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. K-2 grade students will be escorted by upper grade morning greeters to their classrooms. Upper grade students may enter the Auditorium upon arrival and sit with their classmates until the teacher arrives to escort the students to their classroom.  Free 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 sticker. 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 or. Phone calls or emails will not be accepted.  The fax must include a parent’s signature. If you do not have a fax, please call the office alerting the staff that you have an emergency dismissal change and they will assist you.

Kindergarten children are dismissed 10 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

Ensuring that your child learns in safe, supportive, and inclusive schools is our top priority. Please see this letter from Chancellor Carmen Fariña

We encourage families to review the Discipline Code and become familiar with the standards of behavior—and the consequences if these standards are not met. Please also discuss the standards with your child. The full Discipline Code is available in 10 languages on the Department of Education’s (DOE) website ( and in hard copy at school. The standards outlined in the Code apply to behavior that occurs:

  •   At school, before, during, and after school hours;
  •   While traveling on vehicles funded by the DOE;
  •   At school-sponsored events; and,
  •   Off school premises when the behavior has a negative effect on learning or endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the school community.

Online Booklet DOE Discipline Codes

Attendance Policies


Attendance is a required, legal record.  A student who is not in school for at least one class period must be marked absent, even if the absence is “excused.” Families may follow attendance on your NYC Schools account . Every absence counts. Excused absences are still absences.

Schools can excused absences when a student misses school for religious, medical or emergency reasons, but the excused absences is a legal part of the student’s record. Excused absences may not count against a student for school awards or participation in school activities.

Absence due to illness

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 and noted on your child’s NYC Schools Account.  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.

Absence due to travel or vacation

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.



Being at school on time is important, but it is always better to come to school late than to miss the whole day. Schools may keep students who are late or cut class –or who leave early– out of school activities or communal lunchtime, but a late student cannot be kept out of class.

Follow your student’s attendance online.

Register for a NYC Schools account to see when your student is marked absent or late. Attendance records in the electronic system cannot be changed after the middle of July but attendance records may be amended in the form of a letter to the student’s file.

Please note that Middle School Applications rank applicants based on the students fourth-grade a attendance as part of their admissions method. Being late or absent during 4th Grade may impact your child’s acceptance to certain screened schools.

Transportation Services

Rules and Information  

A student can either have a Metro card or ride the bus. A student my change his/her mode of transportation but it is requested the these changes not occur more than once per school year.

Bus Ridership

Families can find their child’s bus information by calling the Office of Pupil Transportation Customer Service Center (718) 392-8855 or email them at

OPT Customer Service Agents are available Monday-Friday from 5:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. to answer questions, take service complaints, and provide information for parents and schools. Staff is always available at OPT until bus companies report that all bus routes have been completed and children have arrived safely at home. OPT Customer Service Agents are also available on weekends during peak periods of the year to assist parents and schools with information concerning school opening in September and summer transportation in late June.

To look up your child’s information online, visit You will need to enter your child student ID number and the date of birth to view this information or call Customer Service Center (718) 392-8855. The Automated service is available 24 hours a day.

  • Students who live at a distance of 0.5 miles or more, but less than 1 mile (coded B) are eligible for transportation services up to second grade. Starting in third grade these students can no longer ride the bus but will receive a half fare metro card. See here if you are you eligible for a bus?
  • Students will be assigned to a stop and may only use this bus stop.
  • If you need to change the location of your stop please contact Hugues Recamier
  • Students who are not registered for the bus may not ride the bus.
  • Students who are registered for the bus may not ride another bus.
  • Morning riders must be at bus stop prior to scheduled pick up time. The driver will not wait more than one minute at each stop for student riding the bus.
  • Afternoon riders must make sure that their pick up person is at the stop prior to getting off the bus. Once the student leaves the bus the driver is no longer responsible for this student.

Metro Card Requests

If you would like to request a metro card please email Hugues Recamier at A student can

Private Bus Options 

There are two downtown options for families who live out of the OPT range and would like to investigate Private Bus Information. Please contact Gina Goodman for this information.


  • Grades K-2 recess begins at 10:05 am followed by lunch from 10:30-10:55am
  • Grade 3rd-5th grade recess begins at 11am, followed by lunch from 11:25am to 11:50am.

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 sign up via links below. Should you have any questions please contact  Julie Rosenberg at

Please refer to these guidelines Lunch and Recess Guidelines 2017-2018  All Volunteers must sign-in with school security prior to reporting to recess and lunch duty.

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 volunteers are acting as the 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.

