Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19- April 20, 2021

4/20/2021 1:54 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?

● 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.

● 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

 

Return after symptoms Letter

4/20/2021 1:53 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, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 10-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

PTA Meeting- April 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am

   

Ingress & dismissal Information

 

QNBCO Virtual Parent Workshops

Below are the links for the upcoming virtual parent workshop from Queens North Borough Citywide Office:
Preparing for a Strong Start to the New School Year - Support for Summer Learning & Emotional Wellbeing  

Parent Workshop ENGLISH MAY 2021.pdf

Parent Workshop CHINESE MAY 2021.pdf  

Parent Workshop SPANISH MAY 2021.pdf 

STEM Summer Enrichment Programs!

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Students Entering Grades 1-12 in September can Apply Now for Exciting STEM Summer Enrichment Programs!

This summer, unplug and explore STEM! Students entering grades 1-12 can apply now to attend programs with STEM Matters NYC. Get your hands dirty in the garden, encounter amazing animals, or design an art or engineering project. Students entering grades 1-9 in September can apply for one-week camps. Students entering grades 10-12 in September can apply for STEM courses. Choose from a wide range of programs offered at sites throughout the city! 

Programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center; Audubon New York; Bronx Zoo; MakerSpace NYC; New York Aquarium; New-York Historical Society; Prospect Park Zoo; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden; Staten Island Museum; Staten Island Zoo; The Battery Conservancy; The Green-Wood Cemetery; and UrbanGlass. Students will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real-world learning experiences.  

Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Friday, April 23. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer, learn more, and apply now. For questions, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.

NYS Testing for grades 3-5 Nys Pruebas para grados 3-5 3 -5 年級的 NYS 測試

 

Click the following to view the letter with important information regarding NYS Testing this school year 

 State Exams Parent Letter

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify us through

Google https://forms.gle/uJaRJW1sMLc26kN97 by April 16, 2021.

 

如果您希望您的孩子參加今年的州考試,請在 2021 年 4 月 16 日之前通過

Google https://forms.gle/uJaRJW1sMLc26kN97

 

Si desea que su hijo participe en los exámenes estatales de este año, notifíquenos a través de

Google https://forms.gle/uJaRJW1sMLc26kN97

antes del 16 de abril de 2021

Tiny Broadway

                                       

Two-Day Literacy and Social Emotional Learning

                                                                                 

Join Tiny Broadway for a fun two-day craft story time adventure- all while building the foundation for early childhood literacy skills and social emotional learning. The second and third grade will listen to the story, “We’re Off to See the Wizard” followed by a craft activity. All materials for the workshop will be supplied by the school from April 26- April 29 from 12:30 – 1:30 and 2:15- 3:00 PM at the 159th st entrance. The materials are listed below if you choose not to pick them up from the school.

Show Time- Friday, April 30 from 6:00-7:00 PM

Social Emotional Workshop- Saturday, May 1 from 4:00- 5:00 PM

Where- Zoom

Tinman Craft Materials:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Can (optional)
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)

Registration deadline is April 23, 2021. Click below to register.

https://forms.gle/xoXqLDYzoJrimjkq9

We will send the Tiny Broadway consent form and Zoom link by email on April 28 at 10:00am.

                               

 Lectura de dos días y aprendizaje socioemocional                                       

Únase a Tiny Broadway para una divertida aventura de dos días en tiempo de cuentos artesanales, todo mientras construye las bases para las habilidades de alfabetización de la primera infancia y el aprendizaje socioemocional. El segundo y tercer grado escucharán la historia, "Nos vamos a ver al mago", seguida de una actividad de manualidades. Todos los materiales para el taller serán proporcionados por la escuela del 26 al 29 de abril de 12:30 a 1:30 PM Y de 2:15 a 3::00 PM en la entrada 159th st. Los materiales se enumeran a continuación si decide no recogerlos de la escuela.

Horario del espectáculo: viernes 30 de abril de 6:00 a 7:00 p.m.

Taller socioemocional: sábado 1 de mayo de 4:00 a 5:00 p.m.

