Revised School Closure policy for NYC

Dear PS101 Families, 

I am reaching out today to share details on the updated NYC school quarantine and closure protocols, which will be reflected in the COVID-19 School Health Policy, and will go into effect Monday, April 12. These updates, and all the protocols we have been following, were developed in close collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and are based on the best research available about how to keep our schools and communities safe. 

  1. There is no change to classroom closures. If there is at least one confirmed positive case in a class, regardless of the source of infection, impacted students will quarantine for 10 calendar days and transition to remote learning during this time. 
  2. If there are 2 or more positive cases in different classrooms within a school over a 7-day period, in addition to closing the impacted classrooms, COVID-19 surveillance testing will double from 20% to 40% of students and staff in the school on the next regularly scheduled weekly random testing day. 
    1. As a reminder, testing only applies to students in grades 1 through 12. 
  3. If there are 4 or more confirmed cases in different classrooms within a school over a 7-day period that can be traced to a known exposure within the school, the entire school will close for 10 calendar days and transition to remote learning. 
  4. Additionally, schools will no longer close for 24 hours while investigations take place

G.Korrol
Principal

Principal Korrol Testing Meeting

Grades 3,4 and 5 parents are invited to a Zoom meeting with Principal Korrol tomorrow Friday April 9 at 9am to discuss the ELA, Math and Science State Exams and answer any questions you have about testing for this school year.

The Zoom link for this meeting is below. You must log on using your child’s DoE account:

Principal Korrol State Testing meeting 
Time: Apr 9, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89743089237?pwd=YWlDMlB4Vk4zZHh3U1hZK2l2R3lRUT09 

Meeting ID: 897 4308 9237 
Passcode: 235393 

NYS Exams- Grades 3, 4 and 5 Parents Please Read Carefully

Dear Grade 3, 4, 5 PS101 Families,

As we head into the spring, I know many of you have questions about standardized testing. In a typical year, State exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building. It will not be possible to administer state exams remotely. Therefore, we are contacting you to determine if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams.

Parents must let us know if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams so that we can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all of our students. Please read on for more information about this year’s exams.

What State exams will be administered in the school building?

The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams, and the Grades 4 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety to learn more.

How will you keep my student safe during in-person test administration?

Health and safety are our first priorities. We are asking for you to sign up so we can create testing schedules and room assignments that allow for social distancing protocols.

How do I sign up for the exams?

Your child’s teacher will be sending you a survey tomorrow April 8, 2021 that you must complete.
If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please fill out the Google Form by Tuesday, April 13, 2021. If you do not wish to have your child test you can fill out the survey stating you do not want to have your child take the exam.

If we do not hear back from you by Tuesday, April 13, 2021, your child will not participate in state testing.

If my child is already learning in the building, do I still need to sign up for the exams?

Yes. You must let us know if you would like your student to take State exams, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

My child is fully-remote. Are they expected to come in to take the exams?

No. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the State exams. However, if you would like your student to take the exam, they can be included—and you must complete the Google form stating you want you child to take the exam.

If my child does not take the exams, will they be penalized?

No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS ELA, Math, or Science exams will not be penalized. The State Exam is not being used for class placement or for Middle School admissions.

When are the exams?

The exams will be administered sometime within the following dates.
We will inform you in the coming weeks of the specific date your child is taking the test.
If you child is Remote-Only, you will have a specific date and time to bring in your child, then pick them up.

  • English Language Arts for grades 3 through 8:  April 19–29, 2021
  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14, 2021
  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021

Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr. We will share the scheduled testing date for your child prior to the start of testing window.

If I don’t sign up, what will my child do while their classmates are taking the exam?

Information will be given at a later date. If we don’t have staff to safely supervise non-test taking students, students may have to stay home and participate in remote instruction on testing days.

Are the exams different this year?

Yes. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams will be multiple choice only. The Science exams for (grades 4 only) will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer.  

How long is the test?
The tests are untimed, but most students will complete the tests in 55 to 90 minutes.

I have more questions. How can I learn more?

The DOE has created a Parent Guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. You can also always reach out to {insert contact information} with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.

Sincerely,

Principal G. Korrol

Traffic Safety Webinar – Morning and Evening

Traffic Safety Education WEBINAR SERIES

Parent Webinar for Pre-K to Grade 5 Parents


This WEBINAR is for the parents of elementary school aged children:


Outlines risks and safety tips for parents to share with their children as pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicle passengers


Engages with parents to discuss real life scenarios and builds awareness about traffic safety issues in the neighborhood


Helps prevent future incidents by presenting simple steps to making safer choices


This is a one-session webinar that lasts 60 minutes, the TOPICS that will be discussed are:
Child passenger safety
Pedestrian Safety
Bicycle Safety


Date: April 7, 2021
Time: 9:00am-10:00am or 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Via Zoom (The webinar zoom link will be
sent to each registered participant on April 6, 2021.)


