MESSAGES TO FAMILIES & SCHOOL STAFF
CHANGE IN COVID-19 QUARANTINE PERIOD FROM 14 TO 10 DAYS
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the quarantine period for individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases has changed from 14 days to 10 days. Individuals with confirmed COVID-19 cases can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement, as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. Current DOE heath policy will be updated and families will be informed of this change in the coming days.
Please note that effective January 3, 2021, the time frame for individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases and the resulting interventions, such as classroom closures and building closures, have also changed from 14 days to 10 days. Individuals, classrooms, and school building closures that were subject to a 14-day quarantine period prior to January 3, must complete the duration of their 14-day quarantine.
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UPDATE FOR FAMILIES
What an exciting week this has been, reopening our school buildings for in-person instruction after this recent brief closure. I want to thank our students and families, our teachers, principals, and school staff for a safe and smooth reopening. I know it hasn’t been easy, but public education is critical to our city’s, and nation’s, future, and it is why we continue to do everything in our power to keep our school communities thriving.
With support from all corners of New York City, we have been able to bring students in 3-K through fifth grade, and students in all grade levels in District 75 schools, back into classrooms. This is an important step in fulfilling our pledge to you: to provide a safe, secure environment in which your children can learn and grow. And a quick reminder: for blended learning to work best for everyone, we need your child to show up to school on their scheduled in-person days. Blended learning students in grades 6 through 12 in district 1–32 schools, including those participating in District 75 Inclusion Programs, will continue to learn remotely at this time.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still very much with us. Given the ongoing fight against a citywide resurgence, please note that we have changed our in-school testing protocol. In order to keep our buildings open, we now require mandatory, weekly in-school testing for COVID-19 for a randomly selected portion of staff and students in grades 1 and higher.
And this is critical: If your child returns to school for in-person instruction without a consent form on file, principals and school staff will contact you to obtain consent. After that, students without consent forms on file, who do not have an approved or pending medical or disability-based exemption, must be moved to fully remote instruction
DISTRICT 75 STAFF
In an effort to be responsive to the unique needs of our students, we will be taking a slightly different approach to in-school testing for our students in D75. The teams who administer staff testing in D75 are the same teams who administer student and staff testing in D1-32. However, our nurses will administer tests for students in D75 in addition to external teams. Our school nurses know our students well and understand their unique needs and they will administer the vast majority of student tests. We will only rely on external providers when absolutely necessary based on nurse capacity. If a family requests that a nurse test their student, please make sure they are tested by the school nurse and not by the external team. As you may know, random testing will be occurring on a weekly basis.
NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING
What is this form? We are seeking your consent to test your child for COVID-19 infection.The New York City Department of Education(NYC DOE), working with NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has partnered with laboratories and other providers to test NYC DOE students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection.
NEW GUIDELINES FOR OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL
Travelers Must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival
If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result
States that are Contiguous with New York Continue to Be Exempted from Quarantine Protocol — Essential Workers Also Continue to be Exempted
Travelers Who Were Only Out of State for Less Than 24 Hours Do Not Need to Quarantine but Must Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival Back in NY
All Travelers Covered by The Advisory Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State
COVID-19 SCHOOL HEALTH POLICY
Developed collaboratively with unions, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and NYC Test + Trace Corp (T2), this policy provides guidance for schools regarding:
•Thresholds for school opening and closure during the COVID-19 pandemic,
•Staying healthy while at school,
•Daily health screenings for students and school-based staff,
•Temperature screenings•The establishment of an Isolation Room,
•What to do if a student or staff member shows signs of COVID-19 while at school,
•Outreach to the Situation Room.
REGARDING ABSENCES AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL/COVID SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Fever of 100.0°F or higher or chills,
Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
Muscle or body aches,
Loss of taste or smell,
Sore throat, congestion or runny nose,
Nausea or vomiting,
Students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the Isolation Room by a designated staff member wearing appropriate PPE.
SHARED SPACES IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS
General Protocol: Appropriate signage (e.g., six-foot space markings and directional signs) should be used outdoors as needed, and must be visible upon entry and throughout school buildings, including entrances, exits, classrooms, offices, public assembly spaces and corridors.
GUIDANCE FOR ENTRY, DISMISSAL, CIRCULATION AND USE OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY SPACES IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS
UPDATE FOR FAMILIES ON HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
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.
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