COVID-19 Updates

Below you will find important information about how PS 452 is operating during the 2020-21 school year as a result of COVID-19.

We are doing everything we can to educate and care for children, while ensuring that students, staff, and families are safe. Please check back regularly. We will update the information here as conditions change. All PS 452 families should also subscribe to the PS 452 News to receive updates.

Please visit NYC Department of Education for additional information and resources. Specifically, you can find messages from the Chancellor as they are published (and translations into multiple languages) on the Messages for Families page.

​Last updated: December 3, 2020

In-Person Learning Calendar

As of Monday, December 7, PS 452 follows NYC Department of Education's Model 1A. Please see the updated in-person learning calendar for details about your child's schedule.

All students who come to PS 452 for in-person learning must have a Consent for Testing form on file. Families can fill out the form online through their NYC Schools account or they may fill out a paper form and send it to school with their child.

Health and Safety

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.

Consent for Testing
NYC Department of Education is strongly encouraging families to fill out a Consent for Testing form to allow testing partners to test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. Please read the Chancellor's Letter for Families for more information and fill out the Consent for Testing form.

Daily Health Screening Form
NYC Department of Education requires that all staff, children, and guests complete the health screening form before they come to school each day. 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.

Children cannot report to school if they have:

  • 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.
  • Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.
  • 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.

Masks
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.

Temperature Checks
We will conduct random temperature checks at arrival.

Students Showing Symptoms 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:

  • Fever of 100.0°F or higher 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
  • Diarrhea

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.

Reporting Absences
Consistent attendance at school is extremely important. If your child is ill or unable to come to school for any reason, you must email absentps452@gmail.com. Please also inform your teacher via email. All absences must be documented. If your child has been ill for 5 or more days, please send in a doctor’s note of explanation.

You can find additional Information on the NYC Dept. of Education health and safety website.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

PreK & Kindergarten Gate (61st Street & Amsterdam Ave)

  • School staff will start to check your Health Screening at 8:35am
  • Morning Gate (for PreK & K) opens at 8:40am, closes at 8:45am 
  • Afternoon Gate (for PreK only) opens at 2:05pm, closes at 2:10pm

Main Gate (Amsterdam Ave between 60th St and 61st Street)

  • School staff will start to check your Health Screening at 8:35am
  • Morning Gate (for Grades 1-5) opens at 8:40am, closes at 8:45am
  • Afternoon Gate (for Grades K-5) opens at 2:05pm, closes at 2:10pm

Reminders:

  • Arrival and dismissal will be completed outside regardless of the weather.  Please dress appropriately, especially for rain.  We recommend boots, hats, and/or raincoats; umbrellas can be difficult for our youngest children to manage and/or used inappropriately as a weapon. 
  • Complete the Health Screening prior to arriving at the gate as it speeds up the entry process for all. 
  • If you arrive after the morning gates have closed, please enter the building at the main entrance on 61st Street, show our School Safety Agent your child’s Health Screening, and a staff member will escort the child to their classroom.
  • If you arrive after the afternoon gates have closed, please enter the building at the main entrance, 61st Street, wait at the Safety Agent’s desk and a staff member will bring your child to you. Students who are waiting to be picked up will be supervised in the cafeteria by school staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

When the children are in remote learning, is the expectation for them to finish each assignment by 2:10 PM?

No, the assignments have due dates, per Google Classroom. However, just let a teacher know if the assignment dates can’t be met. Communicate with your teacher so they are aware of any challenges you may be facing.

Is there time for recess and lunch?

Lunch takes place in the classroom and there will be outdoor time.

For onsite learning days can student bicycles be parked onsite?

Unfortunately, we can’t accommodate bicycles or scooters in the yard at this time. ​

What happens if our child misses some of the live instruction?

We understand that families are balancing work schedules and childcare. Please do your best to have your child attend the live meetings that the teacher has scheduled.

How are working parents expected to manage constantly logging the kids on and off of meetings throughout our work day?

We recognize that blended and remote learning can be challenging. We will support you and your child.

How will children be assessed and how will their participation / homework be factored into their ability to pass to the next grade?

Your child’s teacher will work with you and your child throughout the year and keep you informed of the grade’s academic expectations.