Special Education Remote Learning Information/Contacts/Resources/Links

April 8, 2021

Coronavirus, Education

Coronavirus Information and Resources

The switch to remote education because of the coronavirus crisis has created many educational challenges for families. New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) offers the following information, arranged in alphabetical order, to students with disabilities, their caregivers, and other advocates. We will update the information as soon as we learn of changes and additions, particularly information related to COVID-19. Please contact us if you seek advocacy assistance regarding the education of your child with a disability.


3-K Access EXPANDING; 3-K and Pre-K Applications Open and EXTENDED

Gifted & Talented Program Application Open

  • The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9, 2021. Interested families can apply one of three ways:
    • Online at MySchools.nyc
    • Through a Family Welcome Center
    • By phone at 718-935-2009
  • For deaf and hard of hearing students who are doing virtual interviews, ASL interpretation will be provided. (In most cases for G&T, the nomination is filled out by the Pre-K teacher and does not require a direct evaluation of the child.)

COVID-19 Vaccination Access for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


  • The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities launched a website last week to help guide people with IDD to trusted resources on COVID-19 vaccines, particularly where to find one in their area: https://www.getoutthevaccine.org/

INCLUDEnyc Sibling Symposium

INCLUDEnyc Online Event



Students with Physical Disabilities Talk About NYC Public High Schools



YAI’s 2021 NYC Autism Conference


  • Live, free and online conference open to people with autism, parents, caregivers, and professionals.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. — register here: https://nycautism2021.funraise.org/


Special Education Task Force (SETF)


  • 22ND annual virtual free conference – Beyond Surviving: The Road to Thriving for Students with Disabilities in a Post-Pandemic World
  • Friday, April 30, 2021, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • QUESTIONS?Contact: [email protected]

LAST CHANCE: Opt in to Blended Learning

Weekly Remote Learning Support Sessions

  • Sessions will cover a range of topics, ranging from navigating remote learning for students with disabilities, multilingual learners, and more. Sessions will be led by leaders at the NYC Department of Education and will available both live and for viewing later.
    • April 15, 2021 and April 22, 2021, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Supporting Families in Fostering Student Independence during Remote Learning
    • April 29, 2021 and May 6, 2021, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Supporting Families of Students with a Disability in Fostering Student Independence during Remote Learning
    • May 12, 2021 and May 20, 2021, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Supporting Families by Strengthening Coping Skills through Mindfulness
  • Register here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tyxJGEXvYUWFcQxC5fesBz_RK4fgcEBOsfCPxcIpPahUNVhNN1JZS1BCQUw4TzBOM1FFRzJNUktUSS4u



State Tests Are OPTIONAL for Grades 3-8

New Yorkers Can Enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Essential Plan Year Round


  • For New Yorkers currently enrolled in Medicaid, Child Health Plus or the Essential Plan and have a coverage end date of March 31, 2021, their coverage will be extended for an additional 12-month period. Visit the NY State of Health website for further information: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/


INCLUDENYC Summer Resources

  • For over 30 years, the INCLUDEnyc Fair has become New York City’s largest resource fair of educational, recreational, and transition program providers for young people with disabilities from birth to age 26.
  • For more information about this year’s Virtual Fair, visit https://includenycfair.myportfolio.com/organizations


Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)


  • Applications for 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program in New York City (ages 14-24) due April 23, 2021.
  • Visit here for more information and to apply: https://application.nycsyep.com/

5K Walk for Autism

ProActive Caring Program Webcasts

  • ProActive Caring Program is offering a series of webcasts called The School & Home Transition Exchange.
  • Offers tools and resources for families living through the COVID-19 pandemic to help their children identify opportunities for self-directed growth, expand social opportunities, and enhance the skills needed for living independently.
  • Webcast is every other Thursday, 7 p.m. to 7: 45 p.m., beginning March 11, 2021.
  • Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJFumZm2lmhNI7CG-xdUn8CCsN3WQp5KH6XSYygk06w4V1Nw/viewform.

