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DOE Family Letter/Carta a las familias/家庭信函 - January 3, 2022

January 3, 2022

Dear Families,

We hope you had a restful holiday and were able to spend time with your loved ones. As we welcome students back into our classrooms from a well-deserved winter break, our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, families, and staff. To this end, we are putting additional health and safety measures in place to ensure students and staff are safe and that our schools can continue to be open.

The following updates were made in partnership with our City and State public health colleagues and are based on federal and scientific guidance.

Home Test Kits

  • Beginning January 3, schools will distribute free, take-home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any student or staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has been identified.
  • If your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test on the day they receive the home test and help your child take the second test five days after exposure or at the first indication of
    • Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth day, please have your child isolate and take the second home test
    • If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately to inform them and for further
  • If your child had symptoms of COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test

immediately and help your child take the second test 24 hours later.

  • Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID test.
  • If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately and report the test
  • Any student who tests positive on a take-home test should immediately report it to the school and begin isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can return to school on Day 11. No negative test is required to return to
  • As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors must pass the DOE health screener in order to enter school buildings. Additional questions will be added to the health screeners for those students and staff who receive at-home rapid test kits to share their negative result. No other proof of a negative result is required in order for these students to enter the school

New Quarantine Policy

Our goal is to ensure that students safely remain in school as much as possible, and we have updated our policies to ensure we meet this goal. This means that if there is a positive case in a classroom:

  • For students in kindergarten through grade 12, unvaccinated or not yet fully-vaccinated students who were in close proximity to a positive case will no longer have to quarantine and will 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 the course of five days.

  • For students in 3-K and Pre-K, the quarantine policy will remain the same, meaning that any 3-K or pre- K student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still have to quarantine for 10

Increased In-School Surveillance Testing

To further ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff, the in-school surveillance testing program is expanding to double the number of individuals tested in each school, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, in grades 1 and up. The random in-school surveillance program continues to provide public health experts with an accurate look at the prevalence of COVID-19 in schools. We encourage all families who have not yet submitted consent, regardless of whether their child is vaccinated, to consent to in- school testing through their NYC Schools Account (schoolsaccount.nyc) or return a signed paper form to the school. Additional information on testing for students and the printable version of the consent form in multiple languages can be found on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) website: schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting

Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and communities safe. Thank you to those families who have already consented to testing, and for your cooperation by participating in our in-school testing program!

COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) continues to open new testing sites throughout the five boroughs. We strongly encourage that all students get tested for COVID-19, through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit on a continuous basis, regardless of vaccination status. For a list of testing sites, including sites with at-home rapid tests, call 212-COVID19, visitgov/covidtest, text "COVID TEST" to 855-48, or call 311 to find a nearby testing site.
  • Additionally, many pharmacies and doctors’ offices are offering COVID-19 testing. Please check with your pediatrician’s office or local pharmacy to see if you can schedule a

We know that nothing is more important to you than keeping your children in school, learning in healthy

and safe environments. The changes we are announcing today aim to keep students in our classrooms with the least amount of disruption as possible, while putting their safety front and center.

We will continue to update you as the situation changes and hear your feedback on these updated policies and procedures. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to keep our children and staff safe in school.

