The bus strike is over!!! We look forward to seeing all our children on Wednesday. In the days to follow we will update you on any news concerning lost related services.
For now, I hope all goes well with the buses on Wednesday. Call your unit if there are any problems and we will try to help you.
I look forward to seeing the kids and you in the coming weeks.
Due to Hurricane Sandy, mid-winter recess has been shortened. Schools will be closed on Monday February 18th and Tuesday February 19th. Regular school will resume on Wednesday February 20th for all students. Stay warm and enjoy the long weekend.
The NYC Department of Education is now offering coverage of return trip costs (from school in the morning and to school in the afternoon) for parents who demonstrate extenuating circumstances such as financial hardship or transportation difficulty. Coverage of return trip costs can apply to either mileage (for parents driving a child to school) or car services (for parents accompanying a child to school).
If this applies to you, please call your unit coordinator. The school will need to approve this and send the information to the NYC DOE.
Let’s hope for an early end to the bus strike.
At this writing, the bus strike is still affecting many of our students at PS255 and throughout the city. The Department of Education is hoping for an early resolution so all students can return to school.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s unit or the Parent Coordinator Daniry Lopez at (347) 563-4496. Our Teachers are happy to help and send home work for your child or you can call and speak directly to the teacher. If your child cannot get to school you can check our website for information and resources, Http://ps255q.org.
As you know, all N.Y.C. schools have been reviewing safety protocols since the tragedy at Sandy Hook in Connecticut. Our teaching staff is aware of the procedures and we will be vigilant in keeping our children safe. During parent teacher conferences in the Spring, please ask any questions you may have about safety as well as your child’s education. You will be getting information shortly on the date and time of the conferences.
In the next few months you will also be receiving information about next year if your child is graduating from our middle or high school program. Or, if they will be articulating (moving up) from their elementary school. The district 75 placement office makes all decisions but we will help you throughout the process.
The winter is just beginning so remember to update any phone numbers or emergency contacts in case of any weather related issues so we can keep in touch with you in the event of a problem at school. Thank you for your continued support to our school and your child’s education.
Click on this link: “Base Companies Participating in Assignment of Payment Process” to find a list compiled by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) of car services and other transportation providers who have agreed to participate in the program established by the NYCDOE to pay, at the parents’ direction, private transportation providers for the cost of transporting eligible students during the strike so parents don’t have to advance these costs out-of-pocket.
REMINDER: This option is only available at parents’ request for families of students who (1) are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and (2) have specialized transportation on their IEP and are unable to use public transportation.
The DOE wants to assist any parent that is having trouble getting their child to school. Please look on our web site for helpful activities to do at home.
In addition, our teachers and speech teachers are available to assist you with activities so please call the school if you need more work sent home.
We hope that the strike will be resolved in the next week.
Payment Assignment Form
If you need to be reimbursed for transportation, click here to download the form. Print, sign, and return to your school.
Voucher Authorization Form
If you have a private transportation provider you wish to use to transport your child, click here to download the form. Print, sign, and return to your school.
Wishing all students and families a wonderful 2013!
Tips for Helping Your Child Through Traumatic Events
Thanks to the PS255 Counseling Department for these helpful tips!
There are no “right” or “wrong” ways to talk with children about such traumatic events. However, here are some suggestions that may be helpful:
Don’t let children watch too much news coverage with frightening images. The repetition of such scenes can be disturbing and confusing. It is especially important to be aware of this with your children.
Use simple words and concepts children can understand. Gear your explanations to the child’s age, language, and developmental level.
Children learn from watching their parents. Be aware that they also learn from listening to your conversations with other adults. Many of our students have very good receptive language.
Keeping predictable routines is helpful. Let them know what happens next to the degree that you know.
Different children need different things. Some children need to run around, others need to be held.
Just be with your child. Even when you can’t fix things your presence helps your child.
Fortunately most children are quite resilient. Although parents may follow the news with close scrutiny, most children. They may not want to think about or discuss violent events. They’d rather play ball, climb trees, or ride bikes.
Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.”
These tips are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.
Additional information is available from the following resources:
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress www.cstsonline.org
National Child Traumatic Stress Network www.ncstn.org
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry www.aacap.org
American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
American Psychiatric Association www.psych.org
American Psychological Association www.apa.org
American Red Cross www.redcross.org