OPWDD Information Front Door Sessions

CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE) Workshops





Behavioral Health

  • Students who need mental health services as it relates to remote learning should contact school administrators. Emails for school principals are posted on the school website. They can also contact the school’s superintendent.
  • Social workers have been providing mental health supports for families to help students access to behavioral health services. DOE encourages families to use schools as the first line because of “the comfort levels.”
  • Behavioral health resources:

Behavioral Expectations and Guidance


  • Households who lost a breadwinner or caregiver to COVID-19 may be eligible for emergency cash assistance through the Montefiore Family Resilience Fund, which will provide cash assistance to 375 bereaved families in financial distress.
  • Eligible families must be referred to the program by a doctor, nurse, social worker, or other clinician and then screened by Montefiore staff to receive $2,000 of financial support for food, shelter, utilities or child care.  Families eligible for a referral must meet the following criteria:
    • Have lost a loved one to COVID-19 who was an income earner or caregiver in a household. This includes the death of a household member who provided childcare or an adult whose paycheck covered family bills.
    • Have a child or young adult under age 26 in the household.
    • Live in New York City or lower Hudson Valley.
    • Are struggling to pay basic expenses such as housing, food, utilities or child care.
  • Find the referral form here: https://einsteinmed.org/docs/departments/family-social-medicine/family-resilience-fund-referral-form-fillable-7.13.2020.pdf.




Child care services

  • Recipients of Cash Assistance who are participating in an approved education or training program outside of the home or are employed, may be eligible for childcare assistance. Active Cash Assistance recipients should take the following steps to apply for childcare:




  • If there are issues reaching school-based staff or if a school does not have email or phone contacts on their website, contact Melissa Cisco at [email protected] or Michele Martinez-Gugerli at [email protected].


  • DOE students (3K through 12th Grade), DOE employees, employees of DOE contracted early childhood programs, and affiliated family child care networks, and employees of DOE- and DYCD-contracted Learning Bridges programs can get priority COVID testing at 22 Health and Hospitals testing sites. These locations are walk-in only. More information can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/doe-employee-testing.page.


How to Make an Appointment

  • Everyone above age 16 is now eligible for the vaccine! For a full list of who is currently eligible, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility.page.
  • Steps for making a vaccine appointment:
    • Step 1: Determine your eligibility and schedule an appointment: Complete the Am I Eligible? App to check eligibility and find vaccination locations to schedule an appointment or call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). Note that due to limited supply from the federal government, it may be 12 or more weeks before an appointment is available to you.
    • Step 2: Complete the Vaccine Form. After confirming an appointment, New Yorkers must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online or at the vaccination site. (We encourage New Yorkers to complete the form ahead of time.)
    • Step 3: Bring proof of eligibility to vaccination appointment. Proof of eligibility is required at the vaccination site.
      • People who are eligible based on their employment must attest that their job requires them to have in-person contact with members of the public or with co-workers, or that they are unable to work remotely.
      • They must also have proof of employment in New York, such as an employee ID card, a letter from their employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub (depending on your specific priority status).
      • Those who are eligible for a vaccine based on age must show proof of age and New York residency, such as New York State driver’s license, IDNYC, passport, mail (residency), rent statement (residency) or birth certificate (age).
  • New York City is providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson) to eligible NYC residents who are fully homebound, have not already been vaccinated, and do not already have access to a vaccination program.
  • If you believe you or a family member may be eligible for an in-home vaccination, fill out this form and you will receive a call back from the city to discuss eligibility: https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/homebound.


Vaccination Sites


  • Beginning on February 5, Yankee Stadium opened as a vaccination distribution site for Bronx residents. The site will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week. Vaccinations are by appointment only and for Bronx residents meeting eligibility requirements for groups 1A and 1B.
    • Eligible Bronx residents can make an appointment by visiting somosvaccinations.com or by calling 1-833-somosNY.
    • Individuals who schedule appointments for Yankee Stadium are also required to bring proof of residency with them to the appointment. To prove Bronx residency, an individual must show one of the following: state or government issued ID, statement from landlord, current rent receipt or lease, mortgage records, or two of the following: statement from another person, current mail, school records.
  • Beginning on February 10, CitiField opened as a vaccination distribution site for Queens residents, along with priority appointments for TLC and food service workers from across the five boroughs.
    • In order to prove Queens residency, an individual must show one of the following: state or government issued ID, statement from landlord, current rent receipt or lease, mortgage records, or two of the following: statement from another person, current mail, school records.
    • Beginning on Wednesday, February 17, this site will be open for service 24/7. Eligible New Yorkers can make an appointment at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.
  • Empire Outlets has opened as a dedicated vaccine site for Staten Island residents. The site is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Two new vaccination sites have opened in Brooklyn and Queens to vaccinate residents of specific zip codes who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. These sites will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Medgar Evers College, 231 Crown Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Eligible Zip Codes: 11206, 11221, 11216, 11238, 11225, 11213, 11233, 11207, 11208, 11236, 11212, 11203, 11226, 11210

