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PS 58 Family Guide to student attendance, learning while in quarantine, and holiday travel

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Attendance

How can I check my child’s attendance?

Parents can see the dates that their child has been absent by visiting the Attendance section of their NYC Schools Account at www.mystudent.nyc.  If you need to set up an account or link another child to your existing account, please follow the instructions on this post on our homepage.

Will absences affect my child’s grades this year?

We are required to take daily attendance in the hybrid and remote cohorts, but your child’s attendance will not play a role in grading this year.

Will absences be excused if my child is ill?

As always, absences can be coded as excused if a note from a medical provider is given to the school.  The note must specify the dates of the illness.

Absences due to COVID-19, or a COVID-like illness (CLI), will be assigned a special code in the system.  Please see the section below on  “Communication regarding a COVID-like illness”.

Learning while in Quarantine

If my child is required to quarantine due to exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, can he/she remain in their hybrid cohort or be switched temporarily to an all-remote cohort?

If your child’s cohort is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, the entire cohort and teacher would transition to an all-remote learning schedule.  Your child would remain in his/her hybrid cohort for the duration of the quarantine.

If individual students have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 at school and have to quarantine, and the exposure was not to the entire cohort, your child’s classroom teacher will prepare work for quarantining students.  Classroom teachers will have scheduled times to meet with their students during their quarantine.

Keep in mind that families always have the option to transition to all-remote learning by submitting the PS 58 Survey: Opting into all-remote learning.  The sooner we have your preference the better!

When can my child return from quarantine?

The 14-day quarantine “clock” will begin on the day you are notified of a possible exposure to a confirmed case at school, or on the date your child receives a positive test result.  In coordination with the DOE Situation Room, the school will be in contact with you to confirm your child’s re-entry date.

Extended Absence due to travel out of NY State

During an extended absence, hybrid students will have access to their teacher’s slides for students on remote days.  In order for hybrid students to receive access to the fully remote program’s content and schedule, parents would need to opt into a fully remote cohort.

Fully remote students may participate in online learning during travel.  Please keep in mind that travel to other time zones may make participation in live lessons difficult.  Students who do not check in with their teacher on any given day will be marked absent.

Return to in-person learning after travel out of NY State:

As of 11/4/20, Travelers must quarantine for 14 days from the last day in a non-border state or another country, unless the traveler meets certain criteria. Border states are NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT.

Alternate option for testing out of quarantine:

  • Travelers must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days prior to arrival in New York
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler needs to get a COVID-19 test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative  diagnostic test.

These are the current NYS regulations, but families are asked to check the NY.gov website https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for updates.

Quarantine related to family travel (non emergency)

Teachers will provide work to students who are quarantining due to return from out of state travel.  Students will also have access to their hybrid remote day slides with regularly scheduled work.

In instances of travel due to family crisis or emergency, please reach out to the school for additional support.

Will there be any additional periods to opt-in to in-person learning at PS 58?

In an effort to be responsive to our community’s needs, we will offer an additional window to opt into hybrid in-person learning.  Parents may opt in between February 22 and 26.  Students will transition to in-person learning the week of March15.

How has COVID-19 affected school grading policies?

Kindergarten students will receive “progress reports” for the first marking period, and will transition to the 1-4 system for the 2nd and 3rd marking periods.  1st grade – 5th grade will use the 1-4 scale for the entire school year.

At the end of the year, families will be given the opportunity to decide whether they would like final grades to be in the 1-4 number format, or if they would prefer that their child receive grades of “MT”(meets target).  More information about this will be sent out to families in the spring.

Important:  Communication regarding a COVID-like illness at home

Any and all communication regarding illness is appreciated.  If your child or family member has CLI symptoms please contact the teacher and School Nurse Kathleen Leone, kleone@ps58online.org.   See Nurse Kathy’s message to parents regarding COVID-like illnesses.

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