Re-Opening Letters to Families
Below are links to free access to 4 on-line resources (for months of March and April).
User Name: Learning20
To support schools, we’ve also created the Scholastic Learn at Home website. This site provides all students with 20* days’ worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep your students academically active while your buildings are closed.
The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by our editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.
The Scholastic Learn at Home website has the username or password posted on the first page, so it is open freely to all, on any device. You can also access the entire BookFlix program there as well.
We welcome you to share these free resources with your communities by including in your virtual education plans or including the link on your school and/or district websites.
At Home Learning
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Fear of Coronavirus - A Good Time to Talk to Kids About Keeping Fears Realistic and Manageable. Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, Jan. 28, 2020
- How Do You Talk to Children About Coronavirus? Stay Honest and Simple to Avoid Anxiety. Gene Myers, USA Today, Feb. 28, 2020
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (and Ease Their Fears) Vivian Manning-Schaffel, NBC News, Updated March 2, 2020
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus | Child Mind Institute: News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be.
- NYPL Online Tools for Kids and Parents
- BrainPOP en español
- Aprende todo sobre el coronavirus que empezó a hacer que mucha gente se enfermara en 2019. esp.brainpop.com
- Khan Academy (all ages, subjects, lessons, and activities)
- Go Noodle YouTube (yoga, songs and dance)
- Cosmic Kids YouTube (yoga, songs, and dance)
At Home with Family
Jennie Magiera, Global Head of Education Impact, Google for Education With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely
Message from CARES
CARES is working diligently to support our families and individuals in any way that we can, we wanted to inform you that CARES is offering psychotherapy and parent training via telehealth services and these services can be offered via video conference to families. If you have any families that are interested in this service, please let us know and we will go over the next steps that need to be taken.
Please reach out if you have any questions!
Taryn Weiss, LCSW
Adult and Community Services
Community Assistance Resources and Extended Services, Inc. (CARES)
465 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212-420-1970 ext.121
Spectrum offers free internet service to households with K-12 students, for 60 days
Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.
Installation fees will also be waived for new student households.
It also said it would open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service
** Online Services Remain Available **
All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.
Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.
If you need help from Social Security:
- First, please use our secure and convenient online services. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions.
- If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
- If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.
- If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online.