  • York College, 160-2 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11451

Eligible Zip Codes: 11418, 11419, 11420, 11435, 11436, 11439, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11423, 11412, 11413, 11427, 11428, 11429, 11411, 11422, 11691, 11692, 11693

Transportation to COVID-19 Appointments for People with Disabilities

More Information


Buying Your Student Device

  • Families will be able to purchase devices for your students and staff using: Fair Student Funding (FSF); Smart Schools Bond Act (SBBA) funding (net new dollars rolling out to high needs schools); Resolution A allocations; other eligible funding sources.

Device Requests

  • The new device request and distribution process is fully decentralized to the schools and does not go through DOE. Parents should speak with SPOC (Single Point of Contact) and/or parent coordinators about obtaining devices. Parents can contact [email protected] if they have any questions.
  • Students who reside in homeless shelters or domestic violence shelters, will receive devices as needed through coordination between the DOE and staff at the shelter. For questions, email [email protected]
  • To pick up devices in person, families MUST make an appointment with the device distribution center as they cannot just show up due to social distancing rules.
  • Students in charter and non-public schools (NPS) will receive free devices. They will be delivered after priority populations. There are private grants available for students in charter schools. For more information, visit https://includenyc.org/resources/tip-sheet/questions-to-ask-your-childs-nyc-charter-school-about-remote-learning.
  • Each school-aged child should receive their own device. If your school has only provided one device for multiple children, you should fill out the DOE survey for each student that includes “OSIS number,” a nine-digit number issued to all students who attend a New York City public school. Families will be able to fill out the application with student’s date of birth if they can’t find the student’s OSIS number
  • If families want to check when their devices will be delivered, they can email [email protected].
  • If the student has not yet filled out the survey or received timely notifications, they can contact Erin Lester at [email protected].
  • Families can contact D’Vonte at [email protected] to trouble shoot any problems regarding devices not related to IT issues or fill out the technical support form here: https://www.nycenet.edu/technicalsupportforfamily.


  • Starting in January, 6,900 additional students will be able to attend school five days a week in District 75 classrooms – about 80% of the total District 75 student enrollment.



  • A strategy inclusive of universal assessments, screeners, and benchmark assessments that would allow schools and staff across DOE to effectively monitor student progress.
  • Increasing access to high-quality digital curriculum (Use Shared and Inclusive Curriculum). Culturally relevant curriculum (including electives for MS/HS) and project-based learning enrichment programs.
  • Launching a one-stop digital learning hub (Strengthen Core Instruction). A citywide LMS to facilitate sharing across schools. Deepening our professional development for our teachers (Strengthen Core Instruction).
  • Professional learning resources and coaching. Expanding Parent University to continue supporting parents with the tools they need to support and deepen learning at home in their language.
  • Confronting the trauma and medical health crisis faced by our students through a citywide approach
  • Safeguarding and prioritization of funding to ensure continuity of learning for MLLs/ELLs.
  • Please refer to NYCDOE for more information.



  • Education councils are part of New York City’s school governance structure. There is a Community Education Council (CEC) for every community school district. There are also four Citywide Councils:
    • Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS)
    • Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE)
    • Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)
    • Citywide Council for D75 (CCD75)


Changes in Screening Process

  • DOE announced changes in their screening processes due to COVID-19.
    • All middle schools will temporarily stop using academic screening for enrollment for one year.
    • High schools will still screen students but will rely on academic records from pre-COVID-19.
    • Specialized high schools will still require the SHSAT for admission. Registration for the exam closed on January 15, 2021. The test will be administered starting the week of January 27, 2021.
    • Students trying out for performing and visual arts programs will submit their applications virtually.
  • Schools will no longer give priority to students living within their own district in an effort to reduce segregation.

