• The NEST Program Parent Trainings 2020-2021

    The NEST Program Parent Trainings 2020-2021

    2:30PM – 3:30PM

    10/14/2020: Creative Ways to Connect
    11/18/2020: Meeting Sensory Needs
    12/16/2020: How to Create Social Stories
    1/6/2021: Ways to Make Friends
    4/14/2021: Movement Therapy
    6/16/2021: Summer Planning

    Parents will be receiving a flyer the week of the event!

    Please note that these trainings will be taking place remotely via the Zoom platform.

    Please RSVP to Mrs. Anderson prior to the event!
    Please use this link for the trainings. Access to all trainings will be found using this one link!


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  • Covid Testing update + forms September 29, 2020

    Dear Families,

    We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.

    Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.

    Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

    In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.

    Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.

    While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough students in the school.

    We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.

    If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.

    September 29, 2020

    We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child.

    Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or concerns.

    We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy. Sincerely,

    Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
    Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    Ted Long, MD, MHS
    Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor, New York City Department of Education


    Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:


    What happens to my child if I do not provide consent?

    We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

    You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.

    How long is my consent in effect?

    Your consent will remain in effect until September 30, 2021. However, you can withdraw consent at any time.

    How do I withdraw consent?

    Notify your child’s school in writing. Your school will designate a contact to receive these communications.


    Will all students be tested?

    All district school students participating in blended learning in grades 1-12 may be included in the random sample.

    Who will be testing my child?

    A trained individual will conduct the test. Testing will be provided by, among others, school nurses, City staff, and our partners: SOMOS, Bio Reference Laboratory, and Fulgent Genetics.

    How will the testing work?

    Once a month, one of these providers will visit your child’s school with a randomly selected list of students and staff to be tested that day. The testing provider will set up in a designated area in the school. Staff from the school or the testing team will visit the appropriate classroom to retrieve students from that class who have been selected to be tested that day; those students will be escorted to the testing area, tested quickly, and then escorted back to their classroom.

    What test will be used? Is it painful?

    The test will use a “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) that is inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. We understand that some students may be nervous about testing, but the test is not painful and should not be uncomfortable for your child. The test should take no more than two minutes from start to finish.

    Will all tests be done by a trained tester, or can some students self-administer tests?

    Some of the test kits can be self-administered. Self-administered means that you can open the kit and follow the directions for inserting a small swab (like a Q-tip) into the front of both nostrils. In schools with these kits, some older students in may be able to self-administer their test if they choose, under the supervision of a testing provider or school staff member.

    Are students escorted to the testing area in a group or one-by-one? Will more than one student be waiting in an area to be tested?
    Students will be escorted with any members of their class/pod who are also being tested. Social distancing will be maintained at all times. Face coverings will be worn at all times, except for the very short period when a student must remove their covering to allow for collection of the test specimen.

    Can parents accompany their children to be tested?

    Unfortunately, no. To maintain the classroom pods and reduce the risk of COVID-19 being introduced into the building, parents will not be able to accompany their children during the test. We understand that this may feel scary, particularly for younger children. Our trained staff will ensure the testing is performed swiftly, gently, and in a positive environment for all children.

    How long is the testing process expected to take?

    The cotton swab is in the nose for five to ten seconds, so the entire process of explaining the test to the child and then swabbing them generally takes only minutes.

    How long will my child be out of class?

    The testing will not take long. We do not expect any child to be out of class for more than 15-30 minutes total from the time that they are picked up at their classroom until they are escorted back to class.

    My child is not comfortable communicating in English. Will interpreters be available to explain the process to students who are multilingual learners? If so, how will this be arranged?
    Every testing partner will have policies and procedures for how they provide services to individuals in their preferred language. Please communicate with your principal in advance if you have specific concerns.

    What if my child cannot be tested due to their documented disability?

    If your child has a documented disability and testing would impair your child’s mental or physical health due to that disability, please contact your school to discuss how to proceed.

