Health Study

New Study on Students and 9/11

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is helping the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) begin a research study. The research study is about health and educational impacts of the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster on students. The study will include students in school during and after September 11, 2001. DOE will give information about parents, guardians, former students, and current students to DOHMH.

Read the Opt Out Notice:

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Notice of Disclosure of Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of students. The law allows DOE to share student directory information, which includes the information listed below. You have a chance to say you do not want DOE to share your directory information.

DOE will share information about students in certain areas who were enrolled in school at the time of September 11, 2001 or those first enrolled by 2006-2007.

The areas are:

  • Lower Manhattan
  • Upper West Side, Manhattan
  • Northwest Brooklyn
  • Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Flushing, Queens

 The DOE will share:

  • Student, parent, and guardian names
  • Parent/guardian relationship to student
  • Phone number, email and home address history
  • Student’s sex and date of birth
  • Whether student was born inside NYC or NY State
  • Spoken and written language(s)
  • Any schools/educational institutions of enrollment
  • Enrollment time periods

The Directory Information

DOHMH will receive the information. Contractors will be hired to help DOHMH conduct the research study, and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) may receive the information. No one else will have access to the information. Contractors will help get updated contact information by searching various records available to them. NSC may help get updated school information on students after high school. DOHMH will use the information to reach out to individuals to learn if they want to be a part of the research study.

Protection of Information

DOE and DOHMH will have written agreements to require those who get the information to protect and secure it. Individuals will not be allowed to sell, use, or share the information for any advertising, marketing, commercial purposes, or for any purpose besides for the research study.

What do you need to do?

Do Nothing

You or your child’s directory information will be shared with DOHMH.

Fill Out the Opt Out Notice

If you do not want your directory information or your child’s directory information to be shared with DOHMH, fill out the Opt Out Notice and return it by February 1, 2019 to:

Attn: 9/11 Opt Outs Room 310
New York City Department of Education
52 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007

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