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PS 131Q

The Abigail Adams Elementary  School

PS 131, The Abigail Adams Elementary School, recognizes the diverse religious backgrounds and values represented in our school community and the importance of being sensitive to the needs of all students, families, and staff members.


I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 3/27/2021. 


Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2. 

What Happens Now?  

The school building will remain closed through 3/27/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 3/28/2021.  




Stay Safe During Spring Recess

Spring Recess begins Monday, March 29. With the weather warming up and more parents and grandparents getting vaccinated, you might be considering traveling. Travel is not a good idea because COVID-19 is still a serious risk and puts you, your family, and your community at risk of getting and spreading the virus. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all of us to avoid leaving town.

Please help stop the spread of COVID-19 and do not travel. If you must travel, remember these COVID-19 prevention tips:

  •   Keep distance from others, bring and use hand sanitizer, and make sure everyone over age two wears a face covering.

  •   Consider staying at a hotel rather than at someone’s home. If you have out-of-town guests, suggest they do the same.

  •   Pick activities that allow you to safely keep your distance from others. Avoid large crowds, especially indoors.

  •   If you are going to spend time with people who are not members of your household, outdoors is safer, as COVID-19 spreads easier indoors. Get together in parks, at the beach, or in the backyard, or meet up for outdoor dining.


Please be aware that visitors and returning New Yorkers may be required to quarantine upon entering New York. For more information, see the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory at

If you travel, when you return home to New York City it is extremely important to:

  •   monitor for COVID-19 symptoms;

  •   get tested;

  •   strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a face-covering whenever around other people and maintaining six feet of distance from others; and

  •   immediately isolate if you feel unwell or test positive for COVID-19.


We hope you enjoy Spring Recess and the many safe, fun activities you can find right here at home. Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.


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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

During all lessons, students are given opportunities to work in small instructional groups, engage in higher-order thinking that prompts discussion, and allows students to make their thinking visible. Through purposeful teacher models, facilitation, and checks for understanding, students will be supported in becoming critical thinkers. Students engage in challenging tasks that create a productive struggle, supporting them to think critically in a collaborative work environment.

Across all subjects, Thinking Maps provide students with the opportunity to make their thinking visible. Transference from the map to a task allows students to engage in quality, meaningful interactions with the content at a higher level.

Through our Bucket Filler initiative, students are provided social, emotional support that embodies a positive, nurturing, diverse learning environment.

By providing our students with a foundation in academics, as well as social and emotional needs, we are creating 21st-century learners.


We imagine a future where the students at P.S. 131 are conscious, critical thinkers of a diverse society.

Remote Learning

Remote learning allows teachers to deliver their lessons online, and students can complete assignments, projects, and assessments just like they would in the classroom. This will create an opportunity for students and teachers to interact online and allows students to continue learning subjects and material that are a key part of their curriculum.

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Main Building

170-45 84th Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432

Phone: 718-480-2840

Fax:  718-658-5690

Kindergarten Annex (at P.S. 35)

191-2 90th Ave, Hollis, NY 11423


The Abigail Adams Elementary School

170-45 84th Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432

Phone: 718-480-2840

Fax:  718-658-5690

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It is the policy of PS 131 and the Department of Education (DOE) to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, citizenship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or weight.  For more information, you may contact the PS 131 Respect For All (RFA) Liaisons, Ms. Cristina Marzello or Ms. Amy Fox.

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