This Week @ PS 88Q

September 18th, 2021

A Message From Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

Welcome Back! This week was a glorious week. All of our scholars were under one roof. All of our classrooms are open, our hallways are buzzing, our school yard is chalk filled, music is in the air, art is being created, and our students are learning IN PERSON!

Getting this year up and running was indeed a task, for everyone. Thank you to all the staff who worked tirelessly and to our families who have enormous patience and trust. This is a year with many protocols that must be implemented, so we thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Here is what you need to know for this week:

  • PLEASE COMPLETE THE HEALTH SCREENING AT HOME. ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE DAILY. Have the screenshot open when approaching the gate. If you do not have it completed, please do not join the line until you do. We want the students to enter as quickly as possible.
  • Dismissal is time consuming because SAFETY FIRST. Teachers must know who they are dismissing your child to. Teachers will dismiss one child at a time, and make eye contact with the family. Please do not crowd the gate, as children must be able to exit.
  • Covid testing will be done one day this week. Testing consent forms submitted in the previous school year expire on September 30, 2021. If you previously provided consent, your child may be tested this month as part of the in-school testing program—however, for your child to participate in the testing program for the remainder of this school year, you must submit a new consent form. If you did not give consent, but would like to, please give consent on your NYCSA ( or Operoo (
  • Every single student must have a correct Blue card on file with emergency phone numbers. All of our student forms are on Operoo. Please log in to Operoo to update information. For any assistance, please reach out to
  • Meet the Teacher Night: We know how important it is to have the opportunity to "Meet the Teacher". Our teachers are holding class parent meetings this week via Zoom. Please look for the link for each class meeting.
  • Visitor Protocol for all NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
All visitors (age 12 and older) must show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to enter a DOE building. Visitors do not include students attending school in a DOE building.

Acceptable proof of vaccination is one of the following:

An acceptable COVID-19 vaccination includes one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine fully authorized or authorized for emergency use by the FDA(Open external link) or WHO(Open external link).

NYC DOE Family Update

Please see the NYC DOE Family Update that was issued Friday, Sept. 17th. It includes important information such as:

  • Covid Quarantine Protocols and Remote Instruction

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

Every year between September 15th and October 15th, Americans across the United States celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in honor of the histories, cultures, and contributions of U.S. families with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.

Originally designated as “Hispanic Heritage Week” by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, the 30-day period that is celebrated today was signed into U.S. law as a joint resolution by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in 1988.

So why does this celebration kick off in the middle of September? September 15 was selected as the first day in symbolic recognition of the Independence Days for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, as well as Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18).

We are proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Mr. Canales, our amazing guidance counselor and Social Justice/SMILE Committee member is highlighted this week. Over the next month, we will be celebrating the culture of the many countries that represent Hispanic Heritage.

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General Response Protocol Parent Letter: Emergency Drills

Dear Parents

I am writing to provide you with information about the Department of Education's Emergency Readiness Initiatives that are in place in all NYC Public Schools. Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. In 2000, New York State Education Law Section 2801was enacted requiring schools to develop safety plans regarding emergency response. In July of 2001, the law was amended to require that plans include information for evacuation and sheltering. In accordance with this, "schools need to conduct drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan."

School staff members are trained in various procedures that are outlined in the School Safety Plan and we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Section 807 of the New York State Education Law requires all schools to conduct a minimum of 12 emergency drills each year. Section 917 of the State Education Law states that schools are required to provide and maintain automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, and drills are conducted during the year to assess the use of AED units in an emergency. In accordance withSection3623 of the State Education Law, drills are also conducted at schools that focus on safety on a school bus.

In addition to conducting these types of drills, our school has a Building Response Team that is trained to activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school. Under the General Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting specific drills designed to help prepare all school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown. Opportunities for parent engagement are available at our school to ensure that families are involved in our school-based emergency readiness program. Parent versions of the School Safety Plan are available upon request in the main office, and information explaining the GRP is included with this letter. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting:

Emergency readiness training in schools takes place in September and continues for staff and students throughout the school year. Student training is grade appropriate and designed to ensure that students understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm. Please review the General Response Protocols that have been given to all students, and discuss these procedures with your child.

All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in Operoo. This includes providing and updating information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with

Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnoti to receive information about emergency events, and call 311for additional information about a school during an emergency.


Linda O’Shaughnessy


Our PTA is Back!

Every month on the First Tuesday, until Jun 7, 2022, 9 occurrence(s). Meetings are open to the public via Zoom

Oct 5, 2021 07:00 PM

Nov 2, 2021 07:00 PM

Dec 7, 2021 07:00 PM

Jan 4, 2022 07:00 PM

Feb 1, 2022 07:00 PM

Mar 1, 2022 07:00 PM

Apr 5, 2022 07:00 PM

May 3, 2022 07:00 PM

Jun 7, 2022 07:00 PM

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