Updated Quarantine Information

Dear PS 101 Families,

Please read the information below regarding Quarantine:

Individuals Exposed to COVID at School

  • Students and staff who may have been exposed to COVID at school will be given a home test kit to take home. The individual should administer the first home on the day it is received and use the second test on Day 5.
  • If an individual begins to show symptoms of COVID before Day 5, they should use the test kit immediately, treating themselves as a potential positive case and isolate. It is recommended that the individual also seek a PCR test. 

Individuals Exposed to COVID Outside of School

  • Students who are not fully vaccinated and experience an exposure outside of the school must still quarantine at home for 10 days. For example, if someone who lives in the household tests positive for COVID and the child is unvaccinated, the child must quarantine regardless of testing negative or positive.
    If those individuals obtain a lab-confirmed COVID-19 test result on or after Day 5 from exposure, they can return to school from quarantine on Day 8.
  • Students who are exposed top someone at home and are FULLY Vaccinated may report to school (do not have to quarantine) as long as they can pass the NYC Health Screener.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Shot Letter

Dear PS 101 Families,

Please read this COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Shot Letter from the NYCDOE as a reminder that students who are vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine and miss in-person school after they are exposed, and unless they have symptoms of COVID-19. This letter reminds parents about getting their child the COVID-19 vaccine for students ages 5 and older, as well as the flu shot. Translated letters are available Health Forms and Notices InfoHub page (see “COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Letter for Students ages 5 and older,” under item 5).  


Q and A about Testing and Quarantine

Dear PS 101 Families,

To answer some questions being asked:

How Long Does a Close Contact Have to Quarantine?

Fully vaccinated students identified as close contacts do not have to quarantine provided they remain symptom-free, but should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure. Unvaccinated students identified as close contacts must quarantine for 10 days. These students may test out of quarantine and return to school early on Day 8 if they are symptom-free and take a lab-confirmed COVID-19 test on Day 5 (or later) of quarantine and the test is negative. Proof of the negative COVID-19 test must be submitted to their school. Schools will accept an emailed test result or a paper copy of the test result.

Who will now be considered a close contact of a positive case and therefore will need to quarantine?

A close contact is:

  • Any student within three feet of a student with COVID-19 in the classroom regardless of wearing a face covering.
  • Any student who was within six feet of student with COVID-19 when either student was unmasked,
  • Any student or adult who was within six feet of an adult with COVID-19 for more than ten minutes regardless of wearing a face covering.

COVID-19 Testing in Schools

Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Continuing the successful safety practices of last year, there will be regular testing for COVID-19 in our schools.

Every school will randomly test, on a weekly basis, unvaccinated students who have submitted consent for testing. Testing will be conducted at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population. This way, if there is a positive case, action can be taken right away to protect the school community. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated are not required to be tested.

It is important that you provide consent for your child to participate in the in-school testing program.