• P.S. 316 Forum For Social Emotional Programming

    Dear Families,

    Welcome back! We missed you over the summer and look forward to a “different” yet wonderful new school year!!!

    The Guidance Department is hosting a question and answer forum on September 25, 2020 at 12:00pm on Zoom.

    During this time, we will be taking questions and discussing our plans for social emotional learning for the upcoming school year.
    We will also be discussing the IEP process and how to access services for your youngster. As a guidance team, we will also show parents how to navigate our ILearn Social Emotional Homepage. There will also be an introduction to what mental health services CCM offers in partnership with the school.

    There will also be time to discuss what you as parents feel would be the most beneficial for your student this school year. As a school community, we value the opinions and input from our parents and the families. Our goal is to ensure that your student feels happy and safe while learning either in the school building or from home.

    We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 12:00pm on Zoom LINK BELOW. Please note this Zoom meeting will be recorded.

    All the best,
    The PS 316 Guidance/SEL Department
    Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Yoruk, Mrs. Rock,
    Ms. Kottahachchi, & Mr. Brenkert

    *Please note the team will be available after 5pm for additional support at your request*

    Welcome! To P.S. 316 Forum
    For Social Emotional Programming

    Please join us on the zoom platform
    Friday September 25, 2020

    Hosted by: The Guidance Department
    Please email us with any questions:

    Topic: Social Emotional
    Time: Sep 25, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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  • CEC 17 Calendar/Quarterly meeting with Presidents' Council - Sep 22, 2020

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  • Letter to families 9/21/20

    Dear Families,

    It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.

    There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.

    To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols and created a COVID-19 Response Situation Room for DOE principals, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for school leaders in handling all COVID- 19 cases in schools. When principals learn of a potential COVID-19 case in their school, they call the Situation Room to report it, and medical, public health, and education staff are on hand and readily available to support principals through responding to it. Principals or their designees call the Situation Room, which helps to handle everything from there - including quickly communicating vital updates for principals to share with their school communities.

    We are confident in our ability to provide your children with the healthy, safe, engaging, high-quality education you expect. We will continue to be transparent and keep you informed. In this Update for Families, I am happy to share the latest information on:
     How to complete daily health screenings for your child,
     Where to get tested for COVID-19,
     How to stay informed on COVID-19 cases in your school community, and
     What transportation to and from school looks like
    In addition, to help you find key information I have shared in past updates, we have included quick links to DOE resources on:
     Health and safety measures in our schools,
     What teaching and learning looks like this year, and
     School schedules for elementary, middle, and high schools

    As always, all information regarding back to school can be found at If you have additional questions, please contact your principal. You can find information about your child’s school, including principal contact information, on our website using “Find a School” at
    You have heard me say that September is my favorite month, and that is especially true this year. Return to School 2020 took a team effort, thousands of hours of work, and attention to countless details to get where we are today. I could not be prouder of our families, students, educators, and everyone who works in and for our schools.
    September 21, 2020

    As we start the new school year together, I can assure you that the largest school system in the nation is well prepared and up to the task. Please know that we are here for you. Your teachers and principals are here for you. And, together, we will achieve a remarkable year of learning.

    Richard A. Carranza
    New York City Department of Education

    Update for Families: September 21, 2020
    How to Complete Daily Health Screenings for Your Child
    As always, the health and safety of our students, families, and school staff remain our top priority. We have spent months preparing for the safe reopening of our schools; we know they are like home for so many of us and provide the social-emotional support and learning our children need.
    We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities safe. We are asking you to do your part by making sure your children have completed their health screenings (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. We encourage you to use our Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.
     You can find the online health screening at When you do the screening at home, you or your child just need to provide the results of the screening either by showing the email on a smartphone or a printout of the results before entering the school building. All students will receive an oral thermometer in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature.
     If you or your child is not able to pre-screen using the online tool, you may use the Paper Health Screening Questionnaire and have your child bring the completed form to school and show it upon entry. Your school will provide you with printed copies so you can complete the questionnaire at home.
     If you or your child forgets or is unable to pre-screen, someone will be available at your school's entrance to assist your child in completing the form and checking your child’s temperature.
     In order to keep everyone healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19, students will not be able to attend in-person classes if they have:
    o Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath within the past 10 days;
    o Received a positive result from a COVID-19 test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab (not a blood test) in the past 10 days;
    o Been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
    o Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
    As always, please keep your child home if they are sick.
    Where to Get Tested for COVID-19
    It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested!

