Tech Resource Page for Families

Student technology guides and video tutorials in both English and Spanish can be accessed via this website. Families and scholars can also use the same website to send all their tech questions by clicking the “Ask for Help” button.

Access to Cell Service & Wifi

Gaining access to cell phone service, internet and/or WiFi can make all the difference as we continue to social distance, work from home and learn remotely. During the COVID-19 emergency, some carriers are offering discounts or other relief to their customers. For information on how you can access these services, please see the following or contact your carrier for more information:

  • Discounted Internet Service for Low-Income Families:
    • Comcast is offering discounted internet service to low-income families, with free service for 60 days, for new customers who apply and are approved by December 31, 2020. Visit Comcast or call 1-855-846-8376 (English); 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).
    • AT&T offers a discounted service for income-limited households or those who qualify for the National School Lunch Program or Head Start. Visit Access from AT&T for more information.
    • Spectrum offers a discounted internet plan for qualified households who are also in receipt of assistance through the National School Lunch Program or Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65 and older only). Visit Spectrum Internet Assist to learn more.
  • Income-based free cell phone and airtime: SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers. A private company provides the service. It is not connected to any New York City agency. Follow this link for more information about the program.
  • Cell Phone Providers: Numerous cell phone companies have signed the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” and are agreeing to stop service termination and waive late fees for families experiencing financial hardship. You can contact your carrier for more information.

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AF Family Town Hall Meetings 7/23. WE NEED YOUR INPUT!!

Click the link to RSVP

Dear AF NY Families!

We hope this note finds you well and that you and your family are enjoying the summer sun. Although the school year ended only a few weeks ago, we miss our scholars dearly and can’t wait to see them for the start of the 20-21 school year!

Over the last several weeks, governors across the country have made critical decisions about the reopening of school for the 20-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our state released its guidance recently and all school districts are thoughtfully developing their plans for the upcoming school year. We have spent the last several months learning; we’ve talked to scholars, families, and staff to learn about what did—and did not—work about our spring  remote learning model and what school should look like in the fall. We have continued to monitor reports from public health experts and local authorities. And, we have studied what school districts across the country and the world have done in order to best inform our reopening plan to ensure maximum safety for our students and staff. 

Based on this learning, we created preliminary thinking for what next year will look like, including both health and safety measures and plans for how we’ll create a nurturing and engaging core program for our scholars. Since our plans for next year will directly impact you and your child and we believe deeply in partnering with families, we want to create an opportunity to get your feedback and input on them. 

To gather your input, we would love to invite you to join us for optional town hall meetings that we’ll hold this week. The session times are::

  • Thursday, July 23rd 8:00-9:00 AM
  • Thursday, July 23rd 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 23rd 5:30-6:30 PM

To attend one of these meetings, please complete this short form (it takes 30 seconds!) and we’ll send you an invite! 

We look forward to partnering with you during this week’s town halls to navigate these challenging times and support all of our scholars through the 20-21 school year. 

Estimadas familias AF de NY!

Esperamos se encuentren bien y que ustedes y sus familias estén disfrutando del sol del verano. Aunque el año escolar terminó solo hace algunas semanas, ya extrañamos mucho a nuestros estudiantes y nos emociona verlos en el año escolar 20-21!

Durante las últimas semanas, los gobernadores de nuestro país han estado tomando decisiones críticas sobre la reapertura de las escuelas para el año escolar 20-21 dentro de la pandemia de COVID-19. Nuestro estado publicó guías recientemente y todos los distritos escolares se encuentran desarrollando sus planes para el próximo año. Hemos pasado los últimos meses aprendiendo; hablando con nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal, para aprender sobre lo que funcionó—y lo que no funcionó—de nuestro programa de aprendizaje a distancia de la primavera y sobre cómo será la escuela en el otoño. Seguimos monitoreando los reportes de los expertos en salud pública y autoridades locales. Y hemos estudiado lo que los demás distritos de nuestro país y del mundo han hecho para poder informar nuestro plan de reapertura garantizando una seguridad máxima para nuestros estudiantes y personal. 

En base a lo aprendido, hemos desarrollado un razonamiento preliminar sobre cómo será el próximo año, incluyendo medidas de salud y seguridad y planes sobre la creación de un programa central que sea cálido y motive a nuestros niños. Aunque adoramos y extrañamos mucho a nuestros estudiantes, y esperamos mucho poder verlos en persona, mantenerlos a ellos y a nuestro personal seguros es nuestra responsabilidad más sagrada y la realidad es que nuestros espacios físicos no son lo suficientemente grandes para permitir el distanciamiento social si la mayor parte o todos los estudiantes regresan a clases. Debido a que estas difíciles decisiones tendrán un impacto directo en ustedes y en sus hijos, y que realmente creemos en trabajar con nuestras familias, deseamos tener una oportunidad para escuchar su opinión.  

Con gusto los invitamos a las siguientes reuniones opcionales esta semana. Las sesiones serán:

  • Jueves 23 de Julio, 8:00-9:00 AM
  • Jueves 23 de Julio, 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Jueves 23 de Julio, 5:30-6:30 PM

Si desean asistir a alguna de las reuniones les pedimos llenar este corto formato (les tomará sólo 30 segundos!) y les enviaremos la invitación! 

Esperamos poder trabajar con ustedes durante las reuniones de esta semana para así navegar los retos de estos tiempos y apoyar a todos nuestros estudiantes en el año escolar 20-21. 

AFCHES Digital Learning Overview

We are here for you and we want to hear from you! Please see below for important contact information:
● Academics: If you have any questions about your child’s academics, your first point of contact should be the teacher who will be working closely with your child over the next few weeks. They should have reached out already.
● Food: For any meal related concerns please reach out to
● Technology: For any technology concerns please submit a ticket by using this link
● Other Concerns or Questions: Please email