Frequently Asked Questions- PS 101 Families (FAQ)

Dear PS 101 Families,

We have prepared a list of Frequently Questions and Answers that you may be thinking about to help ease your mind and better prepare for our re-opening. Attached it the PS 101- The Verrazzano School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to the DOE Health Policy and Guidance.
*Please note this may change at any time.

HEALTH/SAFETY:

Q: In case a child/staff gets sick, what steps are taken to keep the other kids/staff safe? 

A: As per NYCDOE policy, “In order to accommodate a student who may exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, every building must designate space to be used as an Isolation Room. An Isolation Room is a place where a student with suspected COVID-19 symptoms can be safely isolated in the building until they can be picked up by a guardian.”

Q: Will students/staff have daily health screening?

A: Yes. We plan to conduct daily health screenings with random temperature scans with thermometers provided by the NYCDOE upon entry to the building.

Q: How will student restrooms be managed? 

A: We will have staff personnel set-up on each floor in the hallway with monitoring the number of students to accommodate social distancing to ensure we do not exceed the established cap at any given time and also use as a means of tracking students who are in the same location (bathroom). Educational signage will be posted for hand-washing and social distancing in all restrooms.

Q: Are students and staff required to wear masks even if they are socially distanced from one another? 

A: Yes. Everyone entering a DOE building is required to wear a mask/facial covering during the entire time they are in the building, consistent with New York State executive orders (202.17 and 202.34).

Q: What if a child has medical condition like asthma; do they have to wear a mask? 

A: The policy is that everyone must wear a mask. This is a NYS policy (see above). We advise you to consult your child’s primary care physician if this is a concern.

Q: Can a face shield be worn? 

A: At this point, masks are required. A child may wear a face shield on top of their mask, but not instead of a mask.

Q: How will the building be set up for safety and health considerations? 

A: We will be using aggressive signage to remind students and staff about social distancing and using arrows for one-way stairways and hallways. We will communicate gentle reminders with announcements made and teacher facilitation in classrooms. We will educate, communicate, and reinforce protective behaviors. We need families fully engaged as full partners in this process.

Q: Will parents or visitors be allowed in the school building? 

A: As per the NYDOE guidelines, visitors will be limited (ex: UPS delivery) to the building for any access, meaning parents and visitors will not be entering PS 101. You will need to call first if you need to pick up your child or if you need something. We ask for your understanding, patience, and respect with new protocols. We now have wellness protective barriers at our Safety Agent desk and in our General office.

Q: Will the classrooms be social distanced? 

A: Yes, we will adhere to all NYCDOE guidelines.

Q: Will temperatures be taken in school every day? 

A: As per NYCDOE policy, “Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families and by school-based staff. The DOE will launch a robust education campaign that makes clear to parents and school-based staff how important these daily health checks are to keeping school communities healthy and safe.”

Q: How do I know if my child can/should report to school if COVID contact or diagnosis? 

A:  A child is NOT permitted into school if :
They have been knowingly in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.
Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.
Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

Q: Will each seat in the classroom be social distanced from one another? 

A: Yes- student desks will individually and set apart six feet as per safety and health mandates.

 

Q: How many students are allowed per classroom? 

A: The number of students and staff together depends on the square footage of the classroom. We are adhering to all NYCDOE guidelines with the number of people per classroom.

 

Q: Do we have a School Nurse assigned to our school? 

A: Yes, we will have our current School Nurse, Maryleah Dellavalle remaining with us at PS 101 to ensure safety, wellness and health with our school team.

 

Q: Do students need to bring in hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as part of their school supplies? 

A: The NYCDOE has ensured that all students will be provided adequate PPE, with masks distribution and hand sanitizer, cleaning products safe for all.  However, feel free to have your child keep their own individual sanitizer if you would like.

 

Q: If a child is sick on any given day they should be in school, can they log into remote learning? 

