Welcome to our COVID response page.  Below you will find information about how IHSL is changing the way our in-school classes are happening to reduce the risk of COVID infection.

We will be following New York City Department Of Education (NYCDOE) Homecoming Health and Safety guidelines (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu) - which include guidance from both Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) - to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.

Please bookmark this page on your browser and check back regularly for updated information as conditions change.  We will also be sending out emails to our families.

Sign up for updates through the eChalk Notify App (Android or iOS) using our school code:  HKGDEZ   to get instant alerts from our school to your cell phone.  Your phone number will not be saved.

You can find NYCDOE's plan, precautions, and other resources on their website.


In-Person classes will start again on September 13 @ 9:00am.  New York Department of Education and  NYC Department of Health strongly recommend that students get the COVID vaccine.  All students who do not get the COVID vaccine will be randomly tested and need to submit a signed COVID testing consent form.

There are two ways you can submit your child's COVID testing consent form:

Last updated:  September 1, 2021


  • NYCDOE Daily Health Screening

    Remember to fill out this daily health screening and wear a mask before entering the school.

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  • COVID Vaccine

    NYCDOE and NYCDOH strongly recommend that all students get the COVID vaccine.  If you want more information, contact your doctor, clinic, or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

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Your Safety Responsibilities While in the School Building

These are the safety procedures that must be followed by all adults, students, and visitors to keep everyone healthy.

  • Masks - Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (faculty, staff, and visitors), and by students age 2 and older while in the building.  If you child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must submit a signed doctor's note on file in the office.
  • Handwashing - All faculty, staff, and students are expected to wash their hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after being exposed to body fluids (e.g., saliva, sneeze, cough), and at other times necessary throughout the day.
  • Visiting Our School - We are limiting visitors to our school during this time.  At this time all school meetings will be held online.  All in-person visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office ahead of time.  You will be asked to check-in at the security desk and will be given a nametag.  You must wear a mask at all times inside the school building.
  • Traffic Flow in Hallways and Common Areas - Hallways are marked with signage and arrows.  Please follow those directions and keep at least a 3 foot distance between yourself and others.
  • Illness - All adults, students, and visitors exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever with a temperature greater than 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit must stay home.  Also, if you or someone you know has COVID (or shows symptoms of COVID such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days.  Please contact the office at 718-333-7860 or email us at as soon as possible.  Anyone age 12 or older can get a COVID vaccine.  You can also get a COVID-19 and/or antibody test at one of these COVID testing sites.

Safety Precautions Taken By the NYC Department of Education

All NYCDOE employees are required to be COVID vaccinated.  Students are strongly encouraged to get COVID vaccinated.  In addition to asking everyone to wear masks while in the school building, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, the NYC Department of Education is taking other steps to improve the safety of everyone in the building.  These steps are recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Improvements in Ventilation - In an effort to maximize air circulation, windows will be opened whenever possible.
  • Hand Sanitation - NYCDOE will provide extra soap for handwashing and additional sanitizer and hand sanitizer stations will be available in classrooms and common areas.
  • Increase in Cleaning Frequency - Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms daily.  In addition, high touch areas like doorknobs and water fountains will be cleaned multiple times throughout the school day.

School Resources for Families

We know that many families are struggling during this time and we are here to help.  Please refer to our school resources below and community resources to the right.

  • Our guidance team are available for virtual meetings and they can connect your family with additional resources to help you.
    • Ms. Pati, our Social Worker (also speaks Spanish)
    • Ms. Cindy C, our Guidance Counselor (also speaks Chinese)
    • Ms. Angie, our Guidance Counselor (also speaks Arabic)
  • Ongoing support with other needs like immigration, food, rent, and many others can be found in community resources on the right.  Families are welcome to reach out directly to the school if needed.