Reminders From The Principal

  P.S. 212 Principal’s Message

September  2021 Information

September 17, 2021

Dear Families,

It has been truly wonderful to see all of the children and families back!  I missed all of you very much.  As you know, in the event of a classroom closure we will be notifying you via OPEROO. Please create your account using your personal email to receive reminders and messages. 

Please practice logging into your child’s google classroom.  If you need a device please contact your child’s teacher or send us an email to Ilia Liff at

I can’t begin to thank you enough for you patience and understanding as we adapt to our new arrival and dismissal procedures.   Your child will be receiving a poncho as a gift from myself, A.P. Stern and A.P. Dror.   I suggest you keep it in their book bag daily.   We must collect screenings daily, so I strongly encourage that children wear their new blue ponchos and you bring your umbrella to keep dry! 

On rainy or bad weather days we will continue the system of “outdoor dismissal” from the doors.  Thank you so much for being on time for pick-up. It has helped things go much smoother.  We will strictly adhere to the dismissal times so that you can plan-out your pick up locations.  You are doing great so far and we could not be more thankful for your cooperation and commitment to helping things run smoothly during these challenging times.   Don’t forget to return it to their book bag once you get home. 

Please remember that on DOE property all adults and children must wear a mask.  Please bring your mask at dismissal and help us to maintain your safety as well as others.  Any DOE visitor must show proof of vaccination to enter the building.  If you have a question or a concern or want to arrange for an early pick up we ask that you please contact us at 718 266 4841 or the Parent Coordinator, Ilia LIff.

 We look forward to seeing you at our Virtual PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm and again during Virtual Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 23, 2021 (join using the class meet link on your child’s google class 4:30 pm or 6:30 pm)

Lastly, we will be sharing our Family Handbook 2021-22 via Operoo. Please be sure to review it for important school information.

Be safe and warmest regards,

Rina Horne


 As per NYC regulations, all students must complete a Health Screener before entering PS 212. The Health Screener is the same as last year and can easily be completed on your phone (HINT: Bookmark it for easy access). This year we do not need to take temperature checks at the school; parents are expected to take their child’s temperature at home.  During the week of September 13, 2021, we will be providing thermometers for any family who needs one. 

School hours are 8:00am-2:20pm this school year. No early drop off.

All guests and visitors who enter the building for any reason are required to complete this screening.  You can visit to watch a video about how to complete a health screening on your phone. 

Breakfast Grab and Go

Since there is no early breakfast program all students will receive a grab and go breakfast at the door to eat in their classrooms. We are not able to open prior to 8 am. There is NO early drop off this year.  Doors open at 8 am.  Children cannot be dropped off earlier. 


An arrival map can be found below.  There will be a “FAST TRACK” lane for families that have the health screening on their phones or bring a paper copy and can show a staff member.  If you do not have it by phone and need a paper copy you will have to wait in a designated area and complete it.  We STRONGLY encourage you to do this on your phone and show a staff member.


In an effort, to maintain 3ft social distancing and to accommodate dismissal outdoors during rain and inclement weather we have established designated doors and staggered our times that we will use for dismissal.  Parents should be on time and not block the doors.  Teachers will dismiss directly from the door to a parent or guardian listed on the Blue Card. 

You must be 18 years or older to pick up a child.

Walking permission will only be permitted for grades 3-5 and must be given by day one. For grades 3-5, please write a note on the first day of school to the teacher if you wish your child to walk home on September 13, 2021.  Walking permission slips were sent on OPEROO for all eligible students.

Getting Started with Your iPad

Getting Started with Your iPad

The DOE has loaned iPads to students across the city for remote learning. Here you will find information on how to get started with your iPad. School staff and community members can also use this information to help students with connectivity and other troubleshooting issues.

iPad Update August 13, 2020

For anyone who has a DOE-loaned ipad, we have some important updates for you. It is essential that you take the actions below to ensure your child’s ipad is ready for use for return to school. The first day of school is only a few weeks away, and all students will be working remotely for at least a few days a week. Your child will need their ipad to be ready for learning for the fall. Please note that when we have other updates, we will send messages to you and your iPad on Thursdays, and we will let your schools know about the updates.

To prepare, you MUST 

Turn on the iPad

Some iPads have not been turned on all summer. We need you to charge and power up the ipad.

Turn Airplane Mode On and Off

This will reset your internet connection

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Find the Airplane Mode button
  3. Turn Airplane Mode on for ten seconds (button turns green)
  4. Turn Airplane Mode off and wait until the ipad reconnects to the internet 
  5. You will see the connected icon at the top of the screen
  6. Go to to make sure your ipad is connected to the internet - all DOE-loaned ipads have internet access.

Sign into Zscaler

To ensure your child is using the internet with all the safety the DOE requires to protect your child. You will need to sign into the content filter application, Zscaler. Follow these directions, or see the instructions on our Zscaler page:

  1. Return to the main screen.
  2. Tap the Zscaler icon.
  3. Once Zscaler is open (you don’t need to sign in), wait for the “Service Status” to say “ON”.
  4. Close Zscaler.
  5. That is it. You can use the iPad normally now.

Sign into the Learn at Home App

To get ready for the first day of school, make connecting to learning and support much easier for your child (and you, too!), and allow you to get notifications on the iPad:

  1. Find the Learn at Home icon on the main screen on the iPad
  2. Log in using your account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in)
  3. From the Learn at Home app your child can access TeachHub, Google Classroom and get help.

Good news! Your child’s iPad is Now a Hotspot

That allows you to connect other devices used for remote learning to the internet. It is easy:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Find Personal Hotspot and click to take you to the login screen
  3. Select Allow Others to Join
  4. Devices other students in your house are using for remote learning can be added to that connection
  5. As a reminder, as with the ipad itself, the hotspot connection is to be used only to access remote learning activities. Any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited

Wonderful Things Happening Here At P.S 212!

Parents and Guardians: We’ve made it easier to sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA).

Setting up a basic account will allow you to get emergency notifications from the DOE.

You can create a basic account online from any computer, phone, or tablet. All you need to do is:

·        Go to 

·        Set up the account by:

o   Entering  your name and email address,

o   creating a password, and

o   answering a few brief security questions so you can reset the password if you forget it.


After you create your account, you will need to verify your identity and your relationship to that student. You can do that at the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on 3/5/2020. Once you do that you will be able to see your child’s grades, test scores, and attendance. 



You can also reach the administrative team or receive important notifications daily by joining our Family Remind App. The information can be found on this website under "Important Announcements."  

Principal, Rina Horne,

 Assistant Principal, Helen Stern,

Assistant Principal, Sharon Dror,


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