School Updates

Parent Letter Start of The School Year 2021-2022

Dear P.S./I.S. 192 Families, 

 

On behalf of the PS/IS 192 learning community, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  Though we had hoped the pandemic would be behind us, we feel confident that we can manage the health and safety protocols just as well or better than last year.  PS/IS 192 The Magnet School for Math and Science Inquiry is committed to helping your children develop warm, supportive friendships and engage in fun and dynamic learning opportunities. 

 

We look forward to welcoming our young scholars back to the building on Monday, September 13th.  The school day runs from 8:00 AM to 2:20 PM this school year.  In order to keep students appropriately distanced, we will once again provide students the option of a bagged lunch in their classrooms from 8:00 - 8:15 AM.  Students will need to present the results of their health screening upon entrance. Please review this link to the NYC DOE calendar for important dates to mark on your calendar.  

 

Before the first day of school, we would like each family to sign in to our new communication platform, Operoo by finding and using the Operoo email in your email inbox.  Please contact our parent coordinator Yolanda Fioriello, yfioriello@schools.nyc.gov or at extension 2056, if you have any questions.  We will be using Operoo extensively throughout the school year to cut down on paper use and for more customized, efficient communication.  Please be sure to check your texts and email regularly.  

 

A terrific and highly competent teaching staff awaits the arrival of our students.  While the returning staff is excited to welcome and work with your children, we have hired several new teachers who might be the most excited of all. Ms. Erie Mei was a superb PS/IS 192 long-term substitute last year, so we hired her to be a permanent teacher in Grade 4. Ms. Taylor Jackson looks forward to meeting her speech students after teaching in Philadelphia the past several years, and she will replace newly retired Ms. Gerri Martinez.  Ms. Sadiki Allen is a very experienced special education teacher who will be replacing Ms. Meredith Duemig as our Universal Literacy coach.  Returning to PS/IS 192 is our guidance counselor Ms. Donna Alagna and our assistant principal Ms. Rosaria Pecoraro, both of whom we are thrilled to welcome back.  We say goodbye to our retiring paraprofessional Ms. Silvia Sanchez and our kitchen staff member Angela Sartini.  

 

Parents should have already received the DOE Homecoming Health and Safety Guide for families, which includes the latest health and safety precautions that will be in place to provide a safe and healthy in-person learning experience for all students; translations are available at schools.nyc.gov/homecoming

 

Kindly take the time to read it completely. I would like to draw your attention to a few areas in the plan. Namely, students and staff will be wearing masks inside the school and on the bus this school year. Masks should fit snugly to cover the mouth and nose and may not have an exhaust valve.  Masks are available at the main entrance for any student showing up without one. 

 

Please review our student attendance letter and our visitor protocols (click here for a Spanish version) to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families.  The DOE has also released this additional resource, “What’s Happening in NYC Public Schools;” translations are available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies.

 

Finally, there is still summer vacation to enjoy.  Wherever and however your family chooses to relax, may you enjoy good health and happiness while doing so.  We hope you enjoy your Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah (for those celebrating) and the rest of your child’s final week home.

Warmest regards for a happy return to school,

 

Sincerely,

 

Colby Muscarelle

Principal

 

 

To view a copy of this document in your language, visit https://www.ps-is192.org/school_updates and select your language at the top.

 

Attendance Letter

To all P.S./I.S. 192 Families, 

 

We hope you had a safe and enjoyable summer break. We are so excited to welcome your child back into school on Monday, September 13th. The mayor and the NYC DOE have removed the “remote only” option for instruction this year. Please note that students are expected to be in school by 8:00 am daily. Students who arrive after 8:00 am will be marked late.  A free grab-and-go breakfast will be offered to all students upon arrival.  

In the event your child needs to stay home due to a COVID-19 positive test, close contact to a positive case, or a snow day they will be required to participate in class remotely, either synchronously in live Google Meets, or asynchronously by completing work assigned by their teacher.  All students will be instructed on how to use Google Classroom and Google Meet by their teacher.

 

Attendance Definitions:

In-Person: Student is physically present in school/classroom environment.

Remote: Student is virtually present for synchronous or asynchronous instruction.

  • Synchronous:
    • live instruction between teacher and student each day at a scheduled time
    • may include google meet, zoom, microsoft teams, or other DOE approved platform
    • Students will be marked present if virtually present for daily synchronous instruction
  • Asynchronous:
    • do NOT feature students and teachers interacting at the same time
    • project based learning where students work independently
    • viewing videos either teacher created or provided
    • complete all assignments and submit to the teacher
    • complete all assignments at their own pace

 

The following are the quarantine protocols due to COVID-19 exposure: 

  • PK-5: In the event there is a positive case in a classroom, all students in the class will be instructed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. Students will continue to receive live (synchronous) remote instruction while they quarantine.
  • Middle Schools: In the event there is a positive case in a classroom, students who are:
    • At least 12 years old, vaccinated, and not showing symptoms will continue to attend school in-person. Out of an abundance of caution, these students are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after exposure.
    • At least 12 years old, vaccinated, and showing symptoms will be directed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. These students will have access to remote learning (synchronous or asynchronous) while quarantining.
    • Unvaccinated will be directed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. These students will continue their learning remotely (synchronous or asynchronous) . On day 5 of their quarantine, students may take a COVID-19 test, and with a negative result, return to attending school in-person after day 7.

