Important Health and Safety Updates for September

Dear PS 101 Families:

As we continue to keep you informed regarding to the return to school, we urge you to check back often to the Return To School Webpage, as updates have been made to some pages, including Health and Safety.

Today the Chancellor released a letter containing Health and Safety Protocols for schools

Download here or read below:
Update for Families on Health and Safety Protocols – August 3 2020

Translations will be available shortly on the InfoHub.

Letter from the Chancellor:

August 3, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are safe and healthy, and finding some rest and relaxation this summer. As we are approaching the start of the 2020-21 school year, I want to share some important new information with you about health and safety protocols in your child’s school—and every school—for the upcoming year.

All schools are preparing for blended learning, during which students learn in-person in school buildings for part of the week, and continue learning remotely from home on the other days. However, any family can choose 100% remote learning for any reason. If your preference is 100% remote learning, we ask that you let us know by this Friday, August 7, so that schools have enough time to plan. Please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to fill out a short web form, or call 311.

In this letter you will find:

Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open

What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools

Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School

Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open

While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of our policy moving into September.

On July 31, the Mayor and I announced that for school buildings to open in September and remain open, on a weekly average the city must see fewer than 3% of all COVID-19 tests come back positive. Additionally, if 3% or more of New Yorkers who are tested for COVID-19 are found to have the virus after we open, school buildings will close again, and 100% of learning will be remote for every student.

Since June, we’ve hovered around 1-2%, and are working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health), NYC Test + Trace, and the Mayor’s Office to prepare for a coordinated school reopening. If staff and students aren’t healthy, they can’t teach and learn, and we are doing all we can to ensure that schools remain safe and healthy for learning.

What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools

In close collaboration with our expert colleagues at NYC Health, we have developed strict protocols that address prevention, precaution, and response to one or more of our students or employees having a confirmed case of COVID-19. It’s important to know that a “confirmed case” means that a parent or guardian, student, or staff member submits a positive test result from a healthcare provider or laboratory—like a City-run testing site, a private doctor, or an urgent care center—to the school.

Our protocols to keep school communities healthy include:

Prevention: Starting with the first day of the 2020-21 school year, if a student or staff member is feeling sick, they are required to stay home. Additionally, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they will be asked to get tested.

Feeling Sick in School: If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a school staff member until they are picked up by their parent or guardian. Staff members who become symptomatic at school must notify administration and immediately leave the building.

Testing: All school staff members are asked to get tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the beginning of school, and will be prioritized for expedited results at the 34 City-run testing sites. All school staff are also asked to get tested monthly during the school year. This free testing is also available for families citywide.

Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.

If there’s more than one case in a school, and it’s not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for 14 days for quarantine.

Students will continue their learning remotely during any necessary quarantine periods.

Communication: Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, schools will communicate to all families and students at school.

Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School

Testing and tracing are part of several strict health protocols designed to keep our school communities healthy. Here are the key things that you and your family should know about NYC Department of Education (DOE) health and safety practices, policies, and protocols as we re-open our school buildings in September:

 At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school or on their way to school. Exceptions will be made for children who can’t wear a face covering for medical reasons, and for younger children who aren’t developmentally able to wear a face covering.

 Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on school grounds and to and from school.

 Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.

 Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be readily available in throughout every school.

 Every school will have a school-based team ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in a school.

 Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day.

For more details on these and other policies, please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 and click “Health and Safety” for additional information and all the latest updates.

We are approaching reopening by centering health and safety and basing our policies on the expertise of health professionals—period.

I’ve been a public school parent, teacher, and principal, and I know what it feels like to want the best possible education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned a lot since March—both about the virus, and about our ability to react and respond to it in real time. That’s why we won’t settle for anything but the strictest and most rigorous processes for coming back to school.

We will send more information in the coming days and weeks. As always—thank you for being part of the DOE family.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

 

Dates to keep in mind:

August 7th – Remote Learning Preference Survey Due. You only need to fill out the survery if your child will opt for 100% remote learning. Click here to submit your Survey

August 19th – Community Education Council District 21 Meeting -7:00 PM. Visit the CEC 21 Website for the links to the meeting: CEC 21

August 12th and August 27th Chancellor Info Sessions regarding school Reopening. Click here to register: Virtual Learning Info Session

Do you have more than one child attending PS101 this September?

