COVID-19 Plan

schools child in a mask with books and appleWelcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how P.S.69 is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.

We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.

All NYC public schools will follow all city and state mandates regarding COVID-19.

Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

 

School Schedule

In-Person  Schedule 

Each family has received a letter with your child’s schedule. The letter details your child’s group, class assignment, time of entry and dismissal, and entry and dismissal doors.

Diagram of in-school schedule pre-k to 5

Special Education 

Classes will attend everyday. The school day will have staggered start times for in-person instruction. Some classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 2:00 p.m. and some classes start at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 2:15 p.m. During in-person instruction, Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science will be prioritized. Your child may also have a Music, Physical Education, or Visual Arts class. Some of these subjects will be taught remotely if they are not taught during the in-person day of attendance..

Protocols for drop-off and pickup

  • Each entry door will be supervised by school staff to ensure that students are supported in maintaining physical distancing and using PPE.
  • This includes staff presence outside the school building to support students and families lining up for entry.
  • Please be sure to observe 6 feet of physical distancing during entry and dismissal. Each student must wear a mask/face covering at all times from entry to dismissal. Students will use hand sanitizer upon entry and proceed directly to their classroom with their teacher.

    Chart of Entry and Dismissal Doors and times

General Student Entry Procedures

The following entry procedures are aligned with health and safety measures 

  • All students (or their families on their behalf) must have completed a health screening before entering the school; 
  • Students are recommended to arrive with their own face coverings, and if they do not have a face covering, one will be provided before entering the school building. 
  • Single file line up will be implemented with six feet markers and identified traffic patterns with directional markings including staircases designated for up and down traffic. 
  • Families are asked to be aware of exit procedures and are encouraged to arrive at designated times to avoid congestion. 
  • Students and parents/guardians are asked to not congregate outside 
  • At this time, schools must cancel/limit on site student assemblies, athletic events/practices, performances, and school-wide parent meetings
  • For the time being, field trips will be free virtual opportunities. 4 of 11 Lunch is in the classroom and it is an instructional period with a teacher. 

Lunch periods will begin at 10:04 a.m. and the last lunch period will end at 12:25 p.m. Your child’s specific lunch period will be announced shortly.

Online schedule

  •  Class schedules and schedules for synchronous instruction will be posted for families.
  • Your child will be learning online each day that they are not receiving in-person instruction. 

In establishing schedules for synchronous instruction, we have kept in mind factors such as feedback that has been received from students and families, the number of students who are more likely to engage at different times of the day, the age and grade level of students, student readiness, etc. with the goal of creating schedules for synchronous instruction that work for students and their families, whether they are learning in an all-remote or blended setting.

An overall class schedule and times designated for synchronous instruction (including both live instruction in whole and small groups as well as individually) will be posted and available in Google Classroom to all students and parents in the class. If changes need to be made to the synchronous instruction schedule, then teachers will notify and provide adequate notice to students and families, so that they can adjust their schedules as needed.

Students are expected to be online at 8:45 a.m. The schedule for live instruction will be posted by your child’s teacher. Teachers will have office hours for 20 minutes each day immediately after dismissal

Exterior Spaces/Play Yards 

  • Multiple cohorts of students may use larger exterior spaces concurrently, provided that physical distancing is practiced between and within cohorts and students are well supervised.
  • Blending of different cohorts are not be permitted as it could complicate contact tracing efforts and increase risk of transmission.
  • Ground markings may be used to encourage physical distancing. 
  • PS 69 will endeavor to maximize the use of outdoor space for Physical Education.


Elevator use should be limited to individuals with special needs and should be operated at limited capacity as per current DOHMH guidance (2 persons per elevator), and face coverings must be worn at all times.

Free Meals

Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Lunch will be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.

Grab and go breakfast will be from the entry door. Grab and go lunch will be delivered to the classroom by a Food Services staff member. The lunch schedules are posted under the In Person Learning Schedule section

Students are expected to clean their hands before and after eating and clean their eating area after eating.

Meals will be provided to remote learning students and/or families from TBD to TBD at the main doors. Anyone picking up meals is expected to observe physical distancing outside as they wait for the meal distribution and wear face covering/mask.

