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Equalization is the process by which students are moved from one section of a class to another to meet class size limits set by forth by the UFT contract. We have ten days from the beginning of the term to ensure that all classes are within contractual limitations. Almost all changes require the movement of a student from one section to another, but students remain in the same subject class. Even though the teacher may change, all classes that have multiple sections use the same calendar over the first ten days to ensure alignment of instruction. Grades from the first ten days will also follow the student and be used in the new class section.
Equalization is a random process. Students are selected to change sections randomly. We understand the concerns that parents and students have and we work hard to limit equalization to only those changes that must be made. After an equalization change occurs it is impossible for a student to return to their old program unless there is an error.
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Affordable Care Act
The federal Affordable Care Act requires everyone to obtain health insurance. If you or your staff receive questions from families about health insurance enrollment, please direct families to explore health insurance options here and apply online using the NY State of Health website. Note that students and their families who qualify for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan can enroll online all year long, but should do so as soon as possible to avoid paying a penalty. Students and their families who do not qualify for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan may enroll online in private health insurance plans during the next open-enrollment period. Families may also be able to enroll in private health insurance outside of the open-enrollment period if they experience a qualifying event, such as job loss or the birth of a child. You can distribute this letter to parents who inquire about health insurance enrollment policy.