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The vaccine mandate for school staff will now extend to non-public school employees, as well.

On Thursday, Mayor de Blasio announced that staff at religious and private schools must show proof of a first shot by Dec. 20. The new policy will affect approximately 56,000 employees at 938 schools across the city, according to the city. 

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New York City Department of Education Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter confirmed on Thursday that she will be ending her tenure at the DOE come the end of the de Blasio administration.

“Since March, I have had the honor of a lifetime to serve as Chancellor for the incredible schools, educators, communities, families and most importantly, your children who make up the NYC Department of Education,” she wrote in a post on the DOE’s blog, “The Morning Bell.”

Since all school staff have been required to get vaccinated, the amount of in-school Covid-19 testing has all but ceased for building personnel, according to city data.

On Tuesday, only 26 teachers were tested citywide, compared to 6,661 students.

The sky was bright and the morning was cool last Friday ... but the kids were cooler; as the Halloween Parade returned to PS 146,

The Howard Beach School, for the first time since 2019. Students in pre-K through fifth grade were able to show off their best costumes in the schoolyard to the delight of their teachers and families.

Amy Nicolas, an eighth-grader at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Academy, had been busy studying for a test without a date. Now, she finally has one.

That exam — the Specialized High School Admissions Test — is the decisive admissions factor for eight of the nine specialized high schools in New York City. Public schools opened Sept. 13, and the city Department of Education website was recently updated to include a registration deadline of Nov. 15 and a handful of December test dates including Dec. 2, 5, 11 and 12. It also offers a short list of downloadable practice tests and materials.

Everyone is excited to be back in the swing of things at PS 97, The Forest Park School, and recently took advantage of the great weather to show their enthusiasm.

The school said its event spreading chalk messages of kindness was an amazing activity, and all of the students’ messages were very heartwarming. At the top, kids in Pre-K class 216 enjoy sharing their contributions.