Dial-A-Teacher Now Available for Grades K–5
The UFT has re-opened its Dial-A-Teacher Program, a homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers. This resource is available from 4:00–7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for students in grades K–5. Due to limitations caused by school building closures, the help line is currently only available for ELA and math homework from teachers speaking English. The UFT is hoping to expand to other subjects, grades, and languages soon.
For more information, please go to https://www.uft.org/your-union/uft-programs/dial-a-teacher
Alternative Process for Issuing Working Papers During COVID-19 School Closures
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has provided an alternative process for issuing working papers for students between the ages of 14–17, during the COVID-19-related school closures. Parents/guardians and minors can still complete the AT-17 Application for Employment Certificate form and email the completed form to the school or district issuing official. A PDF version of the AT-17 Application for Employment Certificate form, which can be completed and signed electronically, is available on NYSED’s Employment of Minors website. After the form is submitted, the issuing school-level official will schedule a video conference (Microsoft Teams or Google Meet) with the minor, and if required, the parent or guardian; required documentation will be shared during the video conference. Information on working papers is available on the DOE webpage for families.
At this time, there are several options for free internet access, as follows:
AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
Comcast – Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit http://www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Spectrum – Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
Charter – Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
AT&T – AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
Verizon does not have special offers, but is following the FCC agreement.
Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
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