12.31.21

Dear Families,

I hope you are having a relaxing and restful break. It is heartbreaking that many of us canceled gatherings because of the Ominicrom variant; I know that we were all looking forward to spending time with our loved ones after such a difficult year.  

As we continue to brace for a challenging winter ahead, we are preparing to welcome students back into the classrooms on Monday, January 3. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our children, families, and staff. 

Get tested before returning on January 3

To keep our school community safe when we return to school buildings, I strongly encourage all staff and students to get tested before returning to school on January 3, regardless of their vaccination status. The City continues to offer many free options for testing. In addition, families and staff members can go to any City-run testing sites to pick up readily available at-home rapid test kits. For a list of testing sites, including sites with at-home rapid test kits, call 212-COVID19, visit online at http://nyc.gov/covidtest, text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 311 to find a nearby testing site.   If your child tests positive for COVID, I ask that you complete this form instead of sending me an email.

 

Masks

We ask that all students wear surgical or KN95 masks rather than cloth masks when they return. We have a good supply of surgical masks at school, but if your child is used to wearing a cloth mask, I encourage your child to begin wearing the recommended masks they will need to wear at school starting next week.

 

Increased In-School Testing  

Consent to in-school testing. Parents can complete the online form in their NYC Schools Account or return a signed paper form to the school. On January 3, the program will expand, doubling the number of students tested. Information on testing for students can be found on the DOE website.

 

New Quarantine Policy 

  • Unvaccinated or not yet fully-vaccinated students who are in close proximity to a positive case will no longer have to quarantine and can continue attending school if they do not have symptoms and do not have a positive test result from a COVID test. Instead, all students and adults in that classroom will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over five days. 

  • In Pre-K, the quarantine policy will remain the same, meaning that any Pre-K student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still have to quarantine for ten days. 

The DoE is not offering remote options for students who test positive or whose families choose to keep them home, but we will be in touch with you if guidance changes. Much of what I have shared is covered in the attached letter from our new Chancellor, David Banks. Please read it carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you and your children on January 3, 2022!

Warm regards,

Dyanthe

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