Remote learning week #6: a communication from the DOE Office of Family and Community Empowerment
Mon, Apr 27 6:34pm

Dear PS20 community,

 

This is week#6 of Remote Learning. The Office of Family and Community Empowerment has this recap for all os us.

 

Panel for Education Policy (PEP) Meeting  - Wednesday April 29, 2020 

This month’s Panel for Education Policy Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020. Information on the meeting, including the agenda, proposals and log on information can be found here
 

Guidance on SLT/DLT Meetings During Remote Learning 

School Leadership Teams and District Leadership Teams are essential elements of our educational governance structure and ensure collaborative decision-making in school-level and district-level policy.  Today, we issued a guidance document to school administrators, which includes best practices on how to hold SLT/DLT meetings virtually.  The memo can be found here
 

Donation from Open Society Foundations 

This week, it was announced that the Open Society Foundation will provide a $15 million donation to the Fund for Public Schools! This will help to provide emergency childcare and the remote learning of young and school-age children of essential workers, ranging from medical and emergency personnel to transit worker.  In the wake of recent new about budget cuts, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our philanthropic partners. 
 

Mental Health and Wellness Supports for Families 

We know how challenging and stressful this time is for everyone. Families and students are anxious, many of us are grieving the loss of loved ones and we may feel isolated and unsupported.  FACE is working with The Division of School Climate and Wellndess to offer training for DOE family-facing staff and parent leaders on supporting mental health and trauma. The first of these trainings will be held on Monday, May 4th, 2020 (details to follow).  

With schools closed and kids at home, many parents are facing added stress. Here are ways parents can destress: 

As we remain in our homes for extended periods of time to help stop the spread of COVID-19, parenting can be especially challenging. 

Many parents are looking for advice on how to speak with children about COVID-19. Below are some helpful videos and activity sheets: 

  • PBS: Read this article from PBS Kids that provides helpful tips about talking to children about COVID-19. 

  • Sesame Street: Our friends at Sesame Street created a guide on how to discuss COVID-19 with young children. 

 

PSS Kinship Services Presents: Future Planning for Kinship Caregivers  
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 

MFJ’s Kinship Caregiver Law Project works to prevent children from entering the traditional foster care system by helping relatives to secure orders of custody or guardianship or to adopt the children in their care.  Many kinship caregivers that MFJ serves are elderly, managing chronic disease, and are therefore at increased risk of contracting COVID-19.  This presentation will provide kinship caregivers with helpful information on future planning such as advanced directives, living wills, and electing a standby guardianship for the child(ren) in their care in the event they become ill and are unable to care for them.  Register Here 


ACS Family Enrichment Centers  

The Administration for Child Services (ACS) is operating three centers that provide a range of services and emergency resources to the community:  

  • Circle of Dreams in Highbridge has office hours on Tues., Weds., Fri., from 11 AM – 2PM and is operating remotely at 718-618-5559, acamacho@childrensvillage.org.  The location is 266 E. 165th St., Bronx, NY 10456  

  • O.U.R. Place in Hunts Point/Longwood has office hours on Mon - Fri, from 2 - 4 PM, and is operating remotely at 917-945-1152, www.ourplacefec.graham-windham.org.  The location is 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474 

 

Remote Learning Survey 

The week, the DOE launched the Remote Learning Survey to find out from caregivers and students how remote learning has been working.  

We are asking all parents/guardians of DOE students in any grade and all students in grades six through twelve to take a short survey to help us collect feedback about their experience with remote learning. The survey is: 

  • Available in all DOE languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu) 

  • Anonymous for all respondents 

  • The same for all boroughs (survey is divided by borough to make it easier for you to identify your school name) 

The results of the survey will help schools to continue to support families and students in the current learning environment and should be completed by May 1, 2020. 

Please complete the Remote Learning Survey here and share the link with your families. 

 

iPad Distribution and Support to Families/Students 

We’re so proud to say that we have been able to distribute more than 200,000 iPads to students in need, and we’re not finished!  All Parent Coordinators and FLCs have access to the list that tracks iPad delivery for students in your schools so that they can answer families’ questions.  We want to support YOU to support FAMILIES, so here are some helpful guides to share with families:   

DOE iPad Distribution 
Getting Started With Your iPad 

DOE Learn from Home 

DOE Technical Support and Resources 

 

Apple Learning Series

Apple Education Learning Series offers training to help you use Apple products and their built-in features to enable remote learning for all students.  As a follow-up to the series, you can also participate in virtual conferences led by Apple Professional Learning Specialists. Visit the virtual conferences schedule to find events in your time zone.  

 

Online Forum Discussions 

Ask questions and get help in these Apple Education support communities. 

Mac in Education 

iPad in Education 

iPhone in Education 

 

Apple Teacher Learning Center 

Apple Teacher is a free, self-paced professional learning program that offers unlimited access to learning materials and content for using technology in education.  

appleteacher.apple.com 

 

Wide Open School 

Apple has collaborated with Common Sense to support a free and open collection of online learning experiences for educators and families.  

WideOpenSchool.org 

 

Learn and Study From Home App Collection 

Learn and Study From Home - App Store 

 

Remote Learning Book Collection 

https://apple.co/3brMpdT 

 

Apple Hardware and Software Support 

support.apple.com 

 

Meal Hubs 

As of this week, kosher meals have been available for students and adults in Brooklyn and Queens. The distribution of hilal meals has been increased to 32 sites throughout the city as Ramadan begins.  

Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs throughout the city. Meals can be picked up between 7:30 –11:30 am (for children and caregivers) and 11:30 – 1:30 pm (for adults).  This week, no registration or documentation necessary. For more information, check the DOE’s website here.  

We have been serving close to 400,000 meals a day, over a million meals weekly. 

 

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The FACE Team