Week of December 6, 2021

Dear Families,

Each morning, when you complete the DoE health screening for your child, you confirm that your child is not experiencing any COVID like symptoms, including:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Please do not send your child to school if they have any of the above symptoms.  Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.  You can now make an appointment for a free rapid COVID-19 virus test at the Health Department’s COVID Express sites throughout the city. Test results are generally available within 24 hours or less of your visit.  Finally, as the weather grows cold and we spend more time inside, please continue wearing masks when spending time with people outside your immediate household.  

All NYC public schools must practice the protocols they will follow for different kinds of emergencies throughout the school year.  The first is a building evacuation, or “fire drill.” We practice this drill several times throughout the year. Different scenarios would call for a building evacuation, but the most common danger within the building is a fire. The second type of safety protocol we prepare for is a lockdown. During a lockdown, an announcement is made over the PA, and children and staff respond by turning off the lights in classrooms, locking classroom doors, moving out of the sightline of the windows or classroom doors, and maintaining silence until the lockdown has been lifted. This drill prepares for the improbable event of imminent danger inside the building.  Neighborhood School teachers discuss different drill practices with children well ahead of time so that they feel safe.   They communicate that this is our school, and we want to make sure that only people who belong here are here.  We will have an evacuation and lockdown drill this week.   Please contact me or your child’s teacher(s) if you have any questions about any of our school safety drills. 

Warmly,

Dyanthe

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