Hello TRIO participants, parents and family members,

I hope that everyone is safe and following the safety precautions issued by New York City, State and the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC).  As a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic, the City University of New York has issued a cancellation of all planned activities on all campuses and recommended that  staff, faculty and other personnel to work remotely from home.  As a result of this mandate, the TRIO programs are actively expanding our services to include remote services for all of our participants and their families.

In order for these efforts to be successful, TRIO staff will be reaching out to you to discover the remote capabilities that exist and your access to the internet, cell service, and the device that these platforms operate on.  Please respond to all questions as soon as possible so that we can begin to implement planned services to the best of our capabilities.

We will continue to provide services as scheduled but remotely and will make ourselves available to you for specific hours during the work day.  It is extremely important that if you are scheduled for a  phone date and time, that you adhere to that specific schedule.  Staff will only be available from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and will be adhering to this time-frame.

Currently we are uploading many resources and updated information on a daily basis so that you can remain aware of planned weekly TRIO program services/activities; receive updated information on the COVID-19 virus and steps you need to take to remain safe via specific links; educational resources you can use while at home; and the availability of TRIO teachers and staff to assist you with tutorials and help to understand and complete information on the Google platform, which will be used by the Department of Education in their remote education.

Continue to remain positive, wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds under warm water, stay inside and practice social distancing.  Our combined efforts will help to get us over this epidemic.  We need to follow these rules to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities.  Please call staff cell phones and not the office because no one will be there.  Continually check your e-mail and respond.  We will get through this!

Thank-you,

Michelle A. Danvers Foust
Director,
Bronx Community College
TRIO, Pre-collegiate Programs

 

Counselors Notes:

  • Hello Students, just a reminder that there will be no classes this Saturday an we will resume next Saturday April 18, 2020
  • If you have not done so already, please activate you zoom account for Saturday classes. To do this you will click the link that was sent to you and include your name.  Please use your real names and not tag names.  The teachers as well the other staff need to know who is in the classrooms. The links will be resent to you.  Please activate it so that you are prepared for classes next week.

Quote: “No matter how you feel get up, dress up, show up and never give up.”

Thank You,

Jazmine Conyers-Drammeh (Upward Bound Math & Science)

 

Greeting UB Students,

I hope you all had a restful holiday weekend! Our next virtual Saturday Academic classes is this Saturday, April 18th and will begin 10 am sharp. Please remember that you should login to each period 5 minutes before the period starts.

The remaining virtual Saturdays are as follows:

April 18, 2020
April 25, 2020
May 2, 2020
May 9, 2020
May 16, 2020

May 30, 2020

We expect all participants that are in 9th to 11th grade to participate in the virtual Saturday Academic Classes. You will be sent an absent letter email if you don’t participate and I expect a response back as to why you didn’t attend. Students please check your emails daily.

Please remember that we are here for you so if you have any questions or concerns feel free to email or text me. Have a great week!

Best,

Mrs. Lalla

6/15/2020

9/28/2020

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Dear friend,

 

Check out what we’ve been up to and sign up to volunteer!

 

Are you good with people? Spreadsheets? Social media? Policy?

We are recruiting neighbors, activists and organizers to join our campaign to bring more progressive energy to the Bronx. Click below to join us!

Stay healthy. Stay safe. Let’s keep fighting.

Pierina Sanchez

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We gathered as a community to highlight an injustice that is occurring to our families, seniors and neighbors on Burnside and throughout the Bronx – the abandonment of our local financial institutions. With Chase Bank and Amalgamated Bank threatening to leave Burnside, we are fighting against a history of disinvestment to ensure our equitable access to financial services. Check out the coverage: Bronx Free PressNews 12Norwood News and Bronx Times! Since the event, both Amalgamated and Chase have agreed to meet with community leaders regarding the path forward. Let’s keep the pressure!

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The current occupant of the White House does not want communities like ours counted in the Census, yet our schools, hospitals and homes depend on it. We will continue to be out on the streets every week ensuring that more neighbors get counted by the Sept. 30th deadline. Respond to the census here and join us!

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Did you know there are grant opportunities for small businesses to access economic relief? We’ve been out in the community informing our small business owners of opportunities as they arise arise: see hereherehere and here for the latest.

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While we advocate for the safest possible restart to school, we are partnering with our local groups to ensure our kids have what they need to start the academic year.

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Nearly 60% of our neighbors worried about running out of food at some point during 2019, and the economic fallout of the pandemic has only made our situation worse. That’s why I’m personally out each week, setting up food distribution events for our neighbors with local organizations. Join us!

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The work we are doing has been covered in local news outlets and OVER 35 local and Latin American publications! Thank you for all of your ongoing support!

Follow us on social media to stay up to date with our campaign!

Corona Virus Update

With coronavirus now prevalent in the New York City area, here are some things to know about the illness, and ways to avoid becoming sick.

  • The risk of contracting coronavirus is low, but it can spread from person to person.
  • There are no specific vaccines or treatments for coronavirus.
  • Medication is available for treatment of symptoms; a vaccine is in development.
  • Most people infected may experience mild symptoms; seniors, people with compromised immune systems and patients with pre-existing medical conditions are at higher risk of more serious complications.
  • Symptoms are similar to the flu, and include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds to prevent possible infection.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Only use a face mask if you are sick, are a health care professional, or have a compromised immune system that makes you more susceptible to infection.
  • Do not touch your face or head with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Clean and disinfect any frequently touched objects or surfaces in your home or office.
  • Stay home if you aren’t feeling well, but seek medical care immediately if you experience symptoms of coronavirus.
  • For questions about coronavirus, call the New York State Health Department hotline at 888-364-3065, or visit the city Department of Health’s website, nyc.gov/coronavirus.

Sources: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Available

The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) is an online directory offering information on more than 5000 health & social services available to low-income, uninsured & underinsured individuals in New York City, Long Island & Westchester.

Free & Open to the public, HITE helps connect users to vital community services quickly and easily.

https://hitesite.org

 

Other resources available:

6/05/2020

June 4, 2020

To the BCC Community, Friends and Supporters:

Every day at Bronx Community College, we celebrate the richness of American diversity and BCC’s founding principle of the potential and the right of every individual to achieve greatness. We therefore join those of all backgrounds and beliefs across the country in our grief and outrage over the death of George Floyd and demand that justice for him and his family be swift and certain.

We stand in solidarity with those who are raising their voices in protest and calling on those in power to end the scourge of bigotry and prejudice, which is no less virulent and deadly than the current pandemic.

To our students, I have faith that the same inner strength that brought you to the College and that is now sustaining you through these months away from our campus will give you the power to endure and prevail during this national heartbreak. By pursuing an education and preparing for your role in transforming the world as you are transforming yourselves, each of you is fighting for the day when tragedies like the cold-blooded killing of George Floyd are not just unacceptable but unthinkable.

Until we can all meet again face-to-face on the campus that we love, be safe, be strong and know that my best wishes for you and those you love are always in my thoughts.

Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Ph. D.
President
Bronx Community College

5/11/2020

Youth Experiencing Homelessness

A safe place to stay and be yourself

A young man with a supportive hand on his shoulder looks at a man in the foreground

If your housing situation is uncertain, you can find help throughout NYC. Check out the resources below to find a safe place to stay, get free and confidential support for your health and well-being, and access what you need to help reach your goals.


Housing

Find a place to stay

If you need a safe place to stay, resources are available. Youth ages 16 – 20 may be able to find emergency shelter at Crisis Services Programs throughout NYC. To get connected:

  • Call or stop by one of the drop-in centers below
  • Call 311 and ask for shelter for youth

If you’re over 20, you can go to a drop-in center below to get a referral. Anyone over 18 in NYC can also go to adult shelters.

Youth drop-in centers

Drop-in centers in all five boroughs offer a safe place for youth ages 14 – 24 to hang out, charge your phone, find clothing and food, and take care of other needs. You can also get a range of services, from health care to job support (most drop-in centers offer these after an intake conversation with staff). Find out how to access centers in the BronxBrooklynManhattanQueens, and Staten Island.

BRONX

CMCS Sunrise Drop-In
Address: 333 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10451
Contact: 718-993-5495
Drop-in hours: 24/7
Hours for new client intake: 9am – 8pm (7 days/week)

BROOKLYN

SCO Family of Services
Address: 398 Grant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208
Contact: 718-277-6403
Drop-in hours: 24/7
Hours for new client intake: 24/7

MANHATTAN

Ali Forney Center
Address: 321 W 125th St, New York NY 10027
Contact: 212-206-0574
Drop-in hours: 24/7
Hours for new client intake: Varies; call for details

The Door
Address: 555 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Contact: 212-941-9090
Drop-in hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri); 11am – 10pm (Wed) & 11am – 7pm (Sat)
Hours for new client intake: 2 – 5pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) & 2 – 7pm (Wed)

Safe Horizon Streetwork
Address: 209 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Contact: 212-695-2220
Drop-in hours: 12 – 5pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) & 12 – 3pm (Sat & Sun)
Hours for new client intake: 10am – 12pm (Mon – Tues & Thurs – Sun)

QUEENS

Sheltering Arms – Jamaica
Address: 89-74 162nd St, 3rd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11432
Contact: 718-526-2400 ext. 2080
Drop-in hours: 24/7
Hours for new client intake: 24/7

Sheltering Arms – Far Rockaway
Address: 1600 Central Ave, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Contact: 718-471-6818 ext. 2123
Drop-in hours: 10 am – 8pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 7pm ( Fri) & 12 -8pm (Sat)
Hours for new client intake: Same as drop-in hours

STATEN ISLAND

Project Hospitality
Address: 27 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
Contact: 718-876-4752
Drop-in hours: 24/7
Hours for new client intake: 24/7

Shorter-term housing

Youth ages 16 – 20 who need a safe place to stay may find shelter and support services at Crisis Services Programs for up to 120 days. To get connected, most youth visit a drop-in center and ask for a referral or call 311.

Longer-term housing

Youth 16 – 20 who don’t have stable housing may find a supportive place to stay for up to 24 months at Transitional Independent Living (TIL) programs. TIL programs also offer services including education programs, job help, counseling, and life skills. To get a referral, youth usually go to a Crisis Services Program first. To start the process, you should visit a drop-in center and ask about residential programs.

If you’re 21 – 24 years old, you can go to a drop-in center above to get a referral. Anyone over 18 in NYC can also go to adult shelters.

Housing for families

Find long-term housing

Though housing in NYC is expensive, you may be able to get help finding a stable place to live. Most drop-in centers can assist with supportive housing applications and other permanent housing options, and you can enter an affordable housing lottery.

Learn how to find an apartment in NYC

5/8/2020

CITY HALL
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER
YDANIS RODRIGUEZ

NEW YORK, NY 10007

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
Food Assistance Locations / Lugares De Asistencia Alimentaria MAP / MAPA
Northern Manhattan
Worldwide Missionary Movement
646-545-7696
Only Open Saturdays:
9 AM – 12 PM
International Pentecostal Church
718-216-2063
Only Open Tuesdays:
9 AM -11 AM
Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)
Phone: 212-795-4779 / 646-299-1086
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday: 9am to 1pm
The Bronx
The Salvation Army Bronx Citadel
718-665-8472 ext. 202
Monday: 1 PM – 2 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM – 2 PM
Friday: 1 PM – 2 PM
Bronx Food Pantry
and Food Hub
347-913-2473
Wednesday: 5 PM – 7 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 12 PM
United Bronx Parents
718-991-7100
Mon- Fri 2:30 PM – 4 PM
Queens
Salvation Army Astoria Corps
718-721-9046
Mon-Fri: 9 AM – 2 PM
Masbia of Queens
718-972-4446
Mon – Thur: 2 PM – 5 PM
Sunday: 2 PM – 5 PM
Hour Children Community Outreach
718-482-8226
Address: 36-49 11th Street, Long Island City, NY, 11106
Monday: 2 PM – 4 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday: 3 PM – 5 PM
Brooklyn
St. Stephen Outreach Community
 718-938-4532
Wednesday: 11 AM – 1 PM
Thursday: 11 AM – 1 PM
Friday: 11 AM – 1 PM
Masbia of Flatbush
718-972-4446 EXT. 203
Mon -Thur: 6 PM – 8 PM
Sunday: 6 PM – 8 PM
The Salvation Army Sunset Park Corps
718-438-1771
Everyday Grab and Go Food bags: 9 PM – 12 PM
(need to have ID)
Hot Foods available everyday: 12 PM – 1 PM
Staten Island
West Brighton Residential Tenants Assoc.
347-858-3627
Wednesday: 11:30 AM-3 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM-3 PM
The Salvation Army Stapleton
718-448-8480 x 206
Monday: 11 AM -12 PM
Friday: 11 AM-12 PM
Department of Probation Staten Island Office
718-876-7395
Monday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 12 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Free Face Coverings In Northern Manhattan / Mascaras Gratis En El Norte De Manhattan
  • Highbridge Park (Amsterdam Ave / 173rd Street) Recreation Center
  • Saturday / Sábado; May 9, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • J. Hood Wright (Ft. Washington Avenue/174th Street) Recreation Center
  • Monday / Lunes; May 11, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
  • Jackie Robinson Park Recreation Center, 85 WEB Dubois Ave (Entrance on Bradhurst Ave between W 146th St and W 147th St)
  • Thursday / Jueves; May 7, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Inwood Hill Park, 218th St and Indian Rd
  • Sunday / Domingo; May 10, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Free Meals
  • Meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city.
  • 3 meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all New Yorkers
  • Monday through Friday 7:30am to 1:30pm at locations across the city.
  • Available Sites: HERE
The City will also be providing food delivery assistance for all New Yorkers who cannot go out of their houses to pick up food. Link can be found HERE.
To qualify, all of these categories must apply:
  • 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); You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery
  • You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery
  • Qualifying households may place an order once every two days. Each order will contain at least 4 meals per person in the household, but no household will receive more than 8 meals per delivery. 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 at: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help
Kosher Meals: The DOE has also started serving kosher meals at 10 locations in Brooklyn and Queens, expanding its program providing free meals to all New Yorkers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Comidas Gratis
  • Comidas serán distribuidas en más de 400 sitios en toda la ciudad.
  • Tres comidas al día, incluyendo el desayuno, estarán disponibles para todos los Neoyorquinos
  • De lunes a viernes de 7:30am a 1:30pm en lugares de la ciudad.
  • Para encontrar una escuela cerca de usted, Use esta enlase: AQUI
La ciudad también proporcionará asistencia para la entrega de alimentos a todos los neoyorquinos que no pueden salir de sus casas a recoger alimentos. El enlace se puede encontrar AQUI:
Para calificar, las siguientes 4 categorías deben ser ciertas:
  • Ningún miembro del hogar puede salir a buscar alimentos porque tienen un mayor riesgo médico o están confinados en su hogar.
  • Ningún vecino o miembro de la familia puede salir a buscar comida para usted.
  • No reciba asistencia alimentaria de otros proveedores (incluidas las comidas sobre ruedas o el amor de Dios que entregamos);
  • No puede pagar la entrega de comida o la entrega de comestibles.
Los hogares que califican pueden hacer un pedido una vez cada dos días. Cada pedido contendrá al menos 4 comidas por persona en el hogar, pero ningún hogar recibirá más de 8 comidas por entrega. Si no cumple con todos los criterios de elegibilidad anteriores, aún puede obtener ayuda en su despensa de alimentos local. Puede encontrar la despensa de alimentos más cercana a usted en: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help
Comidas Kosher: El DOE también comenzó a servir comidas Kosher en 10 ubicaciones en Brooklyn y Queens, ampliando su programa que proporciona comidas gratuitas a todos los neoyorquinos durante la pandemia de coronavirus.
Burial Assistance / Asistencia De Entierro
The Human Resources Adminsitration (HRA) as announced that they have increased their burial allowance from $900 to $1,700. They have also increased their cap on burial costs from $1,700 to $3,400. Additionally, they have extended the timeframe for when New Yorkers can apply to 120 days after the individual’s death.
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La Administración de Recursos Humanos (HRA) anunció que han aumentado la asistencia financiera de entierro de $900 a $1,700. También han aumentado su límite en los costos de entierro de $1,700 a $3,400. Además, han extendido el plazo para que los Neoyorquinos puedan aplicar para la asistencia financiera hasta 120 días después de la muerte del individuo.
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SNAP BENEFITS
Shop for groceries online with your SNAP benefits card AQUI
Health
If you do have worsening symptoms related to the novel Coronavirus, please call the NY State hotline at 888-364-3065 to speak with a health professional. You can also take the health online assessment, which will help you determine whether you should seek immediate medical assistance: https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/
As of today, NYC has testing capacity across 10 acute-care hospitals, 7 Gotham Health community-based health centers, and 4 drive-thru test sites. For receiving information on where to get tested, call for appointment first at 888-364-3065.
In addition, the New York Presbyterian Hospital has a dedicated hotline for general questions about Coronavirus exposure or health concerns and a virtual care website where you can access medical help. For hotline, please call 646-697-4000. To access the Virtual care page website go to: https://www.nyp.org/ondemand/urgent-care
Keep informed by texting COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding the novel Coronavirus.
THE SAMARITANS OF NEW YORK
NYC Guide to Suicide Prevention, Services and Resources
Free, non-judgmental emotional support for those
who are overwhelmed, depressed, in crisis or suicidal.
Community-based. Completely confidential.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
(212) 673-3000
24 hours/7 days a week
For more information click HERE or Visit The Samaritans
Community Service Society
Managed Care Consumer Assistance Program
Help constituents on how to use their health insurance, accessing low cost care, applying for hospital financial assistance, resolving medical billing issues, and appealing coverage denials.
MCCAP helpline @
(888) 614-5400
Monday-Friday
 9 AM – 4 PM
For More Information please visit: CSSNY
NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal: DOITT has developed a portal, to help guide the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal is available in 11 languages and allows New Yorkers to self-report COVID-19 information and will help New York City both better communicate with affected people and identify areas that may need enhanced response. Inputs are confidential. People without internet access or who need help, can call 311. Please share this with your constituents!
Hotel Rooms: In order to fight the spread of COVID-19 within households that are in particularly high-risk communities, we are offering 11,000 free hotel rooms for people who need to quarantine. Hotel rooms will be offered based on referrals from H+H and community health providers, beginning next Wednesday, April 22. These will be targeted in particular to people in overcrowded homes, health care workers regardless of symptoms, and New Yorkers experiencing homelessness
Available Employment Opportunities
Temporary opportunities available: Here
Job Opportunities at H+H: NYC Health and Hospitals needs workers to help transport patients, clerical staff and cleaning staff. You can apply today at http://nyc.gov/coronavirus.
TLC Driver Jobs:
Housing
Expanded Hotel Isolation Program: Last week, the Mayor announced a new hotel isolation program. Today, community healthcare providers began referring clients in need of a place to isolate to the new hotel isolation program. Clients must be COVID positive or COVID-symptomatic and unable to isolate where they live.
These are individuals who do not require medical care and can self-isolate with basic services, including: onsite medical and social services, meals, laundry, phone, internet, daily check-in calls by medical staff, and transportation to and from the hotel as needed. The following providers joined the program:
  • Morris Heights Health Center – physical locations in Melrose, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Longwood, North Baychester, Co-op City, and Jerome Park
  • Hudson River Health Care– serves the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island
  • Damian Family Health Center – serves the Bronx and Queens
And we’re looking to add more. To learn more about the program, visit nyc.gov/covid19hotel
Tenants’ Rights for Tenants with COVID-19 or Under Home-Quarantine HERE
NYCHA
Update from NYCHA HERE
Immigration Resources
  • Immigration Courts (until 4/13): NYC non-detained Immigration Courts (Broadway and Federal Plaza) are CLOSED until further notice. Buffalo non-detained hearings are cancelled.
  • USCIS (until 4/1): All appointments are cancelled.
  • ICE: NYC in-person check-ins are cancelled, telephonic check-ins are still happening. Waiting to hear back for Buffalo/upstate office.
  • Federal Courts: Citizenship Oath Ceremonies cancelled.
  • ICE has cancelled all visitation for those in ICE detention.
  • Immigration enforcement in the communities continues.
Restaurant/Hospitality Workers:
  • One Fair Wage Emergency Fund: Here
  • ROC United Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund: Here
Domestic Workers:
  • Coronavirus Care Fund: Here
Sex Workers:
  • Emergency Relief for Sex Workers In New York: Here
Employers are prohibited from firing, suspending, or otherwise retaliating against you for raising or reporting concerns about safety or health hazards. You can learn more about filing a complaint against your employer with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Here.
Our office is working remotely. Please contact us at
646-395-2925 or 646-450-2770
Resources for Immigrant Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic
Immigrant Help : HERE
Public charge rule
Use of health services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule and will NOT impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship HERE
Public charge rule
Use of health services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the Public Charge rule and will NOT impact your ability to apply for a green card or citizenship.
Immigrant New Yorkers who are concerned about “public charge” can get help making the best decisions for themselves and their families.
Learn whether the “public charge” rule could have an impact on you or your family before withdrawing from benefits you are lawfully entitled to.
Get answers to questions about how certain public benefits may affect your immigration status. Call the ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 and say “public charge” from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, to get answers to your questions, plus:
Connections to immigration legal help and referrals to other legal and non-legal services.
The hotline is free and anonymous.
Help is available in over 200 languages.
For More information: Here
For DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee). Please share with your constituents the information on this tweet from Commissioner Mostofi: Twitte-NYC-Immigrants-Status
Legal Support
 NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group)
Direct support:
  • For free non-criminal legal support (i.e. public benefit appeals, access to healthcare, immigrant protection, workers’ rights) or financial counseling, you can find contact information for NYLAG’s legal and financial counseling services at www.nylag.org/gethelp
Online resources:
