Frequently Asked Questions- PS 101 Families (FAQ)

Dear PS 101 Families,

We have prepared a list of Frequently Questions and Answers that you may be thinking about to help ease your mind and better prepare for our re-opening. Attached it the PS 101- The Verrazzano School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to the DOE Health Policy and Guidance.
*Please note this may change at any time.

HEALTH/SAFETY:

Q: In case a child/staff gets sick, what steps are taken to keep the other kids/staff safe? 

A: As per NYCDOE policy, “In order to accommodate a student who may exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, every building must designate space to be used as an Isolation Room. An Isolation Room is a place where a student with suspected COVID-19 symptoms can be safely isolated in the building until they can be picked up by a guardian.”

Q: Will students/staff have daily health screening?

A: Yes. We plan to conduct daily health screenings with random temperature scans with thermometers provided by the NYCDOE upon entry to the building.

Q: How will student restrooms be managed? 

A: We will have staff personnel set-up on each floor in the hallway with monitoring the number of students to accommodate social distancing to ensure we do not exceed the established cap at any given time and also use as a means of tracking students who are in the same location (bathroom). Educational signage will be posted for hand-washing and social distancing in all restrooms.

Q: Are students and staff required to wear masks even if they are socially distanced from one another? 

A: Yes. Everyone entering a DOE building is required to wear a mask/facial covering during the entire time they are in the building, consistent with New York State executive orders (202.17 and 202.34).

Q: What if a child has medical condition like asthma; do they have to wear a mask? 

A: The policy is that everyone must wear a mask. This is a NYS policy (see above). We advise you to consult your child’s primary care physician if this is a concern.

Q: Can a face shield be worn? 

A: At this point, masks are required. A child may wear a face shield on top of their mask, but not instead of a mask.

Q: How will the building be set up for safety and health considerations? 

A: We will be using aggressive signage to remind students and staff about social distancing and using arrows for one-way stairways and hallways. We will communicate gentle reminders with announcements made and teacher facilitation in classrooms. We will educate, communicate, and reinforce protective behaviors. We need families fully engaged as full partners in this process.

Q: Will parents or visitors be allowed in the school building? 

A: As per the NYDOE guidelines, visitors will be limited (ex: UPS delivery) to the building for any access, meaning parents and visitors will not be entering PS 101. You will need to call first if you need to pick up your child or if you need something. We ask for your understanding, patience, and respect with new protocols. We now have wellness protective barriers at our Safety Agent desk and in our General office.

Q: Will the classrooms be social distanced? 

A: Yes, we will adhere to all NYCDOE guidelines.

Q: Will temperatures be taken in school every day? 

A: As per NYCDOE policy, “Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families and by school-based staff. The DOE will launch a robust education campaign that makes clear to parents and school-based staff how important these daily health checks are to keeping school communities healthy and safe.”

Q: How do I know if my child can/should report to school if COVID contact or diagnosis? 

A:  A child is NOT permitted into school if :
They have been knowingly in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.
Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.
Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

Q: Will each seat in the classroom be social distanced from one another? 

A: Yes- student desks will individually and set apart six feet as per safety and health mandates.

 

Q: How many students are allowed per classroom? 

A: The number of students and staff together depends on the square footage of the classroom. We are adhering to all NYCDOE guidelines with the number of people per classroom.

 

Q: Do we have a School Nurse assigned to our school? 

A: Yes, we will have our current School Nurse, Maryleah Dellavalle remaining with us at PS 101 to ensure safety, wellness and health with our school team.

 

Q: Do students need to bring in hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as part of their school supplies? 

A: The NYCDOE has ensured that all students will be provided adequate PPE, with masks distribution and hand sanitizer, cleaning products safe for all.  However, feel free to have your child keep their own individual sanitizer if you would like.

 

Q: If a child is sick on any given day they should be in school, can they log into remote learning? 