School Closings

The Chancellor decides when NYC schools will be closed or delayed for opening. Procedures for School Closings in the Case of Emergency Conditions

The Department of Education’s (DOE’s) Office of Communications and Media Relations will notify the Associated Press news wire service and radio and television stations as soon as possible prior to 5:00 a.m. All relevant information will also be posted on the DOE website (, in addition to DOE social media outlets and School staff and parents are advised to check the DOE website listen to information broadcasts by local radio and television stations, or call 311.

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)

Delays for Opening Due to Extreme Weather

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.

Recess and Weather Conditions

Guidelines for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather
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, low temperatures should not be a barrier to outside play, as long as children are appropriately dressed. The Health Department strongly encourages principals to maintain outdoor play periods on the vast majority of winter days.

While administration has final determination, we mostly follow chancellors guidelines.

In the event of Citywide inclement weather conditions, or if a storm worsens during a regularly scheduled school day, the Chancellor or Deputy Chancellor of Operations may decide to cancel all afterschool activities, PSAL, and SSAL.


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.



Students in Grades K-2 will be able to celebrate their birthday in the classroom. This brief celebration (10-15 minutes) may include parent supplied treats according to the policy of the classroom teacher.  Please ensure enough for every student in the classroom. All students Grade K-5 are invited to stop by the principals office for a birthday goody.

Holiday & Class Parties

Because Lower Lab has such a diverse student body, religious holidays are not celebrated in school. Publishing Parties and Class Parties – at various times during the school year the classroom teacher may host a party to celebrate a particular educational achievement, these include publishing a piece of writing or celebrating the completion of a culminating project. In these instances the inclusion of food is politely discouraged inside the classroom.

Student Health


Regular check-up and up-to-date immunizations help prevent illnesses. If your child becomes ill or an emergency occurs during school hours, the parent/guardian will be contacted. It is extremely important that parents/guardians keep the information on blue emergency cards current, and that alternate emergency numbers are provided should the school be unable to contact you directly. All parents/guardians should understand that Lower Lab staff, including the school nurse, are prohibited from doing any invasive procedures (including splinter removal!) and dispensing medications without prior approval, such as a Department of Education MAF form.

Prescribed medications for chronic health conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, Food Allergy, Seizure Disorder can be administered by the school nurse during school hours following approval by the Department of Education and the Department of Health with a signed 504 form–Medication Administration Form (MAF) . Please contact the School Nurse Nurse’s Office at 212 427-2798 ext. 1252  for further information to obtain a medical 504 form to administer medication during school hours. A new renewal 504 form must be filled out each school year.

Medicine prescribed for short periods of time (such as to treat a cold, earache, or strep throat) that must be administered during the school day, must be given by the PARENT or a designated adult care taker. Do not send medicine to school with a note requesting the nurse or teacher administer it. Due to the possibility that a child might have an allergy to an over-the-counter medication, medicines such as Motrin, Tylenol, and Advil are not stored in the medical room, nor can they be left for a child by a parent. The nurse can only administer pre-approved medicine as designated by a MAF form authorized and signed by a physician. Try to schedule giving your child’s medicine around non school hours.

1. Please check your child’s temperature at home in the morning if he/she seems feverish.

2. Please make sure to notify the school immediately if your child contracts a communicable disease (i.e. strep throat, scarlet fever, chicken pox), so that classmates and staff can be alerted.

3. Notify the teacher and nurse if your child has an ongoing medical condition, i.e. food allergies, asthma. (This may require the filling of a 504  or MAF form)

With so many kids under one roof, at some time during the school year, a student may come down with an illness. If your child is feeling sick and becomes ill with any of the following: fever, vomiting, sore throat, unusual spots or rashes, diarrhea, loss of appetite, unusual behavior, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, stiff neck or infected skin patches–Please consult a doctor, keep them comfortable at home or arrange other childcare. Please be considerate of the other children, teachers and families. If your child develops any of these symptoms, we will call you and ask you to take your child out of school. We strongly suggest you consider plans for unexpected sick care for your child now, before he/she becomes ill. Should your child become ill during the day at school, the school will call you and ask that you come pick up your child as soon as possible.

Parents of a child prescribed crutches by a physician need to notify the principal and school nurse before the child returns to school.

Nut Allergies

Please alert the main office and teacher should your child have a severe nut allergy. Our cafeteria is not a nut free zone. We do however have a nut free table option should families wish to have their child sit in a nut free table.

Emergency At School

If a serious emergency occurs at school, we first contact the parent/guardian, caregiver and emergency contact person. If the school is unable to reach any of the previously mentioned people and/or the principal or medical personnel deems it necessary, the child will be taken by ambulance to the emergency room. In the meantime, all attempts will be made to continue contacting all the names on the blue emergency cards.

Head Lice

Policies and health information on Head Lice