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Safety Information

The Safety of our students and staff during this time is Priority!
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Your Responsibilities while in the Building...

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

  • 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.
  • Hand washing: 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 name tag 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.
Safety Precautions Taken By Our School
In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school is taking 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 10 - 18 for in-person instruction.
  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible ......
  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms .....
  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing...
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Back to School Pledge  

On August 25, 2020, the Mayor and Chancellor announced a Back to School Pledge to every family, student and staff in a New York Public School.  Translated versions can be found on the Back to School Pledge site. 

Below is a summary of the pledge: 

Health and Safety Always Come First 

·         Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies will be supplied to all schools, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) will have a 30-day supply on hand at all times – with a hotline for principals to call for immediate resupply for their schools 

·         There will be a full-time nurse in every public school building 

·         Any school building or room found to have inadequate ventilation will not be used by students or staff 

·         Students and staff will practice physical distancing in all school buildings 

·         Students will remain in pods for as much of the day as possible 

·         Students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the school day; if they do not have them, they will be provided for free 

·         We will place hand sanitizer in every classroom 

·         City-run testing sites will prioritize free COVID testing and expedited results for school staff; free testing is also available to all students, families, and New Yorkers citywide 

·         We are encouraging all DOE employees to be tested monthly 

·         NYC Department of Health and Test + Trace Corps will immediately investigate confirmed cases to prevent spread of the virus 

·         Schools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools 

·         When necessary, classrooms or school buildings will temporarily close to maintain safety of school communities and prevent spread of the virus 

·         School buildings will close if the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in New York City is 3% or more using a 7-day average—the most aggressive threshold in the nation 

NYC Public Schools Will be Cleaned and Disinfected, Day and Night 

·         All school buildings will be disinfected overnight, every night 

·         High-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day 

·         Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact 

Students Will be Learning Five Days a Week, No Matter What 

·         Whether in-person or online, students will study in supportive environments with rigorous academic standards 

·         Remote students will interact with their teachers every day 

·         Student schedules – both remote and in-person – will be preset and consistent to allow families to plan 

·         Academic instruction will integrate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care to support students holistically 

·         Teachers will have time each day to engage one-on-one with students and families