Remote Learning Updates & Information

Updated: April 8, 2020 at 5:05 p.m.

Due to the evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation, Uncommon Schools has transitioned to remote learning and instruction. While academic focus will continue, we are committed to the safety and care of our students, families, staff, and community.

Stay-in-the-know by checking back and connecting with Uncommon on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

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9-12 Online Learning

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Free Wi-Fi Access and Internet Service

Broadband companies are providing free Wi-Fi access and Internet service during this time of remote work and learning. See here for eligibility and how to sign up.

School & Office Closures

School Closures (Updated as of April 8)
NYC, Rochester & Troy
Schools closed until
APRIL 29*

*Pending further state guidance

Newark & Camden
Schools closed until
APRIL 20

Boston
Schools closed until MAY 4, in alignment with Boston Public Schools.
Office Closures
All offices will be closed until further notice.

Regional Updates

FOOD DISTRIBUTION (as of March 20)
Starting Monday, March 23: Grab-and-go meals will only be available at 439 sites throughout NYC. This means that your child’s current school may no longer be a distribution site.

See here for a list of meal sites.

Additional details:

  • Any student 18 and under may go to any of these sites to pick up one breakfast and two lunch meals.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be available for grab-and-go from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Grab-and-go meals will be distributed by school food staff members.
  • Grab-and-go meals will be distributed at the main building entrance.
  • Students will only be able to pick up one day’s worth of meals (one breakfast, two lunches).

REGIONAL RECREATION CENTERS (RECs) (as of March 20)
To successfully fight COVID-19, our first responders (healthcare providers, transit workers, and other key personnel) must be able to come to work. The NYC Department of Education has created Regional Enrichment Centers—places where children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need.

The RECs are staff by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, and will provide children with three hot meals daily, remote learning with their teachers, and activities like art and music, and social and emotional support. RECs will be available citywide.

Eligible parents can find more information here, and can complete the survey here.


INTERNET RESOURCES (as of March 17)
Charter Communications will provide free broadband for two months to student households. To enroll in Charter’s free-broadband program, eligible NEW Spectrum consumers must call (844) 488-8395. Installation fees are waived for new student households.

Comcast announced they will provide 2 months of free internet access to new low-income customers, amid the coronavirus outbreak. To sign up, applicants can visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.


MEDICATION RELEASE TO FAMILIES (as of March 17)
From Tuesday, March 17th to Thursday, March 19th nurses will contact all families of students who have medication (ie – EpiPen, albuterol inhaler) administered during school to see if families would like to arrange pick up of any critical medications during school shutdown. If you have any questions please reach out to your child’s main office and leave a voice message, a school staff member will follow up with you.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION (as of March 18)
North Star Academy will provide grab-and-go meal packs that will consist of breakfast and lunch. For a map of all Newark distribution locations, please see the map below.

Grab-and-go meals can be picked up between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at our Vailsburg Campus (24 Hazelwood Avenue).


SOCIAL MEDIA (as of March 12)
It was brought to our attention that fake reports about Coronavirus exposure at North Star Academy were circulated on social media. We have no reported cases of Coronavirus among students or staff members. We will continue to provide updates to our families via regular methods of letters, text and calls. You can also visit this page periodically for updates and resources.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION (as of March 16)
Breakfast and lunch will be available, Monday through Friday, to all Camden students, regardless of which school your child attends. Please see here for scheduled meal times and locations.

INTERNET RESOURCE (as of March 16)
Internet Essentials is providing new customers with two free months of Internet service. Visit this page for more information.

EMERGENCY CHILD CARE (as of March 19)
The YMCA of Greater Rochester has partnered with Rochester Prep to offer emergency child care. Specific details are available here. Families can apply for financial assistance here.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION (as of March 16)
The following Rec-Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday to provide meals and recreation to the city’s school-age children:

Adams Street at 85 Adams St.

Avenue D Rec Center at 200 Ave. D

Carter Street at 500 Carter St.

Tyshaun Cauldwell at 524 Campbell St.

Frederick Douglass at 990 South Ave.

Flint Street at 271 Flint St.

David Gantt at 700 North St.

Trenton and Pamela Jackson (Clinton-Baden) at 485 N. Clinton Ave.

Thomas Ryan at 530 Webster Ave.

Children will be served pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. School-aged city residents can access these services using their EZ Rec Pass. Those without an EZ Rec Pass will be registered immediately on-site. Additionally, the following food pantries and shelters are also available to support any families in need:

The Community Food Cupboard
11 Nester Street, Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 325-4990

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program
273 Upper Falls Blvd. Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-2630

Family Restoration Project
360 Wellington Avenue Rochester, NY 14619
(585) 436-0085

Church of Love
700 Exchange Street Rochester, NY 14608
(585) 454-3270

House of Mercy
285 Omar St., Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 546-2580

Bethany House
169 St. Bridget’s Drive, Rochester, NY 14605
(585) 454-4197

St. Peter and Paul’s Kitchen
681 Brown Street Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 235-6511

Open Door Mission
210 West Main Street
(585) 454-6696

Cameron Community Ministries
48 Cameron Street Rochester, NY 14606
(585) 254-2697

Students and families who do not reside within the Rochester City School District can find meal options throughout Monroe County School Districts here: Monroe County Food Distribution Plans.


INTERNET RESOURCE (as of March 16)
Households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription can call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll and receive free Wi-Fi access for 60 days. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION (as of April 8)
Food distribution will not be available during Spring Break (April 10-17), and will resume on Monday, April 20. Extra food will be provided during Thursday’s route to get families through the week.

Additional food service resources can be found here.

Durham School Services will be providing a school bus which will stop at set locations to provide food for students. If you would like to participate, please check your email for details about bus stop locations.

Meals will also be available to pick up in the Troy Prep High School parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. If you have question, please email info@troyprep.org.


SCHOOL CLOSURE SCHEDULE (as of April 8)
Governor Cuomo announced that schools would remain closed through April 29, pending further guidance. Remote learning plans will remain in place through the extended closure. We will observe our regularly scheduled Spring Break from April 10-17.

Please reach out to info@troyprep.org if you have any questions.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION (as of March 16)
All Boston Public Schools students can pick-up free breakfasts and lunches during school closures at designated food distribution sites located here.

Donate to the Uncommon Resiliency Fund

Thank you for supporting our students and schools. Every dollar you give has an outsized impact while we navigate our changed world: implementing remote learning, finding creative modes of delivering meals and special education and social services, and supporting alumni impacted by college closures.

  • $50 feeds a child breakfast and lunch for a week
  • $250 buys a laptop for a student whose schooling might otherwise be disrupted
  • $1,000 enables us to create another week’s worth of remote learning content
  • $5,000 ensures continuity of special education services for an entire school for a month

To donate, click the button below and select “Uncommon Resiliency Fund” from the dropdown menu.

Resources to Safeguard Your Health

We are committed to the health and safety of our school communities across Uncommon and continue to closely monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). We will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves and proactively communicate about any possible impact to families and our school communities.

The health and safety of our Uncommon community is our first priority. As we monitor the situation, we will continue to update you on the measures we take to keep your children safe.

Below are the preventative measures the CDC recommends we all take to safeguard our own health and the health of our community.

  • Wash hands frequently and effectively. This is the most important step we can all take to keep ourselves and our community healthy. (Use soap and water and rub hands under the water for at least 20 seconds.) If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect anything you touch frequently.
  • Keep a safe distance from anyone who may be sick.
  • Adults and children should stay home when sick, and for at least 24 hours after a fever breaks. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
  • Get your flu shot— it’s not too late!