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These Queens Schools Reopened Today After State Rollback of COVID Restrictions

P.S. 165 Edith K. Bergtraum in Kew Gardens Hills is one of several schools in Queens that reopened Monday (Google Maps)

Oct. 26, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Dozens of schools in Queens reopened today after they were shuttered for more than two weeks due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the areas where they are located.

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered schools in red and orange COVID-19 zones to close earlier this month, but on Wednesday announced that they could reopen as the state rolled back some restrictions.

Schools within the the Central Queens coronavirus cluster — which includes areas of Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Forest Hills and Rego Park — and the Far Rockaway cluster reopened today as the clusters were changed to state-mandated yellow zones with less restrictions.

Schools within yellow zones can be open, but must perform weekly COVID-19 testing of in-person students and staff.

Parents and teachers in the zones have complained about the city and state’s handling of the closures — saying that officials lacked clarity and promptness in the announcements.

Some of the schools were first closed on Oct. 6 based on ZIP code data.

On Oct. 7, Cuomo said additional schools would have to close the following day, with teachers and parents given less than 24-hours notice.  Many families, however, did not know what specific schools Cuomo ordered closed until well after 6 p.m. — when Cuomo finally tweeted a detailed cluster map.

The city had to decipher which schools fell within the zones before they could inform principals and school families of closures.

“On Thursday, October 7 families in our district put their children to bed without knowing whether their local school would be opened or closed,” the CB6 Chair, District Manager and Education Chair wrote in a letter to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Oct. 20.

Most families weren’t informed of the next-day school closures until after 8 p.m., they said.

The board members said they worried the same issues would happen with school reopenings in their Oct. 20 letter.

However, school families were given some answers on Oct. 21 when Cuomo announced that he was rolling back restrictions in Queens, including school closures.

His office said the affected schools would resume in-person classes today.

The schools that reopened are listed below, by district.

District 24:

DBN School Name Grades Address ZIP
24Q550 High School for Arts and Business 9-12 105-25 HORACE HARDING EXPY N 11368

District 25:

25Q164 P.S. 164 Queens Valley PK-8 138-01 77 AVENUE 11367
25Q165 P.S. 165 Edith K. Bergtraum PK-5 70-35 150 STREET 11367
25Q219 P.S. 219 Paul Klapper PK-8 144-39 GRAVETT ROAD 11367
25Q425 John Bowne High School 9-12 63-25 MAIN STREET 11367
25Q499 The Queens College School for Math, Science and Technology PK-8 148-20 REEVES AVENUE 11367
25Q525 Townsend Harris High School 9-12 149-11 MELBOURNE AVENUE 11367
25Q670 Robert F. Kennedy Community High School 9-12 75-40 PARSONS BOULEVARD 11366
25Q792 North Queens Community High School 9-12 141-25 77TH ROAD 11367
25Q201 P.S. 201 The Discovery School for Inquiry and Research PK-5 65-11 155 STREET 11367

District 27:

27Q043 P.S. 043 3K-8 160 BEACH 29 STREET 11691
27Q053 M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo 6-8 10-45 NAMEOKE STREET 11691
27Q104 P.S. 104 The Bays Water PK-5 26-01 MOTT AVENUE 11691
27Q106 Lighthouse Elementary School PK-5 180 BEACH 35 STREET 11691
27Q197 P.S. 197 The Ocean School 3K-5 825 HICKSVILLE ROAD 11691
27Q253 P.S. 253 3K-5 1307 CENTRAL AVENUE 11691
27Q260 Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School 9-12 8-21 BAY 25 STREET 11691
27Q282 Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI 6-8 8-21 BAY 25 STREET 11691
27Q302 Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology 9-12 8-21 BAY 25 STREET 11691
27Q309 Academy of Medical Technology: A College Board School 6-12 8-21 BAY 25 STREET 11691
27Q319 Village Academy 6-8 10-45 NAMEOKE STREET 11691
27Q362 Wave Preparatory Elementary School 3K-5 535 BRIAR PLACE 11691
27Q105 P.S. 105 The Bay School 3K-8 420 BEACH 51 STREET 11691

District 28:

28Q099 P.S. 099 Kew Gardens K-6 82-37 KEW GARDENS ROAD 11415
28Q139 P.S. 139 Rego Park K-5 93-06 63 DRIVE 11374
28Q157 J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey 6-9 63-55 102ND STREET 11374
28Q175 P.S. 175 The Lynn Gross Discovery School PK-5 64-35 102 STREET 11374
28Q190 J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage 6-8 68-17 AUSTIN STREET 11375
28Q196 P.S. 196 Grand Central Parkway PK-5 71-25 113 STREET 11375
28Q196 P.S. 196 Grand Central Parkway PK-5 112-15 71 ROAD 11375
28Q206 P.S. 206 The Horace Harding School PK-5 61-02 98 STREET 11374
28Q220 P.S. 220 Edward Mandel PK-5 62-10 108 STREET 11375
28Q303 The Academy for Excellence through the Arts PK-5 108-55 69 Avenue 11375
28Q440 Forest Hills High School 9-12 67-01 110 STREET 11375
28Q335 Ezra Jack Keats Pre-K Center at 83-30 Kew Gardens Road PK 80-30 Kew Gardens Road 11415

District 75

75Q177 P177Q @ P139Q D75 School 93-06 63 DRIVE 11374
75Q177 P177Q @ J190Q D75 School 68-17 AUSTIN STREET 11375
75Q255 P255Q @ TOWNSEND HARRIS H.S. D75 School 149-11 MELBOURNE AVENUE 11367
75Q721 P721Q @ JOHN F KENNEDY JR SCHOOL D75 School 57-12 94 STREET 11373
75Q993 P993Q @ P499Q D75 School 148-20 REEVES AVENUE 11367
75Q256 P256Q @ P043Q D75 School 160 BEACH 29 STREET 11691
75Q256 P256Q @ P253Q D75 School 1307 CENTRAL AVENUE 11691

District 79

79M645 Coop Tech D79 School 8-21 BAY 25 STREET 11691
79Q950 Pathways to Graduation D79 School 8-21 BAY 25 STREET 11691
79Q950 Pathways to Graduation D79 School 15-44 Hassock Street 11691
79K925 YABC Programs – Brooklyn and Queens YABC 105-25 HORACE HARDING EXPY N 11368
79Q950 Pathways to Graduation D79 School 67 09 KISSENA BOULEVARD 11367


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