     Help us keep our schools open and school communities healthy by getting tested for COVID-19. It’s safe, free, and easy for everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. To find a testing site near you, visit
     Students in 3K through twelfth grade can get priority testing at 22 Health + Hospitals testing sites throughout the school year. To find a location near you, visit
     Beginning in early October, we will begin testing a random sampling of students and staff in every school. This is essential to keeping your family and school community healthy and safe. We’ll be sharing much more information and a link to a parent/guardian consent form in our next family update.
    How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community
    It’s important that your school is able to reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.
     With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations.
     In order to see your child’s records, request an Account Creation Code from your school. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so your school can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency.
     If you don’t have an account, sign up today at It only takes five minutes!
    What Transportation to and from School Will Look Like
    Whether traveling by bus, public transportation, or other means, students will be expected to wear masks and practice social distancing, just as they will in and around their school. Here are some details about different modes of transportation:
    Following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), buses transporting students will be limited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. Seating on the bus will be clearly marked to guide students to where they can and cannot sit.
     If students do not have a face covering, the bus operator will provide one. Drivers and attendants will also wear face coverings as well as gloves. Before sending children on a bus, family members should screen their children’s health at home, including temperature checks, to make certain they are well enough to board a bus and attend school.
     Buses will operate with the windows open whenever possible and with the air in the non-recirculating mode.

     Upon arrival at a destination where passengers will be exiting the bus, students will be directed to exit one row at a time to maintain a safe social distance.
     Each night, all school transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected following CDC protocols.
    Public Transportation and Other Alternatives
    Schools will provide free MetroCards to students and families engaged in blended learning for travel to and from school.
     When using public transportation, students will be expected to follow the same social distancing and face covering protocols as all New Yorkers.
     The MTA has marked all stations with social distancing guidance and offers free masks at stations across the city. In addition, the NYPD conducts frequent sweeps of stations and subway cars to enforce distancing and mask wearing. For more about MTA procedures, visit
    Where to Find Information on:
    Health and Safety Measures in Schools
    To learn more about ventilation and other building safety measures, outdoor learning, food services in schools, testing and tracing, and personal health measures all schools are taking to keep your children safe, visit
    What Teaching and Learning Looks Like This Year
    To learn more about blended learning supports, social-emotional learning and mental health, supports for multilingual/English language learners, students with disabilities, students in temporary housing and foster care, students who are 21 or older, and students in early childhood programs, visit
    School Schedules for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
    To learn more about programming models, sibling schedules, and what happens when students come to school on the wrong day during blended learning, visit

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  • Important information reguarding health screenings

    Beginning Monday and moving forward with all respective stakeholders who enter school buildings, a health screening 
     and safe temperature check of below 100 degreess Fahrenheit must be assessed before letting students or staff into the building. 
    This means that on Monday 9/21ALL students and staff must have their temperatures assessed before walking past the lobby by the SSA.
    Guidance is presently in Teach Hub. Please share this information with your staff. Additionally, it is wise to reach out to parents, have them download the health screening app, and take their child’s temperature in the morning before school so that a long line does not build up outside the school during morning arrival. 
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  • Letter for families 9/18/20

    Dear Families,

    I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an important update on the start of school.

    As you know, for months we have been preparing to reopen our school buildings. Thanks to all of you and everything you
    have done over the last six months, the city’s low infection rate makes us the only major city in the country able to welcome our children back to our schools for in-person learning.

    Just as you have done everything necessary to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate, we have made a pledge to you that we would put health and safety first. That is what we have done – inspecting tens of thousands of classrooms for proper ventilation; distributing millions of masks, bottles of hand sanitizers and cases of cleaning supplies; prioritizing students and staff for expedited COVID-19 testing; developing a swift testing, quarantine, and tracing protocol anytime we might see COVID-19 activity in our schools; and more.

    We must continue living up to that pledge as we get closer to opening our buildings, knowing that this year demands more supplies, more staff, more space, more inspections, and more training. To do that, we have some new updates on the school calendar to announce.

    All students will still begin full-time instruction on Monday, September 21. School buildings will reopen to our students in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of the week) on a phased basis, detailed below. Here is the updated calendar for the start of the 2020-21 school year:

    •   Children enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21.

    •   Children in blended learning (in-person in schools some days of the week, and remotely from home other days of the week) will be learning remotely beginning Monday, September 21 until their in-person start date as outlined below. Please reach out to your childs school if you have questions about when your child should report according to their blended learning schedule.

    September 18, 2020

    Blended Learning Students Enrolled In:
    Grades 3K and Pre-K
    (in any school type/grade configuration)

    District 75 (all grades) By School Type: Students enrolled in

    •   Elementary Schools (K-5 and K-8) (includes students in grades 6-8

      in K-8 Schools)

    •   Students enrolled in K-2 and K-3 Schools

    •   Students enrolled in K-12 Schools

    In-Person Learning Begins On:

    Monday 9/21 Monday 9/21

    Tuesday 9/29

    Students enrolled in:

    •   Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

    •   High Schools (Grades 9-12)

    •   Secondary Schools (Grades 6-12)

    •   Transfer Schools, Adult Education, Evening Schools, Alternate

      Learning Centers

    Thursday 10/1

    Less Common School Types/Configurations


    Tuesday 9/29 Tuesday 9/29

    I know this is a last-minute change. This crisis has demanded so much flexibility and patience from you and your children since the beginning, and I am in awe of how you have risen to meet the challenges and uncertainty this pandemic has presented. Everything we do is to try to provide stability and certainty, while protecting the health and safety of our city.

