COVID-19 Updates



Below you’ll find all the critical information about how Jamaica Children's School, 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.


Daily Health Screening

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




In order to maintain the safety of all staff and students, the NYCDOE will continue to maintain increased ventilation, the daily health screening form, and COVID-19 home test kit distribution. Here is what’s changing effective March 7 and what will remain the same:  


Face Coverings 

NEW: Effective March 7, face coverings will become optional, indoors and outdoors, on NYC public school grounds and on school buses, for all K-12 students and staff with a few exceptions. Please note that while wearing a face covering will no longer be required, anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so; face coverings will continue to be available through the school’s custodian engineer. Face coverings are still required or recommended in the following scenarios:  

Face coverings are required: 

  • Face coverings after return from 5-day isolation: Anyone returning on Day 6 after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without testing is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10. 
  • Face coverings for Early Childhood programs: The indoor mask mandate is still active for LYFE, EarlyLearn (Infants & Toddlers), 3-K, Pre-K, and 4410 classrooms. Children two years old and older, and all staff in these classrooms, must continue to follow the same face covering requirements whether they are in a district school, CBO, or home-based program. Since children under the age of five are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, face coverings remain our strongest defense against COVID-19 for early childhood populations.  
  • Face coverings in medical rooms/nurses’ offices: Wearing a face covering is still required in medical rooms/nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers. Nurses will have masks on hand for anyone entering who needs one. 
  • Face coverings following exposure: It is strongly recommended that face coverings be worn when an individual has been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 (in the same room for 15 minutes or longer with a person who tested positive for COVID-19). This face covering should be well-fitting and should be worn for 10 days after the known exposure.  


Social Distancing 

NEW: There are no requirements for social distancing in public spaces, including classrooms, cafeterias and auditoriums, unless the person is returning from isolation. As per NYS guidance, those that are required to still wear face coverings due to returning from isolation should distance when they have to remove their mask for eating. 


Visitor Policy 

NEW: A face covering is now optional for visitors.  All visitors wishing to enter DOE school buildings must continue to show proof of having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, show identification, and complete the daily health screening form.  


Student Vaccine Requirements 

High-risk extracurricular activities will still require participants to be fully vaccinated. High-risk sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse (boys), stunt, and rugby. High-risk extra-curricular activities include chorus, musical theater, dance/dance team, band/orchestra, marching band, and cheerleading/step teams/flag team. 

Any student attending a dance or prom must be fully vaccinated.  



Printable Decision Charts
We recognize that families need clear information to help them make decisions. For a visual guide to the policies explained in detail below, visit for two charts that outline the steps you should take if your child feels sick, was exposed to COVID-19, or tested positive for COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Chart for Early Childhood Families (LYFE, 3-K, Pre-K, or EarlyLearn)
  • COVID-19 Chart for Kindergarten–12 students


 Free & low cost internet providers 

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



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


All Connect

With many schools utilizing a combination of physical and online resources for their classes, a reliable internet connection at home is very important. For many students, having internet access at home can make a huge difference in their academic success.

Our team created a guide that covers affordable internet plans and low-cost internet options. This up-to-date resource breaks down the different cost-effective internet options available, how to qualify and apply for assistance programs as well as the different costs and speeds available.