OUR SCHOOL'S COVID PLAN
WELCOME TO OUR COVID RESPONSE PAGE
Below you’ll find all the critical information about how PS 100 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.
Our school district also has important information and resources for you.
GUIDANCE FOR HYBRID AND REMOTE LEARNING
Please see the hybrid & remote learning information below.
Student In-Person School Hours
Dismissal: 1:45 pm
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Irene Cuevas:
Address: 800 Taylor Ave Bronx, NY 10473
*You can also connect with your teachers directly using ClassDojo.
HOW HYBRID LEARNING WORKS
Hybrid learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. 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.
- 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 lessons during remote learning for their at-home learning days. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning assignments are an important part of the learning process and will be graded.
- Teachers and intervention specialists will have virtual "office hours" (on Google Classroom) after school hours Monday - Thursday. 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, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or in school.
REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
During hybrid 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 want to provide flexibility.
- Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates, lessons, and assignments from their teachers. You can find a link to your teacher's Google Classroom on ClassDojo.
- At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Classroom.
- At-home assignments for each week should be turned in by 4:00pm each Friday. Assignments will be graded.
- All students are expected to participate everyday. Attendance will be taken on a daily basis.
- During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Hangouts/Meet. 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. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.
Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.
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 inside PS 100 at all times by all adults and students. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file.
- 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. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.
- 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 to 12 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 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.
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
- The DOE has created student accounts for every single New York City public school student, including 3K and Pre-K students. These accounts give students access to Teach Hub/Google Classroom/Clever.
- To retrieve Student Account ID and Password Go to Student Account Self Service
- If you need technical support for Google Classroom, call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.
- If your student needs a laptop or tablet P.S. 100 will provide one. Borrowing a device is free!
- If your student experiences technical issues with their i-pads, they can request help through the Technical Support for Families form.
- Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days.
- If you are using your own device, make sure it meets the technology requirements for online learning.
- Here is the link to go directly to Teach Hub. Please use Google Chrome as your browser.
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 through ClassDojo.
- 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.
- For grades K-2, expect your child to work up to 2 hours per day, broken up into sessions of no more than 30 minutes.
- For grades 3-5, expect your child to work up to 4 hours per day, broken up into sessions of no more than one hour.
Please see below for important resources.
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 at P.S. 100 from 7:30 am through 1:30pm Monday – Friday or through the Meal Hub program.
Our Guidance Counselor and School Psychologist are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you.
*Please contact Ms. McMillian, our School’s IEP specialist, or Ms. DiLorenzo, our School Psychologist if your child needs to be evaluated for an IEP or 504 plan.
*Please contact Ms. Jackubowski, our Guidance Counselor, if your family 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 to the right 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.
Sign up for updates through the Notify App using the school code: SRZ9VM. Download the app using the Notify tab to the right.
MEETING SPECIAL NEEDS
- Children of essential workers: NYC is offering an option for 100% in-person instruction for children of essential workers. Contact Irene Cuevas at 718-842-1461 for information.
- 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 our parent coordinator Irene Cuevas at 718-842-1461 to enroll your child in our remote learning program.
- Special needs students: Students with special needs will receive a separate email from Ms. McMillian with instructions. 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.