PS 290 Manhattan New School

2021 National Blue Ribbon School Profile
Admissions for New Students

Prospective parents can learn about admissions criteria on our website under Admissions.

Questions? Email

Learn more about Kindergarten for 2020-2021. 

Learn more about Pre-K for 2020-2021. 

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PTA Meeting - Please Join Us! 

On Thursday, September 30th at 7pm we will hold our first PTA General Meeting remotely. We encourage everyone to attend! We will answer questions and talk about current and future projects for our amazing school.

Zoom link to follow.

Resources for Families 
Free Meals for Students

Enrolled students can receive free breakfast/lunch in school starting at 8:00am.

Free Food Locations

NYC has a map of locations that offer free food (food pantries, soup kitchens), as well as farmers’ markets and grocery stores.  Please visit a map of food resources across the city.

Health & Safety Updates

COVID-19 Protocols for PS 290 and Updates from the Department of Education

Please click here for important details on requirements for families and school protocols.  

Parents must complete a health screening for their child before each day of in-person learning. Parents are urged to complete the online form here. Printable forms are also available. 

No one may enter the school building if they have:

-  Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath within the past 10 days

-  Received a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days (that was their first positive result OR was AFTER 90 days from their previous diagnosis date)

-  Been in close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days; or

-  Traveled internationally and are not fully vaccinated. See CDC guidelines for details (including a Covid test and isolation period). 

Please visit the NYC Department of Education website for important updates: Return to School 2020

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What To Do If Your Child Is Sick

What happens if a student has symptoms of COVID-19 or a diagnosis of COVID-19?

  • If a child has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, they must isolate and cannot attend school until all the following are true:

    • It has been at least 10 days since their symptoms started

    • They have not had a fever within the last 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication

    • Their overall illness has improved

  • If the person never had symptoms but had a positive lab test for COVID-19, they must stay home for 10 days from the date the specimen was obtained for their positive COVID19 test.

  • If the person had symptoms and receives a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result, they can return to school after they have not had fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. The negative test result must be from a lab-confirmed diagnostic test. If you’re not sure if your test is lab-confirmed, ask the health care provider performing your test.

  • If COVID-19 has been confirmed by a diagnostic test (nose or throat swab, or saliva), all close contacts of the person must quarantine and cannot attend school for 14 days after their last contact with the person while they were infectious. A close contact is a person who has been within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes.

Please visit the NYC Department of Education website for important updates: Return to School 2020

COVID-19 Testing In School

The DOE has begun random COVID-19 testing in schools for grades 1-12.  Parental consent is required for a trained professional to do a quick, non-invasive test. Parents are urged to please complete a consent form for the benefit of the community. 

-  You can send back to school a hard copy consent form OR 

-  You can provide consent online in your New York City School Account (NYCSA), also known as your MyStudent Account.

Complete Your Emergency Contact Information Now

ALL Parents Must Complete a Card - New and Returning Students

Please complete your Emergency Contact Card (otherwise known as 'Blue Card') now. ALL children who attend PS 290, new and returning, and both remote and blended learning must send in their card immediately.

Please click here:

Emergency Contact Card


1) DOWNLOAD then OPEN as a PDF

2) FILL it in completely

3) SAVE with your child's name

4) ATTACH to an email 

5) SEND to


Alternatively, you can print it and send it back via backpack with your child.

Annual Appeal

Each year the PTA raises money to cover the school expenditures and programs not paid for by the Department of Education. Our major fundraiser each year is the Annual Appeal. This money helps pay for our school’s exceptional teaching assistant staff, music and arts programs, science supplies and much more.

Donations can be made at: .

School Announcements

Enrollment: Please see our Admissions page for details on eligibility and how to apply.