    I am deeply grateful every day for each of you, and the commitment you have shown to your children and this city.
    So many of you have told us how eager you are to reconnect with your school communities
    I know I am excited for that as well. We believe this extra time will help make sure that all schools and all educators are in the best position to deliver a strong, safe, and supportive environment for teaching and learning to take place.

    I always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change thatno matter when, where, and how we are learning.

    Thank you for everything you do. Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza
    New York City Department of Education

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  • New opening school dates from the Dept of Ed

    We know you have been working tirelessly all summer to begin to receive students in-person this month, and some principals have expressed a desire for additional time to make sure we are best prepared. Toward that end, we have worked with our labor partners on a new staggered start for in-person learning at the beginning of this school year. Children who are enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21. However, children in blended learning will be learning remotely until their in-person start date as outlined here:  

    Blended Learning Students Enrolled In: 

    In-Person Learning Begins On: 

    Grades 3K and Pre-K 

    (in any school type/grade configuration) 

    Monday 9/21 

    District 75 

    (all grades) 

    Monday 9/21 

    By School Type: 

    Students enrolled in 

    ·      Elementary Schools (K-5 and K-8) (includes students in grades 6-8 in K-8 schools) 

    Tuesday 9/29 

    Students enrolled in: 

    ·      Middle Schools (Grades 6-8) 

    ·      High Schools (Grades 9-12) 

    ·      Secondary Schools (Grades 6-12) 

    ·      Transfer Schools, Adult Education, Evening Schools, Alternate Learning Centers 

    Thursday 10/1 

    Schools with Other Grade Configurations: 

    Students enrolled in K-2 and K-3 Schools 

    Tuesday 9/29 

    Students enrolled in K-12 Schools 

    Tuesday 9/29 


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  • Need help getting a device?

    As previously shared in the September 3 edition of Principals Digest, schools should continue completing an inventory of devices that they still have in their schools. They should use the Remote Learning Device (RLD) application to identify new requests for devices and determine which families possess iPads that have been Centrally-loaned.

    We are extending the time that schools have to complete the inventory and assignment, or reassignment, of Centrally-loaned and school-based devices. Schools must complete an attestation that they have exhausted the school’s supply of devices to distribute to students still in need of a device in the RLD application by September 15, (extended from September 9). To complete this process, school staff should sign in to the RLD application using their DOE login and click on the device attestation link below the search boxes. Additional guidance will be posted on the iPad and Devices InfoHub page on September 11.

    The DOE will review the needs of schools and work with superintendent and Borough/Citywide Offices (BCOs) to support schools; the DOE will prioritize students without internet access, based on priorities established last spring (students who reside in shelters, and students in foster care). The DOE will distribute existing Centrally-based devices directly to schools until the inventory has been exhausted.

    For questions, contact the DOE Help Desk at 718-935-5100.

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  • Class Orientation remote links

    All classes will be held via Zoom on September 16th - September 18th
    Family Orientation Session 9am - 10am

    Students Meet With Their Classes 10am-11am

    Please see attachment.!! 

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  • Schedule for Pre-Kindergarten Parents/Guardians

    September 14, 2020

    Dear Pre-Kindergarten Parents/Guardians:

    Welcome to P.S. 316! We would like to provide an overview of the first few weeks of school. All children will be learning 5 days a week with many participating in Blended Learning, which is a combination of in-person and remote learning.

    We want your child to become familiar with classroom routines and build a strong relationship with their teacher and paraprofessional. Your child’s teacher will create meaningful activities to build rapport and learn about your child’s needs. The parents that have chosen to have their child attend school in person have been grouped by cohort.

    Please follow the schedule below for September:

    September 16-18

    Remote Instructional Orientation for Parents & Children

    Via Zoom 9:00-10:00 each day

    Individual Family Meetings: 

    Scheduled throughout the month  by each teacher

    Week of September 21            

    In Person Learning   8:30-10:00 AM

    Cohort A:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

    Cohort B:  Wednesday and Friday

    Remote Learning 11:00-12:00 Daily

    Week of September 28

    In Person Learning 8:30-10:00 AM

    Cohort A:  Tuesday and Thursday

    Cohort B:  Wednesday and Friday

    Remote Learning 11:00-12:00 Daily

    Monday, September 28th No School/Yom Kippur

    We look forward to our Pre-K children exploring and discovering new things as they build a strong foundation for learning. We know that by working together we will create a positive experience for our Pre-K students. Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely yours,
    Ms. Maluf
    (Ms. Thompson PK- 1, Ms. Brandi PK-2, Ms. Lewis PK-3)


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