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: May 1, 2021

In-Person Learning Calendar

As of Monday, April 26, all children who are part of blending learning program, including those whose families opted in during April period, return to school for 5-day-a-week in-person learning. 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.

Breakfast

Due to the new social distancing guidelines, we are no longer able to serve breakfast in the classrooms for grades 1-5. Beginning on Monday, April 26, if your child is in need of a daily breakfast you may line up at the main entrance at 8:15 am. The door will open at 8:20 am to allow students in. Health Screenings should be completed prior to entering the building. This is NOT early drop off and there is NO outdoor play. This is ONLY for students who require breakfast before school.  

Breakfast procedures for Pre-K and Kindergarten students remain the same.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

PreK & Kindergarten Gate (At corner of 61st Street & Amsterdam Ave)

  • Please line up, single file, on 61st Street facing east. School staff will check Health Screening and conduct random temperature checks prior to entering the gates.   
    • Pre-K: Students and one caregiver will enter through the gate and walk to their classroom.
    • K: Students will enter through the gate and walk to their classroom. School staff will be present in the hallways to assist students. 
  • Morning Gate (for PreK & K) opens at 8:40am, closes at 8:45am 
  • Afternoon Gate (for Pre-K only - see below for K dismissal) opens at 2:05pm, closes between 2:10-2:15pm

Grades 1-5: Main Gate (Amsterdam Ave between 60th St and 61st Street)

  • Please line up, single file, on Amsterdam Avenue facing north. School staff will check Health Screening and conduct random temperature checks prior to entering the gates.
    • Students will enter through the gates on Amsterdam between 60th and 61st Street, walk down the stairs and line up with their pod.
  • 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
    • Please note: Kindergarten students now line up in front of the blue benches to the right of the steps when you enter the yard.

Bus Arrival & Dismissal
Students arriving by bus need to bring a printed version of the completed Health Screening to show the Safety Agent when they enter at the 61st Street Entrance.

  • Kindergarten students will be escorted to the cafeteria and then their classroom by school staff.
  • Students in grades 1-5 will be escorted to the yard to line up by school staff. 

For dismissal, students who take the bus will be escorted to the cafeteria by staff and supervised until their bus arrives.   

Late Arrival & Late Pick-up

Please do your best to arrive on time for arrival and pick-up.

  • Late arrival: Please enter the building at the main entrance on 61st street and show our School Safety Agent your child’s Health Screening. A staff member will escort the child to their classroom.
  • Lake pick-up: Please enter the building through the main entrance and wait at the Safety Agent’s desk. 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.

Reminders:

  • Face coverings are required for entry.  If you are in need of a mask, we will provide you with one.   
  • Health screen is required for ALL students in PreK-5th Grade. Prior to arriving at school, families must complete a Health Screening (including a temperature check) for each child coming into the school building. Choose the Student Sign In option and use the student username and password. Present the screening to the staff member at the gate.
  • Random temperature checks will occur.  Students with a temperature greater than 100.0 will not be allowed to attend school in-person.  
  • We recommend that families drop their 1st - 5th grader off first and then proceed to the PK/K gate to drop off the younger sibling.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: May 1, 2021

Will the school return to a 3pm dismissal time now that they are in-person 5 days a week? 

Not at this time. That decision is made by the Department of Education, UFT and the city. 

How long does each grade have to eat lunch?  

Each grade has 20 minutes to eat lunch, 20 minutes for recess. In between lunch periods, cafeteria staff sanitizes and re-stocks the hot lunch options. 

Will children be expected to use devices in the classroom that they were using during remote learning? 

Yes, we are asking families to bring their device to school. So much of the work is already set up on Google Classroom, and we want to provide a consistent experience for the remainder of the year as well as with children who remain fully remote. Also, children still receive instruction from remote staff on their devices. 

Will we continue to use Google Classroom in September? Other schools used it prior to the pandemic.

We don’t know.  It is has been a great asset, and we will consider it. Currently, it is a free platform for all as a result of the pandemic, and it may not be free in the future. Many schools that have been using it for awhile are middle schools where the children are older. 

Will the Specials (visual arts, music, physical education) teachers continue on a 2-week rotation now that children are in-person 5-days a week? 

Now that students are in school 5 days a week, the Specials teachers are on a weekly rotation. Ms. Collman (Visual Arts) and Mr. Taylor (Music) visit classrooms. Classes visit Mr. O’Reilly (Physical Education) in the gymnasium.

Will there be access to the Media Library in the fall?

We will re-evaluate when we have guidance on the social distancing requirements for the fall.

In the fall, if the rules are the same as they are now, will we be able to accommodate a full schedule with all students, including new families and those who are remote now?

We have rooms and space, but not enough staff in-person to meet the needs for all students. In many cases, to fill the staffing needs, our special education teachers who are typically part of our Integrated Co-Teaching model (ICT), are teaching separately from the general education teacher. We only have some classes operating with a true ICT model this year. While this arrangement has been crucial to our success and the state is allowing it, it is not ideal long-term.  

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.

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 remote student 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.

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.