To streamline updates to families and staff, please visit the Ascend coronavirus site.
Ascend will continue to update with:
Frequently asked questions and answers
What families need to know
What staff members need to know
What students and staff members should do if they feel sick
Health guidance for families and others who visit our schools
Funeral Expense Relief: Low-income families can qualify for financial assistance through this NYC HRA program. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the program has increased the burial allowance from $900 to $1,700 and the cap on burial costs from $1,700 to $3,400. The City’s HRA website has more details on the full program and application process here.
If you have additional questions not answered on the website please reach out to your School Director or Director of Operations. For specific questions regarding help with packets & instruction, please email your scholar's teacher or grade level Dean in the About Us tab of this site.
Virtual Learning Resources
Brooklyn Public Library E-Card
New York State residents, will be issued eCards, which give access to ebooks, audiobooks, and online databases by completing the form and visiting the Learning for Kids section.
Virtual Field Trip Ideas
We encourage you to attend virtual field trips as a family. It’s a fun and educational activity, a calendar of virtual field trips. Get creative and pick a new adventure everyday!
LEXIA READING CORE5
Lexia is an individualized research-proven literacy
computer program used at Central Brooklyn Ascend. Scholars can also access Lexia at home at https://www.lexiacore5.com! Free online access is available for scholars to continue developing and practicing reading skills at home.
Lexia is accessible via iPad (Lexia Core5), Android tablets, Chromebooks, browser, or download.
Please email your scholar's teacher for online access information. Teacher contact info can be found under the "About Us" page on this site.
Learning A-Z is offering a FREE subscription to Raz-Kids and/or Headsprout to help learning continue while out of the physical classroom, in light of the coronaviurs. This offer is valid through the end of the school year.*
Raz-Kids is a digital resource that provides a library of differentiated books students can use to practice reading wherever they are (Internet connection required).
Headsprout is an online K–5 reading program that adapts to the needs of the individual student. It is self-paced, which makes it ideal for at-home practice.
Scholastic's Learn at Home resources includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Scholars can complete on their own and with their families. Just find your scholar's grade level and let the learning begin here!
List of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings here. Each of these websites will allow you to sign-up for FREE and help your child along with their education. Please browse and access as needed to support your scholar at home.
ELA & Math online resources
Click this link for additional online resources to support your scholar’s learning at home.
New York State Common Core aligned curriculum resources and information for parents and families.
Click this link for additional online resources to support your scholar's learning at home.
Free, online educational resource, including over 100,000 practice problems, and over 6,000 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, physics, chemistry, biology, American civics, art history, economics, and computer science.
GRAB-AND-GO BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Free grab-and-go meals are available at 400 NYC public school sites for both students and adults. A Google map of sites can be found on the DOE website: https://schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
Three free Grab-and-Go meals will be available at the entrance of schools from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any NYC student can pick up meals. You can also call 311 for more information.
CHILDCARE FOR CHILDREN OF FIRST RESPONDERS
If you are a parent and work as a healthcare provider, FDNY, NYPD, OEM or other eligible front-line worker, there are Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) set up for your children. For more information, eligible parents can complete the survey here: https://bit.ly/2xfzEVe.
BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDES
TO FOOD & ASSISTANCE
Hunger Free NYC Produces Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance containing detailed information on free food access in Brooklyn & Queens. Users can learn how and where to access SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, School and Summer Meals, senior meals, soup kitchens and food pantries, and farmer's markets that accept SNAP as payment. The guide also contains a map showing the locations of these sites.
From our School Counseling Team:
Information on accessing our grief and loss counseling services has been posted on the Ascend coronavirus page. If you are in need of grief/loss counseling support, please contact one of our grief/loss support providers at: 347-464-0007. The grief/loss call-line is NOT a crisis hotline. If you or a loved one is in an emergency situation, for immediate assistance, please call 911.
FREE Access to broadband and Wi-Fi
Spectrum and Optimum/Altice are offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Call Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395
Call Optimum/Altice at 866-200-9522
Department of Education
To help students stay connected during COVID-19, 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 in the link above.
Talking to Children about COVID-19: Parent Resources
PBS Kids for Parents: Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News
PBS Kids for Parents: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
NY Times Parenting: How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
From the National Association of School Psychologists:
Share age-appropriate facts and correct misinformation
Reassure them that they are safe
Emphasize simple things ... to be “germ busters” — for all types of germs that are out there
Update your contact information TODAY!
We want to make sure you are connected with the school to receive all important updates for your scholar during this time. Email our OPS Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that we have your most updated contact information for calls, text and email.
OPT-IN to text messaging
You can participate in this free service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.