Welcome Back Dolphins - Fall 2021


Welcome to our COVID-19 response page.  Below you will find all the critical information about how PS 65 is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID-19 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 New York City Department of Education also has important information and resources for you.


All students and staff will wear masks at all times except for meals and scheduled mask breaks.

We will no longer offer supervised early drop-off.  We urge all students not to arrive at school more than 5 minutes before their scheduled start time.

You are expected to take your child's temperature at home.  If your child's temperature is 100.0 degrees or higher, do not bring your child to school.

No one, except PS 65 staff and students, will enter our school building without an appointment.


All students will attend school 5 days each week.  There is no remote learning option.  Parents seeking remote learning should consider transferring their child(ren) to homeschooling.

Covid Updates to Home Schooling

Reminders for Stop & Drop on both Grant Street and St Pauls Avenue

Parent/Guardian is NOT to get out of the car.

    • The student is to be seated in the back of the car.
    • Students are NEVER to get out on the street side of the car.
    • Health Screening must be completed when you pull up.  We don't have time to fill it out there as this holds up the traffic.
    • Staff will open the door, the student will exit, parent/guardian drives away.  There is staff all around the perimeter to ensure students enter the building safely.
    • It NO LONGER matters which grade your child is in; students may enter on either side of the building in the a.m.
  • If you want to walk your child to the building, please park FAR AWAY from our "Stop & Drop" & please do not block traffic on St Pauls Avenue.


GRADES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 and all BUS STUDENTS
Grant Street entrance at 7:50AM/Doors close at 8:10AM
Cold breakfast bags will be at entry to the hallway
Temperature checks and Health Screenings will be collected

GRADES K, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Schoolyard entrance at 7:50AM/Doors close at 8:10AM
Cold breakfast bags will be at the 1st-floor landing
Temperature checks and Health Screenings will be collected

Pre K
Outside St. Pauls Avenue entrance at 7:55AM/Doors close at 8:10AM
Cold breakfast will be served in the classrooms
Temperature checks and Health Screenings will be collected

Dismissals for K-5 will be at 3:00PM every day with the exception of Pre K.  Pre K students will be dismissed on St Pauls Avenue at 3:05PM.  Please do not crowd the entrance and observe social distancing.



  • We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.


  • All adults (staff and visitors) and students must wear masks at all times (except when eating and during scheduled mask breaks.


  • Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom.  If exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze) and at other times necessary throughout the day.


  • We will follow NYC Department of Education guidelines of 3 feet social distancing in the classroom, wherever possible, and three feet social distancing at lunch.


  • We will test randomly selected students and staff biweekly from the COVID-19 consent form.  You can fill out the testing consent form in your NYC Schools Account.


  • We are limiting visitors to the school during this time.  In-school parent and community volunteering have been suspended until further notice.  Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings will be held virtually.  All visits are by appointment.




In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students.  These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.


  • With the exception of arrival and dismissal, we have designated the staircase _____ of our building as up staircase and the ______ staircase as the down staircase.


  • All windows will be open.  Each classroom will be equipped with two air purifiers.


  • Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms daily, with a deep cleaning every evening.  In addition, all teachers are equipped with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.


  • Grab-and-go meals will be available, although students may bring their own lunch if they wish.  
  • Students will eat breakfast in their classrooms and lunch in the cafeteria.  Students will not be permitted to share food or beverages.


  • Students or staff exhibiting illness or having a fever greater than 100.0 degrees must stay home. 


  • If a staff member becomes sick or presents with COVID-19 symptoms.  S/He must leave immediately, seek medical attention, and get tested.


  • The DOE is committed to providing technical support to students while working from home.