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Technical information/logistics/Arrival/Dismissal


The Arrival/Dismissal protocols will be shared with families prior to the opening of the school. Student Dismissal • We will adopt procedures that allow students to engage in physical distancing while exiting the building. • Additional school personnel will be deployed strategically to assist students. • We will identify designated points of egress using signage visible to all. • We might consider the use of staggered dismissal times and multiple exits. We will share with you our dismissal procedures before the beginning of the school year. • For students being dismissed, e.g., play yards, physical distancing markers and directional signs will be in use. • Families will be notified of the exit procedures and encouraged to arrive at designated times to avoid congestion. • We will assign staff to school yard or exterior of school to encourage students and parents to not congregate outside. • We will post signage at points of egress conspicuously identifying the dismissal protocols and DOHMH’s four core actions to stop the spread of COVID-19: stay home if sick, keep physical distance, keep your hands clean, and wear a face covering. Signage will be available in multiple languages. Policies regarding field trips, special congregate events, and visitors • At this time, we will cancel/limit on site student assemblies, athletic events/practices, performances, school-wide parent meetings and, to the extent possible, transition field trips to free virtual opportunities. We will also limit visitors to our school building as much as possible. • Where possible, we will address all visitor and family concerns by phone or computer. We will make every effort to conduct meetings remotely where possible. When it is essential to hold an in-person meeting, all visitors will be required to follow the visitor control protocols, including complying with physical distancing requirements and wearing a face covering. • All visitors will receive a visitor’s pass, which must be returned upon exiting the building. All visitors will be escorted to and from the meeting destination, in order to prevent visitors from accessing unauthorized areas, limiting the possibility of exposure. If a parent is called to the school to pick up their child, the child will be brought to the main lobby to meet the parent. • Non-essential individuals will not be allowed to enter our school building. • We will develop practices to eliminate the need for families to enter school building to drop off or pick up children, except for 3-K and Pre-K families during the first month of school. Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection: • There will be increased access and regular opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. At the start of the school year, DOE will provide all schools with necessary health and cleaning supplies to help protect students and staff from COVID-19, including hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants. We will make the maximum number of sinks available for handwashing. We will also increase cleaning throughout the school day, with special attention to high-touch areas.




