Having a safe and supportive environment for all students is our number one priority. Without that, no learning can take place. Below is information on what we do at school to maintain that environment, and resources YOU can use at home.
PS 196 Friendship Initiative—We are working to promote respect, positive social interactions, good citizenship, and friendship at our school. During morning announcements we read our “PS 196 Creed” (the-ps-196-creed)to help remind students to be responsible and kind to others. It reinforces that each student is special and is a valued member of our school community. We recognize students for their kind actions towards others in the classroom, on the playground, and in the lunchroom. Students are encouraged to contribute written notes of good deeds to be placed on our friendship bulletin board. By making respect, friendship, kindness, and positive character traits part of our daily discussions, we are building awareness throughout our school. Monthly character traits are being introduced and discussed with our students. (November—Gratitude, December—Generosity, January—Respect, February—Sharing, March—Helping, April—Team Work, May—Honesty, June—Commitment to Growth) In the cafeteria, students are being rewarded with tickets when we “catch them” in the act of doing something good and recognize them for it. The tickets will be able to be redeemed for prizes.
Resources for YOU! Whether it’s a death in the family, or a troubling world event, speaking with young children about difficult topics can be challenging. Our friends at the ChildMind Institute in Manhattan, have some great resources for parents, including this article: http://tinyurl.com/cg5ksf3
Safety Drills—As per the New York City Department of Education, the staff and students of P.S. 196 will complete 12 fire safety drills and the required number of General Response Protocol drills. We will continue to practice these drill throughout the year to insure the safety of both staff and students. The New York City Department of Education has also installed door alarms on every exterior door to help ensure the safety of the staff and students of P.S. 196, as well as to aid with the implementation of the missing student protocol.
Door Alarms—All exits are fitted with alarms, as provided by the Department of Education. This safety measure was adopted to help ensure that students could not exit the building without someone knowing. The alarms are in all public schools across the City.
Online Safety—Each year our technology teacher, Ms. Phillips, instructs students in all grades on the importance of Internet Safety. Through the interactive curriculum, students learn about all aspects of how they can navigate the web safely.
Respect for All—Respect For All was launched in 2007 to actively promote a community of respect for diversity in each of our schools. Students should feel valued, supported and safe in their school. February 13-17, 2017 is Respect For All Week in all NYC public schools. During this week, schools have the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and curriculum-based instruction. Schools also have the opportunity to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.
DASA—The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was passed by New York State in July, 2012. The law affirms that all students in public schools are entitled to an environment free of discrimination and harassment. As a community, we have zero tolerance for bullying and harassment. Please know that any time a child reports an incident, steps are immediately taken to investigate and remedy the situation. All children should feel comfortable approaching any adult in the building, and know that their complaint will be taken seriously.