A: Yes– if a child is absent, they should log-in from home to complete and tackle work assignments. Please be respectful of others and ensure your child is kept home if they are sick. this is our first priority to ensure the health and safety for all and we need your partnership.

 

Q: What is policy on students returning from being absent or who sent home with COVID related symptoms? 

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to
school when all the following conditions are met:
If a student Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
o Isolated for 10 days AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
OR
If a student Received a negative COVID-19 test AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
OR
If a student Never got a COVID-19 test AND
o At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

 

Q: If a child does not attend blending school for one week or two, do they lose their blended seat? 

A: No, once students return from a regular medical absence and cleared by their medical doctor and paperwork cleared by our Nurse Practitioner, they will be re-admitted once they are healthy after an absence(s).

 

Q: If a child is absent on their GROUP day (BLENDED), will their attendance for that day still count (REMOTELY)? 

A: Students may attend the Blended learning Group and must be present through the day to be marked present

 

Q: If a child does NOT attend BLENDED learning for one week or two, will they lose their BLENDED seat? 

A: No, once students return from a regular medical absence and cleared by their medical doctor and paperwork cleared by our Nurse Practitioner, they will be re-admitted once they are healthy after an absence(s).

 

Q: How will the school building be cleaned? 

A: Our custodial team has been trained and have received new equipment for high touch-point cleaning throughout the school day. They have also been trained to use new devices for deep cleaning overnight. all products are approved and recommended as green and safe.

 

Q: What is the protocol for when/if a child or teacher is diagnosed with COVID? Is school shut down? 

A: Please see the COVID-19 School Health Policy from the New York City Department of Education with pertinent information regarding policies for Health and Safety: COVID policy.pdf

Positive COVID-19 Case in School Definitions:

*Case: A person (student or staff member) with infection caused by the virus that causes COVID19 Contact: A person (student or staff member) who has close contact (exposure) to a case. 

*Infectious Period: The period of contagiousness when COVID-19 can be transmitted to another person.  For COVID-19 the infectious period is two days before symptom onset until ten days after illness onset, as long as the case has been at least three days fever-free without the use of medication.

For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the period is two days before through ten days after specimen collection. 

*Incubation Period: The period after exposure during which a person is at risk for becoming sick. For COVID-19 the incubation period is two to 12 days. COVID-19 School Health Policy Exposure: Defined as close contact less than six feet for more than ten minutes with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 during the case’s infectious period, regardless of the use of a face covering or barrier. 

In the school setting, people who use a classroom at a different time from a case are not considered exposed. 

*Important to Note: Anyone with a positive COVID test (staff, teacher, student) must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days since onset of symptoms. The period of self-isolation may need to be longer if the case has fever or symptoms between days seven to ten, as the case must be symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication. 

*A positive case can be reported by:  NYC Test & Trace Corps finds through case interview, staff or parent alert school, staff or parent alert DOHMH hotline. 

*DOHMH will begin investigating self-reported positive COVID-19 test results from a school community within three hours. 

*All case contacts will be monitored by NYC Test & Trace Corps and linked to COVID-19 testing and Take Care services. 

*Contact tracing will not be activated without a laboratory confirmed case or without a presumed case due to a recent close contact developing symptoms. 

*Cases are confirmed via the New York State lab results system or by DOHMH confirming the lab results presented by a teacher, staff, or parent. Unconfirmed Case in a School Any student or staff member who self-reports an unconfirmed positive case of COVID-19 or is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms will be immediately removed from the classroom or school building, told to stay home, and encouraged to get tested. 

*The classroom and school building will remain open at this time. 

*Contact tracing will only occur if there is a laboratory confirmed case or if the person is a close contact of a presumed positive. 

* If a positive case is confirmed, the school must follow the protocols listed below. 

