Resources for Remote Learning
Grading Policy during Remote Learning
Please see this message from the ECC Steering Committee:
We hope this finds you safe and healthy. Thank you all for your work in serving your communities.
We are hearing mixed messages from the DOE on how much input parents will have on the grading policy during remote learning. So, we are taking this matter into our own hands and are conducting a survey.
Please share this with as many parents and guardians as you can in your district and in your communities.
The time to influence the DOE is NOW - please do not wait.
ECC Steering Committee
Q&A about Remote Learning
The family Q&A on the DOE website has been updated to include more information on the remote learning plan and guidance on what will be happening April 9-17.
Links for Parents
Families should have received guidance from principals about what remote learning will look like for their student this week, including any necessary log-in information or printed materials that will be shipped. All of the remote learning will be aligned to grade level and according to State standards. We have created student accounts for every K-12 student, including Google Drive, Google Classroom, OneDrive Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
At schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home, parents can access a list of free online resources organized by content and grade level that can be accessed at home. There are suggested daily student schedules, guides and instructional materials for instructional activities in at least nine languages, recommended educational television shows, and links to a variety of books, magazines and websites on a wide range of topics that appeal to children at all ages.
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The Division of Multilingual Learners is developing guidance for schools on how to enhance instruction of our ELLs and MLLs in different settings, including bilingual classrooms, integrated ENL, and standalone ENL, to a remote learning environment.
Schools started contacting families this week to begin arrangements for special education programs and related services through remote learning, and will be given a template for creating specific remote learning plans for special education students. We will be holding IEP meetings by phone, and we are looking into the possibility of conducting assessments remotely as much as possible.
Free Online Tutoring Available for Students
The City College of New York's STEM Institute is offering FREE tutoring support online via Zoom during After-School hours.
Monday - Thursdays 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
In the following subjects: Algebra , Geometry, Physics, Living Environment, Earth Science & English
Schools distributed their inventory of electronic devices to families. At this time, there are several options for free internet access, as follows:
AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. 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 is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering 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, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, 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.
Starting this week, the DOE will be distributing 300,000 internet-connected iPads to students that need them. Families that need electronic devices should submit the request here: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices.
Families can also call 718-935-5100 and select option 5 for to complete the survey over the phone. They are prioritizing students in temporary housing and our neediest families and directly providing those students with devices. Over 150K families have already signed up, and delivery will be done in waves over the next several weeks.
Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs)
New Family Site Webpage on Remote Learning for Multilingual and MLLs/ELLs
The DOE Learn-at-Home page now has information dedicated to supporting our Multilingual Learners and English Language Learners and their families with remote learning. This page includes educational resources on supporting children’s language development at home as well as resources on obtaining e-books in multiple languages.