Remote Learning Update

New York City public schools will be continuing academic instruction through Remote Learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

  • Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. 
  • Learn at Home for grades K-12 has all you need to know for getting set up for remote learning.
  • Regional Enrichment Centers are available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and other essential workers.
  • Grab-and-Go free meals for ALL New Yorkers are available at the entrance of select buildings. The closest site to P.S.81 is RKA MS/ HS 141 at 660 W 237th St, Bronx, NY 10463.
  • Request a Device for families that need electronic devices. You may request one device per student.  Families can also call 718-935-5100 and select option 5 to complete the survey over the phone.

Text COVID to 692-692 to receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

See the new COVID-19: FAQ for Parents and Caregivers of Pre-School and School-Age Children  from the NYC Department of Health.

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Remote Learning Platforms

At P.S. 81 we are using multiple platforms to communicate with families & students.

Every class has a Class Dojo where teachers & staff can communicate directly with families. Please be sure to check your Class Dojo daily for Important Information and Updates from your classroom teacher, other staff and the administration.

Kindergarten, First & Second grade classes are posting required student assignments on Seesaw. There are two different Seesaw log in pages, one for Families and one for Students. Be sure your child is using the correct website to access and submit their work!

Third, Fourth & Fifth grade classes are posting required student assignments on Google Classroom. Students should log onto Google Classroom using their unique username and password. 


For help using any of these platforms, please see the resources below. 


Classroom Dojo Help for Parents


Google Classroom

 Parent Guide to Google Classroom PDF

 Parent Guide to Google Classroom Slideshow


Seesaw Resources for Families


Feel free to email for help with any of our online resources!

NYCDOE Learn at Home

The materials on the Learn at Home pages are designed to provide supplementary learning resources to students in the event that students may need to be home from school. We encourage you to use this time to continue your student’s learning while they are at home. To help students engage in educational material, we have shared the resources below for students in all grades, from Early Learn through elementary and middle school, and for high school. These materials do not replace what your child has been learning at school, but during this unusual time it is important that students continue to read, write, do social studies and science activities, and work on math problems.

The materials on the grade specific pages below include:

  • Suggested daily study schedules
  • Guides and materials for instructional activities
  • Recommended educational television shows
  • Links to a variety of books, magazines, and websites on a wide range of topics that appeal to children at all ages


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Internet & Phone Service Offers for Distance Learning

Individual offers my vary according to your personal address and/or situation

AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.

Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can visit The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Spectrum - Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.

Charter - Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121

AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer unlimited data to existing customers

Verizon - Verizon does not have special offers, but is following the FCC agreement, waiving late fees from March 16 -May 16 

Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Did You Know???

Turn your phone into a HotSpot  (article from PC Magazine)

Access Google Classroom on Xbox and Playstation

Google Classroom can be opened on Xbox and Playstation. There isn’t an app that the students can add to their consoles. Instead, they are going to have to use the built-in browsers that come on the two devices. On Xbox, it is Microsoft Edge. On Playstation, it is the “www” browser. Your students will probably know how to find the browsers on their consoles, but if not, each one has a search function they can access on the home screen.

Once the browser has been opened:

  1. Type in in the address bar.

  2. A prompt for a Google account will appear.

  3. Log in with your email and password

  4. The Google Classroom home screen will open up.

If students have a keyboard they can plug in, they will have a much easier time of navigation. Otherwise, they will have to use their controllers to click on the classroom tiles, open up assignments and type.