Here’s where you will find out what to do — from daily routines to absences, illnesses and emergencies, snow days, and more…

Entering the Building

The main entrance of PS 77 is on Third Ave. There is a full-time Security Agent posted at this door and parents should use this entrance when entering the building. An alternate entrance to the building is the E. 95th Street (between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue).

All adults must present a photo ID when arriving at either entrance and sign in with the security agent. You then will be issued a name-tag to wear during your visit. As a Department of Education safety rule, baby strollers and bicycles are not permitted beyond the security desk.  After signing in with security, please stop at the main office to check-in.

Also, please be aware that bicycles, scooters, skateboards or wheeled shoes should not be ridden on or around school property, during or after school hours. If you are attending a class or grade event it is imperative that families use the Third Ave. entrance. Once you are given a name tag, you may go directly to the classroom or Auditorium after passing the security desk and showing your ID.

Arrival & Dismissal


During the regular school days, all children are dropped off and dismissed at the Third Avenue entrance between East 95th and East 96th Streets.  The official school day is from 8:15 AM- 2:35 PM.  Early drop off begins at 8:00 AM. Children may enter the Auditorium at this time and sit with their classmates until the teacher arrives to escort the students to their classroom. Breakfast is also available in the cafeteria during this time.

Please note that only the Kindergarten children will have staggered drop off times during the first days of the new school year.

You do not need to call the Main Office if your child will be a few minutes late.  Please go directly to the PS 77 Main Office and sign the student in.  The only reason to call the school regarding a child’s absence is if their illness is contagious, i.e.—strep, lice or if they will be out for 3 or more consecutive days.

Children who arrive late must go directly to the Main Office where they will be entered into the late log and issued a late pass. Children in Kindergarten or First Grade are advised to have a parent escort the to the Main Office when arriving late.


The pickup location for all children will be at the Third Avenue entrance between E. 95thand E. 96th Street.  Kindergarten – 2nd grade will be dismissed through the center doors.   3rd – 5th graders will come out of the other two side doors.   Teachers will not release children to anyone other than the parent/caregiver or a pre-designated person that the office and teacher have been made aware of previously.  If you are having your child picked up by someone other than the pre-designated person, you must send a note to your child’s teacher via backpack stating who will be picking up the child.   If someone other than the parent will be picking up the child on a regular basis, please add this person to the student’s Blue Emergency Contact Card in the Main Office as one of the persons allowed to pick up the child.  The teacher will not release the child to anyone that is not listed on the Blue Card, or another classmate’s parent without prior written permission.  If you forget to send a note, please fax the school at 212-423-0634 before 12:00 noon. Phone calls or emails will not be accepted.  The fax must include a parent’s signature. Emails are not acceptable.

Kindergarten children are dismissed 5 minutes earlier than the other grades’ standard dismissal time of 2:35 PM

For your child’s safety, before leaving the school dismissal area, please make sure that your child shakes hands with their teacher. The person picking up the student must be acknowledged by the teacher.

To protect the safety of the children, any adult authorized to pick up a Lower Lab student will be asked to present a picture i.d. and must know the child’s first and last names and classroom number. A note from the parent or guardian should be sent that morning to the teacher stating someone else will be picking them up, state the time, and give a number where you can be reached.

Children should not be picked up early from school, except when parents have been contacted by the school nurse, for medical or dental emergencies. Please do not schedule routine doctor or dental appointments during school hours.

Please note: If you are picking up a child before the end of school day dismissal, please go directly to the Main Office. Children will not be released to a parent/guardian/caregiver from their classroom.

Please try not to be late when picking up children at the end of the day. Late pick-ups are extremely upsetting to the child.  Students who are not picked up at dismissal time will wait in the Auditorium with school staff and parents or caregivers will sign children out from that location.  This will help to expedite the dismissal process.

The Main Office closes at 4 PM. Students not picked up after 4:00 PM can be taken to the local police precinct #19.  Main Office closes at 4 pm and supervision of children after that time is not available

Dismissal to Bus

At 2:25 PM, students taking the bus are excused and escorted by teaching assistants to the school’s Mezzanine level.  The students are supervised by our School Aide and Teaching Assistants until each bus pulls up to the school drop off/pick up bus door location on the E. 95th Street Cafeteria door.

Dismissal to Afterschool

At 2:35 PM students attending the  Beacon afterschool programs are escorted by teachers to the Cafeteria on their way to dismissal. The students attending other afterschool programs either wait in the auditorium for pick up or wait in designated locations supervised by a program representative.  If you child is not attending After school on a particular day, it is the responsibility of the caregiver or family to inform that afterschool program that you child will not be in attendance.

Discipline and Code of Conduct

Online Booklet DOE Discipline Codes

What to do when your child is sick / Absences

We ask parents/guardians to keep their child at home during the early infectious period of a cold, illness or communicable disease. All students who have been absent from school must bring a note to the classroom teacher from their parent(s)/guardian stating the reason for their absence. The teacher forwards the note to the Main Office. This allows the Main Office to “code” the absence as excused or unexcused. All absences, both excused and unexcused, are reported on report cards.  It is suggested that a doctor’s note accompanies absences due to contagious illnesses. A copy of a doctor’s note should be provided to the teacher and the Parent Coordinator.

