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Additional Information - Covid Testing, Free Internet, High School Admissions Update, P-EBT Reminder

Monthly Random COVID-19 Testing Program - Testing Company Contracts Update

Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested!  For more information about the DOE’s Random COVID-19 Testing Program, please see the presentation from last week’s parent leader briefing on random testing in schools and the links below.  If you were unable to make the event, you can watch the recording.

We received a number of questions from parent leaders and advocates about testing and student privacy, and we are pleased to announce that the DOE website has been updated to provide information about the agreements with BioReference Laboratories Inc., Fulgent Genetics Inc., and Somos Healthcare Inc.  We will share answers from the questions raised in the event’s chat and Q/A session next week.  Here are additional resources:

  • See the Frequently Asked Questions about the testing program
  • If you have an NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify your child’s school as well.

Don't have a New York City Schools Account? Get one today!

NYCDOE Daily COVID Case Map

The DOE website now features a map that shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 6:00 pm and shows information about classroom and school building closures. 

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

 The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

  • Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already.  Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.
  • Charter 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 Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.  Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.  Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.

There are many places across the city where you can connect to the internet for free. Locations include:

  • All branches of the New York Public Library
  • Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan
  • LinkNYC kiosks across the City

For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit the DOE website

P-EBT REMINDER

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for school closure.  If you are eligible and have not received a P-EBT food benefit for your child, please contact the State using the P-EBT contact form or by calling 1-833-452-0096 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday).