2020-2021 School Year Policies

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

At PS 59, we have high expectations for all students and believe that everyone is leader. Students are expected to put in their best effort each day, and to take every moment of educational time seriously. In addition, we are determined to provide all students with the academic and social skills necessary to be successful in middle school, high school, and college. Each school year, students will be asked to set specific academic goals in the areas of literacy and mathematics. Students and teachers will monitor the progress of these goals throughout the year. We believe that establishing a strong foundation in these two subject areas is critical to the future academic success of our students. 

Attendance

Online and in person participate  is essential to success in school.  All children are expected to be in school either in-person or remotely starting at 8:30am every school day.

Work is uploaded daily to Google Classroom. You'll notice along with assignments this is the best place to look for the most up-to-date videos, tools and information. It is the responsibility of all our students to login into Google Classroom every day when not in building to:

  1. Answer the attendance question (if applicable)
  2. Find and complete daily assignments/tasks
  3. Submit work according to teacher instructions

Feel free to ask your classroom teacher any questions that you might have about a particular assignment via email, google chats or the classroom steam. If you are absent, you are responsible for completing your make-up work

Homework Policy 

Homework is an extension of the learning that takes place in school. Homework provides practice and drill that reinforces classroom learning and can provide opportunities for independent study, research, and creative thinking. Parents can help their children by providing a quiet, comfortable place for children to work and by seeing that the assignments are completed. A specific time should be set aside each day for homework. The final grade on the child’s report card includes homework assignments.

 

Suggested Minimum Time Allotments:

Grade

Reading

Written

Kindergarten

10-15 minutes

15 minutes

First Grade

15-20 minutes

15-20 minutes

Second Grade

20-25 minutes

15-20 minutes

Third Grade

30-40 minutes

15-20 minutes

Fourth Grade

30-40 minutes

35 minutes

Fifth Grade

30-40 minutes

35 minutes

Report Cards

Report cards are distributed three times a year: November, March and June. Please make sure to review your child’s report card. Discuss any concerns you may have with your child’s teacher. You may also contact the school and request a meeting with your child’s Assistant Principal. Equally important are the parent teacher conferences scheduled in the fall and spring.  The Conference dates are:

 

November 4, 2020 and March 4,2020: Due to Covid19 Parent Teacher Conference will held virtually either via phone call, zoom or google meets video conference. The parent and teacher to discuss the child’s academic and social development for that marking period. If needed parents or teachers may request a conference at any time.

NY State and Local Test 2020-2021

Students in elementary grades take various NY State and local tests to support their instruction, to determine eligibility for certain programs, and to provide information on their progress toward mastering grade-level learning standards. The Department of Education explains in details the tests that student take in grades pre-k–5. At PS 59 Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade students are expected to take NY State Math/ELA exams, below is the NYC Testing Schedule for the 2020-2021 School year 

 

Test

Grades

Dates

ELA

3, 4, 5

To be Determined

State Math

3, 4, 5

To be Determined

NYSELAT (Speaking)

ELL - All grades

To be Determined

NYSELAT (Listening, Reading, Writing)

ELL- All grades

To be Determined

Science Performance

4

To be Determined

Science Written Exam

4

To be Determined

Arrival & Dismissal

School Learning Model

The 2020-2021 school year will be following the NYC DOE approved Blended Learning Model 1B. This Blended Learning Model is an instructional model where students learn in person at PS.59 some days and at-home virtually on other days. This model allows all blended students (Cohort A and B) to attend school in person 2-3 times each week while practicing social distancing throughout the building, as well as allows students to participate in Full Remote Learning (Cohort D) everyday.

  • Whether learning remotely from home part of the week or every day, students will receive remote instruction in two different ways: live interaction (sometimes referred to as “synchronous instruction”) with teachers, and independent learning (sometimes referred to as “asynchronous instruction”), which includes assignments, projects, or recorded video lessons. 

Let us explain what that means:

    • Live Interaction means that your student will interact with their teacher on video, phone, live chat, virtual app, or another digital mode in real time and for blended learning students this refers to in-person instruction. The teacher may be interacting with the whole class, small groups, or individual students. It can be done over Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other DOE-approved video or phone conferencing or digital platforms.
    • Independent Learning means your student will work on their own with assignments, projects, and materials provided by their teachers.

