Parent Update

Blended learning students in grades 9-12 return to buildings beginning 03/22

If you previously selected blended learning but wish to stay fully remote, you may do so by changing your preference as soon as possible at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference 

The Board of Regents has canceled most of this year’s Regents exams, although English Language Arts, Algebra I, Earth Science and Living Environment tests will be offered in June in the absence of a federal exemption. The exams will also be disconnected from graduation requirements this year. Students will still have to pass the corresponding course.


Social and emotional wellness for families

Our presenter, Sonia Rueda, is a licensed social worker and the family leadership coordinator 

  • Date: Saturday, March 20
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Economic Impact Payments

 If you did not receive a first or second stimulus payment and think you may be eligible, or did not receive the full payment amount, you may be eligible to obtain a stimulus payment by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 federal tax return. You can learn about NYC Free Tax Prep services to file your taxes and receive a stimulus payment(s) for free.


GETFOODNYC:

Emergency Food Assistance Program – NYC.GOV/GETFOOD

SUNY Launches ‘Big Dreams, Small Step’

Initiative to Help Those Hardest Hit by Pandemic Apply to College This Year. The first Designated Application Week will commence the week of March 15 – 19. https://www.suny.edu/start/


Women’s History Month

Covid Facts & Information

NYC COVID-19  City-wide information portal Find the resources across NYC City agencies for New Yorkers, Businesses, and Non-Profits. Click to access: NYC.gov/COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing SitesTo find a testing site near you, enter your address below, or text “COVID TEST” to 855-48. Click to access: NYC.gov/COVIDTEST

COVID-19 Vaccine – DOHMH has created a Vaccine web page to keep New Yorkers up to date.Click to accessNYC.gov/COVIDVACCINE

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to certain groups in NYC. Learn which groups are eligible for the vaccine, and which may be eligible next. The vaccines are safe and will help protect us and others from COVID-19. Vaccine facts here.

New COVID-19 Variant

What we know – Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.

What we do not know – Scientists are working to learn more about these variants, and more studies are needed to understand:

  • How widely these new variants have spread
  • How the new variants differ
  • How the disease caused by these new variants differs from the disease caused by other variants that are currently circulating

What it means- Public health officials are studying these variants quickly to learn more to control their spread. They want to understand whether the variants:

  • Spread more easily from person to person
  • Cause milder or more severe disease in people
  • Are detected by currently available viral tests
  • Respond to medicines currently being used to treat people for COVID-19
  • Change the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. There is no evidence that this is occurring, and most experts believe this is unlikely to occur because of the nature of the immune response to the virus.

Test – Get a COVID-19 Test and an Antibody test to know if you have been exposed to the virus. – The tests are FREE, confidential and safe. More than 200 testing sites now open. Learn more.

Trace – Answer the call of the Contact Tracers – they provide support to New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts. Learn more.

Take Care – Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones – Safely isolate in a free, comfortable and convenient hotel room or at home. Learn more. Learn more. 

Seasonal Flu (Influenza) As the flu and COVID-19 will likely circulate at the same time this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/flu-seasonal.page

COVID-19 Community Conversations: The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is providing a free 60-minute virtual presentation that covers topics including grief, trauma, coping, resilience and mental health tips. Click here to register for an upcoming presentation!

NYC Health Post-COVID Clinics: 

Post-COVID care clinics bring together multidisciplinary teams (including pulmonology, cardiology, rehabilitation, neurology and mental health) to provide a comprehensive treatment approach. Click here to find out more information.

COVID-19 Scams and Safety Tips

Important Information that describes common COVID-19-related scams and tips to stay safe (click here for more information). 

Need Health Care Plan 

Open Enrollment Period Extended through May 1, 2021, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov by phone at 1-855-355-5777, and by connecting with a free enrollment assister, New York’s Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers. 

Worried about or want to report fraudulent vaccine appoints and scams? Remember:

  • You will never be asked to put a deposit down or provide credit card information to make a vaccination appointment in NYC 
  • Any incidence of vaccine fraud or abuse should be reported to the NYS Attorney General by filing a complaint via: https://ag.ny.gov/complaint-forms 
  • A hotline is also available to report vaccine abuse and fraud. New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can call 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov

Additional Resources:

NYC Health + Hospitals:

As part of the largest municipal health care system in the world, NYC Health + Hospitals’ public hospitals and neighborhood health centers offer a wide variety of excellent mental health services to foster recovery from mental illness of all kinds. We help patients rediscover their strengths and abilities, as well as overcoming the stigma of mental illness. Click to learn more.  

THRIVENYC:

Call 1-888-NYC-WELL If you are thinking about suicide, or know someone who is, counselors are available to listen to and support you 24/7. Contact NYC Well by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting “WELL” to 65173 or chatting at nyc.gov/nycwell. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger because of a health condition or other situation, call 911. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 Hours: Available 24 hours.  Languages: English, Spanish. 

Domestic Violence Support:

NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE. NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP):

Need Help Filing Your Taxes

File your taxes in-person or online with NYC Free Tax Prep if you earned $68,000 or less in 2020 click here File Your Taxes with NYC Free Tax Prep. See filing options below. Additional sites will open in January. The deadline to file 2020 tax returns is April 15, 2021. * Read FAQs about NYC Free Tax Prep.

Workplace Laws

NYC workplace laws are still in effect. There have been new amendments to the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law that will take effect in 2 Phases. Click here to learn more about employee rights and employer responsibilities

Returning to Work During COVID-19

Important Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers. Click here for more information.  Learn more about important guidelines and resources available to workers under Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the reopening: www.nyc.gov/workers

NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants: 

Tenants can still prevent eviction through May 1, 2021 by submitting a Hardship Declaration form to their landlord and the court. Tenants are welcome to submit their Hardship Declarations any time up until May 1, 2021 to receive protection through that date.  To learn more, please visit http://nycourts.gov/covid-eefpa.shtml and MOPT’s website. Tenants with questions about the Hardship Declaration or who need help filling out the form should contact our language accessible Tenant Helpline by calling 311 and saying, “Tenant Helpline.”

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