PARENT ASSOCIATION REGULATION GUIDELINES
A Parent Association (PA) or Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the official organization of the parent body in a school. Every New York City public school is required by the State Education Law and the DOE’s Chancellor’s Regulations to have one, and all parents of children in a school -- including stepparents, legally appointed guardians, foster parents, and persons in parental relation -- are automatically members of their school’s PA/PTA. Because of their guaranteed rights and responsibilities, PA/PTAs can be the most direct vehicle for parent involvement in the schools, allowing parents to serve as partners both in their children’s education and in the schools themselves.
PA/PTA officers’ terms are one year, from July 1 to June 30.
Mandatory PA/PTA officers are the president, treasurer, and recording secretary.
The PTA’s executive board runs the organization; it also serves as the parents’ voice and agent for action. Parents elect board officers (the president, treasurer, and recording secretary, at a minimum) to represent their interests and act on their behalf, and the board must consult with them regularly and hold votes on important issues and decisions.
SLT members, including students and CBO representatives. Members may receive the fee upon completing 30 hours of service on the SLT and attending a mandatory DOE training session relating to CEPs and budget issues each year.
The Title I Parent Committee
is composed of representatives elected by Title I parents. All parents of children in the school’s Title I program are eligible to serve on the committee. Title I parents may choose whether the committee is a subcommittee of the school’s PA/PTA or a separate Title I Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
FHS PTA Executive Board 2023-2024
Inquiries or comments about your child to the school should be emailed to:
2022 - 2023 Past PTA Flyers
NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DOE) HELPFUL LINKS
GUIDE FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS - USCIS
Wellness And Mental Health
Below are some additional resources for wellness and mental health support:
Fire Safety Tips
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years, and carbon monoxide detectors every five-sever (5-7) years.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and in sleeping areas.
- To help minimize the risk of CO poisoning, have a licensed professional inspect heating systems and other fuel-burning appliances annually, and install CO alarms in your home.
- Never use ovens or stoves to heat your home. The result could be deadly.
The only safe way to detect carbon monoxide in your home is with a working CO alarm.
- Make sure you install CO alarms at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances to help prevent false alarms.
- The only safe way to detect carbon monoxide in your home is with a working CO alarm.
- Do not disable a smoke alarm in nuisance situations, and never "borrow" batteries for other uses.
- Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family, so that everyone knows what to do when the alarm sounds.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which provides broadband internet service for eligible New York City households, at a reduced cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit. Families can confirm their eligibility, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website(Open external link). There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:
- Monthly Benefit: A discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; and
- One-time Device Discount: A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available.
To apply for the EBB program, confirm your household’s eligibility, and find participating broadband internet providers, visit the Universal Service Administrative Company’s EBB Program website.
If you are seeking to qualify for EBB through your child or dependent, please choose the "USDA Community Eligibility Provision" option from the pulldown menu when prompted. Then, select "NYC Chancellor" from the next pulldown menu when asked for your school district. You'll then be asked to search for your child's school from a list—please select it, and then submit your application.
For questions and support, schools and families should email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.
There are several free or low-cost internet options available to New York City students and families.
Health Insurance Options from NYC
The Affordable Care Act makes it easy to get health insurance. Most uninsured New Yorkers can get help paying for coverage. Parents may go to the NY State of Health to see health insurance plan options. They can also use the portal to sign up for Medicaid and Child Health Plus now and after March 31st.