P.S. 88Q's Covid-19 Plan
Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how our school 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.
Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.
Last updated: August 3, 2020
Blended Learning Schedule For Fall 2020
We are starting the school year with a blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days.
- Group A will be in school every Wednesday, and alternating on Monday Tuesday (please see image to the left) and learning from home on the other days
- Group B will be in school every Thursday and alternating on Monday, Tuesday (please see image to the left) and learning from home the other days.
- Group C will be in every Friday and alternating on Monday, Tuesday (please see image to the left) and learning from home the other days.
- Group D will be learning from home all five days.
- If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, we are offering that as an option. Please click this link https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to enroll.
- The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Students may enter the building at 8:30 am through their designated entrances and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day
Your Responsibilities While in the Building
We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.
- Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by all students.
- Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in all classrooms.
- Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you.
- Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.
- While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the Security desk. During check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.
- Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.
- Illness: If a student or teacher is feeling sick, they are required to stay home and, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, are asked to get tested. If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a dedicated staff member until they are picked up by their family. Staff members who become symptomatic at school are asked to immediately leave the building.
Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. A positive confirmed case will trigger an investigation by NYC Test + Trace and DOHMH to determine close contacts within the school. Schools will communicate to all families and students at school once a case is laboratory confirmed.
- For all Health and Safety information please click https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety
Guidance for Remote Learning
How Blended Learning Works
Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers.
- During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards.
- On remote learning days, students will engage in live instruction. Different amounts of live video instruction are appropriate for different age groups. Live video instruction should be delivered in short intervals (15-20 consecutive minutes) throughout the day for young learners, and can increase based on developmental appropriateness and grade-level. Students will also be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded.
- Teachers and intervention specialists will have “office hours” Monday – Friday from 2:00pm-2:20pm.
- Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or in person.
Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
- If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Device Request Form https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free!
- If you are using your own device, make sure it meets the technology needs and is connected to the internet.
- If you are having trouble connecting to Google Class, Google Hangouts, or any of our online learning resources
Click Here to Access Your Students Classroom, Email and Learning Resources
Your Student Account ID and Password
To retrieve your account ID and password:
- Go to Student Account Self Service(Open external link)
- Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account.)
- Enter your birthday.
- Click Continue.
- If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed.
- Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net. For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is JaneD@nycstudents.net.
- If you haven’t already set up a password, you will be asked to set one up.
- Pick a password that only you will know.
- Re-enter your password.
- Click Update Password.
You can also watch a quick video on how to access your student account information:
Once You Have Activated Your DOE Account
Once activated, your child has access to MANY, MANY RESOURCES as well as our classrooms and virtual offices. To join my virtual office, enter the classroom code 2wzhvwh.
Here are the directions for any DOE student to sign into their DOE central Gmail account:
- Activate DOE student account using instructions above
- Sign in to TeachHub (for more information see the TeachHub page)
- In TeachHub, go to K-12 tab -> Productivity and Collaboration section
- Click on Gmail icon (bright green “G”)
- That is it, you have access to Gmail!
How to Access Google Classroom
Please follow the instructions below to access Google Classroom using your nycstudents.net login.
Where to start
- Go to TeachHub(Open external link)
- Enter your DOE student account email (it ends in @nycstudents.net)
- If you don’t know your DOE student account email, visit DOE Student Accounts
- Enter your password.
- Click Sign In.
- If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed into the remote learning portal successfully.
- Click on the Google Classroom icon.
- Now you are in Google Classroom!
Here is guidance for using Google Classroom:
- G Suite Learning Center(Open external link)
- Use the search bar or explore by product
- Classroom Help(Open external link)
- Get a summary of your student’s activity in Google Classroom(Open external link)
This guidance is provided by Google. More information will be added as it becomes available. Let us know if there is something you would like to see here.
- Watch the Google Classroom Student video tutorials
Get More Help
- Get translated step by step instructions on Translated Support for Remote Learning
- If you are using a school based G Suite, please reach out to your schools G Suite super administrator if you have issues with access.
- If you need technical support for Google Classroom, call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.