Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined and Classrooms Closed

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

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.

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?

  • All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and 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.
  • 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?

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

New Cases- PS 101 will be closed on Monday 1/25/21

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please be advised that due to multiple Positive COVID Cases, we will be closed on Monday January 25, 2021. ALL STUDENTS WILL WORK REMOTELY
On Monday, I will post new information regarding Tuesday and if we will return to the building.

Regarding School Food, you may pick up meals at IS281 Cavallero between 8am-12noon and 3pm-5pm.

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Dear P.S. 101 – BROOKLYN – K101 at 8696 24 Avenue Families:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) determined that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours to investigate the source(s) of transmission.

Below you will find information on next steps to protect the health of you, your child, and the school community. This guidance reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • Effective 1/25/2021, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts” and 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.
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the building until they are no longer infectious.
  • T2 and DOHMH will identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

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 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 these 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,

GK

NYC Schools Account with Instructional Video

Dear PS 101 Families:

Have you created a NYC Schools Account for your child?

Attached you will find your NYC Student Account Information and a step-by-step guide. It is necessary for those families who have not yet created an account for their child to do so immediately.

What is a NYC Schools Account? 

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a DOE application that lets you access important information about your child on any device. The website is accessible in nine languages. 

Why is the NYC Schools Account important? 

The NYC Schools Account allows you to view your child’s grades, report cards, attendance history, test scores, transportation information, IEP information, submit COVID consent forms, track your child’s progress to graduation, and more to come! 

How can you get started and sign-up for your NYC Schools Account!

Easy … simply follow the steps in attached The Parent NYCSA Set-up Guide.

You will need a special Creation Code tailored for your child to activate your account and then you will be able to set up your own password. These Creation Codes are given to you by our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd. Any questions please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-347-563-4680 or via email at MLloyd2@schools.nyc.gov.

Additionally, a NYC Schools Account will be the only way to apply and vote in the 2021 Education Council Elections (CEC). Stay tuned for more information regarding the (CEC) elections.

This instructional video models the NYCSA set-up process.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey!

The DOE invites all students in grades 6–12, parents and guardians of students in grades 3-K–12, and teachers to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

The goals of the survey are to: 

  • provide timely and actionable feedback to schools and field teams to improve both remote an in-person learning experiences and,
  • assist in planning for the spring semester

The survey is open from Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021.

Links to the survey are available at schools.nyc.gov/experiencesurvey.

Inauguration Day- President Joe Biden

Dear PS 101 Families-

There are certain events, that regardless of personal opinions, are worth watching. Today the United States of America inaugurates a new President which is something that only happens every 4 or 8 years depending on the re-election of a President.

Another way to think about it, it the next time this happens, if your child is currently in Grade 5, they will be a second year High School Student, or if 8 years, in College! If your child is in Kindergarten, they will either be in 3rd Grade or a 7th Grade Middle School Student!

You and your child can watch the inauguration live here and learn more about it here.
The ceremony will be going on throughout the day.

GK

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 but NO exposure to School Community

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

Today we are writing to inform you that on 1/19/2021, a member of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Upon investigation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2) have concluded that there has been NO EXPOSURE to the school community because the person was NOT at school while infectious.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these “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 with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; 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 these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

GREGG KORROL

I Have a Dream….

Dear PS 101 Families-

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African Americans. He hoped that America and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person’s civil rights. He is considered one of the great orators of modern times, and his speeches still inspire many to this day.
Read more at: https://www.ducksters.com/biography/martin_luther_king_jr.php

Here’s a quick video from Scholastic that you can share with your child about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schools are closed Monday, January 18th to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

——>>>>>School reopens Tuesday, January 19 for in-person and remote learners. <<<<<———

GK

NYC Schools Account

Dear PS 101 Families:

Have you created a NYC Schools Account for your child?

Attached you will find your NYC Student Account Information and a step-by-step guide. It is necessary for those families who have not yet created an account for their child to do so immediately.

What is a NYC Schools Account? 

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a DOE application that lets you access important information about your child on any device. The website is accessible in nine languages. 

Why is the NYC Schools Account important? 

The NYC Schools Account allows you to view your child’s grades, report cards, attendance history, test scores, transportation information, IEP information, submit COVID consent forms, track your child’s progress to graduation, and more to come! 

How can you get started and sign-up for your NYC Schools Account!

Easy … simply follow the steps in attached The Parent NYCSA Set-up Guide.

You will need a special Creation Code tailored for your child to activate your account and then you will be able to set up your own password. These Creation Codes are given to you by our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd. Any questions please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-347-563-4680 or via email at MLloyd2@schools.nyc.gov.

Additionally, a NYC Schools Account will be the only way to apply and vote in the 2021 Education Council Elections (CEC). Stay tuned for more information regarding the (CEC) elections.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

Chess Club After School Lottery for 5th Grade Students

https://forms.gle/uN98xEXNcLD5gbt77

Chess Kids After School Lottery Form 2021 If you are interested in attending the Friday, After-School Chess program, please fill out this survey. If you answer No to any of the following questions, it may disqualify you for eligibility in this program.

Thank you for your interest in joining our 5th Grade Chess Club! Seating is limited and will be chosen through a lottery. We will meet on Friday afternoons starting January 22nd from 3pm-4pm via Zoom only. 

Our goal is to bring something extra to the table and Chess is a great game for people of all ages to learn! However, it is important for us to know that the 5th grade teachers expect our students joining the Chess Club to be on top of their assignments before joining us each week. 

Congratulations to the PS 101 #BigAppleAward Nominees

Dear PS 101 Families,

Good morning everyone! I would like to congratulate our Big Apple nominees (listed below). The fact that a parent took time from their day to nominate the people below means they feel their child is being given something very special. Whether it is attention, love, kindness, an amazing education, etc- there was a moment created that left an impression. While I believe our staff does this every day, it’s an honor when someone takes the time to reach out to NYC and says, “Hey, this educator is exceptional.” 

To the PS101 nominees, listed in no particular order, congratulations and thank you for creating the moments you do.

GK

  1. Ms. Vanessa Desiano
  2. Ms. Doreen Martin
  3. Mr. Gary Kane
  4. Ms. Jennifer Sestito
  5. Ms. Dawn Dematteo
  6. Ms. Ann Baio
  7. Ms. Lisa Lee
  8. Ms. Chrisoula Mantagas
  9. Kevin Damiano
  10. Ms. Nancy Duggan
  11. Ms. Melissa Herbert
  12. Ms. Nancy Weng
  13. Ms. Danielle Mezzo
  14. Mr. Hoi Yee
  15. Ms. Andrea Blacker
  16. Ms. Fran DeMarco
  17. Ms. Lauren Lanatra
  18. Ms. Samantha Dicapua
  19. Ms. Christine Alfieri
  20. Ms.Allyson Kain
  21. Ms. Elena Abbate
  22. Ms. Chani Azaria
  23. Ms. Kelly Schropp
  24. Ms. Mary Purpura
  25. Mr Joseph DeMarco
  26. Ms.Helen Lau
  27. Ms. Colleen Reilly
  28. Ms. Fran Mastrianni
  29. Mr. Gregg Korrol (a tremendous thank you to the person who sent me name in- it’s greatly appreciated)

#ps101experience #education #amazingteachers #ps101 #nycdoe #congratulations @nyc @nycschools @bigappleawards