Schools and children

Thursday, April 8, 2021

DOE website alerts page:

DOE website updated daily

NYC Return to Schools webpage

NYC Daily COVID Case Map This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30pm.

NYS School report card for covid cases:

Schools in a given region can reopen in Phase Four, if the region's 14-day average daily infection rate is below 5 percent. Schools will be closed if the regional infection rate rises above 9%, using a 7-day average, after August 1.  NYS school reopening guidance for schools

The Dept. of Education this week announced the Outdoor Learning Initiative, which encourages schools to hold as many classes outside as possible and allows principals to request additional outdoor space in nearby parks or streets

July 2020 New app: Learn at Home
This app is now available on all DOE-issued iPads. The?Learn at Home app supports students’ remote-learning needs. It gives parents, students, and staff the ability to stay connected and informed through quick access to student accounts, other learning apps and technical support. The app provides students with links to all the tools they need to attend class, complete assignments, and track their progress. The Learn at Home features can be accessed at

[Source: Gov. Cuomo's email Important update for New Yorkers as fall approaches, 9/8/2020) [New York] State is requiring all school districts to report daily data on the COVID infection rate and new cases at every school. This information will be publicly available on a new online dashboard that will have constantly updated data for your school. In addition, the State launched a SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker that provides real-time, up-to-date data on COVID-19 testing and other vital information at each of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities.

4/8/2021 Reducing disruptions to in-person classroom instruction in New York City schools. Schools will now close for 10 days when four or more cases in different classrooms can be traced to a known exposure to COVID-19 in the school. 

4/8/2021 Department of Education Learning Preference Form. Parents can submit a Learning Preference Form to switch to fully remote learning at any time Families can also call 311. The deadline is passed to opt into blending learning for the 2020-2021 spring term.

12/7/2020 NYC public schools have been temporarily closed for in-person learning. The re-opening will be phased in beginning on December 7, starting with younger children 3K through grade 5. District 75 (special needs children) will be the next group beginning on December 10. Read the details at There will be much more testing for students, teachers and workers in the schools. A testing consent form must be on file for each student. Parents can fill out the consent form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) at or print and sign the form and bring it to school on their first day back to buildings  (English)

11/14/2020 The Regents exams scheduled for January 2021 have been canceled, although students still must pass the related courses. The NYS Education Dept. has not made a decision about the June 2021 Regents. Read more.

10/28/2020  NYC Department of Education: High School Admissions Update
The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020.You will have additional time to apply. Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020.You will have additional time to register. Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change. Sign up to be on the high school admissions email list at and the NYC DOE will notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens. You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

10/28/2020 NYC Department of Education: Middle School Admissions Update
This year’s admissions process will not have the traditional early December application deadline; the deadline will be at a later date. Here’s what you can do now: Learn about middle school admissions! Get the latest updates on the DOE website COMING SOON: Watch the new video series – to learn the steps to apply for middle school in New York City. Learn about programs in detail and search for schools by course offerings, location, sports, and more in the MySchools middle school directory

9/19/2020 Remote instruction for NYC public schools started on Wednesday, September 16. In-person learning will be phased in.
Monday, September 21, in-person learning for grades 3k, pre-k and District 75 students will begin.
Tuesday, September 29, for grades K-5 and K-8, in-person learning begins.
Thursday, October 1, middle and high school students begin in-person learning.
Unless parents opted for fully remote learning, a blended learning model will be used, with students alternating between in-person and remote learning. Parents may opt for all-remote learning for their children. Schools will operate at reduced capacity for in-person instruction, with approximately one-third to one-half of the student population attending at one time. More than 10% of students and teachers will get a covid test once a month. Students, teachers and staff must wear face shields at all times. Social distancing will be required. Hand sanitizer dispensers must be available in high traffic areas and all students will be provided with appropriate PPE. Wellness barriers will be placed in the general office and at the main school safety desk. School buildings will undergo a nightly sanitization process. Breakfast and lunch will be served in classrooms.  

