Procedures

SCHOOL HOURS

KINDERGARTEN / 8:20AM-2:30PM
GRADES 1-5 / 8:20AM-2:40PM


ARRIVAL

Kindergarten

Enter the school from the Sherman Street playground entrance. Each Kindergarten class sits at their assigned table. K students are greeted by their teachers in the lunchroom at their designated tables beginning at 8:10am. Teachers will walk the students up to their classrooms promptly at 8:20am.

GRADES 1-5

7:40am   Free breakfast available in cafeteria

8:10am   Bell rings
Children should say goodbye to parents at the door and meet their class in its designated spot:
K-2: at their lunch tables in lunchroom
3-5: MMR

8:18am   Grades 1-5 dismissed to classrooms

8:20am   Students arriving after 8:20am will be marked late
Late students must enter through the main entrance on 11th Ave.

ENTRANCES

  • The Windsor Place school yard entrance is open from 8:10am until 8:18am for upper grade students.
  • The Sherman Street school yard entrance is open from 7:40am (for breakfast) and closes promptly at 8:20am. 
  • Main Entrance is only open after 8:20am for late students.

RAIN

In the event of rain, all children will be dropped off in the cafeteria through the Sherman Street school yard door. Kindergarten (except for the first day) & 1st Grade families may accompany their children to their assigned tables. Grades 2 – 5 families will say goodbye at the door.  Teachers will meet K-2 children at their lunch tables and escort them to their classrooms.  Grades 3- 5 go to the MMR, and then will be dismissed to class on their own. Dismissal remains the same rain or shine.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?

If you have questions or concerns you need to relay to your child’s teacher, please put a note in your child’s back pack, or visit or call the main office at 718-768-0057 to leave a message.  Arrival time can be hectic, and teachers need to focus on your children and getting to class to start the fun of learning.


DISMISSAL

Kindergarten

2:30pm in the cafeteria. Parents/Caretakers wait by the Sherman Street door until all Kindergarten classes are seated, at which time school staff will open the door and parents/caretakers may go inside to pick up their children. Your child will then shake his or her teacher’s hand to let her know that they are leaving with an approved guardian. 
Please exit the cafeteria from the Windsor Street door or the back school yard door.

GRADES 1-5

2:40pm
Grades 1 – 3 will be dismissed in the school yard.  
Grade 4 will be dismissed through the front door and will line up in front of the school on the Sherman Street corner.  
Grade 5 will be dismissed through the front door and will line up in front of the school on the Windsor Place corner.

IF YOU'RE LATE

If parents/guardians are delayed in picking up, their children will be taken to the main office to wait for them.

RAIN

In the event of rain, please do not huddle near the doors.  You must wait for your children to come to their line spots along the fence and give the teachers space to exit the building.


Early Pick Up

If for any reason you must pick up your child early, you should inform the classroom teacher in advance. Only a parent/ or designated adult listed on the Blue Emergency Card (over 18 years of age) may pick up a child early. The adult picking up the child must bring a photo ID. Please sign yourself in with the school safety officer in the school lobby and go to the main office. Your child will be called to the office or a staff member will get your child from the classroom. Please sign your child out in the book in the main office.


Absence

A student’s absence and lateness record is part of his/her permanent record, which follows the child throughout his or her public school career.

The school day begins at 8:20 AM.  In most circumstances, students arriving to the classroom after 8:20 will receive a late pass to give to their teachers.  If a child does not have a late pass, teachers may send him/her back downstairs to get a late pass from the front desk.  In cases of chronic lateness, parents will be notified.  Some middle schools look carefully at attendance for students in fourth and and sometimes fifth grades.

Regular attendance is critical for student success. The school may contact your home to verify absence. Excessive lateness and absenteeism will be discussed with the teacher and principal.  Chancellor’s Regulation, A210 states that all children MUST have a 90% attendance average or better to meet one of the promotional criteria.

A child returning to school after an absence must bring a note from a parent/guardian or a physician. If your child has been absent with a contagious disease (chicken pox, strep throat, scarlet fever, etc), the school must be notified. Parents are asked to wait until the student is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-controlling medication before sending the student back to school.


LICE

Lice are a fact of life in an elementary school. They are neither a health hazard nor a sanitary problem, but an unpleasant reality for school age children. The goal of PS 154’s Lice Policy is to minimize the spread of lice, and the disruption to the school day for the children. It is also to provide support and educational resources to parents/guardians.

If a child is found with lice or nits in school, the school nurse will call the parents/guardians. The NYC DOE has a ‘no lice’ policy, requiring children with lice be dismissed from school. For children with nits, parents/guardians may choose to pickup their children early for treatment.

If lice are found, the other children in the class will also be screened.

In either case, where lice or nits are found, parents/guardians of other children in the class and grade will be notified so that they may be vigilant in monitoring their own children. Information on screening and treatment will also be available.

If a parent/guardian finds lice or nits at home, we ask that they notify the school, so that we may take the same steps as above (screening the class and notifying parents). This is critical to minimize the spread of lice.

When a child who has had lice returns to school, they will be screened to ensure they are lice free.

Resources on Lice for Parents

The NYC DOE policy on head lice, and information in many languages
Document on Lice Treatment created by a parent in: English  OR Spanish 
The Nuvo method of removing head lice
The National Pediculosis Association website
The Center for Disease Control official site
Pictures of head lice


Illness & The School Nurse

Under no circumstances should a child with a fever be brought to school. Please be considerate of other families; do not take your child to school if he or she might pass something on to the whole class. The School Nurse will see students who become ill at school. Parents will be notified if necessary and, in case of a minor accident at school, the nurse will provide a brief note regarding any treatment that was provided. Students who have medication to be used at school must have a Form 504 on file at school. This form can be obtained from our school nurse and must be completed by your child’s doctor. The School Nurse is the only person who can administer medication. If there is a problem, the parent will be asked to follow up with a doctor.


