Remote learning resources for families

Technology Needed for Remote Learning

We are working hard to make sure that every child has the appropriate technology to access remote learning from home. (Computer, tablet, smartphone) Our ability to give out technology is limited and restricted to Chromebooks only at this time. These have been made available to students in grades 2-5.

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the form found in this link.  

The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device.  Please do not contact YCS regarding iPad distribution.

Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student. Please only request technology if you do not have any at home for your child to use.   

Google Classroom Access

In order to access your child's YCS Google Classroom, parents must log into classrooms using their child’s YCS email account.

Our teachers have been working nonstop to design their Google Classroom sites to ensure they are up and running by Monday, March 23, 2020. Teachers will be reaching out to families to provide them with their child’s email login and the ACCESS code needed to log on to their Google Classroom page.

Here is a "how to" video from one of our YCS teachers if you are having trouble logging on.

In an attempt to make Google Classroom easy to use, below are some tips:

  • The STREAM page can get a bit overwhelming with new updates. Always look in the CLASSWORK tab for daily assignments. It is easier to navigate than the STREAM, as things can get buried.
  • Many classrooms have or are in the process of setting up a  ZOOM folder. THis can be found in the CLASSROOM tab under ALL TOPICS. Here you will find invitations to interactive meetings, that may get buried in the STREAM.

Here is a document to access Google Meet

Teacher Communication 

It is important to remember that we are all cooped up inside and feeling vulnerable. Our teachers want to be supportive to you and your children and be there for you as often as they can.  They have established lines of communication that allow you to communicate through messaging and have also provided 1-1 time, throughout the school day. 

  •  “Office Hours” are scheduled 1-1 interactive meetings between a student, parent and teacher. 
  • The Comment section below Assignments posted allows students to ask questions related to the task. 
  • Chat- While children are interactive, “Chat” allows students to type responses to questions as well as ask questions while they may be on mute or another student is speaking. Chats should be relevant to the topic at hand. 

Each classroom has established and shared ways to communicate questions regarding assignments, during the school day. If you are unsure of how to communicate, please reach out to your teacher. Remember that teachers are supporting many families all day long and will get in touch with you as quickly as they can.

Resources for speaking with children about this issue

As with many situations, children look to adults for information and reassurance.

Here are some developmentally-appropriate resources to use when discussing this with your children - click here.

NYC Dept. of Education Updates for COVID-19

Click here for the memo that was distributed on March 24, 2020. 

Click here for the memo that was distributed on April 3, 2020. 

Click here for the memo that was distributed on April 7, 2020.

Click here for the memo that was distributed on April 11, 2020.

Click here to fill out the "Return to School Survey"

Click here for Emotional Support Hotline Information