Please be advised that today is the last day to request technology through the link that was provided through our remind application and posted on our school website.
As you know, we want to ensure our students continue to learn, and that will mean each of them will need a device. If you need a device please complete the Remote Learning Device Request Form or call 718-935-5100.
Again today is the last day for requesting technology through the link. This information will be posted on our school website. www.ps216.com
As you may already know, our virtual classrooms will be going "Live" on Monday, March 23,2020. Beginning on Monday, your child will be able to log into their virtual classroom which can be found at classroom.google.com. All students should have recieved usernames and passwords from their teachers. Each child was given an email @ps216.com. This is the email they will use for the google platform. If they have not already done so, they will need to set up the account immediately. If you are having any difficulty logging in or need help in any way, please contact your child's teacher via email or Remind. Google Classroom can be used on laptops, ipads or smartphones.
Each morning, your child's teacher will post new work across all content areas including ELA,Math, Social Studies and Science. This will be in the form of video, posted assignments, discussions/chats. Students are also expected to complete 45 minutes of I-Ready for reading and 45 minutes of I-Reay math. Your child will also see that our cluster teachers also have a Google classroom for Physical Education, Science, Dance, Visual Arts & Music. Your child is expected to complete the assigned work in cluster classrooms each week. In addition, Mrs. Festa will be posting a Leader in Me lesson once per week for students to continue to engage with their work in the 7 Habits.
Teachers will be available for live support and feedback during the school day. They will share these times with you in order to make it easier to communicate. They are here to help! Please reach out if you need anything. Our goal is to make sure the children continue their education! We must work together to make this happen.
Here a few tips to help you get started:
1. Set up a home workstation. Be sure that it is comfortable and well lit. Have all supplies at the ready. (notebooks, pencils, pens, paper, etc)
2. Keep a daily work schedule. Try to choose a consistent time to complete school work, preferably during school hours.
3. Keep consistent bedtime routines and hours. Kids are used to going to bed earlier on "school nights" so that they are refreshed in the morning and ready to work.
4. Schedule "breaks" throughout the day and be sure they have time to eat breakfast and lunch.
5. Keep distractions to a minimum. Try not to have too much excess noise in the background.
6. Encourage your child to do the work on their own, whenever possible. When your child is working on I-Ready, their learning path is created from recent assessment data. Therefore your child is practicing the skills he/she needs. Giving them the answer does not help them to make progress. Please help them to learn indenpendence.
7. Keep them motivated. Provide praise and encouragement. After all this is different for them! It may seem strange and they may need some reassurance.
8. Check the Google classroom daily so that you are aware of the teacher's expectations.
We thank you for your support as we transition to remote learning environments. Please feel free to reach out to our teachers or our parent coordinator, Mrs. Mallory Figueroa. I am positive that the students will make us proud! Stay safe everyone. I looke forward to seeing you all soon!
PS216 Arturo Toscanini
Breakfast and Lunch
Though schools themselves are closed, free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch can be picked up by any student this week.Meals are available from 7:30am-1:30pm right inside the main entrance to our school building.
Dear Families, The health and safety of all NYC Department of Education (DOE) students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. We are writing today with a number of important updates for all students and families, including the latest information about ways to protect your health. There are a number of actions we have taken and many things you can do to keep our communities safe. The most important action you can take is to stay home if you are sick. Please see the attached What You Need to Know factsheet [https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/novel-coronavirus-wuhanfactsheet. pdf] and Stop the Spread flyer [https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/stop-thespread- poster.pdf], and read on for additional information. Our Preparations and Protocols School Cleaning + Hygiene We continue to work in close partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to enhance protocols in schools. These include: Ensuring that all DOE school buildings have a nurse; Increasing deep cleanings to two times per week, disinfecting surface areas with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved cleaning disinfectant; Ensuring that all schools have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels; Supplying all schools with facemasks to be used if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms and requires isolation prior to transport to a doctor and/or testing; and Strongly encouraging regular hand washing throughout the day, particularly before meals, and making changes as needed to ensure students have the time to wash hands. International Travel All DOE-sponsored international travel for students and staff for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year is canceled. This includes study abroad programs, where students are scheduled to come from other countries to stay with host families in NYC, and where DOE public school students are hosted abroad. Attendance We are committed to easing families’ concerns on attendance and admissions.