Immunizations

All children newly admitted to a New York City school are required by law to have a complete physical exam and all required immunizations. See the NYC DOE Office of School Health Medical Requirements for New School Entries for details.


Vision & Hearing Screening

Children in grades PK, K, 1, 3 and 5 will have vision screenings free of charge in the school. Parents will be notified of the results only if further testing is indicated.

The Office of School Health has discontinued hearing screening in elementary schools.
See the NYC DOE Office of School Health Vision and Hearing Screening for more details.


STUDENT MEALS

Breakfast

Free breakfast is available for all students from 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.

Lunch

Kindergarten & 4th Grade: 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 p.m.
Grades 1 & 2: 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Grades 3 & 5: 12:55 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Weather permitting, the children go into the schoolyard for recess and supervised play before or after they eat.  In inclement weather, students stay in the lunchroom and draw, color, and/or talk quietly. They may also have the chance to read quietly in the MMR.

Please see more information regarding our Lunch Volunteer Program here.

The Free/Reduced Cost Meal Program

All parents are asked to complete the Department of Education School Meals Application that your child will bring home. All information is kept confidential. Whether you are eligible or ineligible, or whether you want to participate or not in the School Lunch Program, please sign and return the form. The school’s funding status is determined by both the number of forms returned and the percentage of students in the various categories.

Breakfast is free for all students. Free or reduced lunch is served to all children whose families qualify based upon the information supplied on the School Meals Application. If your income changes at any time during the year, you may fill out a new form to have your fee reduced or eliminated.

Breakfast    
Free

Lunch        
Daily $1.75
Reduced $0.25

Milk
Daily $0.25

Bills for lunch money are sent home monthly. To pay your bill, please send your child to school with a check. made out to ‘PS 154′, in an envelope clearly marked with the student’s name, grade, and class. Monthly menus are sent home in your child’s folder.

No student will ever miss eating lunch regardless of whether they bring lunch from home or have a hot or cold school lunch. Students who forget their bag lunch at home will be given a school lunch to eat. Parents, please tell your children to speak up and tell their teacher or the lunchroom staff if they ever forget their lunch at home so that the staff can ensure that they get a school lunch. (Families will be billed accordingly.)


PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Your child will be told which day of the week his/her class has physical education (gym class). On this day, children should be dressed appropriately in sneakers and stretchy clothes that allow movement.


School Trips

Class trips are an important part of a well-rounded education and New York City certainly provides a lot to see and do. Here’s how you can help make class trips more successful:

  • Return permission slips and fees promptly to help teachers plan. A child will not be allowed to go on a trip without a permission slip.
  • Volunteer to escort your child’s class trip. Remember that when you join the trip you are there not just for your own child, but to assist all the students and the teacher. Avoid taking your child to the gift shop and buying something for him/her and not for everyone else. Parents will be notified in advance about the trip, costs, and whether parent chaperones are needed.  
     

Toys and Other Personal Possessions

PS 154 policy prohibits bringing in toys from home. They are a distraction to the children in the classroom, cause issues with sharing and may be broken or lost during the school day.

This policy also applies to silly bands, tech decks, trading cards, iPods, video games and other expensive and/or breakable items. We want your children’s treasured items stay that way – and keeping them at home is the best way to insure this.

Cell phones must be turned off and kept out of sight or will be confiscated.  Students may bring cell phones to school, but the phones should be turned off and stowed in a safe place or in a book bag. Phones should not be used by students during the school day. If phones go off during the day, the teacher may choose to give the student a warning or take the phone from the student to hold for the end of the day or to give to the parent.

Please also be aware that permanent markers should not be brought to school.


Visitors

For the safety and security of our children, staff and everyone in our community all visitors – including parents – must sign in at the front desk when entering the building (or, prior to 8:20, the security desk in the cafeteria by the back door on the Sherman Street side). Visitors are required to provide photo identification and will receive a visitor’s pass. For those visitors going to a classroom, or to meet with a staff member, they will first go to the main office. The office will call and confirm that the person they are visiting is available, and then give visitors going to the 2nd or 3rd floors a laminated, color coded pass for that floor. This colored pass will be returned to the office when visitors leave. Visitors going to meetings in the MMR can go directly to the MMR after signing in at the front desk.


Lost & Found

A box for found items is located in the multi-media room.

Please use an indelible marker to write your child’s name (First & Last) on all outer clothing, lunchboxes and book bags. This will enable us to return lost articles. The amount of clothing “lost” is staggering. Please check the Lost and Found as anything unclaimed for extended periods will be donated to charity.  We donate to charity after every Family Friday.


Dress Code

Clothing should not create a classroom distraction or cause undue attention to individual students.

Some of our school-wide policies:
Flip-Flops should not be worn for gym class or recess
No Clothing with inappropriate language or graphics
No Shirts with bare shoulders or spaghetti straps
No bathing suits or underclothing as outer clothing and all undergarments should be covered up
No shirts that bare midriffs
No hats – baseball, fedora, knit or otherwise

If a teacher feels that a student is wearing something inappropriate, a conversation could be had with the student or the parent, along with our school guidance counselor or social worker.


Photo Release

PS 154 asks parents to return the photo release form in the Fall granting permission for their child’s picture to be published in print or electronic format. Please note that students’ names will never be used on the website.