*If a negative test result is received, the individual may return to school after presenting clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND after being symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

*If the individual does not get tested or seek clearance from a health care provider, the individual cannot return to school until:  10 days have passed since the first symptom AND The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. One Confirmed Case in a School. DOHMH will notify the principal and Central DOE of confirmed case. COVID-19 School Health Policy • Principal notifies Building Response Team, superintendent, and informs affected teacher(s).  Please see additional guidance regarding the Building Response Team during COVID-19. Building Response Team notifies Borough Safety Director.  Additional guidance on notifying other Borough Citywide Office points is forthcoming. 

*All students and teacher(s) in class(es) with a confirmed case are assumed close contacts and are instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. o In schools where students travel between classes, the school must require quarantine for individuals in all classes attended by the confirmed case. 

*Learning continues remotely for students who are in quarantine. A negative COVID-19 test result for a student does not reduce the 14-day quarantine period. 

*NYC Test & Trace Corps will interview the case and school administration to establish if there were with other additional close contacts. 

*NYC Test & Trace Corps will interview staff members to verify levels of contact with the confirmed case. If a staff member is deemed NOT a close contact, then the staff member can opt to return to school. If a staff member is considered a close contact, then the staff member is required to complete the 14-day quarantine. 

*The school must communicate to all families and students at school when a case is confirmed by DOHMH (letters are forthcoming): Families of students who are confirmed close contacts of the positive case must receive a letter stating that their child has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual; this letter gives clear direction to quarantine for 14 days and see a health care provider. Families of students who are not considered close contacts must receive a letter stating that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school but that their child is not considered a close contact therefore there is no need to quarantine. Two or More Confirmed Cases in a School 

* If two or more confirmed cases present within seven days of each other, NYC Test & Trace Corps and DOHMH begins investigation immediately and makes every attempt to conclude the investigation within 24 hours. 

*DOHMH will notify the principal and Central DOE of confirmed case. 

*Principal notifies the Building Response Team, superintendent, and informs affected teacher(s). Please see additional guidance regarding the Building Response Team during COVID-19. Building Response Team notifies Borough Safety Director.  Additional guidance on notifying other Borough Citywide Office points is forthcoming. 

*During the NYC Test & Trace Corps and DOHMH investigation: Two or more confirmed cases within the same class triggers a classroom quarantine but the schools stay open. Two or more confirmed cases within the same school triggers classroom quarantines and school is closed for a minimum of 24 hours while the NYC Test & Trace Corps and DOHMH investigation is underway. 

 

ORGANIZATION/SCHEDULING: 

Q: What is the protocol for lunch? 

A: As per NYCDOE policy, “Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch each day, though students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch if preferred. Breakfast and Lunch will be held in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.”

 

Q: Is there going to be busing to get kids to school? 

A: At this point, we have no information on busing and we will share information as we receive it from the NYCDOE.

 

Q: What will be the protocol for entering the school building? 

A: Students will use multiple entrances and report directly to their period 1 classroom. Grade-specific entrances will be announced prior to the first day of school. We are awaiting information regarding early access, if any.

 

Q: Do we have a first day of school date? 

A: Currently, the first day of school is Wednesday September 16 (with all students working Remotely from home Sept 16-18)
In Person Instruction  begins September 21 with Group A. See the schedule calendar below.

Blended Learning Calendar NEW- PS 101 Blended_In-Person_ Learning School Calendar

 

Q: Will the remote students be able to receive their Related Services like Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language, etc.? 

A: Yes, all IEP mandates will be met in-person and virtually.

 

Q: Will the remote students who require a paraprofessional be assigned one? 

A: Yes, all IEP mandates will be met.

 

Q: Can we change cohorts to help with childcare needs or friends? 

A: At this point cohort changes are being granted for sibling and medical accommodations only. We must oblige by square footage thresholds and have limited to no flexibility.

 

Q: Will there be staggered times for entry arrival and dismissal? 

A: We will be utilizing multiple entrances and exits to allow for social distancing at arrival and dismissal. We will rely on families taking and picking up to adhere to personal space and social distancing with respect and understanding.

 

Q: Will students be changing/transitioning classes or will they have one teacher for the whole day? 

