FAQ

COHORTS

What model of blended learning will we be using?

MODEL 2

  • In this model, there are three in-person student groups and one fully remote student group.
  • This model has a three-week cycle that will repeat. For each group there will be one consistent day of the week the student will attend in-person, with Monday and Tuesday rotating among groups. Students will participate in remote learning for non-in person days.
  • Students will receive in-person instruction 5 days for every 3 week cycle. 
  • Students whose families choose fully remote learning will receive remote instruction every day.

 

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

What happens when a child comes to schol on a day that is NOT his/her assigned cohort? (the wrong day)

Guardians will be called to pick up the child.  While waiting for the parent to arrive, students will be escorted to the SAVE room (a room  that is not being used buy any class).     A laptop will be provided for the student in that room to join the remote instruction with their remote cohort group until they are picked up by a parent or guardian.

How will children taking the bus enter the school?

Students arriving on a bus will be released by the bus matron to the classroom teacher at predetermined line up spots in the front entrance on 23rd St. 

Where do parents who drop off their children go to drop them off?

  • School starts at 9:00. PS 347 students will enter the building through the lower yard gates (closer to 3rd Avenue)
  • Parents will line up (6 feet apart) outside the lower yard gate, to wait for the gate to open and for 347 staff to receive the students at the lower gate opening. Parents are required to stay with the students until the gates open and the 347 staff is ready to receive your child.
  • At 8:55 AM, the gate will be opened. 
  • Staff will receive children, 3 at a time, and escort them to their assigned line up area. Parents are not permitted to enter the lower yard. Please keep in mind that parents and students are to maintain a 6 foot distance between adults and children. If you wish to have a conversation with the teacher, please email them for a virtual meeting.

What if I am late in dropping off my child?

  • In the event of a late arrival, parents will bring students to the security desk located in the front lobby, to be retrieved by a staff member.
  • Parents will not be permitted past security.

How will my child be dismissed?

  • In order to maintain social distancing during dismissal, we have a staggered dismissal schedule.
  • Groups will be escorted to the lower yard at staggered times.
  • The gates will open at 2:15. Please arrive on time and wait outside the gate. Parents will not be permitted to enter the lower yard.
  • Students will be dismissed by grade. 
  • We appreciate your patience in allowing each grade to exit in the order it is called.

Please note: Once the gates open, bus students will exit the area first.

What are the dismissal times?

In order to maintain social distancing during dismissal, we have a staggered dismissal schedule:

  • Pre K will be dismissed first at 2:15.
  • Grades K-2 will be dismissed at 2:20
  • Grades 3-5 will be dismissed at 2:25
  • Grades 6-8 will be dismissed at 2:30

Can I keep my child's scooter at the school?

No.

ATTENDANCE

How will attendance be marked?

Attendance will be taken daily. It is important that your child show up on time for class. The DOE will track and follow up on attendance for every student, every day, regardless of the student’s setting that day (remote or in person).

What does being "PRESENT" mean?

Remote:  Student is virtually present and participating in a virtual learning environment for synchronous instruction during the scheduled school day. Being present means having the camera on, and engaging in the class. Students are expected to follow the rules for being "in class" at home as they would if they were in school. Students should not be eating or lying down during instructional time. They should have all materials readily available and come  ready to learn.

In Person:  Student is physically present in the classroom / school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.




LUNCH

What happens during breakfast and lunch time?

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served in classrooms to support social distancing and minimize interaction between groups of students. 
  • In person learning will include an instructional lunch period (in the classroom) for students, to be covered by an additional teacher other than the classroom teacher. 

How will students get their food?

  • Grab and go breakfasts will be picked up at the elevators as students proceed to their classrooms.
  • Grab and go lunches will dropped off at the elevators by cafeteria staff. Teachers will bring the lunches to the students in the classroom.
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Can my child bring his/her lunch?

  • Yes. Students will have their backpacks and their lunchboxes (if they choose to bring lunch) in their 6 foot area at all times. They will be able to eat whatever lunch you provide for them.

Will they have to wear masks while they eat?

  • Eating is the only exception to wearing masks. Students must wear their masks at all other times. As soon as eating is done, students are required to put their masks back on. 

School Hours

What are the school hours?

9:00 - 2:30

In oder to keep the rules of social distancing, we are staggering dismissal (please see section on arrivals and dismissal).

 

 

 

Social Distancing

What is the policy on Masks?

All students and staff will be expected to wear a mask when in the building, unless noted by a doctor. Clear masks will be provided to students prior to entrance into the building. In order to best serve our school community, PS 347 will be provided with clear masks from the DOE. If a student refuses to wear a mask, they will be removed from the classroom, and placed in the SAVE room. If the student is still non-compliant with safety guidelines, a parent/guardian will be contacted to retrieve the student.

 

How will social distancing practices be  structured in the school building?

  • Classroom: Students will be spaced out to follow the 6ft social distancing guidelines within the classroom. Materials will be provided to be specific to each students, to eliminate cross contamination.
  • Hallways and Stairwells: Hallways and staircases will be labeled to encourage one way directionality.
  • Bathroom: Bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day, accompanied with a teacher to monitor hand washing and social distance practices.
  • Elevator: No student should use elevators, unless dictated by a medical accommodation. Adults should maintain social distance.

What is the CDC definition of cleaning vs disinfecting?

Cleaning reduces germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects and works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces.

Disinfecting kills (or inactivates) germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works best by using chemicals, as directed, on surfaces after they’ve been properly cleaned.

How will the classroom be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day?