9/1/2020 Mayor de Blasio announced that NYC school reopening will be phased in to allow time for preparations:
September 10, 11, 14, 15 - preparations for school reopening (in all, 9 days of preparation for teachers). The goal is to keep children, teachers, administrators, staff safe while having in-person schooling.
September 16 - 3-day transitional period - remote instruction for all students
September 21 (Monday) - school buildings open (blended learning begins to be phased in, social distancing) Stay home if feeling sick.

The plan has been approved by Mayor de Blasio, Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza, labor leaders Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers, Mark Cannizzaro, President, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, Henry Garrido, Executive Director, District Council 37 AFSCME AFL-CIO (food service workers). There will be:

  • Monthly medical monitoring by health experts for people in the schools (mandatory sampling). Free testing is available for all NY'ers.
  • 30-day supplies of PPE, masks, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Enhanced cleaning.
  • Blended learning (with some students working from home and others in-person) Social distancing, reduced capacity, limit the number of people entering the schools.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer's Back to School Guide

9/24/2020 The State launched the "COVID-19 Report Card" for schools
This dashboard will give parents and teachers timely information about the safety of their childrens' schools. The data available online will include: Number of positive infections of students and staff by school and school district; number of students and staff on-site; and percentage of on-site students & staff who test positive. The dashboard is available at [Source: Gov. Cuomo's email NYS Coronavirus Update 9/24/2020]


8/7/2020 The infection rate is below the threshholds, therefore all New York State school districts are permitted to open this fall. Whether your school will be in-person, remote, or a hybrid model, will be determined locally by each individual school district under strict Department of Health guidelines. All districts are required to submit a reopening plan, which will be reviewed by the state. School districts are required to engage all parties by having meetings with parents and staff.

Learning Bridges free child care
As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and early childhood programs will operate on a blended learning model. This means that each week, students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely.  Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this survey

The Learning Bridges programs will: 

  • Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners 
  • Provide opportunities for children to connect to their remote learning activities 
  • Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities 
  • Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools 

You can complete the survey even if you do not yet know your child’s school schedule. The survey is meant to assess interest; this is not a formal application. More information will be shared by the Department of Education (children in 3-K and pre-K) or the Department of Youth & Community Development (children in grades K-8) about a potential placement in the coming weeks. Programs will become available on a rolling basis beginning at the start of school. You can also call 311 for support in completing the survey. 

CUNY Fall 2020 Update
7/10/2020 Chancellor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez announced that the City University of New York (CUNY) is preparing for a range of scenarios that combine in-person, virtual and hybrid instruction for the fall 2020 semester. So far, 48% of fall 2020 courses will be offered in a hybrid or online manner. Courses that are dependent on science labs and professional equipment, theater, performing and studio arts and clinical placements may be offered in-person. Letter from the Chancellor

July 2020 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the US Department of Homeland Security) has rescinded their policy that would have required thousands of international students to be expelled from the country if their colleges were online-only in the fall. 

Information about school meals and remote

NYC vows to provide child care for 100K families to ease burden of part-time school schedules
July 16, 2020,, by Christina Veiga
New York City is racing to make child care available to 100,000 families by the time classes kick off in September...The aim is to serve students from pre-K through eighth grade on the days they will not be in class, along with after-school care and specific programming for early childhood years. Programs are expected to take place in a variety of settings, from libraries to cultural institutions. Officials are turning to existing child care centers, after-school care programs, and community organizations...Officials said the expansion will cost the city at least $30 million a month. 

Summer School 2020
Remote summer school began on July 6. Over the next few weeks, students will use iLearnNYC, which has 13 language options for translation. For information about summer school for all students (elementary, middle and high school) visit
Access iLearnNYC through TeachHub:

If you need technology support, you may contact the iLearnNYC helpdesk by calling 1-888-995-9866, Monday through Friday from 8am-8pm or Saturday through Sunday from 8am-5pm. You may also email

5/22/2020 Gov. Cuomo announced summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spread. Meal programs and child care services for essential employees will continue. School districts must also develop a plan for students with disabilities who participate in extended summer school year programs over the summer to ensure they receive instruction. The state will make a determination on the fall semester and issue guidelines in June so schools and colleges can start to plan for a number of scenarios. K-12 schools and colleges will submit plans for approval to the state in July.