A: Students are programmed in the same room for the entire school day and they will remain in their assigned group.

 

Q: Will siblings be grouped together?

A: Yes, we have worked hard to ensure siblings are grouped together for in-person/blended group assignments. Please reach out to the administration if you have an issue or further concern with your children attending in-person learning.

 

Q: How will the weekly school schedule work? 

A: A current daily/weekly/monthly schedule (color-coded with red/blue/green) will be posted on our school website for all families and students to use an easy visual reference at www.ps101k.com.  The three-week cycle/rotation repeats itself.

 

Q: How will we be notified of student class assignments ?

A: Our School Aide Team will be phoning all BLENDED students to inform families of their group A, B or C.  REMOTE students and BLENDED students will all be accessing MyStudent.NYC to seek assignments when we enter on our end. Additionally, new .net accounts with access Google Classroom will invite students to log-in to their new on-line learning classes once they are finalized.

 

Q: What should my child bring with him/her the first day of school? 

A: Students should bring their book-bag, notebook and a pen/pencil. More information coming….
We will be tying color-coded bandanas on each BLENDED student’s school-bag to designate their group and use a s a quick visual for all. PLEASE ensure this (RED, GREEN OR BLUE) BANDANA remains tied to your child’s school-bag until further notice.

 

Q: Will we be able to sign-out/request an electronic device from school?

A: Yes- the DEVICE REQUEST form/link is still open and remain and will remain. Our school team will use this list to distribute electronic devices to those families requesting technology in working from home.

Applications for iPads:

Q: How will GROUPS in BLENDED work rotate? 

A: See our image below. We marked groups attending on which day on our calendar.

 

Q: Will there be ExpandED (TASC) for after-school care and extended day activities? 

A: More information forthcoming.

 

Q: How will a GROUP D- REMOTE child comes back to school? What class will they be assigned? 

A: We are awaiting guidance regarding fully remote students with the release of a pre-determined date with the closing of quarters.

 

Q: How will student events be celebrated in with our school day/activities? 

A: We hope to provide virtual events/activities and do the best we can to ensure school spirit and our family-like school environment for all.

 

INSTRUCTION:

Q: Will remote instruction be live instruction? 

A: We will focus on core areas of instruction. There will be live (synchronous) instruction daily, but this is still being negotiated with labor unions and the city of NY.

 

Q: How will teaching and learning be conducted?

A: It remains our commitment to ensure standards-based learning with using Priority Learning with core subjects with the PS 101 ultimate experience with our highly trained and dedicated teachers. Units of study and thematic units will remain a steady flow via BLENDED and REMOTE for student success.

 

Q: What is the protocol for GYM- Physical Education? 

A: (Physical Education): As per NYCDOE policy, we will “ensure students and staff observe physical distancing protocols to remain 6 feet apart for low-to-moderate activity, and 12 feet apart for any vigorous activity; eliminate student-to-student contact.”

 

Q: How will Arts & Technology Cluster classes and work? (STEM, Music, Art, Drama, Science, etc.) 

A: The classroom teacher will be providing arts instruction.

 

Q: Will the students be following their class schedules while working at home or will assignments have to be handed in by a specific time? 

A: We want students to follow the school schedule of learning. Students will have the have flexibility to complete their classwork when they are working remotely to a certain exact.

 

Q: How are Special Education services and IEP services going to be given when remote? 

A: All IEP mandates will be met with virtual instruction/therapy.

 

Q: When will the students with para-professionals be assigned?

A: On the first day they attend school, via remote or in-person, students will meet their teacher/para-professional.

 

Q: Will English language Learner (ENL) students receive services in their class program? 

A: Yes, multi-language learners will receive their services, but state guidance has stated there is flexibility, due to in-person/remote and staffing considerations.

 

Q: Will there be New York State standardized testing for later this school year? 

A: There will be mandated random monthly COVID testing in school as per the NYCDOE. If a parent does not sign the waiver allowing the NYCDOE to test their child, that child must be 100% remote and cannot come to school.

