New Guidance for COVID Testing and Quarantine

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.

Parents, please ensure to read this letter . Translations will be available on the Messages for Families page by Monday, January 3. 

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.


What’s Happening in NYC Public Schools Update: Week of September 13-17, 2021

Dear PS 101 Families:

We were thrilled to welcome students back to the classroom—and in-person learning—this week! It was a joyous homecoming as students, teachers, school staff, and families reconnected in schools throughout the city. We are proud to once again be serving our students in safe, healthy, supportive classrooms where they can grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Please visit this DOE website for the most up-to-date information on the historic 2021-22 school year:

For more information about important forms to complete, COVID-19 vaccination and testing, quarantine protocols and remote instruction, and resources to receive help, you can read more here: What’s Happening in NYC Public Schools, Week of September 13-17

Translations are posted at

PS 101 Closed Until January 4, 2021


FROM the NYCDOE and Dept of Health:

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

I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 12/28/2020.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

What Happens Now?

● The school building will remain closed through 12/28/2020. As this is during Winter Break, in-person learning will resume on Monday January 4, 2021.

From today, December 15, 2020 through Wednesday December 23, 2020,
all instruction will take place remotely.

Please ensure your student logs onto Google Classroom daily and follows their schedule.
As a reminder, when students are on Zoom, their cameras must be turned on or they may be removed from the classroom.

Winter Break (No School Remotely or in-person) from December 24, 2020 -January 3, 2021

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified, and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

How Do We Stay Healthy?

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 prevent 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

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 or call 311.



NYCDOE “Family and Student Information” session

Families across the DOE are invited to attend a virtual “Family and Student Information” session, which will take place from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on November 19. For more information on this event, see the attached flyers: EnglishSpanishChinese (these were the languages provided at this time, but more information can be found here).

The session, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature DOE leaders discussing the most up-to-date information about remote and blended learning, grading policies, and health and safety protocols. Families can join this event by registering via Learn DOE; families can also view the event, without registering, via this livestream on the day/time of the event.

Fact Sheet from NYC Health: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS)

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please read the letter below from the Chancellor:


May 19, 2020

Dear Families,

Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)—formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.

 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.

When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.

Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

Translations of the family letter will also be available on the Coronavirus Parent Letters page on the InfoHub in the coming days


Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education