensure a smooth and productive transition.
    More than anything, I am proud to have served you, and so proud of the strides we have made. I don’t know
    what’s next for me, but I know I will take the spirit and richness of New York City with me anywhere and
    everywhere I go.
    It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your Chancellor. I am grateful to each and every one of you.
    Richard A. Carranza
    New York City Department of Education


    A message from the NYC Department of Education:

    Schools offering in-person teaching and learning are conducting weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19.

    • If your child is tested, you should hear results via test, email, or phone call within two to three days.
    • Please make sure that your school has your most current contact information!
    • If you have't heard anything after 48 to 72 hours, you can contact the NYC Public School COVID-19 Testing Result Hotline at 646-614-3028.
    • When you call, please have the following information available:

    - Your student's name and date of birth

    - The date and school where testing occurred

    - The name of the lab that performed the test (check the flyer your child was sent home with, or ask school)

    Learn more about COVID-19 testing results at

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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.