COVID-19 Resources

We are sending warm, well wishes for health and comfort amidst the COVID-19 pandemic we are all currently facing, together. Please use this page to find additional resources and information to help throughout our school closures. Check back frequently for updated information on how we will continue to support our students’ remote learning during this time.

SNAP BENEFITS:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have wide-ranging health and economic impacts, please know that there are opportunities to help you buy food. Consider applying for SNAP benefits: https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap. You can apply for free school meals at https://www.myschoolapps.com.

NY Charter School COVID-19 Closure FAQ: Use this document to find answers to commonly asked questions within our community. 


Principal’s message regarding Distance Learning


For any and all student/family needs during this time, please contact:

Principal Ryan Melis: rmelis@newventurescharter.org
School Coordinator Amelia DePompo: adepompo@newventurecharter.org
IT Reynaldo Duncanson: nvsupport@integrationcharterschools.org (929) 302-2763
Director of Counseling: Diane DiSalvo- 929-279-1840
Assistant Director of Counseling Priscilla Chen: 732-771-9054
Counselor Max Moran: 732-646-5468
Counselor Toni Cardona: 929-277-8829
Principal’s Assistant Val Wittlin: vwittlin@newventurescharter.org


Meals

ICS has been providing grab and go meals for our students but after today (March 17), to avoid unnecessary travel, students should visit their nearest public school location for breakfast and lunch between 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Starting on Monday, March 23rd, grab and go meals will only be available at the 439 sites listed here. Please check back frequently for updates as these sites may change over time. 

Any students 18 and under may visit any of these sites to pick up one breakfast meal and two lunch meals from school staff members at the main building entrance.

Please share this information with families that may find it useful during this time. 


Internet Providers

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 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.
Cell Phone Providers

AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 for more information.

AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families. Please call 800-331-0500 for more information.

Sprint
 is following the FCC agreement (waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers), providing unlimited data to existing customers, and will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Please call 888-211-4727 for more information.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS is following the FCC agreement (waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers), plus unlimited data to existing customers, and will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Please call 800-937-8997 for more information.

Verizon Wireless From now through April 30, Verizon is offering unlimited domestic calling to customers on limited-minute plans and is following the FCC agreement (waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers). Please call 888-262-1999 for more information.


We know managing remote learning is challenging and that you’re balancing many responsibilities, so we are adjusting our schedule to meet yours. We now have evening and weekend Helpline appointments available. Call or fill out a Help Request Form to book an appointment with an educator.

Most appointments are available within 48 hours. Get your special education and related questions answered quickly, including those about remote learning plans and services, assistive technology devices, and preparation for virtual IEP meetings.

INCLUDEnyc Help Line
212-677-4660 (English)
212-677-4668 (Espanol)

Open Mon-Thurs, 9 AM – 4 PM
Online Help Request Form
NEW RESOURCES

For adjusting to learning at home…

For advocating for your child remotely …

For contacting preschools…

For public benefits during COVID-19…

For the latest news, resources, and events throughout the week, view our COVID-19 update page and follow us on social media.

THIS WEEK FROM INCLUDENYC

Tuesday, April 21

Wednesday, April 22

  • Online Workshop: Behavior support at home,5 PM
    Featuring Behavior Specialist Elizabeth Nadeau, M.S.Ed, PD, from NYC Department of Education
    English
  • Parent support group,6 PM
    Espanol

Thursday, April 23

  • Navigator & Navegador,5 PM
  • Facebook Live: Updates on high school graduation & NYS
    Regents,6 PM
    English

Friday, April 24

  • Facebook Live: Simple, fun teaching strategies at home,10 AM
    English

Wellness Tips

What can we do besides washing our hands for 20 seconds frequently and distance ourselves socially?

For one, this is a stressful and frightening time for all of us. You’re not alone. Many of us are worried about our health or the health of loved ones. Many are struggling with either finding child care or figuring out how to keep the kids busy. Many are worried about losing our jobs or other financial worries. Do we have enough food and supplies in the house? The list seems endless. Experts are advising the following:

Accept the way you feel. If you’re anxious, sad or angry, acknowledge it. The more we try to avoid or push away these feelings, the stronger they get. Some call it “riding the wave” as the feelings will rise and come down again naturally. We just need to ride it out.

If your emotions feel like too much, sometimes putting cold ice packs or water on your face or doing some exercise can help.

If you’re watching the news to stay informed about the virus and how to stay safe, that’s good, but don’t over watch the news. This can make you more anxious and depressed.

Take good care of yourself. This is not selfish, you deserve it. Try to get enough sleep, try and eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and get exercise (if indoors: clean the house, go up and down stairs, dance to music, do online exercises), avoid alcohol or smoking as they may seem to reduce stress initially, but they often make things worse. Have enough medicine in the house and make sure it’s out of the reach of children.

Distract yourself with something that feels good to you. Watch a funny show or movie,  read a book, play games, eat your favorite food, draw, listen to music, sew, knit, paint, arts and crafts, sing. Bake or cook something that fills the house with pleasing aromas. Use good smelling lotion. Let it be something that elevates your mood or relaxes you.

Be mindful. Take deep breaths, meditate, pray, take a bath or shower…whatever you’re doing, put your mind on that one thing only and let everything else go.

Create new routines- as our normal routines are disrupted, create new ones. Have regular waking and bedtimes and mealtimes for you and your family. Have TV or computer time,  times for the family to play games together, alone or private time, homework time. Remember, kids like structure and it’s important to stick to a routine. Stay connected with friends and family through social media, email or by phone.  Reconnect with family and friends you’ve lost touch with. Or contact our counseling department for support or referral to an agency who can help. 

Let your younger children talk to you about the coronavirus.  You can be reassuring and let them know that kids seem to have milder symptoms. Focus on what you can do to stay safe like washing their hands for 20 seconds or two happy birthday songs. Try to answer your child’s questions without giving too much information that can be overwhelming. If you don’t know something, let them know. Above all, be calm yourself before talking to kids. If you’re stressed and fearful, that is not a good time to talk. Stick to a household routine which can make kids feel secure and safer.