As the school year comes to an end during a most difficult time, there are many unanswered questions as to the impact that this pandemic will have on us in the future. As a school system, all NYC public school children were in school on a Friday in the middle of March and were told not to return on the following Monday. Due to the nature of how this evolved, most students left personal belongings within the school and many students have items that belong to PS 205 in their homes including technology and instruments which are very costly.
The Chancellor of the NYCDOE has issued guidance on how the school year should end in regard to retrieval of personal belongings and entering into the school building.
“The DOE understands that with the quick closure of school buildings in March, students may have left items behind that need to be returned to them, such as student work, and other student belongings. There may also be items that you will need to collect from transitioning students (e.g., eighth graders, graduating seniors, etc.), such as books, musical instruments, sports equipment, and electronic devices.
Given the current state of the pandemic, we cannot allow all transitioning students to return to school buildings in June for these purposes. Future guidance will be shared, so that transitioning students may return and collect items, including guidance for students returning iPads and collecting diplomas for graduating seniors, at a time when it is safe to do so.”
As the building principal, I can reassure you that your child’s personal belongings will stay intact and that as soon as we are allowed back into the confines of the building you will be able to retrieve those items as well as return the items that belong to PS 205.
Thank you for your cooperation during this unprecedented time.