Principal- Ms. JoAnn Trani

Assistant Principal- Ms. Eva Petrolekas

Assistant Principal- Ms. Jeannine Jelen

School Health Policy


DOE Fall 2022 Guidance

COVID-19 Guidance

This guidance provides best practice considerations for schools for the 2022-2023 school year to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff.

· Vaccination: Vaccination is the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk. Encourage up to date COVID-19 vaccination for everyone six months or older.

o Visit the Vaccine Finder page(Open external link) or call 877-829-4692 to find a location near you.

o Up to date includes boosters for everyone who is eligible and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people. See At-A-Glance COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules (cdc.gov)(Open external link).

o Vaccination Requirements:

§ Vaccination is still required for all visitors entering school buildings

§ Vaccination is still required for all DOE employees

§ Vaccination is still required for other individuals who work in DOE buildings

§ Vaccinations is still required to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities (band, orchestra, chorus, musical theatre, dance/dance team, marching band, cheerleading, step teams, flag teams) including high-risk PSAL sports (football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby).

· Daily Health Screener:

o No longer required to enter school buildings.

· Stay home if sick: Students and staff should stay home if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses and get tested for COVID-19.

· Isolate if COVID-19 positive: Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days and can return to school on day 6 if they have no symptoms or symptoms are improving. They must wear mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.

o These cases should be reported to their school so they can be report into the sit room for exposure notifications.

· Get tested if exposed to COVID-19: Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 should get tested.

o These individuals should receive home tests from their school and take two tests, at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure. All exposed individuals should monitor for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their exposure. If symptoms begin, they should not attend school and should isolate and get tested for COVID-19 again right away.

· Testing:

o Starting the first day of school, schools will offer home test kits to those with a potential in-school exposure and those with symptoms

o In addition, each staff and student will receive 4 tests per month to take home. These tests can be used by school families for testing due to symptoms, exposures, high-risk activity (such as travel and large gatherings), and can give staff and students immediate results.

o In-school PCR surveillance testing will not be a part of the 2022-23 school year.


· Masking- Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn when indoors. Masks will be made available at the school for all those who need/want them.

o Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when:

§ Returning to school on the sixth day after testing positive for COVID-19, through day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier, including when traveling on a school bus.

§ Entering the school medical room, nurse’s office, or school-based health center.

§ Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at school.

o Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to wear a mask:

§ When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred in school or outside of school. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure.

§ When they are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised, and masking is recommended by their healthcare provider.

§ In crowded indoor settings


· School Building Cleaning:

o Routine cleaning of surfaces will be maintained.



Monkeypox Guidance

This guidance provides information and best practice considerations for schools for the 2022-2023 school year to help prevent the transmission of monkeypox among students and staff.

As shared by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), monkeypox(Open external link) is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The disease is most often spread through direct contact with the sores of someone who has the virus. In the current outbreak, the monkeypox virus has been spread mainly among adults during close, intimate contact. Please refer to this guidance for minimizing potential monkeypox exposure(Open external link) in schools. The guidance includes information on addressing suspected cases, reporting cases, and notifying families.

As a reminder, please maintain confidentiality in all communications, keeping identifying information such as names, identification numbers and other information that could be linked to a specific student or other person out of emails and written documents, minimizing discussion of specific cases to only when it is necessary to do so.



Melissa Phillips

Parent Coordinator

PS/IS 128Q

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School Safety Procedure

The safety and well-being of every community member at P.S./I.S. 128 remains our highest priority.


To continue to keep our school community safe we are asking our parents to schedule meetings with staff members in advance. If you would like to schedule a parent meeting, please reach out to your child’s teacher to arrange a date and time to meet. If you would like to meet with administration or any other staff members, please also schedule the meeting in advance. Once the meeting is scheduled, we will inform school safety of the date and time of the meeting. When you arrive at the school building, please have picture ID available. In addition, you must pass the health screening, and show proof of vaccination.


We kindly ask all parents and family members to refrain from coming to the school building to pick up a student before 2:30pm our dismissal time. In the event you have an emergency and need to pick up your child early, we ask that you please email your child's teacher, administration, and the Parent Coordinator ahead of time. In the email, please include your child’s name , the date and time you need to pick up your child before dismissal and the parent, family member, or friend that will be picking up your child. The person picking up the student must be on the students' blue card and show picture ID when they arrive. They will also be asked to sign the student out in our building sign out book .


Thank you for your support as we continue to keep P.S./I.S. 128 a safe environment.


Please review the Safety information in the link below:


Parent Guide to School Safety and Emergency Preparedness (nyc.gov)

schools.nyc.gov/school-life/safe-schools/emergency-readiness.

schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies.


The links below were also mentioned in a recent notification by the Chancellor.

Please share the attached letter with your school community; you can find translated versions when available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies. Also, please encourage families to sign up for NotifyNYC—New York City’s dedicated emergency public communications program and official source for information about emergency alerts and important city services. For information on school safety, you can direct families to the DOE website at schools.nyc.gov/school-life/safe-schools/emergency-readiness.

PS/IS 128Q Dress Code

Dear Parents/Guardians:

In order to maintain a positive learning environment, it is expected that P.S./I.S. 128 students dress in a professional manner. We expect P.S./I.S. 128 students to be dressed appropriately to ensure safety and to keep the focus on teaching and learning. We would like all parents and guardians to remind students of proper dress protocols on school grounds.

Prohibited forms of dress at P.S./I.S.128 include, but are not limited to:

1) Hats, caps, or hoods (with the exception of headwear worn for religious observance).

2) Clothing that contains references to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, racism, or gang-affiliation.

3) Clothing that does not provide coverage of torso, undergarments, and private body parts, including see-through garments of any kind.

4) Open toe or open back shoes (Flip-flops, slides, etc.)

5) Bottoms which are shorter than arm’s length (Your index finger must touch the hem of the bottom)

If a student comes to school wearing clothing prohibited by the Dress Code, then the student’s parents will be notified, the student may be subject to the interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code, and the student will be expected to make appropriate adjustments to his/her clothing to conform with the Dress Code (e.g., turning shirt inside out, wear a t- shirt given by the school until the end of the school day, etc.).

Thank you for your cooperation

Honors Class Criteria

Over the past several years, our School Leadership Team has met to review the criteria for admission into the middle school honors classes for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. I would like to share with you the criteria that was finalized by the SLT at the last meeting and will be used to determine honors class placement for the 2022-23 school year.


Criteria for honors class placement for the 2022-2023 school year:

· Students will be initially ranked highest to lowest according to their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd marking period overall average in the core subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies).

· The first 33 students with the highest averages will be placed in the honors class.

· A minimum of 90% is required in each of the core subject areas.

· If two students have the exact same average, we will then consider the ELA and Math overall average to determine their placement.

· In the event that multiple students meet this criteria, the student’s overall Lexile score on the MAP Growth assessment will be used to make the final determination.


For the 2022-2023 school year, all students in the honors class must maintain a clean disciplinary record, which includes not having any suspensions throughout the school year. If a student does not maintain a clean disciplinary record and has any suspensions throughout the school year, they will be removed from the honors class.


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