COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
More information regarding resources for families during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.
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.
- 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.