Helpful Resources

Food Access

As you know, public schools are closed until April 20. As of today, students may go to the NEAREST school — which is not necessarily their own school — to pick up a grab-n-go breakfast and/or lunch between 7:30 am and 1:00 pm for at least this week. The Food Education Fund has established a website to gather all food-related information in one place, which will be continuously updated: Food Hub NYC 


WiFi Access

Charter and Optimum cable 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 broadband subscription at 100 Mbps, and installation fees will be waived for new student households. For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer “Spectrum Internet Assist,” a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. They are also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots across their service area for public use.  To enroll in the free SPECTRUM broadband service or Internet Assist, call 1-844-488-8395. (It’s their standard customer service line, so use the “new service” or “add service” option. To avoid long wait times, call early in the morning or later in the evening, until 1:00 am EDT). Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use. To enroll in free OPTIMUM (if students/families are located in the Bronx) broadband service, call 1-866-200-9522.
 

Remote Learning

Per DOE schedule:
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Thursday, March 19: All staff reports. Teachers and principals participate in professional development on remote learning. 
  • Thursday, March 19 – Friday, March 20: Students who need it will be able to begin process of picking up the technology necessary for remote learning. More guidance to families will be sent this week. 
  • Monday, March 23: Remote learning launches, with additional guidance provided throughout the week of the 23.
Inside Schools’ 6 Principles for K-12 Online Learning:
6 Principles for K-12 Online Learning
 
Additional information from our School Coordinator, Janeen Johnson:
  • Parents, please ask you responsible young adult/student to begin checking their emails, as they have been receiving correspondence from their teachers.  
  • If students do not have adequate technology or WiFi at home, please refer them to this survey Remote Learning Device Request which will allow for the city to assign hardware and a WiFi Hotspot. 
  • All Students should be using their @artanddesignhs.org email address for the Remote Distant Learning.  
  • We are continuing to use Kinvo to record attendance.  Teachers have been advised to send kinvo attendance at the conclusion of 8th period according to our new bell schedule. (see attached). 
  • Please visit the    http://www.artanddesignhs.org/ website for updated news.
Janeen Johnson can be contacted at:   jjohnson32@schools.nyc.gov or 212-752-4340 Ext. 60712 

And as always, please reach out to us anytime if you have any questions for the PTA at: contact@artanddesignpta.org