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Resources For Students & Parents for Dealing with COVID-19

Updated: 4 days ago

Learn-At-Home Resources

Remote learning for public school students starts on Monday, March 23. In the meantime, keep kids' minds occupied with these free activities.

  • Check out the city Department of Education's guide: The DOE's landing page for remote learning is full of tools, sample schedules and more, tailored to the instruction your child will receive from their teacher. Visit the DOE website »

  • Remote Learning Device Request Through The DOE: To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted temporarily and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student. Click here to complete the form

  • Free Internet access: Most Internet providers are providing free internet access for 60 days to support families while social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. See a guide to free internet in English and Spanish » And, New York City public school students can get free Internet access from Spectrum while schools are closed. Call 844-488-8398 to sign up.

  • Online "mommy and me" classes from Circletime: New users can get free enrichment classes for kids up to the age of 8. Topics include yoga, cooking, art, and music. Check it out »

  • Online technology courses and projects: The Mouse Learning Network, a STEM educational organization, is offering free access to its online courses for the rest of the school year and do-it-yourself projects for kids to try out from home. Visit the website »

  • Free, daily learn-at-home activities from Scholastic: The children's publishing company will release four new activities every day for kids studying at home. Take a look »

  • Education companies offering free subscriptions: Dozens of education companies are offering free online subscriptions during school closures. See a list »

Stay Informed

Check the NYC Health website: For fact sheets and up-to-date information specific to New York City in multiple languages, visit NYCHealth.gov »

Get the latest coronavirus updates by phone: The New York State Department of Health invites New York residents to text COVID to 692-692 for updates in English or text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish. You can also find daily updates on the website »

Have a Question? Call the Novel Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065

What to do if you feel sick:

  • Find somewhere safe to stay – and stay there! It is best to stay inside and away from others. Stay hydrated (drink lots of water), eat healthy, rest, and wash your hands frequently.

  • If you need help, call 311 if it is a medical emergency call 911.

Parenting Resources

Fun Things To Do While Social Distancing

  • Children's stories in Spanish: Find free audio and video files of beloved children's books read aloud in Spanish from The Spanish Experiment »

  • Livestream doodles with Mo Willems: Beloved children's author Mo Willems will release a live stream "lunch doodle" every weekday at 1 p.m. and invites kids to draw and write with him.

  • Virtual yoga classes for kids: For short, kid-friendly yoga classes you can stream on your phone, computer or television, check out Cosmic Kids yoga »

  • Download SimplyE. The New York Public Library's free e-reader app that makes it easier than ever to borrow e-books.

  • The Metropolitan Opera is offering, “Nightly Met Opera Streams” for free every night at 7:30 PM. After each performance, streams are available to watch online for a period of 20 hours,

Financial and other forms of relief

  • No student or medical debt collection until April 16: The New York State Attorney General's Office announced it would suspend the collection of student and medical debt until April 16. The policy will also halt interest accrual on these loans. Find out more »

  • NYC has waived the 7-day waiting period for unemployment benefits for people out of work due to the outbreak.

  • Get free, confidential mental health help from home: NYC Well provides free, confidential mental health help from licensed counselors to New Yorkers in crisis. Talk to someone on the phone, via chat or via text. Check it out »

  • If you’re a renter, check to see if your management company has pledged to halt all evictions for 90 days. This list is live, so make sure you check back for updates!

  • Free delivery of groceries and supplies: Volunteers across the city are delivering groceries, medication, and other necessities to the elderly and otherwise at-risk residents. Get your delivery or sign up to volunteer »

Food Help

Find a food pantry near you: Food Bank NYC is giving out free meals, groceries, and SNAP support all over the city. To find nutrition support near you, visit the website »

  • Community Kitchen and Pantry in Harlem 252 West 116th Street New York, NY 10026

Find food help in Spanish: Check out an interactive map in Spanish of "comida gratis" (free food) around New York City. See the map online »

NYC food hub: The COVI-19 food hub for NYC is continuously gathering information about free groceries and meals around the city as well as about financial help for restaurant workers.

Citywide Food Resources

NYC Public School Meals from 7:30AM-1:30PM

Burger King: Burger King offers two free kid’s meals for one adult for orders placed through the restaurant's online or mobile apps.

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Sources: UFT, DOE, The Door


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