P.S. 199's Falcon Family Weekly

October 19, 2020 Virtual Newsletter Vol. 9

Information for Families


Each week, we will be providing you with a weekly newsletter to share facts and up to date information regarding remote learning, support with Google Classroom, resources available for you and your family as well as give you some suggestions of recreational and cultural virtual events.


We will continue to monitor the corona virus situation carefully and follow all guidelines set by our District and State Health Department.


This Week's Cohort Calendar


Monday, October 19th- Group B (Cohort WeeK 2)

Tuesday, October 20th - Group C

Wednesday, October 21st - Group A

Thursday, October 22th - Group B

Friday, October 23rd - Group C


Remote Learning Technical Support Ticket System for Families

In an attempt to assist families whom are still facing challenges logging into the different platforms and having problems the DOE has launched a family-facing Remote Learning Technical Support ticket system. Families (or someone on their behalf) can submit requests for technical support for a broad range of issues, including application support, lost, stolen, or broken devices, and delivery status, though the Technical Support for Families page. Note that when families select a topic and issue in the ticket submission form, the form will automatically list common resolutions to technical support problems; if the suggested resolutions do not resolve the family’s issue, they can continue to submit a tech support ticket by completing the form. This family-facing system, and the DOE staff remote learning support ticket system, is intended to replace emails to the SchoolDevices@schools.nyc.gov inbox. SEE BUTTON BELOW


DOE Is Purchasing an Additional 100K Devices – Sign-up Now


The DOE has loaned more than 320,000 internet-enabled iPads to students since transitioning to remote learning. We have made great strides in closing the digital divide and getting devices into the hands of our students who need them. In an effort to ensure that all students have access to electronic devices this school year, DOE has purchased an additional 100,000 internet-enabled iPads. If you need a device for your child for the fall, please complete this form. https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices



Events for Parents/Caregivers

Immigrant Family Forums, October 28th & 29th

Join the New York City Department of Education, ImmSchools and Access NYC to discuss resources available to best support immigrant students and families, regardless of immigration status. We welcome ALL to this forum including educators, families, students, and caregivers with different types of immigration statuses including TPS holders, people who are undocumented, DACA recipients, asylum seekers, and others.

· Attendees will remain anonymous; no information will be collected.

· Topics will include: Protections in DOE schools regardless of immigration status, College Access & adult education, Emotional supports, Legal resources, Q&A

October 28th @ 6-7:30pm Flyer

Register Here

Zoom Link Here

Webinar ID: 875 5951 8267

Passcode: 434503

Zoom Call in #: 646 558 8656

October 29th @ 6-7:30pm Flyer

Register Here

Zoom Link Here

Webinar ID: 824 7813 5461

Passcode: 466820

Mandarin Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 823 420 645#

Haitian Creole Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 262 168 294#

Virtual Elections Training

FACE recently released guidance on virtual elections and is holding training sessions to support schools with getting their PA/PTA's up and running for the 20-21 school year. The next training session will be an in-language Spanish session Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4pm in partnership with Queens Family Leadership Coordinators and Parent Leaders.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Session in Spanish at 4:00pm Zoom link

Webinar ID: 863 4819 2281

Passcode: 461322


By Phone: Dial - 646 558 8656


Maintaining Emotional Wellness


NYC Well • Free, confidential, 24/7 mental health support by speaking to a local counselor via phone, text, or chat in more than 200 languages. • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) • Text WELL to 65173


Crisis Text Line •

Serves anyone, in any type of crisis, with free, 24/7 support and information via text.

• Text “Got5” to 741-741

https://www.crisistextline.org/


For important updates, we will continue to notify you in the following ways:

School Messenger Calls and Emails, our website ps199q.org, Twitter@ PS_199Q and PTA's Facebook page.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns, and

I will do my best to provide you with assistance


Stacey Becco

Parent Coordinator

Email: sbecco@schools.nyc.gov,

Cellphone: (646) 400-9174

Message from our Principal

Good afternoon Parents,

Please join us Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm for our PTA General Meeting.

During this meeting, the PTA will conduct their PTA and SLT Elections.

The positions open are the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Events Planner. There are four seats open on the SLT and the election will take place directly after the PTA's election. This is an expedited election, so we will take nominations from the floor. You must be present to nominate yourself or to be nominated.

Following the General meeting, I will hold PS 199"s Annual Title 1 Meeting. Please stay on while I gives valuable information regarding how funds are spent and how you can participate in the decision making process.

You can find the link to register on our school's website: ps199q.org and please update your parent contact at tinyur.com/119connect

.

See you there.


Kujtim Daliposki

Principal

COVID 19 Symptoms and the Criteria for returning to School.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing

Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

New confusion

Inability to wake or stay awake

Bluish lips or face


Criteria for Returning to School After Showing Symptoms Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:


Received a positive COVID-19 test AND

Isolated for 10 days AND

The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

OR

Received a negative COVID-19 test AND

The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

OR

Never got a COVID-19 test AND

At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

P.S. 199 Parents & Teachers Association

Hello Parents!


Do you want to be a parent volunteer? Have you ever wanted to know more about what goes into choosing a curriculum or help raise money to provide programs and tools for our students/teachers? Well we have two opportunities for you to become part of the vibrant group of PS199Q parent volunteers.


On Wednesday October 21, at 6:30 pm directly after the General PTA Meeting we will be holding elections for both the School Leadership Team (SLT) and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Zoom link will be sent closer to actual meeting.


Our PS199Q SLT (School Leadership Team) has 5 parent/guardian seats available. These seats will need to be elected at our October General PTA Meeting on October 21, at 6:30 pm.


