Welcome to I.S. 234's COVID-19 Response Page

  • Latest News:   

    Out of an abundance of caustion we are reporting a positive COVID case. 

    Please see letter from Ms. Flynn. Click HERE


    Below you’ll find all the critical information about how W.A. Cunningham IS 234 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. 

    The  NYC Department of Education also has important information and resources for you.


    SCROLL DOWN AND READ the Q and A section for more info. Click on all links.

    Translations of family letters are available here: 

    Translations of Family Letters from the NYC DOE

LATEST UPDATE from Chancellor Porter

  • An Important message from Chancellor Porter, New York City Department of Education: 

    Attached you will find a letter and FAQ to share with your blended learning families that describes this initiative, along with a consent form that they need to sign and return in order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to their student. It is vital that we receive as many consent forms as possible, so please strongly urge your families to comply with this request. We know there will be many questions, and we are hopeful that these documents will answer them.

    Translations are available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies

    If an "A," "B," "C," or "E" student does not submit a COVID Testing Consent Form, they will not be permitted in the building upon reopening and switched to a full remote class. 


  • Please see Ms. Flynn's letter to all Cunningham families welcoming our NEW COHORT E students!

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  • School Building Will Open For MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ON THRUSDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2021!
    Translations of the family letter will be available here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families
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  • Updated Daily Health Screening Question and COVID-19 School Health Policy and Health

    Based on continuing guidance from health officials and evolving DOE policies, the DOE has updated the first daily health screening question to include the following scenarios:

    • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees fahrenheit or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath within the past 10 days?  
      • If the answer is No—go to the next question. 
      • If the answer is Yes, and I have received a negative result from a COVID-19 test since the onset of symptoms AND I have not had symptoms for at least 24 hours—go to the next question. 
      • If the answer is Yes, and I am not in the category above—no
      • further screening is needed. The employee/guest may not enter the building.   

    For questions, email covid19virus@schools.nyc.gov.

    The COVID-19 School Health Policy first shared in the July 31 edition of Principals Digest and revised in the August 13and September 22 editions, has been updated to reflect the new screening question as well as a revised “Criteria for Returning to School After Showing Symptoms.” The new criteria states that students or staff members may return to school if they received a negative COVID-19 test and the individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and has overall symptoms improving. 

    For questions, email covid19virus@schools.nyc.gov.

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  • REMINDER: Health Screening Family Letter 

    *ALL DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings MUST complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results. https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

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  • February Letter from our Principal, Ms. Flynn:

    School Reopening Letter


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Our school's schedule for in-person learning:

  • I. We are starting the school year with a hybrid/blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. 

      • Grade 6 is Cohort A 
      • Grade 7 is Cohort B
      • Grade 8 is Cohort C
      • 100% Remote is Cohort D
      • Cohort E - Grades 6, 7, & 8 - Begins Monday, March 22, 2021
      • Cohorts A, B, C & E Calendar(s):     

                          April 2021 Calendar

               May 2021 Calendar


    II. When you are physically in the school for hybrid/blended learning depends on your grade/cohort. As a reminder, model 3B was chosen to meet the needs of our school. Therefore, the hybrid/blended learning students, Cohorts A, B and C, will be in school 2 days a week and then remotely 3 days a week. If your student is full remote, Cohort D, they will work from home 5 days a week.  


    III. Click here for the NEW NYCDOE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021 CALENDAR 


    IV. Click on the word PROGRAMS for the most up-to-date class programs


    V. I.S. 234 Supply List for the 2020-2021 School Year

    **Face Mask

    **Hand Sanitizer

    • 1- marble notebook for math       
    • 1- 5 subject notebook              
    • 1- folder                     
    • Pens and pencils              
    • Highlighters
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • DOE issued iPad or Personal Device (If it was requested and provided) 
    • 1- Pair of inexpensive earbuds. (NO BLUETOOTH in the school building)

    *Students are responsible for their own tech devices. 


    VI. I.S. 234 Student Bell Schedule  Click here to view the 2020-2021 Bell Schedule





Remote Learning Expectations

  • During hybrid/blended or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. 

    • Students must check their is234.org emails accounts beginning at 8:15AM for their Daily Attendance Google Form. The form must be submitted by 9:15AM. Also, the emails must be checked several times for information or visit www.is234.com
    • Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. You can find a link to your teacher's Google Classroom in the Staff Directory
    • At-home assignments will be posted in Google Classroom. 
    • APPs for Live Instruction may be Google Meet, ZOOM, or Microsoft Teams. Please make sure you have these APPs downloaded to your device(s).
    • Assignments will be graded.  
    • Check Google Classroom for your remote sessions.
    • 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. 

Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

  • Our school's changes in policies, procedures, and physical environment to improve safety: 

    In addition to everyone, staff, students & visitors wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recomended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

    • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size to 10.
    • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows and doors, weather permitting.
    • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon.
    • Hallway/Traffic Flow: Hallways and staircases are one way only. 
    • Ingress for students will be through the ramp in the schoolyard at 8:15AM.
    • Main doors are for staff and visitors (with appointments) only.