Dónde- Zoom

Materiales de artesanía de Tinman:

Papel de aluminio

Papel

Lápiz

Puede (opcional)

Limpiapipas (opcional)

La fecha límite de inscripción es el 23 de abril de 2021. Haga clic a continuación para registrarse.

https://forms.gle/xoXqLDYzoJrimjkq9

Enviaremos el formulario de consentimiento tiny Broadway y el enlace zoom por correo electrónico el 28 de abril a las 10:00 am.

 

為期兩天的識字和社會情感學習

加入小百老匯為一個有趣的兩天工藝故事時間 - 同時建立幼兒識字技能和社會情感學習的基礎。二年級和三年級將聽這個故事,"我們去看巫師",然後是工藝活動。研討會的所有材料將於4月26日至4月29日,上午12:30至1:30和下午1:00-2:00在159號入口處由學校提供。如果你選擇不從學校取材料,下面列出了材料。

演出時間 - 4月30日(星期五)下午 6: 00-7:00

社會情感研討會 - 5月1日,星期六,下午 4:00-5:00

位置 - Zoom 連結

工藝材料:

鋁箔

罐(選擇性的)

管管清潔劑(可選)

報名截止日期為 2021年4月23日。點擊下面註冊。

https://forms.gle/xoXqLDYzoJrimjkq9

我們將在 4 月 28 日上午 10:00 通過電子郵件發送小百老匯同意表格和 Zoom 連結。

DOE Family Update - April 8, 2021

Contents

  • All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9
  • Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application deadline is Friday, April 9
  • Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19
  • Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update

Important Deadlines

Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9

If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week.  The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:

  • Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey at edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.
  • By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.

G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9

The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:

  • Online at nyc
  • Through a Family Welcome Center—visit nyc.gov/fwc to learn more.
  • By phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.

Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19

Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at nyc.gov/PreK.  

Tests and Assessments

New York State Exams

New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.  

 The exams will be administered within the following dates:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29
  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.
  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11

Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/testing.

 

紐約市教育局最新資訊

2021年 4月 8日

內容

  • 致全體家長:選擇參加面授學習的最後一天延長至 4 9 日(星期五)
  • 申請資優(Gifted & Talented)幼稚園課程的家庭:申請截止日期是 4 9

(星期五)

  • 申請學前班的家庭:申請截止日期延長至 4 19 日(星期一)
  • 3 8 年級學生的家庭:紐約州考試最新資訊

重要截止日期

春季選擇期截止日期延長至 4 月 9 日(星期五)

如果您的子女目前每天都在遠程學習,那麼他們有最後一次機會選擇至少在一周內有部分日子在教學大樓內面授學習。提交在本學年剩餘時間裡過渡到混合式學習請求的截止日期已延長至 4 9 日(星期五)。如何選擇進入混合式學習:

資優幼稚園申請截止日期為 4 月 9 日(星期五)

資優幼稚園課程的申請現已開放,申請截止日期為 4 9 日。有子女在 2016 年出生和有興趣報讀的家庭可以採用以下三種方式之一申請:

  • 上網申請,網址是 nyc
  • 透過家庭歡迎中心申請──訪問 nyc.gov/fwc 解更多資訊。
  • 撥打電話 718-935-2009 申請──如果您有任何疑問,也可以給我們打電話。

學前班申請截止日期延長至 4 月 19 日(星期一)

現在您有更多的時間探索您子女的學前班課程選擇!2017 年出生兒童的學前班申請截止日期已延長至 4 19 日。可以在 MySchools.nyc 上申請或致電 718-935-2009 申請──如果有任何疑問,也可以致電我們。請上網查看詳情,網址是 nyc.gov/prek

T&I 32644 NYCDOE Update for Families April 8 2021 (Chinese)

考試與評估

紐約州考試

紐約州考試將於本月晚些時候開始。今年,紐約州教育廳規定 3 至 8 年級的英文和數學考試以及 4 至 8 年級的科學考試只能以親自到場的方式在您子女的學校大樓內進行。沒有遠程選項。

如果您希望您子女參加今年的州考試,請通知您的學校。如果您不想讓子女參加考試,您不

需要採取任何其他行動。 

考試將在下列日期進行:

