This page highlights some of the information about the school activities, policies and philosophy. We urge all students and families to become familiar with this material by reading the complete Students Handbook. All members in our school community support our goal of achieving a quality education through the development of pride, honor, honesty and self. We show our pride by respecting others, our environment and ourselves. We honor education by striving for excellence in our classroom and community. We are honest in all our relations with our families, teachers and other students. We develop and discover our place in life through learning and experiencing through academics and the arts.

Free Meals for All

All NYC public school students are welcome to enjoy free breakfast and lunch at school. For more information, please see Students Handbook and NYCDOE site, Free Meals for All.

Bell Schedule 2020-2021


1 - 9:00 - 9:45

2 - 9:47 - 10:32

3 - 10:34 - 11:19

4 - 11:21 - 12:06 Lunch

5 - 12:08 - 12:53

6 - 12:55 - 1:40

7 - 1:42 - 2:27


Breakfast will be picked up upon entry and eaten at your desk in your 1st period class.


Lunch will be delivered to your 4th period class. You will eat lunch during your class at your desks while attending 4th period class.

Arrival Procedures

Each morning students will go through scanning and show identification cards upon entry to school. Students may only go to the 5th floor.

Students are expected to arrive on time to class every day. If class begins at 9:00AM students must be in their seats with their notebooks, pencils,homework and required classroom materials out on their desks ready to begin their school day.

Remote Participation

When learning on the computer remotely all students should try to attend live remote sessions and turn their video ON during a remote class-time. We love seeing our students and want to connect with you. Arrive to your remote class on time and ready to learn.

Field Trips

Canceled until further notice, however neighborhood walks will be taking place.


All Students must wear a mask at ALL times in the school building. Students may remove masks when eating lunch. Students should use hand sanitizer and wash hands regularly. Avoid touching your eyes and mouth. Students should be socially distant in all areas in the school building.

Late Arrival

Lateness is considered arriving to school at 9:01AM. All students who arrive late to school have to sign the late book when entering the 5th floor and obtain a late pass at entry or in room 526. Students who arrive late should enter class quietly, sign the late book, sit down and take out everything needed in order to begin learning (pen, notebook, homework etc...) Students should make all efforts to arrive on time to school.

Departure Procedures

When school is dismissed, students must leave the building, get their cellphones and return home safely.


Student participation in all regularly scheduled classroom learning activities in each area of study is essential in order for each student to receive the maximum benefits of a thorough educational program. The entire process of education requires regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study. We cannot condone, excuse, or encourage any absence by students. Students who miss class for any reason must complete assignments missed because of their absence.

Absence Policy

When a student is absent from school, a parent/guardian must call on that day of the absence or earlier and clearly state the student's name and grade in order to report an absence at Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language call: (212) 576-0502. On the day the student returns to school he/she must bring documentation excusing the absence to be signed by the teacher and documented by the Attendance Coordinator. If a student is going to be out for more than 1 day please call the school office to inform the Attendance coordinator of the absences.

If a student is absent from school between 5-7 times during a semester the student will have missed nearly ¼ of instructional time. This might lead to failure for the semester.

Student Dress

Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language is a uniform school. Students must wear the uniform every day to school. Boys and girls must wear the school black collared shirt and may choose to wear a black hooded sweatshirt or sweater. Boys can wear beige/sand pants or Bermuda (long) shorts and girls can wear beige/sand pants, skirts (no mini) or Bermuda (long) shorts. All students will wear black shoes or all black sneakers. All students are expected to arrive to school already dressed appropriately in their uniform. There will be no changing out of the uniform on school premises.

Code of Discipline

For students to do good work and be good citizens of the school community students are expected to arrive on time, be present in all classes and follow school regulations. The following are acts, which will NOT be tolerated.

  • Refusing to show proper identification to any school official.

  • Failure to wear the school uniform.

  • Leaving the building without permission.

  • Smoking in the building or on the same block.

  • Electronic devices including cell phones, headphones, earphones, iPods, beepers and radios are not allowed in the building.

  • Wearing hats, bandanas, beads, do-rags, stocking caps and flags on any part of the body.

  • Playing cards/dice within the school building.

  • Cutting classes.

  • Academic dishonesty (cheating, copying or plagiarism)

  • Graffiti

  • Use of profanity or threatening language.

  • Possession of narcotics or alcoholic beverages.

  • Assault of any member of the school community.

  • Possession of a weapon

  • Fighting

School Technology

  • Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language community strongly believes in the educational values of technology integration and recognizes the potential to support curriculum and student learning by facilitating collaboration, innovation, communication and exploration. Through NYC Department of Education filtering, MAAL makes every effort to protect students, teachers and all staff from any misuses or abuses. The following guidelines and expectations comply with NYC Department of Education Chancellor's Regulations, Discipline Code, Social Media Guidelines, and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP), which provides information to students and parents regarding possible violations and consequences. As a member of the MAAL community and user of this service, your child will be expected to abide by the following rules of etiquette.

General Classroom Guidelines and Rules

Email, Zoom and Google Meet Rules:

  • Check your email daily and reply to your instructor emails

  • Do not send email outside of MAAL community

  • Show up on time at the scheduled time

  • Find a quiet place, from distractions (pets, television)

  • Maintain respect in both speaking, writing, and appearance

  • Stay on mute. Only unmute yourself if you have a question or something to contribute

  • Video needs to remain ON and to focus. Eye contact should be maintained

  • Refrain from chewing gum, eating, or drinking in front of the camera

  • Remember that this is a class, treat it as one

Rules for Posting Comments (oral and written) on Google Classroom:

  • Be kind to each other

  • Use respective language

  • Stay on topic

  • Treat others online as you wish you to be treated in person

  • Stay focused on your learning

Remember that what you post on Google Classroom will be seen by all of your classmates, teachers, and administrators, please make good choices. If you choose not to follow our Google Classroom expectations, you will lose your commenting privileges and your parents will be contacted.

