COVID Testing: Keep Us Safe, Keep Us Open

As a school now designated in a yellow zone, in accordance with the new regulations announced by the governor, all schools in the yellow zone must participate in regular COVID testing. Each school must demonstrate that at least 20% of the students and staff have been tested for COVID on a WEEKLY basis, otherwise, we will face another shutdown.

Every LEEP Academy student can help keep us open by participating in our LEEP Academy campaign — Keep Us Safe, Keep Us Open. Click here to see how you can help to Keep Us Safe, Keep Us Open

COVID-19 Test Sites Near You:

For FREE, walk-in testing sites only, click here for the NYC Health+Hospitals page.  

To find the other testing sites close to your home, please visit this other page from the New York State Department of Health. Only those sites described as "Free Diagnostic Testing" are free while the others may require insurance. Some sites may have age restrictions, e.g., testing available only for children 6+ years old. We highly recommend that you call the testing site, your health care provider or insurance company to confirm before you go.

COVID-19 Family & Community Resources

Dear LEEP Familia,

In the current times we’re living, our teachers and staff have been committed all this time during the pandemic, to provide, not just an innovative distance learning experience, but also as much support and information as possible by making weekly phone calls to check in with each one of our families.

However, in order to provide you with more resources, we have gathered here some sources of information. We recommend you to visit the websites of the community organizations listed at the end of this document for additional information and/or resources.

Please keep in mind that you can always trust your teacher and in our administrative team to provide you with as much support within our reach. Speak to your child’s teachers, call us: 917-819-LEEP (5337) or email us: support@leepschools.org. We are always with you!

DISTANCE LEARNING

Schoolwork questions:
Your first point of contact should be your child’s teacher/s. If for any reason, you are unable to get in touch with your teacher/s, please send an email to support@leepschools.org or call 917-819-LEEP (5337) to speak to Ms. Cheng (ext. 2), Ms. Torres (ext. 1) or Ms. Yuris (ext. 0).

Learning Devices:

To loan a chromebook from LEEP Academy: send an email to support@leepschools.org or speak to your child’s teacher.

Internet Access Options:

Please check out this page for options: https://charterts.itglue.com/1902845/docs/5048511.

If you need further assistance, please send an email to support@leepschools.org

Device & App Platforms (SeeSaw, IXL, RAZ Kids) Troubleshooting: send an email to support@leepschools.org

For Attendance: You should receive a daily reminder via text message to mark your student “present.” If for any reason you did not receive it, please follow this link and make sure to update the date.

MARK YOUR STUDENT PRESENT 

MARQUE A SU ESTUDIANTE PRESENTE

FOOD ASSISTANCE

Food Delivery Assistance for those who cannot access food themselves, click here.

Free Take-out Meals for Students: Monday-Friday (on school days) from 9:00 AM to 12 PM. For locations, click here.

  • Dates, locations, and menus are subject to change. Check the location list before you go. 

Grab & Go Tke-out Community Meals (Adults & Families): Monday-Friday, from 3 PM to 5 PM. For locations, click here.

For a map of food resources (food pantries, Grab & Go Meals in NYC), follow this link and enter your address to find the closest distribution point(s).

Plentiful App: free app to find pantries, food and make reservations to pick up food, without waiting in line. Text FOOD to PANTRY (726879),  download the app in your app store or go to www.plentifulapp.com.

ACCESS NYC: Find help in NYC with food, updates related to benefits, food, housing and unemployment: https://access.nyc.gov/

NYU Langone Family Health Center: Food pantry and  general family services. Coordinators will do an intake to see what are the needs you and your children might have.

Address: 6025 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Phone: 718-630-7186.
Food Pantry by appointment only, call the number above (option 2), from 10am to 2pm.

HEALTH

COVID-19 Hotline: if you have questions about COVID-19 or if you have symptoms, call 1-844-MYC-4NYC

COVID-19 Test Sites Near You: For FREE, walk-in testing sites only, click here for the NYC Health+Hospitals page.  

To find the other testing sites close to your home, please visit this other page from the New York State Department of Health. Only those sites described as "Free Diagnostic Testing" are free while the others may require insurance. Some sites may have age restrictions, e.g., testing available only for children 6+ years old. We highly recommend that you call the testing site, your health care provider or insurance company to confirm before you go.

