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Important Update form Chancellor regarding our school being in a yellow zone

posted by Felicia Ippolito

October 21, 2020 

Dear Families, 

I hope your family is keeping safe and healthy. This week, the State of New York made some important announcements regarding its designation of geographic zones reflecting elevated levels of COVID-19 transmission. I am writing today to explain how this affects your school and important next steps. 

Here is today’s update: 
 The State has now designated your school to be in one of the city’s “yellow zones.” 
 Per State guidance, this means your building can stay open for teaching and learning, with additional precautions in place to ensure the safety and health of your school community. 
 An important precautionary step that all yellow zone schools will perform is mandatory weekly testing of a random selection of staff and students in the school building. 
 Weekly testing of students and staff is mandatory for schools in the yellow zone, and will continue until the State modifies or lifts the zone requirements, or removes your school from the yellow zone. 
 In order for us to test your child for COVID-19, we need your consent. 

Information and Consent for Mandatory Weekly Testing for COVID-19 

Mandatory in-school testing will be conducted for school staff and students in grades 1-12. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Thousands of students have already been tested across the city. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit). 

In order to test your child, we need your consent. There are two easy ways to provide consent. Please note that even if you previously provided consent, as a parent at a State-designated Yellow Zone school we ask you to resubmit the consent form for your child, as the consent form accounts for the new mandate from the State requiring weekly testing in your school. Whether you have filled out a form previously, or if you have not yet filled out a form, please see these easy methods to do so right away: 

1. Online: 
Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to mystudent.nyc 

 If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student. 
 
 If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent. 

2. Paper Form: 
Fill out and return the paper form to school. We have included the updated consent form with this letter. Your school can print and provide this form to you, or you can print it at home and send in with your child on their next in-person blended learning day. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.    

Here are some important notes for your awareness. You can find additional information under Frequently Asked Questions at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting

 A random selection of students and staff will be tested each week, so if your child is selected one week, they may or may not also be tested the following week. 
 If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. Most testing results will be available within 48 hours. 
 Please be assured that, even after we receive your consent, your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing. 
 If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive two phone calls. The testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support. 

If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the DOE website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety). 

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping our school community safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education 

Important - In school learning suspended until November 1, 2020 - All students will be remote (See below)

posted Oct 19, 2020, 4:33 PM by Felicia Ippolito

October 19, 2020


As always, the health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority.

 

As you know, our school building was closed today for an initial 24 hours because two or more members of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Today we are writing to update you that the NYC Test + Trace Corps and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have determined that at this time the building must remain closed for a full fourteen days

 

Here is what will happen next: 

 

·   The school building will remain closed until 11/1/2020, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely.  We will reopen on 11/2/2020.

 

·   Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

 

·  Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

 

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. While we swiftly address this situation, 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 nyc.gov/health/coronavirus 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 schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus 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 schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. 

 

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

 

 

Sincerely, 

 

 

Principal Jennifer Iovine


Important Message - No in person learning for Monday, October 19, 2020 - Remote learning only (see below)

posted Oct 19, 2020, 3:26 AM by Felicia Ippolito

10/18/2020 

Dear P.S. 108 - QUEENS - Q108 at 108-10 109 AVENUE Families:

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 I am writing to inform you that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. We are quickly taking all appropriate action and following rigorous protocols developed by the NYC Test + Trace Corps, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

Out of an abundance of caution, here is what will happen next to safeguard the health of our school community:

 

·  Effective 10/19/2020, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period.

 

·  During this time, the NYC Test + Trace Corps and NYC Health will complete their investigation and the school will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting.

 

·  No staff will be permitted into the building except for those conducting cleaning and disinfecting. All other staff will work remotely.

 

·  Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school and will be safely separated until they are no longer infectious. Please note that in order to protect the privacy of the individuals who have tested positive, we cannot share additional details about the case.

 

·  All students and teachers present in classes with the individuals who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive.

 

·  The NYC Test + Trace Corps and NYC Health will identify any other close contacts of the individuals who tested positive, who will also be notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days.

 

 

Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you by 6 p.m. each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

 

Additionally, we will share physical and mental health and wellness resources for you and your child. COVID-19 can be stressful for you and your loved ones. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious and afraid. We want to ensure you can access helpful resources for coping and reducing stress.

