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Students In Temporary Housing

As the Students in Temporary Housing Team of P.S 59 we intend to serve as the liaison and social worker for all students who identify as homeless, in temporary housing and/or in foster care, as well as answer any of your questions and concerns regarding your child’s needs during this time.

The Team works directly both with students and families as well as school staff, to help bridge the gap between home and school. As well as helping everyone connect to supports here in our school and the community around us.

As a parent of a Student in Temporary Housing (STH), you may be entitled to receive services under the McKinney-Vento Act, which is a federal law that supports students in temporary housing. Your updated housing information helps us determine if your child is eligible for services such as school choice, immediate enrollment, transportation, free meals, afterschool, and other helpful interventions. The information about your housing situation is kept private and is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

We encourage all parents to get involved with our school community and partner with us in your child’s education. . If you have questions about your housing status or your child’s eligibility under the McKinney-Vento Act, please feel free to call, email or pass by our offices.

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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act outlines specific rights for students living in temporary housing. These rights include free public transportation, free school meals, and more. The guide below provides a brief overview of this information:

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Josephine Diaz 


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Literacy Resources

The Universal Literacy launched in 2016 with the goal of ensuring that all students are reading on grade level by the end of second grade. Studies show that students who are reading at grade level by the end of second grade are far more likely to graduate from high school than those who aren't.

To significantly increase the share of students reaching that benchmark, the Universal Literacy initiative provides schools with support from a dedicated reading coach, who works with kindergarten through second grade teachers to ensure students are reading on grade level by the end of second grade.

PS 59 is supported by Universal Literacy Reading Coach Tamaira Green.

Helpful reading tips/websites:

Free online programs to teach beginning readers:

Universal Literacy

NYC Food Delivery Assistance: COVID-19

The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves. Register Today

This is intended for individuals and families who meet all of the following criteria as a result of the COVID-19 emergency:
  • No members of the household can go out and get food because they are at increased medical risk or homebound.
  • No neighbors or family members can go out and get food for you.
  • Do not receive meal assistance from other providers (incl. Meals on Wheels or God's Love We Deliver)
  • You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery
Households that qualify may place an order once every two days. Each order will contain at least 4 meals per person in the household, but no household will receive more than 8 meals per delivery.
If you don't meet all of the eligibility criteria above you can still get help at your local food pantry. You can find the food pantry closest to you: Food Pantry Search 

Free NYC School Meals

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.
Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city.
Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children
Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city.
P.S. 59 Kitchen staff will be distributing grab and go breakfast & lunch to our students/families from 7:30am-1:30pm.

NYC DOE Free Meals For All

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