Archive for April, 2020

Updated Grading Policy from the Chancellor

Posted April 28, 2020 By Hal Miller

Covid Updated Grading Policy Chancellor

Information on Remote Learning

Remote learning allows teachers to deliver their lessons online, and students can complete assignments, projects, and assessments just like they would in the classroom. This will create an opportunity for students and teachers to interact online and allows students to continue learning subjects and material that are a key part of their curriculum.

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Tutoring Available Monday-Friday from 2PM to 11PM

Posted April 21, 2020 By Hal Miller

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you are all doing well! Free tutoring is offered through Brooklyn Public Library. The service is called Brainfuse.

Access information is on the main page of the library website:

Thank you.

Be safe and stay healthy!


Alla Umanskaya
School Librarian
PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington

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Important Messages from Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bitta Mostofi:

We want to wish all Immigrant New Yorkers a Happy #ImmigrantHeritageWeek! Among the one million essential workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic—delivery workers, EMS staff, drivers, health care personnel, and more—half are immigrants. View this #IHW2020 message in multiple languages on Twitter.

  • New COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief Program: The City announced a new Mayor’s Fund partnership with Open Society Foundations to provide emergency monetary relief for undocumented workers and their families affected by COVID-19 related job loss and facing financial distress.

o    Reaffirms pressing need to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, are included in citywide COVID-19 response and relief efforts.

o    Citywide network of community based organizations and worker centers will disseminate one-time emergency relief payments to eligible New Yorkers, and assist individuals with information or enrollment for other forms of relief and resources.

  • A reminder that many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay.

o    Visit the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) COVID-19 webpage for up to date resources available to immigrant communities. Site now live in ArabicBengaliFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPolishRussianChinese SimplifiedSpanish, and Urdu.

Temporary Housing at New York City Hotels:

  • 11,000 free hotel rooms will be made available to COVID-positive or COVID-symptomatic individuals in homes where they cannot isolate, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, patients in need of self-isolation or quarantine, and health care workers, regardless of symptoms.
  • Starting April 22, 2020, NYC Health and Hospitals and community health care providers may refer symptomatic patients, who are unable to self-quarantine, for hotel accommodations. More information to follow.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home and consult with a doctor over phone, text, telemedicine, or a patient portal. Call 311 if you need help finding a healthcare provider.

DACA Recipients:

  • We don’t know when the Supreme Court will decide on DACA, but we do know our dreamers are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Our City is here to help New Yorkers renew their DACA and fight for the thousands of Dreamers that call New York City home.
  • For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee!)
  • View a message from Commissioner Mostofi in EnglishSpanish, and Chinese.

New Fact Sheet on Hate and Bias Incidents Related to COVID-19:

  • The City Commission for Human Rights, the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, and New York City Police Department are actively monitoring and responding to reported incidents.
  • If you or someone you know has been physically harassed or assaulted because of your identity—including your race, ethnicity, or religion—please call 911.
  • If you or someone you know has been harassed or discriminated against by a business, employer, or landlord because of your identity—please call 311 and say, “human rights.”
  • See and share the new fact sheet (available in multiple languages)

Virtual Town Hall for NYC Workers:

  • Earlier this week, MOIA organized a Virtual Town Hall for Workers with our sister agencies. Watch to learn about resources for immigrant communities, workplace and human rights laws, how to file price gouging complaints, the latest updates on #COVID19, and more here:

All Essential City Workers Must Wear Face Coverings:

No New Yorker Should Go Hungry:

  • Three meals a day are available to all New Yorkers. No one will be turned away:

Monday to Friday (7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for children and families. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for adults)

  • NYC Food Delivery Assistance: If you cannot leave your home to get food, do not have anyone who can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, you may be eligible to get meals delivered directly to your home. Go to or call 311 and say “Get Food” for information.

Jobs available: Join a team of heroes, and apply today!

  • NYC Health + Hospitals is hiring for 500 non-clinical positions.

o    Jobs include patient transport, clerical staff, and cleaning staff. Learn more and apply here.

  • The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.Learn more or sign up here.

  • NYCHA is hiring temporary per diem workers to assist with maintenance at properties throughout the city: See more information here.

Updates from the NYC Department of Education (DOE)

  • Remote learning will continue for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year as schools remain closed. Families can request to have an internet-enabled device delivered to your home.

Multilingual DOE materials

Additional Resources and Multilingual Materials

  • One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative. Learn more here.

  • NYS Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a new, streamlined, and more reliable online application system at

o    If you have begun, but have not yet completed filing  a claim, DOL advises that their claims specialists will call applicants to complete their claims; applicants should stay close to their phones, expect a call from any number/ blocked number, and be ready to answer calls.

o    If you have not yet filed  a will direct you to the new, streamlined system.

o    These instructions apply to all workers who may be eligible for unemployment benefits, including those not traditionally covered by these benefits.

o    When workers’ claims are approved they will receive benefits backdated to their first day of unemployment.

NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment COVID19 Business Impact Survey:

  • Do you own or have primary responsibility for running a commercial business in media and entertainment (film, television, music, theater, advertising, gaming, or publishing)? Please fill this short survey. 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued guidance on applying for the $75 million it was allocated in the CARES Act.

In solidarity,

David Sosa, he/him/his (what’s this?)

Neighborhood Organizer

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs | 212.748.0302

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Staff at PS/IS 30 Send Cheer to Students During Challenging Times

Some of the staff at PS/IS 30 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, an area deeply effected by COVID19, decided to send some joy & uptown funk to their students. Like & Su…

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Library Services During Remote Teaching

Posted April 14, 2020 By Hal Miller


DEAR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS! WELCOME TO YOUR LIBRARY THAT TEMPORARILY HAS BECOME A VIRTUAL LIBRARY! I am happy to support you at the time when our teaching and leaning depends on digital tools and resources. is extremely useful for families who are looking for academic support while learning at home.

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Spring Recess

Posted April 6, 2020 By Hal Miller

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