Please check the school calendar carefully so that you can plan your family vacations and non-emergency plans when school is not in session. Taking your child out of school for family trips is against New York City regulations and strongly discouraged; more importantly, it is academically and socially disruptive to your child’s learning and puts added responsibility on your child’s teacher. If your family must travel for an emergency, please go to the Main Office and provide the school with a travel itinerary, address and valid phone number where you will be visiting and also send a note to the classroom teacher. Attendance is carefully documented in the Main Office and any extended period of absences from school can result in a parent/teacher conference.
Parent should notify the Main Office via phone (212) 427-2798 if his/her child will be out of school for more than 3 days or has a contagious illness. You may request that the teacher put aside work for your child to make up on his/her return to school in the case of illness so that the teacher may keep the child current with schoolwork. Make sure that the teacher has adequate time to fulfill your request. Also, find a Homework Buddy or another child in the class who lives near you and set up a partnership so that he/she could backpack class work to your child.

Guidelines for Lunch/Recess Volunteers 2015-2016

Parents at Lower Lab have the opportunity to volunteer during lunch and recess. This is an excellent way to get involved with your child’s school. If you are interested in getting involved with this program, please contact Jane Kim –

  • K-2 Recess begins at 10:05am followed by lunch from 10:30-10:55am.
  • The 3rd-5th grade Recess begins at 11am, followed by lunch from 11:25am to 11:50am.
  • Volunteers for Kindergarten should go directly to the K yard at 10:05am.
  • Volunteers for Grades 1 & 2 should meet their classes in the Main Yard at 10:05am.
  • Volunteers for Grades 3-5 should come to the Main Yard at 11am.
  • Responsibilities in the lunchroom include: helping children remain focused on eating, maintaining an appropriate voice-level and making sure children clean up their area (themselves) when finished. Volunteers may be asked to assist in any other ways the school staff may need, including monitoring the bathroom area (by the cafeteria), serving the salad at the salad bar and supervising the water station.
  • While on the recess yard, parent volunteers are responsible for addressing any unsafe play, including preventing games that involve tackling, pulling on clothing, using playground equipment incorrectly or dangerously; e.g. using jump ropes, hula-hoops to pull each other by the waist, climbing up fences, or picking up and throwing any object that is not intended for play (i.e. rocks, sticks, etc). If unsafe behavior is observed, parent volunteers should step-in immediately and/or notify a school staff member. If it is deemed necessary, a staff member, not a parent, may discipline children appropriately (e.g. time-out).
  • During inclement weather, parent volunteers are needed as the children may be sent to the gymnasium or to their classrooms for in-door recess.
  • If parent volunteers observe verbal conflicts between students, they should encourage the students involved to seek the assistance of school staff members or Peer Mediators (4th and 5th grade students who have been specially trained in Conflict Resolution)
  • While on duty, parent volunteers may be asked (by school staff) to escort children to the bathroom. Please note that adults may not enter the students’ bathrooms at any time. Children may either visit the bathrooms in pairs or with an adult who waits outside the door.
  • Please note that minor scrapes and injuries are handled in the Main Office where ice and/or band-aids are provided as needed. Parent volunteers may accompany students to the Main Office to receive these first aid items. In the event of a serious injury, Teacher Assistants are to escort students to the Nurse’s Office.

Head Lice Info…

Policies and health information on Head Lice

Volunteer Reminders…

  •  As a lunch/recess volunteer, your responsibility is to support the supervision and safety of all students in your child’s grade; this is not a time to catch up or socialize with your own child, their friends, or other parent volunteers.
  • Please refrain from behaviors that will distract from supervising the children at play, such as cell phone usage, photography or excessive chatting with other volunteers.
  • Parent volunteers may not bring other children/babies along while on duty.
  •  Parent volunteers are discouraged from sharing information with other parents regarding lunch time or recess behaviors of other students. This is strictly the responsibility of the school staff.
  • For security reasons, only parents or legal guardians may volunteer for lunch/recess duty.
  • If you are unable to make it to your assigned lunch/recess day, it is your responsibility to find a replacement from the list of existing volunteers.

Thank you for offering to be a lunch/recess volunteer. Your help is greatly appreciated

School Trips

Lower Lab students enjoy numerous field trips. Make sure to turn in the required permission slip by the designated date to your teacher in order for you child to attend the class trip. They will not be able to go if a form has not been filled out. Each field trip is organized by each teacher.

Some trips occur during the lunch periods, therefore, it is important to refer to the permission slip if your child will need to bring a brown bag lunch and beverage from home that day. Volunteering to go as a chaperone is a great way to get to know your child’s classmates and teacher, and offers an opportunity to share a special experience with your child and classmates. The teacher and class parent will coordinate the specific number of chaperones needed for each trip and will rotate parent’s attendance request to give everyone an equitable opportunity to all. Please remember—you are coming as a teacher’s helper and will be assisting with the whole class. A parent or relative may not take the child’s sibling out of another class to attend the trip with the student. Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to accompany a child on a class trip.

 Weather Information, School Closings, and Evacuations

Weather and School Closings

The Chancellor decides when NYC schools will be closed or delayed for opening. School information will be announced on the following stations:

WINS (1010 AM radio)
WCBS (880 AM radio)
NY 1 (Channel 1 on Time Warner Cable TV)

In the case of a two-hour opening delay, all students who arrive at the two-hour delay time will be considered punctual and will not be marked late. On delayed days, regular school buses will run delayed two hours in the a.m. Regular dismissal times will be the same. Neither individual schools nor school districts can independently dismiss students early. Only the Chancellor can make that decision through radio and television announcements.


In the event that the school needs to be evacuated please call 311 to find out the location where the school has been evacuated to.

Students will not be released until the entire school has reached the evacuation site. Every attempt will be made to notify parents of the evacuation upon reaching that site. Parents who are in the building during the evacuation will be asked to accompany the classes to the emergency evacuation site. Upon reaching the evacuation site, the transportation companies serving our busing students will be notified to reroute their vehicles to the appropriate evacuation location.