  • 3 至 8 年級英文 :4 月 19 日至 4 月 29 日
  • 3 至 8 年級數學:5 月 3 日至 5 月 14 日。不會在513日考試,當天是開齋節,學校放假。
  • 4 年級和 8 年級科學:6 月 7 日至 6 月 11 日

您子女的學校將就有關考試過程和截止日期的更多詳情與您進行交流。可上網了解詳情,網址是  schools.nyc.gov/testing

Información actualizada para las familias del DOE

8 de abril de 2021

 

Contenido

  • Para todas las familias: El plazo para optar por el aprendizaje presencial se ha ampliado hasta el viernes, 9 de abril.
  • Para las familias que solicitan el ingreso a los programas para estudiantes Dotados y Talentosos (Gifted & Talented, G&T) de kínder: El plazo para enviar la solicitud es el viernes, 9 de abril.
  • Para las familias que solicitan el ingreso a prekínder: El plazo para enviar la solicitud se ha ampliado hasta el lunes, 19 de abril.
  • Para las familias de estudiantes de 3.ᵉʳ a 8.ᵒ grado: Información actualizada sobre el examen del Estado de Nueva York.

Plazos importantes

El plazo para optar por el aprendizaje presencial esta primavera se ha ampliado hasta el viernes, 9 de abril.

Si su hijo tiene clases a distancia todos los días, ahora es su última oportunidad para optar por asistir a clases presenciales en la escuela al menos parte de la semana. El plazo para optar por el aprendizaje semipresencial para el resto del año escolar se ha ampliado hasta el viernes, 9 de abril. Cómo optar por el aprendizaje semipresencial:

  • Por internet: visite la página de la encuesta de preferencia de aprendizaje en edu/surveys/learningpreference a fin de seleccionar el aprendizaje semipresencial para su hijo.
  • Por teléfono: Llame al 311 para indicar el cambio de preferencia de aprendizaje.

El plazo para enviar la solicitud a los programas G&T de kínder es el viernes, 9 de abril.

El período para solicitar el ingreso a los programas para estudiantes Dotados y Talentosos

(Gifted & Talented, G&T) de kínder ya comenzó y el plazo para enviar la solicitud es el 9 de abril. Las familias con niños nacidos en 2016 pueden solicitar el ingreso de una de las siguientes maneras:

  • Por internet, en nyc.
  • A través de un Centro de Bienvenida a las Familias. Visite nyc.gov/fwc para obtener más información.
  • Por teléfono, llamando al 718-935-2009. También puede llamarnos si tiene alguna pregunta.

T&I 32644 NYCDOE Update for Families April 8 2021 (Spanish)

El plazo para enviar la solicitud de ingreso a prekínder se ha ampliado hasta el lunes, 19 de abril.

Ahora tiene más tiempo para explorar las opciones de prekínder de su hijo. El plazo para enviar la solicitud de prekínder para los niños nacidos en 2017 se amplió hasta el 19 de abril. Solicite el ingreso por internet en MySchools.nyc o por teléfono al 718-9352009. También puede llamarnos si tiene alguna pregunta. Obtenga más información en nyc.gov/PreK.

Exámenes y evaluaciones

Exámenes del Estado de Nueva York

Los exámenes del Estado de Nueva York comienzan a finales de este mes. Este año, el Departamento de Educación del Estado de Nueva York ha determinado que los exámenes de Inglés (English Language Arts, ELA) y Matemáticas para estudiantes de 3.er a 8.o grado y los exámenes de Ciencias para estudiantes de 4.o y 8.o grado solo se impartirán en persona en los edificios escolares. No será posible impartirlos de manera virtual.

Debe informar a la escuela si desea que su hijo participe en los exámenes estatales este año. Si no desea que su hijo participe en los exámenes, no tiene que hacer nada.

Los exámenes se realizarán dentro de las siguientes fechas:

  • ELA para estudiantes de 3.er a 8.o grado: del 19 al 29 de abril.
  • Matemáticas para estudiantes de 3.er a 8.o grado: del 3 al 14 de mayo (el 13 de mayo no se realizarán exámenes, ya que las escuelas estarán cerradas por Eid al-Fitr).
  • Ciencias para estudiantes de 4.o y 8.o grado: del 7 al 11 de junio.