Other Resources
*100% of nonessential workforce must stay home*
This excludes essential services such as pharmacies, grocery stores, food delivery/take-out, and other similar services. (What is specifically defined as essential? Click Here)
Education:
The City has moved towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.
iPads For Students:
To keep students connected and able to learn from home, the DOE is lending 300,000 internet-enabled iPads to students. Families that want to request a device should fill out the Remote Learning Device Request form, below. Teachers and school staff should use this same form to request devices on behalf of their students. More information can be found HERE.
WNYC and The New York Public Library Join Forces To Bring New Yorkers Together For a Virtual Book Club:
  • More information can be found Here.
  • Readers will come together online through a live stream conversation and audience Q & A With Stewart and McBride on Thursday, April 30 at 7PM
Salvadori Center
FREE project-based STEAM lessons:
Our approach is simple ~ every week throughout the crisis, we will provide you with free:
  • Lesson plans with teacher guides
  • Student instructions and worksheets
  • Lists of common materials often found at home to complete projects
  • And a design challenge to apply new concepts
The lessons are offered to students from grades K-12, and teachers can modify lessons for student’s grade level.
For more information visit: Free-Steam-Lessons
Buisnesses & Employment:
The PPP application opens Today
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses (up to 500 employees) to keep their employees on payroll. Loan forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. For more information HERE
  • NYC Small Business Continuity Fund (Zero-Interest Loans) : Here
  • Federal Small Business Administration Assistance Loans: (Slow website due to high demand : HERE
  • U.S. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: HERE
Support New York City:
  • Donating Supplies : During this time New York’s health services have experience a shortage of supplies. If you are a local business that wants to support the COVID-19 emergency response effort please feel free to share this link HERE.
  • Information about space : We are still identifying and standing up new hospital capacity. We are particularly interested in private spaces that may not be yet on our radar. For those you know who have space they want to offer, please have them fill out this space survey here: HERE
  • Volunteers : About 2,100 retired or non practicing healthcare professionals have signed up to the City’s medical reserve! Anyone interested can sign up HERE.
New York Blood Center
Blood donations : To donate, call 800-933-2566 or go HERE
DONATE PLASMA HELP SAVE LIVES
New York Blood Center and H+H Needs YOUR Help
Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 has been used by H+H to successfully help patients recover. H+H is participating in trials using plasma to improve COVID-19 care. Please visit Covid Plasma to schedule an appointment and donate today.
Drivers:
Beginning Sunday, April 26th all TLC drivers who deliver meals for NYC Get food will be paid $53 for each route sheet that they are assigned. Each route sheet will contain no more than six addresses.
Drivers who register to participate in the NYC Food Delivery program must:
  • Be a Valid/Current TLC Driver Licensee
  • Be a Valid/Current DMV Driver Licensee
  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be able to perform heavy physical labor
MTA Updates:
The MTA has been reducing and modifying their Subway and buses schedules. They have continued to clean and sanitaize all stations in the City ensuring that all New Yorkers remain safe while traveling througout the City. Here are some quick updates on important service changes:
MTA Closures: The MTA announced an unprecedented plan to close stations nightly for deep cleaning. This will help keep out essential workers safe and allow us to better help homeless individuals into our shelter system.
The B,W, and Z services are temporarily suspended
  • B: Use C, D, and Q service instead
  • W: Use N and R service instead
  • Z: Use J service instead
Buses will run on 75% of normal services
  • MTA has initiated a new rear-door boarding policy to keep riders and operators at a safe distance
LIRR service will be reduced by 68%
  • 500 Trains a day as opposed to 740 trains during usual weekday schedule
Metro-North will be reduced by 50% of normal weekday schedule
  • Information about MetroCard Mobile Sales Service Centers: HERE
Critical Workforce Benefits:
Citi Bike Offering free month long membership
Lyft’s Citi Bike programs has partnered with the Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s office to provide all critical workers with a free month long membership. During this time it is crucial that we provide New Yorkers with alternative modes of transportation to reduce the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. More information on the details and who will be considered critical workers will be provided below:
  • Healthcare providers, transit employees, and first responders (e.g. NYPD, FDNY, EMS) can obtain a free 30-day Citi Bike membership by signing up through their employers.
  • Healthcare employers should email HeroBikes@Lyft.com to obtain enrollment information to distribute to staff.
  • The program includes unlimited 45 minute trips on classic bikes and e-bikes for 30 days.
  • The free membership will not auto renew into an annual membership.
  • After the initial period, Lyft will work with City partners to determine ridership needs and the best ways to support the program further.
  • Lyft will be implementing their Enhanced Citi Bike Cleaning Protocol for an increase cleaning schedules
DOE Offering Regional Enrichment Centers
First responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel must be able to come to work. The DOE has created Regional Enrichment Centers—places where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need.
Staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, the centers will provide children with three daily hot meals, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art, music, and physical education, and social and emotional support. Beginning Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers are opening across every borough, with at least two sites in every school district. Link Here.
NYC Family Justice Centers are here for you. Call for services or support, including immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and other vital services.
Information from NYC HOPE: HERE
New York Seniors:
Department for the Aging has expanded their ‘Direct Delivered Meals’ system to include clients across the 5 boroughs. DFTA clients will be receiving a direct delivery which includes a five-meal package delivered to each elder adult every week. Below is more information on how Seniors can take access this resource:
  • The most direct path to access direct delivery meals is through the senior center. Older adults can do this by connecting with their local senior center.
  • They can also call DFTA’s Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or call 311.
  • Homebound older adults already receiving home-delivered meals through DFTA’s case management agencies will continue receiving services as usual. Those interested in signing up should call DFTA’s Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or calling 311 to find out if they are eligible for home-delivered services by calling.
AARP is also open to all seniors looking for additional information and guidance. Below is more information on how Seniors can take access this resource:
  • Dedicated Coronavirus Website: HERE
  • AARP Community Connections: For more information, visit HERE
  • Coronavirus Frauds & Scams: For more information, visit, the Fraud WatchNetwork Helpline or to report a scam,HERE
  • Caregivers: HERE
  • Livable Communities: For more information, visit HERE
  • Free Virtual offerings from Area Organizations: HERE
For more information see HERE OR VISIT AARP WEBSITE
Disabled New Yorkers:
  • New Yorkers with disabilities : During this crisis, New Yorkers can reach out on Twitter to @NYCDisabilities, 311 or visit http://nyc.gov/disability for more information. Deaf New Yorkers can also connect via video phone at 646-396-5830. Help us spread the word by retweet the info HERE.
Additional Resources:
  • Census : Now more than ever, we need our fair share of federal dollars. And for the first time, you can do it online! Please make everyone you know fill out the census.
  • Tenants/Landlords, Disinfection Guidance for Buildings : HERE
  • Additional Resources : HERE
FIND LINK
●     Face Coverings for Elected Official Distribution: If you haven’t already, please respond to the survey to let us know if you would like 500 face coverings to distribute to individuals or groups in your community.
SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCEMENT
Citywide Social Distancing Enforcement Blitz
As weather gets nicer, remember to stay home and do your part. NYPD and Parks stepped up enforcement citywide, targeting hotspots for complaints and non-compliance. Fines will be up to $1,000. Text photos to 311-692 or use the 311 app to report social distancing complaints
Free Internet access
Beneficios de SNAP
Haga la compra de comida por internet con su tarjeta de beneficios de
SNAP HERE
SPANISH
Salud
Si tiene síntomas relacionados al coronavirus que han empeorado, llame a la línea directa del estado de Nueva York al 888-364-3065 para hablar con un profesional de la salud. También puede obtener una evaluación de salud en línea, que lo ayudará a determinar si debe buscar asistencia médica en persona inmediatamente: AQUI
Actualmente, NYC tiene capacidad de hacer pruebas de detención en 10 hospitales de cuidados intensivos, 7 centros de salud comunitarios de Gotham Health y 4 sitios de prueba de auto-servicio. Para recibir información sobre dónde hacerse la prueba, llame primero para una cita al 888-364-3065.
Además, el New York Presbyterian Hospital tiene una línea directa dedicada a preguntas generales sobre la exposición al coronavirus o problemas de salud y un sitio web de atención virtual donde puede acceder a ayuda médica. Para la línea directa, llame al 646-697-4000. Para acceder al sitio web de la página Virtual care, visite: AQUI
THE SAMARITANS OF NEW YORK
Guía de NYC para la Prevención del suicidio, Servicios y Recursos
Apoyo emocional gratuito y no crítico para aquellos que están abrumados, deprimidos, en crisis o suicidas. basado en la comunidad.
Totalmente confidencial.
Línea directa para la prevención del suicidio
(212) 673-3000
24 horas/7 Días a la Semana
Para obtener más información hacer clic AQUI o visite The Samaritans
Community Service Society
El Programa de asistencia al Consumidor de atención administrada
Ayuda a los constituyentes sobre cómo usar su seguro médico, acceder a atención de bajo costo, solicitar asistencia financiera hospitalaria, resolver problemas de facturación médica y apelar las denegaciones de cobertura.
MCCAP Línea de ayuda
(888) 614-5400
Lunes a Viernes
 9 AM – 4 PM
Para obtener más información hacer vistie: CSSNY
Ciudad de Nueva York Portal de Compromiso de COVID-19: DOITT ha desarrollado un portal, para ayudar a dirigir la respuesta de la Ciudad a la pandemia COVID-19. El portal está disponible en 11 lenguas y permite a neoyorquinos a la información del autoinforme COVID-19 y ayudará a Ciudad de Nueva York tanto mejor a comunicarse con la gente afectada como identificar áreas que pueden necesitar la respuesta realzada. Las entradas son confidenciales. La gente sin el acceso a internet o quienes necesitan ayuda, puede llamar 311.
Habitaciones de hotel: para combatir la propagación de COVID-19 dentro de los hogares que se encuentran en comunidades particularmente de alto riesgo, estamos ofreciendo 11,000 habitaciones de hotel gratuitas para las personas que necesitan cuarentena. Las habitaciones de hotel se ofrecerán en base a referencias de H + H y proveedores de salud de la comunidad, a partir del próximo miércoles 22 de abril. Estarán dirigidas en particular a personas en hogares superpoblados, trabajadores de la salud independientemente de los síntomas y neoyorquinos que experimenten la falta de vivienda.
Trabajos Disponibles
Oportunidades Temporales Disponibles: AQUI
Puestos de trabajo a través de SBS fuerza de trabajo virtual Centro: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=b4i2m1vZ30m4KGuMhuBohVzkytUrQo1MmqpCS4FY2_NUQjg0SDJDMzFNVlNKM0k3SlhOREtXMUpGQyQlQCN0PWcu (o llame al 718-960-2458)
Oportunidades de trabajo en H + H: NYC Health and Hospitals necesita trabajadores para ayudar a transportar pacientes, personal administrativo y personal de limpieza: Puede presentar su solicitud hoy en http://nyc.gov/coronavirus.
TLC Driver Jobs:
Viviendas
Programa Ampliado de Aislamiento de Hoteles: La semana pasada, el Alcalde anuncio un nuevo programa de aislamiento de hoteles. Hoy, los proveedores de atención médica de la comunidad comenzaron a recomendar a los clientes que necesitaban un lugar para aislarse del nuevo programa de aislamiento de hoteles.
Los clientes deben ser COVID positivos o COVID sintomáticos e incapaces de aislar el lugar donde viven. Estas son personas que no requieren atención médica y pueden aislarse por sí mismas con servicios básicos, que incluyen: servicios médicos y sociales en el lugar, comidas, lavandería, teléfono, internet, llamadas diarias de check-in por parte del personal médico y transporte hacia y desde el hotel. según sea necesario. Los siguientes proveedores se unieron al programa:
  • Morris Heights Health Center: ubicaciones físicas en Melrose, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Longwood, North Baychester, Co-op City y Jerome Park
