Resources

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are providing you with free at-home access to our online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ while your child’s school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities, and they can help preschool, pre-k, elementary, and middle school students keep learning while schools are closed.

All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account!

How to Get Your Free Accounts: Click on the link below for each program that you wish to provide to your child/children:

1. Click on the link below for each program.

2. Enter this School Code: SCHOOL5836

3. Create an account using your personal email address

and a password of your choice.

For Children in Preschool Through 2nd Grade www.ABCmouse.com/redeem

For Children in 3rd Through 8th Grade www.AdventureAcademy.com/redeem

For Children in Preschool Through 6th Grade www.ReadingIQ.com/redeem (Internet access is not needed after ReadingIQ is downloaded.)

If you have questions or need help with using your School Code, please email Customer Support at Support@AofL.com.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents about Remote Learning at P.S. 184Q

Our school aides have been calling and checking in about this. Since the building remains closed, for everyone’s safety, we are awaiting devices from central offices for information about when they will be provided. Please be sure that you have filled out a device request form on the school website. There are also instructions for free internet offered by various providers through this remote learning roll out. These instructions will also be posted on the school website, at ps184q.com

Internet

Schools distributed their inventory of electronic devices to families this week. 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 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 – Verizon does not have special offers, but is following the FCC agreement. 
  • Sprint – 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 – 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.

In this roll out phase, you can expect that teachers will be implementing standards based instruction using the same basic curriculum resources in the subjects they teach. Some teachers may be accessing new resources to support the existing ones. Teachers are each doing the best they can with the amount of training they have had. Teachers are there to support you as well as the students so if you have a question reach out in the manner they have given you for communication. As training continues, you will see the enhancements in the classroom activities. As of right now, the NYC DOE has a return date of April 20th 2020. I will keep you updated in the event there are changes to this return date.

Each teacher creates the schedule for her class and assigns work with due dates/times to give a guideline for how long the students should take to complete the task. We understand that each household is different so we do allow flexibility in how each student responds to the day’s schedule. Because we are still in the roll out phase, we are accepting work past the due date/time and being flexible. We are also learning what works best for our students and our families. Adjustments will be made as needed. Please be sure to let the teacher know of any circumstances they should be aware of specific to your household or schedule.

As I mentioned, teachers are being asked to be flexible about assignments and assigning grades during the roll out period. Most teachers are giving verbal/written feedback to provide an idea of the quality of the work. Please know that the system is prepopulated to use a /100 scale for any assignment. If an assignment is not completed by the guided due date/time it will generate an automatic 0. Teachers have been working to correct this assignment by assignment, and as I mentioned the 0 is not factored in at this time. A system of using rubric based grades is also being developed to align to the expectations present in school. The current grading policy and grading scale are still in effect. SLT will meet (virtually) to determine any changes to this policy that will take effect after the roll out phase.

As mentioned in previous letters students will need different levels of support depending on their grade level. Lower grade students and students who have difficulty reading will need directions read and sometimes re-read. Technology support may be needed in how to submit the assignments and navigate the class page but teachers are still providing time and resources in their schedules to support this. We encourage you to let your child complete the activity or task on their own and please understand, assignments are not about perfection, just as in the walls of our classrooms at P.S.184Q, we expect our students to try their very best, ask for help if they need it and be open to feedback that will help them improve their work. If work submitted is produced with too much support our teachers will not be able to get a sense of what type of changes to instruction or support need to be provided. If something is too challenging the students can communicate that to their teachers during live chat or face to face talk.

We will be creating a section on the school website in the coming days for parents to access parent specific information about technology. This will be active at some point this week. Remember to refresh the page when you visit our website so you can view the most up to date version! Each teacher has also created a Parent Resource section on their own google classroom. This will have classroom specific information and links to step by step instructions on how to submit assignments so you can support your child.

Each school aide has been assigned a grade to check in with. They are calling homes and taking information and getting answers to questions for people who ask. If you have a specific question you can email the school aide assigned to your child’s grade and they will get back to you.

Grade K-Rosie Mercado- rmercado3@ schools.nyc.gov

Grade 1-Mindy Greenberg- mgreenberg9@schools.nyc.gov

Grade 2-Rita Carducci- RCarducci@schools.nyc.gov

Grade 3-Maria Di Maria-MDimaria@schools.nyc.gov

Grade 4-Lilly Agro-lagro3@schools.nyc.gov

Grade 5- Angela Girardi-agirardi@schools.nyc.gov

We have created a system for attendance where the students must log in by 9AM and answer a mood meter question about their feelings as a form of attendance. Please be sure to remind your child to complete this. If your child does not respond to this question by 10:00AM and shows no activity, they will be marked absent and Ms. Smalios is notified. Once she is notified, you will get a call from the school aide assigned to your grade about the absence. If your child is present, but has

not answered the mood meter question, we will adjust their attendance and let the teacher know. It could take 24 hours to make this correction so we highly encourage the completion of the mood meter question daily. Any changes to attendance procedures will be shared via email.

You should email known absences to the Pupil Accounting secretary esmalios@schools.nyc.gov 9:00AM each day. This will eliminate you receiving a call from the school aide on that day.

All staff members are working from home and use their personal phones to communicate. They have been directed to enter *67 before they dial to keep their own personal information confidential. Please answer your phone if you should see this!

Students who had been receiving support services will continue to receive them. Providers including the guidance counselors have been given directions on how to implement tele-therapy sessions with their mandated students, and this process has begun. Teachers of special education students have been and will continue to be in contact during this creation phase.

All meetings are being scheduled by phone at this time. Please respond should you be contacted by the members of the School based support team (SBST) or your child’s teacher.

Cluster teachers are assigned students in a DOE system called STARS. Their programs are part of the instructional program. All students have been provided with codes by their classroom teachers to join the appropriate cluster classrooms. Students only have to participate on the days that they are usually scheduled for that cluster class but can choose to join and do the work only once per week in most cases. Cluster classes include: Critical Thinking, Physical Education, Art, Theater and Music.