Getting Started with Your iPad

The DOE is lending iPads to students across the city for remote learning. Here you will find information on how to get started with your iPad. School staff and community members can also use this information to help students with connectivity and other troubleshooting issues.
Note: There is no need to call the DOE, 311, or Apple to check the status of your iPad request. Visit the iPad Distribution page for more information.

Internet Ready

Your iPad will come connected to the internet—you will not need a WiFi connection or hotspot device. The internet connection is provided by T-Mobile, at no cost to you. Once you receive your iPad, you will be able to visit websites and do classwork immediately.
To be sure you’re connected to the internet, a WiFi icon should appear at the top of your screen:

Internet Troubleshooting

If your iPad isn’t connecting to the internet, here are two things you can try:

A. Make sure cellular data is turned on.
1. Go to Settings. 
2. Select Cellular Data. 
3. Turn on Cellular Data. 
4. Tap Cellular Data Options. 
5. Verify that LTE and data roaming are turned on.

If you’re still having trouble connecting your iPad to the internet, call T-Mobile at 1-800-375-1126. Tell them that you are part of the New York City Department of Education Rapid Response Program. Also, please have your iPad’s Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID) ready. To find this, go to Settings > General > About > ICCID.

B. Cancel the CrowdStrike Download

1. Locate the CrowdStrike app. It is red with a white falcon.
2. Press and hold the CrowdStrike app icon.
3. A menu will appear. Tap Cancel Download.
4. Canceling the download will prompt other apps to update.
5. You can access the internet while your apps update. Open your browser and go to a website to make sure you are connected.

Content Filtering

Your iPad has built-in content filtering. This means that you will not be able to access adult content on the iPad. Filtering rules are compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Schools may also put a third-party blocker on the tablets to decrypt and filter https traffic in accordance with their rules.

Pre-Programmed Apps

Your iPad will come with the apps you need to complete assignments and connect with your school. You will not be able to access the app store or download any additional apps.

These are the apps that should be on your iPad:

* Office 365 apps (Teams, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, One Drive, One Note)
* Google apps (Classroom, Meet, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Gmail, Hangouts, Translate, Chrome, Docs)
* Library apps (SimpleE, Queens Library)
* Security apps (Cisco Security/Connector Umbrella, Crowdstrike)
* Other (Flipgrid, i-Ready, Amplify Science, Adobe Acrobat, RBdigital, Overdrive, *ImagineLearning, myON, Axis 360, Freegal Music)

If You Need a Specific App:

If you would like to request an educational app be placed on your iPad, fill out the Tech Support Form for families.

Signing In to Apps

-For all Microsoft apps, you should sign in with your DOE student account.

-For all Google or G Suite apps, sign in with your DOE student account or the Google address your school may have given you already.

-You cannot use your personal Apple ID. Your iPad is for educational–not personal–use on

Using Multiple Accounts in Google Classroom: You can switch between your account and your school-specific G Suite domain account in Google Classroom. Here’s how:

1. Open the Google Classroom app.
2. Sign in with one of your two accounts.
3. If you sign in with your account first, you will be prompted to verify your account credentials. Please follow all prompts.
4. Once you successfully sign into Google Classroom, you will see a colored circle with your first initial in the upper right corner. Click on the circle.
5. Click Add another account.
6. Enter account credentials for your second account. 

Problems with Google Passcode:

Some students have reported issues with a Google passcode. If you are experiencing this issue, it is probably because your school has a G Suite policy that mandates that all devices have a passcode. Your school will need to turn off this setting. To turn it off, reach out to your school and ask them to turn off the passcode requirement. Tell them to talk to their Google Admin or call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100. 

Technical Support

*Call AppleCare Support for the NYCDOE:

-ONLY call to ask about setting up your iPad or accessing learning applications once you receive the device. Do not call to check on the status of your device request. See iPad Distribution for information and timelines around devices.

1-800-919-2775. When prompted, enter the PIN: 692363 (NYCDOE). 

Or send an email to AppleCare at Please include the device’s serial number and a brief description of the issue.

Fill out the Technical Support for Families form
Call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.

Printable Guidance

If you want to print a version of this information, visit the iPad FAQ PDF
(Open external link)

Poems written by students

Kristian Paulino


What is a habit?
By definition it’s something that is easy to create but often difficult to erase
Something that may make or break the way we see ourselves
Or how others may perceive us, making our acts of judgement that much more important
A habit is à routine activity, one that requires à deep and potent mentality
A mentality that is structured through discipline and steady decisions
Or otherwise focus
A habit is à revision of what us humans see to be as acceptable
Whether that be body and mind, spirit or character
Or even the objection of one’s transgressions,
The desire to improve oneself is simply in thy nature
Like à flowing river, mankind has à purpose.
But the first step to uncovering this is to acknowledge that you still have room for error
That you still have room to grow, regardless of the demons you may face inside the mirror
It is okay to be mediocre,
But it is what you do with your mediocrity that determines who you are
Who you are in this reality.
A habit is an entity that promotes both acknowledgement and improvement.
An entity that is easily manipulated but tedious to implement.
Goals of specificity are often tested by this entity
At once mankind is forced to deal with its duality,
Looking inwards instead of constantly blaming society
In there they find an unrelenting journey, one that tests humility and authenticity
An unruly and a grueling experience, but accompanied by plentiful rewards.
That is what is meant by “habit”