 

While New Yorkers have done an outstanding job fighting the virus, leading to extremely low infection rates citywide, COVID-19 is still active in our city, state and our country. There will be cases of COVID-19 this school year; we know this and all of our protocols have been in service of fighting this virus. Our job is to swiftly and effectively handle any cases that appear and be transparent every step of the way. That is what we are doing today.

 

We know a lot more than we did in March about how to protect each other from the virus, and it’s critical that we continue to act to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our schools. All of us must remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission: 

 

·  Stay home if sick: Monitor you 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 nyc.gov/health/coronavirus 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 schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus 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 schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.


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

  

Sincerely,

Jennifer Iovine

Principal


 


Reminder - No School Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of Columbus Day

posted Oct 9, 2020, 7:44 AM by Felicia Ippolito

Reminder - There will be no school on Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of Columbus Day.

Annual Title 1 meeting 10-23-2020

posted Oct 9, 2020, 7:36 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated Oct 9, 2020, 7:41 AM ]

We will be holding our Annual Title 1 meeting virtually on October 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm.  Please see the invitation below.  If you would like to attend, please fill out this form:   https://forms.gle/5TgdrDxezDBaRMbg9.  The we will send the meeting invitation to your email address.   During this meeting we will be forming a Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  To find out more information about the PAC roles and responsibilities and how to serve on this committee, please click here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GTIJ8XfWmyQkDl-jEwE0QzCw51u0qqPQ/view?usp=sharing
invitation for Title 1 meeting

 

Important - Fill out your school lunch application

posted Sep 30, 2020, 4:50 AM by Felicia Ippolito

If you have not done so, please fill out the lunch application on the link below: 


It is very important to fill out one application per family whether students are in blended or remote learning as this is one way school funding is determined.

Chancellor update regarding COVID testing in schools 9-29-2020

posted Sep 29, 2020, 10:15 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 29, 2020 
 
 
Dear Families, 
 
We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning. 
 
Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection. 
 
Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit). 
 
In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible. 
 
Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present.  As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.  
 
While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough students in the school. 
 
We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers. 
 
If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.   

 We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child. 
 
 Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or concerns.  
 
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy. 
 
 
Sincerely,  
 
 
Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
 
 
Ted Long, MD, MHS Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps 
 
 
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor, New York City Department of Education 
 
 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 TESTING IN SCHOOLS 
 
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions: 
 
CONSENT FROM FAMILIES   

What happens to my child if I do not provide consent?   
 
We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.  
 
You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning. 
 
How long is my consent in effect? 
 
Your consent will remain in effect until September 30, 2021. However, you can withdraw consent at any time. 
 
How do I withdraw consent?     

Notify your child’s school in writing. Your school will designate a contact to receive these communications.  
 
TESTING PROCESS 
 
Will all students be tested? 

All district school students participating in blended learning in grades 1-12 may be included in the random sample.  
 
Who will be testing my child? 

A trained individual will conduct the test. Testing will be provided by, among others, school nurses, City staff, and our partners: SOMOS, Bio Reference Laboratory, and Fulgent Genetics.  
 
How will the testing work? 

Once a month, one of these providers will visit your child’s school with a randomly selected list of students and staff to be tested that day. The testing provider will set up in a designated area in the school. Staff from the school or the testing team will visit the appropriate classroom to retrieve students from that class who have been selected to be tested that day; those students will be escorted to the testing area, tested quickly, and then escorted back to their classroom.  
 
What test will be used? Is it painful? 

The test will use a “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) that is inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. We understand that some students may be nervous about testing, but the test is not painful and should not be uncomfortable for your child. The test should take no more than two minutes from start to finish.  
 
Will all tests be done by a trained tester, or can some students self-administer tests?  

Some of the test kits can be self-administered. Self-administered means that you can open the kit and follow the directions for inserting a small swab (like a Q-tip) into the front of both nostrils. In schools with these kits, some older students in may be able to self-administer their test if they choose, under the supervision of a testing provider or school staff member.  

 Are students escorted to the testing area in a group or one-by-one? Will more than one student be waiting in an area to be tested?  

