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Office of Space Planning

Accessibility

The DOE is committed to ensuring that its programs, services, and activities are accessible to staff, members of the school community, students and family members with disabilities. The DOE assesses all of its buildings on a continuing basis to determine which schools are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

This page explains how to find out about the accessibility of school buildings, how to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, and how to find information about making a complaint regarding discrimination, including issues of accessibility and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

The DOE has a variety of school buildings which include inaccessible buildings, partially accessible buildings, and fully accessible buildings. A fully accessible building is a building that is constructed post-1992 which complies with all of the ADA's design requirements and has no barriers to access for persons with mobility impairments. In contrast, a partially accessible building allows for persons with mobility impairments to enter and exit the building, access relevant programs, and have use of at least one restroom, but the entire building may not be accessible.

Accessible Schools

Accessible Schools are located in a fully or partially accessible building where an individual with mobility impairment may enter and access all relevant programs and services, including the science laboratory, library, cafeteria, and the gymnasium; in some cases school programs may need to be re-located to accommodate access. At least one restroom is accessible.

A list of accessible schools where all grades served by the school are in accessible locations can be found by borough: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Some of these schools are sited in multiple locations (e.g., a school may serve grades K - 2 in one building and grades 3 - 5 in another building). The list also indicates whether the school is located in a fully or partially accessible building.

A list of all schools that are located in more than one building, where some grades are served in a accessible location and other grades are served in a building that is not can be found by clicking here.Some of these schools may still be able to accommodate a student requiring an accessible location. Please contact the school’s principal directly.

Children living in NYC are eligible to participate in the admissions process for pre-K during the year they turn 4, and for kindergarten during the year they turn 5. The Pre-K and Kindergarten Directories list the schools to which students may apply and indicate each school’s accessibility status. Most middle and high school students participate in middle school and high school choice admissions processes and should refer to the list of accessible schools to determine which schools are accessible. Accessibility designations are also noted in the Middle School Directory and the High School Directory. Any questions regarding admission to an accessible school should be directed to the local Family Welcome Center. All other questions regarding school accessibility should be directed to the DOE’s Division of Space Management at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov.

If a student who requires an accessible school receives an offer to a school that is not designated as accessible but his/her parent believes that a reasonable accommodation would allow the child to attend that school, the parent may contact the DOE’s Division of Space Management at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov to make an accommodation request. If the student cannot be accommodated at that school, he or she may receive an updated placement by requesting a medical transfer through the Office of Student Enrollment.

New elementary and middle school students who arrive after the school year has commenced or the admissions process has been completed generally register directly at their zoned school. Elementary and middle school students without a zoned school and all high school students should visit a Family Welcome Center to obtain a placement. New students who require an accessible school can visit a Family Welcome Center for an appropriate placement or email the enrollment office contacts listed at the bottom of this page.

If your zoned or neighborhood school is not accessible, but you believe that a reasonable accommodation would allow your child to attend that school, please contact the DOE’s Division of Space Management at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov to make an accommodation request. Such accommodations may include structural changes to the school building, or non-structural accommodations, such as moving a classroom to the first floor, purchasing equipment, or providing a student with an aide. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the status of your request within 15 days. In the event that your request is approved but the implementation of your child’s accommodation will require some time due to, for example, construction or purchase of equipment, you will be given the option of having your child assigned to an accessible school near your home in the interim.

If you are a parent, family member, or member of the school community who requires an accommodation to attend an event (i.e., parent-teacher conference, school performance, graduation) at a building that is not accessible, please contact the school’s principal to request an accommodation. If an accommodation cannot be provided at the school level, you may contact the DOE’s Division of Space Management at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov, and your request will be reviewed.

Students with disabilities, including auditory, or visual impairments, will be accommodated in accordance with their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or Section 504 plans. For any questions concerning having your child evaluated for an IEP please contact your local Committee on Special Education (CSE). For questions regarding 504 plans, please contact your child’s school or the DOE’s Central 504 Coordinator.

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), gender identity or expression, or weight, to maintain an environment free of discrimination, sexual harassment and harassment on the basis of any of these other grounds, and to protect anyone who complains of discrimination or harassment from retaliation.

Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 sets forth the procedures for employees, parents of students, students, and others who do business with, use DOE facilities or otherwise interact with the DOE to file complaints of unlawful discrimination or retaliation. Complaints may be filed by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management (OEO). A copy of Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 may be obtained from OEO or here. That procedure may also be used to file a complaint concerning accessibility and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

Employees in need of an accommodation should review Personnel Memorandum Number 4 and follow the procedures detailed in that document for requesting accommodations.

For general inquiries about accessibility, please contact the Division of Space Management at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov

For general inquiries about Elementary school enrollment please contact esenrollment@schools.nyc.gov

For general inquiries about Middle School please contact msenrollment@schools.nyc.gov

For general inquiries about High School please contact hsenrollment@schools.nyc.gov