Greetings PS 101 Families,
We are writing today to share some critical updates as we prepare for staff and students to return on January 3, 2022. With an uptick in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant, which health experts say is more transmissible than previous variants, we are sharing NYC’s multi-pronged strategy and updated approach to safely returning to school in-person this January. Please review the following updates.
Additionally, we need your permission to keep PS101 safe by having every parent consent to COVID testing for their child. Regardless of whether your child is vaccinated, we need you to consent to in-school testing. Families can complete the online form in their NYC Schools Account or return a signed paper form to the school. Additional information on testing for students can be found on the DOE website.
At-Home Rapid Test Kits for Students
Schools will distribute these test kits to any students and staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms OR students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 in a classroom setting beginning January 3. See below and “At-Home Rapid Test Kits” on the COVID-19 Testing InfoHub page for more information.
Guidelines for Test Kit Use:
To all staff and students in a class where a positive case is identified. Staff and students in that class should use the take-home tests to monitor for COVID. Those who have an at-home rapid test kit will need to take the test two times over the course of five days (each kit includes two tests).
It is recommended that exposed individuals take one test that evening and one test on Day Five after exposure.
If an exposed individual starts experiencing COVID symptoms before Day Five, they should use the second test.
Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days from the day of the positive test was taken or day symptoms started, whichever came first, and may return to school on Day 11. No negative test is required when returning to school on Day 11.
Now more than ever, we are dependent on one another to work together to ensure PS101 is kept open and daily education continues. We look forward to working with all PS 101 families to keep one another safe.