Covid-19 Information and Resources from ESMS*
Student & Staff Covid Testing
All students and staff are strongly urged to get tested for COVID-19 before starting the school year. Testing is being prioritized for all DOE employees and students.
The DOE’s website has been updated to include the results of mandatory, in-school COVID-19 testing at individual public schools.
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DOE COVID-19 Testing Results
The DOE’s website has been updated to include the Results of mandatory, in-school COVID-19 testing at individual public schools.
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Update your DOE-issued Device
For those who have the DOE Devices they used this spring for Remote Learning: The DOE is requiring that you update the device's current content filter to ensure your child's internet safety. See instructions for downloading Zscaler, the DOE's enhanced Content Filtering Application. Filtering complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a 2000 law enacted by Congress to address concerns about child internet safety.
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Return to School 2020
The Department of Education has created a web page to keep families up-to-date on a return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. You can find it here:
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Devices for Students
Need Technical Support (application support, lost, stolen, or broken devices, and delivery status) for your DOE-issued device? Please visit the Technical Support for Families page.
Families who need to request devices or have questions about a request form they already completed can call 718-935-5100 (option 5). Requests submitted after 4/23/20 will continue to be accepted though fulfillment time frames are not clear.
For additional information or to submit a new request online, you can visit the DOE's iPad Distribution page at
To CANCEL a previously submitted request - https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/acceptagreements
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Meals for Students and for all New Yorkers
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.
- Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
- Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
- No one will be turned away at any time
- All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time
- Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
- No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
- Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
- No registration or ID required
For more information and locations - https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
Support and Hotlines
The ESMS PTA , in coordination with CECD2, is helping support Students in Temporary Housing, at the Children's Rescue Fund East Shelter. Please see details further below on how you can make a donation leveraging an Amazon Wish List. Please lend your support, today!
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Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center is offering FREE, confidential, mental health therapy for all patients, ages 10-26. Questions about the program can be directed Mr. Dean Amato at email@example.com. To schedule an appointment or to speak to our intake coordinator, please call 212-423-2981. During the COVID-19 crisis, all therapy will be done via phone or video tele-health service.
New York State has implemented a new, free and confidential COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline - 1-844-863-9314, 8am - 10pm, 7 days a week.
Henry Street Settlement has launched a HELPLINE, 347-493-2787, if any families need help navigating emergency needs during the current crisis.
The State's Coronavirus Hotline is open 24 hours if you have any questions or concerns: 1-888-364-3065. If you need help getting medical care, you can also call 311. New York City will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
The NY Presbyterian Hospital COVID Hotline 646-697-4000 has been created to answer questions about COVID-19. This hotline is available as a public service to provide information only and not to diagnose, treat, or render a medical opinion.They have also developed the Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions document available on the NYP Coronavirus website: https://www.nyp.org/coronavirus-information
The United Way has established a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund; they will help with bills, rent and food. Call 1-866-211-9966 and give them your ZIP code. The Robin Hood Foundation has done something similar at robinhood.org.
The Dept. of Education Regional Enrichment Centers (REC) for children of health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, and some transit workers. DOE has created this enrollment form for those first responders to complete this form.
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Strategies For Talking to Children & Teens About Grief & Loss
Child Mind Institute has put together the following resources for families dealing with grief and loss.
Many of us need to reach out for support and help in these stressful times. NYC Well is the City's confidential helpline for mental health services. Trained counselors can provide support for stress, depression, anxiety, and substance misuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 200 languages. Call: 1-888-NYC-Well (1-888-692-9355); or text: “Well” to 65173. A resource to help your children - used by many ESMS families in the past - is the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, which is staffed by mental health professionals equipped to address any issue faced by families. Call 212-423-3000 to make an appointment.
- Up-to-date information on the City’s COVID response
- Covid-Related School Closures
- COVID testing and locations of testing sites
- Every Thursday at 4pm, Columbia U's BioBus hosts a panel of scientists to discuss a topic of your choice and answer questions asked by you! These sessions are broadcast on their YouTube Page.
- Free Books (for 5th-8th grade) and tutoring from Outreach Prep
- Google Classroom Tutorial (in multiple languages)
- Youth Remote Learning - Columbia University Faculty/70 free courses to help students explore new ideas
- Free Tutoring (K-12) with EduMateNYC
- Parents' Guide to Google Classroom (English)
- Free, Live, On-Demand Tutoring with Brainfuse & NYPL
- Inside Schools' "Extra Help" Podcasts
- 'Amazing Educational Resources'
Children Need Your Support
In these trying times of the pandemic, the less fortunate needs help more than ever; NYC District 2 currently has more than 1700 homeless families in 16 shelters.
The CECD2 (Community Educational Council, District 2) has organized a community outreach project, called STH (Students in Temporary Housing). East Side Middle School PTA has been paired with a shelter called Children Rescue Fund House East, which is housing 142 families, with approximately 160 school aged children.
Kindly consider making a donation to help the STH families in the Children Rescue Fund House East shelter. By making a purchase via the Amazon link below, you can ship your donations directly to the shelter.
Be sure to select "Childrens Rescue Fund House East's Gift Registry Address" as the delivery address.
Please make your donation here:
For more information:
Children's Rescue Fund House East
ATTN: Catondra Spence
4 EAST 28 STREET
New York, New York 10016
Thank you for your generosity!
Stay safe, and healthy.
*Disclaimer: Other than for DOE or DOE-sanctioned resources & links, ESMS does not endorse any of the above listed offerings. They are listed for informational purposes only and we advise all users to apply proper due-diligence before proceeding.