COVID-19 Classroom Closure

Dear P.S. 101 Families:

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?

  • 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

Principal

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.

GK

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 rts@buildings.nyc.gov.

Thank you.

Principal’s Message- Safety and Protocols March 11

Greetings 101 Families,

I am writing to give you some updates on how we are protecting your children at this time. As you know, PS 101 is a safety first school- it’s the message I give at every welcoming assembly, and have said consistently throughout meetings. Since this concern began, I have been posting everything that the Dept of Education sends to me regarding the COVID/Corona virus on our school website.

There have been some concerned calls regarding the local King David Nursing Facility where our students have done community service for many years. This past Sunday, March 8 we learned in the news that there was a confirmed case of Corona at the King David Nursing Facility. On March 8, when I learned of this, I immediately reported it to the Superintendent and Dept of Education.

I spoke to the administration at the King David Nursing Facility today and was told that the person who was reported infected on March 8 was last at the Nursing Facility on February 28-29 and on the second floor. Our students who visited from our Little Lighthouse Team (8 students and 3 adults) were at the King David Nursing Facility on February 27 on the first floor, the day before the infected person was there. I have also been told today that none of their residents have been sick or had any symptoms, and even those tested came back negative for the virus.
None of the students or staff who visited the center two weeks ago have been ill or reported any symptoms.

In regards to PS 101 student safety and following State recommendations to avoid crowds, we are taking the following precautions:

  • Daily, we announce and remind students to wash their hands, not touch one another, not touch their face, etc.
  • Custodial staff is cleaning daily, even more than usual, using disinfectant in classrooms, the cafeteria and bathrooms.
  • The custodial staff cleans multiple times a day (hallways, bathrooms, door handles, banisters in stairwells, etc) with disinfectant.
  • We are cancelling all non-essential gatherings. This means we are not inviting parents for shows at this time, but will record the show and post it for parents to watch online.
  • We will make decisions to cancel or postpone school trips as we get closer to the dates.
  • At this time we are not allowing parents to come to the office to pick up their child. If you need to take your child out of school early, tell our security officer who will call the office and we will bring your child to you.
  • We are not allowing parents to come into the building at dismissal and asking everyone to wait outside when picking up their child.
  • When a child isn’t feeling well, they are sent to the nurse and then the parent is called to pick them up. The child does not return to class if not feeling well.
  • We have set up a quarantine room if any children are showing signs or symptoms.
    Thankfully, no children have shown any symptoms.
  • As messaged, parents can choose to keep their child home during this time and their attendance will not impact their school records. If you child is not in school, they are still marked absent, but it will not hurt their student record.
  • If you are keeping your child home, you should continue to ensure they are doing their HW and using iReady daily which we will track and include as part of their grades.
  • If you are keeping your child home as a preventative measure, you must let the school know so we can code the absence differently than a regular absence. Please call the school and tell Mrs. Margaret you are keeping your child home as a precaution.
  • If your child is not feeling well, you MUST keep them home and I highly suggest seeing a doctor. Please obtain a note from your doctor, preferably with a diagnosis, for the absence.

In regards to posting messages on our school website, as a Principal, I am required to follow Dept of Education protocols. As part of my job, I must follow my supervisor’s directive and can only post official information related to the Corona Virus.

What I can share is that I am in the same situation as you. I also have my own concerns, but I am focusing on the facts. I am still coming to work every day. I am still sending my daughter to school every day, and so are Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Percaccio and all of our staff.

Some measures I take at home with my family, aside from washing constantly, are removing our shoes and also changing our clothes the moment we get home (something we have always done). We do laundry more frequently and disinfect our door knobs and entry way floor. These are great steps to take for you as well.

As I have been, I will continue to post any information we get from the Department of Education.

Thank you so much for your support and messages to me, my staff and our PTA. We are all working very hard to ensure learning continues and that all of our children and families are safe.

G.Korrol
Principal of PS 101

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. 

Prevention

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!

GK