Announcements

  • Citywide Education Council Youtube Channel

     

    Dear PS 251 families and community:

     

    The Division of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) has a YouTube channel with Education Council Information Sessions in multiple languages, and new languages will be added as they become available. 

     

    http://siap.ps/e12724

     

    Apply now for a seat on a Community or Citywide Education Council! The deadline is this Sunday 2/28. 

     

    Applying is fast and easy. Simply log into your NYC Schools Account at www.mystudent.nyc  to get started. Don’t have a NYC Schools Account? Sign up for one now at mystudent.nyc. Contact our school at 7182514110 for your child's personal code.  

    NYCDOE Education Council Elections - YouTube

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    Thank you for your participation.

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • School Closure Tuesday February 2, 2021 - All instruction will take place remotely for all students

    Dear Families,

    Due to inclement weather, New York City public school buildings are closed on Tuesday, February  2,  2021.  While buildings may be closed, our school will be in session remotely for all students.  Students are expected to log on and engage with their work from home as they do on other remote days.

    Middle and high school students who are already learning remotely every day are expected to attend school remotely, regardless of the weather.

    Learning Bridges, Learning Labs, and after-school programs are canceled tomorrow. Please note that all DOE meal hubs will be closed.

    Sincerely,

     

    Sheldon Noel

    Principal

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • School Closure February 1, 2021 - Remote Instruction for All

    Dear Families,

    Due to inclement weather, New York City public school buildings are closed on  Monday, February 1, 2021. While buildings may be closed, school will be in session remotely for all students. Students are expected to log on and engage with their work from home as they do on other remote days.

    Middle and high school students who are already learning remotely every day are expected to attend school remotely, regardless of the weather.

    Please note that all DOE meal hubs will be closed.

    Sincerely,

    Sheldon Noel

    Principal 

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • Covid Case NO EXPOSURE to School Community

    Dear P.S. 251 Community:

    Today we are writing to inform you that on 1/25/2021, a member of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Upon investigation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2) have concluded that there has been NO EXPOSURE to the school community because the person was NOT at school while infectious.

    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

    How do we stay healthy?

    Please remember to follow these “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

     

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

     

    Sincerely,

    Sheldon Noel

    Principal

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • Potential Positive Case 1.25.21

    Dear P.S. 251 Community: 

      I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen now.

     Next steps

    We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school building closures, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

    What if the case is confirmed?

    In partnership with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

    • Ensuring that the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.
    • Working with to trace close contacts in our school.
    • Instructing close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive.

    Please be reassured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

    It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 

     

    Sincerely, 

    Sheldon Noel

    Principal 

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • Covid 19 Positive Case - No Exposure

    Dear Members of our P.S. 251 Community:  

      Today we are writing to inform you that on 1/14/2021, a member of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Upon investigation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2) have concluded that there has been NO EXPOSURE to the school community because the person was NOT at school while infectious. 

    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2. 

    How do we stay healthy? 

    Please remember to follow these “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:    

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing). 
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. 
    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19 
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands. 

    How can I stay updated? 

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.  

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). 

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.  

     

    Sincerely,  

    Sheldon Noel 

    Principal  

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • Extended School Closure until 1/21/21

    Dear P.S. 251 Community: 

     I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24-hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 1/20/2021. 

     Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2. 

    What Happens Now?  

    1. The school building will remain closed through 1/20/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 1/21/2021.   
    2. Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.  
    3. Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.  

      How Do We Stay Healthy?  

      Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:    
    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing). 
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.  
    3. Wear a face coveringto prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.  

    How can I stay updated?  

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.  

     To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). 

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirusor call 311.  

    Sincerely,

    Sheldon Noel 
    Principal

    The Paerdegat School P.S. 251

    718 251 4110

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • Extended School Closure for 1/12/21

    Dear P.S. 251 Community, 

    I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24-hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that for the health and safety of our school community,  the building must remain closed through 1/12/2021. 

    Below you will find information on next steps. The guidance below reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE). 

    What Happens Now?  

    • The school building will remain closed through 1/12/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. 
    • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.  
    • Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.  
    • To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). 

    How Do We Stay Healthy?  

    Please remember to follow the “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:    

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing). 
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.  
    3. Wear a face coveringto prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.  

    How can I stay updated?  

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and stay in close contact about any measures, we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.  

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirusor call 311.  

    Sincerely, 

    Sheldon Noel 

    Principal

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • 24 Hour School Building Closure Students will engage in remote instruction for January 11, 2021

    Dear P.S. 251  Families:

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) determined that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours to investigate the source(s) of transmission.

    Below you will find information on next steps to protect the health of you, your child, and the school community. This guidance reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

    What Happens Now?

    • Effective 1/11/2021, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.
    • All students and staff in the affected class(es) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
    • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the building until they are no longer infectious.
    • T2 and DOHMH will identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
    • Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

    How do we stay healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

    For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. 

     Sincerely,

    Sheldon Noel 

    Principal

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
  • Chancellor Carranza's Update for Families December 22, 2020

    Dear Families,

    Before we part for Winter Recess, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for all you have done to keep the learning going during this unforgettable year.

    Our families and educators are the hearts and souls of our school communities, and everything we have gotten right this year, we owe to you. To the sacrifices, you have made to ensure your children thrive in an era of blended and remote learning. To your trust in our public schools. To your personal feedback to me—whether positive or negative, it has helped me and everyone at the DOE better serve you and your children.

    Although the holidays will look very different this year, there is still much to celebrate. I hope you take time to rejoice, relax, connect with loved ones near and far—and reflect on the acts of kindness and compassion that have lifted your lives these past 12 months.

    As we look ahead to the rest of the school year, we are unwavering in our focus to deliver the highest-quality education possible to each of your children. We do this to prepare them for a successful, productive life, empowered with the skills they need to chase their dreams. To that end, last week we announced changes to the middle and high school admissions process, which will open in January. Beginning next year, our middle schools will not use academic records, auditions, or other screens or assessments to evaluate or admit students, and high schools will phase out geographic priorities. This will result in a fairer process for all New York City public school families. To learn more, please visit schools.nyc.gov/middle or schools.nyc.gov/high.

    We know there’s more to do, and we are united in our mission to make sure your child—and every one of their 1.1 million peers—receives the best education possible in the greatest city in the world. On behalf of all of us at the Department of Education, I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful holiday season and a happy new year. 

    Please stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza Chancellor

    New York City Department of Education

    PS251 -The Paerdegat School
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Our P.S. 251 community embraces and promotes diversity to create a safe haven of supportive academic and social emotional achievements for lifelong learners. Through rigorous instruction, we provide opportunities to cultivate future leaders in achieving their maximum potential.

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