SLT meetings are once per month from October to June (times will be determined depending on incoming SLT members). SLT is a mix of parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators and gives you a vote in all the major decisions about what goes on in the school building as well as makes you part of the conversation regarding the future of our school. SLT is a 2 year appointment and comes with a stipend. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/school-leadership-team


Our PTA holds every 2 years elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Event Coordinator. Currently all positions can be run for if you are interested.


If you would like to take part in any of the positions above, we will take nominations off the floor on the day of. You will need to join the meeting in order to be voted for a position if there is another person choosing to run against you.

Thank you,

PTA

UFT Parent and Community News


Dear parents, grandparents, guardians, and education activists,

I'm pleased to announce that the UFT's free homework help hotline, Dial-A-Teacher, is open!

K-12 students and their parents or caregivers are invited to call 212-777-3380 or visit the Dial-A-Teacher website Mondays through Thursdays between 4 and 7 p.m. to get free homework help from a licensed teacher.

Many of the teachers are bilingual, so Dial-A-Teacher can assist students and families in 10 languages, including Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

We know this is an unusual and challenging school year and hope this service helps your family navigate it a bit more easily.

In unity,

Nicholas Cruz
UFT Director of Community and Parent Outreach
ncruz@uft.org

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Department of Education Device Request Form

*If you want order a DOE Device click on this link.*

Technical support /Soporte Técnico

Students/Parents if you need Technical support for DOE Devices please fill out online formEstudiantes/Padres si necesita soporte técnico para Dispositivos DOE por favor llene el formulario en línea

Department of Education Issued Device Support

To receive assistance with using devices received through the mail from the DOE.

From the Office of Family and Community Empowerment

Dear Parent Leaders,


We hope that you, your children, and loved ones are doing well. As you know, out of an abundance of caution, and to keep all NYC students, staff and families safe, we’ve had to take action to stop the spread of COVID-19, including closing all school buildings in areas experiencing elevated rates of COVID-19 transmission.


Monthly Random COVID-19 Testing Program


Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re bringing testing directly into schools beginning today. Our testing partners will come to district schools, every month, and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12. The number of people to be tested will depend on the size of the school.


This testing initiative is organized by our partners at NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test & Trace Corps. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. The whole test will take about two minutes. For more information, please see the presentation from yesterday’ parent leader briefing on random testing in schools. We will share answers from the questions raised in the event’s chat and Q/A session soon.


EVENTS FOR PARENTS


UFT Citywide Parent and Family Virtual Conference


UFT’s Virtual Parent and Family Conference will be held online and the theme is Reimagining Parent Voice in the Age of COVID-19.


· Date: Saturday, Nov. 7


· Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


You can register for the entire day or just one of the two workshop sessions. There are more than 30 workshops to choose from, including meditation and relaxation, mental health for children, Gifted and Talented program admissions and special education advocacy. To learn more, see the event listing on the UFT website.


During the Parent and Family Conference, UFT will be hosting a teen summit for students between the ages of 13 and 18. There will be workshops on topics of interest to teens, such as healthy relationships and standing up to cyberbullying, plus live music and other activities. Your teen can register using the same online form as the parent conference at UFT.org/parent-conference. For young children, UFT is offering "virtual child care" through the screening programming from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).



Upcoming Town Halls with the Chancellor


· CEC 30 Town Hall w/Chancellor – October 22nd.


· CEC 5 Town Hall w/Chancellor – October 26th.


· CEC 17 Town Hall w/Chancellor – October 29th.


Immigrant Family Forums, October 28th & 29th.


Join the New York City Department of Education, ImmSchools and Access NYC to discuss resources available to best support immigrant students and families, regardless of immigration status. We welcome ALL to this forum including educators, families, students, and caregivers with different types of immigration statuses including TPS holders, people who are undocumented, DACA recipients, asylum seekers, and others.


· Attendees will remain anonymous; no information will be collected.


· Topics will include: Protections in DOE schools regardless of immigration status, College Access & adult education, Emotional supports, Legal resources, Q&A


October 28th from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm


Register Here

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3EmLMz0SVAjc18FDHkkFtepaEie1oe7siKLT4vmfd7jdThw/viewform


Webinar ID: 875 5951 8267

Passcode: 434503

Zoom Call in #: 646 558 8656


October 29th from 6:00 pm -7:30pm


Register Here


Zoom Link Here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3EmLMz0SVAjc18FDHkkFtepaEie1oe7siKLT4vmfd7jdThw/viewform


Webinar ID: 824 7813 5461

Passcode: 466820

Mandarin Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 823 420 645#

Haitian Creole Conference Line: 347-966-4114 and enter ID: 262 168 294



New York State Issues More Guidance on School Closures


On Tuesday, the State introduced new restrictions for hotspot areas experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases. The new restrictions were divided into three color-coded zones — red, orange, and yellow — each with different rules for gatherings, schools, and businesses. School buildings in the Red and Orange zones (124 schools across 169 sites in Brooklyn and Queens) are closed for two weeks, transitioning to remote learning for all students. School buildings in the Yellow Zone will remain open and will begin weekly testing of teachers and staff next week. Note: Some schools in the yellow zone had closed earlier this week, and out of an abundance of caution, they will remain closed.


· List of schools that are closed for at least a two-week period starting 10/8: https://on.nyc.gov/3jKPfiE


· Map of school buildings closed for COVID infections: https://on.nyc.gov/2Gw74nw

P- EBT Reminder

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. If you are eligible and have not received a P-EBT food benefit for your child, please contact the State using P-EBT contact form or by calling 1-833-452-0096 (8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday).

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers


The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.


· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.


· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.


There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:


· All branches of the New York Public Library


· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan


· LinkNYC kiosks across the City


For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit the DOE website.