Safety requirements for students, teachers, and staff


Social Distancing: •We have in place protocols and procedures for students, faculty, and staff to ensure appropriate social distancing when on school grounds and in school facilities. • The health and safety of our students and staff are a top priority. Safely reopening schools for in-person learning means significant changes to classroom capacity. In order to fully comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State’s physical distancing requirements that reduce the spread of COVID-19 (as outlined by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)), our school will operate at significantly reduced capacity for in-person instruction, with, on average, between half and one third of the student population attending at one time. Maximum capacity has been determined using a formulaic approach that calculates the space needed to be in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols including maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing. • We have received signage, including but not limited to signs to remind individuals to remain six feet apart, signs to support appropriate movement protocols, and floor markers that show six feet in distance. We redesigned movement protocols within our building to minimize congestion, including but not limited to designating one-way direction stairwells, single file routes, and requiring students to stay in their classrooms during lunch periods. This includes larger shared spaces (e.g.: gym, cafeteria, auditorium, school-yard) and protocols on entrance and departure from the building. PPE and Face Coverings: • We have put in place protocols and procedures for students, faculty, staff, and other individuals to ensure appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus when on school grounds and in school facilities, including buses. • Face coverings are a proven effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are a necessary component for our plans for school reopening and for ensuring the safety of students and staff. As face coverings contribute to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, face coverings will be required inside school buildings. Exceptions will be developmentally- and age-appropriate, consistent with guidance of health agencies, and paired with increased PPE for staff. • We will distribute appropriate PPE for students and staff to use when inside school building. Students and staff will be able to bring their own face coverings, but if for any reason someone comes to a school building without the needed PPE, our school will have face coverings available. The nurse/health professional and any additional staff supervising our school building’s Isolation Room will be given the appropriate PPE, including, but not limited to, N95 respirator masks, gloves, gowns, and face shields or goggles. • Signage will be provided to remind students, faculty, and staff of the importance of wearing appropriate PPE. General Protocols • Physical distancing guidelines and mandatory use of face coverings will be enforced for all individuals while in the building. Exceptions to face covering usage are as follows: - Students who cannot tolerate a face covering medically, including where students with such coverings would impair their physical or mental health, will not be subject to wearing a face covering. - Where the use of face covering is inappropriate considering the development level or age of the student. • Appropriate signage (e.g., six-foot space markings and directional signs) will be used outdoors as needed, and will be visible upon entry and throughout school building, including entrances, exits, classrooms, offices, public assembly spaces and corridors. • Signage, face coverings, and other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hand sanitizer, gloves, and thermometers, will be available. • Hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed throughout high traffic areas and in every classroom. • Wellness barriers have been placed in the general office, and at the main school safety desk. • Custodians will sanitize school building on a nightly basis with an electrostatic sprayer that is CDC approved. Cleaning and disinfection will include all high touch surfaces: classrooms, desks & chairs, conference tables, drinking fountains, door handles and push plates, conference tables, light switches, restroom fixtures, partitions and hardware, buttons on hardware, buttons on vending machines, elevator buttons, gym padding, and physical therapy equipment. Student Circulation: • We have a plan in place to support movement that upholds physical distancing throughout the building, e.g. the use of one directional stairwells and single file travel patterns. • Face coverings will be worn at all times except while eating or drinking. • Per SDOH guidelines, appropriate signage, e.g., directional markers and physical distancing guidelines, are displayed on walls and floors throughout all travel routes. • Travel areas will be appropriately staffed to support students with physical distancing guidelines. • To reduce movement throughout the building, teachers will travel from class to class, with students remaining in the same room throughout the day to the extent possible. If students have to travel, proper social distancing protocols will be followed. • Where possible, students will remain with the same group of students, in a cohort, throughout the day. Bathroom Usage (For Students and Staff) • Bathroom use will not exceed established cap (based on physical distancing guidelines) at any given time. • We have adjusted how bathrooms will be used to accommodate for physical distancing requirements, e.g., use of alternate stalls and/or sinks. • Appropriate signage regarding hand washing and physical distancing is displayed. Public Assembly Spaces • Use of large assembly spaces (e.g. cafeteria, auditorium, librarie, and, gymnasium) will comply with physical distancing guidelines. Exterior Spaces/Play Yards • Multiple cohorts of students may use larger exterior spaces concurrently, provided that physical distancing is practiced between and within cohorts and students are well supervised. • Blending of different cohorts or school organizations will not be permitted as it could complicate contact tracing efforts and increase risk of transmission. • Ground markings will be used to encourage physical distancing. • We will endeavor to maximize the use of outdoor space for multiple uses, including instruction where feasible and appropriate. Student Dismissal • We will adopt procedures that allow students to engage in physical distancing while exiting the building. • Additional school personnel will be deployed strategically to assist students. • We have identified designated points of egress using signage visible to all. • For students being dismissed, e.g., play yards, physical distancing markers and directional signs will be in use. • Families have beeen notified of the exit procedures and encouraged to arrive at designated times to avoid congestion. • We have assigned staff to school yard or exterior of school to encourage students and parents to not congregate outside. • We have posted signage at points of egress conspicuously identifying the dismissal protocols and DOHMH’s four core actions to stop the spread of COVID-19: stay home if sick, keep physical distance, keep your hands clean, and wear a face covering. Signage will be available in multiple languages. Policies regarding field trips, special congregate events, and visitors • At this time, we will cancel/limit on site student assemblies, athletic events/practices, performances, school-wide parent meetings and, to the extent possible, transition field trips to free virtual opportunities. We will also limit visitors to our school building as much as possible. Where possible, we will address all visitor and family concerns by phone or computer. We will make every effort to conduct meetings remotely where possible. When it is essential to hold an in-person meeting, all visitors will be required to follow the visitor control protocols, including complying with physical distancing requirements and wearing a face covering. • All visitors will rhave to take a health survey before reporting to the school building. In the building, they will receive a visitor’s pass, which must be returned upon exiting the building. All visitors will be escorted to and from the meeting destination, in order to prevent visitors from accessing unauthorized areas, limiting the possibility of exposure. If a parent is called to the school to pick up their child, the child will be brought to the main lobby to meet the parent. • Non-essential individuals will not be allowed to enter our school building. • We will develop practices to eliminate the need for families to enter school building to drop off or pick up children, except for 3-K and Pre-K families during the first month of school. Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection: • There will be increased access and regular opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. At the start of the school year, DOE will provide all schools with necessary health and cleaning supplies to help protect students and staff from COVID-19, including hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants. We will make the maximum number of sinks available for handwashing. We will also increase cleaning throughout the school day, with special attention to high-touch areas.