Student absences in the current school year (2019–2020) will not impact applications of current fifthand eighth-graders applying to middle- or high-schools for the 2020–2021 school year. Student absences in the current school year (2019–2020) will not impact applications of current fourthand seventh-graders applying for middle- or high-school for the 2021–2022 school year. What if a student feels sick in school? In the event a student is sick, complaining of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that child should be taken to the school nurse. The nurse will ask the student to wear a face mask, call for parental pick up, and recommend calling a medical provider for instructions. Any student with respiratory symptoms and fever should wait in a supervised setting with a closed door, away from other students. What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in my school? In the event that DOHMH determines that there is a need for investigation, closure, or other action at a school, you will immediately be notified. Per New York State, if there is a confirmed case in a school, the school must be closed for at least 24 hours while DOHMH investigates and determines whether additional closure is needed. We urge you to ignore rumors you might hear separate and apart from official communication from DOHMH, DOE, and your school. We are working with the State to provide more information on school closure guidance to share in the near future. Large Gatherings Right now, the City has not advised the cancellation of large events or public gatherings, but is monitoring developments and will adjust as needed. If you are sick, stay home. If you have chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, a compromised immune system, chronic lung disease, and/or cancer, avoid unnecessary gatherings and events. What You Can Do Reduce Overcrowding Walk or bike to work, if possible. If the train is too packed, wait for the next one.
If You Feel Sick Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath, fever, or sore throat. If you do not feel better in 24–48 hours, seek care from your doctor. Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or work until you have been fever-free at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen. If you need help getting medical care, call 311. NYC will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. Special Guidance for Vulnerable New Yorkers The City is advising those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a compromised immune system to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings. If you have family or friends who have one of these conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick. If You Have Traveled Recently Anyone who has traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, or China and returned on or after March 4, 2020, must stay home from work or school for 14 days after their last day in that country and minimize contact with other people. If returning travelers from affected countries develop fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their medical provider and tell them about their symptoms and history of travel. For those self-monitoring at home, DOHMH has developed a supporting doctor’s note and FAQ available at nyc.gov/coronavirus under “Returning Travelers.” Students and families who returned from the affected countries before March 4, 2020, should monitor their health; if they develop any symptoms, they should stay home and call their medical provider. Please monitor CDC.gov for updates on affected countries here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/aftertravel- precautions.html. Continue to Practice General Viral Infection Prevention Measures Including: Wash your hands with soap and water often. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands. Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump. Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
How to Stay Informed and Fight Bias To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments. Please read the What You Need to Know factsheet [https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/novel-coronavirus-wuhan-factsheet.pdf] attached to this letter for more information. Visit nyc.gov/coronavirus at any time for important updates, including ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue. It’s important we come together as a city and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities. The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly, and stay in consistent communication with our 1.1 million families.
Corona Virus Update (you can use this layout if you need the letter translated) Please change the language at the top.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for school systems to consider. At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low. However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. The NYC Health Department is vigilantly preparing for all possible scenarios, and we will continue to monitor and communicate about any possible impact to our school communities. There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts. All New Yorkers should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including: • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve • Wash your hands regularly • Avoid touching your face • Avoid close contact with people who are sick • Get your flu shot – it’s never too late • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit nyc.gov/health at any time for important updates. We will continue to clearly communicate with our school communities about our ongoing efforts regarding the coronavirus. Sincerely,
Oxiris Barbot, MD Commissioner New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
We only have about 180 parents signed up for our school's remind app, which means there is about 500 parents who are still not signed up. Here you will receive important information on school events and other activities! Please see attached for steps on how to sign up. Remind can be a very useful tool.