A Message from the Principal


September 25, 2020

Dear PS 64 Families,

It is with great joy that we welcome our K-5 in-person students back to school on Tuesday, September 29. Our teachers and staff have been meticulously planning for our students’ arrival, with the health and safety of all in mind. Here’s what to expect.

1. Prior to entering the building, families are asked to take an online daily health screening for their child and provide evidence of this on their phones. Bookmark the following link on your smart phones https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ and make sure to manually type in “M064” as the building you’re entering. Each in-person family will receive an oral thermometer to take temperatures before leaving home. We strongly advise you to take the online screening before you leave your homes.

2. The gates to the schoolyard at the 5th street cul de sac will be opened at 8:30 a.m. to admit students. Please form a line outside the gates using the physical distancing markers. School staff will be there to greet you and guide your child to his or her class. You will not be permitted to enter the schoolyard through the main entrance.

3. We ask that you leave the area as soon as your child is in our care to avoid any gatherings during this time. Additionally, school staff stationed outside are not able to hold conversations with you in the morning.

4. Students will enter the school through the gymnasium, where there will be random temperature screenings. Grab and go breakfasts will be available for every student to eat in their classrooms. School staff will be stationed throughout the route leading to the second floor where students will be monitored as they travel to their rooms. Upon entering their rooms, each student will sanitize their hands and follow the teacher’s directions for breakfast and morning routines.

5. For dismissal, students will exit the same way they entered, only this time they will be led by their child’s teacher. Grades K through 2 will come down at 1:45 p.m. Grades 3 through 5 will come down at 1:55 p.m. We ask that you be prompt when picking your child up and, for the older students, let us know if they are permitted to go home on their own. Once your child is in your care, we ask that you leave the yard immediately to avoid large gatherings.

By following these simple protocols for arrival and dismissal we are doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID, with the joyful hope of being together again as a school community, all under the same roof and in song and celebration. Until that time, we eagerly look forward to serving you, whether it be remotely or in-person. The health and safety of our children will always remain at the

forefront, followed by a quality education in all of the subjects—enhanced by sport, music, art, song, and dance. This is our pledge to you. This is who we are.

Lastly, please join us in welcoming Ms. Juliette Vaiman to the PS 64 community. Ms. Vaiman comes to us from PS 85 in the Bronx, where she had been teaching for 12 years.

All public schools are closed on Monday, September 28, in observance of Yom Kippur. A very peaceful day of atonement to all of our Jewish brethren. Let us all take the opportunity this weekend to make amends with anyone we have offended this year. It is the right and just thing to do.

Have a great weekend.


Marlon L. Hosang




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