Goddard Riverside offers free after school programming for PS 452 students. Please contact LSNCafterschool@gmail.com for more information.
Register to attend the virtual UFT Parent Conference on Saturday, November 7 from 9am-2pm. More information below.
School communities across the world are acclimating to their new normal. Whether instruction is in person, online, or a mix of both, we are learning how to achieve the best version of school with as few sacrifices as possible. This can feel like an uphill climb with looming uncertainties. Still, leaders, educators, students, and families are learning together more than ever.
As we continue this journey together, we hope that emotional intelligence can be our guide. This newsletter was designed to provide you with new and helpful ways to enhance RULER’s reach in your school community during this uncharted new academic year.
The new school year introduces its own set of uncertainties and stressors for families. We are excited to offer a webinar for your school's families on Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm ET. Please share the registration link below with parents and caregivers in your school newsletter, on your website, and during orientation!
Webinar Registration Link
Attendees of our RULER for Families webinar will learn more about:
Date: 10/15/20 (Thu)
Topic: Stress Reduction for Parents/Families
Description: Considering the incredible variety of student needs that parents and educators are managing, research indicates that stress levels are at an all-time high. Understanding the ripple effect of this stress and supporting each other with effective stress management strategies can be transformative in allowing adults to be at the best for students. This workshop provides attendees with research-based strategies for self-care, including monitoring strong emotional reactions, combatting de-motivating or stress-inducing thinking patterns, effective goal setting, coping skills that can be utilized, and incorporating mindfulness and relaxation techniques. This session is being offered in conjunction with the Child Mind Institute.
Link to Register
Translated letter: Spanish, Chinese. Additional translations of this and other letters can be found at NYC Dept. of Education Messages for Families page.
September 21, 2020
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.
There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols and created a COVID-19 Response Situation Room for DOE principals, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for school leaders in handling all COVID-19 cases in schools. When principals learn of a potential COVID-19 case in their school, they call the Situation Room to report it, and medical, public health, and education staff are on hand and readily available to support principals through responding to it. Principals or their designees call the Situation Room, which helps to handle everything from there - including quickly communicating vital updates for principals to share with their school communities.
We are confident in our ability to provide your children with the healthy, safe, engaging, high-quality education you expect. We will continue to be transparent and keep you informed. In this Update for Families, I am happy to share the latest information on:
In addition, to help you find key information I have shared in past updates, we have included quick links to DOE resources on:
As always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. If you have additional questions, please contact your principal. You can find information about your child’s school, including principal contact information, on our website using “Find a School” at schoolsearch.schools.nyc.
You have heard me say that September is my favorite month, and that is especially true this year. Return to School 2020 took a team effort, thousands of hours of work, and attention to countless details to get where we are today. I could not be prouder of our families, students, educators, and everyone who works in and for our schools.
As we start the new school year together, I can assure you that the largest school system in the nation is well prepared and up to the task. Please know that we are here for you. Your teachers and principals are here for you. And, together, we will achieve a remarkable year of learning.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
How to Complete Daily Health Screenings for Your Child
As always, the health and safety of our students, families, and school staff remain our top priority. We have spent months preparing for the safe reopening of our schools; we know they are like home for so many of us and provide the social-emotional support and learning our children need.
We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities safe. We are asking you to do your part by making sure your children have completed their health screenings (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. We encourage you to use our Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.
As always, please keep your child home if they are sick.
Where to Get Tested for COVID-19
It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested!
How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community
It’s important that your school is able to reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.
What Transportation to and from School Will Look Like
Whether traveling by bus, public transportation, or other means, students will be expected to wear masks and practice social distancing, just as they will in and around their school. Here are some details about different modes of transportation:
Following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), buses transporting students will be limited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. Seating on the bus will be clearly marked to guide students to where they can and cannot sit.
Public Transportation and Other Alternatives
Schools will provide free MetroCards to students and families engaged in blended learning for travel to and from school.
Where to Find Information on:
Health and Safety Measures in Schools
To learn more about ventilation and other building safety measures, outdoor learning, food services in schools, testing and tracing, and personal health measures all schools are taking to keep your children safe, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety.
What Teaching and Learning Looks Like This Year
To learn more about blended learning supports, social-emotional learning and mental health, supports for multilingual/English language learners, students with disabilities, students in temporary housing and foster care, students who are 21 or older, and students in early childhood programs, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTSteachinglearning.
School Schedules for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
To learn more about programming models, sibling schedules, and what happens when students come to school on the wrong day during blended learning, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTSschedules.
Keeping our PS 452 community safe is of utmost importance. The health and safety of our students and faculty are our priority. It is essential that we all adhere to our safety guidelines and work to maintain a safe community.
BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL
Parents must administer a health assessment of their child before sending them to school. Please bring either a printed copy or have the health check available on your phone. All visitors entering the building will be required to complete a health assessment. The health screening can be found here. https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
Children cannot report to school if they have:
Children must wear their masks while assembling to go into and out of the building, and the entire time they are in the building. Masks must cover the nose and chin. Bandanas are not acceptable. If there is a question about the ability of a students’ mask to effectively protect them, a mask will be provided to the child. If children are having difficulty wearing a mask, we will work with the child and family in a pro social way to explain and teach about proper mask wearing and the importance of wearing a mask. If the child continues to struggle, we will work with the family and suggest to switch to Cohort D, 100% remote learning.
We will conduct random temperature checks at arrival.
STUDENTS SHOWING SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL
Students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the Isolation Room by a designated staff member wearing appropriate PPE.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
The area where the student was showing symptoms must be immediately cleaned and disinfected.
The health professional, wearing appropriate PPE, will evaluate the student in the Isolation Room for symptoms of COVID-19.
A family member or guardian will be contacted by a staff member and asked to pick up the student. Upon pick up, the nurse/health professional and school staff should strongly encourage the family to visit a doctor and get the student tested for COVID-19, and provide the information of the closest testing site, if asked.
The Isolation Room will be closed and a deep cleaning must be performed before it can be used again.
You can find additional Information on the DOE health and safety website.
The NYC Dept. of Education is offering a new program called Learning Bridges (FLYER) that provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade from 8am - 3pm on days when the child is scheduled for remote learning. We know it can be a challenge for PS 452 students and faculty/staff who have to care for and support remote learning of younger children at home.
We are excited to inform you that our school has been paired with the Learning Bridges Site NYC Parks - Gertrude Ederle located at 232 West 60th Street. Students must be enrolled in blended learning/hybrid schedules (100% remote students are not eligible) and attend PS 452. To enroll in Learning Bridges, families should fill out the application available here. The program will be available beginning Monday, September 21 and children at our school are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Please complete the DOE Learning Bridges Survey if you are interested in learning more about the program.
Join your community for some fun while staying safe this summer!
August 3rd - September 9th
Learn, create, and explore while having fun at HCC’s Free Virtual Summer Scholars Program! Summer Scholars offers programming focused on fostering a love for reading and writing through fun activities. Children and adults can participate in lively activities designed to highlight reading for enjoyment and writing for social and emotional growth. We will be hosting multi-cultural book discussion groups, learning the benefits of journal writing, and leading discussions to spark interests in reading and writing by exploring entrepreneurial and professional careers from leaders in the field. This program is a perfect way to sharpen your skills while playing games, making crafts, and having fun!
This program will be available online via Zoom. You will need access to a laptop or computer with a working webcam as well as a strong internet connection. Parental supervision is required for participants under the age of 7.
Questions: Contact email@example.com or call 212-749-0900 ext.124
Please read the District 3 Remote Learning Newsletter Volume 3 HERE. PS 452 is featured on page 29! Have a safe and happy summer!