Our School's Covid Plan
Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how P811Q 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.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Nicole Avila:
61-25 Marathon Parkway
Little Neck, NY 11362
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Safety precautions in the Building
In addition to requiring everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. We have put safety procedures in place to help keep our students and staff healthy:
Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.
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.
Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Families will drop off their children outside of the school building at a designated location and a staff member will bring the student directly to their classroom. Parents will pick up students in the same location. Drop off time is 8:30 and you may pick up your child between 1:30pm and 2pm.
Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.
Contact with Teachers Teaching in School: To protect the safety of students and staff, staff members are prohibited from using cell phones while they are with students. If you need to reach a staff member in an emergency, call the main office of the school site your student is at. (See Contact Us page.) Teachers have a dedicated "office hours" period from 2:00 to 2:20 each day.
Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways and stairways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.
Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F MUST stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay out of school for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.
Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the class size in each room to allow for appropriate social distancing to take place in-person instruction.
Individual Desks: Classes that had 6' tables for students to sit at in groups have been given individual desks for each student.
Desk Alignment: All desks will be facing the same direction. No students will be sitting across from or facing other students.
Students Stay In Place: Students will remain in their classroom throughout the day. This includes breakfast and lunch. The classroom teacher will stay with the students for the majority of the day, with the exception of a lunch break for the teacher. Student lunches will be in the classroom and will be covered by a cluster teacher.
Adults Serving Students in Each Room: The number of adults serving classes will be minimized. Students will have the same special class repeatedly throughout the week instead of having a variety of specials to limit the interactions among staff members and students.
Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.
Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.
Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas.
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How Hybrid Learning Works
Hybrid 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.
Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for their 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 off-line worksheets, 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 limited virtual "office hours" from 2:00 to 2:20 each day. Families who have questions or need extra support can check in with teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments.
Remote Learning Expectations
During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility.
Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.
At-home assignments will be posted in Google Classroom by teachers daily.
At-home assignments for each week should be turned in by the deadline given by the teacher. Assignments will be graded. Please talk to the teacher if you are unable to complete the assignments by the deadline or need help.
All students are expected to check in, show up to remote live instruction, and complete assignments each day. It is up to the families to contact staff members if students do not show up for live instruction, so the student can be marked present if he/she is doing the independent work.
When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.
Students should remain muted unless it is their turn to talk. Background noise is challenging.
Students should raise their hands and wait to be called on before responding.
Students should remain on-camera during virtual lessons.
Please provide a quiet place free from distractions during virtual lessons. TVs should not be on.
If possible, it is best for students not to sit on their beds. It is best if the "come to school" by sitting in a chair by a table or desk, if possible.
Devices & Internet
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 to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free!
Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days.
If you do not have internet access at home, (LOCAL INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER?? is providing free connection for families earning less than $50,000 per year with students learning at home. You can request free internet access directly with the company. )
If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, connect for live instruction, connect with Class Dojo, or access the lessons in Google Classroom, let your teacher know.