COVID-19 Updates

WELCOME TO OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE

 

Below you’ll find all the critical information about how P.S. 312Q 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.

The NYC DOE Return to School 2020 section also has important information and resources for you. See the Messages for Families for recent letters to families from Chancellor Carranza.

 

Daily Health Screening

Complete the Health Screening each morning before dropping your child off for in-person learning.

COVID-19 TESTING CONSENT INFORMATION

In order for your child (in grades 1 and higher) to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing by the first day your child returns to their school building. Testing will happen weekly for a random selection of staff and students in your child’s school. Given the ongoing fight against a citywide resurgence of COVID-19, this mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19 is a crucial part of our plan to keep all schools safe. Any student in grade 1 or higher returning to school buildings must submit a consent form for COVID-19 testing in school by their first day back. 

  • Kindergarten students are excluded from random testing.  
  • The test is quick, safe, and easy. A video showing the testing process is available at nyc.gov/covidtesting.  

How do I submit consent?  

Submitting consent to have your child tested for COVID-19 in school is quick and easy. Even if you have already submitted consent, we ask you to do so again to ensure your student has the latest consent form on file. There are two easy ways to submit:  

1) Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) at mystudent.nyc.

  • If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.  
  • If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.  

2) Print and sign the form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.  

We will have copies of the consent form available at 8:10 am at the two entrances.

Can my child receive an exemption from weekly random testing?  

Exemptions will only be granted in certain limited cases:  

  • For students who need a medical exemption, due to a health condition that would make it unsafe to undergo testing (e.g., facial trauma, nasal surgery), you will be able to submit a separate form for consideration. This form must be signed by a physician and you must submit medical documentation from a health care provider.  
  • For students with disabilities who cannot be safely tested in school due to the nature of their disability, you will be able to submit a separate request for an exemption.  
  • The exemption forms are available  at nyc.gov/covidtesting in multiple languages.  

What happens if I don’t submit consent?  

You must submit consent by the day that your child returns to your school building; that is the due date, and we need all students to participate.  

  • If your child comes to school on their first day back for in-person instruction without a consent form on file, someone on our school staff will contact you to obtain consent.   
  • After that, students without consent forms on file, who do not have a medical or disability-based exemption submitted, will be moved to fully remote instruction.

 

Building Safety

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 and students in the building.
  • 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.
  • Social Distancing: Social distancing is required at all times. Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building.
  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 100°F must stay home and notify the school. 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 quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and notify the school.
  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test SiteOpens in a new browser tab page to find a test site closest to you.

Technology Support

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

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Device Request FormOpens in a new browser tab to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free!
  • If your children experience internet-connectivity issues with their iPads, they can request help through the Technical Support for Families formOpens in a new browser tab.
  • 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 not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.

Useful Resources

LIST OF PROVIDERS OFFERING FREE WI-FI OR SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 60 DAYS

 Free & low cost internet providers 

New York City is offering "Free and Low-Cost Internet Options" through different programs for DOE students and families.

Comcast

Offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already.
Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment
Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment
Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi

Charter Communications/Spectrum

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
Call: 1-844-488-8395
Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access

Altice USA

For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.
Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region
Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region
Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement

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 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.

Community Resources