Safety & Support

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 Sanford HarmonyImagine a classroom where students are empowered to connectcommunicate, collaborate, embrace diversity, and resolve conflict. This is Sanford Harmony—a social-emotional program that builds strong classroom relationships and supportive learning communities.  The goal of Sanford Harmony is to integrate the evidenced-based strategies of Meet Up and Buddy Up and grade level lessons and activities into classroom schedules — and promote the development of today’s students into respectful, compassionate, and caring adults for the future.

Inclusivity & Equity—In 2018 we established our Inclusivity-Equity Committee, made-up of teachers across grades, tasked with ensuring that we create a welcoming environment for ALL.  We have a Book-of-the-Month on a topic ranging from LGBTQ and students with special needs to students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.  We follow all DOE guidelines and regulations that support all students.  You can read more about it here:

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:

Safety DrillsAs per the New York City Department of Education, the staff and students of P.S. 196 will complete 12 evacuation (fire) safety drills and the required number of General Response Protocol drills. We practice these drills throughout the year to insure the safety of both staff and students.

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.  Respect For All Week, which is celebrated in all NYC public schools, is usually held during mid-February. 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.  If you have questions about Respect for All, please contact our program coordinators Ms. McEnaney or Mr. Narcisse.

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.



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