7/13/2020 The City’s Board of Health voted to reopen childcare in NYC on Monday, July 13.
This will apply to about 3,000 childcare programs in NYC with a capacity of around 150,000. Guidelines: limit group size to 15 children, classrooms must be changed to enable social distancing, face coverings required for children over 2 and adults, daily health screenings, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, limited sharing of toys and supplies. Checklist for Child Care Program Guidelines (PDF), Reopening New York City: Frequently Asked Questions What Child Care Programs Need to Know (PDF)

Schools reopening

Source: Gov Cuomo's Press Conference 7/8/2020, Mayor de Blasio's Press Conference 7/8/2020

New York State

  • Everybody wants schools to open safely. The safety concerns are for the entire school community, students, teachers, staff. The state is also looking into HVAC filtration systems to make indoor activities safer. MERV13, 12, 11 filters take the virus out of air.
  • The State will issue guidance for the school districts by July 13.
  • School districts, private and charter schools must submit their plans to the State by July 31.
  • The State will decide the week of August 1-7 whether schools reopen, based on infection rates and what is going on.
  • There may be separate decisions on a regional basis and based on the school's plans.

Gov. Cuomo also responded to President Trump's tweets about withholding funding if schools don't completely reopen. Cuomo's response is that NY cannot be bullied ("Love works"). NY's education budget is $70 billion. $3 billion is from Federal sources.  NOTE: Schools are chartered by the State. The Governor has legal authority to say when schools can open.

New York City

NYC has largest school system in country. NYC submitted its plan in broad strokes. NYC will have blended learning, with students going in-person to school on alternate days, and remote learning on the other days. Parents can choose for their child to have fully-remote learning. There will be quarterly opportunities to change to fully-remote learning. In school, face coverings and social distancing are required. There will be nightly deep cleanings and cleanings during the day. All spaces will be used in school, including cafeterias, gyms, auditoriums, etc.

  • The first milestone is July 15, when the parent portal opens.
  • After that there will be info sessions.
  • August 7 will be the first deadline to decide on remote only education.

The city is working on providing child-care for working parents who can't supervise their kids during the day. Students with disabilities can get in-person instruction if wanted. Teachers and staff can apply for accommodations, if they have health issues, to work from home. Questions remain on what coronavirus testing policies may be in place, how an outbreak will be handled, and how child care will be handled for employees.

The City’s Dept. of Education has set up a Return to School 2020 page with the latest updates on reopening public schools and specifics on hybrid learning and the first day of school. Chancellor Carranza also released a letter for NYC school families.

Department of Education (DOE) website

11/15/2020 Grading in the 2020-21 School Year
Here are key elements of this year’s grading policy:

  • Student grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in each subject. Grades reflect students’ level of understanding and skills in a subject as of a specific point in time.
  • This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options. Examples of common grading scales include the 1-4 scale, the numerical scale (100 points), and the alphabetical scale (A-D).
  • Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have learned, and more.
  • Families have flexibility in determining how passing final grades are reflected on student records. This is an option for families who prefer to have their child’s performance reflected more generally (such as “Pass” instead of a numerical grade) as they continue to adapt to blended and remote learning.
  • Additionally, students will not receive failing grades if they have not yet met the learning outcomes for their courses; instead, they will receive another mark (“needs improvement” or “course in progress,” depending on grade level) and will be provided with additional time and support to ensure they can master course concepts and earn credit as appropriate.
  • While students must continue to participate in remote and blended learning each day, attendance will not be a factor in student grades. Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning, and school communities must make every effort to ensure that students attend school, with a goal of every student, every day.

For more information on the Grading Policy, please view the policy at  or check the DOE’s website at

5/23/2020 Summer School: This year, the Department of Education (DOE) will offer summer school via remote learning. In addition to academic instruction, students participating in these summer school programs will have opportunities to go on self-paced virtual field trips and engage in daily social-emotional learning activities.