  • Hudson River Health Care– atiende al Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn y Staten Island
  • Damian Family Health Center – atiende el Bronx y Queens
Y estamos buscando agregar más. Para obtener más información sobre el programa, visite nyc.gov/covid19hotel
Derechos de los inquilinos para inquilinos con COVID-19 o bajo cuarentena domiciliaria AQUI
Actualización de NYCHA AQUI
Ayuda En Inmigración
  • Tribunales de inmigración (hasta el 4/13): los tribunales de inmigración no detenidos de Nueva York (Broadway y Federal Plaza) están CERRADOS hasta nuevo aviso. Las audiencias de Buffalo no detenidas se cancelan.
  • USCIS (hasta el 4/1): todas las citas se cancelan.
  • ICE: los registros en persona de NYC se cancelan, los registros telefónicos siguen en curso. Esperando recibir noticias de Buffalo / oficina del norte del estado.
  • Tribunales federales: Ceremonias de juramento de ciudadanía canceladas.
  • ICE ha cancelado todas las visitas para aquellos detenidos por ICE.
  • La aplicación de la ley de inmigración en las comunidades continúa.
Trabajadores de restaurantes / hostelería:
  • Un fondo de emergencia de salario justo: AQUI
  • ROC United Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund: AQUI
Trabajadores domesticos:
  • Fondo de atención de coronavirus: AQUI
Trabajadores sexuales:
  • Ayuda de emergencia para trabajadoras sexuales en Nueva York: AQUI
Los empleadores tienen prohibido despedir, suspender o tomar represalias contra usted por plantear o informar inquietudes sobre riesgos de seguridad o salud. Puede obtener más información sobre cómo presentar una queja contra su empleador ante la Administración de Salud y Seguridad Ocupacional (OSHA) AQUI.
Nuestra oficina está trabajando de forma remota.
Por favor contáctenos al 646 395-2925 o al 646 450-2770
Recursos para las Comunidades Inmigrantes
Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19 AQUI
Regla de carga pública
El uso de servicios de salud relacionados con COVID-19 NO se tomarán en consideración bajo la regla de carga pública y NO afectará su habilidad de solicitar un Green card o la ciudadanía AQUI
Para beneficiarios de DACA: para obtener ayuda para renovar su solicitud, llame a ActionNYC al 1-800-354-0365 (incluso podemos ayudarlo con la tarifa de renovación). Comparta información en este tweet del Comisionado Mostofi: Twitter-NYCImmigrants-Status
Ayuda Legal
NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group)
Asistencia directa:
  • For free non-criminal legal support (i.e. public benefit appeals, access to healthcare, immigrant protection, workers’ rights) or financial counseling, you can find contact information for NYLAG’s legal and financial counseling services at www.nylag.org/gethelp
Recursos en línea:
Otros Recursos
El 100% de la fuerza laboral que no es esencial debe quedarse en casa. Esto excluye servicios esenciales como farmacias, supermercados, entrega / comida para llevar y otros servicios similares. (¿Qué se define específicamente como esencial? Haga clic AQUI).
Educacion:
La Ciudad se moverá hacia un nuevo modelo de aprendizaje a distancia para todos los días de escuela hasta Receso de Primavera. Los estudiantes no informar a los edificios escolares para la instrucción durante este tiempo. Los edificios escolares están programadas para volver a abrir a los estudiantes después de Receso de Primavera el lunes 20 de abril de, año 2020.
iPads Para Estudiantes
Para mantener a los estudiantes conectados y capaces de aprender de la casa, el DOE está prestando 300,000 iPads acceso a Internet a los estudiantes. Las familias que quieran solicitar un dispositivo debe rellenar el formulario de solicitud dispositivo de aprendizaje a distancia, a continuación. Los maestros y el personal escolar deben utilizar esta misma forma a petición de los dispositivos en nombre de sus alumnos. Para mas informacion vaya: AQUI
WNYC y la Biblioteca Pública de Nueva York unen fuerzas para reunir a los neoyorquinos para un club virtual de libros:
  • Puede encontrar más información AQUI
  • Los lectores se reunirán en línea a través de una conversación en vivo y preguntas y respuestas de la audiencia con Stewart y McBride el Jueves 30 de Abril a las 7PM
Salvadori Center
Lecciones STEAM GRATUITAS basadas en proyectos:
Nuestro enfoque es simple ~ cada semana durante la crisis, le proporcionaremos gratis:
  • Planes de lecciones con guías docentes.
  • Instrucciones para el alumno y hojas de trabajo
  • Listas de materiales comunes que a menudo se encuentran en casa para completar proyectos
  • Y un desafío de diseño para aplicar nuevos conceptos.
Las lecciones se ofrecen a los estudiantes de los grados K-12, y los maestros pueden modificar las lecciones para el nivel de grado del estudiante.
Para más información visite: Free-Steam-Lessons
Negocios Y Empleados:
La aplicación PPP se abre Hoy
El Programa de Protección del Sueldo es un préstamo diseñado para proporcionar un incentivo directo a pequeños negocios (hasta 500 empleados) para guardar a sus empleados en la nómina. El perdón del préstamo está basado en el empleador que mantiene o rápidamente contrata de nuevo a empleados y mantiene niveles de salarios. Para más información AQUI
  • Fondo de Continuidad para Pequeñas Empresas de Nueva York (préstamos sin intereses) : AQUI
  • Préstamos federales de asistencia para la administración de pequeñas empresas : (página web lento debido a la alta demanda:AQUI
  • Coronavirus de EE. UU. (COVID-19): Orientación para pequeñas empresas y recursos de préstamos: AQUI
  • Proveedores sin Fines de Lucro: AQUI
Apoye la ciudad de Nueva York:
  • Donación de suministros : durante este tiempo, los servicios de salud de Nueva York han experimentado una escasez de suministros. Si usted es un negocio local que desea apoyar el esfuerzo de respuesta de emergencia COVID-19, no dude en compartir este enlace AQUI.
  • Información sobre el espacio : Todavía estamos identificando y expandiendo la nueva capacidad hospitalaria. Para aquellos que conocen lugares o espacios grandes y que quieren ofrecerlo, haz que completen esta encuesta espacial: AQUI
  • Voluntarios : ¡Aproximadamente 2,100 profesionales de la salud jubilados o no practicantes se han inscrito en la reserva médica de la Ciudad! Cualquier persona interesada puede registrarse en AQUI.
  • Donaciones de sangre : para donar, llame al 800-933-2566 o visite AQUI.
DONAR PLASMA AYUDAR A SALVAR VIDAS
El Centro de sangre de Nueva York y H+H necesitan su ayuda
H + H ha utilizado plasma de personas que se han recuperado de COVID-19 para ayudar con éxito a los pacientes a recuperarse. H + H participa en ensayos que utilizan plasma para mejorar la atención de COVID-19. Visite Covid-Plasma para programar una cita y donar hoy.
Cambios en El MTA:
La MTA ha estado reduciendo y modificando sus horarios de metro y autobuses. Han continuado limpiando y desinfectando todas las estaciones de la ciudad asegurando que todos los neoyorquinos permanezcan seguros mientras viajan por la ciudad. Aquí hay algunas actualizaciones rápidas sobre cambios importantes en el servicio:
Cierres de la MTA: La MTA anunció un plan sin precedentes para cerrar las estaciones todas las noches para una limpieza profunda. Esto ayudará a mantener seguros a los trabajadores esenciales y nos permitirá ayudar mejor a las personas sin hogar en nuestro sistema de refugios.
Los servicios B, W y Z están suspendidos temporalmente
  • B: utilice el servicio C, D y Q en su lugar
  • W: use el servicio N y R en su lugar
  • Z: use el servicio J en su lugar
Los autobuses funcionarán en el 75% de los servicios normales.
  • MTA ha iniciado una nueva política de embarque en la puerta trasera para mantener a los pasajeros y operadores a una distancia segura
El servicio LIRR se reducirá en un 68%
  • 500 trenes al día en lugar de 740 trenes durante el horario habitual de lunes a viernes
Metro-North se reducirá en un 50% del horario normal de lunes a viernes
Información sobre los Centros de Servicio de Ventas Móviles de MetroCard : AQUI
Beneficios Para Trabajadores Críticos:
Citi Bike Ofreciendo Membresia Gratuita
Los programas Citi Bike de Lyft se han asociado con el Departamento de Transporte y la oficina del Alcalde para proporcionar a todos los trabajadores críticos una membresía gratuita de un mes. Durante este tiempo, es crucial que proporcionemos a los neoyorquinos modos de transporte alternativos para reducir la propagación del nuevo coronavirus. A continuación se proporcionará más información sobre los detalles y quiénes serán considerados trabajadores críticos:
  • Los proveedores de atención médica, los empleados de tránsito y los socorristas (por ejemplo, NYPD, FDNY, EMS) pueden obtener una membresía gratuita de 30 días en Citi Bike registrándose a través de sus empleadores.
  • Los empleadores de atención médica deben enviar un correo electrónico a HeroBikes@Lyft.com para obtener información de inscripción para distribuir al personal.
  • El programa incluye viajes ilimitados de 45 minutos en bicicletas clásicas y bicicletas eléctricas durante 30 días.
  • La membresía gratuita no se renovará automáticamente en una membresía anual.
  • Después del período inicial, Lyft trabajará con los socios de la Ciudad para determinar las necesidades de pasajeros y las mejores formas de apoyar aún más el programa.
  • Lyft implementará su Protocolo mejorado de limpieza de bicicletas Citi para aumentar los horarios de limpieza
DOE Ofreciendo Centros Regionales de Enriquecimiento
DOE a creado Centros Regionales de Enriquecimiento lugares donde los hijos de trabajadores de primera línea pueden ser atendidos con seguridad para sus padres, mientras que continúan sirviendo a la ciudad en este momento de necesidad.
Integrada por los empleados del Departamento de Energía y asociados de las organizaciones basadas en la comunidad, los centros ofrecerán a los niños con tres comidas calientes diarias, el tiempo con sus profesores el aprendizaje a distancia, las actividades como arte, música y educación física, y el apoyo social y emocional. A partir del Lunes, 23 de Marzo de centros regionales de enriquecimiento están abriendo a través de todos los municipios, con al menos dos sitios en cada distrito escolar. Aplique AQUI
Chóferes:
TLC ha reabierto su plataforma en línea para los conductores que estén interesados ​​en obtener ingresos adicionales durante este tiempo. La Ciudad está reclutando conductores con licencia de TLC a través de “DeliveryTLC” para ayudar con el trabajo relacionado con COVID-19, como entregar comida a personas mayores. Este trabajo se pagará a $ 15/hora más el reembolso por gasolina y peajes. Los conductores serán seleccionados por orden de llegada. El numero de choferes requeridos al principio será menor, pero esperamos que va a aumentar a medida que el programa se expande. Puede visitar Nyc.gov/deliverynyc para obtener más información.
Los Centros de Justicia Familiar de Nueva York están aquí para usted. Solicite servicios o apoyo, incluida la planificación inmediata de seguridad, asistencia de refugio y otros servicios vitales.
Información de NYC HOPE: AQUI
Neoyorquinos De Mayor Edad:
El Departamento Para Personas de la Tercera Edad (DFTA) ha ampliado su sistema de “Comidas de entrega a domicilio” para incluir clientes en los 5 distritos. Los clientes de DFTA recibirán entrega de comidas a la domicilio que incluye un paquete de cinco comidas para cada persona mayor cada semana. A continuación hay más información sobre cómo las personas mayores pueden acceder a este recurso:
  • El camino más directo para acceder a las comidas de entrega a domicilio es a través de los centros para personas mayores. Las personas mayores pueden hacer esto conectándose con su centro local
  • También pueden llamar a “Aging Connect” de DFTA al 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) o al 311.
  • Las personas mayores confinadas a sus hogares que ya reciben comidas a domicilio a través de las agencias de administración de casos de la DFTA continuarán recibiendo los servicios como de costumbre. Aquellos interesados ​​en registrarse deben llamar a “Aging Connect” de DFTA al 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) o al 311 para averiguar si califican para los servicios a domicilio.
AARP también está abierta a todas las personas mayores que busquen información y orientación adicionales. A continuación se ofrece más información sobre cómo las personas de la tercera edad pueden acceder a este recurso:
  • Sitio web dedicado a Coronavirus: AQUI
  • Conexiones comunitarias de AARP: Para más información, visite AQUI
  • Fraudes y estafas de coronavirus: Para más información, visite AQUI
  • Cuidado Familiar: AQUI
  • Comunidades habitables: For more information, visit AQUI
  • Ofertas virtuales gratuitas de las organizaciones de área: AQUI
Para más información, visite AQUI o visite AARP PAGINA WEB
Neoyorquinos Discapacitados:
  • Neoyorquinos con discapacidades : durante esta crisis, los neoyorquinos pueden comunicarse en Twitter a @NYCDisabilities, 311 o visitar AQUI para obtener más información. Los neoyorquinos sordos también pueden conectarse por teléfono de video al 646-396-5830. Ayúdenos a correr la voz retuiteando la información aquí: AQUI
Mas Recursos Adicionales:
  • Censo : ahora más que nunca, necesitamos nuestra parte justa de dólares federales. ¡Y por primera vez, puedes hacerlo en línea! Por favor, haga que todos sus conocidos llenen el censo.
  • Inquilinos / Propietarios, guía de desinfección para edificios : AQUI
  • Recursos adicionales: AQUI
BUSCAR ENLACE
● Cubiertas faciales para la distribución oficial elegida: si aún no lo hizo, responda a la encuesta para informarnos si desea que se distribuyan 500 coberturas faciales para individuos o grupos de su comunidad.
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COVID-19 Resources for Workers, Small Businesses, and Families

