Absence Policy 

  Daily attendance in school is a legal obligation and an educational responsibility.  When children are absent they are required to bring in a doctor's note or  written letter from the parent explaining the absence.  Extended absences require documentation, such as doctor's note. Even in an emergency situation children will not be excused or given permission for permission for extended absences to visit other countries.  

Absences impact negatively your child's education: 

  • Students miss out on important learning material. 

  • Excessive unexcused absences in some cases may be considered educational neglect (schools are state mandated to report cases of educational neglect) 

  • Excessive absences impact school funding. 

  • Children are expected to attend half days of school.

Extended Vacations and Travel

 Extended vacations and family travel are not acceptable absences. Students must be in attendance every day until the start of the holiday or holiday break.  Children will be marked absent during such failure to attend school.  Attendance is a requirement for promotion to the next grade.


 Note: Children will NOT be provided with homework during extended absences unless medically documented.  The work that the teachers and the children do each day in school is valuable and cannot be equated to a few worksheets.  Please honor the work that your child and the staff do by ensuring that your child attends school each and every day, including half days.

Appropriate Clothing  

Dressing appropriately for school sets a positive tone and maintains all efforts on learning.  

  During the warmer weather we ask that parents supervise their children's daily selection of clothing for appropriateness.  

  Girl's tops must cover their stomachs and their shoulders (no spaghetti straps).  Girls should be able to raise their arms in the air without their stomach skin  showing. As they get older, please check that blouses are fitted properly and not a source of inappropriate distraction in school.   

  Children must walk up and down the stairs several times a day.  Platform shoes or backless shoes (sandals/flip flops) are not safe and are not to be worn in school.  

  Children are not to wear shorts until the temperature reaches 80 degrees.  Shorts are to be down to the child's knees, no short shorts.


Many mornings can be cool and require more than a short sleeve tee shirt. Please watch the weather report with your child each day to help them learn to match season, weather and appropriate clothing choices.  

Watching the weather report enriches a child's vocabulary, map skills and understanding of weather patterns.  Please have your child view the weather report daily.  

Student Medication/504 Forms

504 - Nurse is not allowed to dispense medication unless she has this form on file. 

If your child's doctor informed you that your child needs medication at school, a 504 form needs to be filled out and given to the school nurse.  The medication needed also needs to be given to the school nurse with the doctor's instructions.  The 504 form needs to be updated and filled out EVERY year.  


Any questions, please contact our School Nurse, Ms. Yelena Kafarskaya at 718 850-8043

Cell Phone or Electronic Games

  Our goal at P.S.56Q is to maintain a focused learning environment for students.  In the past personal iPads, Tablets, Cell Phones, Nintendo 3DS, etc. have shown to be a distraction to children, taking them away from school learning.  Additionally, these items are often found to be expensive and a cause of great social and personal stress if lost, stolen or damaged.  

  The new DOE policy now permits cell phones and electronic devices in schools.  


  Cell phones may NOT be turned on or used during the school day.  Electronic devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an IEP or 504 Plan.  Use of electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules.  

  Cell phones and other devices must be turned off and kept in the student's bag at all times.  If a student is seen using a device during the school day, the students will be warned and told to put the item away.  After a second warning, the device will be confiscated and returned to the parent at a conference. Subsequent confiscations may result in the revocation of the privilege to bring a device to school.  Confiscated items will need to be picked up by a parent.


  Students who use cell phones and/or other electronic devices in violation of any provision of the DOE's Discipline Code, the school's policy, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and /or the DOE's Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.


  Thank you in advance for taking the time to review the policy with your child, and for your cooperation.  For more information, please feel to call the school.   

Physical Education Shoe Policy

In Physical Education, safety is a top priority! Students are require to wear proper sneakers for P.E.

In the class children play many games such as running, moving quickly, or kicking a ball, etc, and we would like for every child to be able to participate to the fullest each week and not miss out on an opportunity to have fun and exercise due to inappropriate footwear.

Sandals, flip-flops, boots, platform and other non-athletic shoes are no conducive to the activities the students to perform in P.E.

We kindly ask to have your child to bring an extra pair of sneakers in a label plastic bag or in your child's book bag in his or her designated P.E. day.

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