In partnership,

David C. Banks

New York City Schools Chancellor

Estimadas familias:
Esperamos que hayan descansado durante los días festivos y que hayan podido compartir con sus seres queridos. A medida que les damos la bienvenida de vuelta a nuestros estudiantes en los salones de clases, luego de un muy merecido receso de invierno, nuestra mayor prioridad continúa siendo la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal. Con este fin, estaremos implementando medidas adicionales de salud y seguridad para asegurar que los estudiantes y el personal estén sanos y que nuestras escuelas puedan continuar abiertas.
Las siguientes actualizaciones fueron realizadas con base en guías federales y científicas, y en colaboración con nuestros colegas de la salud pública de la Ciudad y del Estado.
Kits de pruebas caseras
● A partir del 3 de enero, las escuelas distribuirán kits gratuitos de pruebas caseras rápidas a cualquier estudiante o miembro del personal que tenga síntomas similares a los de COVID-19 o que haya estado en un salón de clases en el que se haya identificado un caso positivo.
● Si su hijo estuvo expuesto a COVID-19 en la escuela, ayúdenlo a realizarse la primera de las dos pruebas caseras el día en que reciban el kit. Luego ayúdenlo a realizarse la segunda prueba cinco días después de la fecha en que estuvo expuesto o tan pronto comience a mostrar algún síntoma.
o Su hijo podrá continuar asistiendo a la escuela siempre y cuando tenga resultados negativos y no tenga síntomas de COVID-19.
o Si su hijo muestra síntomas similares a los de COVID-19 o se siente enfermo antes del quinto día, asegúrense de que permanezca aislado y háganle la segunda prueba casera del kit inmediatamente.
o Si su hijo da positivo en cualquiera de las dos pruebas caseras, este deberá permanecer aislado durante 10 días a partir del primer resultado positivo. Comuníquense de inmediato con el personal de la escuela de su hijo para avisarle y recibir orientación adicional.
● Si su hijo tuvo síntomas de COVID-19 en la escuela, ayúdenlo a realizarse la primera de las dos pruebas caseras inmediatamente, y la segunda prueba 24 horas más tarde.
o Su hijo no podrá asistir a la escuela hasta que obtenga resultados negativos en ambas pruebas caseras, realizadas con un período de 24 horas entre cada prueba, y haya estado sin fiebre durante 24 horas sin haber tomado medicamentos para bajar la fiebre; o si recibe un resultado negativo en una prueba molecular PCR de COVID-19.
o Si su hijo da positivo en cualquiera de las dos pruebas caseras, este deberá permanecer aislado durante 10 días a partir del primer resultado positivo. Comuníquense de inmediato con el personal de la escuela para informarle sobre el resultado de las pruebas.
● Cualquier estudiante o miembro del personal que dé positivo en una prueba casera deberá informarlo a la escuela y comenzar a aislarse inmediatamente. Los estudiantes que den positivo en la prueba tendrán que aislarse durante 10 días y podrán regresar a la escuela en el undécimo día. No será necesario presentar una prueba negativa para regresar a la escuela.
● Les recordamos que todos los estudiantes, el personal y los visitantes tendrán que responder el cuestionario de salud antes de poder entrar a los edificios escolares. Para los estudiantes y miembros del personal que reciban kits de pruebas caseras: se añadirán preguntas en el cuestionario de salud, a fin de que tengan un modo de compartir su resultado negativo. No será necesaria ninguna otra evidencia de un resultado negativo para que estos estudiantes puedan entrar a la escuela.
Nueva política sobre la cuarentena
Nuestro objetivo es de asegurar que los estudiantes permanezcan a salvo en la escuela tanto como sea posible, por lo que hemos actualizado nuestras políticas. Esto significa que, si hay un caso positivo de COVID-19 en un salón de clases:
T&I 33580 Family Letter January 3 2022 (Spanish)
