Chancellor’s Regulation A-413 - Student Cell Phone Policy
As part of this new regulation, schools have been directed to establish a school-based policy regarding the use of such items on school property. After consultation with the School Staff, School Safety Team, School Leadership Team, and the PTA Executive Board, we have agreed to institute the following procedures:
· Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be turned on or used while on school property. Students must have them turned off in their backpacks during school hours.
· If a parent needs to contact their child during the school day, they should call the Main Office.
· If a student needs to contact their parent or guardian during the school day, they will be sent to the Main Office to make that phone call.
· If a student uses an electronic device in violation of the school policy, it will be confiscated by a staff member and stored in a secure location. The student’s parent/guardian will be contacted and the device will be returned to the proper owner. After being confiscated once, any future confiscation of a cell phone or electronic device will require a parent conference for retrieval.
· Students will assume all responsibility for their cell phones and other electronic devices if they bring them to school. The school is not responsible for stolen, damaged or lost devices.
· Students should travel to and from school using safe, familiar routes with good lighting and not display their electronic devices or carry them in a manner that attracts attention while traveling.
We appreciate your support in working together to ensure the safety of our students. Please take the time to review and discuss these guidelines with your child.
~A message from the School Nurse, Mary Montalbano~
Some helpful reminders to start off the school year right!
- Get the flu vaccine for this year.
- Wash your hands! The number one way to NOT get sick is hand washing.
-Catch your cough in your elbow
-Get 10 hours of sleep at night!
On November 2, Chancellor Fariña announced NYC Reads 365, which is a new citywide literacy initiative to promote reading for students in grades pre-K through 12
There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading. The more we read, the more knowledge we have, the more words we gain exposure to, the more our brain exercises, and the more we experience the joy of getting lost in a story. Reading purely for oneself, to encounter new worlds, to learn new information, to be inspired -- this is the path to success in school as in life.
Reading is an essential life skill. It is an everyday, anywhere activity. Without the ability to read well, children are limited in what they can accomplish. A person who reads well has the ability to own his or her learning process.
Most importantly, reading is essential because words build our foundation for ideas, expression, creativity, opinions, and beliefs.
There’s a reading genre for everyone and for every age, whether you are four or ninety-four. Whether you prefer classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, self-help books, science fiction, or romance novels, there’s a book somewhere for you.
The old saying “practice makes perfect” is absolutely true for reading. We know that children who have repeatedly been exposed to books from birth develop strong reading skills and a love of reading.
NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, read to forget. Help us create a new generation of readers. For more information, visit NYC Reads 365 at http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/NYCReads365
Read every day New York City – 365!
According to the new UFT Contract, there will be no Extended day program afterschool on Mondays and Tuesdays. The official school day will begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.
On Mondays, teachers and staff will remain in school until 4 p.m. for professional development. On Tuesdays, teachers and staff will remain in school until 3:55 p.m. to engage with parents/guardians and professional work.