Guidance for BPSS-Regulated Schools Impacted by COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
News Description: 

The Albany and New York City BPSS Offices will be closed to the public for the next two weeks. BPSS staff members will be responding to e-mail inquiries remotely.

Please see the following memo:  Guidance for BPSS-Regulated Schools Impacted by the COVID-19. Specific questions regarding the information in this memo can be directed to Schools’ designated BPSS Field Associate by e-mail and copy Charmaine Grant, Supervisor of Education Programs, at: General questions can be directed to

Field Associate e-mail contact information is available here at the BPSS staff webpage.


  • All schools granted special exemption to temporarily utilize online learning in response to COVID-19 shall remain responsible for ensuring that any instruction delivered via online learning modalities is comparable in scope and quality to the face-to-face instruction upon which the original curriculum approval was based, and for accurately documenting that students have completed all required curriculum hours.
  • Schools offering appearance enhancement curricula leading to licensure from the New York State Department of State are eligible to request a special exemption to temporarily offer knowledge-based (theory) coursework online. Approvals will be granted if schools are able to satisfy the five elements necessary for special exemption as outlined in the guidance memo.