Dear PS 101 Families-

In order to start preparing for September, I am asking that all parents with more than one child at PS 101 fill out the survey below. This will help us start preparing for groups in September and can ensure your children attend PS 101 on the same days (if you are choosing to send them into school).
Please note this is for siblings only. We cannot take other requests.

Please use this link to let us know if you have more than one child at PS 101

Thank you,

GK

Do you have more than one child attending PS101 this September?

Dear PS 101 Families-

In order to start preparing for September, I am asking that all parents with more than one child at PS 101 fill out the survey below. This will help us start preparing for groups in September and can ensure your children attend PS 101 on the same days (if you are choosing to send them into school).
Please note this is for siblings only. We cannot take other requests.

Please use this link to let us know if you have more than one child at PS 101

Thank you,

GK

Audio of Principal/PTA mtg- July 28

Dear Parents,

Below is the audio recording of the meeting held with the PTA and Principal Korrol on the morning of July 28, 2020.

Below is the model of instruction we are planning for and that is referenced in the audio.
Please be advised this is a plan and may change.

If you have any questions, please listen to the audio then feel free to comment with your question.

GK

PTA/Principal Korrol Meeting: TOMORROW – July 28 at 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Please use this link to join our PTA meeting this Tuesday July 28 at 9am. During this meeting, I will provide you with the information I currently have about September and school openings, as well as answer your questions. Please note, there are a lot more questions than answers at this time as we await further guidance from NYC and the NYCDOE.

Important notes:

  1. You must use your (or your child’s) DOE email address- this was the address given to our students in late June.
  2. The Zoom meeting will allow up to 300 participants.
  3. You may call in or use your computer with the information below.
  4. Ensure your name is posted on your Zoom or phone. If the name comes in as “Galaxy Phone xyz”, (for example), you will not be admitted. We need to see names.
  5. Doors will open at approx 8:50am
  6. In the event the link doesn’t work or there is an issue, I will post a new link on our website the morning of.
  7. I am aware that incoming Pre-K/Kindergarten students do not have a DOE email address. You can try using the phone number below to enter.

Principal Korrol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Principal Korrol’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Jul 28, 2020 08:50 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91843524816?pwd=dUxNZkswM09hZis2L1hrdDVKM2p5Zz09

1-646-558-8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 918 4352 4816
Passcode: 964343

 

 

PTA/Principal Korrol Meeting: Tuesday July 28 at 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Please use this link to join our PTA meeting this Tuesday July 28 at 9am. During this meeting, I will provide you with the information I currently have about September and school openings, as well as answer your questions. Please note, there are a lot more questions than answers at this time as we await further guidance from NYC and the NYCDOE.

Important notes:

  1. You must use your (or your child’s) DOE email address- this was the address given to our students in late June.
  2. The Zoom meeting will allow up to 300 participants.
  3. You may call in or use your computer with the information below.
  4. Ensure your name is posted on your Zoom or phone. If the name comes in as “Galaxy Phone xyz”, (for example), you will not be admitted. We need to see names.
  5. Doors will open at approx 8:50am
  6. In the event the link doesn’t work or there is an issue, I will post a new link on our website the morning of.
  7. I am aware that incoming Pre-K/Kindergarten students do not have a DOE email address. You can try using the phone number below to enter.

Principal Korrol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Principal Korrol’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Jul 28, 2020 08:50 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91843524816?pwd=dUxNZkswM09hZis2L1hrdDVKM2p5Zz09

1-646-558-8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 918 4352 4816
Passcode: 964343

 

 

Supply Lists for September 2020

Greetings PS 101 Families,

Below are the Supply Lists for September. As we do not know if we will be attending school in-person, remotely, or a combination of both in-person and remote, we are giving you supply lists for each grade which include both in-person and remote supplies.