A: Yes– if a child is absent, they should log-in from home to complete and tackle work assignments. Please be respectful of others and ensure your child is kept home if they are sick. this is our first priority to ensure the health and safety for all and we need your partnership.

 

Q: What is policy on students returning from being absent or who sent home with COVID related symptoms? 

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to
school when all the following conditions are met:
If a student Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
o Isolated for 10 days AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
OR
If a student Received a negative COVID-19 test AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
OR
If a student 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 AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

 

Q: If a child does not attend blending school for one week or two, do they lose their blended seat? 

A: No, once students return from a regular medical absence and cleared by their medical doctor and paperwork cleared by our Nurse Practitioner, they will be re-admitted once they are healthy after an absence(s).

 

Q: If a child is absent on their GROUP day (BLENDED), will their attendance for that day still count (REMOTELY)? 

A: Students may attend the Blended learning Group and must be present through the day to be marked present

 

Q: If a child does NOT attend BLENDED learning for one week or two, will they lose their BLENDED seat? 

A: No, once students return from a regular medical absence and cleared by their medical doctor and paperwork cleared by our Nurse Practitioner, they will be re-admitted once they are healthy after an absence(s).

 

Q: How will the school building be cleaned? 

A: Our custodial team has been trained and have received new equipment for high touch-point cleaning throughout the school day. They have also been trained to use new devices for deep cleaning overnight. all products are approved and recommended as green and safe.

 

Q: What is the protocol for when/if a child or teacher is diagnosed with COVID? Is school shut down? 

A: Please see the COVID-19 School Health Policy from the New York City Department of Education with pertinent information regarding policies for Health and Safety: COVID policy.pdf

Positive COVID-19 Case in School Definitions:

*Case: A person (student or staff member) with infection caused by the virus that causes COVID19 Contact: A person (student or staff member) who has close contact (exposure) to a case. 

*Infectious Period: The period of contagiousness when COVID-19 can be transmitted to another person.  For COVID-19 the infectious period is two days before symptom onset until ten days after illness onset, as long as the case has been at least three days fever-free without the use of medication.

For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the period is two days before through ten days after specimen collection. 

*Incubation Period: The period after exposure during which a person is at risk for becoming sick. For COVID-19 the incubation period is two to 12 days. COVID-19 School Health Policy Exposure: Defined as close contact less than six feet for more than ten minutes with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 during the case’s infectious period, regardless of the use of a face covering or barrier. 

In the school setting, people who use a classroom at a different time from a case are not considered exposed. 

*Important to Note: Anyone with a positive COVID test (staff, teacher, student) must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days since onset of symptoms. The period of self-isolation may need to be longer if the case has fever or symptoms between days seven to ten, as the case must be symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication. 

*A positive case can be reported by:  NYC Test & Trace Corps finds through case interview, staff or parent alert school, staff or parent alert DOHMH hotline. 

*DOHMH will begin investigating self-reported positive COVID-19 test results from a school community within three hours. 

*All case contacts will be monitored by NYC Test & Trace Corps and linked to COVID-19 testing and Take Care services. 

*Contact tracing will not be activated without a laboratory confirmed case or without a presumed case due to a recent close contact developing symptoms. 

*Cases are confirmed via the New York State lab results system or by DOHMH confirming the lab results presented by a teacher, staff, or parent. Unconfirmed Case in a School Any student or staff member who self-reports an unconfirmed positive case of COVID-19 or is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms will be immediately removed from the classroom or school building, told to stay home, and encouraged to get tested. 

*The classroom and school building will remain open at this time. 

*Contact tracing will only occur if there is a laboratory confirmed case or if the person is a close contact of a presumed positive. 

* If a positive case is confirmed, the school must follow the protocols listed below. 