Key Contacts

Parents may contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Marina Mrazovic at Mmrazovic@schools.nyc.gov for questions related to our school’s coronavirus plan. Let everyone in the school community know: Should we need to contact you regarding potential exposure, you may hear from our School Nurse or our Assistant Principals. If that is not possible, a staff member will contact you.and will advise you who will call you with further details.

Updates

Changes and updates to procedures and schedules will be posted on our website as well as ClassDojo.

Special Situations

  • Special needs students 
    • We are able to schedule our self-contained special education students to attend everyday. This is possible because the class size is no more than 12 students so we are able to maintain social distancing. In order to do this, room changes were necessary to be able to use the most spacious rooms in our school.
  • ELLs 
    • In the 2020-21 school year ELLs will be served according to their 2019-20 level of English language proficiency as per their 2019 NYSESLAT, 2019 NYSITELL, or 2020 NYSITELL. We endeavor to ensure that each ELL student’s needs are met.

Technical Information/Logistics

Please follow the instructions below to access Google Classroom using your nycstudents.net login.

Where to start

Go to TeachHub https://teachhub.schools.nyc/

  1.  (Open external link) 
  2. Enter your password
  3. Enter your DOE student account email (it ends in @nycstudents.net) 
    1. If you don’t know your DOE student account email, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/technical-tools-andsupport/doe-student-accounts 
    2. Enter your password. 
  4. Click Sign In
  5. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed into the remote learning portal successfully. 
  6. Click on the Google Classroom icon.
  7. Now you are in Google Classroom!


Here is guidance on using Google Classroom https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6315899

Video Tutorials


Get More Help 

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Logo of Microsoft teams

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/technical-tools-and-support/getting-startedin-microsoft-teams

Technical Support for Families

https://www.nycenet.edu/technicalsupportforfamily

Let parents and families know:  

  • Where and how to sign in/register for online learning 


Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time, for any reason, using the online form https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to complete the Learning Preference Survey. 

How to get help with technical issues

Trouble signing in

I can’t sign in to Classroom

You might be trying to sign in to Classroom with the wrong account. Check that you’re using the email account connected to Classroom. You sign in to Classroom with one of these accounts:

Personal Google Account—This is set up by you, or your parent or guardian. Typically you use a personal Google Account outside of a school setting, such as a homeschool. It looks like you@example.com.

Note: You must have an active Internet connection to sign in.
If you can’t sign in with the correct email account and password, ask your teacher.

Not able to upload work

If you can’t turn in an attachment assigned to you, try these steps:

  1. To save any work you did in the attachment, copy and paste your work into a blank document. 
  2. In the Classroom assignment, on the attachment, click Remove click Make a copy.
  3. Click the new attachment.
  4. Paste any saved work into the new file.

Click Turn in.

Due dates for student assignments.

  •  Your child’s teacher will post due dates and times. Students and families will be able to see the upcoming assignments and where they can be found. 
  • If you need help with devices, please use this link https://www.nycenet.edu/technicalsupportforfamily

Learning Preferences

There will be four (4) times during the school year when parents can select whether to change or continue remote learning only instruction.

Families can opt into 100% remote learning at any time. Families who choose 100% remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis during a set timeframe that will be communicated clearly to families. Families can utilize this form to indicate their preference: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

Visitors

Minimizing opportunities for spread is a necessary component for maintaining health and safety in NYCDOE schools. In an effort to limit the number of visitors in a school at any given time, as recommended by the CDC

Where possible, we will address all visitor and parent concerns by phone or virtually. Parent meetings will also be conducted remotely, where possible.

When it is essential to hold an in-person meeting, all visitors are required to follow the visitor control protocols, including

  • undergoing a temperature check,
  • completing a health screening form,
  • complying with physical distancing requirements and
  • wearing a face covering.
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All visitors must receive a visitor’s pass which must be returned upon exiting the building. All visitors must be escorted to and from the meeting destination, in order to 11 of 11 prevent visitors from accessing unauthorized areas, limiting the possibility of exposure. If a parent is called to the school to pick up their child, the child will be brought to the main lobby to meet the parent.