As we settle in to the new reality of distance learning, I want to reiterate a message that we’ve heard from many DOE officials, educators and fellow parents: take it easy, be kind to yourself. We (teachers, parents, students) are all learning this together. This page will be continually updated with resources for parents. **Last updated May 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM**

Latest updates

Memorial Day:

  • REC Centers will be closed on Memorial Day, but Grab-and-Go meals will still be available, thanks to the DOE staff who agreed to work on the holiday to make that possible.

Summer plans:

  • The last day of the 19-20 school year is June 26.
  • Summer school: More students will be required and encourages to attend summer school this year, which will be conducted remotely.
    • Grades 3-8: Students who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school remotely between Monday, July 6-Tuesday, August 11. Some students who are promoted will be recommended by their teacher for additional academic support over the summer during the same period.
    • Grades 9-12: Students who have an incomplete or need to retake a course from a prior term will be invited to participate in remote learning from Monday, July 6 to Friday August 14.
    • Students with 12-month IEPs will participate in remote summer programming from Thursday, July 2- Thursday, August 13.
  • REC centers: Will be open during the summer, and students doing summer school classes remotely will be doing so at REC centers.
  • Grab-and-go meals: Will still be available during the summer at designated school sites.
    More information here.

Grading and Testing:

  • The DOE announced new grading policies for K-8 and high school students with an emphasis on not failing students. More details here (scroll down to the April 28 letter).
  • The Regents exam and all state tests for middle and elementary students are cancelled.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C):

  • Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in New York City (NYC) and elsewhere. Symptoms include: high, prolonged fevers, abdominal pain, vomit, diarrhea, swollen hands or feet. Call your child’s doctor immediately if your child has a persistent fever plus any of the above symptoms. More information here.

2021-22 Admissions Engagement

  • The DOE is engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions for fall 2021. All parents and students are invited to join virtual borough-based meetings with Executive Superintendents: Brooklyn with Executive Superintendents Watts and Freeman on Tuesday June 2nd (6pm-8pm). Details here.
  • Councilmember Lander sent a letter to the Chancellor on May 17, the 66th anniversary of Brown v. Board, urging the DOE to consider changes to screened admissions that further equity and integration.

Community Support Call Recordings

To help parents navigate remote learning and other new challenges, we have held parent support calls and community meetings with DOE officials, teachers, administrators, child psychologists, and organizers.

  • The recording from the April 27 call for parents about remote learning is here.
  • The recording from the April 17 call in Mandarin is here.
  • La grabación de la llamada de apoyo para padres el 3er de abril es aquí
  • The recording from the April 2 call for parents with DOE officials and the Child Mind Institute is available here.

DOE Remote Learning Resources

DOE Information on Remote Learning
New link with faqs on remote learning academic policies, multilingual learners, special education and more.

DOE Learn at Home Resources
A good source of DOE general online content organized by grade, as well as additional resources like links to free magazines and books.  There are resources for young children as well as supplemental materials for those students who receive remote lesson material from their teachers.

DOE Remote Learning Portal
The DOE has created a remote learning portal to support students and teachers. The portal provides quick links to online learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Microsoft suite of applications, and Actively Learn. Students can sign in with their DOE Student Accounts.  If you do not remember your student account information follow the instructions here DOE Student Accounts You will need your 9-digit student OSIS number.

DOE Remote Learning Device Request Form
DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, fill out the Request form at the link above or call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. If you know someone without access to technology please pass this phone number on to them!

Free broadband internet/wifi from Spectrum:
Sign up details are here or call 1-844-488-8395 to sign up. Beware — there are limitations on eligibility and wait times are long if you call. Some internet providers are lifting data caps during coronavirus, find out more here.

DOE Technical Support for Families
You can use this form to let DOE know what issues you are having including:
-Status or delivery of iPad request
-Reporting a lost or stolen device
-Support for sign in and use of iPad or other DOE devices
-Help with applications (including Google Classroom)
If the form doesn’t offer the answers you need, you will be asked to provide your contact information and DOE will get in touch with you and try to solve your problem

Google Classroom and Microsoft Office 365 for students
Unofficial Parents Guide to Google Classroom in English, Bangla, Chinese, Korean and Spanish

Let’s Learn NYC!
The DOE and The WNET Group have partnered on Let’s Learn NYC!, a new educational public television program featuring lessons for children in grades 3-K through second grade, which can supplement remote learning. Let’s Learn NYC! is hosted by DOE instructional leaders and coaches with expertise in teaching young learners. Episodes will air on weekdays at 11:00AM EST on THIRTEEN from Monday, May 4 to the end of the school year. THIRTEEN, New York City’s PBS station, is available for free to over 99 percent of city residents. The program is also available to live stream on the station’s website. 