La escuela de su hijo le dará más detalles sobre el proceso y los plazos de los exámenes. Obtenga más información en schools.nyc.gov/testing.

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Family Letter March 19 2021

March 19, 2021

Dear Families, 

This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.  

Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent. 

And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places of learning. 

As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities, and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very core.  

But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator. As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.  

Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited about this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the standard for the nation in reopening efforts.  

This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.  

Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.  

 

Sincerely,

Meisha Porter

New York City Schools Chancellor

Letter from Principal regarding a recent Covid-19 case- March 18, 2021

3/18/2021 10:16 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.
  • 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

 

3/18/2021 10:16 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, they can return to school only after:

  • Quarantining for 10-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.

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 Chancellor'sRegulationA-832.pdf 

Important Letter from the Chancellor-February 26, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. I’m writing today with some important news.

After three years leading the DOE, I will be stepping down as Chancellor in March.

I am full of mixed emotions to leave the DOE family. It has been the honor of my career to serve you, and help your child’s school and our whole system get closer to reaching its full potential. The strength and resilience of your children—our 1 million students—is awe-inspiring. It is what drove me through this unprecedented crisis, and it is what I take with me as I leave this post. The commitment and support you have shown to your children, and to your school communities, is incredible.

Throughout my career, my guiding light has been the belief that public education is the most powerful equalizer for children. Public education anchors communities. Public education makes it possible for a child who is poor, or who lives in temporary housing, or—in my own case—who doesn’t speak English when they enter the public school system to develop their dreams, and then to chase them. Truly, it is public education that expresses the highest ideals of our democracy. My time in New York City has only strengthened this belief, as I have seen it play out time and again, in schools all across the boroughs.

And together, we have seen proof. Our seniors kept breaking their own records as graduation rates and college enrollment kept rising higher, and the dropout rate kept getting lower.

We also made true progress in dismantling the structures and policies that are the products of decades of entrenched racism in the city and country. We have worked to undo segregation and turn “equity” from an esoteric concept to a reality. Every school that no longer screens children for admission, and every district that uses DOE resources to create more space for low-income students, or English language learners, is making this mission real.

We finally brought the mental health of our children into the spotlight and made it a major priority so that every child can feel welcomed, comfortable, and safe in their classroom and school community—especially now, when so many of our students are dealing with unforeseeable trauma.

And, of course, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we transformed the nation’s largest school system overnight in order to protect the health of our students, staff, families, and communities. We have reinvented what it means to teach and learn in New York City public schools.

All throughout, I have been proud to prioritize what’s best for kids over what’s politically popular. I have never been afraid of hard conversations. I have always believed that we need to set a high bar for every student—and then do what it takes to help them meet it.

You, your children, and the dedicated staff who serve you deserve both continuity and courageous leadership from your next Chancellor. You need someone who knows firsthand the reality on the ground at our schools, and has the talent and leadership to finish the school year out strong and drive towards bringing every child back to buildings in September.

That is why I am so proud that one of the most important leaders in this work will take on the privilege and responsibility of being your next Chancellor: Meisha Porter.

Meisha is a 20-year veteran of New York City public schools, and currently serves as Bronx Executive Superintendent. In this role, she leads community school districts 7-12, covering the entire borough and its 361 schools and 235,000 students. She is a lifelong New Yorker and product of our public schools who first joined the Department of Education as a teacher at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice—a school she helped conceive. After 18 years at the school, where she became Principal, Meisha spent three years as Superintendent of District 11, serving the Pelham Parkway, Eastchester, and Woodlawn neighborhoods of the Bronx. She has been Executive Superintendent since 2018, and in that time, the students of the Bronx have achieved significant academic gains, and schools have gotten stronger and stronger.