Newly Arrived Immigrants




  • Over 400 school locations are serving Grab and Go meals for ALL New Yorkers (no children required). For general information about meals, visit http://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
  • Grab-and-go free meals are available to students and families Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and to community members Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sites offer vegetarian meals. Kosher and halal meals are available at select sites which can be found online here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/community-meals.
  • For more information please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals, and/or text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877 to find a location.
  • Get connected to local resources quickly, whether that’s your neighborhood food pantry or soup kitchen, local volunteers offering food assistance, or government benefits. Text FOOD to 90847 to find free food near you or call 844-995-0989 to get help from a person.
  • Use the Get Food NYC map to find locations that offer free food (food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC schools), as well as grocery stores and farmers’ markets: https://nyc-oem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d781ef8a46cf417dbbfaf28f3b902ac4
  • The Neighborhood Opportunity Network is operating Nutrition Kitchens with locations in all five boroughs. These sites provide free groceries for individuals and families in need. More information can be found here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/neon/programs/nutrition-kitchen.page.
  • The Hunter College Center for Food Policy has created food resource guides for 59 New York City neighborhoods, available here: https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/coronavirus-nyc-food-reports. Each resource guide includes information related to food access within the community, such as the location and hours of food pantries, meals for students and seniors, delivery services for people with disabilities, and resources for immigrants.
  • Plentiful​ is an app that lets New Yorkers find food pantries and make reservations ahead of time through their phone or iPad. There is a map of pantries all over NYC with over 300 locations. More information is available at www.plentifulapp.com.
  • Visit a City Harvest Mobile Market, which provides free fresh produce throughout the five boroughs. Each Mobile Market has its own dates of operation from January 2021 through March 2021. Mobile Markets will be open from 11 am to 1 pm. Each site may have its own eligibility criteria to receive free food. A list of Mobile Markets by borough is available here: https://www.cityharvest.org/programs/mobile-markets/


  • Students who received an NX grade in their classes may be able to appeal for extra time to make up the work. Schools will review all students to determine who is eligible and will be reaching out to families by February 11, 2021 to inform them of their right to appeal. Families have until February 22, 2021 to request an appeal.



  • New York has extended the Open Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers through March 31, 2021. Applicants for NY State of Health can apply online athttps://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or by phone at 1-855-355-5777. An individual’s coverage start date will vary based on enrollment date as follows:
    • Enroll by February 15: Coverage starts March 1
    • Enroll March 15: Coverage starts April 1
    • Enroll by March 31: Coverage starts May 1
  • More information, fact sheets, and FAQ in various languages can be found here: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/.


  • The regular HEAP benefit season opened on November 2, 2020 and will operate through April 30, 2021 (or until funds run out). Recipients of HEAP benefits may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year to help pay for heating costs.
  • The application period for Emergency HEAP benefits opened on January 4, 2021. The utility shut-off moratorium will not affect eligibility for Emergency benefits.
  • Emergency benefits are available to assist eligible households with a heating emergency or a heat-related domestic emergency.



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Resources for Advocacy


  • The DOE is offering a limited supply of hotspots to K-12 students.
  • Order of prioritization: high school, middle school, elementary school.
  • For more information, please email [email protected] with the subject line “Hotspots.”


Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended

  • President Biden extended existing protections from residential evictions for non-payment of rent until March 31, 2021.
  • New York City tenants have broader protections from eviction under New York State law, as well as a statewide order of the Office of Court Administration. Under this law and order, all pending eviction cases in New York City Housing Court are stayed through February 28, 2021 and no new eviction cases can be filed.