Drop-off and Pickup Procedures

Students will be asked to line up with their class on the track beginning at 8:30 am, we ask everyone to 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.

 

Before entering our school building: In alignment with NYS Department of Health guidance and the NYC Chancellor Directives, a Health Screening (including temperature checks) and COVID-19 Testing Consent Form  must be completed by all students, staff, and visitors before entering DOE school facilities-- preferably at home (the health screening must be completed each day). Upon entering the facility, you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing the email on your phone or a printout of the results. School-based staff, visitors, and families cannot enter the building if they have:

  • (a) experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0°F or greater, a new
    cough, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath, within the past 10 days;
  • (b) in the past 10 days, gotten a positive result from a COVID-19 test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab;
  • (c) to the best of their knowledge, in the past 14 days, been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19; and/or
  • (d) traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days

While in the building: Please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times. A Mask will be provided if you need one. Your temperature will be taken at check in and please follow the traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.

 

Changes in Dismissal

It is important to refrain from frequently changing your child’s dismissal routine. This confuses the child and increases the risk of errors in your child’s dismissal.

  • Any changes in dismissal MUST be sent in writing to the teacher. This includes:
    • if a bus child is going to be a walker or
    • if someone other than parent or guardian is picking up the child. This person must be listed on the Blue Card. PHOTO ID MUST BE PRESENTED.
  • NO EARLY SIGN OUT POLICY
    • Dismissal is at 2:00pm. Student are not to be picked up early without prior written notice being sent to the Main Office. Here at P.S. 59 we pride ourselves on providing a fine education for our children. To maintain order and to ensure the safety of all children no child will be dismissed between 1:45p.m. and dismissal (except in cases of emergency). The reason for this is that during this time children are summarizing the day, copying homework and preparing for the following day. Additionally, it is also during this time that bused children are transitioning to the Auditorium/Cafeteria.

 

School Visitors 

Due to the strict health measures due to Covid 19 all visit to out school must be prearrange and scheduled through the main office. No visitors will be allowed into the building without a prior appointment, health screening, and all the required PPE.

For the protection and safety of students and staff members, it is essential that each person entering the building should sign our guest book at the front security desk.

An identification sticker is issued to the visitor and the visitor will be directed to the main office where he/she will explain the purpose of the visit to school. A pass will be issued to permit the visitor to go to the appropriate floor of the building. This pass must be worn in the building and then returned to the security desk when leaving the building. A staff member will escort visitors while they are in the building.

 

Afterschool: The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families is a state led initiative that is expanding the school day by three hours with Advantage afterschool organization support and leadership. Each school partners with a community organization. At PS 59, we partner with The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF), to expand learning time by at least 35 percent—more than 60 extra days of school each year—at 10 percent of the cost of the school day. The CHCF model builds on research practices that have been shown to noticeably improve students’ achievement, attendance, their intellectual and creative development, and their motivation to succeed.

  • The CHCF Site Coordinator, Mr. Mauro works closely with our school community to establish and implement the program. Interested parties should contact the CHCF After-School Site coordinator @ 718-584-4598. Parent participation is most welcome in the program.
  • As of October 2020 CHCF will be open for students who are only in our blended/remote program. For more information, please contact Mr. Mauro.

CHCF Afterschool Program schedule:

                                  Monday – Friday (All Grades)   2:00 PM – 4:50pm

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

General Information

Dress Code

The appearance of a student is the responsibility of the parent. The Board of Education adopted a mandatory uniform policy on March 18, 1998. It applies to students in grades pre-K –5. Our school is implementing this uniform policy. The mandatory uniform policy is intended to

  • promote a more effective learning climate
  • foster school unity and pride
  • improve student performance
  • foster self-esteem
  • eliminate label competition
  • simplify dressing and minimize costs to parents
  • teach children appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place; and help to improve student conduct and discipline. Information about where to purchase our school uniform can be obtained from the Parent’s Association and/or the Main Office.

