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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

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Health Resources

  • CDC Information

    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported coronavirus (COVID-19) illnesses come with symptoms that range from mild to severe and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If a member of your family develops these symptoms, and you have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus (COVID-19), or you have recently traveled from an area with widespread virus, the CDC advises that you call your health provider.
    • To learn more about COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick, please visit the CDC’s page here.
  • CDC Tips for Preventing Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    • The following recommendations come from the CDC.
    • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
      • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
        • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
        • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask/cloth face covering.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Good health practices reduce the spread of the flu and other illnesses, including COVID-19. You can read more about these practices here and how to protect yourself here.
  • Mental Health Support

    • For advice on how to talk to kids about coronavirus, PBS and the Child Mind Institute have shared articles.
    • Visit the CDC and American Psychological Association websites for resources to cope with anxiety and stress.
      • For anyone facing a mental health emergency, the CDC recommends contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • State-Specific Health/Mental Health Information

    • The CDC, and our three states advise that you call your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms.
    • Connecticut
      • Call 211 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211 for questions and information.
      • Beginning April 20, Hartford Public Schools will provide TeleHealth services for any Hartford Public Schools student, regardless of insurance status. Parents, guardians, or families can call 860- 937-6223 on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.
      • Find more information from the Department of Public Health here.
    • New York
      • Call 311 or 1-888-364-3065 with questions.
      • New Yorkers can call the Department of Mental Health’ Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314. The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. Learn more here.
      • The Department of Health has published a list of FAQs that can help with talking to kids and teens about social distancing.
      • Domestic and gender-based violence survivors can visit nyc.gov/nychope or call NYC’s 24-hour Hotline 1-800-621-4673 or 911 for emergencies.
      • Find more information from the Department of Health here.
    • Rhode Island
      • Call 401-222-8022 with questions related to COVID-19.
      • Find more information from the Department of Health here.

Other Resources

  • Benefits and Financial & Housing Resources – UPDATED 5.15

    • The New York Times has compiled a list of helpful articles here.
    • The United Way has housing and emergency resources here.
    • Find help in New York with food, money, housing, work and more on ACCESS NYC.
    • Connecticut families who have experienced the loss of a job or income may be eligible for SNAP benefits. The Department of Social Services is providing additional benefits to nearly half of CT SNAP participants, and many application interviews are being waived. Check the state website to apply or learn more.
    • Connecticut is launching the Pandemic-EBT Program, providing households with an EBT card containing the cash value of one school breakfast and one lunch for each day that schools are closed due to COVID-19 ($5.70 per day per child).
      • Cards can be used for food items anywhere SNAP/EBT benefits are accepted. All families are eligible for this benefit due to their enrollment in an AF school. More information can be found in the flyer here.
      • AF Families should expect to receive a P-EBT card delivered to their home address on file with your school. P-EBT cards will be delivered by the following schedule:
        • Late May: Students in households receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
        • Late May: Students in households who receive benefits through Medicaid (Husky A).
        • Mid-June: Because Achievement First are CEP schools, all students can expect to receive a card due because of their enrollment.
    • Rhode Island families can find more information about the P-EBT program here.
  • Childcare for NYC First Responders/Essential Workers

    • New York City will be opening Regional Enrichment Centers for city residents who are first responders, healthcare providers, and transit workers with no other childcare options. Eligible families can fill out this survey to begin the enrollment process.
  • Emergency Alerts

    • Connecticut: Click here to enroll in state-wide emergency alerts for Connecticut.
      • Click here to enroll in Veoci, the alert system for the City of Bridgeport.
      • Click here to enroll in the city of Hartford’s alert system.
      • Click here to enroll in New Haven Alerts.
    • New York: Click here to enroll in state-wide emergency alerts for New York.
      • Click here to enroll in Notify NYC alerts.
    • Rhode Island: Click here to enroll in CodeRED, the alert system for the city of Providence.
  • Food Assistance

  • Internet Access

    • Altice/Cablevision/Optimum is offering free broadband internet for 60 days to any new customer households with K-12 and/or college students. Call 866-200-9522 to enroll (Optimum) or 888-633-0030 (Suddenlink).
    • Comcast is offering two months of free Internet Essentials for new customers in response to emergency measures associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.
      • As of April 9, Comcast has temporarily lifted the debt requirement for Internet Essentials. Applicants who have an outstanding bill to Comcast are now eligible for the program if they sign up by May 13.
    • Charter Communications/Spectrum Internet Assist Program is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll or print and complete Spectrum Internet Assist Application.
    • AT&T and Verizon have announced that they will waive late fees and will not terminate service for the next 60 days (through mid-May).
  • School Social Workers/Counselors

    • You can find your school’s social worker/counselor and their contact information on this list.
  • Filed State Reopening Plans