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 July 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM**

Latest updates

Back-to-School Updates:

  • The DOE has announced a “blended learning” approach to back-to-school this fall. Families have the option to choose between full-time remote learning and part-time classroom instruction. Schools will open for part-time in person learning if infection rates stay below 3% in NYC. Here is the DOE’s home page with reopening models and timelines.
  • The DOE released guidance for testing and tracing in schools, with various scenarios for when classrooms and schools will be closed based on how many cases are identified and how the linages are traced. Those details are here.
  • August 7 is the deadline to opt for full-time remote learning. Here’s the form for that.
  • Our office is pushing for child care for working parentsopen streets and park permits for our schools, and for the cancellation of state tests, which can only serve to highlight inequities and create stress this year.
  • Here is the CDC guidance and state guidance on reopening schools. And here’s the DOHMH site with NYC’s latest data.

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 July 23 townhall with the DOE about fall 2020 is here.
  • 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
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. 

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.

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.

2021-22 Admissions

  • 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.

Social and Emotional Health Resources

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

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 for spring 2020.
  • Brad and 13 city council colleagues sent a letter to state education officials calling on them to ask the federal government for a waiver to cancel standardized tests for the 20-21 school year.

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.

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.