Covid-19 Update

September 29, 2020

Dear I.S. 5 – The Walter Crowley Intermediate School Community: 

The health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together. 

Today we are writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closures, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If and only if the individual tests positive, you will receive another update informing you and framing the next steps.

If the case is confirmed, we will work with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps to quickly take all appropriate action, including tracing close contacts. Any close contacts will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been cleaned and disinfected.  

Please be reassured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our school community, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has designated an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to the school until they have isolated for 10 days and been fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication and have other symptoms improving. 

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:   

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs. 
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. 
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”  
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands. 

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 


Kelly Nepogoda 

Information on School Bussing

Good afternoon I.S. 5 families.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We wanted to take this opportunity to share the following information that has been provided by NYCDOE Transportation for the upcoming school year.

School busing will begin on Thursday, October 1st for students who have opted for In-Person Blended Learning. Bus pick up and drop off times and locations for the 2020-2021 are listed below. Please know that these times will be adjusted to align to school’s actual session times over the course of the Fall. Families should register for a NYCSA account in order to receive their child’s transportation assignments.

Please be sure that your child only boards the bus on days that they are scheduled to be in attendance based on their In-person Blended Learning schedule. Please be advised that students who arrive to school on non-scheduled days via the school bus service will be brought to a designated area in the school. The school will notify the student’s parent/guardian to come and pick them up from the building.

Students who have opted for remote learning will not be provided with school bus service. Families who opt back into blended learning for the second quarter will need to contact the school and OPT to request transportation.

Please be reminded, that prior to boarding the bus and entering the school building, it is important that families conduct the DOE Health screening for their child’s health. OPT has shared that they will be taking the proper protocols and measures to ensure our child’s safety. Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus and adhere to all CDC and DOH safety regulations.

We will be emailing students accounts with further busing information that will include their assigned bus stops, times and locations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Koenig, Assistant Principal at or 718-205-6788.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a safe and enjoyable school year.


Ms. Nepogoda Ms. Koenig

Principal Assistant Principal

Important School Re-Opening Update for 2020-2021!

Important School Re-Opening Update for 2020-2021!

Please be advised of the following CHANGES that will be impacting our school community based on today’s announcement by Mayor DeBlasio and Chancellor Carranza:

All students, whether remote or blended, will be engaging in remote instruction the week of Monday, September 21 through Wednesday, September 30th. Students are expected to be on and present with their teachers throughout the course of each day, with exception to Monday, September 28 in observance of Yom Kippur. Teachers will be conducting outreach to students to share schedules and meeting times.

Students who are enrolled in In-Person Blended Learning will be starting on Thursday, October 1st for Middle Schools. This is a change in date from Monday, September 21, 2020.

We once again thank you for your continued support and patience as we move through these unique times for our educational system.

Please continue to check our website for daily updates and information. You can also reach out to our email with questions and concerns.

Thank You!

¡Actualización importante de reapertura escolar para 2020-2021!

Tenga en cuenta los siguientes CAMBIOS que afectarán a nuestra comunidad escolar según el anuncio de hoy del alcalde DeBlasio y el canciller Carranza:

Todos los estudiantes, ya sean remotos o combinados, participarán en la instrucción remota la semana del lunes 21 de septiembre al miércoles 30 de septiembre. Se espera que los estudiantes estén presentes con sus maestros durante el transcurso de cada día, con excepción del lunes 28 de septiembre en observancia de Yom Kipur. Los maestros llevarán a cabo actividades de divulgación con los estudiantes para compartir horarios y horarios de reuniones.

Los estudiantes que están inscritos en el aprendizaje combinado en persona comenzarán el jueves 1 de octubre para las escuelas intermedias. Este es un cambio de fecha desde el lunes 21 de septiembre de 2020.

Una vez más, le agradecemos su continuo apoyo y paciencia a medida que avanzamos en estos tiempos únicos para nuestro sistema educativo.

Continúe visitando nuestro sitio web para obtener actualizaciones e información diarias. También puede comunicarse con nuestro correo electrónico si tiene preguntas e inquietudes.




9月21日(星期一)至9月30日(星期三)的所有学生,无论是偏远还是融合的学生,都将进行远程教学。 除9月28日(星期一)纪念赎罪日外,预计学生将在每天的整个课程中与老师一起出席会议。 教师将与学生进行交流,以共享日程安排和会议时间。

参加亲自混合学习的学生将于10月1日(星期四)开始面向中学。 这是从2020年9月21日星期一开始的日期更改。


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