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Get Tested (For Free)!

Wednesday, July 8 is New York City’s Get Tested Day of Action. We’re trying to get the word out FREE COVID-19 testing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Getting tested is safe, confidential and free. All New Yorkers should get tested, even if they do not have symptoms, to help protect our loved ones. Until we have a vaccine, making sure everyone gets tested and safely separates if they test positive is the best way to protect others and help reopen our economy.

The Test & Trace Corps helps all New Yorkers receive FREE testing for COVID-19 and makes sure that anyone with the virus receives care, and can safely separate to prevent the spread. The Corps has activated a special group of Contact Tracers to help provide New Yorkers with the resources they need to safely separate and stay healthy.

You can learn more at www.testandtrace.nyc​ and find a testing site near you at ​nyc.gov/covidtest​.

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Hi students, we still have time to encourage other New Yorkers!

From surveying you, our own students (and receiving the confirmation of completion of the Census Questionnaire), we found the following results. The results are really great compared to the NYS and NYC response rates. (As of 6/25/20 from Response Rates)

Total PopulationPositive ResponsePercentage
US Adult Literacy28026494%
New York City52.7%
New York State57.1%

We would like to applaud your active participation. However, it’s a still long way to go for NYC’s active participation. Please tell three people (family and friends) to get counted by completing the Census Questionnaire because we can self-respond until 7/31. After that, Census takers will start visiting people’s places of residence.

How the Census Benefits Your Community

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

from Why We Conduct the Decennial Census
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Curfew at 8 pm

Hi Students,

There is an 8 pm curfew in New York City through June 7. Only essential workers are allowed to be outside their homes between 8 pm and 5 am. 

We will continue to have our online classes as usual.

Please stay safe!

纽约市实行宵禁至6月7日为止, 晚上8点至零晨5点之间不可外出。晚上8点以后,只有必要工作人员才能出外。
我们的线上课程将继续照常, 请准时上课。

Hola Estudiantes,

Hay un toque de queda de 8pm a 5am en la ciudad de Nueva York, que empieza desde hoy hasta el 7 de junio. Sólo los trabajadores esenciales pueden estar fuera de sus hogares después de las 8pm.

Continuaremos teniendo nuestras clases en línea como de costumbre.

¡Por favor manténganse a salvo!

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Meet Our New English Conversation Partner!

The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program welcomes our new English Conversation Partner, Alison. She’s going to be calling our students on a regular basis and helping them with their listening and speaking skills. Alison also works at University Settlement’s Houston Street Center. Now let’s hear from Alison herself:

I’m from New York and love living in Astoria, Queens. I’ve worked at University Settlement for 14 years! My favorite thing about my job is meeting the people who come to the Houston Street Center to learn new skills and achieve their goals. When I’m not at work, I enjoy working out, going to concerts & sporting events and spending time with my friends and family. My favorite color is blue and I love Beyonce. I also love the summer time because I love hot weather and going to the beach. I’m very outgoing and social and love meeting new people – so the new role of “Conversation Partner” is really exciting for me. Thank you for practicing your English with me! 

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