New Co-Vid Case…

11/24/2020 9:05 AM 

Dear P.S. 101 The Verrazano Community: 

The health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.

Today we are writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closures, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If and only if the individual tests positive, you will receive another update informing you and framing the next steps.

If the case is confirmed, we will work with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps to quickly take all appropriate action, including tracing close contacts. Any close contacts will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been cleaned and disinfected. 

Please be reassured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our school community, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has designated 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.

If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to the school until they have isolated for 10 days and been fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication and have other symptoms improving.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:   

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs. 
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. 
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”  
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands. 

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 

Full Remote School starting tomorrow Thursday Nov 19, Until Further Notice

Please be advised of this update- schools will be fully remote starting tomorrow Thursday November 19, until further notice.
Please ensure your child joins us on Google Classroom everyday.

As you are aware, the City is experiencing elevated rates of COVID-19. Last summer, as we prepared to open our school buildings for in-person teaching and learning, we established a threshold of 3% COVID-19 test positivity rate for the City using a 7-day rolling average as a trigger for closing our school buildings and transitioning to fully remote learning.

As of this morning, November 18, the City has now reached this threshold of test positivity citywide and, as a result, the DOE will temporarily close down all public school buildings for in-person learning, Thursday, November 19. This action, along with other city-wide measures, is a key component to address the concerning rise in COVID-19 transmission rates. This closure of buildings is temporary; we will work diligently alongside other City agencies and every New Yorker to bring this transmission rate back down and get back to in-person learning as quickly and as safely as possible. Translations of the family letter will be available very shortly on the Messages for Families page on the website.

PS 101 School will be FULLY REMOTE when the building is closed.

Read the Full letter from the Chancellor here:

I will post updates here regarding school buildings re-opening. Please also check your local news.

PS 101 School will be FULLY REMOTE when the building is closed.

PS 101 School-wide Closure- minimum 24 hours (Friday Nov 13, 2020)- *translated letters

Please see translated letters:
Effective 11/13/2020, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours.

Dear P.S. 101 – BROOKLYN – K101 at 8696 24 Avenue Families:

The health and safety of our students and staff and everyone in the DOE family across the city is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.  

Today I am writing to inform you that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. We are quickly taking all appropriate action and following rigorous protocols developed by the NYC Test + Trace Corps, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

Out of an abundance of caution, here is what will happen next to safeguard the health of our school community:

  • Effective 11/13/2020, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours.
  • All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period.
  • During this time, the NYC Test + Trace Corps and NYC Health will complete their investigation and the school will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting.
  • No staff will be permitted into the building except for those conducting cleaning and disinfecting. All other staff will work remotely.
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school and will be safely separated until they are no longer infectious. Please note that in order to protect the privacy of the individuals who have tested positive, we cannot share additional details about the case.
  • All students and teachers present in classes with the individuals who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive.
  • The NYC Test + Trace Corps and NYC Health will identify any other close contacts of the individuals who tested positive, who will also be notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days.

Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you by 6 p.m. each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

Additionally, we will share physical and mental health and wellness resources for you and your child. COVID-19 can be stressful for you and your loved ones. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious and afraid. We want to ensure you can access helpful resources for coping and reducing stress.

While New Yorkers have done an outstanding job fighting the virus, leading to extremely low infection rates citywide, COVID-19 is still active in our city, state and our country. There will be cases of COVID-19 this school year; we know this and all of our protocols have been in service of fighting this virus. Our job is to swiftly and effectively handle any cases that appear and be transparent every step of the way. That is what we are doing today.

We know a lot more than we did in March about how to protect each other from the virus, and it’s critical that we continue to act to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our schools. All of us must remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission: 

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

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,

G.Korrol

PS 101 School-wide Closure- minimum 24 hours (Friday Nov 13, 2020)

11/12/2020 2:00 PM

Dear P.S. 101 – BROOKLYN – K101 at 8696 24 Avenue Families:

The health and safety of our students and staff and everyone in the DOE family across the city is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.  

Today I am writing to inform you that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. We are quickly taking all appropriate action and following rigorous protocols developed by the NYC Test + Trace Corps, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

Out of an abundance of caution, here is what will happen next to safeguard the health of our school community:

  • Effective 11/13/2020, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours.
  • All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period.
  • During this time, the NYC Test + Trace Corps and NYC Health will complete their investigation and the school will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting.
  • No staff will be permitted into the building except for those conducting cleaning and disinfecting. All other staff will work remotely.
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school and will be safely separated until they are no longer infectious. Please note that in order to protect the privacy of the individuals who have tested positive, we cannot share additional details about the case.
  • All students and teachers present in classes with the individuals who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive.
  • The NYC Test + Trace Corps and NYC Health will identify any other close contacts of the individuals who tested positive, who will also be notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days.

Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you by 6 p.m. each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

Additionally, we will share physical and mental health and wellness resources for you and your child. COVID-19 can be stressful for you and your loved ones. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious and afraid. We want to ensure you can access helpful resources for coping and reducing stress.

While New Yorkers have done an outstanding job fighting the virus, leading to extremely low infection rates citywide, COVID-19 is still active in our city, state and our country. There will be cases of COVID-19 this school year; we know this and all of our protocols have been in service of fighting this virus. Our job is to swiftly and effectively handle any cases that appear and be transparent every step of the way. That is what we are doing today.

We know a lot more than we did in March about how to protect each other from the virus, and it’s critical that we continue to act to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our schools. All of us must remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission: 

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

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,

G.Korrol

IMPORTANT UPDATE with COVID-19 STUDENT TESTING

Greetings 101 Families: 

Please be advised, the NYCDOE has updated COVID-19 testing consent forms for our school community effective immediately. Any prior consent forms returned or submitted are considered invalid at this time. NEW consent forms need to resubmitted if you are interested in this weekly testing opportunity in order to ensure your child’s health and safety. 

GRADES ONE THROUGH FIVE ONLY: Please click to complete this form for students or submit the online version in your child’s  New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). You will need to print and return the consent form to your child’s teacher to reflect state-mandated weekly COVID-19 testing in our yellow-zone community. Additionally, hard copies of this form will be available for any parent/guardian who needs direct access at our schoolyard arrival gates in the morning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Parent coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-347-563-4690. 

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal 

“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

Student Absence “MUST” LIST

Greetings PS 101 Families-

A key piece of information you need to know regarding student absence OR students being sent home is below.
Read below very carefully because if a child has COVID like symptoms, a doctor’s not is not enough for them to return to school and will have to stay home for 10 school days.

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to
school when all the following conditions are met:

Option #1
o Received a positive COVID-19 test
AND
o Isolated for 10 days
AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider (Doctor’s note)
AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

Option #2

o Received a negative COVID-19 test
AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider (Doctor’s note)
AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

Option #3

o Never got a COVID-19 test
AND
o At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started
AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider (Doctor’s note)
AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

 

GK

Student Absence “MUST” LIST

Greetings PS 101 Families-

By tomorrow I will be releasing an FAQ to answer many of your questions.

A key piece of information you need to know regarding student absence OR students being sent home is below.
Read below very carefully because if a child has COVID like symptoms, a doctor’s not is not enough for them to return to school and will have to stay home for 10 school days.

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to
school when all the following conditions are met:

Option #1
o Received a positive COVID-19 test
AND
o Isolated for 10 days
AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider (Doctor’s note)
AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

Option #2

o Received a negative COVID-19 test
AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider (Doctor’s note)
AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

Option #3

o Never got a COVID-19 test
AND
o At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started
AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider (Doctor’s note)
AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

 

GK