Section 8 Vouchers

  • HPD Section 8 team is still available to the public. Voucher holders facing rent hardships due to drops in income should email [email protected] or fax at 212-863-5299.
  • During this time, any HPD Section 8 voucher set to expire will be automatically renewed. Clients do not need to reach out to HPD for an extension.
  • All subsidy terminations in process are suspended until further notice. All tenant conferences and briefings are postponed and will be rescheduled.
  • All hearings for appeal are cancelled until further notice.
  • HPD will continue to pay subsidies until final determinations are made. All non-emergency Section 8 Housing Quality Standard inspections are suspended until further notice.

New York State Emergency Rental Assistance

  • The New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) agency has made funds available to provide rental assistance to individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This State program will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the pandemic. For more information, please check https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP.

Accommodations for DHS Shelter Residents


IEPs and Program Adaptations Documents: What’s the Difference?

  • IEP meetings will be conducted remotely. Tip sheet from INCLUDEnyc on remote IEP meetings here: https://www.includenyc.org/resources/tip-sheet/remote-individualized-education-plan-iep-meetings.
  • Students with IEPs who need to be connected with adult/postsecondary services or education and have otherwise completed school:
    • Can get transition supports (help applying to OPWDD, ACCES-VR, vocational programs, and other adult programs/services) during the summer and 2020-21 school year through their borough TCAC or the District 75 Transition Office as appropriate to access this service. Contact [email protected] or, for students in D75 programs, [email protected]


  • New York City’s high school buildings reopened for in-person learning on March 22, 2021.
  • New York City’s middle school students who chose to attend school in person last November returned to their school campuses on February 25, 2021.
  • Schools will retain protocol of testing 20% of population weekly. In order to be enrolled in person, parents must sign testing consent form, which can be printed at the school or found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing. Submit the consent form via your NYC Schools Account.
  • Families who opted for remote or blended learning in November but are now interested in their middle schoolers attending in person should talk to their principals as there may be some flexibility. Parents can still opt into remote learning at any time.


  • Resources for students in grades Pre-K-12 for online learning available https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home. More resources are in the works, including webinars for teachers, parents, and caregivers.
  • For specific questions, you can contact the following DOE representatives:


  • Families who have trouble connecting should reach out to their schools directly. Each school will be troubleshooting its own remote technology issues with support from DOE. DOE is working to create more supports for parents in this transition.
  • Charter Cable (and possibly other providers) 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 subscription, and installation fees will be waived.  For more information, call 1-844-488-8395. 
  • AT&T is also offering 60 days of free public service. Other providers may also make internet services available for free. For more information, visit this guide on internet providers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jRzsVlpQL7RbQmrOoVaKBr6735GHz6ab/view. Each loaned device will be Wi-Fi-enabled.
  • Visit NYC’s internet provider resource page for detailed information on local organizations that provide discounted distance learning devices, remote learning programs, and free wireless internet access: https://www.inmyarea.com/internet/new-york/new-york#low-income-resources
  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, included in the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, helps to lower the cost of high-speed internet and computers/tablets for eligible low-income households during the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal program, which is expected to be open to eligible households by the end of April 2021, will provide:
    • Up to $50 a month to low-income households for broadband service
    • Up to $75 a month to households on Native American land for broadband service
    • A one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price
  • More information here: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit


Working Papers – Employment for Minors

Guide for Undocumented High School and College Students

  • Informed Immigrant has put together a guide for undocumented high school and college students, both with and without DACA. The guide collects resources and information to help undocumented students make informed decisions about their futures and acquire the tools they need to advocate for themselves at the high school and college levels. Find the guide here: https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/higher-education-undocumented-students/


  • As of January 2021, Learning Bridges sites with available seats may enroll children enrolled in 100% remote learning if care is still needed. Previously the program was only open to students in blended learning. Priority for placement is given equally to:
    • Families in temporary housing, including shelters and hotels
    • Children of NYCDOE school and program staff, including staff of Learning Bridges sites and other contracted early childhood providers
    • Families residing in NYCHA developments
    • Children in family foster care or receiving other child welfare services
    • Students with disabilities
    • Children whose parent/guardian is an essential worker or was previously enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center (REC)
  • If your child has a disability and may need additional support, talk to your Learning Bridges program. If you are not already enrolled in a Learning Bridges program, contact:
  • Families in shelters who are interested in Learning Bridges, complete the survey here: http://schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges.
  • Read the Bridge to School Plan here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/bridge-to-school-plan-08272020.