  • Students in grades 3-8 who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 through Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
  • Students in grades 9-12 who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in a prior term, will participate in remote instruction for the course(s) in which they need to earn credit. Remote instruction will run from Monday, July 13 through Friday, August 21, 2020.
  • Students in all grades with 12-month Individualized Education Program (IEP) will participate in remote summer programming from Wednesday, July 1 through Thursday, August 13, 2020. All students who are receiving or are eligible to receive these services will be contacted by their school shortly.

5/23/2020 Pre-K Offers and Waitlists. Families with children born in 2016 can view and accept their child’s offer online with the MySchools portal In addition to viewing and accepting their child’s offer, parents may see the waitlist their child is on, add their child to a waitlist, or check their child’s position on each waitlist. More information is available from the DOE’s website

4/12/2020 New York City public school buildings are closed through the end of the term, according to Mayor de Blasio. The DOE commenced online learning on March 23 and will continue at least until June 26. All school trips are cancelled. The United Federation of Teachers announced that more than 40 current teachers and retirees had died due to the virus as of 4/11/2020. 5/4/2020 This has been confirmed by Gov. Cuomo.

5/3/2020 School board elections and budget votes statewide are delayed until June 9. The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid. (Source: Gov. Cuomo's email of 5/3/2020, Executive Order)

It’s official: NYC relaxes grading policies in wake of massive shift to remote learning
April 28, 2020,, by Alex Zimmerman and Christina Veiga
The new policy...takes into account that students may be experiencing trauma and have difficulties accessing online learning...For elementary school students, teachers will evaluate whether a student is “meeting standards” or “needs improvement,” based on writing samples, projects, or other assignments. The same procedure is in place for middle school students in grades 6-8 with one addition: They can also receive a “course in progress” [instead of a failing grade] on their report cards, which means they will automatically be enrolled in summer school...High school students will continue to receive normal letter grades, with the exception that no one will receive a failing grade. They will have the option to convert their grade to a “pass” rating, which would not affect their GPA...Many New York City middle and high schools admit students based on their academic records, but the pandemic has forced the city and state to suspend the most commonly used measures. Attendance no longer counts towards enrollment decisions, the state has canceled standardized tests, and now, traditional grades have been dramatically altered for students vying for competitive middle and high schools. The education department is still developing guidance on how the middle and high school admissions process will work, according to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.
Related: Chancellor Carranza's Message for Families

4/24/2020 What The CARES Act Means For Your Student Loans:

5/3/2020 Face-to-Face Letters and Guidance for Sharing Records with Families: Face to Face Letters/Proof of Enrollment/Proof of Address During this time, when schools are not physically in session, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) will no longer require or ask for “face-to-face” letters as evidence of family composition letters from families who are applying for Cash Assistance (CA) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Call 311 for further information, or log onto the DOE website if your family has an enrolled student.

5/3/2020 The Mayor and Schools Chancellor announced the launch of Let’s Learn NYC!, a new educational public television program produced by the WNET Group in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) featuring lessons for children in 3K through second grade that will supplement remote learning.

5/3/2020 Advancement Placement Exam Fees: In response to the unique challenges brought on by COVID-19, the DOE is extending coverage of AP exam fees for spring 2020 (including the late-testing window in June) to include all students. In prior years, the DOE has only covered the cost of AP exams for economically disadvantaged students. This year, the DOE will cover all base AP exam fees, which is the basic cost of the exam, and late order fees, while the College Board will waive all other fees, including canceled, unused, and late-testing fees. The College Board will not assess any fees for exams not taken in spring 2020. On March 20 the College Board announced it would be shifting all paper-based AP exams to online testing, which students may complete at home. A small number of AP courses will not have final online exams and will instead have a written paper or portfolio requirement that will be used to determine an exam score; a full list of exam offerings, testing schedule, and submission deadlines is available on the AP Coronavirus Updates page

4/21/2020 DCTV, the media arts center located in Chinatown, has put all its public programs online. You can take filmmaking classes, get tech advice in their Online Filmmaking Workshops and Office Hours-- and they're also streaming new documentary films via their Virtual Cinema. Their Youth Media students are creating personal video diaries of their lives under quarantine. If you know a NYC student 14-21 years of age who might be interested in participating, please check out DCTV's Youth Media programs. Visit to learn more and take part!