Resources for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Remote Learning for Special Education Students
The resources here are designed to support your child when at home. You will find social stories, visual aids, at home tips for speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy.  

DOE has also provided guidance on a Special Education Remote Learning Plan that will be developed for all students with IEPs in the school by their special education teacher or other school based staff with knowledge of the student, and that each child’s plan will be shared and discussed with their family. 

Occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), speech and counseling providers are expected to provide appropriate teletherapy services in conjunction with schools’ remote instructional plan. They will review all mandates in their caseload to determine how best to deliver appropriate teletherapy services to students starting on March 23. The opportunity for appropriate teletherapy will be limited. At minimum, therapists will provide a weekly teletherapy consultation with the student and their caregiver to provide support and advice regarding appropriate therapeutic activities.

Brooklyn Special Kids Facebook Group
This is the facebook arm of the Brooklyn Special Kids group on Yahoo … Appropriate for all families in Brooklyn looking for information on schools and parenting their special kids!

Extreme Kids and Crew
Extreme Kids & Crew is a welcoming space where children with disabilities, their friends, and their families, socialize, create and play.

DOE Enrichment Centers

NYCDOE Regional Enrichment Center Enrollment Form

Regional Enrichment Centers serve the children of essential workers including healthcare workers and first responders, transit workers, grocery store, food and pharmacy workers, and employees of several city agencies.  RECs are present citywide and staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners.

There are different types of RECs that serve different age groups:

  • RECs are located in public school buildings and serve students in grades 3-K through 12.
  • Pre-K Centers are located in public school buildings and primarily serve 3 and 4 year olds, as well as older siblings up to 10 years of age. Emergency Child Care Centers (ECCs) are hosted at community-based organizations and serve children aged 6 weeks up to 12 years old.
  • Family Child Care Centers (FCCs) are home-based providers and serve children aged 6 weeks up to 12 years old. Regional Enrichment Centers, Pre-K Centers, and ECCs will be open 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Family Child Care Centers will be open 8:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Children who are enrolled can attend anytime during open hours. Children will get three hot meals daily, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art/music, and social and emotional support. Each classroom will have a maximum of 9 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs. RECs will also have nurses on site. 

Regional Enrichment Center Staff Interest Survey

For teachers, staff, paras, substitutes, school food workers looking to volunteer– we cannot thank you enough for lending your talents to ensure that our first responders, health care and transit workers can continue to work knowing their children have a place to go during the day!

Food Access for Students and Parents 

Free meals for all NYC children

Free meals are available daily for ALL NYC children, distributed at hundreds of sites across the city. Three grab and go meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. No registration, ID, or documentation required. Use the site lookup tool on the link above to find a location near you. As of April 3, the meals are now also available to any adult who needs them 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Use the link above or text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877.

Social and Emotional Health Resources

Child Mind Institute COVID 19 Parent Resources
DOE Social-Emotional Wellness Resources

Additional resources

Here are some more resources shared on the 3/19 call for parents with Susan Fox from Park Slope Parents, public elementary school teacher Liat Olenick, and public middle school teacher Lynn Shon.

General Resources for keeping you and your kids feeling connected and engaged: 

Park Slope Parents
A Principal’s list of things to do during COVID closures
How to talk to kids about coronavirus
Online Programming from the Brooklyn Public Library
Science from Home: Science tips and resources for children from Liat Olenick, elementary school science teacher.
Open letter from a high school teacher to help graduating high school seniors put the tremendous loss of this important year into perspective.

Free Online Tutoring: Organized by college students. Sign up here for teachers and students.

For Parents with Paid Caregivers: 
Park Slope Parents list of questions to ask yourself and tips for good communication to determine how to support paid caregivers. 
Hand in Hand Domestic Employers Network guide to being a fair employer. 

Lastly, Integrate NYC has compiled resources for students here.