General Google Classroom Rules:

  • Participate

  • Be Respectful

  • Help Others

  • Follow Directions

  • Turn in Assignments on Time

  • Do not delete Assignments

  • Do not submit blank Assignments

  • Raise your hand if you want to speak and wait to be called on Option - Ask to speak in the chat box

  • Always Do Your Best

Zoom Classroom Instructions:

  • Sign into Zoom using your account. If you need help with Zoom follow these instructions on, Zoom for All page

  • Show up on time at the scheduled time

  • Find a quiet place, from distractions (pets, television, music/radio, etc.)

  • Maintain respect in both speaking, writing, and appearance

  • Stay on Mute. Only Unmute yourself if you have a question or something to contribute, or simply click the "Ask for Help" tab

  • Video needs to remain ON and to focus. Eye contact should be maintained

  • Refrain from chewing gum, eating, or drinking in front of the camera

  • Remember that this is a class, treat it as one

How to Retrieve and Reset Your NYCDOE Student Account

Go to Student Account Self Service (Open external link)

1. Network Guidelines

  • I will not post personal contact information about myself or other people without the permission of my parents and teacher. Personal contact information includes but is not limited to my photo, address or telephone number.

  • I will not agree to meet with someone I have met online.

  • I will promptly disclose to my teacher or administration any message I receive that is inappropriate.

2. Unacceptable Activities

  • I will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to MAAL network resources or to any other computer system to go beyond my authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files. These actions are unacceptable, even if only for the purposes of “browsing”.

  • I will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are unacceptable.

  • I will not read, move, rename, edit, delete, or in any way alter the Google Drive, Google Classroom, or computer, and iPad files that have been created or organized by others.

  • I will not install software on any MAAL computer or on devices without direct supervision of a MAAL staff member.

  • I will not alter hardware or software setups on any computer resources.

3. Security

  • I am responsible for my individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use my account (password safety).

  • I will immediately notify a teacher or administration if I have identified a possible security problem with the network devices or computers.

  • I will take all precautions to avoid the spread of computer viruses.

4. Inappropriate Language (Cyberbullying and Cybersafety)

  • Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material created for assignments or to be posted on web pages.

  • I will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.

  • I will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

  • I will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If I am told by a person to stop sending those messages, I will stop.

  • I will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.

5. Respect for Privacy

  • I will not repost a message that was sent to me privately without permission of the person who sent me the message.

  • I will not post private information about another person.

  • I will not take photos or video of any student or staff member without their permission and consent. Therefore posting of videos or photos online would be in violation.

6. Respecting Resource Limits

  • I will use the technology at school and home only for educational and career development activities.

  • I will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming.” Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

  • I will not download or use games, pictures, video, music, instant messaging, e-mail, or file sharing applications, programs, executables, or anything else unless I have direct authorization from a teacher, it is legal for me to have the files, and it is in support of a classroom assignment.

  • I understand that MAAL personnel may monitor and access any DOE issued equipments and devices connected to MAAL network resources and my computer activity. MAAL personnel may delete any files that are not for a classroom assignment or serves no educational purpose.

7. Computer Lab

  • Computer lab is open after school and during lunch period, however, student must get a pass from the Main Office before their first period to access the computer lab. If you do not have a pass, you will not be given permission to leave the cafeteria to go to the computer room or to be inside the computer room during your lunch period.

  • Student can use the computer lab after school as long as the work being done is related to school work, no pass is needed.

  • What happens if I go to the computer lab room when it is not my lunch period? Hopefully, this will not happen but if it does, you may receive a lunchtime detention, a call home to your parents or lose the privilege of using the computer room for a period of time.

  • No gum, food or drinks in the lab, electronic equipment does not like to get wet or sticky. Accidents do happen even to the careful students.

To prepare for dismissal from computer lab room you should follow these procedures:

  • Exit programs and sign out or log out of your account. Return any supplies.

  • Clean and straighten your work area and retrieve your belongings.

  • Push in your chair at all time before leaving.

8. G Suite for Education

The purpose of G Suite for Education is to enhance education, communication and learning within and beyond the classroom. G Suite for Education will enable students and teachers to create, edit, share and collaborate in school assignments on the web—creating a 21st century digital learning communities. Student use of MAAL email follows the same expectations as the NYC Department of Education Internet Acceptable Use Policy, which can be reviewed, on the NYC Department of Education website. Although G Suite for Education can be accessed outside of school, any use of the account on the domain is bound by the same Chancellor’s rules and regulations. These accounts are intended for educational purposes whether or not the student is at school.

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Depending on the infraction, consequences for breaking school rules will vary from failure to pass classes, meeting with the student’s parents/guardians to 1 day - 1 week long suspensions. Any items that are confiscated from items 5-7 will be held by school officials until a parent or guardian can pick the item up at a pre-designated time and date. Depending on the student’s age, nature and circumstances of the offense students will be subject to consequences set forth by the New York City Department of Education Code of Discipline.

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Devorah Tedeschi, Assistant Principal

111 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016

Tel: 212-576-0502 Fax: 212-576-0518

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