  • Liberation School is a free, online school for NYC public school parents, caregivers, and youth organized by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ).
  • The second semester began February 8, but you can continue to register for classes throughout the semester.
  • Course offerings include Wellness/Healing, Academic Support, and Social Justice/Political Education. Browse classes and register here: https://www.nycliberationschool.org/all-classes.


  • CAU is providing services to individuals with COVID-19 who may need other services such a temporary place to stay while sick. For more information, please call the Take Care program at 212-268-4319.


IRS Tax Form 1095B No Longer Automatically Mailed to Medicaid Consumers.

  • The NYC Department of Health and NY State of Health websites include messaging to advise individuals of this change in policy, which begins with Tax Year 2020. To request IRS Form 1095-B an individual can call 1-800-541-2831, send an email request to [email protected] or send a request via postal mail to NY State of Health P.O. Box 11774 Albany, NY 12211.

Medicaid Renewal Extension

  • Medicaid renewals have been extended through April 2021. All Medicaid cases that were due to expire during the months of March 2020 through April 2021 are extended for 12 months. No Medicaid case will be closed for failure to renew or failure to provide documentation
  • Empire Justice Center is assisting families with issues with unemployment and PAID leave. Call 800-724-0490 x 5827.


  • The Division of Multilingual Learners is developing guidance to support multilingual learners in any language, to maintain continuity of learning, including how co-teaching can work remotely.
  • For information, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/multilingual-learners.
  • Parents can request assistance to fill out the survey by calling 718-935-5100, Option 5.
  • DOE is also looking into accommodating “low incident languages.” Families in need of translation services should reach out to DOE.



NYC Schools Accounts (NYCSA)

  • There are two types of NYC Schools Accounts (NYCSA): NYCSA “full” and NYCSA “light.”
  • To have NYCSA full, you must get a code from your student’s school. You can create an account at http://www.mystudent.nyc/.
  • NYCSA full will provide all access to student information, including IEPs, transportation, the student’s guardian, school, and test scores, as well as to change basic contact information.
  • A NYCSA light account, which does not require an authorization code, will not allow full access to protected information but will allow parents to change their contact information. You can login at http://www.mystudent.nyc/.

Student Contact Information

Non-Custodial Parents


  • Center for Parent Information and Resources (CIPR), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, is the central “Hub” of information and products created for the nationwide network of Parent Centers serving families. CIPR developed an IEP tip sheet regarding virtual IEP meetings, which you can find here: https://www.parentcenterhub.org/wp-content/uploads/repo_items/virtual-iep-meeting-tipsheets.pdf.
  • Families should know by now the model that their student’s school has chosen. You can call the school or the district if you have not received a notification.
  • The Office of Special Education is sharing the following resource provided by the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, a national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs: https://ceedar.education.ufl.edu/.
  • The Family Guide to At-Home Learning has practical strategies that work for helping children of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their children complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. The guide is available here: https://ceedar.education.ufl.edu/family-guide-to-at-home-learning/.

Transition Planning During COVID-19

  • New York State Education Department has developed a policy brief, Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities reminding Committees on Special Education and school districts of their specific responsibilities under federal and state law and regulations to provide appropriate transition planning and services for students with disabilities.
  • This guidance also identifies technical assistance resources available to assist school districts, students, and families in the transition planning process. For more information, visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/documents/transition-planning-and-services-for-students-with-disabilities.pdf.


  • DOE will be providing 1:1 nursing services in the home for students who have a 1:1 nurse during the school day and who wish to have such a nurse in the home.



Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide


  • Parent Coordinators will still be supporting families, principals will still be supervising the parent coordinators, but all will be shifting to remote-only work.
  • The DOE has set up a Parent Empowerment Hub for Parent Coordinators here: https://parentcoordinatornyc.connectwithkids.com/. Here school Parent Coordinators will find information and guidance to help them support families.


  • A collaboration between the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). Register for classes at https://parentu.schools.nyc/.
  • Send suggestions to DOE for additional resources to Michele at [email protected].






Report: 2021 Roadmap for English Language Learners

  • The New York Immigration Coalition’s (NYIC) Education Collaborative developed and published a report on the most significant issues that faced English language learners and immigrant families in 2020 and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and offered recommendations for 2021.
  • Read the report here: https://www.politico.com/states/f/?id=00000178-4249-dd22-a17a-dffdf58e0000.

Resource Guide for Families

THE CITY and Chalkbeat NY Special Education Resource Page

Report on Special Education During COVID-19.

Advocates for Children (AFC) Resources

BCO Contact Sheet

Resources for students who are homeless or in temporary housing

Temporary Housing

Students Experiencing Homelessness



school PROGRAMMING during covid-19

Integrated Co-Teaching in Blended and Remote Settings

Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS)

Remote Instruction

Reopening Plan

Evaluation Process

  • Make a referral by emailing your child’s principal or CSE, or [email protected]. You can also call 311 for assistance.



Sexual Health Innovation Network for Equitable Education with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities


  • Students are eligible for Pandemic EBT benefits for days when students were not physically in the school building, whether on a hybrid schedule or engaged in fully remote learning.
  • Benefit cards for each eligible child were distributed to families in this cohort.
  • There is no application process for receipt of these funds. Information for distribution of funds will be provided to State OTDA by local school districts (for NYC, the NYC Department of Education).
  • OTDA will be using the March 2020 school enrollment data to determine eligibility by age and enrollment status.
    **** NOTE: Familied will be eligible regardless of immigration status and will not affect the public charge rule.

  • You can now use your SNAP benefits to shop online for fresh produce and groceries. Participating online stores now accept SNAP benefits for online orders and will deliver to you. For participating stores, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page.


Social Security 1.3% Benefit Increase for 2021

  • The 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Please check the SSA website for more information here: https://www.ssa.gov/cola/.


  • Social workers will be providing supports online. Students who are receiving mental health services at school will continue to receive the service remotely.




  • DOE is working on a mechanism by which parents can obtain their children’s records without an “OSIS number” — a nine-digit number issued to all students who attend a New York City public school. In the meantime, parents should contact their school’s principal.
  • Families may also contact the Committee on Special Education.


  • DOE decided to take a restorative practice approach and not a punitive one. DOE is working on specific guidance regarding promotion, grading, and attendance.


  • Students with IEPs who need to be connected with adult/postsecondary services or education and have otherwise completed school:
    • Can get transition supports (help applying to OPWDD, ACCES-VR, vocational programs, and other adult programs/services) during the summer and 2020-2021 school year through their borough TCAC or the District 75 Transition Office as appropriate to access this service. Contact [email protected] or, for students in D75 programs, [email protected]
  • Families in need of transition services and assistance can contact, The Transition and College Access Services (TCAC). There is one in each borough. Families can email their borough for support.
  • ACCES-VR is not having virtual sessions. Families should contact AccessVR directly for questions at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr.


Fair Fares NYC

  • City program to help low-income New Yorkers with transportation costs. Participants can receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares.
  • Check for info on eligibility and how to apply here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fairfares/index.page.

Students with Disabilities

  • The Office of Pupil Transportation is working case by case, including bus paraprofessionals and other staff. OPT is making bus alternatives available.
    • Metro cards: OPT has shipped FREE MetroCards to all schools for students and parents.
    • Reimbursement process: OPT is also offering to reimburse families who use other methods of transportation (car services, taxis, Ubers, etc.). Reimbursement process will be expedited and simpler.

Are You Having Busing Issues?

  • If your child is entitled to busing to and from school and has attended school in-person, complete a survey from INCLUDEnyc here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4854232.


Partial Unemployment Benefits

  • Under a new plan to boost partial unemployment benefits, unemployed New Yorkers who accept part-time work are not penalized by basing their partial unemployment benefits on the hours they actually work, rather than the number of days they work in a given week. Partially employed workers can now work up to seven days weekly and still receive partial benefits if they are working fewer than 30 hours weekly and earning less than $504/weekly.
  • Information on applying can be found here: https://dol.ny.gov/unemployment/partial-unemployment-eligibility.


LAST UPDATED: April 8, 2021

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