*If a negative test result is received, the individual may return to school after presenting clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND after being symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

*If the individual does not get tested or seek clearance from a health care provider, the individual cannot return to school until:  10 days have passed since the first symptom AND The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. One Confirmed Case in a School. DOHMH will notify the principal and Central DOE of confirmed case. COVID-19 School Health Policy • Principal notifies Building Response Team, superintendent, and informs affected teacher(s).  Please see additional guidance regarding the Building Response Team during COVID-19. Building Response Team notifies Borough Safety Director.  Additional guidance on notifying other Borough Citywide Office points is forthcoming. 

*All students and teacher(s) in class(es) with a confirmed case are assumed close contacts and are instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. o In schools where students travel between classes, the school must require quarantine for individuals in all classes attended by the confirmed case. 

*Learning continues remotely for students who are in quarantine. A negative COVID-19 test result for a student does not reduce the 14-day quarantine period. 

*NYC Test & Trace Corps will interview the case and school administration to establish if there were with other additional close contacts. 

*NYC Test & Trace Corps will interview staff members to verify levels of contact with the confirmed case. If a staff member is deemed NOT a close contact, then the staff member can opt to return to school. If a staff member is considered a close contact, then the staff member is required to complete the 14-day quarantine. 

*The school must communicate to all families and students at school when a case is confirmed by DOHMH (letters are forthcoming): Families of students who are confirmed close contacts of the positive case must receive a letter stating that their child has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual; this letter gives clear direction to quarantine for 14 days and see a health care provider. Families of students who are not considered close contacts must receive a letter stating that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school but that their child is not considered a close contact therefore there is no need to quarantine. Two or More Confirmed Cases in a School 

* If two or more confirmed cases present within seven days of each other, NYC Test & Trace Corps and DOHMH begins investigation immediately and makes every attempt to conclude the investigation within 24 hours. 

*DOHMH will notify the principal and Central DOE of confirmed case. 

*Principal notifies the Building Response Team, superintendent, and informs affected teacher(s). Please see additional guidance regarding the Building Response Team during COVID-19. Building Response Team notifies Borough Safety Director.  Additional guidance on notifying other Borough Citywide Office points is forthcoming. 

*During the NYC Test & Trace Corps and DOHMH investigation: Two or more confirmed cases within the same class triggers a classroom quarantine but the schools stay open. Two or more confirmed cases within the same school triggers classroom quarantines and school is closed for a minimum of 24 hours while the NYC Test & Trace Corps and DOHMH investigation is underway. 

 

ORGANIZATION/SCHEDULING: 

Q: What is the protocol for lunch? 

A: As per NYCDOE policy, “Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Breakfast and Lunch will be held in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.”

 

Q: Is there going to be busing to get kids to school? 

A: At this point, we have no information on busing and we will share information as we receive it from the NYCDOE.

 

Q: What will be the protocol for entering the school building? 

A: Students will use multiple entrances and report directly to their period 1 classroom. Grade-specific entrances will be announced prior to the first day of school. We are awaiting information regarding early access, if any.

 

Q: Do we have a first day of school date? 

A: Currently, the first day of school is Wednesday September 16 (with all students working Remotely from home Sept 16-18)
In Person Instruction  begins September 21 with Group A. See the schedule calendar below.

Blended Learning Calendar NEW- PS 101 Blended_In-Person_ Learning School Calendar

 

Q: Will the remote students be able to receive their Related Services like Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language, etc.? 

A: Yes, all IEP mandates will be met in-person and virtually.

 

Q: Will the remote students who require a paraprofessional be assigned one? 

A: Yes, all IEP mandates will be met.

 

Q: Can we change cohorts to help with childcare needs or friends? 

A: At this point cohort changes are being granted for sibling and medical accommodations only. We must oblige by square footage thresholds and have limited to no flexibility.

 

Q: Will there be staggered times for entry arrival and dismissal? 

A: We will be utilizing multiple entrances and exits to allow for social distancing at arrival and dismissal. We will rely on families taking and picking up to adhere to personal space and social distancing with respect and understanding.

 

Q: Will students be changing/transitioning classes or will they have one teacher for the whole day? 

A: Students are programmed in the same room for the entire school day and they will remain in their assigned group.