Students will be escorted with any members of their class/pod who are also being tested. Social distancing will be maintained at all times. Face coverings will be worn at all times, except for the very short period when a student must remove their covering to allow for collection of the test specimen.   
 
Can parents accompany their children to be tested?   

Unfortunately, no. To maintain the classroom pods and reduce the risk of COVID-19 being introduced into the building, parents will not be able to accompany their children during the test. We understand that this may feel scary, particularly for younger children. Our trained staff will ensure the testing is performed swiftly, gently, and in a positive environment for all children.   How long is the testing process expected to take? The cotton swab is in the nose for five to ten seconds, so the entire process of explaining the test to the child and then swabbing them generally takes only minutes. 
 
How long will my child be out of class?  

The testing will not take long.  We do not expect any child to be out of class for more than 15-30 minutes total from the time that they are picked up at their classroom until they are escorted back to class.  
 
My child is not comfortable communicating in English. Will interpreters be available to explain the process to students who are multilingual learners? If so, how will this be arranged?  

Every testing partner will have policies and procedures for how they provide services to individuals in their preferred language. Please communicate with your principal in advance if you have specific concerns. 
 
What if my child cannot be tested due to their documented disability? 

If your child has a documented disability and testing would impair your child’s mental or physical health due to that disability, please contact your school to discuss how to proceed.  
 
If I get my child tested elsewhere, can I share those results and be released from in-school mandatory testing?  

No. To have an accurate understanding of each school population, testing for this program must be performed on a single day, in the school building, and by one provider. If your child is tested at an outside location and they test positive you must keep your child home and report that test to your principal. However, no outside test can be counted in the monthly survey.  
 
How often will my child be tested? 

Testing will occur at each school once per month. Your child will not be tested more than once per month unless they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19.  Some children may be chosen for monthly testing more than once during the school year. 
 
When/how will I know if my child has been chosen for testing? 

You will be notified by your school about two days before your school is scheduled to be tested. By consenting, your child may be included in the random sample for the testing day. If your child is tested, you will be notified after school that day.  

How can I help prepare my child for the test (especially for younger children)? 

You should talk to your child about testing. We encourage you to tell them that the doctors, nurses, and other health professionals at school need to make sure they are healthy, so they are going to do a test for the virus by rubbing a small cotton swab inside the front part of their nose. Remind your child that it’s okay that the school performs this test and that it’s quick, safe, and gentle.  
 
Are staff being tested? 

Yes, we are asking all staff and students in school buildings to participate in the testing program. 
 
TEST RESULTS    

When will results be available?  

Results will be available within 48-72 hours after the sample is taken. 
 
When will I receive my child’s results?   

In most instances, parents/guardians will receive results no more than 48 hours after the specimen arrives at the laboratory. You will be able to log into an online portal to access your child’s results. If your child tests positive, you will also receive a call from the provider who completed the testing.  
 
What happens if my child tests positive?  

You should keep your child home from school and contact their physician.  Additionally, the Test & Trace Corps will contact your family to provide resources, connections to care if you require support, and to discuss how to keep your child and other household members safe. The school will also be notified to ensure steps are taken to protect other members of the school community. The Test & Trace Corps will provide your family with resources and will monitor your family for symptoms for 10 to 14 days.  
 
Will overall results from testing across a school be shared with the school community?  

Yes, but names or any other identifying information of the children or staff who test positive will not be released. 
 
Will the DOE/City ensure that my child’s personal information remains confidential?   

Any information related to in-school testing is confidential and protected under the New York City Health Code and other local, state, and federal laws. We will store information securely, and only DOE and city staff will have access to test results by name and other personal information.  
 
Where and how will test results be stored?  

Results will be sent to two places: to the State and City Departments of Health, where all communicable disease results are sent; and to the Test & Trace Corps and associated City staff to facilitate closing of classrooms or school buildings and to support contact tracing as necessary to ensure we protect all students, staff, and family members. These entities operate under strict privacy and confidentiality protocols. 

Chancellor re: The Census 2020

posted Sep 29, 2020, 4:50 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 25, 2020 

Dear Families,    
 
As our buildings reopen and your child reconnects with their school community, we are reminded of how much it takes from all of us to operate the largest school system in the nation. Serving each of our 1.1 million students takes an immense amount of resources, and right now the federal government isn’t coming through with the funds that our city desperately needs.       

