COVID-19 Communication to Parents and Families for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Visit this page regularly for updates from your Parent Coordinator, Charmaine Derrell Jacob:


Welcome to the Sarah Smith Garnet School’s (PS9) COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how PS9 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.

To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser. We’ll also be sending out emails to all families.

Sign up for updates through the Notify App using the school code: 5R2QKN. Download the app using the Notify tab to the right.

The NYCDOE Website also has important information and resources for you.

Last updated: September 24, 2020


Table of Contents

PS9 School Models:

Blended MODEL 1B for Pre-K

Blended Model 2 for Kindergarten-Grade 5


School Schedule:

Pre-K Calendar: September & October 2020

Kindergarten-Grade 5 Calendar: September & October 2020   


In-Person Schedule:

Bell Schedule

Blended In-Person Schedule

Blended At-Home Schedule

Remote Only Online Schedule

Gifted & Talented and Dual Language Remote Only Schedule


Free Meals

The New York City Department of Education offers free breakfast, lunch and after school meals to all NYC public school students during the school year. PS9 is a Meal Hub site. Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.


Health and Safety in NYC Public Schools

  1. Capacity 
  2. Social Distancing 
  3. Shared Spaces 
  4. PPE and Face Coverings 
  5. Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection 
  6. Hand and Respiratory Hygiene 
  7. Visitors 
  8. Early Childhood Contracted Programs 
  9. Accommodations for At-Risk Students and Staff 
  10. Before and Aftercare 
  11. School Safety Drills 
  12. COVID-19 Safety Coordinator 
  13. Monitoring 
  14. Containment 
  15. School Closures 


Learning Bridges Student Day Care

Good news! PS9 (13K009) has been paired with a Learning Bridges site to serve your 3-K and Pre-K students on the days where they are not being served in person at your site. The site name and contact information for your paired Learning Bridges sites is listed below:




To enroll in the Learning Bridges site paired with your school, families should fill out the application available here:


You may begin to communicate to your3-K and Pre-K families about this opportunity, but all interested families will need to submit the form above.  Placements will first be made available to families in the priority categories below:

As a reminder, the Learning Bridges initiative will prioritize families in the following categories:

  • Children living in temporary housing and NYCHA developments
  • Children of NYCDOE school and program personnel, including staff of Learning Bridges sites and NYCDOE staff who have been deployed for in-person teaching
  • Children receiving child welfare services
  • Students with IEPs
  • Children whose parent/guardian is an essential worker or were previously enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center


Frequently Asked Questions: Learning Bridges


  • What is Learning Bridges?

As the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) resumes in-person schooling this fall, schools will operate on a blended learning model. Each week students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely. Learning Bridges is a new program offering no-cost preschool and school age child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.


  • Who is eligible for Learning Bridges?

Learning Bridges is open to 3-K through 8th grade students enrolled in a DOE school or contracted early childhood program. This includes District 75, 4410 programs, 853 programs, contracted 3-K, Pre-K, and EarlyLearn programs, and DOE elementary and middle schools.


The Learning Bridges program will prioritize the following populations: 

○       Children living in temporary housing and NYCHA developments

○       Children of NYCDOE school and program personnel, including staff of Learning Bridges sites and NYCDOE staff who have been deployed for in-person teaching

○       Children receiving child welfare services

○       Students with IEPs

○       Children whose parent/guardian is an essential worker or were previously enrolled in a Regional Enrichment Center


  • Can I participate in Learning Bridges if my child is enrolled in remote learning?

No. Currently, Learning Bridges is not available for families that have opted for a 100% remote schedule.


  • Where are the programs located?

Programs are available in all five boroughs. Program locations are linked to nearby schools and will be selected with consideration given to communities hard hit by COVID-19 and other disparities.


Learning Bridges sites will be paired with DOE schools and contracted early childhood programs so that students will be interacting with a similar cohort of students even between sites.


  • What types of sites will offer the program?

Learning Bridges will be run by community-based partners contracted by DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).


If you receive a placement, the following information will be shared with your Learning Bridges site so that they may contact you for enrollment: your child’s name, DOB, OSIS number, address, and school; your name, phone number and email address; and your family’s priority status for placement. If enrolled, your child will be expected to comply with all health screening procedures required by the City and the community-based organization running their program.

  • What is the schedule for drop-off/pick-up?

Learning Bridges programs are open from 8am to 3pm, five days a week. Students will attend programs on days when they are not in school. Specific drop-off and pick-up locations and practices as well as attendance schedules will be provided to parents by the program.


  • Will siblings be served at the same program?

Sibling enrollment will be considered to the extent possible.


  • If I apply to Learning Bridges, am I guaranteed a seat?

Not all families will receive an initial assignment. Seats will continue to be added throughout the fall on a rolling basis, so families that do not get a seat initially will be contacted should a seat become available later.