COVID -19 Testing

The city has said it will prioritize free rapid COVID-19 testing for school staff and students and will encourage them to get tested on a monthly basis and also provide free face coverings to them and disinfect schools throughout the day.


One positive COVID-19 test in a classroom would be enough to quarantine an entire classroom for two weeks, and two cases confirmed within a school would shut the entire school for two weeks.


PPE and Face Coverings

The mandatory use of face coverings while on NYCDOE property must be enforced for all individuals, including staff, students, and essential visitors, with the *exceptions below. NYCDOE will communicate, educate, and reinforce the required wearing face coverings with families engaged as full partners in this process. Exceptions to face covering usage are as follows:


*Medically verified students who cannot tolerate a face covering, including where students for whom the use of such coverings would impair their physical or mental health;

Guidance and policies will account for any modifications to social distancing or PPE that may be necessary for certain student or staff populations, including individuals who have hearing impairment or loss, students receiving language services, and young students in early education programs, ensuring that any modifications minimize COVID-19 exposure risk for students, faculty, and staff, to the greatest extent possible.



To minimize opportunities for spread is a necessary component for maintaining health and safety in NYCDOE schools. In an effort to limit the number of visitors in a school at any given time, as recommended by the CDC, where possible, address all visitor and parent concerns by phone or virtually. Principals and designated staff should conduct meetings remotely, where possible.


Lunch in the Classroom 

In-person student lunch will be instructional time in most instances, modeled on our Breakfast in the Classroom program. In elementary schools, for example, during lunch, students will take part in learning activities that are fun, engaging, and enriching, such as interactive read-alouds, social-emotional learning, and content through music. In middle school during lunch, students will engage with a specific content area. Schools will maintain all health and safety guidelines for in-person learning and for consuming food and drink during this time.

Students in Hallway

PS 129 John H. Finley's COVID response page

Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you'll find all the critical information about how our school is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.

We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students and families are safe. 

Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

The NYC DOE  also has important information and resources for you.

Last updated: January 05, 2021


For Remote Families Breakfast and Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at the main entrance of PS129

To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser. Also follow us on twitter: @johnhfinley

Sign up for updates through the Notify App using the school code: 5R2QKN. Download the app using the Notify tab to the right.


Middle School Return to In-Person Learning: Guidance is forthcoming. Please continue to check this website for further information regarding your child/student's return to the building.

In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing by the first day your child returns to their school building .

For more information about COVID19 guidelines 

Isolation Procedures

Student presenting with a temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher from a temperature check must be assessed by the nurse or health professional in the Isolation Room. The student must stay in the building’s Isolation Room until picked up.


Meeting Special Needs


  • Children of essential workers: We are offering an option for 100% in-person instruction for children of essential workers. Contact NYC DOE for information.
  • Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19 may opt to continue 100% remote learning. Enroll in remote learning 
  • Special needs students: Students with special needs will receive a separate email from Ms. Brooks with instructions. We are committed to fully complying with IEP and 504 accommodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models. To contact Ms. Brooks by email click here