School Visit Celebration

Dear PS 101 Families-

Today we had a visit from the First Deputy Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer for NYC. They came specifically to see what makes #PS101 so #successful at a time when most #schools are struggling.

During the visit they spoke with Principal #Korrol and visited several #classrooms to learn about our online #instruction, how we are tracking and #assessing our #students, the engagement of our students, how our students were working with #technology in #education, etc.

I’m happy to tell you that the NYC officials were very impressed with our school, classrooms and students and amazed at the confidence with which our staff and students use technology in education.

I’m sharing this with you because we all have a lot to be thankful for and proud of when it comes to the amazing staff of PS 101.

I personally want to thank you our #teachers for doing such great work with our students and for continuing to ensure they have a successful education in creating the #ps101experience.

With appreciation,

GK

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

Subject: 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 1/13/2021, 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

A New Possible Case….

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

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

Subject: 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 1/12/2021, 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

A Potential Positive Case at PS 101 (new)

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

Weekly COVID Testing

Greetings PS 101 Families-

As you know, we have mandatory weekly testing at PS101 when the building is open.

In general, when your child is tested, you will receive an email notifying you test results are available. You can get this email as early as the next day, or it could take up to 4 days.

My child was tested as part of the NYC Public School random surveillance COVID-19 testing program, what should I expect now?

  • Most test results will be available within 48-72 hours after a test.
  • Test results will ONLY be made available to patients or their parent/guardian.
  • Depending on the lab that performed your test, you will receive either a phone call, text or email.
  • Check to see what lab performed your test on this spreadsheet.

48-72 hours have passed since my test. How will I learn my test result?

If you haven’t heard anything after 48 to 72 hours, you can contact the NYC Public School COVID-19 Testing Result Hotline at 646-614-3028. When you call, please have the following information available: 

  • Your student’s name and date of birth 
  • The date and school where the testing occurred 
  • The name of the lab that performed the test (check the flier your child was sent home with, ask your school, or check the spreadsheet above) 

In addition, you can contact the lab directly. If you were tested by:

BioReference Laboratories

  • All patients that provided contact info to the school to share with the testing lab will receive an email with their result information 
  • Staff ONLY can also access their result, when it becomes available, through the BioReference portal after the staff member creates a confidential personal profile accessible here: bioreference.com/patient-portal(Open external link)
  • If a patient does not receive results notification within 72 hours, please email patientportal@bioreference.com(Open external link)
  • Parents or guardians of students tested can contact BioReference directly at 1-888-279-0967, and should mention they are calling in reference to NYC schools testing program 
    • When contacting the lab, please have the following information available:
      • Patient Name, Patient Date of Birth, Date testing occurred

Fulgent Genetics

  • All patients that provided contact info to the testing lab will receive an email or text directing them how to access their results from Healthvana, a healthcare communications service 
  • If a patient does not receive results within 72 hours, please email backtoschool@fulgentgenetics.com(Open external link) or call 626-350-0537 between hours of 9:30AM – 8PM 
    • When contacting the lab, please have the following information available:
      • Patient Name, Patient Date of Birth, Date and location where testing occurred

SOMOS Community Care

  • All patients that provided contact info to the testing lab will receive an email with their result information from BioReference Laboratories (the lab processing the tests on behalf of SOMOS) AND a phone call from SOMOS Community Care
  • If a patient is not contacted within 72 hours, please visit somosny.com(Open external link) anytime or call 833-SOMOSNY (766-6769) between hours of 8AM – 8PM Monday – Friday
    • When contacting the lab, please have the following information available:
      • Patient Name, Patient Date of Birth, Date testing occurred

GK

PS 101 CLOSED until Tuesday January 19, 2021

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please be advised due to multiple cases, PS 101 will be closed until Sunday January 17, 2021.
Monday, January 18, 2021: DrMartin Luther king Jr Day- school is closed (Holiday) –no remote instruction

We will return to the building on Tuesday January 19, 2021

For the week of January 11-15, all students will take part in Remote Instruction

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 1/17/2021.

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 1/17/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 1/19/2021.   
  • 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,

GKorrol

Deadline almost here: Nominate a Teacher!

Do you want to say THANK YOU to your child’s teacher?

Nominate your child’s teacher and tell the NYCDOE how happy you are that a PS 101 educator made a difference in your child’s life!! Deadline Sunday January 10, 2021

Why nominate a teacher?

  • Show your appreciation for a dedicated educator who has made an impact on you and/or your community.
  • Contribute to a citywide conversation about teaching excellence and showcase the work happening in your school community.
  • Make your teacher’s day. Every time a teacher is nominated, they receive an email letting them know.

Click here to nominate a PS 101 Educator/Teacher