Protocols to return to school after a COVID-19 exposure or positive result:

  • Positive COVID -19 test: Students will return to class when the student has been fever free for 24hrs and no longer has symptoms without medication. 
  • Has quarantined for 10 days

 

OR - Received a negative COVID-19 test since the onset of symptoms is fever free for 24hrs without symptoms or medication.

OR - Never received a COVID-19 test but quarantines for 10 days and is fever free for 24hrs without symptoms or medication.

OR - Was vaccinated against the COVID-19 within the past 3 days and is fever free for 24hrs without medication.

 

**Schools will be closed only when it is determined by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that there is widespread transmission in the school. 

Protocols to return to school after a close contact with a positive COVID-19 case:

Grades PK-5:

  • Students can return to school after 10 days of quarantine without symptoms.
  • Monitor symptoms for 10 days without the use of medication. Should symptoms begin the student may not attend school. 

Middle School:

  • Unvaccinated: 
    • May test out of quarantine after the 5th day of close contact exposure and return to school after the 7th day.
    • Student must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Vaccinated:
    • Do NOT need to quarantine if they are FULLY vaccinated (2 weeks following the 2nd dose or 2 weeks after the single dose vaccine)
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the exposure
    • Recommended to get tested between 3-5 days of the exposure

 

Sincerely,

 

Colby Muscarelle

Principal

 

 

To view a copy of this document in your language, visit https://www.ps-is192.org/school_updates and select your language at the top.

Procedures To Enter The Building

Dear Families:                                                                                                                                            September 2021

 

In order to serve you better and provide a safe environment for the children of our school, we are reminding you of the following procedures.  

PROCEDURES TO ENTER THE BUILDING

  1. All visitors must enter the building with a mask/face covering.
  2. All visitors must complete the Health Screener prior to entering the building or complete the screener at the security desk. You must show the completed screener to the Security Agent. Health screening link: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
  3. The Security Agent will ask for your temperature to also be checked prior to entering the building.  
  4. All visitors must stop by the Security Agent and show proper identification, a photo I.D.
  5. All visitors are required to sign in.
  6. All visitors will be given a pass to the main office.

Note: No one will be allowed to visit a classroom without getting clearance in the main office.  This means getting a pass and being announced.  

SIGNING OUT STUDENTS EARLY

  1. Only adults, 18 or older, whose name appears on the Blue Emergency Home Contact Card will   

     be able to sign children out.

  1. Adults must show identification. 
  2. Anyone picking up a child whose name is not listed on the Blue Emergency Card must bring in   

     written permission from the parent or guardian.  

  1. Requests to sign out children are not to be made after 2:00pm.    

STUDENT VERIFICATION  LETTERS

  1. Requests for letters must be made one day in advance.  
  2. The requested notice must be brought in when picking up the letter.  
  3. If your address has changed since your last request for a letter, proof of your 

     current address must be brought in (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill or bank statement).  

Note: Please do not wait for the last minute to request a letter; it may not be possible to issue letters on the same day as requested.  

*THIS IS AN IMPORTANT NOTICE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR PARENT COORDINATOR IF TRANSLATION IS NEEDED.  

As always, thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school at (718) 633-3061. 

Sincerely

Colby Muscarelle, Principal

Operoo

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We are excited to inform you, that in collaboration with our Title I Parent Committee, we are
adopting a new system named Operoo. Some people may have already used this system,
previously known as CareMonkey.

The Operoo system makes it very easy for you to respond to field trip, blue cards,
registration, and other consent forms using your mobile phone, tablet or PC. No more
paperwork! No more lost forms or notes found in the bottom of the backpack, no more
concerns about children missing out on information when they are absent.


It will greatly reduce the burden on you to provide information that is repetitive. For
example, it will allow you to keep your or your child’s emergency contact up to date; so you
don’t need to repeat this information again whilst your child is at P.S./I. S. 192 It also keep
you informed of all form requests, events, important dates, registration and backpack
letters.


We do need a valid email address or cell phone number from you in order to use the
Operoo system. Please share those details with us if you haven’t already.


You don’t need to do anything else until you receive an email invitation from us
asking you to sign up for your Operoo account. After that, you’ll receive notifications
whenever there is an electronic form to complete or a letter to view for P.S./I.S. 192.


From P.S./ I.S. 192’s perspective, you or your child’s information will only be visible by the
relevant staff for you or your child and will be managed in accordance with our privacy
policies. Details about Operoo’s security and privacy procedures can be found here:
https://www.operoo.com/terms-policies-security/.


Please feel free to contact our parent coordinator, Yolanda Fioriello, if you have any
questions. You can visit the Operoo website for more information here: www.operoo.com.
There is also a parent introduction page here: https://www.operoo.com/intro-for-parents/.


Sincerely,
Colby Muscarelle
Principal


To view a copy of this document in your language, visit https://www.ps-is192.org/school_updates and select your language at the top.

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