Free meals


We are currently working on developing protocols and proceduresfor onsite and remote food services for students, considering appropriate social distancing and any modifications to service that may be necessary (e.g., providing meals in a combination of classrooms and cafeterias, staggering meal periods). Measures will be taken to protect students with food allergies if providing meals in spaces outside the cafeteria. Protocols and procedures will also include how students will perform hand hygiene before and after eating, how appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted, and how sharing of food and beverages will be discouraged. Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Lunch will likely be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students. Grab-and-go meals will be delivered to students in 3K to K classrooms, and pickup points within the school ( for remote learning students) will be designated Students who are not receiving in-person instruction on a given day can pick up a lunch from our school or an identified school building near their home. We want to ensure that children receive the best care possible while at school. We take allergies, food safety, and student health very seriously. We cannot guarantee a nut, milk or “allergen-free” environment, but we do have an “allergen aware” policy which empowers everyone. Children with allergies become aware of what they can and cannot eat, and school staff are alert and careful about each student’s allergies. School staff will work with the parent and the child’s health care provider to create an allergy response plan for each child that needs one. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, the affected child will immediately be given his/her prescribed medicine by trained school staff or a nurse. If the child has severe allergies, we request parents have health care providers complete the Medical Review for Severe Allergies form and complete an Allergy Response Plan. School staff will call 911, and contact the child’s parent and health care provider in cases of severe allergic reactions and emergencies. Lastly, the school nurse will train school staff members to enact the child’s allergy response plan in an emergency.




Key Contacts


  • Umit Serin, Principal: USerin@schools.nyc.gov
  • Joyce Heskial, Assistant Principal: JHeskial@schools.nyc.gov
  • Tammy Tucker, Assistant Principal: TTucker4@schools.nyc.gov
  • Pei-Hsia Wang, Parent Coordinator: PWang@schools.nyc.gov
  • Nadege Normil, Guidance Counselor: NNormil@schools.nyc.gov
  • Juan Cruz, School Climate Coordinator: JCruz22@schools.nyc.gov
  • Anna Marantidis, School Psychologist: AMarantidis@schools.nyc.gov




Special situations


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Updates/ Important School Opening News


Please read these important letters about COVID-19 as well as the latest fact sheets about COVID-19 for your reference. Translated versions are available on the DOE website. If you have any questions, We are here to support you. IMPORTANT!!

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Capacity


In order to provide the maximum number of students access to in-person instruction while following health and safety plans, students will rotate in groups between in-person and remote learning (known as blended learning). We were provided by central DOE an estimate of what each classroom allows when accounting for social distancing. The building capacity calculations allow for at least six feet of space to be maintained around each person in a classroom, while ensuring that there remains room for teachers and students to circulate. Based on the calculations, we will have, on average, 8-11 students in each classroom.




