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NYC DOE SCHOOL RE-OPENING FAMILY GUIDE

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NYC DOE FAMILY GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

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What is the school day?

During Regular School Year

8:20am - 2:40pm

During COVID Pandemic

  • 3K & PreK 8:30 - Beginning at 1:45
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade - 8:30 - Beginning at 1:50
  • 2nd - 5th Grade - 8:30 - Beginning at 1:55 

During the COVID Pandemic, if you arrive late to pick up your child, main entrance doors will open at 2:05pm. Masks must be worn to enter the building and social distance guidelines followed.  

What should I do when my child is absent?

If your child is absent, please call or send an email of explanation even if you have not visited the doctor. All absences should be documented. If your child has been ill 5 days or more, please send in a doctor's note of explanation to your child's teachers upon his/her return to school. Lateness and absences must be permanently recorded by the NYC DOE. If your child is absent or late, you will receive a call from our automated school messenger system. 

Should a longer absence be anticipated, please contact the school office so that the teacher may be notified. Should your child contract any communicable disease, such as chicken pox, ringworm, or strep, please call the office immediately. A doctor's note is required upon return after an extended absence. 

What if my child gets sick or has an accident during school?

If a child becomes ill or is injured during the school day, the nurse will contact the family. 

It is therefore extremely important to make sure that the BLUE emergency card is filled out with correct information. You will receive this card at the beginning of every school year and asked to complete it and return it to your teacher promptly. If the information changes throughout the school year, please update the school office.  

Your child should not attend school if he/she has any of the following symptoms

  • Evidence of infection, sore throat and swollen, tender, painful neck glands
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Earaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Persistent Cough
  • Body Rash
  • Ring Worm
  • Lice

To contact the school nurse call 212-860-5882 ext 1562. If your child has any medical issues, please notify the SBHC (School Based Health Clinic) as well as your teacher. Also, teachers and school staff are not allowed to dispense medication. 

Where is the School Based Health Clinic?

The SBHC is in room 156 in the main lobby.

I need to pick up my child early, where do I go?

Go to the main office and "sign out your child". A staff member will bring your child to you. Please know that children will not be dismissed early after 2:30pm. Classes have already begun their transition for dismissal. 

What is the best way to get in touch with the school?

Please feel free to communicate with Mr. Patino, the parent coordinator. Teachers are not able to speak with families during instruction time but you are able to make an appointment to speak with them online or through email. You can also call us in the main office at 212-860-5882.  

How can I get involved with the school?

There are many ways to get involved at PS 38 in both the classroom and the larger community. 
In your child's class: Speak to your child's teacher to see how you can best be involved and assist them.
To support the school: So much of PS 38's success is because of our community of families. Contact the Parent Association at 04m038pa@schools.nyc.gov to see how you can support the school - all help is welcome!

What is ICT?

Collaborative team teaching or ICT classes pair a general education and special education teacher in a classroom that has up to 40 percent children with IEP's. Both sets of students benefit from the smaller student to teacher ratio. 

How do I start the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process?

Talk to your child's teachers and care providers. They can share information about how your child is doing in school and you can share information about how your child is doing at home.

Before referring a child for special education services, families, teachers, and child care providers should try different strategies to help. Together, adults can collect information, use and monitor supports, and determine next steps.


For an in depth step by step process visit the DOE online:

 

Where is the lunch menu?

The lunch menu can be food on the School Meals page of the DOE website.

How much is school lunch and how do I pay for it?

School lunch is now free for all students. All families must complete a school lunch application regardless if your child eats school lunch or brings from home. The DOE uses the information from these applications to provide funding to our school. 

What about breakfast?

Due to COVID, cold breakfast will be given in the class. 

Where do I get a student MetroCard?

MetroCards are assigned based on a specific criteria. Please reach out to Ms. Levada Hollis at 212-860-5882 ext 4182, Monday to Wednesday or at lhollis2@schools.nyc.gov  

Can my child attend PS 38 if we are not in the school zone?

Admissions to PS 38 are based on a set of priorities and are not on a first-come, first serve basis. Admission priorities are as follows: 

  • Zoned students with verified siblings
  • Zoned students without siblings
  • Non-zoned students who reside in the district and have siblings in the school who will be articulating into grades 1 - 4
  • Non-zoned students who live out of the district and have siblings in the school who will be articulating into grades 1 - 4
  • Non-zoned, out of district students

What is the School Leadership Team (SLT)?

The School Leadership Team is a collaborative team of parents and teachers and the principal that is mandated by state law to play a significant role as an advisory panel in representing the school community. The SLT helps create structures for school-based decision-making, develops school-based educational policies and ensures resources are aligned to implement those policies. The SLT writes and reviews the school's Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Parents are elected and visitors are welcome to all meetings. 

Do I need to bring identification to the school?

Yes. All parents, guardians, and visitors who wish to enter the school are required to sign in at the lobby safety desk with identification. You must also check in with our Main Office in Room 152. We appreciate your cooperation in these efforts as we want to ensure safety for our students and staff. 

Can my child bring a cellphone to school?

Students are permitted to bring cell phones to school. Students are NOT permitted to use cell phones during instruction unless otherwise indicated by the teacher. If a student is seen using a cell phone against policy procedures the device will be confiscated by a school official after the 2nd warning and the parent/guardian will be required to retrieve the device.