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Is there school tomorrow? How to prepare for the NYC DOE's online classes

Written by
Oliver Strand

All New York City public schools are closed from Monday, Mar 16 to at least Monday, April 20.

But that doesn't mean that students are on vacation. The big news is that the New York City Department of Education announced that remote learning for public school students in grades K-12 will launch on Monday, Mar 23: In one of the biggest experiments in education, more than 1 million NYC students will start attending virtual classrooms.

Here's what you need to know:

1) Online classes start on Monday, March 23

2) To use the remote learning services, all students must activate a DOE student account. (Detailed instructions can be found online.) Only then can a student access Google Classroom, Office 365 and other resources. 

3) Students who need internet-enabled devices for remote learning can request one here.

4) Students who currently don't have broadband internet access might be eligible for free high-speed service here.

5) The daily schedule depends on each teacher: There is no one-size-fits-all curriculum.

6) Starting Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers and others. Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrances of select buildings, with more details to follow.

Looking for more tips?

Check in with the DOE and follow @NYCSchools on Twitter. In addition, the DOE put together a helpful list of other online resources. 

We know you want to keep your little learners entertained and engaged, so be sure to check out these amazing online classes for kids, as well as the best books for kids of all ages. And when it's time to wind down, why not stream one of the 50 best family films to watch together? It's one way we can try to make the most of it. 

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