You can make a huge difference by filling out the 2020 United States Census. While the Census deadline has been temporarily extended, I still encourage families to complete it today as the final deadline has yet to be determined. It’s a short online survey to count all New Yorkers, and it only happens once every ten years. Filling it out ensures our city gets the money, power, and respect we deserve from the federal government.       

Without an accurate population count, our City will lose out on billions of dollars in federal funding for our schools, but also healthcare, roads, hospitals, public transportation, and more. New York could even lose two seats in Congress.       

Here is how to fill it out immediately:       

How to Fill Out the United States Census 
   
 Go online to my2020census.gov.    
 Filling it out takes five minutes or less.    
 The Census is available online in 15 languages.    
 In addition, you can complete your census over the phone by calling 844-330-2020.       

The Census is Safe and Private   

 The Census counts all residents, regardless of citizenship or immigration status—therefore, the Census does not include a citizenship question.    
 Even if you are undocumented, filling out the Census will not put you or your family at risk.    
 Census responses are private, protected by federal law, kept strictly confidential, and can never be used against you by a court, government agency, law enforcement authorities, or third parties like a business or your landlord.     
 
Too much is at stake for us to be undercounted, so please fill out the Census if you have not already done so, and encourage your friends and family members to do so as well!    

Making sure that all New Yorkers are counted is so important to guarantee a bright future for our city and our children.   
 
Sincerely, 
  
Richard A. Carranza  
Chancellor  
New York City Department of Education  
 

 
 

Chancellor update - 9-21-2020

posted Sep 22, 2020, 6:39 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 21, 2020 

Dear Families, 
 
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to the 2020–21 school year! We could not have achieved this milestone without every one of you. I am grateful for your support and your faith in our public schools. So many New Yorkers have worked around the clock to accomplish this shared goal: the safe return of our students, teachers, and school staff to classroom and remote learning.    

There is no doubt this has been a challenging seven months, but we should feel proud of the outstanding job New Yorkers have done to fight COVID-19. Our actions have led to weeks of very low infection rates citywide. However, the virus is still active in our city, state, and country. We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.     

To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols and created a COVID-19 Response Situation Room for DOE principals, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for school leaders in handling all COVID19 cases in schools. When principals learn of a potential COVID-19 case in their school, they call the Situation Room to report it, and medical, public health, and education staff are on hand and readily available to support principals through responding to it. Principals or their designees call the Situation Room, which helps to handle everything from there - including quickly communicating vital updates for principals to share with their school communities.     

We are confident in our ability to provide your children with the healthy, safe, engaging, high-quality education you expect. We will continue to be transparent and keep you informed. In this Update for Families, I am happy to share the latest information on:    
  • How to complete daily health screenings for your child,  
  •  Where to get tested for COVID-19,  
  •  How to stay informed on COVID-19 cases in your school community, and  
  •  What transportation to and from school looks like  
In addition, to help you find key information I have shared in past updates, we have included quick links to DOE resources on:  
  •  Health and safety measures in our schools,  
  •  What teaching and learning looks like this year, and  
  •  School schedules for elementary, middle, and high schools  
 
As always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. If you have additional questions, please contact your principal. You can find information about your child’s school, including principal contact information, on our website using “Find a School” at schoolsearch.schools.nyc.     

You have heard me say that September is my favorite month, and that is especially true this year. Return to School 2020 took a team effort, thousands of hours of work, and attention to countless details to get where we are today. I could not be prouder of our families, students, educators, and everyone who works in and for our schools.     

 As we start the new school year together, I can assure you that the largest school system in the nation is well prepared and up to the task. Please know that we are here for you. Your teachers and principals are here for you. And, together, we will achieve a remarkable year of learning.  
 
Sincerely, 
  
Richard A. Carranza  
Chancellor  
New York City Department of Education  

Update for Families: 

September 21, 2020   

How to Complete Daily Health Screenings for Your Child    

As always, the health and safety of our students, families, and school staff remain our top priority. We have spent months preparing for the safe reopening of our schools; we know they are like home for so many of us and provide the social-emotional support and learning our children need.     