4/6/2020 The New York State Board of Regents is cancelling the High School Regents exams in June.
Emergency regulations from the Board of Regents:

4/3/2020 Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced that schools will continue with remote learning 4/9-4/17, originally scheduled for Spring Recess. Teachers can take days for religious holidays as their own personal time off.

Getting set up for remote (distance) learning

  • The NYC Dept. of Education (DOE) will prepare and DELIVER all devices to high school students, multilingual learners, students with disabilities, those who live in public housing. Others who have requested a device will be eligible to receive them after those deliveries have been made.
  • 5/3/2020 Launch of Remote Learning Technical Support Ticket System for Families: The DOE is launching a family-facing Remote Learning Technical Support ticket system Families (or someone on their behalf) can submit requests for technical support for a broad range of issues, including application support, lost, stolen, or broken devices, and delivery status, though the Technical Support for Families page. Note that when families select a topic and issue in the ticket submission form, the form will automatically list common resolutions to technical support problems; if the suggested resolutions do not resolve the family’s issue, they can continue to submit a tech support ticket by completing the form This family-facing system, and the DOE staff remote learning support ticket system, is intended to replace emails to the inbox.
  • If you received an iPad from DOE, setup instructions are available at If you need help, contact Apple Support at or call 1-800-800-2775. If you have issues connecting the device to T-Mobile internet, visit or call 1-800-375-1126.
  • If you already HAVE a device and need technical support, call 718-935-5100.

Remote learning resources and updates from NYC DOE:

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

Essential Resources Remote Learning Contact Sheet:

The Department of Education is setting up as a resource for Parent Coordinators. Please send them your feedback on any additional information/resources that should be added.

2/7/2021 Get free homework help from licensed teachers through the United Federation of Teachers by calling 212-777-3380 or visiting the Dial-A-Teacher website, Mondays through Thursdays, 4-7pm Help is available in Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog.

4/6/2020 Homework help. Students can receive one-on-one free online homework help through the New York Public Library, daily from 2 – 11 pm, in English or Spanish, K-12. Families will need a New York Library card to access this service, and can apply for a free card at

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

Remote Learning Portal a landing page for students and teachers with secure links to online learning platforms. Students and families should log in with their student account. If you need help with a student account, contact your child’s school.

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.

4/19/2020 If you need an ipad for remote learning:
Tech support for DOE-issued devices or request an iPad over the phone call the DOE's Service Desk: 718-935-5100.

NYC allows Zoom (once again) for remote learning
May 6, 2020, by Alex Zimmerman and Christina Veiga

Related information: Need support using Google Classroom? Step-by-step guide


Remote learning and children’s privacy
April 9, 2020,, by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus
March 19, 2020,, by Megan VerHelst
There are tried-and-true ways to have the conversation with your kids, but the point, experts say, is don't avoid having it.

With NYC schools closed, many parents become reluctant homeschoolers
March 16, 2020,, by Reema Amin, Alex Zimmerman

Children with disabilities

Students with disabilities: If your child has an IEP (Individual Education Program), you should be hearing from their teacher about developing a specific remote learning plan. If your child currently receives related services, DOE is planning to begin delivering these services via tele-therapy sessions beginning on March 23. Families will be contacted by related service providers to discuss the transition and to begin scheduling sessions. If you have any questions, contact the DOE Special Education Office at or call 311. 

6/6/2020 Under executive order No. 202.37, school districts will be allowed to conduct in-person special education classes over the summer, even as most summer learning is set to continue remotely.

4/8/2020 NYC gives the OK to shrink special education services amid coronavirus upheaval
April 8, 2020,, by Alex Zimmerman

includeNYC Resources, live chats and support for parents of children with disabilities. Visit their coronavirus response updates, share concerns, or access the help line.

Tutoring and activities

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:

Free coding activities from Girls Who Code:

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

The Mayor announced a free new digital platform to provide safe, fun, and entertaining virtual activities for New York City's teens and young adults. This first-of-its-kind campaign combines city and community resources to engage teens who are at home during the COVID-19 crisis and also provides tips to cope with the public and mental health challenges that may arise during this difficult time. The program can be accessed at or by texting "Fun" to 97743.

