Schools and children

Saturday, March 28, 2020

New York City public schools are closed until spring break and maybe to the end of the term, and the DOE will commence online learning on March 23. All school trips are cancelled.

Remote learning resources and updates from NYC DOE:

The Department of Education has set up as a resource for Parent Coordinators.

DOE website alerts page:

All parents must create a New York City Schools account for their children to access remote learning. You can sign up at this link:

Department of Education devices survey. The Department of Education is asking families to complete a survey sharing their best contact information over the next few weeks as well as whether they have access to a smartphone, a laptop/tablet/computer, the internet, or none of the above. Devices will be loaned to students who need a device (1 per student.) Take the official DOE learning devices survey. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned.

Free Tutoring Now Available: Beginning today, families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and an NYPL library card can access tips, activities, and one-on-one tutors through a new partnership with Brainfuse. Tutors are available from 2 PM to 11 PM every day in both English and Spanish. Students can also make use of Brainfuse’s videos, activities, and other learning resources 24/7:

Expanded Resources for Kids & Teens: NYPL’s Remote Learning Resources for Kids & Teens page is a vital tool for young learners and their parents and caretakers while NYPL is temporarily closed. Check out the updated selection of online resources NYPL offers:

The DOE has learn-at-home resourcesLearn at Home. These do not replace remote-learning materials and are supplementary to coursework.

Additional details can be found at NYC Public School Closure Information.The Department of Education has said that absences due to coronavirus will be tracked separately, and will not affect academic standing. Parent teacher conferences will proceed virtually or by phone. Updated protocols schools are taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Several dozen enrichment centers will open on March 23 to provide childcare for frontline workers including first responders, healthcare, and transit workers. Students at enrichment centers will have access to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the City is working to open sites throughout the city to serve meals to low-income and homeless youth, similar to the City’s summer meals program.

Food service. The DOE is offering free breakfast and lunch pick-ups at all public schools from 7:30am to 1pm. This will be a “grab-and-go” service. Visit

The Pre-K application deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 29. Families can apply online via MySchools or by calling 718-935-2009 (Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm). Pre-K offers will still be released in May.

Colleges and universities are transitioning to remote learning. CUNY and SUNY will implement remote learning for the rest of the semester. 

CUNY Graduate Center has canceled public programs. Some programs will be broadcast live on youtube.

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Free cable service for 60 days for families with children
Spectrum cable is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, and installation fees will be waived for new student households. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer "Spectrum Internet Assist," a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. They are also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots across their service area for public use. To enroll in the free broadband service or Internet Assist, call 1-844-488-8395. (It's their standard customer service line, so use the "new service" or "add service" option. To avoid long wait times, call early in the morning or later in the evening, until 1am EDT.)  

Verizon is offering free internet for households with school-age children, with other learning tools and some premium TV channels offered to customers at no additional cost. Read the release:

The DOE has set up as a resource for Parent Coordinators. They will be continuing to build out the site this week, so please send them your feedback on any additional information/resources that should be added.


Information about school meals and remote learning:

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