● Los estudiantes de kínder a 12.º grado que no estén vacunados en lo absoluto o que estén parcialmente vacunados, y que hayan estado físicamente cerca de un caso positivo, ya no tendrán que hacer cuarentena. Continuarán asistiendo a la escuela, siempre que no tengan síntomas y no hayan obtenido un resultado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19. En lugar de hacer cuarentena, estos estudiantes y adultos recibirán un kit con dos pruebas caseras rápidas, las cuales deberán ser administradas en el transcurso de cinco días.
● Para los estudiantes en 3-K y prekínder, la política sobre la cuarentena no cambiará, lo que significa que cualquier estudiante de 3-K o prekínder que haya estado cerca de una persona que diera positivo, aún tendrá que hacer cuarentena durante 10 días.
Aumento en la vigilancia a través de la realización de pruebas en la escuela
Para fomentar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal, el programa de vigilancia a través de la realización de pruebas en la escuela ha sido mejorado, de manera que se duplicará la cantidad de personas a las que se les hará la prueba en cada escuela, a incluir tanto estudiantes vacunados como no vacunados, desde 1.er grado en adelante. El programa de vigilancia mediante pruebas al azar en la escuela continúa proveyendo información precisa para los expertos en salud pública acerca de la prevalencia de COVID-19 en las escuelas. Independientemente de si sus hijos están vacunados o no, recomendamos que las familias que aún no lo hayan hecho, autoricen la realización de pruebas a sus hijos en la escuela, confirmando en línea desde su cuenta de NYC Schools (schoolsaccount.nyc) o firmando un formulario impreso y enviándolo a la escuela. Pueden encontrar información adicional sobre las pruebas de COVID-19 para los estudiantes y descargar la versión imprimible del formulario de autorización, disponible en múltiples idiomas, visitando el sitio web del Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York (DOE), en: schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
La realización de pruebas es primordial para que las escuelas continúen abiertas y las comunidades permanezcan a salvo. ¡Gracias a las familias que ya han enviado su autorización, por su cooperación, y por su participación en nuestro programa de realización de pruebas en la escuela!
Lugares para la realización de pruebas de COVID-19
● El Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DOHMH) continúa abriendo nuevos lugares para la realización de pruebas en los cinco condados. Recomendamos enfáticamente que todos los estudiantes se realicen la prueba de COVID-19, de forma continua e independientemente de su estatus de vacunación, ya sea a través de una prueba molecular de PCR, una prueba rápida de antígenos (rapid test) de laboratorio, o una prueba casera. Para acceder a una lista de lugares donde se realizan estas pruebas, incluyendo las pruebas caseras rápidas, pueden llamar al 212-COVID19 o visitar el sitio web, nyc.gov/covidtest. Además, pueden enviar un mensaje de texto con la frase "COVID TEST" al 855-48 o llamar al 311 para encontrar un lugar de pruebas cercano.
● Además, muchas farmacias y oficinas médicas podrían ofrecer pruebas de COVID-19. Comuníquense con las oficinas de sus pediatras o con sus farmacias locales a fin de programar una cita y hacerles la prueba a sus hijos.
Sabemos que nada es más importante para ustedes que mantener a sus hijos aprendiendo en la escuela, en un entorno saludable y seguro. Los cambios que anunciamos en el día de hoy se realizan con el fin de que los estudiantes puedan permanecer en sus salones de clases con la menor cantidad posible de distracciones, siempre priorizando su seguridad.
Según surjan cambios, continuaremos brindándoles información actualizada y solicitando sus opiniones sobre toda revisión de políticas y procedimientos. Agradecemos de antemano su cooperación en ayudarnos a mantener a nuestros estudiantes y personal sanos y a salvo en las escuelas.


