Office of Immigrant Affairs

  This is the latest update from the Office of Immigrant Affairs:

Health Guidance and Resources:

Healthy or sick, all New Yorkers need to stay home as much as possible. Check below the last city guideline (03/22/2020):  


·     For help contacting a health care provider you can call 311, or the NYC Health + Hospital direct line at 1-844-692-4692.

·     To talk to a free mental health counselor you can access  NYCWell , by calling at 1-888-NYC-WELL, or text/chatting  “WELL” to 65173. 

·     If you are struggling with substance use or a relapse, you can contact  Substance Abuse and Mental Health website or access their hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). 

To stay up to date with the latest information, we encourage you to visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's site.

·     Information is available in over 20 languages. 

·     For real-time updates in English, text COVID to 692-692. 

·     Text COVIDESP 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

·     Other resources: 

World Health OrganizationCenter for Disease Control,  New  York StateNew  York CityNYC  Fact SheetHesperian  Health Guides

·     IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND IMMIGRATION BENEFITS On March 13, 2020, USCIS posted an alert clarifying that seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the public charge rule, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Anyone who needs help during the COVID-19 crisis should seek care without fear, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay for health services. If you need help getting medical care, call 311 and get connected to a doctor today.

 Housing and Public Benefits: 

Effective starting March 16, all evictions in NY have been halted for the next 90 days. Housing Court is open for emergency repairs and for tenants illegally locked out of their home. If your landlord threatens you with eviction you can find more details in the protocol here. 

·      Based on rent hardship, all NYCHA households may qualify for a rent reduction or for the NYCHA’s Zero Income Policy. You can check the COVID-19 State of Emergency – Rent Hardship, or call 718-707-7771.

·     All HRA public benefits applications or renewals can be made online. All required interviews will be conducted by phone. No SNAP, Cash assistance or Medicaid benefit cases will be discontinued during the COVID19 crisis, even if you do not renew it on time.

 ·     For more information on the impact of Coronavirus on Section 8 and NYCHA tenants, as well as on recipients of HRA public benefits such as SNAP or cash assistance, go here. 

Resources for Workers:

You have the right to use safe and sick leave to care for yourself or anyone you consider family.

·     For more information visit the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s website for information available in over 20 languages.

·     Workers in NYC are covered by many labor and employment laws, regardless of immigration status.

 Resources for Small Businesses: 

Relief is available for small businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19:

·     Businesses with fewer than 100 employees, who have seen sales decrease by 25% or more, will be eligible for NYC Small Business Continuity Fund, which will provide zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit.

·     The Employee Retention Grant Program is available to NYC businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. 

Food Assistance:

There are a number of resources available for New Yorkers of all ages, across the five boroughs:

 ·     Food Pantries and Community Kitchens

o    Food pantries provide groceries you can cook at home and community kitchens provide hot meals. If you need food immediately, find locations near you by using the NYC Food Map.

 ·     Free Meals for all NYC Children

o    The NYC DOE provides three free meals daily. All three meals can be picked up at the same time from 7:30am-1:30pm. Please refer to this pick up location map. No registration, ID, or documentation is required. You do not have to be a student at a public school to receive a meal and you can go to the school located nearest to you.

o    Nutritional information is available.

 ·     Home-delivered meals 

o    For people age 60 and older, the NYC Department for the Aging provides access to home-delivered meals. A case manager/social worker can visit your home to provide in-home care, such as assistance with household chores, personal care, and referrals to additional resources. 

o    For an up-to-date list of senior centers distributing meals, go 


·     If you are having difficulty accessing food, call 311 or the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777.

Resources for Reporting Harassment , Discrimination or Price Gouging: 

Hate and discrimination against anyone on the basis of their race, national origin, or other status is not tolerated in New York City. The New York City Commission on Human Rights, Mayor's Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, and NYPD are monitoring and responding to reported hate and bias incidents resulting from fear and stigma related to COVID-19.

·     Call 311 to report harassment , discrimination or price gouging. 

·     Call 911 if you are the victim of a hate crime or witness what you believe to be a hate crime. NYPD officers will not ask about the immigration status of anyone seeking help and language assistance is available.

Public Transportation:

MTA updates and protocols can be found 


·        NYC Ferry will be operating on a modified weekday schedule starting Monday, March 23. Ferry services will run from 6:30 AM- 10 PM daily, with most routes operating with a frequency of at least 45 to 60 minutes:

Other resources:

Resources from the NYC Office of Emergency Management on the below topics can be found here

·     Employment resources

·     Food assistance

·     Health & medical assistance

·     Financial assistance

·     Rent arrears and public assistance

·     Emotional support & Spiritual care

·     Access to free internet at home

·     Remote learning devices

·     Other assistance

Fill Out Your 2020Census:

A Complete count of the NYC residents is now more important than ever to ensure that our community gets the resources we need. You can complete the census online in English and in 12 additional languages: SpanishChinese (Simplified)VietnameseKoreanRussianArabicTagalogPolishFrenchHaitian CreolePortuguese, and Japanese.

or over the phone (844-330-2020), in just a few minutes.

·     There is also a video in American Sign Language to guide you through responding online.

·     You can respond by phone in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese. 

·     The paper form can be completed in English or Spanish.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We remain committed to supporting you through this trying time. 


