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Students will be learning 5 days a week, no matter what

 

Free Meals

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.

Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at locations across the city.

Use the NYC Department of Education site lookup tool to find a location near you!

Click here to go to the site lookup page to get your free meals!

How to Pick Up a Meal

  • No registration, ID, or documentation required.
  • All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time.
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎.
 

Notes

  • All menus are subject to change.
  • All menus are pork free.
  • No fried food is offered or served in school meals.
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners are used in any school meal.

Remote Learning Device Loan

The DOE is lending 300,000 internet-enabled iPads to students. Priority will be given to students most in need. All devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student.

Families that want to request a device should fill out the Remote Learning Device Request.

How the device delivered to you

The DOE is contracting with FedEx to deliver iPads directly to students. Your iPad will be shipped to the address you entered on the request form. Multiple iPads will be delivered to homeless shelters and foster care centers.

If you have already filled out the request form, you will receive a text message or email making sure you have completed the Student Device Loan Agreement. Please complete the agreement when you request a device as your device cannot be shipped unless you have signed the agreement.

Please make sure someone is at the address to accept the delivery, as FedEx will not leave packages unattended. Also, FedEx carriers will adhere to social distancing rules.

Getting started with your iPad

If you are borrowing an iPad from the NYC Department of Education for remote learning, here is what you need to know when getting started with your device.

Your iPad comes with internet access already enabled. It is activated on T-Mobile’s Education plan. You will be able to visit websites and download apps immediately.

If you cannot access the internet:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Cellular Data.
  3. Turn on Cellular Data.
  4. Tap Cellular Data Options.
  5. Verify that LTE and data roaming are turned on.

Technical Support

For hardware and software support: call AppleCare Support for the NYCDOE at 1-800-919-2775. When prompted, enter the PIN: 692363 (NYCDOE).

To request a repair: send an email to AppleCare at acnycdoe@group.apple.com

Process for Working Papers During COVID-19 School Closures

School districts in New York State will continue to issue employment certificates to qualified applicants.

Parents/guardians and minors must complete the appropriate application form and email it to the district or school’s Certificating Officer.

Fillable PDF versions of the AT-17 Application for Employment Certificate and AT-22 Application for Employment Permit are now available on NYSED’s Employment of Minors website. These forms allow digital signatures.

The Certificating Officer will then schedule a video call with the minor, and if required, the parent or guardian. During this video call, the minor presents required documentation:

  • Evidence of Age
  • Parental Signature on all applications
  • Certificate of Physical Fitness from a school or private physician.
  • Pledge of Employment
  • School Record
 

Certificating Officers may then complete the working card, sign it, and mail it to the minor. The minor should sign the card upon receipt. The requirement that the minor sign the card in the presence of the certificating officer is temporarily waived for the duration of New York’s COVID-19 school closures. Certificating Officers must continue to use approved working cards.

Email the High School Family Support Coordinator for District 21 for inquires - mthomas57@schools.nyc.gov

Online meetings

HSSM will host parent meetings and assemblies for students online through streaming.

Get More Help

  • If you need a teacher's assistance on school work, email them.

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