Frequently Asked Questions

When you have kids, one thing is certain—you’ll have questions. We’re here to help you out with answers to the questions we hear the most.


What do I need to do when my child is absent from school?

When your child is going to be absent from school due to illness or another reason, please call us in the morning at (212) 690.5936 and ask for our parent coordinator. Please leave your child’s name, class number, and a brief reason for the absence. If your child is absent from school for two or more consecutive days, please send a note from a parent or a doctor stating the reason for their absence. If you know ahead of time that your child will miss school, please send a note stating which days your child will miss and the reason for the upcoming absence. We do not sanction vacations during regular school days. In unavoidable instances due to a family death or illness, please provide us with documentation, such as a copy of your child’s airline ticket, to the main office to avoid triggering an automated report to city agencies.

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What time does school start and end?

8:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Students who arrive after 8:25 a.m. must stop by the office and pick up a tardy pass. Visit the Our School page for class period, lunch, and recess times.

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Do you provide free breakfast and lunch to all students?

Yes! We provide a free breakfast and lunch to every student, every school day. Students who wish to eat breakfast should arrive at school between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Please do not drop off your child prior to 7:30 a.m., as we do not have staff available to supervise children.

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Can my child have a mobile phone or electronic device at school?

Yes, students may bring mobile phones and electronic devices to school; however, these devices may only be used when authorized by staff members. Students who use mobile devices inappropriately will receive a warning for the first violation, and we will confiscate devices for repeated infractions.

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What is the school uniform policy?

Wearing school uniforms promotes an effective learning climate by reducing distractions and fostering unity. We require our students to wear the following every school day:

  • Navy blue pants
  • Yellow collared shirt

Please review our Dress Code and Guidelines for more detailed information.

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May I visit my child at school?

Yes, we love it when families get involved in their children’s education. Student safety is our first priority, so we require all visitors to show identification and sign in at the school safety desk prior to entering the building. We appreciate your cooperation in protecting our students.

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Who do I contact with inquiries regarding bus services?

Please contact S.N.T. at (718) 828.5336 or (718) 346.9600 with bus inquiries, and be prepared to give the dispatcher your child’s route number. Dorothy Simeus is our school contact for any yellow bus or transportation problems. However, we strongly recommend all parents and caregivers have the S.N.T. phone number and bus route number handy (it's a good idea to load them into a cell phone). For more information regarding transportation services, please refer to the student handbook.

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My child must take medication during the school day. What do I need to do?

For children who require long-term medication administration at school, please have your child’s physician complete and sign a 504 Form. Please deliver medication in its original container, labeled and dated by the pharmacist or physician, with the student’s name, medication name, and exact dosing instructions.

We will administer short-term (not to exceed 10 successive days) medications with completion of an authorization form available from the nurse's office.

A parent or guardian must bring medications directly to the nurse’s office, as we do not permit students to transport medication.

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May I send treats to school for my child's birthday?

No, we cannot accommodate birthday celebrations in the classroom. We know birthdays are exciting; however, we have a large number of students with severe food allergies, and the safety of our students is our utmost concern.

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