 

At PS 59, the school uniform is a dark blue dress, skirt, or pants paired with a light blue button down or polo top. On the days, a student has gym they are allowed to wear loose, comfortable clothing with sneakers. If any student should want to wear skirts, they may do so, with spandex shorts/ leggings underneath. When the weather gets warmer  our dress code still applies.

Please ensure your student is not wearing clothing that is revealing even on Gym days, this means  NO spaghetti straps/tank tops and short shorts 

 

Please note: If a child comes to school wearing clothing that is deemed inappropriate a family member will be contacted, to make alternate arrangements.

 

Uniform Store Locations: School Uniforms can be purchased at the following locations:  Kid City and/or Cookie's Department Stores

 

Respect For All

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment that is free from harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying committed by students against other students, and free from discrimination committed by students against other students on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or weight.

Discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying is prohibited in school, during school hours before or after school, while traveling in vehicles funded by the DOE and on other than school property when such behavior disrupts or would foreseeably disrupt the educational process or endangers or would foreseeably endanger the health, safety, morality, or welfare of the school community.

The following NYC DOE policies further define and prohibit bullying behavior in our school communities, and establish protocols for responding to incidents:

  • Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 outlines conduct that constitutes student-to-student discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying, and describes the procedure for reporting, investigating, and resolving complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying.
  • Chancellor’s Regulation A-831 outlines conduct and communication that constitutes student-to-student sexual harassment, and describes the procedure for reporting, investigating, and resolving complaints of peer sexual harassment at the school level.

The Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures includes the Discipline Code as well as the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which promotes re­sponsible student behavior and an atmosphere of dignity and respect by establishing guidelines to help students as they strive to become productive citizens in a diverse society.

Cell Phone Policy

As of March 2, 2015, the cell phone ban was lifted in all NYC Public Schools. Mayor DiBlasio and Chancellor Farina came to a joint decision that all schools could come up with their own cell phone policy based on what made sense for their own school community. In consultation with our School Leadership Team and the Parent Association, P.S. 59 decided to adopt the following policy:

  • Students who bring cell phones to school are expected to turn them off and store them in their backpacks upon entering the building.
  • Cell phones are not to be used during the school day, not even during lunch. Cell phones can be turned back on at 2:00 PM.
  • Any student needing to call home, once in school, is expected to come to the main office to do so.
  • School staffs are not to be asked to store phones for students or to take responsibility for student cell phones.
  • If students are seen using a cell phone at lunch or any other unauthorized time, their phone will be confiscated and a family member will be called before the phone is returned.
  • If a student is seen using a cell phone for any purpose other than making or receiving a call during the authorized times (i.e. videotaping, playing games, etc.), the phone will be confiscated and student can retrieve their phone before they leave the building.
  • Parents are not to call students on their cell phones during the school day. Please contact the main office (718-584-4730) if you need to speak to your child or leave them a message.

P.S.59 Ladder of Discipline 

If a student fails to follow the rules in the P.S. 59 Student Handbook these are the consequences.

P.S.59 LADDER OF DISCIPLINE

  • First infraction: The teacher speaks to the student.
  • Second infraction: Teacher contacts the Dean and interventions are implemented.
  • Third infraction: Dean contacts the parent, or (depending on behavior) a written report to Assistant Principal(s)

Continuous Misbehavior:

  • The teacher will report in writing to the Dean and /or Guidance Counselor a description of the problem with the student and the disposition of phone conversation with parent. Dean and /or Guidance Counselor will meet with the student and contact the parent. The Dean and/or Guidance Counselor will notify the assistant principal of continuous problem with the student.
  • The assistant principal will call a meeting of the Instructional Support/RTI Team with the teacher and the parent, to determine strategies to assist the student.
  • As a last resort, the principal will be notified based on the severity of the behaviors, the child may be suspended for a short period.
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DEAN OF STUDENTS – Ms. Walsh: 718-584-4730

The dean of students plays a variety of roles within the school community. It is the dean's job to ensure that students have all of the necessary tools for academic and personal growth. The dean also serves as liaison between students, parents and faculty members. In our school, the dean of students takes on a mentorship role with the students. It is the dean's job to make sure the school policies are upheld and to implement the school's discipline policies if they are breached. The dean must then oversee all student disciplinary matters and make sure to communicate all concerns with parents.