Meeting Special Needs

  • Information for students and families with exceptional circumstances: 

    • Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19, you may opt to 100% remote learning. Complete the Larning Preference Survey at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference
    • Special needs students: Students with special needs will receive a separate email from Ms. Barquinero with instructions regarding services. We are committed to fully complying with IEP and 504 accomodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models. 

How Hybrid Learning Works

  • Our school's approach to hybrid/blended and remote learning:

    Hybrid/Blended 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 students.
    • Remote instruction will take place via Google Meet, ZOOM or Microsoft Teams. Students are expected to join live sessions. 

Q & A

  • Where do I look for changes to the school’s procedures/schedule?

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    Information is posted to our school's main website at is234.com and on this webpage. 

    For information pertaining to 8th grade, we also post information to the Senior Celebration Webpage.

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  • What safety precautions are taken by the school?

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    Our school is making the physical building a safe place for learning:

    • Staff, students and visitors must wear a mask;
    • Class sizes have been reduced to 10;
    • Increases in cleaning frequency as per the guidelines;
    • Hallways and staircases are designated for particular directions;
    • Maintaining social distance of 6 feet throughout the school building;
    • Visitors must have appointments and follow CDC regulations
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  • What do parents and families need to do to ensure safety protocols?

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    As many of the protocols for in-person learning have changed, if your child has a temperature in the morning, please keep them home.

    Do not send them to school on a fever reducer such as Tylenol, etc. The BRT (Building Response Team) will be taking temperature checks in the morning upon entry.

    If a student is deemed to have a temperature by our nurse, you or someone on the blue card will be required to pick them up.

    Please make sure that the most up to date telephone number(s), email address, etc. is on file at the school. Please understand upon entry to the building, adults will have their temperatures checked as well; anyone with a temperature over 100.0 will not be granted access to the building.

    Due to the limited spacing that we have (as we are short one building), we are asking all parents to make appointments prior to coming to the building; by doing this, we can ensure ample space and social distancing requirements can be met.

    All students and adults must wear masks in the building at all times; any person who refuses to wear a mask will be denied entry.

    We will be hosting most meetings via ‘Zoom’ or some other platform such as ‘Google Meet’; please understand at this point, the health and safety of our entire school community is our top priority.

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  • How to get help with tech equipment?

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    • If your DOE device is not working properly, please click here: Technical Support
    • If you need to return a device, please read below: 


    • iPad Returns
    • Students who will attend a DOE school next year may keep their DOE iPad over the summer. In the fall, returning students will be asked to bring the DOE device to the school they are attending. This includes students transitioning to new DOE schools, such as middle or high schools or students transferring to a new DOE school.

      Students who are graduating or not returning to a DOE school in the fall will need to return their centrally distributed iPads. If any family needs to return an iPad, they should contact their child’s school, fill out a Technical Support for Families form, or call the help desk 718-935-5100.

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  • Who are the school's key contacts?

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    Principal, Ms. Flynn; tflynn@is234.org

    Parent Coordinator, Ms. Guttenplan; MGuttenplan@is234.org

    Assistant Principal of Safety and Security, Ms. Camillieri; JCamillieri@is234.org

    Grade 6 Assistant Principal, Ms. Schnell; ASchnell@is234.org

    Grade 7 Assistant Principal, Ms. Wachtel; AWachtel@is234.org

    Grade 8 Assistant Principal, Ms. Barquinero; EBarquinero@is234.org

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  • Will the school provide free meals?

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    Our school provides free meals, breakfast and lunch, to our students:



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  • What is the school’s policy to address COVID 19?

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    • Masks - all students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks as per the CDC guidelines;
    • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet throughout the building;
    • Open windows for ventilation; 
    • Use doors, hallways, and staircases in the posted direction;
    • Reduced class size, inclduing gyms, cafeteria, music and dance rooms
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  • Where and how to sign in/register for online learning?

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    *If you want to change from blended/hybrid learning to remote, complete the survey here: Learning Preference Survey*


    *Please note that students can change from Hybrid (Blended) to 100% remote at anytime.*

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  • How can students and families contact a teacher for help with the assignment?

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    For our Staff Directory, click here for teacher emails  and/or to view  I.S. 234 Teacher Webpages

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  • If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact our COVID-19 safety coordinator Ms. Camillieri:

    Email: jcamillieri@is234.org 

    Phone: 718-645-1334 EXT 3370

    *You can also connect with your teachers directly using the Staff Directory.


    School Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

    Please read the New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan, which outlines the policy, guidelines and processes schools will follow to open safely in September. Building upon the District Plan, every school has provided information on key school-specific contacts and safety measures that have been put into place, which is linked below.

    New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan


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A letter from our Principal, Ms Flynn

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