On May 1, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced the closing of all school buildings for the remainder of the school year, thereby extending the exemptions from the day and time requirements that schools must be open under state law.
During this time, NYC DOE School Food will continue to give meals to families at the designated distribution locations and REC centers will continue to be open for the children of essential workers.
The Governor has said that a decision on summer school will be made by the end of the May and, as always, we will communicate to you once an announcement is made. Remote learning will remain for the rest of the school year.
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The Charter Center has compiled a list of resources and communications from government agencies and education institutions in an effort to provide clarity and support during the evolving COVID-19 crisis. Our COVID-19 Resource Center provides up-to-date information and important documents, as well as educational resources, to help you and your leadership team make informed decisions for your school community. Feel free to visit our page often, as new resources will be added regularly. If you have any questions, or wish to suggest a helpful resource for the list, please contact us.
Updated COVID-19 guidance from the Federal Government and NYCDOE was issued including information on assessments, accountability, special education and FERPA. We will post updated guidance from the State Education Department as it becomes available. Here are the most recent documents:
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STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND NEW YORK’S PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS ANNOUNCE EXPANDED REMOTE LEARNING DURING STATEWIDE SCHOOL CLOSURE
Local Public Media Channels to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K to 12th Grade
New Remote Continuity of Learning Resources Website Launches
The New York State Education Department and New York’s nine public television stations announced today that expanded educational resources and “Learn-at-Home” programming is now available for all of New York’s students in response to school closings across the state. In addition, NYSED has launched a dedicated website featuring remote continuity of learning resources to provide districts and teachers with increased options.
Students from prekindergarten through 12th Grade will have access to PBS educational programming every weekday starting Monday, March 23rd on-air. These efforts will help ensure that all students can “Learn-at-Home”, whether they have a computer or broadband at home.
“As we adapt to the ever-evolving situation around COVID-19, we’re seeing heroic efforts by educators and parents to ensure that children have equitable access to home-learning,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Our partners at PBS have once again stepped up to provide easily accessible, high-quality educational resources for New York students and I encourage educators and parents to make use of these additional resources.”
“PBS has a long history of supporting teachers, parents and, most of all, children through its excellent educational programming and we’re proud to support and recommend these resources during the unprecedented school closures,” Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said. “It’s crucial that we limit learning loss during this time as much as possible and these free instruction and learning resources offer ideas and inspiration for parents and educators across the state.”
“Online learning is not an option for a lot of kids at home because they lack access to broadband or a laptop,” said Bill McColgan, Chair of the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York. “That’s why we are ensuring that all kids can access this at-home learning via our free, over-the-air broadcasts.”
PBS to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K Through 12th Grade
All nine public television stations in New York are providing “Learn-at-Home” enrichment for students through their broadcast stations and increased online educational resources.
Pre-K and young learners can still watch familiar shows like Sesame Street. Elementary student broadcast schedules include trusted programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Cyberchase. Middle school and high school programming include shows like Nova, History Detectives, and Shakespeare Uncovered. As always, many additional programs are also available to stream on the free PBS Video and PBS KIDS Video apps.
Since every PBS station in New York has multiple digital channels, programming will be available for young children (PreK to 4th Grade) and older children (5th to 12th Grade) on different digital channels. They can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable.
“PBS ensures that its content is not only engaging, but aligned to state and national learning standards, so parents can feel comfortable knowing it’s going to reinforce what has been taught,” said Rachel Friedman, a Suffolk County teacher. “I am so glad that PBS is providing this so quickly in this crisis.”
Parents and educators should check local listings for their local public television stations for additional information on schedules and channel lineup. You can find your local PBS station by using the PBS Station Finder.
Local stations will also provide more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents, and teachers. New York’s educators and parents can continue to access free educational resources that supplement and augment learning on the website, PBSLearningMedia.org. PBS LearningMedia provides original digital content and supplemental viewing guides for on-air programming that assist in learning. New special collections have been created for each grade level to make it easy for parents and teachers to select appropriate content if they are new to using the service. Webinars and online support materials have already been taking place and will continue to help educators make use of PBS LearningMedia as a distance learning tool.
For more information, please visit your local station:
WNED – Buffalo
WXXI – Rochester
WCNY – Syracuse
WSKG – Binghamton
WPBS – Watertown
Mountain Lake PBS – Plattsburgh
WMHT – Albany/Troy
WNET – New York City
WLIW – Long Island
Remote Instruction and Continuity of Learning Resources Website:
NYSED’s remote Continuity of Learning Resources website is live now and includes options and examples of technology and non-technology-based resources for districts and schools, as they develop distance learning plans for students during closure due to the Novel Coronavirus.
Among many other resources, this new site features lists of digital content to enhance distance learning in a dozen subject areas including early learning, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Educators will also find digital tools to assist in communicating with students and families and creating engaging instructional opportunities for students.
NYSED’s site also provides non-technological suggestions for schools and parents to consider when planning for continuity of learning. There are many ways students can continue learning that do not require access to a computing device.
NYSED will continue to update and add resources to this dedicated website as they become available.
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Wifi Internet Access:
Charter and Optimum cable will offer 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 broadband subscription at 100 Mbps, 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 SPECTRUM 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 1:00 am EDT). Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use. To enroll in free OPTIMUM (if students/families are located in the Bronx) broadband service, call 1-866-200-9522.
The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves.
Who is this for?
This is intended for individuals and families who meet all of the following criteria as a result of the COVID-19 emergency:
- No members of the household can go out and get food because they are at increased medical risk or homebound
- No neighbors or family members can go out and get food for you
- Do not receive meal assistance from other providers (incl. Meals on Wheels or God’s Love We Deliver); and
- You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery
Households that qualify may place an order once every two days. Each order will contain two days of meals (4 meals per person in the household, but no household will receive more than 8 meals per delivery).
Orders placed before 11AM will be delivered within two days of the order date. Orders placed after 11AM will be delivered within three days of the order date.
If you do meet the eligibility criteria please visit The NYC Food Delivery Assistance web page
If you don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria above you can still get help at your local food pantry. You can find the food pantry closest to you here: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help
Bronx Community Board 6
I’m sharing this link in case you speak to a family who is in need of help with food or diapers. I have a friend who has connections with this Bronx organization and he has offered to help any of our families.
The food pantry they have is great and different. Each family who receives a grant is allowed to go shopping in their supermarket, giving them more options on healthy foods.
It is also by appointment, allowing them privacy and helping protect them from the crowds.
Please let me know if you have spoken to any of our families, who are currently in need. I will put them in contact immediately.
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