For Important COVID-19 Updates such as symptoms, how to protect yourself, when to seek medical attention, what to do you if you are sick, etc., visit the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The CDC has added new symptoms to the list. Check out the list to stay informed: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

MENTAL HEALTH & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

Mental Health Resources:

You may call the  New York State Government  Office of Mental Health (OMH) Emotinal Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314 or find more information and resources for managing anxiety and stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on their website: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html

NYC Well is New York City’s free, confidential support, crisis intervention, and information and referral service for anyone seeking help for mental health and/or substance misuse concerns, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. NYC Well is staffed by trained professionals who can help you find the services that best meet your needs.
Visit their website for more information: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/get-help-now/ or Call NYC Well:
English: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), Press 2
Call 711 (Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
Español: 1-888-692-9355, Press 3
中文: 1-888-692-9355, Press 4

The Healing Center: This organization provides support, such as counseling, legal advice, etc, to families, women and children, victims of domestic violence, in the South Brooklyn area (Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook). Call 718-238-5138 or visit: https://thehealingcenterny.org/

LEGAL ASSISTANCE & IMMIGRATION:

Informed Immigrant: a resource of information and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community.

Site in English                        Site in Spanish

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG): Free legal resource, help hotline for:

  • Advanced planning (Standby Guardianship, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Wills)
  • Consumer Debt (Debt Collection, Wage Garnishment)
  • Employee Rights (Paid Leave, FMLA, Working Conditions)
  • Housing (Eviction, Rent Arrears, Foreclosure, Mortgage Relief Options)
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Public Benefits
  • Special Education Issues (K-12)
  • Stimulus Payment Questions

Call 929-356-9582, Mon-Fri, 10am to 1pm or visit their website.

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Find resources for immigrant communities during the pandemic from the City of New York here.

Resources for Undocumented Communities:
The Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), based in Sunset Park, have put together an information page with resources: financial assistance for anyone, for restaurant workers and for students; food assistance; COVID-19 testing; immigration; legal assistance.

IN ENGLISH
IN SPANISH
IN CHINESE

EMPLOYMENT

Virtual Workforce1 Career Center System connects New Yorkers to job and provides training and interview and resume preparation. Click here for more information.

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park: CFL’s Adult Employment Program is assisting Sunset Park residents with job readiness and placement, applying for unemployment, and/or access to resources. Contact: (718) 633.4823 / kgrumm@sco.org or fill out this form to have someone contact you.

To view the employment opportunities gathered by CFL, click here.

Employers looking for qualified candidates, send an email to kgrumm@sco.org.

UNEMPLOYMENT

To file for unemployment: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/?fbclid=IwAR1kNCTPLgEXCY1t0DlSJF1daENKmd8Hcya0YxaErfbgTFs5xsV5iSZZZQ

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Burial Assistance: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page

Emergency Cash Assistance for Rent: https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/

Help to pay for Heat & Utilities: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/energy-assistance.page

Assistance for Small Businesses:

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce: Fill out this form for assistance related to COVID-19, click here.

Paycheck Protection Program (Loan Program): loan for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. For more information, click here.

RAISE: Undocu Workers Fund: A fund to support undocumented workers of Manhattan and Brooklyn restuarants, who do not qualify for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. For information, email undocuworkersfund@gmail.com or go here.

New York State youth Leadership Council: the NYSYLC has compiled a list of different resources for undocumented communities: https://www.nysylc.org 

Also check any of the community organizations listed below for more financial assistance resources.

UPDATES AND RESOURCES FROM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS & OTHERS:

ACADEMY OF MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES (AMPHS): https://amphsnationalnews.wordpress.com/

ACCESS NYC: Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, updates related to benefits, food, housing and unemployment: https://access.nyc.gov/

Center for Family Life/SCO Family Services:
https://sco.org/covid-19/

Make the Road New York:
https://maketheroadny.org/coronavirus/

Mixteca:
http://www.mixteca.org/coronavirus/
www.facebook.com/MixtecaOrganization.

NYC COVID-19 Citywide Information Portal:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page

New York Immigration Coalition:

https://www.nyic.org/our-work/campaigns/responding-to-covid-19-new-york-united-campaign/covid-19-community-resources/

NYC 311:
https://portal.311.nyc.gov/category/?id=311-121