COVID 19 and homeschool resources

 We are living through an unprecedented time and as we work to keep our community safe and healthy in the face of COVID19 we want to make sure we provide information and support to PS 282 families in every way we can.  Updates on school information, remote learning and resources can be found here when the become available.

  New York City Schools Are Closed for Rest of Academic Year

















By Monday, March 23, we expect all students and teachers to begin engaging in remote learning in all grades. Regional Enrichment Centers offering in-person educational enrichment for full school days to serve students of first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.

Each student should have received an email from their teacher on how to set up remote learning and how to participate in their curriculum. If you have not please contact your teacher. Information on how to set up remote learning is below:

DOE Student Accounts

To keep students connected and meeting academic requirements when learning remotely, the DOE has created student accounts for every single New York City public school student. The account gives your child access to Google Classroom and Microsoft Office 365. They will be able to use tools such as:



How do schools download student accounts from STARS Classroom?

  • Student DOE Email accounts can be downloaded from STARS Classroom.

  • These accounts will get all students into Office 365 Online

  • Teachers can log in and get their own classes

  • Admins can log in and get all the teachers’ accounts or select teachers’ class listings

Where do students find their account ID and password?

To retrieve your account ID and password:

  1. Go to Student Account Self Service 

  2. Enter your 9-digit Student ID number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account.)

  3. Enter your birthday.

  4. Click Continue.

  5. If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed. 

  6. Your student ID is your username followed by For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is


How do students access Google Classroom?

To access Google Classroom:


  1. Go to

  2. Enter your DOE Student Username.

  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.


How do students access Office 365?

To access Microsoft Office 365:

  1. Go to

  2. Click the account ending in

  3. Enter your email and password.

  4. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed-in successfully.


Get More Help

If you are unable to access your child’s student account, contact your child’s school. The DOE has created a report of every student and their email address, and made it available in STARS Classroom

For technology distribution, we have a limited number of resources and have to prioritize per the DOE:

  1. Students in temporary housing with disabilities and/or ELL status

  2. Students in temporary housing without disabilities or ELL status

  3. Students who are economically disadvantaged with disabilities and/or ELL status

  4. Students who are economically disadvantaged without disabilities and/or ELL status

  5. Students with disabilities and/or ELL status

  6. All other students


Families are encouraged to complete the Remote Learning Device Request by no later than Friday, March 20th:


Remote Learning Devices - COVID19


Remote Learning Device Request. To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students



WiFi Info:   As of Monday, March 16, Spectrum is offering households with K-12 and college students free WiFi access and broadband (high-speed internet) for the next 60 days. But this only applies to households who do not already have a Spectrum WiFi and broadband subscription. To enroll, or to ask for more information, call 844-488-8395 or go to Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For most new customers, self-installation is an option and free professional installation is also available. For customers where self-installation is available, equipment and instructions can be shipped directly to the customer at no charge. For customers who have never had Spectrum services at their address, professional installation is required.For those struggling to pay their  Wi-Fi bills as a result of COVID-19, a Spectrum agent told QNS that the billing department is willing to make accommodations. Spectrum will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across their footprint for public use. They said they don’t have data caps or hidden fees.


Also, you should receive emails from your child(ren)'s teachers about how to get students' DOE email accounts.  Please note: students MUST use the email accounts generated by the DOE so their attendance is logged appropriately.


In addition, below are crowdsourced homeschool links:  



Homeschool Collectives

Online Websites - Many are waiving enrollment fees


  • Emergent Expressions offers family-centered educational services through virtual parent coaching for families with children ages 3-10. Support services are specialized and ideal for families with children with special needs. Pay-what-you-can services for all families affected by school closures and other COVID-19 related hardships.

Reading lists


Virtual Field Trips

  • These are websites that have videos and activities kids can enjoy: Click here



Other ideas for activities during closures from “Ideas for Quarantine/Social Distancing”

  • Have each kid pick a topic they'd like to learn about and spend 30 mins each day on that topic

  • Spend one day reading every single picture book we have in the house

  • Go through all the old mail laying around (ok, that one's not for kids although they do enjoy helping tear stuff up)

  • Bake something every day

  • Have each kid write a letter and/or emails to a different friend or family member each day

  • Use all of our building toys on one giant structure

  • Wash our hands!!!!

  • Races of various kinds in the backyard (hopping on one foot, crabwalk, walking backwards, etc.)

  • Try stop motion animation with playdough

  • Facetime grandparents a lot

  • Watch everything on Disney+

  • Inventory the plants & wildlife (from bugs on up) in your yard.