    If I get my child tested elsewhere, can I share those results and be released from in-school mandatory testing?
    No. To have an accurate understanding of each school population, testing for this program must be performed on a single day, in the school building, and by one provider. If your child is tested at an outside location and they test positive you must keep your child home and report that test to your principal. However, no outside test can be counted in the monthly survey.

    How often will my child be tested?

    Testing will occur at each school once per month. Your child will not be tested more than once per month unless they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19. Some children may be chosen for monthly testing more than once during the school year.

    When/how will I know if my child has been chosen for testing?

    You will be notified by your school about two days before your school is scheduled to be tested. By consenting, your child may be included in the random sample for the testing day. If your child is tested, you will be notified after school that day.
    How can I help prepare my child for the test (especially for younger children)?

    You should talk to your child about testing. We encourage you to tell them that the doctors, nurses, and other health professionals at school need to make sure they are healthy, so they are going to do a test for the virus by

    rubbing a small cotton swab inside the front part of their nose. Remind your child that it’s okay that the school performs this test and that it’s quick, safe, and gentle.

    Are staff being tested?

    Yes, we are asking all staff and students in school buildings to participate in the testing program.

    When will results be available?

    Results will be available within 48-72 hours after the sample is taken.

    When will I receive my child’s results?

    In most instances, parents/guardians will receive results no more than 48 hours after the specimen arrives at the laboratory. You will be able to log into an online portal to access your child’s results. If your child tests positive, you will also receive a call from the provider who completed the testing.

    What happens if my child tests positive?

    You should keep your child home from school and contact their physician. Additionally, the Test & Trace Corps will contact your family to provide resources, connections to care if you require support, and to discuss how to keep your child and other household members safe. The school will also be notified to ensure steps are taken to protect other members of the school community. The Test & Trace Corps will provide your family with resources and will monitor your family for symptoms for 10 to 14 days.

    Will overall results from testing across a school be shared with the school community?

    Yes, but names or any other identifying information of the children or staff who test positive will not be released.

    Will the DOE/City ensure that my child’s personal information remains confidential?

    Any information related to in-school testing is confidential and protected under the New York City Health Code and other local, state, and federal laws. We will store information securely, and only DOE and city staff will have access to test results by name and other personal information.

    Where and how will test results be stored?

    Results will be sent to two places: to the State and City Departments of Health, where all communicable disease results are sent; and to the Test & Trace Corps and associated City staff to facilitate closing of classrooms or school buildings and to support contact tracing as necessary to ensure we protect all students, staff, and family members. These entities operate under strict privacy and confidentiality protocols.

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  • Please fill out your Census form!

    As you may know, the deadline to complete this Census has been temporarily extended, though we are still encouraging all New Yorkers to fill it out as soon as possible. New York City's current response rate is only 60.4% which is far lower than the 2010 national average of 76%. Without an accurate population count, our City will lose out on billions of dollars in federal funding for our schools, health care, roads, public transportation, and more. New York could even lose two seats in Congress. 

    The attached letter calls on all New Yorkers who have not yet completed the Census to do so before the deadline. Please distribute this letter to families as soon as possible to make sure that they are counted. Translations will be available on the Messages for Families page of our family-facing website. 

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • New Wireless Network for DOE iPads Available in School Buildings

    The DOE has enabled a new wireless network ID in all school buildings (nycdoeMobile). All Centrally-loaned DOE iPads will automatically connect to the “nycdoeMobile” Wi-Fi network when being used inside a DOE school building. This means that:
    • No additional setup is required for the DOE iPads to connect to the new wireless network; the DOE has configured every Centrally-loaned iPad to connect automatically.
    • All other devices should connect to your school’s existing Wi-Fi network.

    If a Centrally-loaned iPad does not automatically connect to the new wireless network, you should submit a Help Desk ticket for additional support. Please have the device serial number handy.

    For questions, contact your school point-of-contact for technology (SPOC). If your school does not have a SPOC, contact your borough technology director or manager.

