My Child Took a COVID Test, So Now What?

Greetings 101 Families-

As you know all schools have weekly COVID testing of students and staff. Tests are random so we don’t know when they will happen or who will get tested.

Today, for example, we had testing.

What happens next?

If a child or staff member tests positive, that staff member or student will be contacted directly within 48hrs by the NYCODOE or Department of Health with guidance and next steps. After the person is contacted, the Principal and Superintendent are contacted, and we will send information out to our school community as we did last week when we had a positive case.

Parents can check their child’s results by going to Bioreference.com and signing up for an account

If a student or staff member tests positive, that entire class will be quarantined for a minimum of 2 weeks- meaning, they are not permitted inside of PS 101 and will attend school via Remote Learning.

If we were to have more than one positive case in 2 separate classes, the school will be temporarily closed for a minimum of 24 hours and potentially up to two weeks while cleaning is done.

You can learn more about COVID testing and watch a video of a student being tested, here

GK

Weekly COVID Testing is Mandatory for PS 101 students and staff

Dear Families,

I hope your family is keeping safe and healthy. I’m writing today with an update on an important precaution we are taking to keep you, your child, and your child’s educators safe: COVID-19 random testing for staff and students, here in school. . Translations will be available on October 23 at https://infohub.nyced.org/nyc-doe-topics/print-only-documents/covid-19-in-school-weekly-testing

You recently received a letter from the New York City Department of Education (DOE), NYC Department of Health (DOH), and NYC Test & Trace Corps describing a joint effort to conduct COVID-19 testing in our public schools. This letter can be found at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies. The State of New York has determined that our school is located in a geographic zone, the “yellow zone,” that requires weekly testing due to elevated rates of transmission in the area.  Weekly testing of students and staff is mandatory for schools in the yellow zone, and will continue until the State modifies or lifts the zone requirements. You can find a map of the City’s zones at nyc.gov/covidzone.

Mandatory in-school testing will be conducted for school staff and students in grades 1-12. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Thousands of students have already been tested across the city. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

In order to test your child, we need your consent. There are two easy ways to provide consent. Please note that even if you previously provided consent, as a parent at a state-designated Yellow Zone school, we ask you to resubmit the consent form for your child, as the consent form accounts for the newly-established mandate from the State requiring weekly testing in our school. Whether you have filled out a form previously, or if you have not yet filled out a form, please use these easy methods to provide consent:  

  1. Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to mystudent.nyc
    1. If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student. 
    1. If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.
  • Paper Form: Fill out and return the paper form to school. We have included the updated consent form with this letter. Your school can print and provide this form to you, or you can print it at home and send in with your child on their next in-person blended learning day. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.   

Here are some important notes for your awareness. You can find additional information under Frequently Asked Questions at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.

  • A random selection of students and staff will be tested each week, so if your child is selected one week, they may or may not also be tested the following week.
  • If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. Most testing results will be available within 48 hours.
  • Please be assured that, even after we receive your consent, your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive two phone calls. The testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.
  • If a parent does not consent to testing, the student may have to switch to remote only instruction.

If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the DOE website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety). 

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

G. Korrol
Principal

Weekly In-School COVID-19 Testing Begins

Dear PS 101 Families-

As per the Governor’s announcement, NYC schools must do weekly COVID19 testing where a random sample of staff and students will be tested (approx. 10%) every week. Testing began in all NYC schools this past week, and they have not come to PS101 this week to test yet.

How does testing work?

The test is a short Qtip that is inserted into the nose, which you can self-administer, and is approx. 5 swirls around the inside of each nostril.

When testing happens in PS 101, we will be using the back of the Auditorium for testing. PS101 staff members will be assigned to pick up the child from class, bring them to the auditorium, then return them to class.

How Do I consent for my child to get tested?

Please be advised that you can now consent to in-school COVID19 testing using your Health Screen App/website – the same one you use in the morning to do your Daily Health Screener. On the top of the page after logging in, you will see a button labeled “consent.”
OR
Visit https://mystudent.nyc/ and click Consent.

What happens if I don’t sign consent or my child is too scared to take the test?

Please be advised, while a parent can decide not to sign consent for their child to be tested, it may lead to the student having to be remote only as per the NYCDOE.

If a child is under duress (stressed, very upset, etc), the child will not be tested and the COVID testing team will try again the following week. If the child cannot be tested, again, it may lead to the student having to be remote only as per the NYCDOE

Thank you for your cooperation.

GK

“Yellow” zone

Greetings PS 101 Families,

Going forward, a new cluster action initiative will be implemented to address COVID-19 hot spots in NYC. Our school, PS101, is located in one of these geographic areas identified as a “precautionary zone,” and NYC is carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates in our geographic area. Additionally, NYC is working in partnership with the State to implement weekly COVID-19 testing for a random sample of students and staff in our school building. This testing will begin next week. 

Although there is no decision for our school building to close at this time, please see the attached letter from the NYCDOE (English version)
Translations will be available at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies. 

Additionally, you can use this map to find out what zone you are in by entering your address.

GK

COVID-19 In School Testing

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please see the attached letter regarding Covid testing in schools below. You are being asked to sign the consent form and send it in to school with your child as soon as possible.

From the letter below: “NYCDOE are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.
Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).”

Update for Families on COVID-19 Testing – September 29, 2020

Consent Form:  Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form – September 27 2020

Translated versions :schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies

GK