  • Learn the parts of plants/flowers & how they function (bonus if they learn the Latin names)

  • Write a short story & illustrate it

  • Learn how to do simple book binding

  • Make paper (from your old mail!)

  • Have the kids help with yardwork in between playing games outside. They're little, but they like getting dirty and "working" in the gardens.

  • Board games, card games

  • Legos

  • Working on learning to sew using stuff we have on hand.

  • Card making/scrapbooking projects (mostly for me but kids can do it too).

  • Getting the garden ready, we need to weed and work the ground. I might get seeds and we'll set up to have our own starts this year.

  • Make tents and reading caves : ) flashlights, tidy snacks, books, and pillows!

  • Have a shadow show in the reading tent (we used blankets over chairs or a table)

  • Get binoculars and learn about the birds near your house, look them up on google and search for their birdcalls on YouTube

  • Learn how to make a stuffed animal

  • Play with cornstarch and water and cheap action figures

  • Many educational websites are waving fees if your students school is closed

  • Collect a bunch of tape markers and cardboard boxes. That'll keep them busy for a day or two.

  • Watch all the hand washing videos & vote on your favorite. Discuss why each good, helpful, funny. The Holderness parody one is hilarious, the Vietnam Tiktok one is great choreography, some have good songs etc.

  • Also pick your favorite song with a 20 second refrain or verse perfect for hand washing length of time.

  • Family puzzles. Ones that are 500-1000 pieces and a challenging but not frustrating picture

  • Team up and really clean and organize each kid's space, making a donation box for each. Parents are included.

  • Have a board game day

  • Kids can also make their own games! Board games, card games, you name it! My daughter spent a lot of time this winter creating soccer and football games played with cards for moves and pieces made out of legos

  • Write a story cooperatively. One person picks a character and the other picks a setting and then go gangbusters together.

  • the folding picture story one! We called it “eat poop you cat” one person draws a small picture across the top of a paper the next person writes a sentence that describes that picture and folds Over the paper top of the paper hot dog style to cover the picture. So the 3rd person only sees a sentence and they have to draw a picture. They fold over the sentence.

  • Any and all art is fun at home: beading, painting, drawing, play dough or kinetic sand, sewing, etc. when my daughter was young we could do art all day.

  • Massive board game tournament with all the (mostly forgotten) board games we own!

  • Stolen from “growing up global fb page”

  • If your school is going on #quarantine and running #schoolonline, get #GlobalKids for the special price of just $10.98. Take a screen-free, curiosity + creativity boosting, global empathy + engagement trip around the world, from comfort of your home

  • My daughter (6) has enjoyed doing yoga at home. There are kid-friendly YouTube videos and printed cards with poses.

  • Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube

  • We home school exclusively and the best advice I have is check out Pinterest. There are tons of ideas for activities, games, etc.

  • Draw self portraits on blank faces

  • color coded different interesting places on a map.

  • I've had them draw maps of places and then make directions from one place to another to see if someone else could follow it.

  • We've done scavenger hunts, indoor treasure hunts where they follow clues through the house to a "treasure" at the end (could be candy, a movie, whatever), and a lot of charades.

  • I made videos with my 3rd grade daughter teaching kids how to write code. Check out the videos here

  • My daughter wanted a doll house for her 18" dolls. We saved cardboard boxes and got more from Dollar general and got to work. The closets and couch are cardboard as well.

  • There are a few easy "kitchen chemistry" type science experiments that are easy to do, like making slime, baking soda and vinegar reaction, etc.

  • Glow stick party

  • Popcorn + movie marathon

  • Listen to kid podcasts - we love story pirates and smash boom best

  • Declutter toys!

  • Have an Olympics with a bunch of events competitions - funny ones, helpful ones like cleaning and really fun ones like minute to win in style.

  • Learn new card games

  • Dig up all the activity books, presents, etc that never got played with, and use those

  • Do a study on planets, then have the kids create their own planets- how big is it, where in the universe is it located, atmosphere conditions, can it sustain life, how long is a day/year, name it, could even spread the planets out around the house to show "approx." distance from each other.

  • Watch this to learn about relative distance

  • Design a new space craft, draw plans, then create out of legos or household items. Spend some time pretending you're on different planets with different gravity, you could seriously spend a whole week on just fun space activities.

  • But that's not limited to space- these ideas would work for animals, geography, body systems, historical events/time periods, etc. Beyond that, do some fun physics experiments like making a bridge out of straws, egg drop protectors, paper airplanes, etc.  

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