En colaboración,
David C. Banks
Canciller de las escuelas de la Ciudad de Nueva York

各位家長:
我們衷心希望各位過了一個悠閑的節日並能與親人共度時光。當我們歡迎學生們在享受了一個極爲應得的寒假之後返回教室之時,我們的最高要務是繼續保持我們學生、家庭及教職員工的健康和安全。爲此,我們正在實行額外的健康和安全措施,以確保學生和教師員工的安全和健康,並保證學校繼續開放上學。
我們與本市和州裏的公衆安全部門同仁們一起合作,根據聯邦和科學指引,發佈以下最新消息。
家庭檢測包
● 從1月3日起,如有學生或教職員工顯示新冠類似症狀,或者曾身處被確定爲有陽性病例的教室,其學校將發放免費的家用新冠快速檢測包。
● 如果您子女有在學校接觸到了新冠病毒,請幫助孩子在他們收到家庭檢測包的那天進行首次檢測,並幫助孩子在接觸發生之後五天或在首次症狀出現那天進行第二次檢測。
o 只要您子女獲得陰性檢測結果,且沒有出現任何新冠病毒症狀,則可以繼續上學。
o 如果您子女在第五天之前出現類似新冠的症狀或者感到不適,請讓子女隔離並立即進行第二次家庭檢測。
o 如果您子女在其中任何一次家庭檢測中檢出陽性,則您子女必須在首次陽性結果之後隔離10天。請立即聯絡並告知您子女的學校,獲取進一步的指引。
● 如果您子女在學校裏出現了新冠症狀,請幫助子女立即進行首次檢測,並幫助子女在24小時之後進行第二次檢測。
o 您子女在相隔24小時進行了這些家用檢測的所有兩劑檢測且都獲得了陰性結果,並且在未用退燒藥物情況下24小時不出現發燒,或者是您子女收到了一個聚合酶鏈反應(PCR)新冠檢測的陰性結果,才可以返校。
o 如果您子女在其中任何一次家庭檢測中檢出陽性,則您子女必須在首次陽性結果之後隔離10天。請立即聯絡子女的學校並報告檢測結果。
● 任何在一次家庭檢測中測出陽性的學生都應立即向學校報告,並開始隔離。測出陽性的學生必須隔離10天,可在第11天返校。返校時毋須獲得陰性檢測結果。
● 在此提醒,所有學生、教職員工和訪客為進入學校大樓都必須經教育局健康篩查合格。對於那些獲得家用快速檢測包的學生和教職員工,健康篩查表另有更多問題,用於説明其陰性結果。這些學生要進入學校,不需要另外的陰性結果證明。
新的隔離政策
我們的目標在於確保學生能儘可能安全地待在學校,因此我們更新了我們的政策,以確保達到這一目的。這意味著,如果在某個教室裏出現一個陽性病例:
● 若是幼稚園至12年級的學生,與一個陽性病例曾處於密切近距離的學生,無論是未經免疫接種還是沒有獲得完全免疫接種,如果該學生沒有症狀,新冠檢測的結果不呈陽性,則不再需要隔離並將繼續上學。相應地,該教室的所有學生和成年人都將獲得一個家用快速檢測包,並在爲期五天的時間中進行兩次檢測。
● 若是3歲幼兒班和學前班的學生,隔離政策將保持原來的狀況,即任何3歲幼兒班和學前班的學生,若與一個陽性病例曾處於密切近距離,都將仍然需要隔離10天。
T&I 33580 Family Letter January 3 2022 (Chinese)
增加了校内監控檢測
爲了進一步確保我們的學生、家庭和教職員工的安全,校内監控檢測計劃在擴展中,將加倍對每個學校内接受檢測的個人的數量(包括1年級及更高年級的已接受免疫接種和未接種的學生)。隨機的校内監控檢測計劃繼續為公衆健康專家提供對於學校中新冠流行率的精確觀察。我們鼓勵所有那些還沒有遞交同意表的家庭(無論其子女是否已免疫接種)都到其紐約市學校賬戶 (schoolsaccount.nyc)上表示對校内檢測的同意,或者將一份簽了名的紙面表格交還給學校。關於學生檢測的更多資訊以及可供打印的多種語言版同意表均登載於紐約市教育局網站:schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
檢測是保持學校開放和社區安全的一個關鍵手段。衷心感謝那些已經提供檢測同意的家庭及大家在參與校内檢測計劃中的密切合作!
新冠檢測站
● 紐約市健康及心理衛生局(DOHMH)繼續在五大行政區開設新的檢測站。我們强烈鼓勵:無論其免疫接種狀況如何,所有學生都接受聚合酶鏈反應(PCR)實驗室快速檢測或者用一個家庭檢測包,進行新冠檢測。有關檢測場點的名單(包括提供家用快速檢測的場點),請致電212-COVID19,到網站nyc.gov/covidtest查閲,發短信「COVID TEST」給855-48,也可撥打311,找到您附近的一個檢測點。
● 此外,很多藥房及醫生診所也在提供新冠檢測。請諮詢您的兒科醫生診所或本地藥房,瞭解您是否可以預約檢測。
我們知道,沒有什麽比起保持您子女上學並在一個健康和安全的環境中學習更爲重要的了。我們今天所宣佈的變化,目的是在於把學生的安全放在首位和中心的同時,儘最大可能受最少干擾而把學生留在教室學習。
我們將繼續根據情況變化而向您通報最新資訊,並聽取您對這些最新政策和程序的反饋意見。我們預先感謝大家爲了讓孩子們以及各職員在校安全而與我們的密切合作。
讓我們共同合作!
班克斯(David C. Banks)
紐約市學校教育總監

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Letter from the Principal regarding Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined (12/20/2021)

12/20/2021 10:10 AM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
  • T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.
  • Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
  • All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.
  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

12/20/2021 10:10 AM    

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  • Isolating for 10 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

  • For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.
  • For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.
  • A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

  • Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only:

  • After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case OR

If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. To be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

  • Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine . In order to do so, students should take a lab-administered COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative lab test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.
  • Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a potential case of COVID-19 at PS 163- December 6, 2021

12/6/2021 10:30 AM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community: 

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen next.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

 

  • Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.
  • Work to trace close contacts in our school.
  • Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID during the last 90 days).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates until they can leave the school.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 

Sincerely, 

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

12/6/2021 10:30 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only:

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case OR

If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. To be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine . In order to do so, students should take a lab-administered COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative lab test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a confirmed Covid-19 case- December 1, 2021

12/1/2021 12:24 PM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 but NO exposure to School Community

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

Today we are writing to inform you that on 12/1/2021 10:25 AM, a member of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Upon investigation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2) have concluded that there has been NO EXPOSURE to the school community because the person was NOT at school while infectious.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19
  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS

12/1/2021 12:24 PM    

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  • Isolating for 10 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

  • For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.
  • For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.
  • A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

  • Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only:

  • After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case OR

If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. To be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

  • Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine . In order to do so, students should take a lab-administered COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative lab test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.
  • Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a potential case of COVID-19 at PS 163- December 1, 2021

