School Guidelines and Resources

Program Cards

Students must carry their program cards and photo I.D.’s at all times. Program cards are used to show ‘free’ periods.


Daily attendance is required of all students for success in class work and necessary for passing grades. Absentee students must submit an absence note to the attendance office upon return to school which has been signed by a parent, guardian or doctor. Parents and guardians must make every effort to contact Guidance Counselors and teachers to obtain homework assignments when their youngsters are out from school for an extended period of time. Students should obtain telephone numbers of classmates whom they may contact for homework assignments when they are absent. Unexcused absences (cutting) may lead to a failing grade


Students have three minutes to travel from one class to another. Be prompt! Excessive lateness will prevent students from full participation in subject classes and may result in lower grades or failure.

Transportation Cards

Students who meet eligibility requirements of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) may obtain free MTA Cards. These cards may be used on school days for a maximum of four trips daily from 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Students are urged to take care of each monthly MTA card as lost and stolen cards cannot be replaced.

Illness in School

Students should have an updated Emergency Contact Card on file in the Health Office so that the Health Aide may contact parents or guardians when students become ill or are injured. If it is necessary for students to go home, and they are younger than eighteen years old, their parents or guardians must come to the school to pick them up at the Health Office.


Students must obtain a pass if it is necessary to leave a class unless there is a medical emergency. Teachers have the right to limit use and duration of the classroom pass.


Students must return all textbooks at the end of the school year in good condition so that the next class may use them. Students who fail to return books will have their names listed on an “unreturned book list” and will not be given books for the new class until the previous class books are returned.


Breakfast will be served each morning from 7:45 AM to 8:10 AM. Students may obtain a free or reduced rate breakfast after submitting appropriate forms to the cafeteria staff


Students are required to eat lunch in the Student Cafeteria. If students wish to obtain full or reduced rate lunch, they must submit required forms to the cafeteria staff.

Lost and Found

The Deans Office, located in Rm 220, has a “Lost and Found” office. Students who lose books, clothing and any other valuables, should first check the Dean’s Office to see if the lost items were found and returned.


All students must have complete and up to date immunization records indicating immunization against measles, mumps, polio, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Students who do not have current immunization will be excluded from school. In addition, for all students’ health and safety, they must have annual medicals to participate in physical activities. Immunization records and medicals are stored in the Health Office


The Board of Education requires all students and staff to participate in twelve fire drills throughout the school year. The fire alarm signal is: four series of three bells followed by one bell. Students and staff must exit the building by following the directions posted in the room and leave in a speedy, orderly and silent manner. Students who may happen to be attending classes in buildings used for college courses when the fire alarm sounds, must follow all procedures for fire drills conducted by the City University of New York.

Useful Websites and Phone Numbers:

www.homeworknyc.orgnew website that offers school children from kindergarten to 12th grade research materials, study tips, and access to the city’s literary resources. It has been created through collaboration between the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library, with input from the city Department of Education. All Kinds of Minds is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting programs, interventions and tools that assist struggling students. The organization produces a monthly newsletter with tips and strategies for understanding learning differences and boosting student achievement. The website and newsletter feature articles on home-school partnerships and parent involvement in student success.

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