 

Set up your Child’s PS 101 Email account by Sept 15: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and new admits

Dear Parents and Guardians of Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and new admits to PS 101,

You are now able to set up your child’s @nycstudents.net  email account.  Your child will need this email to participate in the Remote Learning which all students will have at some point during the week.  Please set this up before September 15, 2020 so that your child is ready for the first days of Remote Learning on September 16, 17 and 18.

The Department of Education would like all students city wide to have the same email domain. This will allow  your child to take their login credentials with them when they graduate and use them for High School.  NYCStudents.net

Single Sign On!

One other benefit to this  is that students will only need one login to access all of their remote learning applications. So no more worrying about having to remember separate logins for things like Pearson Math, Google Classroom, etc. Once your child logs in with their @nycstudents.net account they will be able to access these applications right from their dashboard.

To get started you will need to retrieve your NYC DOE Student Account.  It’s easy!  Follow the instructions below.  

DOE Student Account Retrieval Instructions

  1.   START by clicking on the Student Account Self Service link:  https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form
  1.   Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number:
    You can access your child’s 9 digit OSIS number by calling 718-935-5100
    Or
    You can Email: LCino@schools.nyc.gov with your child’s name, grade and birthday and Mrs.Cino will reply within 24-48 hours with your child’s 9 Digit OSIS#
  2.   Enter your birthday.
  3.   Click Continue.
  4.   If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed.
  5.   Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net. For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID might be JaneD@nycstudents.net or JaneD47@nycstudents.net
  6.   You will be asked to set up a password that only you will know.
  7.   Re-enter your password.
  8. Click Update Password.

If you would like a preview of how to do this, please use the link below and watch the step by step video.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/technical-tools-and-support/doe-student-accounts

https://vimeo.com/408100821

The process should take no more than 5 minutes.

GK

Principal Korrol -Updates on School Opening Aug_25_2020

Greetings everyone,

Below is the link to the recording of today’s meeting:

Key Answers to questions asked:

  1. Blended/In-Person Learning AND Remote Learning- 1st Day of School is September 10
  2. Blended/In-Person Learning AND Remote Learning –School day start time: 8:30am.
  3. Blended/In-Person Learning –All parents are being called today Aug 25 and tomorrow Aug 26 and are being informed of their child’s Learning group RED- A, BLUE-B or GREEN-C
  4. Siblings are being grouped on the same day.
  5. You cannot change the group your child is in.
  6. Morning Line-up is outdoor everyday, rain or shine. Only students will be allowed into the school yard for line-up AND every child will have their temperature checked before entering.
  7. Parents are required to check their child’s temperature before sending them to school.
  8. There is no morning early arrival as there was in the past.
    Breakfast will be served in classrooms, hence there will be no early admittance for students.
  9. School ends approximately 1:45-2pm and dismissal time will depend on the grade (ex: PK/K get out before older kids).
  10. You will know your child’s class and teacher on September 10
  11. All IEP’s are being honored as is (meaning you get all services)
  12. Yes there will be ELL classes
  13. Yes there will be Dual Language
  14. There will be Live Teaching everyday (but we have not been told by the Dept of Education how much live teaching)
  15. A learning schedule will be clearly posted everyday so you will will know (for example) ELA is pd 1 and 2, Math pd 3 and 4, etc….
  16. Yes, you can change from Blended/In-Person Learning to 100% Remote by emailing gkorrol@ps101k.com or calling Mrs. Margaret. You must also fill out the Learning Preference Survey.
  17. No, you cannot change from 100% Remote to Blended Learning at this time. The next time that’s an option will be announced later, but we anticipate November.
  18. Belongings that were left in the school– we are awaiting guidance on when these items can be picked up, as well as 5th Grade yearbooks and diplomas.

