Adult Education Classes (ESL & High School Equivalency)

Dear PS 101 Families,

Adult Ed provides classes in High School Equivalency, ESL and CTE to NY city residents who are 21 years of age and older. We have classes in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and on Saturdays. Currently, in District 21 we have the following classes:

Grady HS 

ESL – morning and afternoon

High School Equivalency – morning and afternoon

OSHA – evening.

IS 96

ESL – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday evenings & Saturday morning

*At both locations, students are given the opportunity to participate in a Food Handling course that leads to testing for The NYC DOH Food Handling Certification.

Adult Education Classes  (ESL & High School Equivalency)

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined. Partial Class Closure.

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

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school. Students who have been impacted and need to be quarantined are being contacted directly.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
  • T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.
  • Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.
  • 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, disinfected, and reopened.
  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. 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. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

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 reduce 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

PS101 is a Vaccination site for 5-11yo on Tuesday December 7, 2021

Dear Families,
As you might be aware, all New Yorkers age 5 and older can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. This is great news for the health and safety of your child, your family, your school community, and the whole city!

In partnership with the City’s vaccination effort, PS 101 is offering
the first dose OR second dose of Pfizer vaccinations to eligible students ages 5-11 on
December 7, 2021 from 7:30am-4:00pm.

No appointment is needed.
Getting your child vaccinated is safe, confidential, and easy.

As a reminder, a parent or guardian must accompany the child and the custodial parent must give consent if not present using the form below. Please note that once children take the vaccine they cannot return to class that day and will go home with thier parent or guardian so they can monitor for any side effects from the vaccine.

To help us better prepare, please use this form to indicate if you are thinking about having your child take the vaccine on December 7.

This is the consent form needed if a parent is not accompanying the child. If a parent is accompanying their child a form will not be needed.

Here’s what you need to know:
-COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 illness; millions of people have already been safely vaccinated in New York City.
– You do not need health insurance to get vaccinated—the vaccine is free.
– You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated.
-Students ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult designated by the parent or guardian, while receiving their vaccine. If the student is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, the vaccine provider must obtain verbal consent from the parent or guardian by phone at the time of vaccination.
-Vaccines are administered by trained medical professionals.
– Your school’s pop-up vaccination site will administer your student’s first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine provider will refer families to a local vaccine site for students to receive their second dose.
-All records and information associated with vaccination are kept strictly confidential.
-On-site telephone interpretation will be available in multiple languages.
-While strongly recommended, vaccinations are not currently mandatory for most students. You can learn more about vaccine requirements in schools by visiting schools.nyc.gov/covid19.
-You are encouraged to record your student’s vaccination status in the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal at vaccine.schools.nyc. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.
-By getting your child vaccinated, you are protecting them, your family and community from COVID-19 illness. Vaccinations help move our city forward, restore in-person gathering, and improve quality of life. If you, your student age 12 and up, or someone else you know is still in need of a vaccine, you can visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov today to choose from hundreds of sites across the city offering appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine for all the facts. We strongly urge you to get your child vaccinated soon.

Frequently Asked Questions 

 
Can members of the community get the vaccine at my pop-up vaccination site? 

  • Only students ages 5-11 can obtain the first dose of the vaccine at the pop-up site. 
  • Anyone age 12 and up can visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov to choose from hundreds of sites across the city offering appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost. 

Will the provider return to the school for the second dose?  

  • No. The provider will refer families to a local vaccine site for students to receive their second dose.  
  • All necessary paperwork will be given to the parent/client at the time of first dose. 

How does the provider obtain consent? 

  • Students ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult designated by the parent or guardian, while receiving their vaccine. This requirement is outlined in the Vaccine Family Letter and schools should accommodate parent and guardian admission to the vaccine site to accompany their student.  
  • If the student is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, the vaccine provider must obtain verbal consent from the parent or guardian by phone at the time of vaccination. 
  • There is no consent form option for vaccination of students ages 5-11, as they must be accompanied by the parent, legal guardian, or adult designated by the parent or guardian at the time of vaccination.  

