Coronavirus at HPCMS


All students will be learning remotely starting on Thursday, November 19th. At this time, we do not have information on how long we will be fully remote. We will provide you with updates when we know more. Please click here to read Chancellor Carranza's letter.


All staff and students entering the building must complete the health screening at

Help Getting Online and Using Computers

  • Having trouble with a Zoom or your device? Contact Mr. Bella- OR 718 - 609-3300 x 3601 OR (347) 494-1281. If you have an NYCDOE device you can also call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5.

  • Need a Computer Device? - If your own device or the one we loaned you is broken or not working for any reason, please contact your students advisor or Ms. Shuart -

  • Need to Fix the Internet on DOE iPad? - View this video.

  • Zoom or Google Classroom Trouble? - See our helpful slides below.

  • Access Wifi on your personal device at School

    • Wifi Network: DOEguest

    • Password: NYC$itevent

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Remote/Blended Schedules

student schedules

November Updates

  • November 18th: We are reaching out to you to let you know that the Chancellor has just announced that students will all be learning remotely starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 18th. At this time, we do not have information on how long we will be fully remote. We will provide you with updates when we know more. Please see his letter here. Classes for all students, in blended and remote pods, will be Remote effective tomorrow. All class/zoom links can be found on student schedules, always posted on this page of our website: Please reach out to myself, Mr. Piscitello, Ms. Shuart, or Mrs. Vasquez with any questions or concerns.

  • November 2nd: The DOE announced that the final opt-in window for your child to switch from fully remote to blended for the 2020-2021 school year is from Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15. Families requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning should complete and submit the Learning Preference survey during this window. Also, please keep in mind that all families can decide to move from blended learning to all remote learning at any time during the school year. Here is a letter from Chancellor Carranza discussing this opt-in window for families. The weeks of November 30th and December 7th students will begin in-person learning.

September Updates

September 11: Next week, ALL students will begin remotely from 10:00-12:00 Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday September 16th to 18th. Students will get to know their classmates, advisors, and teachers as well as review their schedules and routines for learning and safety. You can see updated sample schedules here. Individual schedules will be shared next week during orientation. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to myself or Ms. Emily Vasquez at

We have a few announcements that we’d also like to share with you:

  • The NYC DOE 2020-2021 school calendar and has been included on our family calendar found our home page. You can also add it to your google calendar and always have the most updated information. Week 1 vs. Week 2 for Mondays is on this calendar. Monday, September 21 is an A Week 1 and those students are coming to the building.

  • Also on September 15th, there will be a CDEC30 Meeting at 6:30pm and they will have a presentation on DOE Department of School Climate & Wellness (followed by a Q&A).

  • Here is an updated letter from Chancellor Carranza on this upcoming school year and what is to be expected from staff and students.

September 4: The Department of Education has the schedule for students:

  • All students will begin remotely on September 16th with orientation activities.

  • Regular classes for Blended and Remote Students will fully begin September 21. Blended students will begin reporting to the school building in the week of September 21.

Starting next Tuesday, our staff will be reaching out by phone and/or email to all families to check in on the following:

We will send detailed schedules for Sept 16-18th by next week. Student class schedules beginning Sept 21st will be ready by September 18th and reviewed during orientation.

  • Please check out our ongoing teacher donation requests on Donors Choose!

    • One for Ms. Ismail that expires on September 30th, 2020

    • One for Ms. Krivac that expires on October 16th, 2020

    • One for Ms. Keegan that expires on October 17th, 2020

    • One for Mrs. Mathai that expires on October 28th, 2020

    • One for Ms. Martinez that expires on November 19th, 2020

    • One for Mr. Agosto that expires on December 17th, 2020

  • We’ll be having our first PTA Meeting of the year!!!! Please join us on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm via Zoom (more details to come). We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your time and again, have an amazing weekend!

August Updates

Blended/Remote Learning Groups

On August 28 an email was sent home outlining the general grouping and schedule for your start of school. This email included whether you were placed in Group A (Blended), Group B (Blended) or Group D (Fully Remote). Our staff has reviewed siblings at HPCMS, student and family requests, and other academic requirements. As you might imagine, this has been a very difficult process and every effort was made to honor at least some of the requests. If you have recently found out information regarding a sibling at another school or have another major concern about your group, parents/guardians should direct these questions to the following administrators by email if possible:

Grade 6: AP Bart Piscitello at
Grade 7: Principal Sarah Goodman at
Grade 8: AP Kristen Shuart at

Information regarding pod groupings, advisors, the first day of school, and other important details we hope to provide you with in early September. As more information is provided to us by the city and Department of Education, we will plan accordingly and then be able to reach out to every family.

Supplies & Computers

We are working hard to keep supplies to a minimum and will have more information shortly. However, all students will need access to a working laptop or iPad for the days they are remote. If your child borrowed a laptop from us last year, we may need it for in school uses. Please request an iPad above. If your child does not have a working laptop or ipad or has wifi access issues- please request an IPAd below. Thank you!!!

Additional Updates

Additional Coronavirus (COVID 19) Resources

  • Check out the resources provided by the NYC DOE. The DOE updates their site daily to provide you with the most current information and resources. .

  • Helpful Links

      • To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

      • Visit at any time for important updates, including ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue.