PS 452 Basics
The information here is provided as a quick reference for commonly asked questions.
Please view the Family Handbook for more information.
School begins at 8:40 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:10 p.m. If your child does not arrive by school bus, please make sure you are at school by 8:30am to make sure they arrive to class on time.
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. We appreciate your cooperation in these efforts as we want to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
It is our top priority to ensure that every child learns in a safe, supportive, and inclusive school. To do this, we use preventive approaches that address the real causes of a conflict as well as reinforcing positive behaviors through teachable moments. PS 452 follows the New York City Department of Education Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning: Grades K–5. All members of the school community—students, staff, and parents—must know and understand the standards of behavior to which all students are expected to live up, as well as the appropriate responses, if these standards are not met. We encourage you to become familiar with these standards and discuss them at home.
Breakfast is free for ALL students. Pre-K students receive breakfast IN their classrooms during the regular school day. Grades K-5 have the option of coming to school early for breakfast in the cafeteria, served beginning at 8:10am. Students should enter at the main entrance on 61st street between 8:05 and 8:20am. Students should enter at the main entrance and go to the cafeteria. No student should be dropped off prior to 8:00am as there are no staff members to supervise. No student should go to the cafeteria for breakfast after 8:20am as they will not have enough time to finish eating prior to the start of the day. Pre-K students cannot attend early breakfast and should not be dropped off prior to 8:40am.
School lunch is free for all students. All families must complete a school lunch application whether your child eats school lunch or brings it from home. The DOE uses the information from these applications to provide funding to our school.
Students have 25 minutes of recess time prior to or after lunch. Recess and lunch are separated by grade (K/1, 2/3, 4/5). Kindergarten students also have additional playground time three days per week. Pre-K students have a dedicated playground.
Per the Department of Education's recommendation, children go outside for recess every day except in severe weather conditions. Children benefit from vigorous exercise and are given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless conditions are hazardous, such as heavy ice on the playground, or other winter weather advisory conditions are in effect, temperature alone will not be a barrier to outdoor play.
Clothing & Shoes
Please dress children appropriately for the weather. Children go outside for recess throughout the year except in the case of inclement weather. Children need to have proper attire to go outside (e.g. sweaters, jackets, hats, and gloves in cold weather). You are encouraged to work with your children to practice how to properly put on winter garments. On very cold days, we take precautions to keep students warm and ensure that they are properly dressed with the winter garments that you provide. Label all of your child’s clothes with their full name and PS 452 to avoid losing anything. In case of rain, please do not send your child with an umbrella, but have them dress in a raincoat and hat. Send a pair of dry shoes. There is no uniform. Students should dress in comfortable clothes appropriate for active learning. Crocs and opened-toed shoes are not recommended. No rolling backpacks.
You do not need to shop for school supplies for your child. PS 452 purchases necessary items in bulk which we then pass out to students and ask that families pay a supply fee as they are able.
Students participate in P.E. (Physical Education), Music, and Art numerous times throughout the week. Students in K-4 also participate in dance class through National Dance Institute (NDI) throughout most of the year.
Information about after school programs goes out at the beginning of the school year and is listed on the After-School page of our website.
To contact the school nurse, call 212-595-7193 x1292. If your child has any medical issues, please notify the nurse as well as your child’s teacher. Teachers are not allowed to dispense medication. Minor mishaps are treated with soap, water, ice packs, band-aids and TLC. 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 must complete it and return it to school promptly. If information changes throughout the school year, please update the school immediately by calling or emailing Parent Coordinator Sharon Lustig at email@example.com.
Keeping your child home from school when they are ill is very important and greatly reduces the risk of spreading illness and infection to others. Do NOT send your child to 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; vomiting; earache; diarrhea; persistent cough; body rash; ringworm; lice.
If your child is absent, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at the main number 212-259-6222 even if you have not visited the doctor. All absences must be documented. If your child has been ill for 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 call or email Parent Coordinator Sharon Lustig at email@example.com 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.
Come to the main office to sign your child out of school. A staff member will bring your child to you. Please do NOT arrange to pick up your child during their lunch/recess period.
MetroCards are assigned based on grade and distance from school. Please contact Parent Coordinator Sharon Lustig at firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe you qualify.
Gifted & Talented
PS 452 does not offer a formal gifted and talented program. The teachers at PS 452 work diligently to challenge and support all learners. You can learn more about Gifted & Talented programming in New York City on the Department of Education website.
ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching)
Collaborative team teaching or ICT classes pair a general education and special education teacher in a classroom where up to 40 percent of children have IEPs (Individualized Education Plans). All students benefit from the smaller student to teacher ratio.
There are many ways to get involved at PS 452 in the classroom and the larger community. 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 often needed for field trips as well. So much of PS 452's success is because of our community of families. Contact the PTA at PS452PTA@gmail.com to see how you can support the school — all help is welcome!
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. Learn more about donation opportunities.
Contacting PS 452
Feel free to communicate with your child’s teacher through notes in the purple Kidmail folder your child receives at the beginning of the year. Teachers are not able to speak to parents during instructional time, but you can make an appointment to speak with them. You can contact school staff by calling the main office at (212) 259-6222 during school hours.
The PS 452 Buddy Program
Interested in connecting with another PS 452 family? Our Buddy Program partners new PS 452 students and their families with a returning family.
Contact parent coordinator Sharon Lustig at email@example.com for more information.