Safety Procedures

Our school has adopted a number of safety procedures in response to COVID-19 to keep our students and staff safe. Focused on preventive actions, we will be performing randomized health checks and screenings, per DOH guidance, and recognize signs and symptoms of illness in students and staff; develop plans to maximize social distancing; develop plans to manage and isolate ill persons until they can be sent home; instruct students and staff in proper hand and respiratory hygiene; require wearing appropriate face coverings; and develop cleaning and disinfection procedures for the school in accordance with CDC and DOH guidance. (Covid-19 School Health Policy)

  •  Masks and PPE: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors). Students will be encouraged to wear face coverings throughout the school day, except when eating lunch and drinking. Students who have medical conditions, sensory issues or who cannot physically wear a mask or face covering will not be required to wear one. Signage will be provided to remind students, faculty, and staff of the importance of wearing appropriate PPE.

  • Handwashing and Sanitizing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.  

  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office.

  • Limiting Interaction: Where possible, students should remain with the same group of students, in a cohort, throughout the day.

  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. 

  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a name-tag and reminded to wear your mask at all times. P811K redesigned movement protocols within the building to minimize congestion, including designating one-way direction stairwell, single file routes, and limiting movement where possible.

  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.

  • Social Distancing: There will be guidelines and visuals in each classroom indicating social distancing guidelines of 6 ft.

  • Monitoring Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.

  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

Safety Precautions

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size from 12 to 6 for in-person instruction.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day. 

  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in all classrooms and common areas. 

Students Schedules

The school times at each site will be as follows

P811K Main Site:    8:30 AM-2:00 PM

P811K @ Cavallaro:    8:20 AM-1:50 PM

P811K @ IS 14:    8:15 AM-1:45 PM

P811K @ E. R. Morrow H.S.:    8:30 AM-2:00 PM


We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days. 

  • If your child still needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Remote Learning Device Request to reserve your device.
  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days.
  • If you are using your own device, make sure it meets the ILearnNYC System Check
  • If you do not have internet access at home, LOCAL INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER is providing free connection for families earning less than $50,000 per year with students learning at home COVID 19 Free WIFI offerings
  • If you are having trouble connecting to Google Class or any of our online learning resources, contact our P811K Tech team at: 718-769-6984


Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  •  During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards and IEP goals. 
  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days and follow a remote learning schedule for live instruction. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 
  • Teachers will have limited virtual "office hours" on scheduled daily for 20 minutes at the end of the day. Students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments. 
  • During blended at home or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher.
  • Students and families should check our virtual platform daily for important updates from their teachers.
  • All students are expected to follow the live instruction schedule 
  • Remote and blended learning related services will also take place according to the child’s IEP during this time.
  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn.

COVID-19 Related Announcements

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Free Meals

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Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
No one will be turned away at any time • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites

Help for families

We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help. 

  • We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link to the left). 
  • Our school psychologists are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you.  
    • There are many community resources available for families who need help with housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services, and other supports during this time. Use the quick links to the right to connect with more community resources.