Before Coming to School

Keep Yourself and Others Healthy

1. Use your thermometer: Place under tongue, close mouth, and wait 1 minute to hear beep.

2. Complete the health screening by clicking below. Health Screenings must be shown to school staff before students will be admitted.


3. Parents must give consent in order for their child to attend school in person.  Testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools. You have two options to submit your consent:

 COVID Testing Consent Form 

DOE Return-to-School Information

Make sure your child is set up for Remote Learning with the remote-learning-checklist-for-families.

Family Guide

The DOE Family Guide provides information on what teaching and learning will look like this school year, and universal expectations for how our schools support all students —whether they are attending fully remote or blended learning classes. The guide also provides information about who families can contact when they have questions or concerns, and resources that families can use to support learning at home.

  2020-2021 Family Guide is available online and in all 9 DOE languages.

Chancellor's Letters

Read the Chancellor's update letters for families below:

DOE Return to School Covid School Health Policy

Free take out meals for students and all New Yorkers

Students or their parents/guardians may pick up meals for students from 9 am to 12 pm on school days. You can find your nearest take-out location here.

Any New Yorker may pick up free meals available at more than 200 locations across the city.


Click below for the 2020 NYC DOE School Calendar



Visit the DOE Return to School webpage regularly for the latest updates.


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    Blended Schedules February and March

    2/22- 2/26: WEEK 2 AABBB
    3/1-3/5: WEEK 1 AAABB
    3/8-3/12: WEEK 2 AABBB
    3/15-3/19: WEEK 1 AAABB
    3/22-3/26: WEEK 2 AABBB
    3/29- 4/2: Off 

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  • Now is the time to apply for a seat on an Education Council!


    Applying is fast and easy, just log into your NYC Schools Account

    Don’t have a NYC Schools Account? Each parent can sign up for one now

    Once you register, you can email me for your personal code to add your students. You can also reach out if you have any questions about NYCSA or the Election.

    Want more information?


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  • Report Cards Are Available

    First semester report cards are available on your child's NYCSA account. We have worked hard to make sure every parent set up their child's account by today so they could access the report cards. We have been emailing or backpacking activation code letters to all families who have not yet signed up for an account. We have posted messages in this Newsletter. But there are still some parents who have not yet set up their accounts. Unfortunately, we are not able do it for parents. 

    Please note the grading codes for this year:

    N (which stands for 1, 2), 3, 4.  

    In Phys Ed the grades are P (which stands for pass) and N (which stands for 1, 2)

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  • Message from Nurse Hamilton

    If you have received a letter, email or phone call from Ms. Hamilton saying we are still missing your child's physical, please send it in ASAP. Even if your child is fully remote, physicals are required by law. You can backpack (if your child is a Blended Learner)  or send it by email to

    Please call Ms. Hamilton at 212-579-0851 if you have any questions.

    Doctors can use their own forms or use the DOE form found  here

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  • Upcoming Dates

    Thu, Feb 25, Noon: PTA Meeting - With Ms. Nicola Godwin, PS 166 Math Coach, and PS 166 teachers.
    Thu, Mar 4: Parent-Teacher Conferences – EARLY DISMISSAL
    *Tue, Mar 2, 8:30 PM: Grades K-2 PTA Chat and Budget Review/Feedback
    *Wed, Mar 10, 9:30 AM: Grades 3-5 PTA Chat and Budget Review/Feedback
    Thu, Mar 18, Time TBD: PTA Meeting
    Mon, Mar 29 - Fri, Apr 2: Spring Break, SCHOOLS CLOSED
    *Please note, you are free to join either session regardless of the grade

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  • Parent Teacher Conferences

    Thursday, March 4

    It will be an early dismissal day for students with dismissal at 10:50 (3-5) and 11:00 (K-2).
    Conferences will be held remotely and as always, parents will sign up through schoolbookings. 