May 4, 2020

Dear Friend,

As we face COVID-19 and the devastating impact it is having in our community, I want to share some resources available to families and local businesses facing layoffs, loss of income, lack of access to health care, or the death of a loved one.

The Bronx has been one of the hardest-hit areas in New York City during this crisis, but we are here to help. The city, state, and federal government have made available many resources and launched several initiatives to help you during this difficult time.

HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

As part of the CARES Act, Congress approved $349 billion in funding to help businesses and nonprofits that employ less than 500 people through the Small Business Administration Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Two weeks ago, Congress approved $310 Billion more in funding for the program, which is designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their employees on the payroll.  The funding is awarded through forgivable loans to cover payroll (up to $100,000/employee), interest on mortgages, rent, and utility payments. For more information about the program, please visit:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

The Small Business Administration also offers other options to help small businesses through this challenging time.  The agency has new funding to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (and smaller advances loans) of up to $10,000 to small businesses experiencing economic loss as a result of the pandemic.  More information can be found at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance or at https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications .

New York City is also supporting small businesses through the Small Business Continuity Fund, which provides loans of up to $75,000 to businesses with up to 99 employees. For more information about the City’s programs to help small businesses, you can visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page  .

FINANCIAL HELP FOR INDIVIDUALS – ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS

As part of the CARES Act, Congress also approved financial help for individuals in response to the crisis. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has already started sending Economic Impact Payments to taxpayers; most people do not have to take any action to receive the payment by direct deposit or paper check. To check the status of your check visit:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments .

Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will automatically receive Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 no later than early May with no further action required on their part. However, for Social Security and SSI recipients with dependents, you may have to take extra steps to claim the additional $500 for qualifying children. For taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019, the child payments will be automatic. Many benefit recipients, however, aren’t required to file tax returns. Social Security and SSI recipients who have dependents and who have not filed taxes can quickly register by visiting the special tool  available only on IRS.gov  providing information about themselves and their dependents in the Non-Filers section.

Social Security and SSI recipients will generally receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their usual benefits. For individuals with dependents who use Direct Express debit cards, additional information will be available soon on the IRS web site regarding the necessary steps they should take when claiming children under 17.

General information about the Economic Impact Payments is available at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center  .

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE  

For those who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, the New York State Department of Labor has created a chart to guide individuals seeking unemployment benefits after the passage of the federal CARES Act. The CARES Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers, and the State Department of Labor has created a chart to guide individuals seeking unemployment benefits after its passage. To file for unemployment insurance in New York, please visit https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm .  If you have any issues filing for unemployment insurance, please contact my district office for help at 718-620-0084.

RENT, MORTGAGE & OTHER HOUSING ASSISTANCE

If you are having trouble paying your rent or mortgage, there are various City programs and initiatives that help reduce the burden on tenants and homeowners during this time.

Cash Assistance
If your work hours have been reduced and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request (Emergency One Time Assistance) to get benefits for emergencies through Access HRA .

Rent Reduction
NYCHA residents that experience a loss of income may qualify for a rent reduction. Households that have experienced a complete income loss may be elegible for the Zero Income Policy .

Property Taxes Relief
If you are a homeowner having challenges paying their property taxes, the Department of Finance offers several programs to assist with financial hardship, including exemption programs as well as a new Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) program for those who qualify. More information here .

ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

If you do not have health insurance or have lost insurance as a result of this crisis, the NY State of Health Department recently announced a Special Enrollment Period under the Affordable Care Act through May 15 in response to Coronavirus. Visit their website  or call 1-855-355-5777 to check eligibility.

To apply for COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave, please visit https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/if-you-are-quarantined-yourself

Resources are also available for mental health.  Please contact 1-888-NYC-WELL, text “WELL” to 65173 or visit: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us . The City is also connecting older New Yorkers who are feeling isolated with friendly volunteers to talk with over the phone through the Friendly Visiting Program . For more information, please call 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469).