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

Reminder: PTA/Principal Korrol Meeting: Tomorrow at 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Please use this link to join our PTA meeting TOMORROW, Tuesday August 25 at 9am. During this meeting, I will provide you with the updated information I currently have about September and school openings, as well as answer your questions.
Kindergarten Parents Only: use this link .

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. I will provide a link they can use as we get closer to the meeting.

Principal Korrol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Principal Korrol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Principal Korrol’s Zoom Meeting- School Updates

Time: Aug 25, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93624369250?pwd=c2Y5a2ErVitGcnkreXprM3VwcE9Rdz09

Meeting ID: 936 2436 9250

Passcode: 782050

One tap mobile: 16465588656

 

Kindergarten Parents only (you will be able to join):
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 2770 6120
Passcode: 338217
One tap mobile
+19292056099

 

 

PS 101 School Schedule for Blended In-Person Learning

Greetings PS 101 Families,

As you know, PS101 selected the A-B-C Model for in-person learning for the school year, meaning we will have three groups of students for in-person learning.
*The only exception to this is students in Special Ed 12:1:1 who will receive a different schedule.

Starting Tuesday, August 25, 2020, we will be calling all parents who selected Blended In-Person learning to let you know what group your child is in.

The Three Groups are:

Here is the link to the calendar so you know exactly which days your child will be coming to in-person school at PS 101: PS 101 Blended_In-Person_ Learning School Calendar
*please note the NYCDOE still has not released the school calendar so these dates may change*

The calendar is color coded to make it easier for you. All you will need to remember is your child’s color group.

Aside from the day your child will come to school for in-person learning which is 1 or 2 times per week, the other days your child will be learning from home remotely.

Please note your child may only attend on the day their group attends. If you bring your child on another day, they will not be permitted into the school building and you will have to take them home.

If you have not done the student survey AND you are choosing to keep your child home for 100% remote learning, you must fill out this survey immediately: 
Preference Survey or call 718-935-2200.

As a reminder, there is a PTA meeting on Tuesday August 25 at 9am.

GK

 

Letter from the Chancellor (School opening updates)

Dear PS 101 families-

Please read the letter below from Chancellor Carranza:

Update for Families_August 17 2020 (also printed below)

August 17, 2020

Dear Families,

In good times and in challenging times, I know that you want the best for your children. You want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. And you want them to always be learning, growing, and getting ready to take on the world. Our schools play such an important role in that, especially now, when the children of our city have been through so much.

For us, health and safety always lead the way. Our vision for the fall is a safe, strong, and supportive learning environment and an excellent education for every one of our students. Schools will be in session and students will be learning five days per week—no matter where they are.

We know a lot more now about how the learning experience is going to work. In this week’s Reopening Update for Families, you will find:

The latest health and safety information, including on ventilation, school nurses, and testing and tracing in schools

How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community

How families can change their children’s learning preference to/from fully remote learning

What happens if students attend school in-person on a day they are not scheduled to attend

 Supports for students with Individualized Education Programs

Supports for students in temporary housing and foster care

We know that planning for the new school year isn’t easy—for you, for our educators, for school staff, and for our communities. But I believe that by working together we can start the school year strong. I want to acknowledge the tireless work of your principals and school leaders, who have been hustling all summer to be ready for the first day of school.

I also want to thank you. Your partnership has made it possible for us to consider and plan for both in-person and remote learning. Your continued investment and engagement in your school communities is a vital part of ensuring our students’ success not just during this upcoming school year but for years to come. We are privileged to serve you and your children, the young people who not long from now will be the ones leading our city.

If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. You can find principal contact information by searching for your child’s school on Find a School: schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Principal information is on each school’s web page at schools.nyc.gov, in the “School Contacts and Information” section. And as always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

Reopening Update for Families: August 17, 2020

The updates below are included on our school reopening webpage at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, available 24/7 to help you find information about the upcoming school year.

