Starting November 19 all NYC school buildings are closed for in-person learning until further notice. Students from 3K to 5th grade will return to in-person learning beginning Monday, December 7th. All students in District 75 schools can return to in-person learning starting Thursday, December 10th. Students from 6th grade to 12th grade outside of District 75 schools will continue to learn remotely.
Starting October 2020, a randomly selected group of staff and students will be tested for COVID-19 at every school. In order for the schools to administer the test, parents will need to sign a consent form. You can fill out a consent form and return it to your child’s school or you sign out the form online through a NYC Schools Account. For more information, you can click here.
Learning Bridges is a free childcare program for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. The program is open to students enrolled in a DOE school or contracted early childhood program. It is not available for families who have opted for an 100% remote schedule. You can complete the application here or call 311 if you need help filling out the application.
This guide includes information and resources about busing, translation services, enrollment, contact information, and much more.
Pandemic-EBT is a program for families to buy food to make up for missed school meals while students were home from March through June. In New York City, every public school student will receive $420. You do not need to apply for it–it is an automatic benefit. If you have not received the P-EBT benefit, you can contact the New York State P-EBT helpline at 1-833-452-0096 from Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Income-eligible CUNY college students enrolled in career and technical education programs can now apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If eligible, SNAP will be provided through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) that can be used to purchase food at participating grocery stores and farmer markets.
Altice USA is providing complimentary Internet 30Mbps service to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not currently have home internet access with a discounted installation fee. You can sign up here or call 866-200-9522.
School Construction Projects Delayed
Many school construction projects have been delayed due to the pandemic and the pause in projects earlier this year. Several projects in our district were delayed and now have new opening dates. K671 at 836 5th Avenue, scheduled to open in September 2021, will now open in September 2022. K730 at 4513 8th Avenue, scheduled to open in September 2021, will open September 2022.K557 at 4302 4th Avenue, scheduled to open in September 2022, will open September 2023.
Resources from the Brooklyn Public Library:
COVID-19 Zone Finder:
Technology Support for Parents:
Parents can also call the DOE Help Desk at 718-935-5100.
Homework Help (Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m): https://dialateacher.org
NYPL Free Online Tutoring: https://www.nypl.org/about/remote-resources/kids-and-teens/homework-help-brainfuse
This list provides resources for mental health management including mental health care through teletherapy and several other options for mental health support to assist children and families. NYC Well is also available for those that need immediate support. Here is an additional list of helplines and organizations that refer you to state and local services in your community based on the subject of mental health and wellness concerns.
The DOE has provided strategies and resources for parents of children with IEPs to create a learning environment at home during remote learning. Watch this webinar provided by AFC (Advocates for Children of New York) discussing IEPs and Evaluations during COVID-19, providing further resources for parents of IEP students. You can also find additional information for parents in navigating the education system with children with IEPs here.
Education Resources in partnership with Council Member Brad Lander’s office: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FZGH2wZjPqsKm5kzp5HfWc5wyCfOKiPqkDph5Dhp_t0/edit*
*Last updated in April, some information may be outdated