Pre-Kindergarten:

Pre-K remote learning supply list
Pre-Kindergarten Supply List

Kindergarten:

Kindergarten supply list 2020 
Kindergarten remote learning supply list

1st Grade:

1st Grade Remote Supply List 2020-2021
1st Grade Supply List 2020-2021

2nd Grade (one supply list for both remote and in-person):

Grade 2 Supply List 2020

3rd Grade:

Grade 3 -Remote Learning Home Supplies 2020-2021
Grade 3 School Supply List 2020-2021

4th Grade:

GRADE 4 Classroom Supply List
GRADE 4 Remote Learning Supply List

5th Grade:

Grade 5 Classroom Supply List
Grade 5 Remote Learning Supply List

Cluster/Specialties
*Please be advised not all classes have each cluster/specialty. I would advise waiting on purchasing these supplies until you know which classes your child is taking

Drama Supply List 2020
Leader In Me
Music Supply List
STEM Supply Lists

September Update #1 (for PS 101 Students)

Greetings 101 Families

Fall planning has fully begun, and this summer we are planning for what “re-opening” MAY look like in September. The NYCDOE has presented models for alternating days of instruction in-person at PS 101, combined with remote learning at home for September. While we are looking and analyzing the various models to see which works best for 101 families, something you can start thinking about is, assuming we go back in September, all students will engage in a partial week of in-person at PS 101 instruction, with the other part being remote learning at home. This is being done city-wide to ensure health guidelines and social distance requirements are followed, where approximately 8-10 students can be in one class at a time (normally we have about 30 students in a class).

The important need for you as a parent to start planning for is, who will watch your child on days when they are home and receiving remote instruction? Based on current models, children will be home for anywhere from 2-4 days per week, and they will be in PS 101, 1 or 2 days each week, with the possibility of a third day on a rotating basis.

Examples of what this MAY look like:

Child goes to school 2 days a week: Tuesday/Thursday OR  Wednesday/Friday OR Tuesday/Wednesday OR Thursday/Friday etc, then home the rest of the week learning remotely. Monday will either be rotating (meaning one week your child comes on Monday, then the next s/he doesn’t, then the third week they do, etc) OR may be for small group at-risk instruction

The other option depending on our group sizes (remember we have to keep to approximately 8-10 kids), is your child comes to school one day a week (Wednesday OR Thursday OR Friday and rotates weekly on Monday and Tuesday)
*The days your child attends will be determined by the school, not parent choice. Please be mindful we have to plan for 975 students and cannot take requests.

Many parents have already asked, What if I want to keep my child home all week and have them learn remotely? YES, this is an option, and you will have to fill out a form to let us know you want your child learning remotely full time. This form, from the NYCDOE, will be available mid-late July.

What if I start with my child at home and then want my child to go to school for the 1-2 days? There will be windows of time where you may be able to make this change, but it will not be a decision where you decide one night you want to start sending your child in the next day. As this will effect Social Distancing guidelines, there will be windows of time you can make this changes (we are awaiting further information on this).

While nothing above is definite, I felt it best to keep you informed as I learn more information so you too can make proper plans for the fall, the main point of your focus now being child care.

Our amazing PTA is setting up a meeting for the end of July (tentatively the morning of July 28) in which I will meet with you to bring you any updates and answer your questions. 

My goal as Principal of PS 101, has an always will be to make your child’s school experience extraordinary. Following the guidelines of the NYC Department of Education, New York State and CDC (center for disease control) guidelines, I will continue to keep you updated with information.

In order to hep me begin planning, please take the unofficial poll below (one time). This poll is not official and only helps me gain an idea of who may want to keep their child home.

Respectfully,

G.Korrol
Principal

 

Medication and Health Related Issues for September 2020

Dear PS 101 ParentS/Guardians:
Does your child need medication in school?
The 2020 – 2021 Diabetic/Medication Administration Forms (MAFs): asthma, allergies, general, 504 Forms, and admission forms are now posted on the DOE website.  These forms are available here https://infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/translations/forms/health-forms-and-notices.  There is a separate form for diabetics. The forms are needed to be filled by your medical health care provider each academic year.  Families can share this link with their health care providers.

Medical Administration Forms are to be sent to the attention of the below address:

For Diabetes: 

DMAF Coordinator
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of School Health
Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, CN-25
Queens, New York 11101-4714

All other Medical Administration Forms: 

Director of Nursing
New York City City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of School Health
Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, CN-25
Queens, New York 11101-4714

Please remember to sign the consent form on the second page before mailing the forms and make a copy of the form for yourself to share with our School Nurse. Our School Nurse can assist you in September with medication intake and procedures.
Please be safe and well.
Sincerely,
Gregg Korrol
Principal