There are testing sites operating in the Bronx. Sites have different hours, and some require appointments and only serve certain segments of the population. Click here for more information: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/pressrelease/nyc-health-hospitals-opens-5-new-covid-19-testing-sites/

ACCESS TO FOOD

Grab and Go Meals for All New Yorkers
With historic high unemployment, more New Yorkers are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. To help all ensure everyone has food on their table, the City is providing grab and go meals for all New Yorkers. No one is turned away, and participants can pick up to three meals. To find a location, text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals .

  • For residents observing Ramadan, the city is increasing supply of halal meals at 32 DOE Grab & Go sites across all five boroughs. In addition to the 32 receiving this increase, all 400+ sites will continue to have halal meals available.
  • Bronx sites with increased halal meals are:
    PS/IS 194 – 2365 Waterbury Ave, Bronx, NY 10462
    Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School – 1021 Jennings Street, Bronx, NY 10460
    PS 47 – 1794 E 172nd St, Bronx, NY 10472
    PS 106 Parkchester – 1514 Olmstead Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462
    MS 127 (JHS 127) – 1560 Purdy St, Bronx, NY 10462

“Feeding New York,” details the New York City’s plan to help food insecure New Yorkers throughout this crisis and protect the security of the City’s food supply chain. From Meal Hubs at public schools to home deliveries to seniors and other vulnerable populations, the City has served millions of meals to hungry New Yorkers during the crisis. Additional information on COVID-19 food assistance resources is available online at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance .

BURIAL ISSUES

My office has heard of many cases of families that are having trouble burying a loved one. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one and is having issues with the burial, please feel free to contact my office for help. My staff is ready to assist with complex cases involving federal agencies.

You can learn more about the resources available to help New Yorkers face the challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic by visiting my website: https://serrano.house.gov/media-center/serrano-report/resources-new-yorkers-during-coronavirus-pandemic . This list of resources is regularly updated as information becomes available. Make sure to visit it frequently and feel free to contact my staff at 718-620-0084 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Sincerely,

Congressman Jose E. Serrano

 

Washington, DC Office
2354 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4361
Fax: (202) 225-6001
Bronx Office
1231 Lafayette Ave, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10474
Phone: (718) 620-0084
Fax: (718) 620-0658

 

 

4/29/2020

For free STEAM Lessons–click on the link below:

https://salvadori.org/wordpress/free-steam-lessons/

 

Please visit the link below, to explore free exhibitions and activities throughout the Museum of Natural History:

https://www.amnh.org/explore

 

4/16/2020

Free Meals

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.

  • Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    • No one will be turned away at any time
    • All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time
    • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
  • No registration or ID required

Use our Meal Hub lookup tool to find a location near you! 

What’s on the Menu

4/9/2020

Subject: Help from Internet and Smart Phone Providers – Advancement, Communications and External Relations

Thank you for your patience and perseverance as your classes switch to online “distance learning” for the duration of the COVID-19 epidemic. To make that experience as easy and worry-free as possible, internet and smart phone providers have instituted the following changes for the next 60 days:
1. All limits on data, talk and text use on your smart phone have been lifted.
 2. All public hotspots will be free and accessible.
3. You may use your smart phone as a hot spot at no extra charge. 4. There will be no late fees or disconnections for home and mobile devices. 5. Spectrum has announced that low income individuals or families can have free installation and broadband access for the next 60 days. Internet and data accessibility and usage is handled on an individual basis. Please contact the provider in your area at the numbers below to access these services:
Comcast 800-934-6489
Verizon 800-922-0204
T-Mobile 800-937-8997
Spectrum/Charter 855-892-4444
Sprint 888-271-4727
AT&T 800-288-2020
Altice/Optimum 800-735-5379

 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

What Is SYEP?

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer.

Participants have the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills and engage in learning experiences that help in developing their social, civic and leadership skills.

By participating in structured project and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for careers of the future.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Unfortunately, the uncertainty over how COVID-19 will continue to affect social distancing guidelines, worksite availability, and provider and site staffing as we head into late spring and summer makes it difficult to ensure that SYEP can be operated safely and efficiently. Effective immediately SYEP has been suspended for Summer 2020.

Special programming available for NYC youth through various service options:

  • NYC Teens ages 14—15 can participate in paid project-based activities which will help them explore different career opportunities
  • Young people ages 16—24 can apply for paid summer jobs in a variety of industries throughout NYC

What the Program Offers?

Who Can Apply?

SYEP is open to NYC youth who meet the following requirements*:

  • Must reside within the five boroughs of New York City
  • Be legally allowed to work in the United States

* Some service options have additional eligibility requirements.

 

4/8/2020

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

NYC: Stay at Home

  • Only go outside for essential tasks. Those tasks include working for an essential business, getting groceries and supplies or securing necessary medical care. If you must go outside, keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others and wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

NYC Health Department: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Report a social distancing violation

What to Do if You Are Sick

COVID-19 is a disease that can affect your lungs and airways.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C or greater)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath (trouble breathing)
  • Sore throat

Some patients also report:

  • Loss of a sense of taste or smell
  • Feeling achy
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea

If you have any of these symptoms, and they are not due to a preexisting health condition such as asthma or emphysema, you may have COVID-19 and you must stay home.

If you have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself at home immediately. After three to four days, if you still feel sick, contact your health care provider. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 911.

Get Information and Help the City Learn More About the Spread of COVID-19

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in self-isolation, sign up for the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal to provide valuable, confidential information to the City and to allow the City to share important information with you directly.

Visit the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal website

Featured Announcements

New Guidance on Face Coverings

People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people, so you should wear one whenever you leave the home.

A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system.

Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people.

Recent Mayoral Press Releases

 

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Helping New Yorkers in Crisis
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
NYC Well is confidential, Free & 24/7

HOW TO CALL

1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)

  • For Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Call 711
  • Español: Press 3
  • 中文: Press 4

Interpreters are available for 200+ languages. Stay on the line, and you will be connected with a counselor who can connect you to translator services. NYC Well Counselors are trained to accept calls from deaf and hard of hearing individuals using video relay services.

WHAT WE DO

At any hour of any day, in almost any language, from phone, tablet or computer, NYC Well is your connection to get the help you need:

  • Suicide prevention and crisis counseling
  • Peer support and short-term counseling via telephone, text and web
  • Referrals and warm transfer to other services
  • Follow-up to check that you have connected to care and it is working for you

Free Groceries at the Kingsbridge Armory

2K
Armory authorized as Food Hub amid COVID-19 pandemic

THE KINGSBRIDGE ARMORY (pictured) has been approved for temporary use as an emergency food hub amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo

Bronx Community Board 7 confirmed on Saturday, April 4 that NYCEDC have authorized the use of the Kingsbridge Armory by NYC Emergency Management in collaboration with the National Guard and NYC TLC for food packaging and delivery.

Families that sign up through this portal can register for a box with 2 days’ worth of food and have them delivered by TLC-registered taxi drivers. Criteria for families are below and TLC-licensed drivers can sign-up here to work on this campaign. They are compensated at $15/hour plus $5/hour for expenses.

Please see below for details on each of these programs.

The GetFoodNYC program is available to you if you:

  • Are unable to go out and get food for yourself, AND
  • Do not have someone else in your household who can get food for you, AND
  • Do not have a family member, friend, or neighbor who lives nearby who can get food for you, AND
  • Do not receive food from Meals on Wheels, God’s Love We Deliver or a similar service, AND • Are not able to afford food delivery from a restaurant or grocery store.

If you qualify, you should note that:

  • Each household can only make 1 order every two days.
  • Currently, orders are not recurring. If you need additional food, you should submit a new order. • Orders placed before 11 AM will be delivered within 2 days of the order date. Orders placed after 11AM will be delivered within 3 days of the order date.
  • Each person who needs food will be given one box, which is designed to last 2 days.
  • GetFoodNYC will deliver to a maximum of 2 people in each household.
  • The amount of food delivered is based on the number of people in your household who need food from this service.
  • GetFoodNYC will collect information about any dietary restrictions but cannot guarantee those requests can be met, based on food supply

TLC Driver Food Delivery

  • The City has created the GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs.
  • We are asking TLC-licensed drivers to participate in this important work by assisting in delivering food to New Yorkers who must stay home.

Signing up is easy:

  • Visit www.nyc.gov/DeliveryTLC
  • Register by providing your name, phone number, email, TLC license number, and details on getting paid
  • Sign up for your first shift in the app
  • All drivers who have completed food deliveries will be paid $15/hour, plus a $5/hour mileage reimbursement. No routes will involve tolls.

Drivers will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not initially selected, we hope to reach you in the days ahead as demand for meals increases. If you have any issues signing up, contact supportnyc@tlc.nyc.gov

 

4/7/2020

State Education Department Issues Guidance on Graduation and Course Requirement Changes Due to COVID-19 and Ongoing Statewide School Closure

June Regents Exams Cancelled, Graduation Guidance Updated

Next Generation Learning Standards-Aligned ELA & Math Assessments Delayed to Begin in Spring 2022

Elementary-and Intermediate-Level State Assessment Contract Extended

The State Education Department announced the cancellation of the June 2020 administration of Regents Exams and today released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements.

In addition, due to the school closures related to COVID-19, the Department delayed the rollout of state assessments aligned to the grades 3-8 Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for one year, to spring 2022. Similarly, the alignment of state assessments to the New York P-12 Science Learning Standards will begin in spring 2023. Further, the state extended its current Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Testing contract by one year.

“In times of crisis difficult decisions must be made and the Board of Regents knows these are ultimately the right ones for New York’s students,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “We are putting the safety of children, families and educators first, while ensuring that the hard work done by our students and teachers is honored. These are extraordinary decisions for an unprecedented time, and we thank our school communities for their support and continuing dedication during the statewide school closure.”

“Every day we see more and more examples of the tireless dedication of educators, administrators and parents to support their students as they continue to learn and work toward a meaningful diploma during the state of emergency and we are grateful to them for their efforts,” Interim Commissioner Tahoe said. “During this time of great uncertainty, the Department has developed this guidance to ensure that students who were on track to graduate this year will have that opportunity.”

Regents Exams and Diploma Requirements

The COVID-19 emergency has evolved rapidly, leading to uncertainty as to when regular in-school classroom instruction will be able to resume throughout the state and whether students will be adequately prepared to take the Regents examinations. As a result, the Board of Regents and Department have cancelled the June 2020 administration of the NYS High School Regents Examination Program.