Please register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/147792187411


Safety Education and Outreach Traffic Safety
Webinar conducted by NYC DOT Safety Educators

CONTACT
NYC DOT Safety Education and Outreach Division at safety-ed@dot.nyc.gov.
Contact: Lillie Mitchell at 212-839-4750 or lmitchell@dot.nyc.gov. To request
accessibility accommodations, please contact Lillie by March 30, 2021).

ABOUT US
NYC DOT conducts safety education and outreach programs for children, parents,
educators and senior citizens and all New Yorkers. NYC DOT’s safety educators visit
600 schools and 125 senior centers in a typical year. NYC DOT has also distributed
260,000 free, fitted helmets in communities throughout the city

Potential COVID Case

Please be advised this is in addition to the potential case posted yesterday.

4/6/2021 1:41 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

Pre-K Applications Deadline – Extended to April 19

Dear PS 101 Families:

We are reaching out today to share some exciting news! PRE-K applications will open on Wednesday, February 24th. NYC families with children born in 2017 will be able to apply to PRE-K and begin their child’s learning journey for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

The pre-K application will open on February 24th, 2021, and the deadline to apply is April 19th. During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. Here’s what you can do now:

*Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list (Open external link) By simply signing up, the NYCDOE will send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process: 

*Learn how to apply and how pre-K offers are made.

*If you missed the virtual Elementary Admissions Events, recordings from one of the NYCDOE January sessions will be available soon, with captions in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Korean, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Russian and Urdu.

Throughout the admissions process, you’ll use MySchools.nyc (Open external link) to learn about pre-K programs, apply, get your offer, and learn about waitlists. Before the application opens you can:

  • Set up your MySchools account (Open external link).
  • Start exploring pre-K program options in MySchools’ online, searchable pre-K directory (Open external link)

We’re here to help you learn about PRE-K admissions, explore your options, and apply with additional information. In the coming weeks, the NYC Department of Education will provide you with information regarding the application process. You may visit the NYC Department of Education website at nyc.gov/PreK or phone (718) 935-2009.

SAVE THE DATES and REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR PREK AT PS 101 FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR starting Wednesday, February 24th through Monday, April 19th.

If you have any questions, please call our school at (718) 372-0221 or contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at (347)563-4680.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

 

Yoga Tuesday with Marquis Studios

Greetings PS 101 Families:

It’s that time again for our weekly Tuesday Time with YOGA for PS 101K students/families. During yoga, the body goes through a full range and variety of motion that are associated with stress or poor postural habits. Practicing yoga helps provide a foundation and tools to building good habits, such as discipline, self-inquiry, and nonattachment.

This exercise is also a pathway to empower you to make conscious choices to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Today, yoga refers to greater internal states, such as clarity, peace, and happiness. Take advantage of our partnership with Marquis Studios and work alongside Yoga Certified Trainer, Ms. Sari to try these poses/techniques in your home.

Please encourage your child to participate in this learning experience and join in the family fun together.

Have fun to all of our yogis and yoginis: Session 8 links:

K-2: https://app.peardeck.com/student/trfxurter

3-5: https://app.peardeck.com/student/thwwtzzay

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

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

PTA Meeting April 6 10am

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tuesday, 4/6/2021 @ 10:00 am via Zoom (Registration in advance required)

https://nycdoe.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-GqrTIvH9P_EyvHgmaw-cu0EIbEYpdT

AGENDA

  • Meeting Call to Order
  • PTA Elections
  • SLT Elections
  • Review of Minutes / Motion to Approve
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report/Motion to Approve Treasurer’s Report
  • Title 1 / SLT Update
  • Budget/Audit/Bylaw Committee
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn

UPCOMING DATES:

May 4                May PTA Meeting

May 13              Eid Al-Fitr (school closed)

May 31              Memorial Day (school closed)

June 1              June PTA Meeting

June 3              Chancellor’s Conf Day (students not in
                          attendance)

June 8              Clerical Day (students not in
                          attendance)

June 25            Last Day of School

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT!

PTA Meeting – Elections

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We hope everyone is staying safe during these unprecedented times.   The elections for our Executive Board of our Parents Association for the 2021-2022 School year will be held over Zoom in a virtual conference.  

