IMPORTANT: Fire Safety at Home

Dear PS 101 Families,

As you may know, yesterday NYC suffered one of the worst fires in recent NYC history in the Bronx. While our hearts and prayers go out to those families who lost loved ones and those effected by the fire, it would be foolish of us not to learn some valuable lessons to prevent future situations from occurring in our community.

Some of the basic things you can do at home and with your children are:

  1. Ensure your Smoke Alarms are working and operational. Push the button on it to test it and to ensure your child knows the sound it would make in case of a fire.
  2. Review exiting procedures with your child– how do they get out of the home or apartment?
  3. Discuss multiple exits. What if the main entrance is blocked by fire? How should they get out?
  4. Use the door knob to test if there is fire on the other side of the door. If a door knob is hot, there may be fire on the other side of that door. try another exit.
  5. Get as close to the floor as possible. Remind children that breathing smoke can be very dangerous and they are to get as close to the floor as possible when exiting (and if possible cover their mouth and nose with a wet rag/towel).
  6. In the event of a fire and they exit the building or home and you are not there, where are they supposed to go? Create a designated meeting place for your family.
  7. Always close the door when you leave so the first is contained and does not spread.

The FDNY has fire safety resources for families available at www.FDNYSmart.org, and remember to Close the Door when evacuating from a fire (also available in multiple languages).

G.Korrol
Principal

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.

GKorrol
Principal

Safety Issue: No Double Parking

Dear Parents/Guardians:

School safety is a shared responsibility of all members of our school community. Arrival and dismissal are crucial times of the day when all parents dropping off and picking up children from Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade need to be aware of and considerate of students walking to and from the building.

Please abide by the law and park in a legal parking space, and then walk to and from the school to pick up your child. Do not double-park your car. Double parking creates traffic and a dangerous situation for children and parents on the surrounding block(s).

It is for the safety of our children that we need to follow these rules and never put your child or another child in unnecessary harm’s way. We greatly need and appreciate your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal and our School Safety Committee

Student Discipline Code 2021-2022

Dear PS 101 Families,

The Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning, also known as the Discipline Code, is a guide that covers infractions and the range of possible disciplinary and other responses for grades K-5 and 6-12 in addition to the steps on how students/families can appeal decisions. This document also includes the Student’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. 

Please review the Discipline Code with your child. Please note the process is an escalation process where the first infraction of any kind warrants one of the lower end consequences that we have available and with repeat infractions becomes more punitive. We need your help in enforcing school rules and socially acceptable standards with language and actions.

The Discipline Code(Open external link) is publicly available for families in all NYCDOE – supported languages.

Discipline Code Behavioral Contracts for Students and Parents

English
Arabic(Open external link)
Bengali(Open external link)
Chinese(Open external link)
English(Open external link)
French(Open external link)
Haitian-Creole(Open external link)
Korean(Open external link)
Russian(Open external link)
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Town Hall Safety Team Meeting

January 25, 2021

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

As a school community, we all want to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. Each month our School Safety Committee meets together to discuss measures of safety, school events and concerns to better provide a safe learning environment.

For our February meeting, we are cordially inviting parents to join us for our virtual meeting via ZOOM to share in quality conversations regarding our school. Our agenda will include General Response Protocols, COVID Health and Safety school activities, emergency preparedness/protocols, new state laws, safety and security, etc.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 4th, 2020 at 10am. Please be advised, you must join the zoom meeting with your child’s NYC DOE students e-mail account.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and partnership to ensure of safety and well-being of your youngsters and staff. 

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal 

ZOOM link to join the School Safety Team Meeting: 

Topic: ZOOM link School Safety Meeting – February 4th

Time: Feb 4, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88249570172?pwd=eDdGTGErSThxeXVMcDNYeHBQczBZUT09

Meeting ID: 882 4957 0172

Passcode: 152044

+16465588656,,88249570172#,,,,*152044# US (New York)

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+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Soft Lockdown Drill

Please be advised we entered into a soft  lockdown DRILL today.

Please note the MAJOR difference this year in these drills is under normal circumstances, students move into a corner of the room where they cannot be seen from the window, however, due to Social Distancing guidelines, we are following all procedures EXCEPT students will remain at their desks to ensure safe distancing.

As per DOE requirements, we are to do 4 drills per year. I am happy to inform you that everything was very swift and everyone (staff and students) responded perfectly according to our protocol. Thank you to the staff and students.

Dogs are not permitted around arrival or Dismissal areas

As per the safety of the students, staff and parents, we are asking that you keep dogs away from all dismissal areas. Remember, while we all love our dogs, you cannot always predict their behavior and additionally, some children are frightened of dogs, thus we must ensure safety and well-being of all of our students first.

Please be sure to have your dog on a leash at all times and away from all dismissal areas. We appreciate your cooperation regarding this matter in providing our students with safe dismissal procedures. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

GK