2015-2016 Parent Handbook

Table of Contents


Inside front cover…..What To Know…Who To Call 2015whattoknowwhotocall-2.doc  Download, fill in and use as a reference

Table of Contents


     Inside front cover…..What To Know…Who To Call


Page 1                 Names of Site Administrators and Contact Numbers


Page 2               Arrival and Dismissal


Page 3                Attendance / Student Information


Page 4               Medical Issues


Page 5-6             Medication / Trips


Page 6               Meetings


Page 7                 Communication with Staff


Page 8                 Dress Code


Page 9               Academics / Homework / Textbooks


Page 10-11         Breakfast and Lunch Program/ Bussing


Page 12               Code of Conduct / Prohibited Items


Page 13-16         Cell Phone Policy


Page 17               Internet / Non-DOE / Pictures


Page 18               ENL Card


Page 19               Translation Sticker


Page 20           Useful Phone Numbers


 Page 21-22        Testing Dates


  Page 23               Early Pick up / Note to School



Inside back cover……………… Calendar


Back cover………………………WEBSITE/ENL INFO




Public School 224Q

Desmond Park, Principal

Danielle M. Hughes, Asst. Principal

Kara Reardon-Navan, Asst. Principal

Stacy Podolsky, Asst. Principal

Jamie Allen-Zic,  Asst. Principal

P.224Q @ P.S. 186             P.224Q at P.S. 26
252-12 72 Avenue
Bellerose, NY  11426
  195-02 69th Avenue
Fresh Meadows, NY  11365
Main Office:  718-831-4024
Unit Office:  718-831-4027
Fax:  718-831-4026   Fax:  718-264-1077
 Unit Contacts:
Noah Shurghan
Asst. Principal:  Stacy Podolsky
  Unit Contacts:
DJ Meehan
Asst. Principal: Kara Reardon-Navan
 P.224Q @ P.S. 115   P.224Q @ P.S. 205
 80-51 261st Street
Floral Park, NY  11044
  72-25 Bell Blvd.
Bayside, NY  11364
 718-831-4010   718-464-5776
 Fax:  718-831-4014   Fax:  718-464-2268
 Unit Contact:
Asst. Principal:  Stacy Podolsky

Asst. Principal:   Jamie Allen-Zic
Asst. Principal:  Danielle M. Hughes
 P.224Q @ I.S. 266    P.224Q @ P.S. 710
 74-10 Commonwealth Blvd.
Glen Oaks, NY 11426
   221-21 Corbett Road
Bayside, NY  11361
 718-479-4322    718-225-8667
 Fax: 718-479-4335    Fax: 718-225-9694
 Unit Contacts:
Susan Sanderov
Asst. Principal:  Stacy Podolsky (SA)
Asst. Principal: Danielle M. Hughes  (AA)
  Unit Contacts;
Gina Rapp
Asst. Principal:  Kara Reardon-Navan 


Arrival/ Dismissal

P.224Q School Hours

   K-8 P.224Q all sites


Mon-Fri 8:00AM



PreK P.224Q@710/186






  • Most students are brought to school by bus. For those parents who bring their children to school: All students must be signed in and signed out in the P.224Q arrival and departure book. Please confirm with office staff where your site’s sign out book is located.


  • Students should be brought to a P.224 staff member (depending on site procedures) after being signed in by the parent/guardian (At P.710 the students are brought to their classroom by a staff member).


  • Any student brought in by a parent after 8:00AM will be marked late.


  • For safety and security reasons, no parents may go directly to the classrooms. All parents must sign in at security and proceed to the Unit Coordinator’s office when visiting their child’s site


  • If you plan to pick up your child from school, please send a note in your child’s back pack informing us of these details.(Remember this person must be on the blue card on file at the school and must have photo identification). You can call the site prior to lunchtime to ensure this information has been received; however, for the safety of all children these requests must be in writin


  • There is a sample form at the back of this booklet that you may choose to duplicate and use for pick up notification (See page 23)                                                                                        2.


·        Students are expected to attend school everyday

·        90% attendance is recommended by the P. 224Q Attendance Committee. Good attendance has a high correlation to student success.


  • Parents are expected to call the school when a student is absent to inform us of the reason. If we do not hear from you, the school will contact your home.
  • A written note must accompany the child upon his or her return to school, as required by education law. (You may use duplicate and use the note enclosed on page 23 or write your own note.)             A doctor’s note can exempt a student from an unauthorized absence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • An attendance teacher will be notified if a student is absent for three or more days and we are unable to make contact with the parent. In addition, after three days you will need to contact the bus company to reinstate pick up
  • If a student is going out of town for an extended period of time you are required to put in writing where the student is going, for how long they will be away and leave a phone number where contact can be made even if it is out of the country.

