Prevent Bullying

Bullying can take the form of intimidation, discrimination, or harassment, and it can be physical, social, verbal, or written. Families can play an important role in preventing bullying in the following ways:

  • Talk to your child about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely
  • Check in with your child often, and listen
  • Ask about school, friends, and any concerns
  • Look for any changes (i.e., low self-esteem, difficulty sleeping, and avoidance of school or social situations)
  • Monitor your child’s use of technology. (Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through social media, cell phone text messages, and other electronic mediums)
  • Let your child know that it is important for kids to speak up when feeling threatened or bullied.

Apply for IDNYC

IDNYC is the City’s free municipal ID card available to all NYC residents ages 14 and up. The IDNYC card is widely accepted as proof of identity and residency by City agencies, including DOE and NYPD. Cardholders get discounts for movie tickets, live performances, and sports events, as well as free one-year memberships at 40 cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo, and more. Residents may also use their IDNYC cards at any public library in the City.

Enroll for Notify NYC

Notify NYC is just one way the City of New York seeks to communicate urgent information to city residents. In addition to sending e-mails, text messages, tweets, and phone calls, the emergency notification office has the ability to activate NYC’s Emergency Alert System (EAS), which sends information immediately via television and radio. Additional technologies are always being evaluated as they become available, including new social networking tools.

Water Safety In Schools

New York City’s water is of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding all federal and State standards. The City regulates its own watershed that surrounds — and protects — our reservoirs, and the water is tested over 500,000 times each year at various points throughout the system. Beyond these extensive measures, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) works with City agencies, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to ensure our students have access to safe drinking water in schools.

Supporting Immigrant Families

The DOE and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student to attend public school, regardless of immigration status, national origin, or religion. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students. Your child is our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect that right and ensure all students get a quality education.

Stay Connected


Sign up for the NYC Dept of Education regular email alerts about news, enrollment deadlines, events, and weather-related schedule changes at

311 and SMS (Text Message)

  • Call 311, if you have additional school-related questions.
  • Text* “nycschools” to 877-877 to receive updates.

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Social Media

For real-time, up-to-the-minute news about NYC public schools, including school closings, important dates, events, and deadlines, Follow the NYC Dept of Education on Facebook and Twitter.

The Morning Bell

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