StudentsFirstNY is working with our parent members and elected officials to ensure students’ and families’ needs are addressed in these unprecedented times.
Below are COVID-19 resources for New York families:
- Here are links to the latest COVID-19 updates from Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.
- Here are updates from the New York City Department of Education (DOE)
- And here is information from the DOE about its new grading policy for district school students
- Here are updates from the New York State Department of Education.
- Information on Grab & Go Meals for ALL New Yorkers (Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm)
- Information about changes in graduation requirements and Regents exams.
Important and thoughtful tips in this report from TNTP for schools to plan for the many challenges when students return to the classroom.
Additional Research from New York City public charter schools on remote learning:
- Achievement First
- KIPP NYC
- Success Academy
- Uncommon Schools Remote Learning
- NYC Charter School Center
- New York Charter Schools Association
If you need help getting access to WiFi, there are several options for free internet:
- AlticeUSA/Optimum is providing free internet service for all students affected by COVID-19 through June 30, 2020. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
- Comcast- Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
- Spectrum- Spectrum offered free internet access for students and free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
- Charter- Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
- AT&T- AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
- Verizon- Verizon does not have special offers, but is following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint- Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile- T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
We're also urging lawmakers in Washington D.C. to provide federal aid for all public school students and essential workers. You can help by posting a message similar to this or retweeting us:
Calling all public school supporters! Help ensure NY receives the funds our children need for public schools, hospitals and other essential services due to COVID-19 related cuts. Make your voice heard by asking Elected Officials in D.C. to take action: bit.ly/2YYCeKL