Student Information


  • A blue card will be sent home at the beginning of each year to gather student contact information. These blue cards are used to obtain phone numbers and addresses of where the guardian of the child can be contacted in the event of an emergency. Please fill these cards in correctly and completely. It is imperative that we have THREE updated emergency numbers, other than the parent/guardian’s numbers. Only the people listed on the blue card will be allowed to pick up your child from school. They must bring and show photo ID for a student to be released
  • Anytime information changes (i.e. a change of address, telephone number, etc.) please contact the school immediately. (It is good practice to share change of numbers with the bus company as well.)



Medical Issues


  • There is a school nurse at every site.
  • If a student has a medical problem the nurse will call the home to inform the parent of the nature of the condition and what necessary steps need to be taken.
  • If there is a life threatening emergency, EMS will be called while contact with a parent is being established. A parent must go to the hospital as soon as possible to meet their child.
  • If a student has visible cuts, scars or bruises you must send a letter to school informing us as to how the child received the injury.                                                                                                              
  • Likewise if a staff member observes a cut or bruise on a child while at school, the child will be brought to the nurse who will call you to inform you of the injury and any details.
  • While good attendance is always encouraged, please do not send a sick child to school. For the sake of good health for all students and staff, we ask for your cooperation in this matter. If the nurse determines that a child is too sick to remain in school, you will be called to pick them up in a timely fashion. Please note the nurse’s decision is based on medical training and DOE protocols
  • Understand that certain conditions (ie: fever, allergic reaction, etc.) will require immediate parent pick up, as child with such conditions is not able to be put on a school bus. Please plan accordingly.






  • Never send students to school with over the counter medication to self-administer (i.e. Tylenol etc.) .In order for the nurse to give medication to a student, a signed consent form must be received from the doctor that indicates the type and dosage of medication to be given. The Medication Administration Form is good up until the end of summer school. It must be renewed before school starts each September and must accompany the student the first day the child attends                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Every time a doctor makes a change to the schedule of medication distribution, type, or dosage, a new form must be signed by the doctor before changes can be adjusted by the nurse.         
  • Medication must be sent to school in the original bottle with the correct information on the label.
  • If a student is on medication at home and does not receive it on any particular day, the parent must call the school to inform us as behavior may greatly be affected by this situation.
  • If this situation occurs, we will ask that someone bring the medication to school.
  • It is advisable to leave a bottle of medication in school with a permission form from a doctor. That will allow the nurse to administer the medication in the event that for some reason a student does not receive it at home on any particular day.You can contact the nurse at any time.   
  • Trips                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Educational trips are scheduled at different times throughout the school year to coincide with your child’s classroom activities and curriculum
  • A signed permission slip must be sent back to school three days prior to the scheduled trip.
  • Some children have health services that require some form of possible treatment by a licensed nurse. These treatments are individual and can be as simple as assisting a child in using an inhaler for asthma. During the school day, our onsite nurse is available for any/all treatments. On class trips, these students must have a nurse with them during the entire trip.
  • We do request a trip nurse for all trips when a student requires nursing services. This nurse accompanies the class/students and can administer any necessary treatments. Occasionally, The DOE does not have enough nursing coverage for trips because school nurse absences must be covered first.
  • If this occurs, your child cannot go on the trip if they have services that require a nurse be with them and there is no trip nurse available from the DOE.
  • We will make every attempt to call you if we know there has been no trip nurse available from the DOE. (Often we do not know this until 9:30 am on the day of the trip).
  • If time permits, you (or a designated family member) may come to school to accompany your child on the trip.
  • If no arrangements can be made, your child will be put in a comparable class until his/her class returns from their trip.




  • There are Parent/Teacher Conference meetings and times set aside each school year for parents to meet with teachers. (See inside front cover for dates.) Additionally, you may schedule in-person or phone conferences for any Tuesday between 2:20-3:35. Also, when the annual review of the IEP is due you will be requested to attend. You will be sent notice of all these meetings in advance.
  • If you would like to arrange any other meetings, you can schedule these in writing or by phone with your child’s classroom teacher or Unit Coordinator.
  • Unscheduled visits are impossible to accommodate since we need sufficient notice to provide coverage for staff to meet with you.    Communication with Staff
  • P. 224Q has a website which is used as a primary way of communicating with parents. A survey determining how many parents have daily internet access is sent home each year. (Please sign & return GREEN form attached to the front of this book—received on first day of school). While the website does not yet eliminate “backpacked flyers” and other information at this time, it is a preferred and convenient mode. Please visit our website at www.p224q.org
  • All information and parent training is available on this site and translated into over 70 languages. See link to Chancellor’s Regulations, A-663 Parents Bill of Rights http//schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ChancellorsRegul/ations/default.htm.
  • Parents of ENL students, please also see pages 18-19.