Because of this, the Department has modified the requirements that students must meet in order to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. These modifications apply to all students enrolled in grades 7-12 during the 2019-20 school year who were intending to participate in one or more of the June 2020 Regents Examinations.

Students who, during the June 2020 examination period would have taken one or more Regents examinations, will be exempted from passing the assessments in order to be issued a diploma.  To qualify for the exemption, students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is in grade 7, is enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have passed such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
  • The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.

NYSED Guidance issued on March 13, 2020 outlined the requirements for granting diploma credit for courses interrupted by the COVID-19 closures.

In addition, today’s guidance also provides information on:

  • NYSED-approved +1 Pathway Assessments;
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) locally developed Checkpoint B examinations;
  • Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential and +1 Pathway;
  • use of safety nets;
  • diploma endorsements including Honors, Mastery and CTE Technical Endorsement; and
  • accountability determinations.

NYSED will develop guidance on how schools and districts should record the exemptions from examination requirements. Student transcripts should not reflect an examination score for any examination for which the student is exempted.

A helpful “frequently asked questions” document is available now and will be updated regularly on the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Information site.

Next Generation ELA, Math and Science Learning Standards

The Board of Regents adopted the new P-12 Science Learning Standards in December 2016 and the revised Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards in September 2017. These standards are the result of years of collaborative and transparent work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for students and work to implement the standards in a thoughtful manner has been ongoing. Throughout that time, the Board of Regents and Department have committed to timelines that make the needs of students and necessary professional learning for educators top priorities.

Therefore, the Next Generation ELA and Mathematics Implementation Timeline has been updated to reflect that state assessments will be aligned to the new learning standards in Spring 2022 to allow districts to make up the professional learning time lost by the school closures related to COVID-19. The overall timeline for the implementation of the Next Generation ELA and Mathematics Standards is now as follows:

  • September 2017: Adoption of NYS Next Generation Learning Standards.
  • Phase I: Raise Awareness (Winter 2018-Winter/Spring 2019): Professional development on NYS Next Generation Learning Standards; two-day assessments measuring the 2011 P-12 Learning Standards.
  • Phase II: Build Capacity (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21)*: Professional development continuing on NYS Next Generation Learning Standards; two-day assessments measuring the 2011 P-12 Learning Standards.
  • Phase III Full Implementation (September 2021 – ongoing): Full implementation of the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards.
  • Spring 2022: New grade 3-8 tests measuring the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards.

*The 2019-20 assessments were not given due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This delay affords NYSED  the opportunity to better align this transition with the implementation of the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards as well.

The transition to new exams measuring the new New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards in Grades 5 and 8 will begin in spring 2023. This will allow districts to make up the professional learning time lost by the school closures related to COVID-19. Detailed information and a revised timeline on the activities to engage and assist districts with their local implementation  over this multi-year phase-in  are available on our Curriculum and Instruction website.

Elementary-and Intermediate-Level State Assessment Contract Extended

In March, the Department made the unprecedented decision to suspend administration of the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessments for the remainder of this school year, due to the statewide closure of schools related to COVID-19. At the time of this decision, the state assessments were prepared and ready to be administered. To make use of these assessments that were  developed by New York State educators and due to the delay in the timeline for assessments based on NGLS, the Department has extended the state’s current contract with Questar Assessment, Inc.

The Office of the State Comptroller approved an extension of the Questar contract to administer both the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math operational tests and the spring standalone field tests (SAFT), based on these extraordinary circumstances. NYSED has cancelled the current Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new assessment vendor contract and will reissue it at a later date.

NYSED and the Board of Regents remain in continued contact with the Department of Health, the Division of Homeland Security, the Office of Children and Family Services and the Governor’s Office. As the situation has evolved, so have our guidance and resources, which are continually being updated and added to the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

New York cancels June Regents exams due to coronavirus
Teacher Marisa Laks, center, works with students in 2014 ahead of a Regents exam the following week.
PHOTO CREDIT: Patrick Wall

New York’s high school Regents exams scheduled for June will be canceled, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa announced Monday.

Students in New York must take five Regents exams to graduate from high school. Exams are also scheduled for August, but it’s not yet known whether those will be canceled.

Districts will receive more guidance Tuesday on graduation standards, Rosa said during a virtual April Board of Regents meeting. That will include more clarity on August tests, according to the state education department.

The decision is not surprising. The state had previously canceled all standardized exams, including reading and math exams for students in grades 3-8, after receiving assurance that such a move would be approved by the federal government. Educators and elected officials have increasingly called for the exams to be canceled as districts remain closed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. They worry that students learning remotely will be ill-prepared for the tests.

But canceling the exams also raises big questions about how students would be determined eligible to graduate from high school.

The decision also comes at a particularly interesting time for the state education department, as officials re-evaluate what students should be required to do in order to graduate from high school. That study, which so far has involved officials talking to district educators across the state, could include an overhaul of the vaunted Regents exams.

4/3/2020

 

COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources
During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need.

FoodHelp NYC

Map of free food resources across the city, including food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need

ACCESS HRA

To sign up for SNAP benefits or cash assistance from home

NYC Food Delivery Assistance

If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you in the coming days. Check your eligibility and sign up

 

●       Text ‘COVID’ to 692-692 to get important COVID-19 related updates sent straight to your phone. You can text ‘COVIDESP’ to get updates in Spanish.

●       General FAQ website from DOHMH: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

●       State List of Essential Business/Services: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

●       Report Labor Issues: please contact 311, the Attorney General’s office at (212) 416-8700 or via email at Labor.Bureau@ag.ny.gov

●       Services for folks in need: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/resources/covid-19-services-resources.page

●       SNAP: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

●       Information about school meals and remote learning: https://infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/operations/coronavirus-communications

●       Stop the Spread (other languages available in the link above):

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/stop-the-spread-poster.pdf

●       How to Help: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/resources/covid-19-relief.page

●       For Tenants/Landlords – Disinfection Guidance for Buildings:

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-residential-buildings-faq.pdf

●        Property Tax issues – https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/benefits/benefits.page

●       For Small Businesses – Grant and Loan information for Businesses:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page

●       Non-Profit Providers: Guidance for Non-profit providers: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-nonprofit-providers-faq.pdf

●       Space Survey: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/share-your-space-survey.page

●       Supplies: https://edc.nyc/covid-19-emergency-supply-sourcing-manufacturing

●        Latest reduced ferry schedules: Staten Island Ferry / NYC Ferry

●        H+H visitor policy: https://hhinternet.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/2020/03/coronavirus_patientPolicy.pdf?hero

●        People with disabilities: reach out on Twitter to @NYCDisabilities, 311 or visit http://nyc.gov/disability or connect via video phone at 646-396-5830.

●        Information about Regional Enrichment Centers:  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/regional-enrichment-centers

●        Domestic Violence: https://www1.nyc.gov/nychope/site/page/home

●        Free Citibike: https://www.citibikenyc.com/critical-workforce-membership-press-release

●        Guidance for Employers and Employees about COVID-19 Mandates: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dca/downloads/pdf/workers/Complying-with-NYC-Workplace-Laws-During-COVID-19.pdf

●        OATH: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/oath/hearings/hearing-online.page

●        TLC Driver Jobs: https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2

●        NYCEM pets planning: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/pets.page

4/2/2020

  • SpecificallyCity and State officials have released information on additional unemployment resources as a result of the CARE Act that was passed on 3/27/20. Specifically there are new and additional unemployment benefits called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that is available to those who are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance including self-employed/1099 workers, part time workers, and those who were not working for an extended period of time. Impacted students can apply by phone or online. We encourage all campuses to share this information with all students broadly via digital, faculty, student affairs and general college communications. More information can be found at: https://labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.pdfand https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm.There is also a hotline NYC WELL staffed 24/7 with counselors, described as follows:An infectious illness outbreak such as this one can be stressful to you, your loved ones, and your friends. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. To reduce your stress and to manage the situation more resiliently, try to remain positive, remind yourself of your strengths, connect with friends and loved ones and use healthy coping skills. NYC Well’s website offers a number of well-being and emotional support applications (apps) that can help you cope.If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
    • Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355)
    • Text “WELL” to 65173
    • Chat at NYC.gov/nycwell

Student households can sign up for free Wi-Fi via Spectrum while DOE works to deliver 25,000 iPads next week

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Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability on COVID-19 with Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. City Hall. Monday, March 16, 2020.

When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public schools are shutting down from Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 20, to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many people felt relieved as well as uncertainty about what it’ll mean for students who still have a few months left of the school year.

Chancellor Richard Carranza said that while the city didn’t have an immediate plan for what the rest of the school year will look like during the pandemic’s containment period, they would have more answers about remote (or online) learning as they train teachers from Tuesday, March 17, to Thursday, March 19.

“We’re transitioning to remote learning so our students can stay on track while remaining safe and healthy,” a Department of Education (DOE) spokesperson told QNS. “This is an ever-changing situation, but we are committed to providing our students and educators the opportunity to remain connected and engaged with their course content.”

The most pressing issue is to get students electronic devices to use at home as well as internet access, as public services like the Queens Public Library will be closed until further notice to slow the spread of the virus.

Carranza said that out of 1.1 million students in the New York City public school system, roughly 300,000 don’t have electronic devices.

The DOE is partnering with companies like Apple to get students electronic devices such as iPads. The first batch of 25,000 iPads will be delivered to students some time next week, according to a DOE spokesperson.

But the DOE is also working with internet providers like Spectrum to guarantee internet access for students.

As of Monday, March 16, Spectrum is offering households with K-12 and college students free WiFi access and broadband (high-speed internet) for the next 60 days. But this only applies to households who do not already have a Spectrum WiFi and broadband subscription.

To enroll, or to ask for more information, call 1-844-488-8395 or go to spectrum.com.

Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For most new customers, self-installation is an option and free professional installation is also available.

For customers where self-installation is available, equipment and instructions can be shipped directly to the customer at no charge. For customers who have never had Spectrum services at their address, professional installation is required.

For those struggling to pay their Wi-Fi bills as a result of COVID-19, a Spectrum agent told QNS that the billing department is willing to make accommodations.

Spectrum will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across their footprint for public use. They said they don’t have data caps or hidden fees.

Some of these offerings also apply to businesses.

Other internet providers are also offering free Wi-Fi and hotspots in public spaces include Comcast via their Xfinity brand and AT&T.

