Frequently Asked Questions
What is the school day?
8:40 am - 3:16 pm (new time this year!)
Please arrive at the front doors by 8:30cam to ensure your child arrives to class on time.
What should I do when my child is absent? If your child is absent, please call or send an email of explanation even if you have not visited the doctor. All absences should be documented. If your child has been ill 5 days or more, please send in a doctor’s note of explanation to your child’s teachers upon his/her return to school. Lateness and absences must be permanently recorded by the NYC DOE. If your child is absent, you will receive a call from our Automated Global Connect System.
Should a longer absence be anticipated, please contact the school office so that the teacher may be notified. Should your child contract any communicable disease, such as chicken pox, ringworm, or strep, please call the office immediately. A doctor’s note is required upon return after an extended absence.
What if my child gets sick or has an accident during school?
If a child becomes ill or is injured during the school day, the nurse will contact the family.
It is therefore extremely important to make sure that the BLUE emergency card is filled out with correct information. You will receive this card at the beginning of every school year and asked to complete it and return it to your teacher promptly. If information changes throughout the school year, please update the school office or your child’s
Minor mishaps are treated with soap, water, icepacks, band-aids and TLC.
Your child should not attend school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:
• Evidence of infection, sore throat and swollen, tender, painful neck glands
• Fever of 100 degrees or higher
• Persistent Cough
• Body Rash
• Ring Worm
To contact the school nurse call 212-595-7193 x 1292. If your child has any medical issues, please notify the Nurse as well as your teacher. Also, teachers are not allowed to dispense medication.
I need to pick up my child early, where do I go?
Come to the main office and “sign out your child”. A staff member will bring your child to you. Please do not arrange to pick up your child during lunchtime 11:40 to 12:45. For more information check out the PS 452 Handbook on our homepage.
What is the best way to get in touch with the school?
Feel free to communicate with the teacher through notes in the purple folder. Although teachers are not able to speak to parents during instructional time you can make an appointment to speak with them. If your question is for the Parent Coordinator you can always reach us by calling the school’s main office: (212) 259-6222.
How can I get involved with the school?
There are many ways to get involved at PS 452- in both the classroom and the larger community.
In your child's class: Parents/Guardians may be called upon from time to time to help out in the classroom. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to become familiar with what the children are learning. Extra hands are always welcome and needed for field trips as well. Speak to your teacher.
To support the school: So much of PS 452's success is because of our community of families. Contact the PTA ps452PTA@gmail.com to see how you can support the school — all help is welcome!
What is ICT?
Collaborative team teaching or ICT classes pair a general ed and special ed teacher in a classroom that has up to 40 percent children with IEPs. Both sets of students benefit from the smaller student to teacher ratio.
Where is the lunch menu?
The lunch menu can be found on the home page of this website. There is also a copy posted in the Main Office.
How much is school lunch and how do I pay for it?
School lunch is available to all children. The cost is $1.75. Do not send cash money in with your child. Sign-up for automatic payment withdrawal at www.mylunchmoney.com.
What about breakfast?
Breakfast is free and available to all children in the cafeteria before school starts. Students should enter at the main entrance on West 77th Street between 8:10 and 8:20AM. PS 452 staff will be there to greet and escort the children. No student should go to the cafeteria for breakfast after 8:20AM because they will not have enough time to finish eating prior to the start of the day. Staff will escort children from the cafeteria to the yard by 8:45AM. Please do not leave your child unattended in the lobby before 8:10. There is no
PS 452 staff member in the lobby before 8:10AM.
Where do I get a student MetroCard
MetroCards are assigned based on age and distance from school. Please contact Sharon at 212.259.6222 if you believe you qualify.
Can my child attend PS 452 if not in the school zone?
Admissions to PS 452 for Kindergarten are based on a set of priorities and are not on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission priorities are as follows:
· Zoned students with verified siblings.
· Zoned students without siblings
· Non-zoned students who reside in district and have siblings in the school who will be articulating into grades 1 – 4.
· Non-zoned students who live out of district and have siblings in the school who will be articulating into grades 1 – 4
· Non-zoned, out of district students
Where is the nurse's office?
The school nurse is Danielle Clark. She can help you with any medical needs or questions. The nurse’s office is located on the first floor in Room 129. She can be reached via the prompt at 212-496-1050.
How do I make a donation to the school?
Donations are always needed and appreciated! Whether it’s a donation to our Annual Pledge Drive, a corporate donation or a gift of equipment, we are always thankful of your generosity. You can learn more about fundraising opportunities by clicking here. If you want to make a contribution to our Annual Pledge Drive, please click here.
What is the School Leadership Team (SLT)?
The School Leadership Team is a collaborative team of parents and teachers and the principal that is mandated by state law to play a significant role as an advisory panel in representing the school community. The SLT helps create structures for school-based decision-making, develops school-based educational policies and ensures resources are aligned to implement those policies. The SLT writes and reviews the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Parents are elected for two year terms on a staggered basis. Visitors are welcome to all meetings.
Does PS 452 have a Gifted and Talented Program (G&T)
There are District 3 schools that have the G&T program, but PS 452 does not. The teachers at PS 452 work diligently to provide challenge and support for all levels of learners.
Do I need to bring identification to the school?
Yes. All parents, guardians, and visitors who wish to enter the school are required to sign in at the lobby safety desk with identification. You must also check in with our Main Office in Room 206. We appreciate your cooperation in these efforts as we want to ensure a place the safety of our students and staff.