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The health and safety of our scholars and staff is our top priority. I am writing to inform you that a member of our school community has self-reported that they tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the New York City Department of Health, there is now widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City, meaning the sources of new infections are unknown. Everyone in New York City should act as if they have had exposure to COVID-19. This means monitoring your health closely and staying home if you are sick. New Yorkers who are not sick should also stay home as much as possible and avoid all unnecessary social interactions.
Please take a moment to read Principal Rory Parnell's complete response letter for more information.
Join us for our remote learning Zoom activities! Visit our new page to see the fun events we have scheduled. See you on Zoom!
Distance learning log-in codes are now available for our scholars. Please see below for a complete list of codes.
Please take a moment to review some helpful information for remote learning.
For 3-K and Pre-K
Sharing instructional resource for families of infants, toddlers, and 3-k/pre-k children, which contains activities that are similar to those children do in early childhood programs, will help children continue to have a daily routine and learn through play at home. Resource for teachers and leaders who are conducting remote learning which includes guidance they can share with families about speaking with young children about COVID-19 and why schools are closing.
Inform families that they will receive a package in the mail informing them guidance about what remote learning will look like for their student this week, including any necessary log-in information or printed materials that were shipped. All of the remote learning will be aligned to grade level and according to state standards. Please let them know that New York City public schools have created student accounts for every k–12 student, including Google Classroom. Parents can access a list of free online resources organized by content and grade level that can be accessed at home on the New York City Department of Education website. There are suggested daily student schedules, guides, and instructional materials for instructional activities in at least nine languages, recommended educational television shows, and links to a variety of books, magazines, and websites on a wide range of topics that appeal to children at all ages. The Division of Multilingual Learners is developing guidance for schools on how to enhance instruction of our ELLs and MLLs in different settings, including bilingual classrooms, integrated ENL, and standalone ENL, to a remote learning environment. Inform them that we started contacting families this past week to begin arrangements for special education programs and related services through remote learning and will be given a template for creating specific remote learning plans for special education students. Please inform them that we will be holding IEP meetings by phone, and we are looking into the possibility of conducting assessments remotely as much as possible.
Schools distributed their inventory of electronic devices to families this week. At this time, there are several options for free internet access, as follows:
- AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call (866) 200-9522 to enroll.
- Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit the Internet Essentials website. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers (855) 846-8376 for English and (855) 765-6995 for Spanish.
- Spectrum - Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning on March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with k–12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call (844) 488-8395.
- Charter - Charter is offering free internet for two months. Call (877) 906-9121.
- AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response - AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
- Verizon - Verizon does not have special offers but is following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting on Tuesday, March 17 will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
Starting next week, the DOE will be distributing 300,000 internet-connected iPads to students that need them. Families that need electronic devices should submit the request online. Families can also call (718) 935-5100 and select option five for to complete the survey over the phone. We are prioritizing students in temporary housing and our neediest families and directly providing those students with devices. Over 150K families have already signed up, and delivery will be done in waves over the next several weeks.
Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs)
There will be approximately 100 REC sites across all five boroughs with the first sites opening starting the week of March 23 and will add more depending on need. The DOE are finalizing the list of sites, and it will include early childcare centers. The first tier of outreach will be to first responders, transit, and healthcare workers, and we have been working with city agencies, unions, and partner organizations to reach out to those families. There will be no on-site enrollment, so all families must register in advance. As we assess our capacity, we will provide more information to families about how to enroll.
Free breakfast and lunch is available to all New Yorker City students at meal hubs across the city from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the week. Families can pick up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at once, and no identification or registration is necessary. There will be over 400 meal hubs across the city, and families can find a meal hub location online or by calling (877) 877-FOOD.
Family Welcome Centers and P311
DOE is committed to keeping regular communication channels in place for families to the fullest extent possible while ensuring we are keeping our staff safe. To that end, Family Welcome Center (FWC) buildings have been temporarily closed and staff members are working remotely to support families. FWC staff are available by email, contact information by borough below, and are prepared to assist with enrollment and placement of new admissions, questions around admissions, information about offers, and wait lists. There may be higher than usual volume, but we are aiming to respond to all requests within 48 hours.
DOE employees at P311, the DOE’s parent support line, are beginning to prepare for remote work beginning next week and will use a remote call management/routing software to avoid disruption in services for P311 callers. Parents can call 311 and say “schools” to be routed to someone who can assist you.
Families can receive direct support from a FWC staff member by emailing your questions to:
Update your information if you haven’t already at NY School Account. If your public school student needs a device, please fill out our remote learning device survey.
New York City public schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16. For more information, please see this important message from Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education.