Student Absence and not feeling well

Greetings 101 Families-

I have received many questions regarding student absences and want to ensure you understand expectations.

Please know that if your child is not feeling well, you absolutely must keep your child home to limit any spreading of possible infections and are to see a doctor especially if your child has fever, shortness of breath or chills. While your child will be marked absent (absent simply means you are not in our building), the absence will not be held against them in any way towards promotion, middle school application, etc. The absence is “held harmless”.

That being said, if your child is absent or you are choosing to keep them home, I highly encourage you to continue their daily HW and iReady practice, both of which can be done at home.
iReady is a great option while your child is at home, both in ELA and Math, because it is also a great form of test preparation and directs instruction in all grades towards your child’s needs.


Corona Virus update from the NYCDOE

Greetings PS 101 Families,

Please see the following updates from the NYCDOE on the Corona Virus (AKA COVID-19):

Coronavirus Update for Families_March 3 2020

Please review the overview document on COVID-19 and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.


Here is the full text of the letter for translation purposes:

March 3, 2020
Dear Families,
Over the weekend, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. While we all hoped this moment would not come, it was something the City has meticulously prepared for. At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Despite our first confirmed case, New Yorkers remain at low risk for contracting the virus.
The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. As we monitor the situation, we are enhancing certain protocols and providing additional resources, including:
 Providing CDC-approved cleaning agents to every school
 Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging students and staff to wash hands frequently
 Ensuring principals and school nurses have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited at school, and provide help for any affected individuals
Working in close partnership with the Health Department, we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves, and communicate about any possible impact to parents and our school communities. We will keep all of our latest information on our website at
There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be taken at the direction of public health experts. As a reminder, it is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
• Wash your hands regularly
• Avoid touching your face
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
We are in direct and regular communication with principals to ensure they have the latest information and to answer any questions that may arise. Additionally, we remind all families that they can receive regular updates on this topic and many others by signing up for an NYC Schools Account. Please visit to create an account and to update your emergency contact information.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit at any time for important updates. The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Guidance on Coronavirus and Letter for Families from NYCDOE

Please read the following from the NYC Department of Education:

Dear Families:
Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in thousands of people
worldwide, primarily in China. A “novel coronavirus” is a strain that has not been
previously found in humans. This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough
and shortness of breath.

There are currently zero diagnoses in New York City, and the risk to New
Yorkers is low. The City is monitoring the outbreak closely and working with our
partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Right now, everyone should go about their daily lives, but practice the same
precautions you do during cold and flu season: Cover your mouth and nose with
a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing, wash your
hands with soap and water often, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

If you were recently in Wuhan, China and have a fever and either cough or
shortness of breath, call your health care provider.

At this time there is no need to cancel field trips.

To learn more, visit the Health Department’s website at and
search: coronavirus.

Parents please read  this letter
Click here for Translated copies .