Important Information and FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)
When does school start and what is the daily school schedule?
School starts Monday, September 13, at 8:10am and ends for all students at 3:00 each day of the week. It is very important that your child is in attendance on day one and two and receives all pertinent information that will be sent home. The 2021-22 bell schedule can be found here under Bell Schedule (opens in a new window).
Is there a remote option for learning this year?
NYCDOE has announced that there will not be any remote learning options this school year; all students are expected to return in person to campus on September 13. There will be occasional days when students learn remotely (Election Day, days when the school is closed due to weather). At this time, these are the only exceptions for in-person instruction that have been communicated to us.
What does my student need on the first day of school?
Please make sure to send back all emergency contact information (the blue card attached to this year's back-to-school mailing), complete your child’s lunch form (link opens in a new window), and make sure your child has completed the daily health screening form on paper or digitally. A basic school supplies list is provided below.
What school supplies will my student need?
Your student will only need to come to school with basic school supplies this year. This includes a binder (1 inch binder or larger) with loose-leaf filler paper, pens and pencils. High school students will need notebooks for 3 subjects (for example one 3 subject notebook or three one subject notebooks). Middle school students will need notebooks with space for 7 subjects (for example, one 5-subject notebook and two one subject notebooks). Families will have ample time to procure additional supplies if they are needed.
What is my student’s schedule?
We use PupilPath for students and families to track student progress. Families can access their student’s information at pupilpath.com or on the PupilPath app for phones and tablets. If you already have an account, you will be able to see your schedule on PupilPath about a week before school starts. If you do not have a PupilPath account set up yet, we will be sending home registration details the first week of school. Students will receive paper schedules on the first day of school upon entry.
What is happening on Day One?
All students will report to Queens Collegiate on September 13. Staff will be positioned outside by the flagpole to greet students and answer any questions. Students are invited to arrive as early as 7:45 for breakfast or to pick up their program. First period begins at 8:10 am.
Please give your student sufficient time to get through scanning, especially on the first day. If you choose to drop your student off by car in the morning, please do not park on Gothic Drive. It is tight in the mornings, especially with the buses coming to drop off students.
Arrival time for students begins at 7:45am with breakfast being served daily (breakfast outside to start the year). We welcome every child, regardless of lunch status, to have a free breakfast in the morning.
Is after-school available for my middle school student?
Yes. We continue to partner with Queens Community House to provide structured after-school activities for students in grades 6-8. Much of the application process can take place online; please see the program's flyer and application instructions included in this year's back-to-school mailing or on our Queens Community House page under Student Life. We will also have paper applications for pick-up in our main office.
Grade 6 students living in some areas can take the yellow bus to school. How can I request the yellow bus? 🚌
All students who live more than one mile from the school are eligible for a Metrocard to use NYC public buses and subways. Grade 6 families may also apply for the yellow school bus instead of getting a Metrocard. If you do not request yellow bus transportation, then your child will be given a Metrocard during the first week of school. (Grade 7 and 8 students are only eligible for Metrocards.)
If you are interested in having your student take the yellow school bus, enter your information in the following form and choose one of the available bus stops. Click on this link or enter this link into your browser to access the form: tinyurl.com/5uxjkc9p. Once you select your stop, please write down the bus stop and route number information so you can identify your bus when it comes.
All 6th grade families should arrange to provide transportation to and from school for your child for the first few days of school while the bus routes are being finalized. If the yellow bus does not arrive for pick-up at your bus stop in the morning, please call the Office of Pupil Transportation to inquire about your bus route at (718) 392-8855. If you have difficulty accessing this form or need other assistance with the yellow bus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be sports (PSAL) for high school students this year?
Yes. However, all students taking part in ‘high-risk sports’ this year are required to be vaccinated. These sports are football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby. Vaccination is also required for bowling, since athletes are required to participate indoors. You can find additional information about PSAL at schools.nyc.gov/PSAL.
COVID-19 and Safety
Does my student have to complete a health screening form every day?
Yes. All students must complete their health screening at home before coming to school (including a daily temperature check). Students will be able to complete paper forms daily (we have two attached to this year's back-to-school mailing). Or students can use a website on their phone or device to complete the form each day: healthscreening.schools.nyc. (If your child does not have a DOE account, select the “Guest” login and then when asked for the school you can check the box “other” and enter Queens Collegiate as the school.) The online form will show a green check after it is completed. Your student will need to show this check on their phone or device to enter the building if using the online form instead of the paper form. We encourage all students to use the online form if possible to save paper.
Does my student need to have the COVID vaccine to attend school?
No. DOE and Queens Collegiate strongly recommend that all eligible students get vaccinated. For more information on COVID vaccines in New York City, families can make appointments at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or by calling 877-829-4692.
Will my student be tested in school for COVID-19?
Maybe. DOE is planning to test 10% of unvaccinated students twice monthly (every other week). Families must give permission for COVID testing, which they can do using the paper form attached to this year's back-to-school mailing.
Do I have to give permission for COVID testing if I gave it last school year?
Yes. DOE is requiring that all guardians of unvaccinated students submit a new form this year, regardless of last year.
For regular updates, until we fully have you in our email system, please check our website queenscollegiate.org regularly.