We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities safe. We are asking you to do your part by making sure your children have completed their health screenings (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. We encourage you to use our Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.      

  •  You can find the online health screening at healthscreening.schools.nyc. When you do the screening at home, you or your child just need to provide the results of the screening either by showing the email on a smartphone or a printout of the results before entering the school building. All students will receive an oral thermometer in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature.  
  •  If you or your child is not able to pre-screen using the online tool, you may use the Paper Health Screening Questionnaire and have your child bring the completed form to school and show it upon entry. Your school will provide you with printed copies so you can complete the questionnaire at home.   
  •  If you or your child forgets or is unable to pre-screen, someone will be available at your school's entrance to assist your child in completing the form and checking your child’s temperature.   
  •  In order to keep everyone healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19, students will not be able to attend in-person classes 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 result from a COVID-19 test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab (not a blood test) in the past 10 days;  
    •  Been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or  
    •  Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.    
As always, please keep your child home if they are sick.    

Where to Get Tested for COVID-19     

It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested!     

 Help us keep our schools open and school communities healthy by getting tested for COVID-19. It’s safe, free, and easy for everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. To find a testing site near you, visit nyc.gov/covidtest.   
 
 Students in 3K through twelfth grade can get priority testing at 22 Health + Hospitals testing sites throughout the school year. To find a location near you, visit schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.  
 
 Beginning in early October, we will begin testing a random sampling of students and staff in every school. This is essential to keeping your family and school community healthy and safe. We’ll be sharing much more information and a link to a parent/guardian consent form in our next family update.  
  How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community      It’s important that your school is able to reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.      With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations.   
 
 In order to see your child’s records, request an Account Creation Code from your school. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so your school can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency.  
 
 If you don’t have an account, sign up today at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. It only takes five minutes!  
 
 What Transportation to and from School Will Look Like    

Whether traveling by bus, public transportation, or other means, students will be expected to wear masks and practice social distancing, just as they will in and around their school. Here are some details about different modes of transportation:    

Busing      

Following guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), buses transporting students will be limited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. Seating on the bus will be clearly marked to guide students to where they can and cannot sit.   
 
 If students do not have a face covering, the bus operator will provide one. Drivers and attendants will also wear face coverings as well as gloves. Before sending children on a bus, family members should screen their children’s health at home, including temperature checks, to make certain they are well enough to board a bus and attend school.  
 
 Buses will operate with the windows open whenever possible and with the air in the non-recirculating mode.    
 
 Upon arrival at a destination where passengers will be exiting the bus, students will be directed to exit one row at a time to maintain a safe social distance.   
 
 Each night, all school transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected following CDC protocols.   
  Public Transportation and Other Alternatives      Schools will provide free MetroCards to students and families engaged in blended learning for travel to and from school.    When using public transportation, students will be expected to follow the same social distancing and face covering protocols as all New Yorkers.   
 
 The MTA has marked all stations with social distancing guidance and offers free masks at stations across the city. In addition, the NYPD conducts frequent sweeps of stations and subway cars to enforce distancing and mask wearing. For more about MTA procedures, visit mta.info/coronavirus.  
  
Where to Find Information on:    

Health and Safety Measures in Schools    

To learn more about ventilation and other building safety measures, outdoor learning, food services in schools, testing and tracing, and personal health measures all schools are taking to keep your children safe, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety.    

What Teaching and Learning Looks Like This Year    

To learn more about blended learning supports, social-emotional learning and mental health, supports for multilingual/English language learners, students with disabilities, students in temporary housing and foster care, students who are 21 or older, and students in early childhood programs, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTSteachinglearning.    

School Schedules for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools    

To learn more about programming models, sibling schedules, and what happens when students come to school on the wrong day during blended learning, visit schools.nyc.gov/RTSschedules.  
 

Important - Health screening to fill out before building entry

posted Sep 21, 2020, 4:42 AM by Felicia Ippolito

All students, staff and visitors will have to fill out a health screening before entry to the building every day.  Please see the link below which will also be located on the Parent's Place tab:


Please fill it out on your phone for your child or paper copies will be available at the doors.  To make a more efficient entry, please fill it out beforehand

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