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Return to School Fall 2020

WELCOME 

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.  A child’s failure or refusal to wear a mask when required to do so will result in the child’s removal from in-school learning and placement in remote learning.

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.  

Although we will take your child’s temperature at school, 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.  

SCHEDULE

Our school has been approved to use Blended Learning Model 1A.  
 

Model 1A

Week

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Cohort D (Remote)

1

Cohort A

Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort A

Cohort B

2

Cohort B

Cohort A

Cohort B

Cohort A

Cohort B

COHORTS

We are starting school with a blended learning schedule.  All enrolled students will be assigned to one of three cohorts.  Children in Cohort A will attend school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternate Mondays and work from home on Wednesdays, Fridays, and alternate Mondays.  Children in Cohort B will attend school on Wednesdays, Fridays, and alternate Mondays and work from home on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Mondays.  Children in Cohort D will work from home every day.  We will note on our calendar which cohort is in the building each school day.

 

START/END TIMES

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.

ClassSchool Start TimeSchool End Time
PreKindergarten8:30 am1:50 pm
Kindergarten8:40 am2:00 pm
First Grade8:40 am2:00 pm
Second Grade8:30 am1:50 pm
Third Grade8:30 am1:50 pm
Fourth Grade8:20 am1:40 pm
Fifth Grade8:20 am1:40 pm

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL INFORMATION

Please maintain social distancing between families during arrival and dismissal.  

ARRIVAL

PreKindergarten 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:

ClassStaircase
PreKindergartenHarrison Street skybridge
KindergartenHarrison Street private road
First GradeIntersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets
Second GradeHarrison Street private road
Third GradeIntersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets
Fourth GradeIntersection at Greenwich and Jay Streets
Fifth GradeHarrison 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 Cohort Card (green for Cohort A and red for Cohort B) and his/her Health Screening Confirmation page (if completed online) or the completed questionnaire (a hard copy). We will then take your child’s temperature. If  your child’s temperature is equal to or greater than 100.0 degrees, your child will not be allowed to attend school in person that day.  You or the adult responsible for your child will remain with your child until s/he child has been cleared for entry.

Once your child is cleared for entry, please leave the area to make room for families behind you.

If you are dropping off a prekindergarten child, you can climb the stairs with your child until s/he is comfortable walking up the stairs by her/himself.

CHILDREN ARRIVING BY SCHOOL BUS

We will meet children arriving by school bus and escort them to their designated arrival spot.  We will take your child’s temperature and if it is equal to or greater than 100.0 degrees, we will contact you to come for your child.  Your child will wait for you in a supervised isolation room  and will not be allowed to attend class while waiting for you.  

If your child comes to school on the wrong day, we will contact you to come for your child.  Your child will not be allowed to attend class while waiting for you to pick him/her up.

CHILDREN COMING TO SCHOOL ON THE WRONG DAY

You will wait with your child until we verify that this is your child’s day to be in school.  If it is not, your child will be refused admittance to school and will leave with you.

LATE ARRIVALS

If you and your child arrive before 8:40 am but after the class has gone upstairs, you and your child will wait at street level for his/her temperature check.  You will remain with your child until s/he has been cleared for entry.

If your child arrives after all classes have gone upstairs, your child will wait on the plaza for his/her temperature check. You will remain with your child until s/he has been cleared for entry.

DISMISSAL

While we are getting to know you, we ask that all adults picking up children at dismissal carry a sign with the child’s name and grade that we can read from 20 – 30 feet away.

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 on the plaza west of the Harrison Street staircase  where you will be waiting.  We will dismiss second and third grade 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.

EARLY DISMISSAL

If you pick up your child  before the official end of the school day, you will wait for your child on the plaza.  Our school safety agent will ask you to sign the Early Sign-Out log.

There will be no early dismissal after 1:30 pm.  For safety reasons, we cannot release children after 1:30 except during their scheduled dismissal time.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

SAFETY

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

MASKS

All adults (staff, and visitors) and students must wear masks at all times (except when eating and during scheduled mask breaks).  

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.

VISITORS

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.

TRAFFIC FLOW

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.  

CLASS SIZE

We have reduced the average class size from 29 to 12 for in-person instruction.

