Welcome Back Letter from our Principal! *Important Info*

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Dear Families,

As we begin this school year we would like to ensure open communication between teachers and parents. We would also like to ensure that students are equipped with the materials required for learning this school year, and we want to keep you up to date with any changes made to the school schedule.


September 21th- September 25th: Instruction for all K-8 students will be Fully Remote. No students are expected to come to the school building. Students are to sign on to their device at 8:30 AM, Monday- Friday.

September 29th: Blended/ In Person Instruction begins. Student Group A begins instruction in the school building on Tuesday, September 29th.

School Hours for Remote and Blended Instruction

8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

❖ Beginning September 29th, the school doors will open at 8:25 A.M. for entering the building. There will be random temperature checks for students at each entry point.

❖ Students will be dismissed promptly at 2:00 P.M. for dismissal.

❖ Parents arriving to pick up their children need to follow strict safety guidelines and maintain appropriate social distancing while in the main building’s schoolyard or on Ovington Avenue.


❖ Breakfast is grab and go and will be given out when students arrive at 8:30 A.M. There is no early breakfast program or early drop off. Breakfast bags will be provided in the schoolyard for the Main Building (grades 3-8) and in the Annex building; (grade K) will pick up in the main lobby and (grades 1-2) will pick up on the 1st floor.

❖ Lunch will be delivered to classrooms for students to eat during an instructional period. Cold lunch will be served. You may send your child in with their own lunch if you choose.


According to the NYC Department of Education, “the City will use “attendance” and not “interaction” as a measure of student engagement and instructional time in remote and in-person learning settings.” “The DOE will track and follow up upon the attendance for every student every day (Monday through Friday), regardless as to whether those students are engaged in remote or in-person learning.”

The definition of “present” is as follows:

In-Person: Students are physically present in the classroom / school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.

Remote: Students are virtually present in a virtual learning environment for synchronous/live instruction during the scheduled school day.

The definition of “absent” is as follows:

Blended/In-person Instruction: Absent/Not physically present in the classroom school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.

Remote Instruction: Absent/Not virtually present during remote class, remote lesson, or scheduled teacher-student instruction during the scheduled school day.


The following safety precautions have been put into place at PS/IS 30.

➢ We have passed safety inspections, including our ventilation system.

➢ All windows are working and will be open.

➢ The custodians will conduct a thorough sanitization of the building every evening.

➢ Masks will be provided to staff and students. All students and staff are expected to wear face coverings. Students are encouraged to bring their own masks or face coverings.

➢ Gloves are available for staff.

➢ Classrooms are socially distanced.

➢ Students will not be traveling around the building; staff will come to them.

Health and COVID 19

➢ If a child is scheduled to be in the building on an assigned day but is not feeling well, the child may attend school remotely for that day if they are feeling up to it. Parents must notify the school that their child will not be coming into the building that day and that they will be remote (Grades 3-8: 718-491-8440 and Grades K-2: 718-491-5684). Parents may let the teacher know as well.

➢ Temperature checks will happen using thermometers and all scanners by the door.

➢ Random testing:

■ Random testing will be 10% of our school. Parents and staff will receive a letter that they have been randomly chosen to be COVID 19 tested and will be provided with locations to be tested. If a parent refuses to have their child tested, the child will be placed in fully remote learning.

➢ IF a child shows symptoms, the following steps will be taken:

■ Student will go to the nurse.

■ Student will be placed in a privately supervised room.

■ Parents will be called and must pick up their child.

■ Parents will be strongly advised to test their child.

■ Student will need clearance from a health care provider to return to school after a 24-hour symptoms-free period.

➢ Situation Room:

■ This is manned by the Department of Education and Department of Health.

■ For any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID 19 reported to the school, Principal Heeraman will report it to the situation room and immediate action will be taken. Health experts from the situation room will investigate and determine next steps.

Emergency/Blue Cards

❖ Blue cards will be filled out electronically. Parents may complete the Blue Card at our school website: https://www.themarywhiteovingtonschool.org/ Please make sure all information is accurate and updated. If any information changes throughout the year, please contact the office immediately. Also, please note that children will only be released to the adults listed on the blue card in the case of an emergency.


To avoid potential disruption during this pandemic, we ask that your child have access to a DOE or a school issued digital device for the entire school day.To clarify, devices may only include a laptop, PC, chromebook, or tablet issued by a NYC public school or the DOE. Students must also bring wired headphones or earbuds. Learning materials will be posted digitally for remote and in person students throughout the school day and students will be responsible for completing all work assigned. *Please be sure that DOE devices coming to school are fully charged.*


iLearnNYC will be the platform utilized by the school for all teaching and learning activities. It is in the process of being updated and will be ready for utilization by September 29th. Until then, students will use the DOE Google Classroom (September 21st - 25th) . For both platforms, however, students need a DOE email address to access this platform. The school is no longer using the SEP email accounts; those will be reserved for NIA (after school program) use only. Here is the DOE link to create a student email: https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form. Children need their osis number (Student ID#) and date of birth to access their new email address. Students need to create their own passwords and securely store them.


Teachers will maintain contact with parents through Emails, PupilPath/Skedula, School Messenger, Class Dojo, Remind App., or the Bloomz App.


❖ Level 4--- Exceeds grade-level standards (92% or higher)

❖ Level 3--- Meets grade-level standards (80%-91%)

❖ Level 2--- Approaches grade-level standards (65%-79%)

❖ Level 1--- Far below grade-level standards (Below 65%)

Visitors to the School Building

❖ All visitors must make an appointment to come inside the school building. Please call the main office to make an appointment.

❖ All visitors are expected to have their temperature taken using a non-touch digital thermometer and complete a health screening form on the DOE website https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ or complete it at the security desk.


Our school environment looks different this year, but our expectations for student engagement and achievement remain the same. Students are expected to complete assignments in their entirety during remote and in-person learning. Submissions of incomplete or no work will be marked accordingly. Remote students are expected to participate in live instruction and share their screen when required. In-person students are expected to stay safe by wearing masks during learning and traveling in hallways, adhering to school policies regarding safety.

We understand this school year requires some flexibility as we adapt to new routines. Our goal is to create an environment that encourages student learning. We also want our students to be safe and comfortable as they navigate this school year. We look forward to working with families in ensuring this year is an engaging and supportive one for our students.


Carol Heeraman


PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington

718-491-8440 (Main Building)

718-491-5684 (Annex Building)