Policies & Procedures
We stress the importance of continuity in instruction. Children should come to school everyday. Parents should plan vacations to coincide with the school calendar. In the event that a student is expected to be absent for an extended period, parents need to come to school to fill out a form and present documentation (airline tickets, itinerary).
If your child is absent, be sure to send a note stating the date(s) of and reason for the absence (illness, family emergency, etc) when your child returns to school. Sending a note will not remove the absence from your child's records, it just provides information so that the absence can be properly recorded. If it’s due to an illness, a note from a doctor or health-care professional should be provided. Children absent for religious observance should bring a note beforehand, in order for the absence to be excused.
Attendance Incentive Program
Classes will be recognized and rewarded for highest attendance at the end of each month. Perfect attendance is for children who attend school every day. It's COOL TO BE IN SCHOOL at PS62Q.
Arrival and Dismissal
- School hours are as follows:
- Regular hours
Monday - Friday 8:00-2:20
- Please be on time: The school day starts promptly at 8:00 am. Students who arrive late will be required to enter through the main entrance and get a late pass at the security desk.
- Free breakfast is available for all students starting at 7:20am.
- Regular hours
- Early Pick-up
- If your child is ill, please go to the main office after you have signed in at the security desk. School personnel will then notify the nurse of your arrival. You may not go directly to the nurse’s office.
- If you are picking up your child early, be sure to send a note to your child’s teacher. Children may not be excused from school before dismissal time unless called for by an adult, who must report to the office to sign the child out. A secretary will notify the teacher who will then send the child to the office. No child may be released to a person who is not listed on the emergency home contact card.
- For safety reasons, students will only be released to those people listed on the Emergency Home Contact Information form. Be sure to keep your emergency contact information up to date.
- Only an adult or sibling (18 or older) or relative that is named on the blue contact card can pick up children at dismissal. Children may walk home unescorted if the school has a written permission on file.
The Chancellor's Regulations mandate a minimum time allotment on homework for students throughout the City. At PS62Q, we have determined that students must spend minimum of 1 hour daily on homework.
- record all assignments in the homework notebook
- have a quiet place to work with no distractions
- work to the best of their ability
- assume responsibility for getting and doing missed assignment
- provide support and encouragement that is crucial for the child's performance
- show interest and concern for the child's success
- ask about assignments and help, when requested by child
- expect students to be given homework regularly
- request homework assignment for extended absences
All children should take home a book to read every evening (children in the lower grades should carry theirs in a zip-lock bag).
Homework assignments are posted on class websites.
Parents may request conferences before 8:00 am, after 2:15pm, during teacher’s preparation periods or during Parent Engagement on Tuesdays, 2:20-3:35pm (Please check with your child's teacher about the schedule).
Please utilize conferences, phone calls, and notes as necessary to keep open lines of communication between the school and home.
PS 62 has a Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA President is Susan Reardon. The PTA makes numerous gifts throughout the year to advance our educational programs. Please join the PTA and attend PTA meetings. Your involvement in your children’s education will strengthen the home-school partnership.
Nurse/ Medical Issues
Illness: Please do not send your child to school if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, with a cough or sore throat. Students kept home with flu-like symptoms should stay out of school until their symptoms are improving and their temperature is normal for at least 24 hours. They will not need a doctor’s note to return to school. Children sent home from school because of fever with cough or sore throat will not be allowed to return to school until at least one full day has passed since they were dismissed.
Medication: Children should not be given medication to bring to school or be allowed to take it on their own. If your child/student needs medication to be administered during the school day for a chronic illness, please see the nurse in Room 114 for a 504 form to take to your doctor for completion. This includes over the counter or store bought medicine.
Jessie Nunez is the trip coordinator. Pupils must have the written consent of their parents/guardians to accompany a class on a trip. There will be no exceptions
For each trip, parents will receive a consent slip detailing all pertinent information, i.e., date, time, place, cost, food arrangement, etc. The tear-off sheet must be signed and returned to the teacher.
Parents of children who have not returned slips will be contacted at least three days prior to the trip. A verbal notification of permission to go on a trip will not be acceptable
Children who take medications (e.g. asthma pump) and are categorized as non self-administrators may not bring their medication on a trip unless a parent or an appointed adult accompanies them to administer the medication.
For information on school trips, please refer to Chancellor's Regulation A-670.
- Yellow shirt, either short or long sleeves
- Blue pants (boys) and a skirt/jumper/pants (girls)
- Blue sweater or sweatshirt
All students must wear the school uniform this year as mandated in the Chancellor’s Regulation A665. Jeans are not permitted. On gym days – a navy sweat suit can be worn.
Please come to school with a neat, focused and serious appearance and demeanor, ready to learn.
Visitors to the School
In accordance with the Chancellor’s directive, all visitors must show a photo identification and sign in at the security desk. School safety agents will then give you a pass and direct you to the main office, where a secretary can provide assistance or redirect you further. No person should be on any floor without a pass.
If you have a meeting with your child’s teacher or other staff member, you may not go straight to the classroom. Instead, office staff will call the teacher to inform him or her of your arrival.
Please review the Discipline Code with your children. Sign and return the Behavioral Contract to the school. It details the behaviors that are expected of your children in school.
Heelies (Shoes with Wheels): If your child wears these shoes to school, please remove the wheels before the school day starts.
Silly Bandz are not permitted at school as they create a distraction.
Sharp objects are not permitted at school according to DOE regulations.
To learn more about bullying and Respect for All, please see Chancellor's Regulation A-832.
Each year our Dean, Mr. Chung discusses the importance of following rules and making responsible decisions with children and disciplinary consequences when students do not live up to behavioral standards. We believe parents have a role in making our school safe. We keep parents informed of their child's behavior and enlist parents as partners in addressing areas of concern.
PS 62 Celebrates Respect for All by carrying respect with us everyday.
NYC Department of Education has designated February 9-13, 2015 as Respect For All Week in all NYC public schools. Respect For All week is a week celebration of respect, kindness, diversity, difference and tolerance.
Conflict Resolution is the practice of settling disputes between children in a peaceful and fair manner by using peer mediation. In Conflict Resolution lessons children are taught many skills through discussion and role play. Some of these topics are listed below:
- Peer mediation
- How to communicate with each other.
- Good listening skills
- Using I messages
- How to build their self esteem
- How to deal with regular bullying and cyber bullying.
- How to make friends
- Respecting differences.
Our Conflict Resolution lessons help to promote a concept of fairness and responsibility in students within the classroom and school community.
You will receive your child's report card three times each school year. Please examine this report carefully and sign it. If a teacher changes a mark, it will be initialed. The number of days of absence and lateness is indicated in the report card. If you have any questions, please contact the subject teacher or grade supervisor.
Parents, please subscribe to 311 to get emergency alerts on your phone, text message, and e-mail. Go to http://www.cityofevanston.org/social-networking/emergency-notification/ to get more information.