12/1/2021 10:30 AM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community: 

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen next.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

  • Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.
  • Work to trace close contacts in our school.
  • Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID during the last 90 days).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates until they can leave the school.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 

 

Sincerely, 

Francine Marsaggi

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS

12/1/2021 10:30 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only:

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case OR

If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. To be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine . In order to do so, students should take a lab-administered COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative lab test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a potential case of COVID-19-11/30/21

11/30/2021 12:10 PM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community: 

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen next.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

  • Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.
  • Work to trace close contacts in our school.
  • Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID during the last 90 days).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates until they can leave the school.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 

Sincerely, 

Francine Marsaggi

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

11/30/2021 12:10 PM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only:

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case OR

If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. To be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine . In order to do so, students should take a lab-administered COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative lab test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a potential case of COVID-19- November 24, 2021

11/24/2021 11:11 AM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen next.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

● Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.

● Work to trace close contacts in our school.

● Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID during the last 90 days).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates until they can leave the school.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

11/24/2021 11:11 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only:

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case OR

If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. To be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine . In order to do so, students should take a lab-administered COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative lab test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

DESSA Letter- October 22, 2021

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We understand just how challenging the past 18 months of the pandemic have been for you as parents, families, and caregivers. We are in awe of the work you have done, and continue to do each and every day, to support your child(ren) and we thank you for your continued partnership with us. Our work together is more important than ever as we strive to ensure your child thrives this school year and beyond. To further support you, our teachers, counselors, and social workers as champions of your child(ren)’s academic and social and emotional needs, are excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity in our school this year!

Research has consistently shown that developing the social and emotional skills of students helps them to succeed academically, gain confidence, and be happier. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking.

To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others. This tool will be completed by someone who knows your child really well—in most cases a teacher.

The responses we gather will help us provide targeted, highly responsive support to each individual student. Perhaps most importantly, the tool enables us to build on each student’s strengths while identifying the social-emotional skills they need to further develop. Once our students’ growth areas are identified, we can create highly responsive plans to target and enhance those skills in the most appropriate manner and settings.

The results of this screener will not be included on report cards, will not have any impact on grades, and will not be used to make any diagnostic or evaluation decisions. The results will be stored securely in an online portal that meets the DOE’s strictest privacy and security settings and will only be viewable by your child(ren)’s teachers and select school staff such as the principal or counselor.

The information gathered from the DESSA screening tool will allow us to provide the very best support to your child and will be beneficial to their overall success, both inside and outside of school. Families will have an opportunity to hear about their student’s SEL skills during family conferences.

We are excited to implement the DESSA beginning October 26, 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Tina Mavrikos-Kual at 718-353-2514 X 3332 Or Parent Coordinator Tiffany Tung at 718-353-2514 .

If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write a letter to me stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by Monday, October 25, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding social-emotional learning or the DESSA, please call/email me or Assistant Principal Tina Kual.

Sincerely,

Francine A. Marsaggi

 

各位家長/監護人:

我們知道,過去的18個月對於作爲家長、家庭成員和看護人的您來説是多麽大的挑戰。您付出了許多努力來支援子女,而且每天仍在繼續努力,這令我們欽佩。感謝您繼續與我們合作。我們努力確保您的子女在本學年及以後的日子裏茁壯成長,在這個時候,我們的相互合作比以往任何時候都更爲重要。爲了更好地支援您,作爲您子女學業需求和社交情緒需求的倡導者,我們的老師、輔導員和社工十分興奮地通知您:我校今年有一個好機會!

研究持續表明,培養學生的社交和情緒技能有助於他們取得學業成功、獲得自信並且感到更快樂。社交情緒學習(或稱作SEL)包括培養人際關係技能、自我意識、決策責任感以及樂觀思維。

我們很高興將會進行一次著眼於學生强項的SEL篩查,也稱爲「Devereux學生强項評估」(Devereux Student Strengths Assessment,簡稱DESSA),來確定我校每名學生的社交情緒發展狀況並予以支援。DESSA提出社交情緒功能方面的問題,包括作決策、建立關係、自信心等等。這一工具將由十分瞭解您子女的人員(大多數時候是老師)完成。

我們所收集的回覆將協助我們為每一名學生提供有針對性的、積極響應的支援。可能最重要的是,該工具使我們能利用每一名學生的長處,同時確定他們需要進一步培養的社交情緒技能。我們在確定了學生需改進的方面之後,我們便可制定積極響應的計劃,以最恰當的方式和環境有針對性地增强學生的那些技能。

