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P.S. 51 Queens 87-45 117th StREET, Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Tel: (718) 850-0738

Fax: (718) 850-0738

Magdaly Saint-Juste, Principal

Bridget O'Dea, Instructional Coach

Tatiana Arboleda, Secretary

Andrea Kelly, Parent Coordinator

Tel: (718)850-0738, Ext. 1021


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August 31, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at P. S. 51Q. The first day of school will be on Monday, September 13, 2021. We are looking forward to working with you and your child. In order to have a safe and successful school opening, I would like to make you aware of the following information:

1. Breakfast and Lunch Program

All NYC public school students are entitled to a free breakfast and a free lunch! However, families are asked to complete the Family Income Inquiry Form each school year. The Family Income Inquiry Form is a key factor in determining whether a school is eligible to receive Title I and other funding. By submitting this form online, at you can help ensure that funding for PS 51Q is accurately calculated.

PS 51Q is a Breakfast in the Classroom school which means that breakfast is served in the classroom and supervised by the classroom teachers. Lunch may be served in the classroom or in the Multipurpose Room depending on social distancing factors. Lunch is typically supervised by school aides.

2. Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

a. Arrival

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. Punctuality is very important. All students should arrive by 7:55 a.m. Students will line up outside to ensure safe social distancing. Teachers will greet and escort them to their classroom. If your child must be late or absent, send a note explaining the reason. All lateness and absences become part of your child's permanent record and will be considered as part of our promotional policy. Every student must complete the Health Screening Form prior to entering the school building each day. For more information, please read below.

b. Dismissal

The school day ends at 2:20 p.m. Kindergarten classes will line up in the Multipurpose Room. Grade 1 students will line up outside in the playground. Parents should arrive in front of the school by 2:15 p.m. to ensure prompt pick-up. Your child will not be released to any person not listed on your child’s blue emergency card. Also, please refrain from signing your child out prior to 2:20 p.m. Plan doctor’s appointments for 3:15 p.m. or later to ensure a full day of attendance for your child. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

3. Transportation

If you believe that your child is eligible for school bus services, please contact the main office on the first day of your child’s attendance. Ms. Antz, Transportation School Aide, will be able to verify your child’s eligibility status in the DOE’s computerized system.

4. Covid-19 Safety and Health Procedures

a. Health Screening

Every student, staff member, parent and visitor must complete the Health Screening Form prior to entering the school building each day. Anyone entering the building must confirm that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have not recently tested positive for COVID-19, and are not currently required to quarantine based on close contact with an infected person. All students, parents, visitors and staff must wear a mask upon entering the school building. Mask with vents are prohibited.

Please note that anyone other than students must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the school building. Also, please remember to carry valid identification with you.

If you need a thermometer to check for a fever, you can request one from your school. If a student or staff member is feeling ill, they must stay home and get tested, which is an effective way of protecting the whole school community. Every school will have a nurse on staff to whom students can report if they are feeling ill.

b. Every school, starting in grade 1, will have 10% of their consented, unvaccinated student population selected twice a month for ongoing random surveillance testing. Families can give consent for testing through their student’s NYC Schools Account,

c. Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All students and staff must wear a face covering when riding on school buses and anywhere on school property, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless they have a medical exemption. Every school will have a supply of masks on hand for children and adults who forget theirs. During lunchtime, masks may be removed so students can eat comfortably at a safe distance from one another. Hand sanitizer will also be available in every classroom.

d. Social Distancing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk, wherever possible.

e. Ventilation

Good ventilation is essential to prevent COVID-19. Over the past year and a half, ventilation in every single classroom across the city has been inspected, updated, and repaired as needed. Every DOE room in use by students and staff for extended periods of time will have fully operational ventilation through either natural, mechanical, or a combination of means. As an added precaution, every classroom across New York City has been provided with two HEPA purifiers. For more information about health and safety, please use the link below to access the document “DOE Homecoming 2021- Our Commitment to your Health and Safety,” from Chancellor Porter:

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to our Parent Coordinator, Andrea Kelly. I look forward to officially welcoming you to the building on September 13, 2021.


Magdaly Saint-Juste, Principal


Public School 51 Q strives to create the best opportunity for all children to learn in a creative and nurturing environment. Our entire school community commits to provide excellence in education by developing a community of lifelong learners and critical thinkers. In an atmosphere rich with cultural diversity, we provide a program that sets the highest standards for our students while celebrating individuality and encouraging creativity.


We are working towards a vision where education at P.S. 51Q leads our learners to long-term academic and personal success.


Please note that the arrival and dismissal information below pertains to our schedule when we are physically at PS 51 Q. Variations in the schedule will be updated as necessary.


The school day begins at 8:00 AM.

Pre-K students are admitted at the rear door of the school, which can be reached through the school yard on the north side of the school, closest to Jamaica Avenue. Drop-off time is 8:00 AM.

In the morning, Kindergarten students will line up in front of the school near the fence, in two lines, maintaining a distance of six feet apart. Some kindergarten students will line up in the driveway on the north side of the school building.

First grade students will enter the school yard (playground) closest to 89th Ave. and will line up six feet apart along the perimeter of the fence.

Students may not be dropped off any earlier than 8:00 AM. Children brought to school late must enter through the front door and must be accompanied by an adult.


The school day ends at 2:20 PM.

Pre-K students will be dismissed at 2:20 PM from the rear door, which can be accessed from the driveway at the north side of the school.

Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 2:20 PM from the multi-purpose room on the lower level or the driveway at the north side of the building.

First grade classes will be dismissed at 2:20 PM from the playground on the south side of the school, closest to 89th Avenue.

Teachers will release students one at a time, and must document who picks up each child. Please do not call out to your child to come to you. Only adults listed on the blue emergency card are authorized to pick up your child. The adults must always carry proper photo identification and wear a mask. This procedure ensures the safety of all students.

It is suggested that you arrive at least five minutes early for arrival and dismissal. Please do not double park or park your vehicle in front of the school building's no parking zone, or block any driveways on the block. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Your child counts on YOU to be on time for arrival and dismissal! If you are not at school in time for dismissal, you must come to the main entrance of the school and sign in at the security desk. Please remember to carry proper identification (ID) with you at all times. If you know you will be delayed, please call the main office at (718) 850-0738 to let us know.

Thank you for your cooperation!


All persons age two and over must wear a mask when entering the school building. The mask must fully cover your nose and mouth. All visitors must show proof of vaccination in order to enter the building. Visitors will be subject to temperature checks and must complete a health screening before entering the building. The health screening can be found at:

Please follow all signage on the walls, doors and floors and maintain a distance of six feet from other individuals. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.

Please do not come to the school building if you are feeling ill. Thank you for your cooperation!