Child care

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.

5/8/2020 has created a new page to connect parents to state-specific resources to help them find and pay for childcare during the COVID-19 public health emergency

5/7/2020 Zoom is now allowed (again).
4/10/2020 DOE will no longer allow the use of Zoom for remote learning. Schools and families must switch to Microsoft Teams as soon as possible. Students can use their DOE student account credentials, while staff should use their accounts. If you need help navigating Teams, visit the Microsoft Student Help Center or call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.

Food service

4/3/2020 Free Meals: 3 free meals will be available for ALL New Yorkers. Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. No one will be turned away at any time. Adults and children can pick up three meals at one time. Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites. No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children. No registration or ID required. Murray Hill location:  Manhattan Academy for Arts & Language, 111 East 33rd Street.

The Department of Education (DOE) is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children. Families can learn the location of the nearest meal hub by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or visit website

School Welcome centers and new admissions

4/11/2020 Family Welcome Centers and P311: Family Welcome Center (FWC) buildings have been temporarily closed and staff members are working remotely to support families. FWC staff are available by email, Manhattan:, and are prepared to assist with enrollment and placement of new admissions, questions around admissions, information about offers, and waitlists. There may be higher than usual volume but they aim to respond to all requests within 48 hours. Employees at P311, the DOE’s Parent Support Line, are preparing for remote work beginning 4/13/2020 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.

Pre-K applications

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. 

College and post graduate students

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.

CUNY opens emergency relief fund for struggling students with $2.75 million in private donations
April 8, 2020,, by Michael Elsen-Rooney

Don’t send sick college kids home
[Source: Bloomberg Prognosis Coronavirus Daily email of 9/3/2020.]
A consensus is building among public health experts that it’s better to keep university students on campus after a Covid-19 outbreak than to send them home as many are doing. It’s easier to isolate exposed students and trace the people they’ve been in contact with if they stay put, said Ravina Kullar, epidemiologist and spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Sending them home risks exposing family members and others to the virus and increases the likelihood of its spread.

4/11/2020 New York State Bar Exam: The New York Court of Appeals announced on March 27, 2020 that the New York State Bar Examination will not be administered on July 28-29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The examination has been rescheduled to Wednesday-Thursday, September 9-10, 2020. The application period for the rescheduled examination is scheduled to open on May 5, 2020 at 12 am and to close on May 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

4/19/2020 SUNY students are encouraged to refer to SUNY’s Community Response to COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information.

4/19/2020 Commencement ceremonies across the CUNY system will be postponed. College presidents and deans may still consider alternative celebrations that fit their campus. Degrees will be conferred at the end of the spring semester as scheduled.

4/19/2020 CUNY’s Summer 2020 course offerings will be exclusively conducted via distance education format (online), in accordance with guidance from the NY State Education Department (NYSED). 

Wifi and cable offers

5/10/2020 Free cable service for 60 days for families with students, and educators. Spectrum cable is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access until June 30 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.)  

5/10/2020 Charter/Spectrum cable is expanding the eligibility for its free offer for internet and wifi until June 30 and it also includes educators (K-12 teachers and college/university professors) who do not already have a Spectrum account. Contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 to sign up (but prepare for a wait!). A free self-installation kit will be provided to new student and educator households

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:


New York Public Library resources:
For educators
For families: NYPL is collaborating to bring academic resources to students of all ages

The Frick Collection is now “open” for online visits for schools, colleges, and universities. Sessions are tailored to lesson plans, and led by Frick educators who will guide discussions of selected works of art from the Frick’s collection. Teachers: to learn more and make a reservation, please email with your preferred date and time, the grade level of your students, and the subject of your course.

How safe is the air inside your NYC classroom?
Aug 25, 2020,, by Amy Zimmer, Christina Veiga, and Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee Good ventilation could lower the risk of coronavirus transmission. Find out where your school stands. [Look up the report for your child's school.] 
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