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. 3rd – 5th graders will come out of the other two side doors. Kindergarten – 2nd grade will be dismissed through the center doors. Please note: Kindergarten dismissal time is at 2:25PM.
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.
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 Main Office with school staff. Parents must sign their child out before leaving the office.
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.
Please use our Dismissal Form to alert teachers of your child’s dismissal schedule. This form can be used weekly, monthly or by semester based on your child’s pick up schedule. If someone other than the parent will be picking up the child on a regular basis, lease add this person to the student’s Blue Emergency Contact Card in the Main Offic as one of the persons allowed to pick up the child. Teachers will not release children to anyone other than the parent/ caregiver or a pre-designated person that the office and the teacher have been made aware of previously. If you are having your child picked up by someone other than the pre-seginated person who is listed on the dismissal form or noted on your blue emergency card, you must send a separate note to your teacher via backpack that morning stating who will be picking up the child. For safety reasons the teacher or the main office will not release the child to anyone that is not listed on the dismissal form, the blue emergency card, or by written prior permission. Teachers and staff members have the right to ask any adult authorized to pick up a student for photo ID.
If you forget to send a note with an alternate dismissal or have an emergency dismissal, please fax the school at 212-423-0634 before 12 noon. Then call the office to alert Hugues or D’Andre of the dismissal change. 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 email this change to Hugues email@example.com
If you are picking up a child before the end of school day dismissal, please go directly to the Main Office. Generally, 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.
Dismissal to Bus
At 2:25PM, 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 2:35PM 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 Afterschool 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.optnyc.org/parents/information.htm 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org A student is eligible for either a Metro Card or the yellow bus.
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 email@example.com for this information.
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 excuse absences when a student misses school for religious, medical or emergency reasons, but the excused absences are 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.
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.
- Please check your child’s temperature at home in the morning if he/she seems feverish.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Managing Your Child’s Allergies at School
Emergency At School
If a serious emergency occurs at school, the school makes every effort to contact the parent/guardian, caregiver and emergency contact person. If the school is unable to reach any of the previously mentioned people and medical personnel deem it necessary, the child will be taken by ambulance to the emergency room with a school staff member. Ongoing attempts will be made to contact all the names on the blue emergency cards. Please make sure the blue cards are up-to-date.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kindergarten: http://signup.com/go/rZKNqFk
- First Grade: http://signup.com/go/QBCUkco
- Second Grade: http://signup.com/go/hgxcLsN
- Third Grade: http://signup.com/go/JMmZQqK
- Fourth Grade: http://signup.com/go/KAVzOUk
- Fifth Grade: http://signup.com/go/VYSNWno
Please refer to these Lunch and Recess Guidelines 2017-2018. All Volunteers must sign-in with school security prior to reporting to recess and lunch duty.
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, or the wind-chill factor is below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not preclude outdoor play, as long as children are appropriately dressed. Please ensure that your children are able to cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth.
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 Chancellor’s guidelines.
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 (http://schools.nyc.gov), in addition to DOE social media outlets https://twitter.com/nycschools and https://facebook.com/NYCschools. 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:
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.
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.
- PS77 Parent Guide to School Safety
- NYCDOE Office of Safety and Youth Development’s Emergency Readiness
- General Response Plan – Parent Letter
- General Response Protocol (PDF)
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 and signed. 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.
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. Older siblings in Grades 3-5 may not join in, as it disrupts the learning process. All students, Grades K-5, are invited to stop by the principal’s office for a birthday goody.
Holiday & Class Parties
Religious holidays are not celebrated in school.
Publishing Parties and Class Parties are held throughout the year to celebrate a particular educational achievement, such as published pieces of writing or the completion of a culminating project. The inclusion of food at these celebrations is at the teacher’s discretion.
Discipline and Code of Conduct
Ensuring that your child learns in safe, supportive, and inclusive schools is our top priority. To improve school culture and climate, we use preventive approaches that address the real causes of a conflict. We believe it is important to reinforce positive behaviors through teachable moments. At the same time, we hold students accountable for their actions. We want them to reflect on their behavior and repair any harm done.
To build a strong base on which students can grow and thrive, today our schools are adopting an updated Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning (Discipline Code). Changes include the use of guidance interventions, support measures, and progressive discipline tailored to a student’s social and emotional development. All updates are a result of a public review process that included hearings and feedback from community members like you.
I encourage you 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 (schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/DisciplineCode/default.htm) 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.The Discipline Code is divided into two sections: Section A is for grades K–5 and Section B is for grades 6–12.
Each section describes five levels of infractions and the range of guidance interventions and disciplinary responses that school staff can take. Possible guidance interventions include counseling, mediation, and guidance conferences. Disciplinary responses include parent conferences, detention, or suspensions, depending on the misconduct.
The Discipline Code applies to all students. It includes a Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities as well as the Procedural Safeguards Notice. The Code also addresses protections for students with disabilities, including students presumed to have a disability.
Family engagement is an essential part of all our work, and is key to building strong schools. We value your partnership in maintaining safe and inclusive learning environments for all. Thank you for helping to make our school community better, stronger, and safer for our children. If you have any questions, please call your school administrator.
Carmen Fariña Chancellor
Ensuring that your child learns in safe, supportive and inclusive schools is our top priority. Please see this letter from Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Cell Phone and Technology Policy