本次篩查的結果不會納入成績報告卡,完全不會影響成績,也不會用於作出任何診斷決定或評估決定。結果將會安全地保存在一個網上門戶中,該門戶符合教育局最嚴格的隱私和安全設置,並且只會被您子女的老師及特定學校職員(如校長或輔導員)看到。

DESSA篩工具所收集的資訊將讓我們為您的子女提供最好的支援,並將有益於他們在校內和校外取得整體成功。在我們與家庭面談時,家長將有機會瞭解其子女SEL技能的有關情況。

我們很高興將從10月26日2021年開始進行「Devereux學生强項評估」(DESSA)。如果您有任何疑問,請隨時致電Tina Mavrikos-Kual,其電話號碼是718-353-2514x3332 或 Tiffany Tung, 718-353-2514

如果您不想讓教職員對您的子女進行DESSA篩查,那麽您必須寫信給我,説明您的這一想法。您需要確保學校在10月25日2021年, 星期一 之前收到此信。

如果您就社交情緒學習或DESSA有任何疑問,請給我或 副學校 Tina Kual打電話或發電郵.

誠致敬意!

Francine A. Marsaggi

校長

 

Estimados padres / tutores,

Entendemos cuán desafiantes han sido los últimos 18 meses de la pandemia para ustedes como padres, familias y cuidadores. Estamos asombrados por el trabajo que ha realizado y continuamos haciendo todos los días para apoyar a sus hijos y le agradecemos su colaboración continua con nosotros. Nuestro trabajo en conjunto es más importante que nunca, ya que nos esforzamos por asegurar que su hijo prospere este año escolar y en el futuro. Para brindarle más apoyo, nuestros maestros, consejeros y trabajadores sociales como campeones de las necesidades académicas, sociales y emocionales de su (s) hijo (s), ¡estamos emocionados de informarles acerca de una maravillosa oportunidad en nuestra escuela este año!

Las investigaciones han demostrado consistentemente que desarrollar las habilidades sociales y emocionales de los estudiantes les ayuda a tener éxito académicamente, ganar confianza y ser más felices. El aprendizaje socioemocional, o SEL, incluye el desarrollo de habilidades para relacionarse, la autoconciencia, la toma de decisiones responsable y el pensamiento optimista.

Para identificar y apoyar el crecimiento socioemocional de todos los niños de nuestra escuela, estamos muy contentos de administrar un evaluador SEL basado en las fortalezas, conocido como la Evaluación de las Fortalezas del Estudiante Devereaux (DESSA). La DESSA hace preguntas sobre áreas del funcionamiento socioemocional, incluida la toma de decisiones, la construcción de relaciones, la confianza y otras. Esta herramienta la completará alguien que conozca muy bien a su hijo, en la mayoría de los casos un maestro.

Las respuestas que recopilemos nos ayudarán a brindar un apoyo específico y altamente receptivo a cada estudiante individual. Quizás lo más importante es que la herramienta nos permite aprovechar las fortalezas de cada estudiante mientras identificamos las habilidades socioemocionales que necesitan para desarrollarse más. Una vez que se identifican las áreas de crecimiento de nuestros estudiantes, podemos crear planes altamente receptivos para enfocar y mejorar esas habilidades de la manera y el entorno más apropiados.

Los resultados de este evaluador no se incluirán en las boletas de calificaciones, no tendrán ningún impacto en las calificaciones y no se utilizarán para tomar decisiones de diagnóstico o evaluación. Los resultados se almacenarán de forma segura en un portal en línea que cumpla con las configuraciones de privacidad y seguridad más estrictas del DOE y solo los maestros de sus hijos y el personal escolar selecto, como el director o el consejero, podrán verlos.

La información recopilada de la herramienta de evaluación DESSA nos permitirá brindar el mejor apoyo a su hijo y será beneficiosa para su éxito general, tanto dentro como fuera de la escuela. Las familias tendrán la oportunidad de escuchar acerca de las habilidades de SEL de sus estudiantes durante las conferencias familiares.

Estamos muy contentos de implementar DESSA a partir del 26 de octubre de 2021. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamar a Tina Mavrikos-Kual al 718-353-2514 X 3332 oa la coordinadora de padres Tiffany Tung al 718-353-2514.