 

Q: Will siblings be grouped together?

A: Yes, we have worked hard to ensure siblings are grouped together for in-person/blended group assignments. Please reach out to the administration if you have an issue or further concern with your children attending in-person learning.

 

Q: How will the weekly school schedule work? 

A: A current daily/weekly/monthly schedule (color-coded with red/blue/green) will be posted on our school website for all families and students to use an easy visual reference at www.ps101k.com.  The three-week cycle/rotation repeats itself.

 

Q: How will we be notified of student class assignments ?

A: Our School Aide Team will be phoning all BLENDED students to inform families of their group A, B or C.  REMOTE students and BLENDED students will all be accessing MyStudent.NYC to seek assignments when we enter on our end. Additionally, new .net accounts with access Google Classroom will invite students to log-in to their new on-line learning classes once they are finalized.

 

Q: What should my child bring with him/her the first day of school? 

A: Students should bring their book-bag, notebook and a pen/pencil. More information coming….
We will be tying color-coded bandanas on each BLENDED student’s school-bag to designate their group and use a s a quick visual for all. PLEASE ensure this (RED, GREEN OR BLUE) BANDANA remains tied to your child’s school-bag until further notice.

 

Q: Will we be able to sign-out/request an electronic device from school?

A: Yes- the DEVICE REQUEST form/link is still open and remain and will remain. Our school team will use this list to distribute electronic devices to those families requesting technology in working from home.

Applications for iPads:

Q: How will GROUPS in BLENDED work rotate? 

A: See our image below. We marked groups attending on which day on our calendar.

 

Q: Will there be ExpandED (TASC) for after-school care and extended day activities? 

A: More information forthcoming.

 

Q: How will a GROUP D- REMOTE child comes back to school? What class will they be assigned? 

A: We are awaiting guidance regarding fully remote students with the release of a pre-determined date with the closing of quarters.

 

Q: How will student events be celebrated in with our school day/activities? 

A: We hope to provide virtual events/activities and do the best we can to ensure school spirit and our family-like school environment for all.

 

INSTRUCTION:

Q: Will remote instruction be live instruction? 

A: We will focus on core areas of instruction. There will be live (synchronous) instruction daily, but this is still being negotiated with labor unions and the city of NY.

 

Q: How will teaching and learning be conducted?

A: It remains our commitment to ensure standards-based learning with using Priority Learning with core subjects with the PS 101 ultimate experience with our highly trained and dedicated teachers. Units of study and thematic units will remain a steady flow via BLENDED and REMOTE for student success.

 

Q: What is the protocol for GYM- Physical Education? 

A: (Physical Education): As per NYCDOE policy, we will “ensure students and staff observe physical distancing protocols to remain 6 feet apart for low-to-moderate activity, and 12 feet apart for any vigorous activity; eliminate student-to-student contact.”

 

Q: How will Arts & Technology Cluster classes and work? (STEM, Music, Art, Drama, Science, etc.) 

A: The classroom teacher will be providing arts instruction.

 

Q: Will the students be following their class schedules while working at home or will assignments have to be handed in by a specific time? 

A: We want students to follow the school schedule of learning. Students will have the have flexibility to complete their classwork when they are working remotely to a certain exact.

 

Q: How are Special Education services and IEP services going to be given when remote? 

A: All IEP mandates will be met with virtual instruction/therapy.

 

Q: When will the students with para-professionals be assigned?

A: On the first day they attend school, via remote or in-person, students will meet their teacher/para-professional.

 

Q: Will English language Learner (ENL) students receive services in their class program? 

A: Yes, multi-language learners will receive their services, but state guidance has stated there is flexibility, due to in-person/remote and staffing considerations.

 

Q: Will there be New York State standardized testing for later this school year? 

A: There will be mandated random monthly COVID testing in school as per the NYCDOE. If a parent does not sign the waiver allowing the NYCDOE to test their child, that child must be 100% remote and cannot come to school.