Co-Vid Case Update

11/24/2020 10:23 AM

Dear P.S. 101 The Verrazano at 8696 24 Avenue Community: 

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, given recent increases in transmission we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all schools are closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students until further notice. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Today we are writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, that on 11/24/2020 a member of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. After investigation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Test and Trace Corps have concluded that there has been no exposure to the school community because the person was not at school while infectious.

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 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. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. To ensure we can reach you via text and email about any COVID-19 activity in our school, please create 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, 

GREGG KORROL

Translations:

New Co-Vid Case…

11/24/2020 9:05 AM 

Dear P.S. 101 The Verrazano 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 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, 

GREGG KORROL 

iPads and Chromebooks

Dear PS 101 Families-

As a reminder, if you were given a laptop or iPad from PS 101 or the New York City of Dept of Education, these devices are tracked by the Dept of Education, meaning everywhere they go and everything you do on them is monitored. Please ensure to only use these devices for school related activities, and be reminded that you are responsible for the devices which will need to be returned to the school.

Tips for caring for Remote Learn Device:

Laptops:

  • Always carry laptop from the bottom (keyboard) to prevent the separation of the ribbon from the keyboard and screen.
  • Never carry laptop by the screen. 
  • Place laptop in a safe and visual place. (Not on bed, couch, or floor)
  • Do not clean laptop with items that has liquid. 
  • Not for personal use. Only for schoolwork. 

Ipad

  • Place laptop in a safe and visual place. (Not on bed, couch, or floor)
  • Do not clean laptop with items that has liquid. 
  • Not for personal use. Only for schoolwork. 

Thank you,

GK

December PTA Meeting Agenda

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tuesday, 12/1/2020 @ 10:00 am via Zoom

AGENDA

Meeting call to order

  • Review of Minutes / Motion to Approve
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report/Motion to Approve Treasurer’s Report
  • Title 1 / SLT Update
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn

UPCOMING DATES:

Nov 26-27       Thanksgiving Recess (school closed)

Dec 24-Jan 1   Winter Recess (school closed)

Jan 5                January PTA Meeting

Jan 18             Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day (school closed)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT

STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH US ON REMIND! 

Download the app or text 81010 with your child’s class code:

                             PRE-K………..………..@2387kkd

                             KINDERGARTEN…….@kg20202

                             1ST GRADE……………@ptaofps10

                             2nd GRADE……………@3kk46k

                             3rd GRADE…………….@gche83

                             4th GRADE…………….@bhb944

                             5th GRADE…………….@ptaofps101

HIV/AIDS Education in school (Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020)

Dear Parent or Guardian:

HIV/AIDS is one of the more serious health problems Americans have ever faced. It has no cure, and education is the only way we can help our students protect themselves from the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Our school will begin to teach your child about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education have mandated that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 during the week of Monday, November 30, 2020, through Friday, December 4, 2020. This mandate states that HIV/AIDS instruction, which includes five consecutive lessons, must be age-appropriate and address the nature of the disease, the methods of transmission, and methods of prevention. Abstinence from alcohol and other drug use and sexual intercourse is emphasized as the most appropriate and effective method of prevention for students. Lessons focus on developing an understanding of communicable diseases, ways to live a healthy life, and how to identify community resources that can help enhance the quality of life.

State Regulations require that all students attend lessons on the nature of the disease and methods of transmission. However, parents or legal guardians have the right to ask that their child not participate in the lessons dealing with methods of prevention. These lessons are labeled “Prevention.” Parents or legal guardians who do make such a request must file with the principal of their child’s school a written request that the child not receive such instruction, and assure that the pupil will receive such instruction at home.

An HIV/AIDS advisory council composed of Panel on Educational Policy members, community representatives, parents, teachers, and supervisors has thoroughly reviewed and approved the curriculum and related materials to be used. The curriculum has also been reviewed and approved by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Encourage your child to speak with you about HIV/AIDS. You might wish to point out newspaper or magazine articles about HIV/AIDS issues that you can discuss together. Or you and your child might watch television programs about HIV/AIDS together. Doing so can help you reinforce your child’s awareness of how HIV is transmitted, and present opportunities for you and your child to discuss how abstaining from sexual intercourse and alcohol and other drug use is the most appropriate and effective way for children to protect their health and their futures.

We welcome your involvement at school. For example, parents are needed on high school HIV/AIDS teams and to coordinate PTA presentations about HIV/AIDS. Speak to your child’s teacher, parent coordinator, or me about how you can support HIV/AIDS lessons.

If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to review HIV/AIDS curriculum materials, please do not hesitate to call.  You can find the complete curriculum here:

Click Here for a Downloadable copy of the complete HIV/AIDS Curriculum for all grades

All students are mandated to participate in the course of lessons throughout the week (lessons 1-4).   Please note, if you do not want your child to participate in the HIV/AIDS  fifth and final instruction lesson of the series, please write a letter to your child’s teacher.

If you give permission for your child to take part in the HIV/AIDS Awareness/Prevention lesson #5, then you do not need to respond.  No response will automatically provide your child with consent to participate.

Sincerely,

G. Korrol
Principal

Parent Workshop: Tips for Helping Your Child with Remote Learning

Time: November 24, 2020 at 10 AM
Presented by Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Margaret

Google Classroom causing problems? Zoom blues?

This workshop will cover common questions about Google Classroom:

  • How do I help my child submit work on Google Classroom? Are there alternatives?
  • What is Teach Hub and Clever? iReady? RAZ Kids?  Imagine Learning?
  • How do you know what’s due? How do I see the grades my child received on his/her assignments?

Time: November 24, 2020 at 10 AM

You must register to access the Zoom link.

Register here: https://forms.gle/ZiPDMvGj5qTuB4bV6

See you there!

GK

Principal Meeting with PS 101 Parents- TODAY@ 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Principal Korrol will be holding a Zoom meeting with parents to give updates about school closure, as well as answer your questions.

Meeting Date/Time: November 20, 2020 at 9am.

The link to the Zoom Meeting and the password will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom around 5pm tonight.

Important notes:

  1. You must use your (or your child’s) DOE email address to enter the meeting
  2. Please have your cameras on so I can see you
  3. The Zoom meeting will allow up to 300 participants.
  4. Ensure your name is posted on your Zoom or phone. If the name comes in as “Galaxy Phone xyz”, (for example), you will not be admitted. We need to see names and faces.
  5. Doors will open at approx 8:50am

Principal Meeting with PS 101 Parents- Friday November 20 at 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Principal Korrol will be holding a Zoom meeting with parents to give updates about school closure, as well as answer your questions.

Meeting Date/Time: November 20, 2020 at 9am.

The link to the Zoom Meeting and the password will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom around 5pm tonight.

Important notes:

  1. You must use your (or your child’s) DOE email address to enter the meeting
  2. Please have your cameras on so I can see you
  3. The Zoom meeting will allow up to 300 participants.
  4. Ensure your name is posted on your Zoom or phone. If the name comes in as “Galaxy Phone xyz”, (for example), you will not be admitted. We need to see names and faces.
  5. Doors will open at approx 8:50am