    • If you need to see an administrator, call before you come to school. Often administrators may be at other sites or district meetings.
    • Outside of the yearly scheduled meetings, if you need to see a teacher, you must make an appointment to see them. You may send a note or call the school and ask the secretary to have the teacher call you back. The teacher will schedule an appointment. Appointments are limited in time (approximately 40 minutes), as a teacher will be meeting with you during a preparation period and a teacher will probably have a class to teach after seeing you. However, accommodations can be made in the event of a serious or pressing concern that is not resolved.     
    • Teachers cannot receive phone calls during class time. If you need to speak to a teacher you can send in a note or leave a message and the teacher will return your call as soon as possible.

·        Please check your child’s book-bag everyday. Often we send home letters and information with the student that require timely follow-up.                                                                                                          

  • A classroom communication log goes home with each student everyday. This sheet tells you how/what your child did in school that day
  • If you do not receive communication sheet please call the school the next morning.
  • The communication log provides a section where parents and teachers can make comments. This is an important means of communication between home and schoo

  • A related service provider binder is also sent home on a weekly basis (each Friday) to inform you of your child’s progress with his/her related services.                                                                                                                                                                           
  •  Dress Code


    • Children should come to school dressed appropriately.
    • T-shirts should not display messages that are inappropriate or violent
    • Students should dress in clothing that is not provocative
    • Clothing should be clean.                                                            
    • Please check your child is dressed appropriately before they leave the house each day.
    • Hats, sweatbands, “doo rags” and bandannas are not permitted to be worn in the building


  • Please be sure your child wears sneakers on gym days, as these are the only shoes permitted during gym class.                                                                                                                      


              • Academics
              • The student body of P. 224Q is made up of students who are classified as standardized or non-standardized testing


        • Students who are in the Standardized Assessment testing category (SA) are mandated to take all New York State tests and local assessments with any modifications that are mandated on the student’s IEP.
    • Our curricula is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) -- the same as in General Education. However, much of the material is presented to the students in a modified way to meet their individual needs.
  • A testing calendar is posted each year on the DOE website. We have enclosed the NYS calendar (see pages 21-22).


  • Students who are in the Alternate Assessment (AA) testing category follow a modified curriculum connected to CCLS at their functional level.


  • AA students participate in NYSAA in grades 3-8.


  • PreK-Grade 2 students do not take state/local tests.


  • All students take assessments .                                                                                           




  • Homework is given everyday (Fridays are optional). If a teacher decides not to give homework it will be indicated in the comments section of the communication sheet.
  • Homework must be done everyday unless you send in a note. 



  • Students are responsible for all textbooks given to them. If your child loses or damages a textbook, you will be asked to pay for the book.                                                                                              





Breakfast and Lunch Eligibility


  • All children are entitled to breakfast and lunch.
  • If you choose to send in your child’s lunch, please be sure it is prepared and ready to eat. Children’s lunch boxes are stored on classroom shelves or cubbies. Food Service Kitchen Aides are not permitted to store or heat children’s own lunches. Some parents use a thermos or insolated containers to keep foods hot or cold.


  • Snack is not mandatory and is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.  It is typically eaten mid-morning (between breakfast and lunch).  Snack period is 5-10 minutes long and is either a ‘working snack’ or a time when appropriate peer socialization is encouraged or a read aloud is conducted.  Children need to be independent in opening and eating their snack.  A small water bottle and a small piece of fruit is encouraged.  Otherwise, the amount of the snack

(i.e. Goldfish, Cheez- Its, Teddy Grahams, etc.) should fit in a snack size ZipLock baggie. No snack sharing is permitted.  Sending in snack is a parent’s option. 






  • Bus Service is provided by the Department of Education / Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT). The Office of Pupil Transportation will send notices home before the school year begins informing parents of the bus route and the company information.
  • If you have not received a letter a week before your child is due to come to school, call OPT and ask them for the information. Have your child’s OSIS ID number handy.


  • PM drops can be requested through OPT. The forms are on their website. Please inform your child’s site when you have requested that OPT initiate a PM drop for your child.









  • At morning pick up, an adult waits curbside with their child until the bus arrives. The matron escorts children onto the bus and to their seats. Parents are not permitted on school busses. An adult must be curbside in the afternoon to receive their child.


  • At afternoon drop off, the matron can only release children to the responsible adult at curbside.                                                                                                      
  • If your child’s IEP indicates the service of a bus Para, he or she will meet you at the bus when it arrives. Paras are not permitted to wait alone with your child at pick up or drop off times.
  • The matron is responsible to escort all children on and off their bus.