The Latest Health and Safety Information

For school buildings to open in September and remain open, the city must see fewer than 3 percent of all COVID-19 tests come back positive on a weekly average. Since June, the city positive test rate has been between 1 and 2 percent. We have strict protocols for testing, tracing, and quarantining if there is a confirmed case in school, and we will use every effort to prevent the spread of infection in schools if a student or staff member is feeling sick or has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Many families have questions about ventilation. Our commitment is simple: if a room does not have adequate ventilation, it will not be used by students or staff. We are assessing and performing maintenance in buildings to maximize ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible. We expect maintenance to be completed by the opening of school.

Finally, this fall, every school building in New York City and all early childhood programs across the city will have access to nurses. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, in addition to our established nursing workforce, every student will have access to a qualified nurse every day as we reopen schools safely and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nurses will be in-place by the first day of school.

How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community

When the school year begins, we want to make sure we can contact you quickly and effectively to share information, including about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.

Your NYCSA account can also help you find your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more— from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. If you don’t have an account, sign up today at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. It only takes five minutes!

How to Change a Child’s Learning Preference to/from Fully Remote Learning

Your school principals, in partnership with district and central administrators, are continuing to develop school-level plans for every public school in New York City. We are currently planning for around three-quarters of our students (over 700,000 students) to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means that they’ll learn in-person in a school building part of the school week and continue learning remotely from home for the rest of the week. The remaining families in our DOE community will begin the year in fully remote learning mode.

You can move your child into 100 percent remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form: nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference. Families who choose 100 percent remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis, beginning in November.

What Happens if Students Attend School In-Person on a Day They are Not Scheduled to Attend

Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate which days their child will attend school in-person. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements and to build a plan to help ensure that your child does not arrive at school on unscheduled days. If a student arrives at school on days when they are scheduled for remote learning, your child’s school will inform you. All children attending on an unscheduled day will need to be picked up or will be sent home, depending on age and other factors. For more information on policies for students who attend school on a mistaken day, visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.

Supports for Students with Individualized Education Programs

The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your child’s IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child’s school will contact you to discuss your child’s specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly.

Supports for Students in Temporary Housing and Foster Care

Students in temporary housing and foster care face unique challenges as a result of COVID-19, including the shift to remote learning. We have been providing additional supports to these students, including ensuring their early receipt of remote learning devices. Any remote learning devices given to students in shelter have cellular capabilities. As possible and appropriate, students in temporary housing and foster care may also receive additional in-person instruction, depending on a school’s programming model, overall student needs, and capacity.

PTA/Principal Korrol Meeting: Tuesday August 25 at 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Please use this link to join our PTA meeting Tuesday August 25 at 9am. During this meeting, I will provide you with the updated information I currently have about September and school openings, as well as answer your questions.

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. I will provide a link they can use as we get closer to the meeting.

Principal Korrol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Principal Korrol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Principal Korrol’s Zoom Meeting- School Updates

Time: Aug 25, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93624369250?pwd=c2Y5a2ErVitGcnkreXprM3VwcE9Rdz09

Meeting ID: 936 2436 9250

Passcode: 782050

One tap mobile: 16465588656

 

 

An Answer to an Important Question

Dear PS 101 Families-

While we still have many questions, I do have an answer to a question everyone has been asking…

Will teachers be teaching LIVE when they are Remotely teaching this school year?

The answer is YES. We were told by the Dept. of Education that teachers will be teaching live everyday during remote teaching.

Additionally, there will be a daily schedule posted for parents to know which subject is being taught at what time of the day so you can ensure your child follows a schedule similar to when they are physically in the school building.

We are still awaiting details as to how much of the day will be live teaching versus students doing work. In a regular school day, a teacher teaches a lesson in front of the class and then gives students time to work on the follow-up assignment independently or in groups. After, a period of time, students return to the front of the room and review the work with the teacher, prior to continuing onto the next subject. I anticipate (but cannot confirm) that instruction will be similar remotely.

Hope this helps give you some certainty around the instruction you can expect this year.

G.Korrol
Principal

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