Dear PS 101 Families,
As not to post the letter below repeatedly, please be advised we have numerous confirmed cases from today’s COVID reporting which include both students and staff.
IMPORTANT: Several classes (including Class K3, K5, 202, 203, 204, 301, 403, and there may be others) are going home with an at-home COVID test kit today which means a member of the classroom tested positive for COVID. As a reminder, students may continue to come to school provided they (1) test negative (as per below), (2) do not experience symptoms and can (3) pass the NYC Health Screener daily.
When a class has multiple cases in the same week, they do not get multiple kits. They are to use the same kit they are given the first time on the 1st and 5th day after exposure.
IMPORTANT: If your child had COVID in the past 90 days, as per the NYCDOE, that student will not get a take home test kit nor will they participate in weekly in school testing as they are lively to test positive for up to 90 days.
All test kits come with printed instructions, please follow these instructions when administering the test. You can also watch a video on how to use your test kit:
- iHealth Home-Test Kit: https://youtu.be/_juFqYt25iI
Parents should administer the first home test TODAY and then again on Day 5
If an individual begins to show symptoms of COVID before Day 5, they should use the test kit immediately, treating themselves as a potential positive case and isolate. It is recommended that the individual also seek a PCR test.
Testing Positive from a Home Test
Anyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccine status, from a take home test should immediately report it to the school and begin isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can return to school on Day 11. No negative test is required to return to school.
I am writing to notify you that a member or members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.
Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Test & Trace Corp (T2), and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
What Happens Now?
- Students and staff who shared classroom space with the individual who tested positive will receive at-home tests with guidance and directions.
- The Situation Room will monitor our school for any further interventions.
- Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
- All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned and disinfected.
- If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.
How do we stay healthy?
Vaccination is the most important tool we have to protect ourselves from COVID-19. All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. We encourage all eligible students to get vaccinated. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/.There is no cost to be vaccinated.
Please remember to follow these important actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
- Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
- Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.
How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.