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    The 3-K application (for children born in 2018) will be available from February 24th – April 30th.
    The Pre-K for All application (for children born in 2017) will be available February 24th – April 7th. 

    Set up your MySchools account now to research program options in the 3-K directory and Pre-K directory.

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Remote Learning Guidelines

Students are expected to:

  • Log on promptly at the beginning of each lesson.  Teachers will be taking attendance for each class.
  • Find a quiet place to work and dress appropriately.   
  • Log on with microphone muted and video camera on, that is being present in the class.  Remember, students on camera are live and are not anonymous during live-streamed instruction.  Cameras should be on at all times unless instructed by a teacher to turn off the camera.
  • Be mindful of your background, speaking tones, and keep distractions to a minimum.
  • Students should be wearing headphones to eliminate extraneous noise. Instruction is for students. 
  • Follow the same classroom rules as if in school.
  • Students should work independently without familial support. When your students are in school, they work independently.
  • Assessments are for students only.  It is the only way to know next steps in instruction – please let your child try it even if it is difficult.
  • Students should not create their own Google Classrooms or Google email groups.
  • Students should be reminded that PS 166 emails are to be used only for school directed activities and not for personal use.

If these guidelines are not followed, the teacher will provide a reminder, and if the student is still not following the guidelines, the teacher will sign the student off.


Parents, please note:

  • Online learning is for the students.  If you need to communicate with the teacher, please send the teacher an email or call the school.  This is not a form of communication.
  • Limit any personal conversations in the room where your child is live-streaming.  Conversations in the background create disruptions. 
  • If your child is absent from school, he/she cannot sign on for remote learning for that day.  If your child signs on, the teacher has been directed to sign him/her off.  The only time an ‘in-person’ student can sign on remotely is when school administration is made aware the student must quarantine. 

PTA Announcements

  • Broadway Sings

    We’re still looking for parents and friends who would like to perform in our Broadway Sings night this Spring! If you are a professional singer, Broadway performer or have connections in the entertainment industry, we’d love for you to share your talent!

    And if you are interested in co-chairing, assisting with organizing, promoting or just generally helping with this incredible event, please contact Annalisa.

  • School Spiritwear

    Interested in purchasing spirit wear? T-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, and hats in various sizes and colors are available for purchase. Email us for more information.

  • Parent-Owned Businesses

    Please also consider supporting our very own PS166 parent-owned businesses!  If you’d like to add your own business to the list, please email us.

  • Book Recommendations

    We are excited to partner with Books of Wonder for a virtual book fair in February! Check out this list of book recommendations by PS 166 kids to get some book ideas by grade, and have your kids add their own! For safety reasons, you must log in using your child’s email address.

  • Amazon Smile

    If you’re shopping on Amazon, please be sure to activate Amazon Smile by going to and selecting Friends of PS 166 Inc as the charity recipient. A percentage of each purchase will go support our school!

  • Volunteers Needed

    Have an idea for a fundraiser or community event? Want to lend a hand to our school? Please email Annalisa Petersen or fill out our survey.

  • Parent Directory

    PS 166 is updating our online family directory to make sure all families receive appropriate information from the administration, PTA announcements about important community events, and any grade, cohort or class-specific info. 

    • The directory is helpful for our administration and school nurse. 
    • This directory will ONLY be used by the PTA, Administration and School Nurse.
    • Class lists will be distributed by your Class Rep containing ONLY your name and email address. (If you do not wish to share your email address with the other parents in your class, please notify your Class Rep.)
    • If you are a two-household family, please put your child's primary address in the "Household 1-Parent 1/Parent 2" section and the other address in the "Household 2-Parent 3/Parent 4" section. 
    • Use the "additional information" section to include any additional contact information that might be helpful to the administration or school nurse in an emergency, i.e. a work number or contact information for a babysitter or grandparent. 

    Click here to update or add your family information.

  • Fundraising

    We are so grateful to all who contributed to the Annual Fund this year.  If you would like to donate to fill in funding gaps from the DoE, you can here.

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