• Dex Baptiste

October Newsletter

Dear P.S. 132 Parents,

I hope that your children are off to a good start with remote learning, even though I know how challenging this last minute change was for both parents, teachers and our student! Therefore, I thank and applaud you for your patience. All students are in one of the following Groups: A, B, C or D.

As we prepare for our second week of in-person learning, the beginning of in-school learning, we want to share some information with Group A & B families about arrival, dismissal, and health screenings. The DOE has announced that all children entering the building must complete health screenings daily in addition to daily temperature checks. As you enter through the schoolyard, staff members will be there to take your child health screening survey and temperature and they are not cleared to enter the building with a parent or caregiver, we will ask you to take them home. If they are unaccompanied, we will escort them to our isolation room and then call you to pick them up. We have also sent home thermometers for all in-person students. Please be sure to check your child’s temperature before sending them to school. If their temperature reads over 100 degrees, please keep them home. All children present in the building will receive oral thermometers to help you in monitoring their temperature daily.

Parents of children who are at home either in all-remote learning or on their remote hybrid days can come to school to pick up a bag breakfast and lunch between 9:00-12:00 on school days. During in-school days, children can either bring lunch or get a bag lunch provided by the DOE. If you do send in lunch, please make sure that children are able to open all items on their own.

Teachers have so enjoyed beginning to get to know their students virtually. We do understand that some of you have had technology problems, and our team is working hard to help you solve them. We are very much looking forward to getting in a routine for our all-remote students and to meeting Cohorts A & B in person next week.

On October 6, we will be hosting our first “Bring Your Dad to School Virtually” at 10am. We are asking Dads to login to school with their child!

As we prepare for the new school in-person year, please remind your children how important it is to keep their masks on at all times (except when eating) and to maintain social distance from other children and adults. Lastly, remind them to always wash and sanitize their hands.

I hope to see some of you at the 6:00pm PTA meeting on October19th where will be nominating and electing our new PTA. If you are interested in being a nominated candidate or if you know of a good candidate to nominate, please ensure you are at that meeting! Thanks for being such a flexible and supportive group of parents.

Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That is why the DOE have collaborated 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. 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. The consent forms have been sent home with all In-Person students.

Educationally yours,

Mr. Dex J Baptiste


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