Although public schools are closed, they will remain open for grab-and-go lunches from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any and all students, whether they’re in pre-K or 21 years old, can go to any school in order to pick up their breakfast and lunch — they do not need to be enrolled in the school where they pick up their meals. Meals will be available outside of the main entrance of every school.

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Altice USA Brings Free Broadband to K-12 and College Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 13, 2020

In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, Altice USA has taken several steps to ensure that Americans within the communities we serve have reliable access to high-speed broadband connectivity to keep them connected to the people, information, and resources they rely on.

Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call:

  •  866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region
  •  888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region

In addition, Altice USA is proud to have joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge recently announced by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. As part of the pledge, Altice USA has committed for the next 60 days to:

  • not terminate broadband and voice service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • open our WiFi hotspots to any American who needs them.

Altice USA is also taking various measures to keep our communities safe, healthy and connected; more information can be found at www.alticeusa.com/coronavirus.

“We know that our connectivity services, especially broadband and voice, are essential for fostering learning for students, powering our local businesses, and keeping our communities connected,” said Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei. “Altice USA is proud to do its part in ensuring that customers and businesses in our service areas have reliable access to the connectivity services that are critically important during this rapidly evolving public health situation.”

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Delivering on President Trump’s Promise, Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest During National Emergency

Secretary DeVos announced that the office of Federal Student Aid is executing on President Donald J. Trump’s promise to provide student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency.

All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.

“These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, and lives have been disrupted,” said Secretary DeVos. “Right now, everyone should be focused on staying safe and healthy, not worrying about their student loan balance growing. I commend President Trump for his quick action on this issue, and I hope it provides meaningful help and peace of mind to those in need.”


Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures, Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency

Secretary DeVos announced students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year.

“Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning and other adaptations,” the Secretary commented. “Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time. Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment. Our actions today provide turnkey flexibilities for state and local leaders to focus on the immediate needs of their students and educators without worrying about federal repercussions.”


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Available

Over the last few weeks, the White House, the Department of Education, and other federal agencies have released a significant amount of guidance to support schools, educators, and families regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For updated information, please visit Coronavirus.govCDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus.

For education-related information, the Department has established a dedicated Coronavirus webpage (ed.gov/coronavirus), which includes resources for institutions of higher education and for K-12.

  • The website includes guidance for students at institutions of higher education, and covers Coronavirus-related scenarios that could impact students who are enrolled in study abroad programs, students who meet full-time requirements but fall below 12 credit hours, students who are quarantined and miss class, campuses that have temporarily stopped offering ground-based classes to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, and foreign schools that serve Americans who receive Federal financial aid.
  • Also see a letter from the Office for Civil Rights that addresses potential discrimination associated with coronavirus.
  • The Department has provided additional information for families and communities including:
  • Information regarding certain flexibilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act, or “ESSA;”
  • Information regarding services to children with disabilities;
  • fact sheet from our Office for Civil Rights on the risk of Coronavirus in schools while protecting the civil rights of students; and a short webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility.
  • Information on the Family Education Records Privacy Act, or “FERPA,” as it pertains to K-12 and higher education students.
  • Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies.

The Department will continue to update its website, ed.gov/coronavirus. Please direct education related questions to COVID-19@ed.gov.


Secretary DeVos Launches Innovative Pilot at Four Universities for Students to Access Financial Aid Refunds

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has launched the myFSApay  program pilot for students at Jackson State University, Purdue University, the University of California-Riverside, and the University of Georgia. This innovative pilot will allow students at the participating schools to choose to receive their financial aid refunds—after expenses such as tuition, fees, and room and board are paid—on a prepaid card with a linked online account accessible through the myStudentAid mobile app. Traditionally, when students receive more federal student aid than is billed by their institution, they have been able to receive their remaining financial aid refund via direct deposit, check, or on a prepaid debit card.


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Federal Student Aid Features New Customer Experience

Secretary DeVos has delivered on a promise to modernize and personalize the customer experience with federal student aid. On February 24, 2020, the Department announced upgraded changes to StudentAid.gov. The website features new tools that provide borrowers with detailed, personal, and actionable information to make informed decisions about funding their education. FSA is piloting Make A Payment, which allows about 7 million borrowers to schedule monthly payments directly to StudentAid.gov. Other enhanced features include the Aid Summary and Loan Simulator. “We’re delivering on the promise of access to higher education to our nation’s students and their families,” said Mark A. Brown, FSA chief operating officer.


New Civil Rights Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault in K–12 Public Schools

Last month, the Department announced a new Title IX effort to combat the troubling rise of sexual assault in K–12 public schools. It builds on the Department’s work to implement the “Pass the Trash” provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which prohibits schools from simply moving employees who have committed acts of sexual misconduct. Office of Civil Rightswill start nationwide compliance reviews to examine how schools address misconduct complaints under Title IX and will more closely review data on sexual misconduct submitted to the federal government by the nation’s school systems. This new initiative will also include public awareness campaigns, quality reviews of data submitted by school districts on sexual assault offenses, and a nationwide proposal to collect more detailed data on sexual assault and incidents perpetrated by school staff or personnel.


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Registration Open for Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) Reunion

Since 1946, educators have travelled to various overseas locations to provide education for the children of U.S. military families stationed there. The July 2020 reunion in Omaha, Nebraska will include those who have retired from or are still working in the Department of Defense Education Activity system, formerly known as DoDDS.


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Parent to Parent Program Empowers Parents

The Military Child Education Coalition Parent to Parent program empowers parents to be their child’s strongest advocate on social and educational issues through their Parent Workshops. More than 260,000 parents have attended these workshops since the program’s beginning in 2006. Parent to Parent community-based teams offer workshops with practical ideas, proven techniques, and resources to support military families. This program is staffed with military-connected parents who are professionally trained and sourced with materials based on the latest research on a wide range of topics of interest to military families.


Disabilities Awareness Month

Observance of Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Disabilities Awareness month! DoDEA is committed to increasing awareness and promoting independence, integration, and inclusion of all students with disabilities. DoDEA also proudly recognizes the special education teachers who work hard to make a difference for students with disabilities.


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Annual Overseas Health Nurses Association Nursing Scholarship

The Overseas School Health Nurses Association annually awards a scholarship to a high school senior attending an international or DoDEA high school. A deserving student pursuing a degree in nursing will receive this $1,000 scholarship.


Relationships Key to Student Success

Through a series of questions and answers, Antoine Sharpe, DoDEA’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, shares his passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to teaching and making a positive and lasting difference in young lives. Read more about Sharpe’s story of being a military-connected child and a former DoDEA student as well as his love of teaching.

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Digital Resources Available for Military Families

The Military Child Education Coalition website has essential digital resources for students, parents, and education professionals that are available in multiple formats, including videos, webinars, and downloadable documents.

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Highlighting local efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic:  In times of crisis, individuals, businesses, organizations, government entities and others are pulling together to help each other out and Touching Base will be featuring these efforts.

Schools Respond to Students in Time of Need

Montgomery County Schools in Maryland extended meal services amid the coronavirus pandemic immediately after ending classes on Friday, March 13, following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement of school closures. Officials in the school district worked to ensure continued meal services of lunch and breakfast for all of their students, directing them to specific school meal sites and including a grab-and-go service for convenience and safety amid coronavirus concerns. Further, the school system began operating dinner service to students later in the week. Three days in, Montgomery County had provided more than 18,000 meals and is expanding school site coverage to provide nutritious meals to as many children as possible. By week’s end, three meals per day were offered to any student or any child under 18. Get more information.

Discovery Education Launches New Website to Support Continuity of Learning

Discovery Education has created a comprehensive response to the coronavirus outbreak. The three-pronged approach includes the launch of “Discovery Education Experience—the Viruses and Outbreak Channel” to help teachers communicate to students and parents during this crisis.   Discovery is also offering free access to the Discovery Education Experience for school systems that are not currently subscribed, through the end of the year.

Activities for Students and Families Stuck at Home due to Coronavirus

Balancing work and family is challenging enough in today’s active society, but doing so in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic can be overwhelming. Erin Higgins, a Department of Education staff member at the National Center for Education Research, shares her experiences working from home, addressing her child’s learning needs, and other responsibilities in a blog post. She includes a list of activities to keep children happy, healthy, and engaged — from monitoring screen time via apps to sorting, matching, and identifying colors by helping with the laundry.


REMOTE LEARNING DEVICES ON LOAN AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS

Please click the link below for details:

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

WAIVER OF STANDARDIZED TESTS

 

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March 20, 2020


BREAKING NEWS: TESTING WAIVERS AND STUDENT LOAN RELIEF

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Today, in his daily press conference with members of the Coronavirus Task Force, President Trump announced that Secretary DeVos was taking some additional actions to support students, educators, and schools impacted by COVID-19.

First, the Secretary announced that students impacted by school closures due to the pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-20 school year.  Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students because of the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year.  Many states have closed some or all schools.  Therefore, any state unable to assess its students may seek a waiver from federal testing requirements by completing a form.  At the Secretary’s direction, the Department has dramatically streamlined the application process to make it as simple as possible for state leaders who are grappling with many complex issues.

Since student performance, as measured by assessments, is required to be used in statewide accountability systems, any state that receives a one-year waiver may also receive a waiver from the requirement that testing data be used in the statewide accountability system because of the ongoing national emergency.

Second, the Secretary announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) is executing on the President’s promise to provide student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers during the national emergency.  All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days.  In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency.  This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.

The Secretary has also directed all federal student loan servicers to grant an administrative forbearance to any borrower with a federally held loan who requests one.  The forbearance will be in effect for a period of at least 60 days, beginning on March 13, 2020.  To request this forbearance, borrowers should contact their loan servicer online or by phone.

And, the Secretary has authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower more than 31 days delinquent as of March 13, 2020, or who becomes more than 31 days delinquent, essentially giving borrowers a safety net during the national emergency.

Some borrowers may want to continue making payments, like those seeking Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or those enrolled in a repayment plan with a manageable monthly payment.  For borrowers continuing to make payments, the full amount of their payment will be applied to the principal amount of their loan once all interest accrued prior to March 13, 2020, is paid.  The Department is working closely with Congress to ensure all student borrowers, including those in income-driven repayment plans, receive needed support at this time.

A borrower who has experienced a change in income can always contact their loan servicer to discuss lowering their monthly payment.

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