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COVID REOPENING PAGE

Below you'll find all the critical information about how PS 126 MAT 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 information here as conditions change. 

Our school district also has important information and resources for you.

Hybrid Learning Plan for Fall 2020

We are starting this school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If our city moves into a level 4 health emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students.​

  • The school day will be 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

  • All students should be dropped off no earlier than 8:20 AM

  • Elementary students MUST be picked up promptly at the end of the school day at 2:00 PM

  • Middle School Students will be dismissed and must immediately leave the building at the end of the school day

  • The schools will accommodate multiple points of entry -  Entrance A & B for PK - 2 Grade, Grades 3-5 Entrance E and Grades 6 - 8 Entrance C & D.

  • Each point of entry will be supervised by staff to ensure that students are supported in maintaining physical distancing and using PPE.

  • There will be staff presence outside the school building to support students and families lining up for entry.

  • School counselors and social workers will be assigned to morning entry or designated locations to support any students exhibiting signs of distress.

  • Families have to complete a health screening before entering the school; in accordance with “Daily Health Screenings” in the COVID-19 SchoolHealth Policy. 

  • Students are recommended to arrive with their own face coverings, and if they do not have a face covering, one will be provided before entering the school building.

  • There will be a single file lineup with six feet markers and identified traffic patterns with directional markings.

  • Upon entry to the building, students will be directed to their assigned classrooms (six feet from one another) and have the ability to collect breakfast (grab and go) at entry.

  • Students must clean hands with sanitizer or with soap and water after entry.

  • If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, we are offering that as an option. Contact our Parent Coordinator Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@schools.nyc.gov.

Key Contacts

If you have questions about the school reopening plan, please contact:

 

Parent Coordinator, Rebecca Johnson

Email: 

rjohnson@schools.nyc.gov 

Phone:

(646) 584-0820

Address:

PS 126 Jacob August Riis/MAT

80 Catherine Street

NY, NY 10038

Safety Information

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 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.

  • 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. 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 (212) 962-2188 or contact Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@schools.nyc.gov immediately. 

  • 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.

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 from 31 to a maximum of 9 students 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. 

Guidance for Hybrid & Remote Learning

Please see the hybrid and remote learning information below.

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 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 and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Classroom/Meet) Monday - Friday from 2:00 pm to 2:20 pm

 

 

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. 

  • At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Class by daily by 8:30 am. 

  • At-home assignments for each week should be turned in by 4:00 each Friday.  

  • All remote students are expected to sign into google classroom by 8:30 am daily. 

  • During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google 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. 

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. 

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, please contact Rebecca Johnson, Parent Coordinator at rjohnson@schools.nyc.gov 

  • 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 learningOpens in a new browser tab

  • If you do not have internet in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments

  • If you are having trouble connecting to Google Class, please inform your child's teacher and someone from the school will follow up with you. 

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. 

  • 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. 

  • Your child may benefit from focusing on a limited number of subjects each day. For example, If they are working at home Monday-Wednesday-Friday, they may want to work on science and math on Mondays, Social Studies and English Language Arts on Wednesday, and use Fridays to catch up on any assignments not yet completed. 

Learn at Home Resources

Click the icons below to access some frequently used online learning resources

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Resources

Please see below for important resources.

Free Meals

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.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals

Families will be able to register online to pick up food from a school other than the school in which you are registered when you are attending school remotely.

Link to be added when new information becomes available. 

 

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 to the left). 

  • Our social worker and school psychiatrist are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you. 

    • Please contact Stami Apos, our School Psychiatrist,at sapos@schools.nyc.gov if your child is experiencing trauma or mental health issues or needs to be evaluated for an IEP or 504 plan. 

    • Please contact Marilyn Sentmanat, our Social Worker, at msentma@schools.nyc.gov 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 to the right to connect with more community resources. 

Meeting Special Needs

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