Welcome to our COVID-19 response page. Below you will find all the critical information about how PS 150 is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.
Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.
The New York City Department of Education also has important information and resources for you.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FIRST
All students and staff will wear masks at all times except for meals and scheduled mask breaks.
We will no longer offer supervised early drop-off. We urge all students not to arrive at school more than 5 minutes before their scheduled start time.
You are expected to take your child’s temperature at home. If your child’s temperature is 100.0 degrees or higher, do not bring your child to school.
No one, except PS 150 staff and students, will enter our school building without an appointment.
All students will attend school 5 days each week. There is no remote learning option. Parents seeking remote learning should consider transferring their child(ren) to home schooling.
We are starting school with a staggered arrival and dismissal schedule. This allows us to limit the number of students entering and leaving our building at any one time and to maintain safe social distancing.
|Class||School Start Time||School End Time|
|PreKindergarten||8:40 am||2:50 pm|
|Kindergarten||8:35 am||2:50 pm|
|First Grade||8:35 am||2:50 pm|
|Second Grade||8:35 am||2:50 pm|
|Third Grade||8:30 am||2:45 pm|
|Fourth Grade||8:30 am||2:45 pm|
|Fifth Grade||8:30 am||2:45 pm|
Please maintain social distancing between families during arrival and dismissal.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students and their accompanying adults will wait at the bottom of their assigned stairs until the start of the school day. Children will wait at the following staircases:
|Kindergarten||Harrison Street private road|
|First Grade||Intersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets|
|Second Grade||Intersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets|
|Third Grade||Intersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets|
|Fourth Grade||Intersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets|
|Fifth Grade||Harrison Street private road|
Five minutes before the official start of the school day, we will greet your children at street level and your child will show us his/her Health Screening Confirmation page (if completed online) or the completed questionnaire (a hard copy). Children will be lined up single file with their grown-up next to them in front of the staff person checking the Health Screening.
Once your child is cleared for entry, please leave the area to make room for families behind you.
PreKindergarten parents and students will wait downstairs at either staircase until all other classes have gone upstairs. PreK parents will then escort their children up to the plaza to a spot west of PS 150 to meet their teacher at 8:40 am. Parents will show us their child’s Health Screening Confirmation Page (if completed online) or the completed questionnaire (a hard copy).
CHILDREN ARRIVING BY SCHOOL BUS
We will meet children arriving by school bus and escort them to their designated arrival spot. Your child will show a hard copy of his/her Health Screening Questionnaire to the staff member meeting the bus.
Children are expected to arrive on time every day. If your child arrives after the class has gone upstairs but before every class has gone upstairs, you and your child will wait at street level until a staff member is available to check his/her Health Screening Quesionnaire.
We will dismiss K-5 children from the same staircase where we met them at morning arrival. Adults will wait for their children at the bottom of the designated staircase.
We will dismiss PreK children from the plaza west of the Harrison Street staircase where you or another designated adult will be waiting. We will dismiss students with siblings in PreK to the PreK dismissal spot, if the teacher sees you waiting there.
We will dismiss children enrolled in Manhattan Youth’s afterschool program to MY counselors.
We will place children who ride the school bus home from school on the bus.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.
All adults (staff and visitors) and students must wear masks at all times (except when eating and during scheduled mask breaks).
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.
We will follow NYC Department of Education guidelines of 3 feet social distancing in the classroom, wherever possible, and three feet social distancing at lunch.
We will test randomly selected students and staff biweekly for the Covid-19 virus. Before we test your child, we will need your consent. You can fill out the testing consent form in your NYC Schools Account or download a printable version.
We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. In-school parent and community volunteering has been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings will be held virtually. All visits are by appointment.
OTHER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
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.
With the exception of arrival and dismissal, we have designated the western staircase of our building as the up staircase and the eastern staircase as the down staircase.
All windows will be open. Each classroom will be equipped with two air purifiers.
We will not share supplies. School supply lists were included in each teacher’s summer letter. If you did not receive a supply list from your child’s teacher, please email Laura Cohen at LCohen25@schools.nyc.gov Children will be allowed to store their supplies in the classroom.
Children may bring lunch, a water bottle, approved medication (epi-pen, nebulizer, etc. if not with nurse and if child is authorized to self-administer) and outer clothing as dictated by the weather. Children may bring a second bag or backpack with clothing/equipment for after school activities. Children will drop the bag off in the office in the morning and pick it up at dismissal.
We will not accept any packages for children during the school day. If a child forgets his/her lunch, we will provide a school lunch.
All lavatories are gender neutral. We have installed touchless paper towel dispensers in each lavatory. We have assigned each class a lavatory for their exclusive use and only one child will be permitted to use the lavatory at any given time.
Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms daily, with a deep cleaning every evening. In addition, all teachers are equipped with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.
Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, although students may bring their own lunch if they wish. We are still a nut-aware school and remind you that your child’s lunch cannot include any nut products.
Students will eat breakfast and lunch outdoors or in the classroom. We will try to eat outdoors, as often as possible. Students will not be permitted to share food or beverages.
ILLNESS/EXPOSURE TO COVID 19
Students or staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever greater than 100.0 degrees must stay home. Students or staff arriving at school with a temperature will be refused admittance. 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 minimum of 14 days. Students quarantined at home due to exposure to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 will continue their studies at home.
IF A STUDENT BECOMES SICK AT SCHOOL
Children who become sick at school or arrive on the bus with a fever will be held in a supervised room where they will be evaluated by the nurse or other health care professional. Children will remain in the isolation room until an authorized adult comes for them.
IF A STAFF MEMBER BECOMES SICK AT SCHOOL
If a staff member becomes sick or presents with COVID-19 symptoms, s/he must leave immediately, seek medical attention, and get tested.
The DOE is committed to providing technical support to students while working from home.