COVID RESPONSE PLAN
Welcome to our COVID Response Page
Below you will find all of the critical information about how P596X is changing
the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID 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.
P596X also has important information and resources for you.
Last updated: August 30, 2021
Fall 2021 IN-PERSON LEARNING INFORMATION
Safe and Healthy Learning for All
Fall 2021 marks an important homecoming for our schools. On September 13, we begin the journey to recovery by welcoming New York City students back to school communities and classrooms where they can feel safe and well-cared for, and where they can learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.
Our return to full-time, in-person learning starts with a safe and healthy learning environment for every student and staff member and ensuring students have the tools and support they need to succeed. As we prepare for the first day of the 2021-22 school year, we will continue to update this page with information about health and safety protocols in our schools, important changes to academic policy, supports and services for students and families, and more.
Homecoming Health and Safety Guide
Watch: Homecoming NYC
Before the School Year Starts
As you prepare for September 13, families should take two important actions before the school year starts:
Get your children vaccinated if they are aged 12 and older
Submit consent for COVID-19 testing
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older
Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination is safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status.
If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov (Open external link).
You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefacts (Open external link).
Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for DOE students and staff participating in Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) sports considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission. High-risk sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby. Vaccination will also be required for participation in bowling because it takes place in spaces that require vaccination.
Participants in fall high-risk sports must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the first day of competitive play, which varies by sport. Winter and spring PSAL participants have until the beginning of their season to be fully vaccinated. Get additional information about health and safety protocols for PSAL in the 2021-22 school year.
Providing Consent for COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing of students (grades 1 through 12) and staff is an important part of how New York City is protecting our school communities. In order for your child in to participate in the in-school COVID testing program, it is important that you provide consent. You can fill out the testing consent form in your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) or download a printable version at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting. Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn how to get started at schools.nyc.gov/NYCSA.
Health and Safety in Our Schools
Your child’s school is taking many important precautions to help keep students and staff healthy and safe this school year.
Visit the Health and Safety in Our Schools page for more information on:
Closure and Quarantine
Medically Necessary Instruction
Other Important Information
School Year Calendar
View important dates and find printable files in multiple languages for the 2021-22 school year at the 2021-22 calendar page. The NYC Schools online calendar, which includes the latest information about upcoming family events and workshops throughout the year, can be viewed at Calendar.
Need Help Finding a School?
New to New York City schools, or need help with the enrollment process? Visit the New Students page for detailed information about enrollment in NYC public schools for grades from 3-K through 12.
Get a New York City Schools Account
Make sure that your school can reach you with important information and alerts by updating your contact information in your NYC Schools Account. If you do not have an NYC Schools Account, you can sign up for an account by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. Learn more about the NYC Schools Account and how to create an account and confirm your information.
Parents have the right to receive information or communicate with a staff member at their school or Department of Education (DOE) office in their language. If you or someone you know needs help, tell your school’s principal or parent coordinator, call the DOE at (718) 935-2013 or email Hello@schools.nyc.gov. You can find more information and important resources, including the Parent Guide to Language Access, at NYC Public Schools Speak Your Language. Learn more about your rights under Chancellor’s Regulation A-663 at Language Access Policy.
If you have questions about your child's enrollment, contact Venera Celentano, Pupil Accounting Secretary at VCelentano@schools.nyc.gov or 718.904.5752.
The school day will run from 8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 7:45 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day. If you wish to drop your child off, please inform your child’s teacher.
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR COVID PLAN
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. Physical distancing guidelines and mandatory use of face coverings must be enforced for all individuals while in the building. Exceptions to face covering usage are as follows:
Medically verified students who cannot tolerate a face covering, including where students with such coverings would impair their physical or mental health.
Where the use of face covering is inappropriate considering the development level or age of the student (e.g. under two years old).
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.
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.
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 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.
Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.
Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.
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.
GUIDANCE FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING
Please see the in-person learning information below.
Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access
Please see below for important resources.
Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
No one will be turned away at any time.
All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time.
Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites.
Help For Families
We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help.
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 for free meals above).
Our school psychologists are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you.
Please contact Ms. Dawn Harney, our Parent Coordinator or Ms. Maritza Febres, our Family Worker, if your family has lost housing, is experiencing a crisis, or needs additional support during this time.
There are many community resources available for families who need help with housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services, and other supports during this time. Use the quick links below to connect with more community resources.
To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser. We'll also be sending out emails to all families. Please join our mailing list.
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MEETING SPECIAL NEEDS
Special Needs/IEPs: We are committed to fully complying with IEP accommodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school learning .