SUPPLIES

We will no longer share supplies.  We will provide your children with their own set of classroom supplies which they will carry back and forth to school with them each day.  Children will not be allowed to leave any personal items in school overnight.

Children will be responsible for providing their own art supplies and for bringing those supplies to school on days in which they are scheduled to have art classes.  If you have not received the art supplies list for your child’s class, contact Laura at LCohen25@schools.nyc.gov

In addition to supplies, children may bring lunch, a water bottle, approved medication (epi-pen, nebulizer, etc. if not with nurse and child is authorized to self-administer) and outer clothing as dictated by the weather.  Home lunches must be bagged for easy disposal.  Children will not be permitted to bring a second bag or backpack with clothing and equipment for after school activities.

We will not accept any packages for children during the school day.  If a child forgets his/her school supplies, the child will do without.  If a child forgets his/her lunch, we will provide a school lunch.

We will give each child his/her own collapsible bin for storage of items during the day.  

LAVATORIES

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.  

CLEANING

Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms daily, with a deep cleaning every evening.  In addition, all teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.

MEALS

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.

Children will eat breakfast and lunch in the classroom.  Children will not be permitted to share food or beverages.

After eating,  students and staff will wipe down the area where they ate their meal with disinfectant wipes.  

Students who are not receiving in-person instruction can pick up breakfast or lunch from their home school or an identified school building near their home.

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 a minimum of 14 days.  Students quarantined at home due to exposure to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 will learn remotely while in quarantine.

Please contact us as soon as possible via phone or email if someone you have been in contact with has COVID-19 or shows symptoms of COVID-19.

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, he/she must leave immediately, seek medical attention, and get tested. 

ATTENDANCE POLICY  FOR BLENDED LEARNING STUDENTS WORKING REMOTELY ON AN IN-PERSON DAY

A student enrolled in blended learning can be marked present when learning from home on an in-person day.  The table below provides examples of common situations and the students and family responsibilities for remote learning on these days.

SITUATIONSTUDENT(S) SHOULD FAMILIES SHOULD
Your child is sick or does not pass the health sreening.Take the day to get better and not do any school work . Your child will be marked absent.

OR

Participate in asynchronous learning activities that are part of the student’s regular learning routine (e.g. independent reading, work on independent projects, work on digital curricula such as Brainpop), or recorded teacher lessons. Your child will be marked present.
Follow public health guidelines.

Communicate to teachers and the office that the child will be absent.

Communicate to the Assistant Teacher during the school day that the student is participating in asynchronous learning with a list of activities.
Families opt to extend a weekend (one or two days)

If the school notices a pattern in this situation, the school will counsel the family towards fully remote instructtion as this will provide a more consistent and effective instructional program.
Take the day off and not do any school work. Your child will be marked absent.

OR

Participate in asynchronous learning activities that are part of the student’s regular learning routine (e.g. independent reading, work on independent projects, work on digital curricula such as Brainpop), or recorded teacher lessons. Your child will be marked present.
Communicate to teachers and the office that your child will be absent.

Communicate to the Assistant Teacher during the school day that the student participated in asynchronous learning with a list of work done.
Families travel to a restricted state or abroad and must quarantine for 2 weeks upon return.

OR

Your child must quarantine for an extended period (10 to 14 days) due to exposure.
Continue to learn remotely if you feel well enough.

Participate in asynchronous learning activities that are part of the student’s regular learning routine (e.g. independent reading, work on independent projects, work on digital curricula such as Brainpop), or recorded teacher lessons. Your child will be marked present.
Make sure you quarantine when you return from a restricted state or from abroad.

Communicate in advance to teachers and the office that your child will be quarantining. Teachers will provide child with temporary access to both Cohort A and Cohort B google classrooms so child can access daily assignments.
Your internet is down and your child cannot access lessons.Continue to work on paper-based tasks: reading, writing, art, working on long term projects.

Being on camera is not required for attendance.
Communicate to teachers and the office that you are having tech issues so that your child can be marked present.

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS WORKING FROM HOME

When working at home, whether your child is in blended learning or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher.  At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we tried to provide flexibility wherever possible.

Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.  You can find a link to your teacher’s Google classroom in the Class Pages 

During 100% remote learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Zoom.  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 with their video on.  Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.

TECHNOLOGY

The DOE is committed to providing technical support to students while working from home.