COVID-19

Welcome to our COVID-19 response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how PS 178 is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe. Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change. For letters sent to parents and updates directly from PS 178, sign up to receive emails at the bottom of this page.

Safety information for PS178

Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.

Your Responsibilities While In The Building

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy. 

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by all students. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please speak to

  • Handwashing: 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. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you. 

  • 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 nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.

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

  • 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.

  •  Any visitor must complete a health screening form when entering the building. 

Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

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 capacity to a range of 9-12 people for in-person instruction.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have updated the filters and HVAC and ventilation systems in our building.

  • 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 common areas. 

Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access

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

  • 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 you inform your teacher to make sure your device can use all of the apps needed for your class.

  • If you do not have internet access at home, Spectrum is providing free connection for families. One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs:

    •  National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

    •  Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP

    •  Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)

  • If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments. 

  • If you are having trouble connecting to any of our online learning resources or have issues with your device, contact the IT department for technical support by calling 718-935-5100 or filling out an Assistance Request Form.

More Information About In-Person Blended Learning

  • Students needing extra academic support will receive information about services at the start of the school year.

  • Families can opt into 100% remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form.

  • Families who choose 100% remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis during a set timeframe three weeks before the quarter begins.

  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students will be eating breakfast and lunch in the classroom. Please allow additional time for safety protocols we have implemented to reduce the risk of infection.

How Blended Learning Works

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. 

  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for their at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 

  • Teachers and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Classroom) where students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers for help with at-home learning assignments. 

  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention.  

Remote Learning Expectations

During blended or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. Parents will receive information about their student’s Google Classroom at the start of the year.

  • At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Classroom each week. 

  • At-home assignments for each week should be turned the end of the week or when requested by your teacher. Assignments will be graded. 

  • All students are expected to record their attendance with their teacher daily.

  • During 100% remote learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Meet. Check Google Classroom for your live class schedule.

  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. 

Tips for Successful At-Home Learning

At-home learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities will vary by age and grade level. The expectations below are guidelines. If your child is not able to complete at-home learning assignments within the time periods recommended below, contact your child's teacher to discuss a modified assignment load. 

  • Make sure your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the television or other technology not needed for learning. 

  • For grades K-2, expect your child to work up to 2 hours per day, broken up into sessions of no more than 30 minutes. 

  • For grades 3-5, expect your child to work up to 4 hours per day, broken up into sessions of no more than one hour. 

Logging In

  • Students receiving remote instruction through a blended schedule or 100% from home will be able to use google classroom to access their schedule, receive resources and join their class virtually.

  • To sign into google, students must now use their @nycstudents.net accounts, which can be activated using the student’s date of birth and OSIS number. Start using your NYC Students Account.

  • Watch this Video to learn how to Access your NYC Students Account.

  • If you need assistance setting up your student’s account, please reach out to your child’s teacher or PS178’s parent coordinator, Millie Santos at MSantosRod@schools.nyc.gov.

Learning At Home Resources

 Google Classroom  Khan Academy  Brain Pop  i-Ready  epic! 

School Meals

Students can’t learn if they aren’t nourished. Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Doing so will allow for more flexibility so students and physical distancing can be maintained during lunch time, a time when many students usually gather in one location.

  • Lunch will be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students. 

  • If the cafeteria must be used, schools should maintain appropriate physical distancing. 

  • Grab-and-go meals will be delivered to students in 3K to K classrooms, and pickup points within the school will be designated for grades 1-12.

  • Visit the NYC Department of Education website for information about how to receive free grab and go meals.