Policies

Arrival Procedures

  • Pre-K Arrival: students are dropped off in their classrooms.
  • Kindergarten through 5th: students are dropped off in the Schoolyard.
  • Breakfast is provided for all children and can be picked up from the cafeteria.
  • Late arrivals should check-in at School Safety and the Administrative Office.

Dismissal Procedures

  • 2:05pm: Pre-K students are dismissed from their classrooms.
  • 2:20pm: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders are dismissed from the Schoolyard.
  • 2:20pm: 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are dismissed from the Dean Street entrance.

Afterschool Dismissal Procedures

  • 4:30pm PTA Afterschool Enrichment Dismissal: students are dismissed from the Auditorium
  • 5:20pm Community Schools Afterschool Dismissal: students are dismissed from the Auditorium
  • 5:45pm YMCA Afterschool Dismissal: students are dismissed from the Cafeteria

Breakfast & Lunch

  • All children are provided with free breakfast and lunch at school
  • Menus can be found here
  • The lunch periods are split in half to include both Lunch & Recess for each of the two grades.

Need to Drop Your Child Off Early?

Free early drop-off is provided by the PTA for PS 38 families, everyday from 7:30-8:00am in the Schoolyard

Need to Pick Up Your Child Early?

Stop by the School Safety desk to sign-in, then head to the Administrative Office so that your child’s teacher can be notified to send your child to meet you in the office.

Is Your Child Absent or Late Today?

Notes are needed for absences and late arrivals. A quick email to your child’s teacher would be good too!

Food Allergies

If your child has a food allergy, please inform your child’s teacher and the School Administrative team.

Cell phone policy

Students are permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school but they may not be turned on or be at all visible during the school day. They must remain inside the student’s backpack. Cell phones or other electronic devices that are visible or are left on inside backpacks will be confiscated by the classroom teacher and given to a school administrator. In this case, a parent or guardian will be required to come to school to pick up the device. Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be turned on for use until the student is off the school grounds.

Toy policy

All toys, Pokemon trading cards, action figures, cars, etc are not allowed in school, which includes for lunch and recess. Students often spend more time playing with their toys than eating lunch. Toys also cause conflicts among friends and can get lost at school. If students need to bring in a toy for afterschool or any other reason, it must stay in the backpack until the end of the school day.

Homework policy

Below is PS 38’s school-wide homework policy, to provide a guideline, on the amount (in minutes) of homework we expect in each grade. Homework is rarely assigned on weekends although we encourage and recommend that our students read every day, whether it’s with grade level texts and/or children choosing what they want to read during their own time. The time ranges are a guide for you and your child. If your child finishes their homework quickly, additional reading is recommended. Your teacher can also recommend additional resources, including many wonderful literacy and math websites, for your child to explore. If your child is struggling within the given timeframe, please reach out to your classroom teacher for homework. We want to work together, with you and with your child, to help make homework a positive (as much as it can be!) and manageable experience.

GradeReadingWritten/Math workTotal time
KindergartenRead to/with your child 10-15 minRarely at beginning of Kindergarten
5 min close to the end of Kindergarten
10-15 min
First10-15 min10 min20-25 min
Second15-20 min10-15 min20-25 min
Third15-20 min20-25 min35-40 min
Fourth20-30 min25-35 min45-60 min
Fifth25-30 min35-40 min60-70 min