NEW BLENDED SCHEDULE
Dear 26Q161 Families,
This has been a hectic and challenging year for all of us. With your efforts and contributions, our school building has remained a safe place for teaching and learning for our students over the past several months. We are excited to share with you an updated school calendar that will allow your child to attend school two consecutive days a week. All students will remain in two cohorts either cohort A or cohort B. There is no more cohort C. If your child’s cohort is going to change, we will be in touch with additional details. We are hoping with the additional time spent in the school building your child will continue to grow academically, emotionally and physically. The adjustment to the school calendar will bring a needed routine to every week. Please see December calendar for detailed information.
The new calendar change will take effect as soon as the in-school building learning begins.
Cohort A: In person learning every Tuesday and Wednesday
Fully remote on Monday, Thursday and Friday
Cohort B: In person learning every Thursday and Friday
Fully remote on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
NO Cohort C
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out ASAP.
Jill Hoder, Principal
Patricia Hanley, Assistant Principal
December Calendar when "in building" learning begins:
click here to download December 2020 calendar.docx
All New York City Department of Education families MUST complete the 2020-2021 Lunch Form no later than December 14, 2020. The lunch forms are a vital part of funding for the school. If each family does not complete the form, then the class sizes will increase, shortage of staff, no after school programs, etc. Please fill out the form TODAY!
Click on Lunch Form to complete the form. If you would like assistance, please call Ms. Knowles at 347-9339861.
How to View Your Child's Report Card
If you need information where COVID-19 testing is being conducted,
click this link NYC Covid-19 Portal
Jill Hoder, Principal
Patricia Hanley, Assistant Principal
Address: 101-33 124th Street , Richmond Hill, New York 11419
Telephone: 718-441-5493. Fax: 718-441-6202. email:28Q161@schools.nyc.gov
Kathy Knowles, Parent Coordinator
A Letter from the Chancellor
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
All of us at the Department of Education have been so proud to witness the joy of students and educators reuniting and learning together this year. We have been the only major school district in the nation to reopen our buildings. The benefit to hundreds of thousands of students is incredible, as school communities have reconnected in person for learning, growing, and supporting one another.
All along, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates across the city and, when necessary in response to infections, temporarily closing our school buildings and transitioning students to fully remote learning.
Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students, until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
I am sure you have many questions, and below you can find some important guidance to provide some answers. As always, we are committed to academic excellence, community-building, and social-emotional support for your child—no matter where they are learning.
Devices for Remote Learning-
Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.
You can also get quick help online-
- Browse tech support topics: schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools
- File a tech support ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport
- Request a device: schools.nyc.gov/devices
- Get support with a DOE-issued iPad: schools.nyc.gov/ipadfixes
- Issues with your Internet connection: schools.nyc.gov/internet
We are committed to ensuring every student is learning 5 days a week. Your child’s school will support you in remote learning if you currently don’t have a device by providing paper-based work. Contact your school for more info.
Free Meals for Students and Families-
All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available.
Early Childhood Education-
3-K and Pre-K classrooms in district schools and DOE Pre-K Centers will be closed. If your child attends a program in a community-based center that is not located in a public school, or attends a family childcare program that is part of a DOE network, it will remain open. If you are not sure which type of program your child attends or have questions about your child’s services, please contact your program directly. Strong supports are in place to ensure that these sites can continue operating safely.
Although we are temporarily shifting to fully remote teaching and learning for all students, if you have recently elected to enroll your child in blended learning, your child will be able to begin in-person learning after we reopen. I know that for many of you, this decision to temporarily close school buildings that we recently opened up will be disappointing, and I understand. But by confronting these challenges together, we can continue to fight back against COVID-19. And I am confident that before long, we will be able to safely reopen our school buildings again.
Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day.
We will continue to provide updates, supporting you and everyone in the DOE family as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. We are grateful for your partnership and all you do for our city.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Radom COVID Testing for Students
As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.
As the September 29, 2020 letter co-signed by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Executive Director Ted Long of New York City Test + Trace Corps, and Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated, the test is easy, quick, and safe. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.
If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. The majority of all testing results will be available within 48 hours. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.
If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.
Jill Hoder, Principal
Arrival and Dismissal
- Grades 1- 3
- Entrance on 125th Street thru the back main lobby doors.
- 2nd and 3rd grade 8:20am
- 1st grade at 8:30am
- Students will receive temperature scan and then 1st and 2nd grade will be directed up main stairs to sit outside 6 ft apart outside of their assigned rooms.
- Grades 4-5 and all Bussing students
- Entrance on 124th Street thru the main lobby doors.
- 5th grade at 8:15am
- 4th grade at 8:20am
- Students will receive temperature scan and then be directed up main stairs to the appropriate floor and assigned classroom.
- Pre-K & Kindergarten
- Entrance on 124th Street at Kindergarten Playground Area (entrance thru school’s small parking lot) room door 142
- Kindergarten at 8:30am
- Pre-K at 8:35am
- Students will receive temperature scan and then K will be escorted upstairs to the 2nd floor assigned classrooms. Pre-K will be escorted to the Pre-K classroom.
- Pre- K & Kindergarten dismissed at 1:50pm – Kindergarten Playground Area (entrance at school’s small parking lot on 124th street)
- Grades 1-3 dismissed at 1:55pm 125th Street back doors Dismissal takes place in the small yard near the jungle gym.
- 1st grade – against the school building near main lobby doors in the small yard 125th street entrance
- 2nd grade – tower doors (small yard 125th street)
- 3rd grade – against school building near the outdoor classroom in the small yard 125th street entrance
- Grades 4-5 dismissed at 2:00 pm – 124th Street
- Dismissal takes place from the main entrance on 124th Street
SPECIAL NOTES FOR DISMISSAL
- Please make every effort to pick up your child on time at the designated exiting doors.
- Upon dismissal, please immediately vacate the area to allow other students and parents to pick up and leave safely while socially distancing.
- Write a note, classdojo.com your child’s teachers or call the office 718-441-5493 regarding any special arrangements at dismissal.
- Please ensure a speedy and safe exit. Please wear a mask, socially distance and please do NOT double park.