Si no desea que un miembro del personal complete la evaluación DESSA para su estudiante, debe escribirme una carta indicándome eso. La escuela debe recibir esta carta antes del lunes 25 de octubre de 2021.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el aprendizaje socioemocional o el DESSA, por favor llámeme / envíeme un correo electrónico o la subdirectora Tina Kual.

 

Atenamente,

Francine A. Marsaggi

Hispanic Heritage Month Scavenger Hunt Pictures! (10/14 - 10/15)

Respect for All @ PS 163- October 22, 2021

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A school-wide ribbon-tying activity took place at our school today.  This involved all our students joining together to tie orange ribbons around the perimeter of our building to show Respect for All!

                            

Important Letter from Principal Marsaggi regarding a confirmed case of covid-19- October 17, 2021

10/17/2021 1:25 PM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

● Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

10/17/2021 1:25 PM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

● If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test

on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

 

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a confirmed case of COVID-19-October 12, 2021

10/12/2021 11:53 AM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

● Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

10/12/2021 11:53 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

● If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test

on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

 

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a confirmed case of Covid-19 in our school community-October 12, 2021

10/12/2021 8:57 AM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

● Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

10/12/2021 8:57 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

● If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test

on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

 

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a potential case of COVID-19-October 11, 2021

10/11/2021 11:13 AM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community: 

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen now.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

  • Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.
  • Work to trace close contacts in our school.
  • Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates. Our school has an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 

 

Sincerely, 

Francine Marsaggi

 

10/11/2021 11:13 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  • Isolating for 10 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

  • For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.
  • For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.
  • A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

  • Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

  • If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.
  • Students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.
  • After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)
  • Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

 

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

Letter from Principal regarding a Confirmed Case of COVID-19 - October 5, 2021

10/5/2021 12:57 PM

Subject: : Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

● Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

10/5/2021 12:57 PM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

● If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test

on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

 

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a potential case of COVID-19- September 24, 2021

9/24/2021 7:37 AM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen now.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

● Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.

● Work to trace close contacts in our school.

● Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates. Our school has an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

9/24/2021 7:37 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  • Isolating for 10 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

  • For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.
  • For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.
  • A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

  • Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

  • After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)
  • If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated middle and high school students who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.
  • Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a recent Covid-19 case- September 24, 2021

9/24/2021 11:47 AM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.

● Unvaccinated middle and high school students who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

9/24/2021 11:47 AM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, and is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only :

● After quarantining for 10 days since their last exposure to the case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

● If they are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by CDC guidelines OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days. Please note that to be considered fully vaccinated by CDC guidelines, two weeks must have passed since you received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks must have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine.

● Unvaccinated middle and high school students who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on or after their fifth day of quarantine to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

● Close contacts who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Once you have recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

As of September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received only the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine as of September 27, 2021, you are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

Between September 13 and September 27, 2021, all DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test taken within the preceding seven days. Staff must upload proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

 

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

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GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH SERVICES AND SECTION 504 ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19- December 22, 2020

12/22/2020 6:35 PM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights Community:

The health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.

Today we are writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closures, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If and only if the individual tests positive, you will receive another update informing you and framing the next steps.

If the case is confirmed, we will work with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps to quickly take all appropriate action, including tracing close contacts. Any close contacts will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been cleaned and disinfected.

Please be reassured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our school community, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has designated an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to the school until they have isolated for 10 days and been fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication and have other symptoms improving.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

· Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

· Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

· Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for "FAQ About Face Coverings."

· Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently

touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

 

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS 

12/22/2020 6:35 PM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find guidance for when students and staff can return to school after experiencing COVID symptoms.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● One may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 14-days since their last exposure to that case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

Students in quarantine should participate in remote learning to the extent possible.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Important Letter from Principal regarding SCHOOL CLOSURE due to ongoing investigation

12/16/2020 5:11 PM

Dear P.S. 163 - QUEENS at 159-01 59 AVENUE Families:

*** This letter would have been sent if 12/17 was not declared a snow day. It is being shared to inform our community that the circumstances for our closure are still under investigation****

I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed Thursday, 12/17/2020.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

What Happens Now?

● The school building will remain closed through 12/17/2020, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine A. Marsaggi

 

12/16/2020 5:11 PM

*** Esta carta se habría enviado si el 17/12 no se hubiera declarado un día de nieve. Se comparte para informar a nuestra comunidad que las circunstancias de nuestro cierre aún están bajo investigación ****

Asunto: Cierre del edificio escolar durante 24 horas adicionales

Estimada familia de la escuela PS163Q:

Como resultado de las decisiones tomadas por el Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DOHMH) de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC Test & Trace Corps, T2), dos o más miembros de nuestra comunidad educativa han dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 con siete días de diferencia o menos. Como resultado, el edificio escolar cerrará durante un período adicional de 24 horas para que el DOHMH pueda investigar la fuente de transmisión.