In order to serve as an Executive Board Officer, you must be a Parent/Legal Guardian (as defined in Chancellor’s Regulation A-660) of a child attending this school. 

The following positions are open for nomination: (see responsibilities below)

President or (Co-Presidents)

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Vice President(s)

Corresponding Secretary

The elections will take place on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 at 10:00 am.  Please register in advance at the link below for the meeting (registrations might not be validated after 8:00 am on the day of the meeting):

https://nycdoe.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-GqrTIvH9P_EyvHgmaw-cu0EIbEYpdT

Upon entering the meeting, please change your screen name to your Child’s Class -First and Last Name Initials – Last 4 digits of OSIS to maintain anonymity. — for example John Smith with a daughter Audrey in class 201 and last 4 digit of OSIS of 1234, the code name should be changed to 201AS1234.

Sincerely,

The Nomination Committee

Duties of Officers

President or Co-Presidents (core):

The president or co-presidents shall preside at all meetings of the association. The president or co-presidents shall appoint chairpersons of PA committees with the approval of the Executive Board. The president or designated co-president shall attend all regular meetings of the region/district presidents’ council and shall be a core member of the school leadership team. The president or co-presidents shall meet regularly with the Executive Board members in accordance with the bylaws to plan the agendas for the general membership meetings.

Vice President(s):

The vice-president(s) shall assist the president or co-presidents and shall assume the president’s or co- presidents’ duties in his/her or their absence or at the president’s or co-presidents’ request. Arranges for guest speakers for meetings. Attends district/region meetings as requested by the President.

Recording Secretary (core)

The Recording secretary shall maintain the official record (minutes) of the proceedings and actions of all association meetings. This includes General Membership meetings, Executive Board meetings and quarterly meeting with Principal The responsibilities shall include maintaining the sign-in sheets of the association. The secretary shall record and read the minutes of each association meeting and shall make copies of the minutes available upon request. Attends all meetings and district/region functions as request by the President.

Corresponding Secretary

The Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and responding to all correspondence addressed to the association. The responsibilities shall also include the preparation of notices, agendas, and materials distributed.

Treasurer (core):

The treasurer shall be responsible for all financial affairs and funds of the association. The treasurer shall also be responsible for maintaining an updated record of all income and expenditures on school premises and shall be one of the signatories on checks. The treasurer shall be prepared to present and provide copies of financial reports at all association meetings. Works with the Budget Committee to develop a yearly budget and provides all required information to the Audit Committee.

School Leadership Team Election Notice

Dear Parents:

Our Next Parent Teacher Association meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, April 6th at 10 am. It is very important that you attend the upcoming meeting. At that time, we will be electing 5 parents to serve on the School Leadership Team for a term of 3 year(s).

School leadership teams are teams of parents, teachers, administrators, and others who are responsible for setting the educational direction of a school. Leadership teams have two main tasks: the development of a Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and the alignment of a school-based budget with the CEP. All New York City public schools are required to have a leadership team that involves an equal number of parents and school staff. By getting involved in a leadership team, you can help our school meet this mandate. Your participation will also ensure that the parent voice is represented in important decisions that will impact teaching and learning in our school.

Participation on a school leadership team requires time, dedication, creativity and hard work. While compensating team members adequately for their contributions is not possible, the efforts of team members are recognized with a nominal reimbursement for some of the expenses such as child care and travel that are incurred as a result of participating in team activities. Each team member who contributes at least 30 hours annually to team activities is eligible for a reimbursement of $300.

Parents, guardians, and persons in parental relation who have children in PS 101 are eligible to serve as a parent member on the leadership team, unless the parent is employed in PS 101. If you are interested in serving on the team, please ATTEND our meeting on Tuesday, April 6th .Nominations will be taken at the meeting if the nominee is present.

Even if you are not able make the time commitment that being a school leadership team member requires it is critical that you attend the election at the parent association meeting on April 6th. The parents elected to the team represent you and your child’s interests. It is essential that we elect a diverse group of parents that reflect our school community. In order to assist you in electing good representatives, all candidates will be asked to introduce themselves during the meeting and explain why they want to serve on the team.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to seeing you on April 6th.

Sincerely,

_ Ginny Chu /s/ , Eva Chiu  /s/___ (PTA/PA President’s Signature)

_Ginny Chu, Eva Chiu__________(PTA/PA President’s Name)

Title 1 PAC Meeting

Tuesday, 4/6/21@ 10:30 am via Zoom

AGENDA

  • Meeting Call to Order
  • Title1 Chairperson Election
  • PAC Committee
  • Submitted Spending Plan 
  • Review Title 1 Guidelines 
  • Other Title 1 Updates
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn

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