Cleaning and disinfection products should not be used by or near students, and staff should ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children or themselves from inhaling toxic fumes.

Times for cleaning and disinfection could include:

  • In the morning before students arrive
  • Between classes (if students change rooms and while students are not present)
  • Between use of shared surfaces or objects
  • Before and after food service
  • Before students return from recess or breaks
  • After students leave for the day.

What are the health screening procedures be for students and staff entering the school?

Any person with a temperature of more than 100.0 from a temperature check cannot enter the building; however there may be circumstances where the student, for safety purposes (e.g. the student arrived on a school bus and is of a young age), should enter the building.

  • The student with an elevated temperature must be escorted to the Isolation Room to be evaluated by the nurse.
  • The parent will be called to pick up the child.
  • The child will get formally tested.

What is randomized COVID TESTING and when will it begin? 

Beginning October 1 and recurring each month, mandatory testing in schools will be comprised of a random sample of 10-20% of a school's student and staff population. Prior to entering the building, a random numbr will be determined. For example, "7." Every seventh person will have their temperature taken.

Symptoms of COVID at school

Do I send my child to school if he has symptoms?

School-based staff and students cannot report to school if they have: 

  • Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days; 
  • Been knowingly in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea); 
  • Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days; AND/OR 
  • Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

What happens if a child shows up at school showing symptoms of COVID-19?

The said students will be escorted to B-3, our predetermined isolation room. Parents or guardians will be contacted to pick up their child as soon as possible.

What happens if a staff member shows up at school showing symptoms of COVID-19?

Should a staff member present with symptoms of COVID-19, the staff member will be directed to leave the building, seek immediate medical attention, and get tested for COVID-19. In either case, the area where the individual was showing symptoms must be cleaned and disinfected.

Visitors, Parent Visits, and Field Trips

 

How can I visit my child's teacher?

Any individual who is not a staff member or student, will not be permitted in the building beyond the lobby.  Parents may schedule virtual appointments only with teachers and principals. Interpretation services for meetings will only be provided virtually, aside from classroom interpreters. 

Can visitors come into the school?

Any individual who is not a staff member or student, will not be permitted in the building beyond the lobby. 

Will Field Trips be allowed this year?

Field trips will not be scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year, except for walking trips. A walking trip permission slip will be sent home at the begin of the school year for each student. 

ZOOM ETIQUETTE AND GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Zoom Etiquette and General Expectations

  • Students are attending school via Zoom on remote learning days. Their appearance and behavior should be in accordance with a regular, in-person school experience.
  • Students should come to zoom at 9:00 AM, dressed and ready to learn. Students should be out of bed, seated in an appropriate location or workspace, and dressed for school. Students who are dressed for the day as if they were out of the home will be more likely to participate as they would in our brick and mortar building. Their attention and focus will be more suitable for learning. Students should wake up, have breakfast, get dressed, brush their hair and teeth, etc. before logging on for their first meeting.
  • Attendance is important. Instructional hours for every student is 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Students are expected to be “in school” during those times to learn. A student will be marked late if they log in past 9:00AM. Please make sure to schedule any appointments after 2:30 dismissal time. Students who leave early, or miss instructional periods will miss important content.
  • Establish a consistent workspace. NYC is not known for large, spacious apartments. We do not expect every student to have their own desk to work at daily. However, families are encouraged to establish a set workspace so that students understand the expectations of school and boundaries between the school day and weekends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Your child’s teacher and classmates can see behind the students. Should this make any family uncomfortable, rather than turning off the camera, we encourage you to find a workspace suitable to these conditions. Once student cameras are off, it allows them to disconnect from the class and limits the teacher’s ability to engage with students effectively. Students are expected to have cameras on unless directed by the teacher.
  • Avoid distracting others: Students should stay on mute until it is their turn to speak. This will help to eliminate background noise that could distract others.
  • Participate Respectfully: Use the Zoom chat respectfully. The chat feature is a tool to make comments and ask questions without interrupting the speaker, but students should be aware that comments are public and recorded in the minutes of the session. Students are required to engage with the chat as they would in a regular classroom conversation.

 

Behavioral Expectations for Students on Zoom

  • Always be respectful and courteous during zoom meetings. Inappropriate, offensive or threatening comments; misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive behavior by any participants during Zoom sessions will not be tolerated.
  • Students must use their @nycstudents.net email account to log into a Zoom session. Please ensure that your child logs out of any other Zoom accounts and logs in using these credentials each morning. Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality, and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.
  • No Trespassing.Students who are disruptive and/or “trespass” into Zoom sessions with other classes will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the NYCDOE Citywide Behavioral Expectations. Consequences may result in temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which would prevent the student from participating in Zoom virtual sessions. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian to be completed asynchronously.

 

Privacy Guidelines for Parents/Guardians

To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and confidentiality for students and teachers during remote learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines.

  • Zoom virtual instruction is designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians should not actively participate in sessions, although parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain with an earshot. 
  • Privacy is paramount: Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of a Zoom meeting, including not posting on any social media platform. Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during Zoom meetings should not be collected, discussed or shared.
  • Your Child is “in school” and should not be interrupted. Parents/guardians should not engage with students during Zoom meetings. If you need to speak with your child during a session, first mute your child’s microphone.
  • If you want to speak with teachers, this is not the time. Parents should not use the instructional time to speak to the teacher or have a meeting with the teacher. Contact your teacher via email to set up an appointment to have a virtual meeting during their office hours.

 

What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 in the school?

Please visit the DOE HEALTH AND SAFETY.

All scenarios are outlined. Scroll to the bottom of the page.