Potential COVID Case at PS101

4/5/2021 1:00 PM

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

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen now.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school building closures, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

  • Ensuring that the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.
  • Working with to trace close contacts in our school.
  • Instructing close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive.

Please be reassured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has 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.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

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

Letter from Chancellor Porter

Dear NYCDOE Families:


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 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 coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
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.

Translations are available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies

Meisha Porter

Chancellor, New York City Public Schools

Principal Korrol Video Update: State Exams and Opt-in

Exam Dates:

Grades 3, 4, & 5 ELA State Exam: April 19-29 (the test is one day and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

Grades 3, 4, & 5 Math State Exam: May 3-14 (the test is one day and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

Grades 4 Science State Exam: June7-9 (the test is one day and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

All Grades NYSESLAT (ESL STUDENTS ONLY): April- 19- June (the test is TWO days with four parts and you will be notified when your child is taking it)

Blended Students/In-Person will have the option of taking the exam in school (parents will be notified of the date)

Remote only Students have choice if they want to come in to PS 101 to take the exam (a form will be coming out after Spring Break for you to say if you want your child to take the test). If so, you will be assigned a specific window of time to bring your child in for the exam and they must be picked up right after. ALL Heath protocols MUST be followed (Health Screener and Mask)

****Everything Above may change if NYC cancels the exams***

Return to Blended Learning

The window is now open for students who wish to return to In-Person learning at PS 101.
You may fill out the Learning Preference Survey if you are fully remote and want your child to come into school.
If you are fully remote and want to remain fully remote, you do not need to fill out the form.

—->>>If you are sending your child in for in-person learning, you MUST send them everyday. If your child misses days that are not related to health, your child will be switched to remote only automatically.<<<—-

New Opt-in Window for Blended Learning

Dear Families,


Due to changes in CDC social distancing regulations, Families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in-person in the school building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as possible.

Opt In to Blended Learning from March 24- April 9:

Beginning Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey to select blended learning for your child. Families can also call 311.
Last Day: You can change to blended learning until Friday, April 9.

You ONLY need to fill out the Learning Preference Survey if you are currently Remote and want your child to come to in-person learning. If you do not fill out the survey, your child remains remote.

Classes that are currently in Split A/B sessions MAY be combined to 5 days IF capacity spacing allows this. More information will come in April.

When can students come into PS101?

Students who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April (date to be determined)

Requirements for Returning to the School Building
Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random
COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning
. You can submit your consent for testing
one of two ways:
-Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or
-Complete and sign the consent form available here and bring it to PS101 on the first day they are back in the school building.

Families that select blended learning must have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled
to do so
or they will be switched to remote.

All of our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing
for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more will continue.

Sincerely,

GK

Letter from the New Chancellor


Dear Families,

This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.
Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent.


And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places of learning.


As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities, and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very core.


But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator. As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.


Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited about this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the standard for the nation in reopening efforts.

This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.


Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.

Sincerely,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor

((UPDATE)) PS 101 Closed through April 5th …

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please be advised I just received notice that PS 101 will be closed until March 27, 2021.
We have Spring Break (no school) from March 29-April 2,
which means In-Person learning will begin again on Monday April 5.

I understand how frustrating opening and closing is for our parents. I am so glad we have an instructional model at PS 101 where our students have the same teachers whether at home or in-person, which at least gives our students continuity of education. Many schools don’t have this design so we are fortunate our staff worked together to make this happen for our students.
——->>>>>>In Person Learning returns April 5, 2021<<<<<<<————-

Please be advised School Food will be available for pick-up and I will post information on our website as to whether pick-up is at PS 101 or Cavallaro IS 281 across the street

***ALL STUDENTS ARE TO REPORT REMOTELY THROUGH March 26th***

3/18/2021 3:03 PM

Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

Dear P.S. 101 – BROOKLYN at 8696 24 Avenue Families:

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.

● 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 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

4. 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).

Gregg Korrol

PS 101 Closed Tomorrow Friday March 19

Dear PS101,

Please be advised that PS101 is closed tomorrow due to further investigation of confirmed cases of COVID. I will update you tomorrow regarding Monday.
All students are to join remote instruction tomorrow.

School food for the community can be picked up at our neighboring Middle School Cavalerro.

GK

3/18/2021 2:47 PM

Dear P.S. 101 – BROOKLYN at 8696 24 Avenue Families:

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 for the health and safety of our school community, the building must remain closed through 3/19/2021.

Below you will find information on next steps. The guidance below reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● The school building will remain closed through 3/19/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely.

● 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 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

● 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 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow the “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

4. 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 stay in close contact about 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. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

GK

PS 101 Closed, BUT you can get food :-)

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please be advised while PS 101 is closed through March 7, 2021, you can still pick up Breakfast and Lunch this week for your children down the block at IS 281(distributed at the Bay 37th entrance closer to Harway Avenue) between the hours of 9am-12pm and 3pm-5pm.

****Please be advised that Food pick-up will not be available on March 3, 2021***

GK

PS 101 Closed through March 7th…

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please be advised I just received word PS 101 will be closed until March 7, 2021.
——->>>>>>In Person Learning returns March 8, 2021<<<<<<<————-

***ALL STUDENTS ARE TO REPORT REMOTELY THROUGH March 7th***

Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

2/26/2021 2:47 PM

Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

Dear P.S. 101 – BROOKLYN at 8696 24 Avenue Families:

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 3/7/2021.

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 3/7/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely.
——–>>>>>>Staff and students may return to school on 3/8/2021.

● 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 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

4. 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.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol