COVID-19 Plan and Information

Welcome!

P.S. 376Q 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 Department of Education also has important information and resources for you.

Key Contact

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Mrs. Carmen Lei:

Email
clei@ps376q.org

Phone

(929) 267-5900

Address

210-21 48th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

Hybrid Learning Schedule for Fall 2020

Hybrid learning schedule: your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

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The school day will run from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:30 am and must be picked up promptly by 2:00 pm. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 

  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for their at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 

  • Teachers will have virtual office hours after school hours Monday - Friday from 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments. 

  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, MLLs (multi lingual learners), or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional group or one-on-one instructional support provided either virtually or in school. 

Arrival

  • Arrival time for students is 8:30 am.

  • Only one adult should drop off child, wearing masks, using social distance spots. Parents/guardians must adhere to their arrival times in order to help us safely socially distance all students. 

  • All students must wear their color sticker tags on their backpack. This will allow school staff members to assist students with arrival. Students who arrive on their unassigned cohort days will be sent home. 

  • Students entering the school building will have to pass the health screening in order to enter the school building: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc

  • Students will have their temperature taken at the gate before entering the school yard. Parents/guardians must accompany their child at the gate and may not leave until the student's temperature is taken.

  • Pre-K students and their siblings will arrive using the Pre-K playground on 211th street.​​

  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students will arrive using the school yard on 47th avenue.

  • Late students arriving after 8:40 am must come in through the main entrance on 48th avenue. Students will have their temperature taken before entering. Parents/guardians must accompany their child and may not leave until the student's temperature is taken.

Dismissal

  • Dismissal time for students will start at 1:50 pm and all students must be picked up by 2:00 pm.

  • Only one adult may approach the school to pick up their child. All adults must wear masks.

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten students and their siblings will dismiss using the Pre-K playground on 211th street.​​

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students will dismiss using the school yard on 47th avenue.

  • Parents/guardians who are late to pick up must come in through the main entrance on 48th avenue.

Remote Learning Schedule for Fall 2020

Remote learning schedule: your child will be learning from home every day. 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 want to provide flexibility. 

Check this page for updates. 

  • Students and families should check Google Class daily for important updates from their teachers. 

  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. 

  • Students are expected to sign in using their NYC student email address.

Meeting Special Needs

Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: 

  • If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19 may opt to continue 100% remote learning. Contact Mrs. Carmen Lei to enroll your child in our remote learning program. 

Special needs students: 

  • Students with special needs will receive a separate email from our related service providers who will be servicing your child. We are committed to fully complying with IEP and 504 accommodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models. 

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 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 bodily 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. 

    • All students, teachers, and families entering the school building will have to pass the health screening in order to enter the school building: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc

    • Green means you are allowed enter the building.

    • Red means you are not allowed to enter the building.

    • Temperature checks will be part of our arrival procedure for everyone.

  • 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 6 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 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 across all grades for in-person instruction. 

  • Improvements in ventilation: New HVAC filters will be put into our air circulation system and replaced every 3 months. Windows and doors will be open for additional air circulation. 

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms on a daily basis. 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.

  • 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. 

Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access

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

Tips for Successful At-Home Learning

At-home learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities will vary by age and grade level. The expectations below are guidelines. If your child is not able to complete at-home learning assignments within the time periods recommended below, contact your child's teacher to discuss a modified assignment load. 

  • Make sure your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the television or other technology not needed for learning. 

Learn at Home Resources

(Post links to your school's most frequently used remote learning sites.)

Family and Community Resources

Free Meals for All

  • Three free meals will be available daily for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs across the 5 boroughs. To find a location near you visit http://schools.nyc.gov/freemeals or text "NYC FOOD" to 877-877.

Help for Families

  • We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link above). 

  • Our guidance counselor and school secretary are available to assist you. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you. 

    • Please contact Mrs. Bessie (Vicky) Tsoulos, our School Guidance Counselor, if your child is experiencing trauma and/or is in need mental health support. If your family has lost housing, is experiencing a crisis, or needs additional support during this time. 

Community Resources

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