Guidance for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather (Dec 2016)                                                                                      
Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and you should take precautions to keep students warm and to ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth.


School Health Forms/ Section 504 Accommodations

http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/SchoolHealthForms/default.htm


Immunizations (April 2016)

The New York State Public Health Law pertaining to immunization requirements for school-age children has been amended: to align with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations. Effective September 1, students entering 7th and 12th grades and District 75 students are required to receive the following dose(s) of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine MenACWY (previously known as MCV4), as outlined below: Students entering the 7th grade must receive one dose of MenACWY; Students entering the 12th grade must receive two doses of MenACWY, unless their first dose was administered at 16 years of age or older. If the student's first MenACWY was administered at 16 years of age or older, then only one dose will be required. For further information  http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_meningococcal_mcv_mpsv.asp


Discipline Code
Info/questions, please contact the Office of Safety and Youth Development at 212-374-6807. 

Discipline Code April 2017:

K to 5  

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/2942494E-7CD8-4CBD-86FC-E34A14FE1852/0/DisciplineCodeK5FINALforPostingaddtledits4517.pdf

6 to 12

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/92F313F8-C164-4B64-B236-BFF55A812254/0/DisciplineCode612FINALforposting040517.pdf

Summary of changes

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/AD7232CA-F2B1-4842-BE2B-2E28A8523071/0/NotesonchangestoCode04062017.pdf


Contacts
Danielle Ehsanipour, Special Assistant, Guidance and School Counseling
52 Chambers Street
DEhsanipour@schools.nyc.gov


SCHOOL FOODS
School Foods Daily Menus:

http://schoolfoodnyc.org/public1/default.aspx?logout=1

All students are offered breakfast and lunch in school. Breakfast is free for all students!
Please complete the school meals application at
https://www.applyforlunch.com/Home/PickDistrict


BUSING
Office of Pupil Transportation/Busing Info:
http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/ServicesandEligibility/BusTransportation/default.htm

OPT Bus Routing Info:
https://www.opt-osfns.org/opt/Resources/SchoolRouteStSearch/SearchResult.aspx 
Enter the child's ID number and DOB to access the most up-to-date information.
If you don't know your child's student ID, call The Office of Pupil Transportation at 718-392-8855.

General Info Regarding Exceptions to the DOE's Grade/Distance Eligibility Requirements

http://www.optnyc.org/resources/GeneralInformationForParentsandGuardiansRegardingExceptions.pdf


 
 


Emergency Readiness Videos: This series of safety videos are useful tools that demonstrate how Building Response Teams operate, and how school buildings use the General Response Protocols during an emergency. These videos can be used to train students and families during the school year.
Use the links below to access the full safety preparedness video or individual protocols.
Full Safety Preparedness video: Vimeo.com/nycschools/safetypreparedness
Assembly Card video: Vimeo.com/nycschools/assemblycard
Lock Down video: Vimeo.com/nycschools/lockdown
Evacuate video: Vimeo.com/nycschools/evacuate
Shelter In video: Vimeo.com/nycschools/shelterin 


2015-2016 Medical Requirements For New School Entrants 
 schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/461805A3-25CC-4397-AE8E-F8A32BCF6335/0/SH6520152016FINAL071415.pdf
New changes to the discipline code take effect April 13, 2015.
New discipline code here:
http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/CD69C859-524C-43E1-AF25-C49543974BBF/0/DiscCodebookletApril2015finalforposting.pdf

Student Safety Protocols (Nov 2013)

Below is a brief overview of the NYCDOE’s existing procedures and an explanation of steps that 
the NYCDOE is taking immediately to enhance and refine these protocols.

Building Response Teams (BRTs): Building Response Teams (BRTs) exist in each school building to help coordinate student, teacher, and staff actions during an emergency until first responders arrive. BRT members are provided with training and information to assist them in making decisions when faced with an emergency. NYCDOE policy provides for five core members and two alternates. These five members form the building’s core emergency response group; schools add to the base team to meet the specific needs of the building. When multiple schools share a common building, the BRT must consist of individuals from each unit of the building to ensure that the BRT is cognizant of school-specific challenges. 


To address issues specific to District 75 students, a D75 staff member will be required to be a part of the BRT in co-located D75 programs.
To ensure that all BRT staff members are prepared for their responsibilities, the NYCDOE is enhancing the training provided for new BRT members and principals and will provide additional support if needed.

School Safety Plan (SSP): Every school is required to develop and implement a School Safety Plan (SSP) which is reviewed and approved every year by the NYCDOE and the NYPD School Safety Division. These plans include information related to facilities, school safety agents assigned to the building, staff and student population, class schedules and hours of operation, chain of command in an emergency, building response team information, emergency response information such as egress and staging areas, medical information, procedures for limited mobility students and staff, and specific procedures and assignments for response staff in the building.

The NYCDOE is strengthening its safety and emergency readiness at all school buildings, including newly constructed buildings, by reviewing how to best utilize security resources such as two-way radios, video surveillance, and public address systems. The NYCDOE is also identifying the potential use of additional security resources such as panic buttons.

Training for School Safety Agents: In collaboration with the NYPD, the NYCDOE provides training to new recruits of the NYPD School Safety Division on many aspects of NYCDOE policies and procedures. One critical aspect of this training focuses on supporting our students with special needs. This training provides agents with an overview of the NYCDOE’s special education programs and structures, including District 75, as well as supports and related services provided, settings and locations of programs, and class size program classifications for students. 

In collaboration with the NYPD, the NYCDOE will provide additional training and support for School Safety Agents to augment the existing training they receive on supporting students with special needs.

General Response Protocols (GRP) and Training: The NYCDOE’s General Response Protocols (GRP) have been designed to provide all schools with the direction they must take when an emergency incident occurs. All principals were required to attend a two-hour emergency readiness training session, which included procedures to follow for missing students. The protocols include hard and soft lockdowns, evacuations, and shelter-ins. At the start of this year, the NYCDOE mandated that schools add two soft lockdowns to their annual drills. 

The NYCDOE will reinforce the training and provide additional support if needed to principals and BRT leaders throughout the school year on the General Response Protocols and emergency readiness.
To reinforce this training, principals will be provided with additional guidance through support and assistance from borough safety directors regarding missing student protocols. In addition, the School Safety Plan template is being revised to include these protocols.
The NYCDOE will also enhance the training that is provided for special education paraprofessionals in behavioral support and safety protocols. 
Health Services/Section 504 Accommodations June 2012
http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/SchoolHealthForms/default.htm

The Office of School Health manages the processes surrounding students needing medication administration, medically-prescribed treatment, glucose monitoring, insulin pump maintenance, and other Section 504 and Individualized Education Program (IEP) services.

Several health forms are used in the New York City public schools.Using these forms helps assure that children get the care, services, and accommodations they need during the school day.