Update on DOE Distributed iPads

The DOE is working hard to ensure students across New York City have the technology they need to learn remotely. As of March 25, 2020, the DOE began delivering internet-enabled iPads to students across the city. Please be patient, not all iPads have been distributed yet. When you get yours, please inform your child’s teacher. The following instructions should help you set up.

1. Double check that the iPad is connected to the internet.

All DOE iPads should come internet ready. If, however, for some reason the iPad is not connecting to the internet, help the student do the following:

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Select Cellular.
  3. Turn on Cellular Data.
  4. Tap Cellular Data Options.
  5. Verify that LTE and data roaming are turned on.

If the student still has trouble connecting to the internet, they should call AppleCare Support for the NYCDOE at 1-800-919-2775. When prompted, enter the PIN: 692363 (NYCDOE). Note that they should ONLY call this number to ask about setting up their iPad or accessing learning applications. They should not call to check on the status of a device request. See iPad Distribution for information and timelines around devices.

2. Confirm their iPads have the correct applications installed.

In addition to standard iOS apps (Calendar, Clock, Photos, etc.) all DOE iPads should come with the following apps:

  • Adobe Acrobat 
  • Axis 360
  • Chrome 
  • Cisco Security 
  • CrowdStrike 
  • Flipgrid 
  • Freegal Music 
  • Google apps: Classroom, Docs, Drive, Gmail, Hangouts, Sheets, Slides, Translate 
  • Microsoft apps: Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, PowerPoint, Teams, Word
  • OverDrive 
  • Queens Library 
  • RBDigital 
  • SimplyE 

For security reasons, students cannot download apps to their iPads. They should have all of the above apps already installed, however, so if one of the above applications is missing, students should call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.

A note about Zoom: many schools have asked about adding Zoom to the iPads. The DOE will send out another announcement when a deployment approach has been solidified.

3. Help them sign into applications with the correct username and password.

  • For all Microsoft applications, students should sign in with their DOE student account. If they don’t know their account info, here’s how they can find it.
  • For all Google or G Suite applications, students should also sign in with their DOE student account.

More Information

As more guidance on helping students with connectivity becomes available, updates will be made on the Support Students with DOE iPads page on InfoHub.

Up and Running

Hello P255Q community!

By now most of you are up and running in Google Classroom and it is very nice to see students and parents engaging with teachers and paraprofessionals . Teachers have been reaching out with activities and messages to interact with their students. Although we are physically apart, we are still very much together. We understand these are very challenging times and we want to be here to support you as much as possible.

Here are some resources that may help you in the case you are still having technical issues.

How do students access Google Classroom?

  • 1. Go to https://accounts.google.com/
  • 2. Enter your DOE Student Username. – You should have received this from your child’s teacher.
  • 3. Click Next.
  • 4. Enter your password.
  • 5. Click Next.
  • 6. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed-in successfully.

If you have any issues, try resetting the password here. You will need your child’s OSIS number. You can get this from your child’s teacher.

You can also communicate with your child’s teacher using Remind. Remind Access Info

If you need a device for your child you can apply for one from the DOE by following this link. https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Here is a guide to Google Classroom for Parents If you need it in another language you can find it here at Google Classroom for Parents Translated

If you still need help or we can support you in any other way, please contact your child’s teacher or our parent coordinator Nora Eckert.

P255Q Online

Google Classroom Log In

Starting Monday 23rd of March our entire school community will be moving to Google Classroom.

Here you will find messages and support from your teachers and paraprofessionals, learning activities, lessons, meetings and more! We know that this cannot replace our physical classrooms but we have worked very hard this week to create a joyful, supportive community to help us through these challenging times.

How do students access Google Classroom?

  • 1. Go to https://accounts.google.com/
  • 2. Enter your DOE Student Username. – You should have received this from your child’s teacher.
  • 3. Click Next.
  • 4. Enter your password.
  • 5. Click Next.
  • 6. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed-in successfully.

If you have any issues email your child’s teacher.

You can also communicate with your child’s teacher using Remind. Remind Access Info

If you need a device for your child you can apply for one by following this link. https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Here is a guide to Google Classroom for Parents If you need it in another language you can find it here at Google Classroom for Parents Translated We are a very special school and it will be a little different for us but our entire P255Q staff will be here to support you.

Update from Chancellor 03/16/20

Dear Families,

All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.

Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being. 

On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen. 

Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, students and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning.

Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days.  All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. 

That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon.

I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-fromhome materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model. 

There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject at schools.nyc.gov/learnathome. 

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible.

Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that. 

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schoollife/healthandwellness/coronavirusupdate for more information and updates on this transition.

Sincerely,  

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

Important Update – School is Closed

Dear P255Q Families,

By order of Mayor de Blasio, NYC Public School classes are suspended this week beginning Monday, March 16 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means that there will be no school buildings open for classes until at least April 20th.

I know this is a worrying time for all of us but rest assured P255Q staff are all committed to supporting our students and families. Monday 16th will be considered a snow day. There will be no school. From Tuesday 17th through Thursday 19th teachers will be brainstorming ways we can best help you through these difficult times. We will update you as we know more.

Regards,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

COVID-19 Update from Mr Lopez

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Latest Updates from NYCDOE

Dear P255Q Families,

I’m writing this letter today to reassure you that as a school we continue to take necessary measures to ensure that the health and safety of our school community is a priority. We are working with students on proper hand washing techniques and best practices to keep a healthy and clean school environment. We will continue to update you as soon as we are given new information by the Department of Education. Now more than ever we need to stay connected and in order to keep best informed, please sign up for the Remind App to receive up to the minute, real time messages. You can also send an email to the Parent Coordinator email distribution

Please be aware that teachers have been asked to send home any useful materials or work that might be of additional support, but you should also check our school website(www.p255q.org) regularly for updated information, resources and educational website links that might be useful for your child in the event of any school closures or time at home.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Unit Coordinator or Assistant Principal.

Thank you,

Mr Gregg Lopez – Principal

Estimadas Familias de P255Q:

Hoy escribo esta carta para asegurarle que, como escuela, seguimos tomando las medidas necesarias para garantizar que la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad escolar sean una prioridad. Estamos trabajando con los estudiantes en técnicas adecuadas de lavar sus manos y mejores prácticas para mantener un ambiente escolar saludable y limpio. Continuaremos actualizándolo tan pronto como el Departamento de Educación nos brinde nueva información. Ahora más que nunca necesitamos estar conectados y para mantenemos mejor informados, suscnbase a la aplicación Remind para recibir mensajes actualizados en tiempo real. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a la lista de distribución de correo electrónico del Coordinador de padres (Parentcoord inator@p255Q.org).

Tenga en cuenta que se les ha pedido a los maestros que envíen a casa cualquier material útil o trabajo que pueda ser de apoyo adicional, pero también deben consultar el sitio web de nuestra escuela (www.p255q.org) regularmente para obtener información actualizada, recursos y enlaces a sitios web educativos que puedan sea útil para su hijo en caso de cierre de la escuela o tiempo en casa.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con el Coordinador(a) de la unidad o el Assistente Principal de su hijo.

Gracias,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

100 Days of School and Other Festivities

Before Winter Break we celebrated Respect for All Week, Valentine’s Day and 100 Hundred days of school. Each site had different festivities celebrating our students and families. Students had a lot of fun engaging in activities that showed how much our school’s community means to them.

All of us at P255Q wish you a peaceful and restful Winter Break. School resumes on February 24th. Looking forward to seeing you then.