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • Self-Care presentation for families 9/29

    Please see the attached


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  • Home & School tips for parents

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  • P.S. 316 Forum For Social Emotional Programming

    Dear Families,

    Welcome back! We missed you over the summer and look forward to a “different” yet wonderful new school year!!!

    The Guidance Department is hosting a question and answer forum on September 25, 2020 at 12:00pm on Zoom.

    During this time, we will be taking questions and discussing our plans for social emotional learning for the upcoming school year.
    We will also be discussing the IEP process and how to access services for your youngster. As a guidance team, we will also show parents how to navigate our ILearn Social Emotional Homepage. There will also be an introduction to what mental health services CCM offers in partnership with the school.

    There will also be time to discuss what you as parents feel would be the most beneficial for your student this school year. As a school community, we value the opinions and input from our parents and the families. Our goal is to ensure that your student feels happy and safe while learning either in the school building or from home.

    We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 12:00pm on Zoom LINK BELOW. Please note this Zoom meeting will be recorded.

    All the best,
    The PS 316 Guidance/SEL Department
    Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Yoruk, Mrs. Rock,
    Ms. Kottahachchi, & Mr. Brenkert

    *Please note the team will be available after 5pm for additional support at your request*

    Welcome! To P.S. 316 Forum
    For Social Emotional Programming

    Please join us on the zoom platform
    Friday September 25, 2020

    Hosted by: The Guidance Department
    Please email us with any questions:

    Topic: Social Emotional
    Time: Sep 25, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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  • CEC 17 Calendar/Quarterly meeting with Presidents' Council - Sep 22, 2020

    CEC 17 Calendar/Quarterly meeting with Presidents' Council
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    Topic: CEC 17 Calendar/Quarterly meeting w/Presidents' Council
    Time: Sep 22, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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  • Letter to families 9/21/20

    Dear Families,

    It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.

    There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.

    To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols and created a COVID-19 Response Situation Room for DOE principals, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for school leaders in handling all COVID- 19 cases in schools. When principals learn of a potential COVID-19 case in their school, they call the Situation Room to report it, and medical, public health, and education staff are on hand and readily available to support principals through responding to it. Principals or their designees call the Situation Room, which helps to handle everything from there - including quickly communicating vital updates for principals to share with their school communities.

    We are confident in our ability to provide your children with the healthy, safe, engaging, high-quality education you expect. We will continue to be transparent and keep you informed. In this Update for Families, I am happy to share the latest information on:
     How to complete daily health screenings for your child,
     Where to get tested for COVID-19,
     How to stay informed on COVID-19 cases in your school community, and
     What transportation to and from school looks like
    In addition, to help you find key information I have shared in past updates, we have included quick links to DOE resources on:
     Health and safety measures in our schools,
     What teaching and learning looks like this year, and
     School schedules for elementary, middle, and high schools

    As always, all information regarding back to school can be found at If you have additional questions, please contact your principal. You can find information about your child’s school, including principal contact information, on our website using “Find a School” at
    You have heard me say that September is my favorite month, and that is especially true this year. Return to School 2020 took a team effort, thousands of hours of work, and attention to countless details to get where we are today. I could not be prouder of our families, students, educators, and everyone who works in and for our schools.
    September 21, 2020

    As we start the new school year together, I can assure you that the largest school system in the nation is well prepared and up to the task. Please know that we are here for you. Your teachers and principals are here for you. And, together, we will achieve a remarkable year of learning.

