OUR COVID PLAN

COVID-19 TESTING

Mandatory in-school testing will happen weekly for a random selection of staff and students in all reopened school buildings. In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing by the first day your child returns to their school building. 3K, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students are excluded from random testing.

We are starting the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If our county moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates.

In-Person Schedule

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Students participating in blended learning will participate remotely whenever not in-person Monday-Friday.

  • Students needing extra academic support may be asked to come in on Mondays for intervention services. Students not coming in for intervention services should plan to continue at-home learning assignments on Mondays.
  • If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, please complete this survey at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference and contact Ms. Forbes at 347-306-8384.
  • The school day will run from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:30 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day.

Technical Information

We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the  Device Request Form to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free! Students in grades K – 3 will receive tablets and students in grades 4-5 will receive laptops. 
  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days. 
  • If you are having trouble connecting to Google Class, Meet, or any of our online learning platforms, please contact Ms. Jones and/or Ms. Mullaev at 718.257.4034
  • If you would like to retrieve your child’s username and create a password to access Google Class and various the DOE sites, please use this link: https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form. You must have the student’s OASIS number. 

Safety Requirements and Precautions

Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students in grade 2 and up while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.
  • Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.  
  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you. 
  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. 
  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.
  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between yourself and others.
  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.

Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site  page to find a test site closest to you.

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Changes in class sizes: We’ve reduced the average class size from 31 to 18 for in-person instruction.
  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.
  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.
  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas.

Remote Learning Expectations

      • Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. You can access your teacher’s Google Classroom here: https://classroom.google.com.
      • All students are expected to sign in by 8:30 AM and/or respond to a morning attendance question on the Google Classroom Stream or report to a live session with their teacher. Look for the link in your teacher’s Google Classroom.
      • During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. Check Google Classroom for your live class schedule.
      • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.

Tips for Learning at Home

  • Stay calm, focused, and balanced.
  • Ask questions – reach out to teachers on Class Dojo and Google Classroom for help with instruction

Free Meals

Lunch will be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.

Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals will be delivered to students in 3K to K classrooms, and pickup points within the school will be designated for grades 1-12.

If the cafeteria must be used, schools should maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Assistant Principal Collins at (718) 257-4034

Updates

  • To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this webpage on your browser. We’ll also be sending out emails to all families.
  • Sign up for updates through the Class Dojo App, ask your child’s teacher for the class code, and also view our school page. You can download the app using this link.
  • Keep in contact with us by completing our PS 213 Emergency Contact Card or