P.S. 18 Q's COVID Plan
Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how
P.S. 18Q is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.
We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.
Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.
Be sure to check the "Remote Learning" tab for additional resources.
The NYCDOE website also has important information and resources for you.
Last updated: September 10, 2020
To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser. We'll also be sending out emails and/or phone blasts to all families.
Hybrid Learning Schedule
We are starting the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If our county moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates.
Students participating in blended learning will participate remotely whenever not in-person Monday-Friday.
The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day.
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Tannenbaum:
86-35 235th Court,
Queens Village, NY 11427
*You can also connect with your teachers directly.
Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.
How Hybrid Learning Works
Hybrid learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers.
During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards.
Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded.
Remote Learning Expectations
During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility.
Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.
All students are expected to sign into their teacher's live lessons. Look for the link in your teacher's Google Classroom.
When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.
Your child may benefit from focusing on a limited number of subjects each day. For example, If they are working at home Monday-Wednesday-Friday, they may want to work on science and math on Mondays, Social Studies and English Language Arts on Wednesday, and use Fridays to catch up on any assignments not yet completed.
Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
If your student needs a tablet, fill out the NYCDOE Device Request form to reserve your device.
Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location.
If you do not have internet access at home, Verizon is providing low-cost internet access through their Lifeline Discount Program.
If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.
If you are having trouble connecting to Google Classroom, Google Meet, or any of our online learning resources, contact your child's teacher or call the NYCDOE Help Desk at 718-935-5100.
Please see below for important resources
Help for Families
We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help.
We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link to the left).
Our social worker and school psychiatrist are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you.
There are many community resources available for families who need help with housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services, and other supports during this time. Use the quick links to the right to connect with more community resources.