    Richard A. Carranza
    New York City Department of Education

    Update for Families: September 21, 2020
    How to Complete Daily Health Screenings for Your Child
    As always, the health and safety of our students, families, and school staff remain our top priority. We have spent months preparing for the safe reopening of our schools; we know they are like home for so many of us and provide the social-emotional support and learning our children need.
    We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities safe. We are asking you to do your part by making sure your children have completed their health screenings (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. We encourage you to use our Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.
     You can find the online health screening at When you do the screening at home, you or your child just need to provide the results of the screening either by showing the email on a smartphone or a printout of the results before entering the school building. All students will receive an oral thermometer in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature.
     If you or your child is not able to pre-screen using the online tool, you may use the Paper Health Screening Questionnaire and have your child bring the completed form to school and show it upon entry. Your school will provide you with printed copies so you can complete the questionnaire at home.
     If you or your child forgets or is unable to pre-screen, someone will be available at your school's entrance to assist your child in completing the form and checking your child’s temperature.
     In order to keep everyone healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19, students will not be able to attend in-person classes if they have:
    o Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath within the past 10 days;
    o Received a positive result from a COVID-19 test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab (not a blood test) in the past 10 days;
    o Been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
    o Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
    As always, please keep your child home if they are sick.
    Where to Get Tested for COVID-19
    It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested!

     Help us keep our schools open and school communities healthy by getting tested for COVID-19. It’s safe, free, and easy for everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. To find a testing site near you, visit
     Students in 3K through twelfth grade can get priority testing at 22 Health + Hospitals testing sites throughout the school year. To find a location near you, visit
     Beginning in early October, we will begin testing a random sampling of students and staff in every school. This is essential to keeping your family and school community healthy and safe. We’ll be sharing much more information and a link to a parent/guardian consent form in our next family update.
    How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community
    It’s important that your school is able to reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.
     With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations.
     In order to see your child’s records, request an Account Creation Code from your school. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so your school can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency.
     If you don’t have an account, sign up today at It only takes five minutes!
    What Transportation to and from School Will Look Like
    Whether traveling by bus, public transportation, or other means, students will be expected to wear masks and practice social distancing, just as they will in and around their school. Here are some details about different modes of transportation:
    Following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), buses transporting students will be limited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. Seating on the bus will be clearly marked to guide students to where they can and cannot sit.
     If students do not have a face covering, the bus operator will provide one. Drivers and attendants will also wear face coverings as well as gloves. Before sending children on a bus, family members should screen their children’s health at home, including temperature checks, to make certain they are well enough to board a bus and attend school.
     Buses will operate with the windows open whenever possible and with the air in the non-recirculating mode.

     Upon arrival at a destination where passengers will be exiting the bus, students will be directed to exit one row at a time to maintain a safe social distance.
     Each night, all school transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected following CDC protocols.
    Public Transportation and Other Alternatives
    Schools will provide free MetroCards to students and families engaged in blended learning for travel to and from school.
     When using public transportation, students will be expected to follow the same social distancing and face covering protocols as all New Yorkers.
     The MTA has marked all stations with social distancing guidance and offers free masks at stations across the city. In addition, the NYPD conducts frequent sweeps of stations and subway cars to enforce distancing and mask wearing. For more about MTA procedures, visit
    Where to Find Information on:
    Health and Safety Measures in Schools
    To learn more about ventilation and other building safety measures, outdoor learning, food services in schools, testing and tracing, and personal health measures all schools are taking to keep your children safe, visit
    What Teaching and Learning Looks Like This Year
    To learn more about blended learning supports, social-emotional learning and mental health, supports for multilingual/English language learners, students with disabilities, students in temporary housing and foster care, students who are 21 or older, and students in early childhood programs, visit
    School Schedules for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
    To learn more about programming models, sibling schedules, and what happens when students come to school on the wrong day during blended learning, visit

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  • Important information reguarding health screenings

    Beginning Monday and moving forward with all respective stakeholders who enter school buildings, a health screening 
     and safe temperature check of below 100 degreess Fahrenheit must be assessed before letting students or staff into the building. 
    This means that on Monday 9/21ALL students and staff must have their temperatures assessed before walking past the lobby by the SSA.
    Guidance is presently in Teach Hub. Please share this information with your staff. Additionally, it is wise to reach out to parents, have them download the health screening app, and take their child’s temperature in the morning before school so that a long line does not build up outside the school during morning arrival. 
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