  • A bus para’s job is to ensure a child’s safety while the bus transports the child to and from school.


  • If your child has this service, OPT will not permit him or her to ride the bus without the bus para present. In the event they are unable to ride, the Para will make every attempt to secure a substitute. However, there are times this may not be possible. The guardian is then responsible for bringing their child to and from school using an alternate mode of transportation.
  • All bussing questions should be addressed directly to OPT or the bus company.
  • If a bus has not picked up your child or the bus is late, please call the bus company. They are the only people who can give you information about the status of a bus run.


  • The bus companies contracted through DOE/OPT supervise bus personnel. School administration is not their supervisors. The school will attempt to assist you with bussing issue; however you should follow the protocol of calling the bus and OPT first. Be sure to document when and who you speak with including complaint number if applicable.  

OPT   718-784 3313


( Fill In your child’s bus information on the inside front cover so you will have it if you need to call.)







Code of Conduct / Items Prohibited in School


Every classroom teacher has rules that students need to follow in order to create a safe learning environment. These rules are posted in the front of each classroom. Some rules may vary from class to class depending on the teacher and the functioning and behavioral levels of the students. The following rules are school-wide and all students will be held accountable for these rules.


Students will stay in the room and building

No student is allowed to leave the room or building without permission.


Students will respect all other students and adults

Fighting, teasing, bullying or any act of violence will not be tolerated.


Students will respect school property and the property of other students and adults

Defacing or damaging school property including bulletin boards and other student work will carry serious consequences.


Students will work toward their potential

The role of the student is to follow the course of class work and homework established by the classroom teacher.  


Students will not bring prohibited items to school

Prohibited items are items forbidden in school. They include any sharp or dangerous items and toys. If you are not sure if an item belongs in school, please leave it home. Forbidden items may only be returned to a parent during a school visit.

  • For use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music devices and entertainment systems see pages 13 - 16.


Consequences (K-8)

Consequences for not adhering to school rules may include: not earning points; phone call to parent; meeting with parent; guidance meeting; principal suspension (in school); Superintendent’s Suspension (out of school). (See NYCDOE Citywide Standards).


Severe incidents such as student to student or student to teacher violence or sexual harassment may be reported to the police and dealt with legally.


  1. 224Q follows the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures (The Discipline code and student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, K-12) sent home each year and available on DOE Website. 12.




The following 3 items contain information as well as sign off’s attached to the front of this book on the first day of school. These forms must be signed and returned.












Internet accessibility lets us know if you have daily access to the internet.







By signing this form, you allow the staff of P. 224Q to speak about your child to NON-DOE/outside personnel if need be throughout this school year. This may include agencies, therapists, doctors etc.






By signing this DOE form, you allow your child to be photographed or videotaped during school events.




NOTE: Please be aware that some parents chose not to give photo/video permission. Therefore, when you are photographing or videotaping your child at special school events, please do NOT post these on SOCIAL MEDIA if the photo/video contains images of children other than your own.














Useful Phone Numbers




Principal, Desmond Park………………………………………….…(718) 831-4024

Parent Coordinator, Suzie Gelman…………………………………(718) 831-4024

Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT)………………………………..(718)784-3313

OPT Customer Service Hotline…………………………………......(718) 392-8855

Department of Transportation (DOT)……………………………….(212) 487-8308


  1. 224Q’s WEBSITE………………………………………….http://www.p224q.org/



Referral Numbers

Resources for Children with Special Needs……………………….(212) 677-4650

Help Line………………………………………………………………(718) 479-0030



Therapy/Case Management Numbers


Schneiders Children’s Hospital New Hyde Park, Queens…………(718) 470-3500

Queens Child Guidance, various locations………………………….(718) 659-4000

Catholic Charities……………………………………………………....(718) 596-5500

Jewish Board of Family Services, Rego Park & Far Rockaway…..(718) 896-9090

New Hope, Howard Beach…………………………………………….(718) 471-6795

Advanced Center for Psychotherapy, Forest Hills………………….(718) 261-3330

Advanced Center for Psychotherapy, Jamaica Estates……………(718) 658-1123

Center for Children and Families, Jamaica………………………….(718) 526-0722

New Horizon, Ozone Park……………………………………………..(718) 845-2620

Joseph P. Addabbo Family Center, Rockaway Beach……………..(718) 945-7150

Steinway Children and Family Services, Astoria & LIC…………….(718) 956-1305

Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica……………………………………(718) 990-5151

Neighborhood Help Center, Jamaica………………………………...(718) 297-2900

Pride of Judea, Douglaston……………………………………………(718) 423-6200

Safe Space, Jamaica…………………………………………………..(718) 206-3440





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