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Welcome to ReStart Academy

ReStart Academy is an alternative education program that provides transitional services for students ages 13 through 21 who reside in temporary or involuntary settings. As a program under the auspices of NYC District 79, New York City's alternative schools district, we have 27 locations throughout the five boroughs and including two residential sites in upstate New York. Learn more about us throughout the pages of this website, and if we can be of service to you, please contact us.

A Message from Our Master Ambassador Principal

Dear ReStart Students and Families,

Even in the face of so much change, September is still the most exciting time of year. There’s a back-to-school energy in the air as all over the city, educators, students, and families are getting ready for the school year to begin.

And all of us at the Department of Education have been busy too. In this reopening update for families, I am happy to share important information on:

  • The 2020–21 school calendar
  • Ensuring your school’s ventilation is in good working order
  • How to get tested for COVID-19 before the school year begins
  • How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community

As we prepare for the new school year, I want to reassure you that we are leaving no stone unturned to protect our students, educators, and families. That is why we are doubling down on all our health and safety protocols - from ventilation to face coverings, physical distancing, nightly cleaning, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.

Please see our update below for more important information about school reopening.

    Sincerely,Joan M. Indart-Etienne

    Joan M. Indart-Etienne

    Joan M. Indart-Etienne
    Master Ambassador Principal