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  • April 6, 2020 Letter From Mrs. Speroni

    Dear Parents/Guardians,
    We know that continued school closures are difficult for students , families, staff and the entire community. This
    continues to be disappointing news for students, who miss their friends and teachers. Please know that we are
    committed to the success of all our students and continue to provide timely updates to families . Please also know that
    our commitments remain firm in these areas:
     Refining and improving our Remote Learning plan with the new understanding that all of our students will be
    successful learning at home with their teachers until such time as it is deemed permissible that they return to
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     Supporting academic success of all our students so that no one is left behind. This also includes our
    graduating seniors as they make the transition to their next steps in life. We will find appropriate ways to
    celebrate this milestone in their lives.
     Providing continued critical support to families, including the areas of meals and technology. We want our
    families to be nourished both nutritionally and educationally.

    As you are aware, per the Governor’s mandate, schools will forfeit Spring recess in an effort to better support our
    students and their families. To that end and in consultation with many of our families we do recognize that this is also
    holiday time for many of our community members. We wish all of yo u a peaceful and safe holiday. We know that
    although many of us will not be with one another we also know that we do hold them close in our hearts, and with
    today’s technology we can celebrate the day apart but still remain together, virtually. In an effort to be respectful and
    supportive of family obligations we will be revising the 4/9 4/20 instructional school day. As per the Chancellor’s
    suggestions and in light of this time, we have been asked to provide students with activities that encourage and
    sup port family time and exploration. To that end the school day will consist of opportunities for student review and
    work on “catch up”, cultural trips / exploration and fun times at theme parks and exciting adventurous activities.

    As this is a time of observance and rest for many of our families the expectation is that each child will begin their day
    by answering an attendance question provided to them by their teacher. They will then be expected to complete the
    activities as during the 4/9 --4/17 instructional window. The majority of activities will be project based and spiral in order to ensure deep understanding

    of previously taught content as well application of learning in real life situations or virtual activity. On April 20, 2020 the instructional day
    will resume in its original format with the mandated addition of live instructional lessons provided by our amazing staff.
    Please be reminded that it is our expectation, to the greatest extent possible that all students are in attendance at the
    beginning of the school day in order that they be marked present as well as to participate in the daily lessons
    provided by their teachers, clusters and mandated service providers.

    As always should you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher
    Parent Coordinator, Cheryl Livaditis 347 563 4693 and our Community Coordinator Gina Dacchille 917 331 7821
    who will best answer and or direct your questions or concerns.


    Staying home and limiting person t o person contact appears to be making a difference in slowing the spread of
    COVID 19, but those measures need to continue in order have long term effectiveness. Please stay home as much
    as possible and stay healthy. Additional resources can be found on our School website .
    With everyone’s help, we will continue to provide connection and support for our entire community and advance our
    vision to affirm and inspire each and every student to learn and thrive a s creators of their future world.

    Lisa Speroni

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  • Active Coping Calendar for April

    30 Activities to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together.

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    TODAY, March 25th is last day in which you can sign up for a computer on the DOE website.

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    TODAY, MARCH 25TH IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP ------Parents: Take the Remote Learning Device Request Form

    To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the Request form. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student.


    Please continuously check the following link for the most recent information:

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    •  Posted 5:47 PM EDT, Sunday March 15, 2020 Updated 5:55 PM EDT, Sunday March 15, 2020

    Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020.


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  • POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE : A Town Hall Event with Chancellor Richard A. Carranza


    Presented by The Community Education Council for District 21.  All District 21 parents are urged to attend! 

    When: Wednesday, March 25th

    Where: Edward R. Murrow , 1600 Avenue L, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230

    Time: 6:30 pm -7:30 pm

    Don't miss this excellent opportunity--issues and concerns for District 21 will be addressed.

    **On site interpretation services will be available.**


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  • Coronavirus Updates from the Department of Education

    The health and safety of all our students continues to be our first priority. In recent days, the DOE has taken the following actions:

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  • Gifted and Talented Admissions for Grades K-3 is Now Open

    Get ready for Gifted & Talented admissions! We are excited to share with you that you can now begin the admissions process this fall. If you are interested in having your child take the Gifted & Talented (G&T) test, you must submit a G&T Request for Testing (RFT) form by November 12, 2019. This test is only for students seeking a G&T placement in grades K-3 for September 2020.

    We encourage you to submit the request online using MySchools. If you prefer to use a paper form, you can submit it to your child's current school if they attend a public school (non-charter) or you can visit a Family Welcome Center. Whether you apply online or in person, be sure to get a receipt for confirmation! 

    Also, you're invited to attend an admissions information event in the coming weeks! Learn how to apply to kindergarten and G&T programs. View dates, times, and locations in our calendar for more information. 

    Questions? Call us at 718-935-2009 or visit Kindergarten Admissions and G&T Admissions

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  • Read the NYC Schools Guidebook

    Learn more about the New York City Department of education's initiatives to support Strong Schools and Strong Communities across the city. This guide was created for parents like you who are seeking the most current information to enable you to best advocate for your child. Whether you have a child in Pre-k or preparing for college,  you can find information on deadlines and requirements at every level.  This guide is full of valuable information.


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  • 2019-2020 School Supply Lists for PreK to 5th Grade

    Please click on the following link to access this years supply lists: CLICK

     يرجى النقر على الرابط التالي للوصول إلى قوائم العرض هذه السنة: انقر فوق
    Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para acceder a las listas de suministros de este año: HAGA CLIC
    Пожалуйста, нажмите на следующую ссылку, чтобы получить доступ к спискам поставок этого года: НАЖМИТЕ
    راہ کرم اس سال کی فراہمی کی فہرستوں تک رسائی حاصل کرنے کے لئے درج ذیل لنک پر کلک کریں: کلک کریں۔
    Ushbu etkazib berish ro'yxatiga kirish uchun quyidagi havolani bosing: CLICK


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