Please be advised of another Confirmed Case in addition to the email from last night.

Please see the letter from the NYCDOE Situation Room below. The class associated has been quarantined and parents notified. I am awaiting next steps from the Dept of Health to if PS 101 will remain open or be temporarily closed which is based on if the positive cases have a connection.


Greetings PS 101 Families,

As you may know, your school building took part in the COVID-19 In-school Testing Program . This message is to notify you that at least one member of your school community received a positive test result.

The DOE’s COVID Response Situation Room was notified and a representative from the Test & Trace Corps will be in touch with you shortly to discuss next steps.  We will be asking for additional information that will be used to identify the appropriate actions which may include quarantining members of the school community, or even a building-wide closure. 

After the case is verified, families will be notified in the following order:

Classroom Closures

 •        During the hours of 7:00AM – 5:00PM, any verified COVID-19 case will be addressed in a daily email that indicates all COVID-19 related activity that occurred during the past 24 hours.

•         After 5:00PM and before 7:00AM, any verified COVID-19 case will be communicated to families with a New York City School Account (NYCSA) via text and email alert immediately following principal(s) notification.

Building Closures

•Any verified COVID-19 case will be communicated to families with a New York City School Account (NYCSA) via text and email alert immediately following principal(s) notification.

To learn more about the City and DOE’s efforts city-wide please visit the COVID-19 In-school Testing Program page on the DOE’s website by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions or need additional clarification, please contact the Situation Room at 212-393-2780 or

Thank you.

Corona Virus update from the Dept of Ed (March 10)

Good day 101 Families:

Please see this link for the latest information form the Dept of Education regarding CoVid/Corona

Please see this link for a Corona Virus Fact Sheet

All three documents and translations are available on the InfoHub Coronavirus Letters page. You can also visit the family site where it is fully accessible and translated.

The key here is to recognize the symptoms and see a doctor immediately if you or someone you’ve been in contact with is showing symptoms which include fever, cough or shortness of breath. 


As of March 2020, the Health Department recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
  • Consider telecommuting, biking or walking to work if possible.
  • Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., change some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.

It is important you pay attention to the facts that are available.

Have a great day!



Corona Virus update from the NYCDOE

Greetings PS 101 Families,

Please see the following updates from the NYCDOE on the Corona Virus (AKA COVID-19):

Coronavirus Update for Families_March 3 2020

Please review the overview document on COVID-19 and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.


Here is the full text of the letter for translation purposes:

March 3, 2020
Dear Families,
Over the weekend, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. While we all hoped this moment would not come, it was something the City has meticulously prepared for. At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Despite our first confirmed case, New Yorkers remain at low risk for contracting the virus.
The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. As we monitor the situation, we are enhancing certain protocols and providing additional resources, including:
 Providing CDC-approved cleaning agents to every school
 Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging students and staff to wash hands frequently
 Ensuring principals and school nurses have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited at school, and provide help for any affected individuals
Working in close partnership with the Health Department, we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves, and communicate about any possible impact to parents and our school communities. We will keep all of our latest information on our website at
There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be taken at the direction of public health experts. As a reminder, it is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
• Wash your hands regularly
• Avoid touching your face
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
We are in direct and regular communication with principals to ensure they have the latest information and to answer any questions that may arise. Additionally, we remind all families that they can receive regular updates on this topic and many others by signing up for an NYC Schools Account. Please visit to create an account and to update your emergency contact information.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit at any time for important updates. The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education