A continuación, hay una guía que recoge la experiencia del DOHMH, el Departamento de Educación (DOE) de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

¿Qué ocurre ahora?

● A partir del 12/17/2020, el edificio de la escuela cerrará durante un período inicial de 24 horas. Todos los estudiantes pasarán al modelo de aprendizaje completamente a distancia durante este período. Asimismo, el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el DOHMH completarán su investigación y la escuela será limpiada y desinfectada.

● Los estudiantes y el personal que comparten el (las) aula(s) con la persona que dio positivo se consideran “contactos cercanos” y se les ha notificado que deben permanecer en cuarentena por 14 días a partir de la última vez que tuvieron contacto con la persona contagiada. Todos los estudiantes y el personal pasarán al modelo de clases completamente a distancia durante este período.

● Las personas que den positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 no volverán al edificio hasta que dejen de ser una fuente de contagio.

● El equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el DOHMH completarán su investigación para identificar y notificar a otros contactos cercanos en el edificio, que también tendrán que permanecer en cuarentena por 14 días.

● Según el estado de la investigación, cada noche me comunicaré con las familias para informar si la escuela abrirá o no a la mañana siguiente para todos los que no sean considerados un contacto cercano.

¿Cómo nos mantenemos sanos?

Recuerde cumplir estas cuatro importantes medidas para prevenir la transmisión de COVID-19.

1. Quédese en casa si está enfermo (excepto para recibir la atención médica necesaria, que incluye la prueba de COVID-19).

2. Practique el distanciamiento social: Manténgase a una distancia de al menos 6 pies de las personas que no son miembros de su hogar.

3. Use mascarillas para reducir la propagación de COVID-19.

4. Practique una higiene de manos saludable: Lávese las manos a menudo o use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol; evite tocarse la cara; y cúbrase la cara con el brazo, no con las manos, al toser o estornudar.

¿Cómo puedo mantenerme al día?

Continuaremos siguiendo de cerca las indicaciones de los expertos en salud pública y le informaremos de forma proactiva sobre las medidas que estamos tomando. Para que podamos comunicarnos con usted por mensajes de texto y correo electrónico, por favor, cree una cuenta NYC Schools (NYCSA) lo antes posible en schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

A fin de ayudar a los neoyorquinos a permanecer en cuarentena, el equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York trabaja junto con organizaciones comunitarias para conectar a las personas con recursos tales como alimentos, medicamentos y atención médica. Para encontrar estos recursos, puede llamar al 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, visite schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus o llame al 311.

Atentamente,

Francine A. Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19- December 11, 2020

12/11/2020 5:52 PM

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights Community:

 The health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.

Today we are writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closures, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If and only if the individual tests positive, you will receive another update informing you and framing the next steps.

If the case is confirmed, we will work with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps to quickly take all appropriate action, including tracing close contacts. Any close contacts will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been cleaned and disinfected.

Please be reassured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our school community, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has designated an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to the school until they have isolated for 10 days and been fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication and have other symptoms improving.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

· Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

· Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

· Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for "FAQ About Face Coverings."

· Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Letter regarding confirmed Case of COVID-19, close contacts quarantined

12/9/2020 9:30 PM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19, close contacts quarantined

Dear P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2).

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected class(es) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 14 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 Flushing Heights at 159-01 59 AVENUE Community:

In this letter you will find guidance for when students and staff can return to school after experiencing COVID symptoms.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

● One may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 14-days since their last exposure to that case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

Students in quarantine should participate in remote learning to the extent possible.

How can I stay updated?

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi

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Mission Statement at PS 163Q

  

The Mission of P.S. 163Q is to engage all students in learning experiences that build upon their strengths and natural curiosities. We believe that each and every student is special and unique, enabling us to better understand and nurture their gifts.Through a partnership with parents and teachers we will create an engaging, rigorous environment where students are able to talk about their thinking, challenge their ideas, grow new ideas, and put their thoughts into action. Through this collaboration, we are creating a body of learners that will have the skills to be the change agents of today’s world.  Our students will “USE THEIR MINDS TO CREATE CHANGE”.