Important Information for Parents

Transportation

The NYC Department of Education, Office of Pupil Transportation, handles all issues concerning busing, including eligibility. Please contact Mrs. Rosanne Antz, PS 51Q’s Transportation Coordinator, at (718) 850-0738. She will find out if your child qualifies for bus service.

If your child does qualify for bus drop-off and pick-up, remember to arrive at your designated bus stop at least 10 minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive. Please remain on the sidewalk until the bus comes to a full stop. If you know that you will not be able to be at the bus stop to meet your child, please call the school office by 1:30 p.m. so that your child will not be put on the bus. Likewise, should the bus company alert us in time that a driver is running late, we will do our best to quickly contact you. Also, please review with your child the following safety rules:

  • Children should be buckled once seated, and they should remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop.
  • Only two children may share a seat on the bus. Heads, arms and legs must remain inside the bus at all times.
  • Inappropriate behavior on the bus will result in loss of bus privileges.

Uniform Policy

The school uniform consists of a white blouse or shirt, and navy blue pants, skirt or jumper. These items can be purchased at the store of your choice. You may purchase a school T-shirt, sweatshirt and/or sweatpants directly from the general office. Order forms will be provided to all parents.

*Please note that due to safety reasons, we do not want students to wear flip-flops, high heels, platforms, open-toed sandals and shoes.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast:

We are a "Breakfast in the Classroom" school. Breakfast is provided by the Office of School Nutrition. Students eat breakfast in their classroom starting at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch:

School lunch is provided free of charge to all students. All parents, regardless of income, must complete a School Meals Form so that our schools get access to federal funding for this program and others. Please complete the form online at http://nyc.applyforlunch.com between July 1, 2018 and December 29, 2018. A hardcopy of the form will also be sent home and is available at your school’s main office.

Students may also bring their lunch from home. Please do not send any food in glass containers or which requires heating. If your child only eats a home-cooked meal, please send that meal with your child in the morning. Unless there is an emergency, we highly discourage parents from bringing lunch for their children during the school day as this practice disrupts the normal process.

P.S. 51 Q is a nut free school. Please do not send any food to school which contain nuts.


Visitor Policy

All visitors who enter the school must first stop at the security desk to present valid photo identification (I.D.) and to sign in. Upon entering the main office, you will be given a pass to visit another office or classroom. This policy ensures the safety of the children in our care. If you do not have a valid NYS I.D., you may obtain one at the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Also, New York City residents are now able to sign up for IDNYC – a government-issued identification card that is available to all city residents age 14 and older. Immigration status does not matter. You may apply for the card or get more information about obtaining one at: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/index.page Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


CELL PHONE POLICY

September 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Below, please find the current cell phone policy for PS 51Q, which will remain in effect for the 2018-2019 school year.

PS. 51Q POLICY FOR USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Students are permitted to bring cell phones, or any other electronic devices such as, iPods, MP3 players, PSP, Nintendo DS, etc., provided that they do not use these devices during school hours (including field trips and afterschool programs) or on school property. Cell phones and other devices should remain in the students’ bags at all times.

Consequences for violating the above policy may include 1) warning the student to immediately put away the item 2) confiscating the item and returning it at dismissal 3) confiscating the item and returning it to a parent/ guardian at a meeting 4) confiscating the item and returning it after the student enters into a behavioral contract 5) revocation of privileges.

I thank you in advance for taking the time to review the policy with your children, and for your cooperation. For more information, please feel free to call the school.

Sincerely,

Magdaly Saint-Juste

Principal

HEALTH POLICY AND PROCEDURES

School Nurse

Mrs. Peggy Licciardello, R.N.

Office Location: Room 208

Office Telephone: (718)850-4345

Please advise the school nurse of any chronic illnesses and / or food or other allergies that your child has. You and your child’s physician must complete a “504 form” which provides details about these chronic health conditions and the medications your child is prescribed.


School Procedures/Policies Regarding Illness, Medications & Immunizations

If your child becomes sick in school

The school will contact you immediately. It is your responsibility to come to school and pick up your child. If you are unavailable, the person on the blue emergency card will be contacted. Please keep the school office informed of all changes in telephone numbers, addresses, contacts, etc. The school must have up-to-date information in order to reach you in case of illness or an emergency.

To protect your child’s health, do not send him/her with the following conditions

Fever of 100 F or higher Earache Upset Stomach

Infected Skin Patches Sore Throat “Pink Eye” (Conjunctivitis)

Swollen Glands Head Lice Vomiting or Diarrhea

Unusual Spots or Rashes Persistent Cough Flu

If your child has: He/She Must Be Kept out of school:

Chicken Pox 5 days after appearance of rash

Rubella (German Measles) Until rash has disappeared

Measles 5 days after appearance of rash

Mumps Until all of the swelling of the glands has disappeared

Whooping Cough 14 days after whoop begins

Hepatitis Until temperature has become normal

Meningitis Until temperature has become normal

Streptococcal Sore Throat Until temperature has become normal

By keeping your child home, you are not only helping him/her to get well faster, you are also preventing the illness from spreading to other members of the class and staff. Let the school know as soon as possible that your child is ill. When you child returns to school, give him/her a note for the teacher/nurse explaining the absence, or provide a note from the treating physician.

Medication Policy

During school hours, students may have their medications given to them by the school nurse. However, their Medication Administration Record (Form 504) must be filled out and signed by the doctor and parent. All medication must be in appropriate containers and properly labeled by the pharmacy or physician with the dosage/schedule. A photo of your child must be on the container. Please advise the school nurse of any chronic illnesses and / or food or other allergies that your child has. Please be aware that your child must not bring medication to school. If your child is taking antibiotics, cold or allergy medications, etc., these must be administered at home.

If you have questions about medications or your child’s health during school hours, please contact the nurse. Our School Nurse, Peggy Licciardello, R.N., can be reached at (718) 850-4345.

Immunization Requirements

The New York State Department of Education and the Board of Health requires documentation be secured providing that all children who come to school are fully immunized. We are required to exclude children that are not immunized and do not have documentation from a physician indicating the reason.