Mental Health, Behavioral, and Emotional Support Services and Programs


Unprecedented levels of stress, trauma, and social isolation from COVID-19 have created a public health emergency, with a notable disproportionate impact for low-income communities and communities of color. When students return to school this fall, many will be struggling with increased anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief that will impact their ability to engage in learning and remain focused on their educational goals. Addressing the social-emotional needs of our school community through trauma-informed approaches to teaching and learning wil be our top priority for school re-opening and throughout the year. To advance this priority, we will support our staff at all levels to understand trauma and build trauma-informed approaches into their practices and plans for the coming school year. We are committed to partnering with communities to create trauma-informed school that offers robust SEL and mental health support through a tiered infrastructure, with a focus on community building and resilience. In order to fulfill the vision for comprehensive mental health and SEL supports we will work on developing the following core components: - Trauma-Informed Care - Bridge to School Plan - Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Infrastructure - Strengthen Tier 1 SEL (Explicit SEL Instruction and SEL-Academic Integration) - Targeted Mental Health Supports Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) We will implement a comprehensive, multi-part professional learning series that empowers teachers with foundational knowledge and basic skills of trauma-informed care.These trauma modules include examination of equity and cultural considerations, the importance of adult self-care, and actionable trauma-informed strategies for classroom teachers and all support staff. Bridge to School Plan In order to support the long-term mental health of students, families, and educators, we will prioritize SEL and wellness during the initial re-opening transition, ensuring that all students have access to a foundational period of stabilization and support. This period will include opportunities to build coping skills, process grief, re-connect, build community, and orient themselves to the new dual environments and expectations. By establishing this emotional foundation, the number of students requiring intensive clinical mental health services may be reduced. Standardizing this initial care also prevents adults from pathologizing behavior that reflects a normal stress response and prevents students from being re- traumatized by a premature referral for clinical services. Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Our school is equipped to offer tiered social-emotional and mental health supports to students, as determined through a data-based decision-making process. Strengthen Tier 1 SEL (Explicit SEL Instruction and SEL-Academic Integration) This year, we will continue using SANFORD HARMONY( an age- and developmentally-appropriate SEL program). Integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into core academic instruction ensures that students are experiencing safe, welcoming, and culturally responsive environments, that students have daily opportunities to experience SEL within content-driven lessons, and that they are developing the SEL competencies they need in order to be successful in school and in the future. Targeted Mental Health Supports The DOE has a robust network of mental health services for students. We have established relationships with programs and resources to provide direct services, community linkages and referrals, staff coaching and training, and crisis response. These include School Mental Health Clinics, on-site CBO-provided direct counseling services (Prevention and Intervention Program, Community School Mental Health), School Mental Health Consultant Program, School Response Clinicians, Children’s Mobile Crisis Team, and DOE Social Workers and School Counselors. All programs and partners are prepared to address the expected increase in student mental health needs upon returning to school. Students’ increased exposure to trauma and loss and the extended separation from core support systems will also necessitate expanded access to on-site, direct mental health supports (in person or through tele-therapy). Following implementation of the aforementioned “stabilization period” and concurrently with robust Tier 1 interventions, we will use data to make determinations about the appropriate group or individual intervention for students in need.




Supply List for September 2020


Supply Lists for Blended Learning and 100% Remote Students 3 Black and White Notebooks 1 Pack of 24 Crayons (Crayola brand, preferred) *PreK-Grade 2 only 1 Box of Sharpened #2 Pencils 5 Plastic Folders (with fasteners, preferred) 1 Glue Stick 1 Pair of Scissors 2 Packs of Sticky Notes 2 Boxes of Facial Tissues





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Transitions Between Blended and Remote Learning
  • The default is that students will participate in blended learning based on the scheduling model the school selects.

  • Families can opt into 100% remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form.

 

Learning Preference Calendar

  • Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time.

  • Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15.

  • Beginning on November 2, families who previously chose remote only learning will be able to opt into blended/in-person learning for the remainder of this school year using this survey. Learning Preference online survey