Does the parent/guardian need to fill out the visitor screening in order to enter the building? 

  • Yes, the parent/guardian accompanying the student to the vaccination site should adhere to the DOE’s Visitor Policy and Protocol for Visitors
  • Any individual accompanying their child to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a DOE vaccine site is not required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the building for this purpose. Please inform your School Safety Agent of this visitor vaccine mandate exemption.   


Sincerely,
Christopher Groll
Christopher Groll
Acting Assistant Commissioner
Office of School Health
Division of School Climate & Wellness
NYC Department of Education

DOH Mandatory Vison Screening (Kindergarten and Grade One ONLY) 

Dear Parents or Guardians of Kindergarten and First grade Students:

On Monday, December 6th through Friday, December 10th, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be visiting PS 101 to administer mandated vision screening for all Kindergarten and First grade students.

If your child wears eyeglasses, please make sure they wear them on these specific days.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

TONIGHT! Share your Thoughts on Brilliant NYC (the new Gifted and Talented program)

Dear PS 101 Families,

As you know by now, the mayor has made changes to the Gifted and Talented program in NYC and is calling on parents to share their thoughts and ideas with the NYC Dept of Education on the new program, entitled Brilliant NYC

On Tuesday Novemebr 30th from 6pm-7:30pm, you are invited to a Zoom Conference to learn about Brilliant NYC and share your thoughts on how to make this new program amazing! This is an opportunity to hear from families and members of Community School District 21 and is hosted by Superintendent Isabel DiMola.

Join us to discuss how we can co-design your child’s learning experience using the latest educational research.

Please use this link to register and view the flyer below for more information.

GK

Opportunity to Attend Regional Meetings on New York State Graduation Measures

Dear PS 101 Families,

While this may not effect you now as a parent, it may one day…

In the 2019–20 school year, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Board of Regents formed a Blue Ribbon Commission to review high school graduation measures, and reaffirm what it means to obtain a diploma in New York. After a delay due to the pandemic, the commission is resuming its effort to examine what standards a diploma should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for every student in New York State. The commission will also consider whether additional measures of learning and achievement could better serve the state’s diverse student population, as indicators of students’ knowledge and of their college and career readiness. To inform the work of the commission, NYSED will continue hosting regional meetings across the state to provide the public and community stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss guiding questions related to the state’s requirements for graduation, and to gather feedback for consideration by the commission.  

You are encouraged to attend one of the remaining virtual NYSED regional meetings, which target stakeholders in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, but are open to all NYC stakeholders. The Staten Island regional meeting is scheduled for December 15; the Bronx regional meeting is scheduled for January 12; and the Manhattan regional meeting is scheduled for January 19. Note that the regional meetings targeting stakeholders in Brooklyn and Queens were held in early 2020.

Here are the flyers for the Staten IslandBronx, and Manhattan regional meetings. Pre-registration for the virtual regional meetings is required; the flyers include instructions and links for participant registration. Translated versions of the flyers are available in all DOE-supported languages. Translation and interpretation services will be available at each meeting. 

GK

Tomorrow: Share your Thoughts on Brilliant NYC (the new Gifted and Talented program)

Dear PS 101 Families,

As you know by now, the mayor has made changes to the Gifted and Talented program in NYC and is calling on parents to share their thoughts and ideas with the NYC Dept of Education on the new program, entitled Brilliant NYC

Tomorrow, Tuesday Novemebr 30th from 6pm-7:30pm, you are invited to a Zoom Conference to learn about Brilliant NYC and share your thoughts on how to make this new program amazing! This is an opportunity to hear from families and members of Community School District 21 and is hosted by Superintendent Isabel DiMola.

Join us to discuss how we can co-design your child’s learning experience using the latest educational research.

Please use this link to register and view the flyer below for more information.

GK