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Week of April 6, 2020

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Thursday, April 9, 5 PM


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Updated April 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM


New York State Education Department:

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development:


Updated April 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM


New York State:

  • Governor Cuomo extends PAUSE and orders schools and nonessential businesses to remain closed at least through April 29th. 


New York City Department of Education:

  • Spring recess has been canceled. Remote instruction and learning will continue and take place on all seven days originally scheduled for school break from April 9-17.

  • Schools will no longer use Zoom for video conferences and may use Microsoft Teams instead.

  • Middle school offers are now available online. They also will be mailed to the child's home address. 

  • Any New Yorker can get three free meals a day Monday-Friday at more than 400 school locations throughout the city.  

    • No one will be turned away.

    • Kids pick up 7:30 AM-11:30 AM. Adults pick up 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.

    • No registration or ID is required.


Updated April 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM

New York City Department of Education:

  • Related services will be provided remotely when the student can benefit from tele-therapy. Providers and teachers will contact families to develop a Special Education Remote Learning Plan. They will also provide resources and strategies to use at home that are directly connected to the child’s IEP goals.
  • NYC public schools will close for spring break for two days on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10. Remote instruction will resume on Monday, April 13. Schools were originally scheduled to close for seven school days from April 9-17.

New York City Department of Health, Early Intervention (EI):

  • Families should call 311 for a referral to services. Evaluations will take place through a live video connection over the Internet (cell phone, tablet, or computer).
  • EI services will be delivered remotely when possible. Families should contact their child’s Service Coordinator if they have not already heard from them or call 311.
  • Evaluations and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings will occur by phone.

New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities:

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Updated March 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM

New York City Department of Education:

  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services for preschool students with disabilities will be provided remotely. Further guidance is expected from the New York State Department of Education soon.
  • Regional Enrichment Centers providing child care and supervision for frontline workers will be expanded to also serve grocery and pharmacy employees. These centers are currently serving the children of healthcare workers, first responders, transit workers, and other essential staff.

New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA):

  • Online application available for ACCESS HRA to request public benefits, including SNAP (food stamps) and Cash Assistance benefits. Many HRA center locations are consolidating.
  • Child Support Services:
    • The New York City Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) Borough Offices and Customer Service Walk-In Center is closed. New York City Family Courts are also closed. For child support assistance, email or call the New York State Child Support Helpline at 888-208-4485. Provide your child support account number with all inquiries.

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD):

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs:

  • Reporting Hotline is still in place. Report allegations of abuse and neglect by calling 1-855-373-2122 or submitting this web form.

New York State Office of Mental Health:

  • NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is available. For consultation and/or referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

Social Security Administration:


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