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  • Explaining changes to the 2024-25 calendar to your school community

    The 2024-25 school year calendar in New York includes new observances for public schools, a step toward a more inclusive experience for many children and families throughout the state.

  • Inform your community about commemorative dates during 2023-24

    The School Communications Portfolio has prepared a comprehensive list of commemorative dates for the 2023-24 school year. This effort aims to support school districts in navigating the numerous official and unofficial observances that occur during the school year. This link will open as a read-only file that can be viewed in any web browser. From…

  • Required notifications for school districts (2023-24)

    Updates to lead testing requirements, employment law, and fiscal transparency documents.

  • Crafting inclusive communications: A guide for school districts

    Learn more about how to implement Portfolio’s Style Guide for Inclusive Communications

  • Best practices for virtual community meetings

    Tips to ensure your virtual meeting goes smoothly.

  • Encourage families to fill out Free and Reduced-Price Lunch applications

    Maximize participation in your district’s meal program with these strategies.

  • Advisory: Affordable Connectivity Program helps bridge broadband gap

    Help families connect to low-cost, high-speed internet service With the prevalence of remote and hybrid learning since 2020, internet access has become a lasting presence in K-12 education. Without access to reliable, high-speed internet, students may be unable to attend class or complete schoolwork in remote or hybrid classrooms. As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,…

  • Copyright: How to stay on the right side of the law

    The sudden shift throughout the state to online teaching and learning is raising a host of copyright questions for educators. To help them assess if they are staying on the right side of copyright law, the School Communications Portfolio is re-releasing its four-page flyer on copyright basics. This ready-to-use handout can help principals, teachers and…

  • Help parents determine if their child is ready for school

    For many districts, prekindergarten and kindergarten registration time is right around the corner. However, parents and guardians in your district may be unsure of whether their child is actually ready to attend school. To help them assess if their child has met—or is on their way to meeting—the developmental milestones that will help ease the…

  • 2-1-1: Getting help to where it’s needed

    While school staff can work with students to address academic and behavioral issues, other challenges (such as hunger or homelessness) are often outside the scope of services a school can provide. These issues, which can directly affect student performance, behavior and attendance, are present in all communities at varying levels. By dialing 2-1-1, school professionals…