Meisha is an unparalleled warrior for our students and our schools. She attended them, she taught in them, she led them, and now she will be Chancellor for ALL of them. None of the last several Chancellors—myself included—have been actively working with our schools, day in and day out, at the time they were appointed. Meisha will break the mold, bringing all her experience, past and present, to support you and your children. You will be hearing much more from Meisha soon, and I will be working with her over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth and productive transition.

More than anything, I am proud to have served you, and so proud of the strides we have made. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I know I will take the spirit and richness of New York City with me anywhere and everywhere I go.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your Chancellor. I am grateful to each and every one of you.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Letter from Chancellor- February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021

Dear Families,


It is hard to believe we are already in the second half of this unusual school year. I am so grateful for your continued perseverance and flexibility during these difficult times, including the added challenges of our recent snowstorms.

Your voice and leadership are important, and I want to briefly share how you can use them to help our schools and students in a very important way. You can now apply to run for a seat in the coming election for Community and Citywide Education Councils. As a member of a Council, you are a voice for your community—and you can help make a direct impact on education policy. This includes through hosting Town Halls with me, collaborating with superintendents to improve student achievement, and advising on school building changes.


Each of the 32 geographic school districts has a Community Education Council, and there are four Citywide Councils: High Schools, English Language Learners, Special Education, and District 75. To apply to be a candidate for a council, simply log into your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) to get started. If you don’t have a NYCSA account, you can sign up for one at mystudent.nyc and then contact your parent coordinator to add your students. You can submit your application through February 28.


Later in the year, for the first time ever, parents and guardians with a child in a New York City public school will have the chance to vote for their preferred Community Education Council candidates and have a direct hand in shaping important decisions in our city. You need a NYCSA account to vote, so if you don’t have one, again, please sign up at mystudent.nyc. Whether as a candidate or a voter, I very much hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to impact our schools.

In other news, I am excited to share that we will be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on Thursday, February 25. We have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe. If you have a student in grades 6-8 and selected blended learning, your child’s principal will reach out with their new schedule. All schools will have 20 percent of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis. Students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person. I encourage families to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account prior to your child’s first day of in-person learning.


And here’s some good news for families currently applying to middle or high school: We’re giving you more time to submit your applications. The new deadline to apply to middle school is February 23 and the new deadline for eighth- and ninth-grade families to submit their high school application is March 1. As a reminder, you can apply one of three ways: online at MySchools.nyc, through your child’s current school counselor, or through a Family Welcome Center (schools.nyc.gov/WelcomeCenters).


This is an exciting and important time in our schools, as together we celebrate both Black History Month and Respect for All Week. Our educators and students across the city are engaged in thoughtful exploration of these issues as they connect to our lives and our national experience. Having this conversation deepens our understanding of how we can make progress toward justice and fairness. You can find some great resources to help with these discussions on the DOE’s official blog The Morning Bell at morningbellnyc.com/2021/commemorate-bhm and at morningbellnyc.com/2021/celebrate-rfa-week. You can also enroll in courses related to Black History Month on Parent University at parentu.schools.nyc


Thank you again for working alongside us as we educate your children. We know how important school is for your student, whether they are learning remotely or in person—and our dedication to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.

I hope you and your families enjoy the upcoming midwinter recess, February 15–19. And Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate on February 12!

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

After School Opportunities and Resources for Families at PS 163Q- PS 163Q的放學後機會和家庭資源-Oportunidades y recursos extracurriculares para las familias en la escuela PS 163Q

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

2/1/2021 12:36 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?

● 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.

● 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

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

2/1/2021 12:36 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, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 10-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

Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19- February 1, 2021

2/1/2021 10:57 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 building closures, 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 and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

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

· Working with to trace close contacts in our school.

· Instructing close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive.

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

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

2/1/2021 10:57 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, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 10-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

Letter from Principal regarding a case of Covid-19 in our school community-January 11, 2021

1/11/2021 1:19 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 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 building closures, 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 and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

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

· Working with to trace close contacts in our school.

· Instructing close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive.

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

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

1/11/2021 1:19 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, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 10-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

Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19- January 17, 2021

1/17/2021 1:06 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 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 building closures, 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 and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

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

· Working with to trace close contacts in our school.

· Instructing close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive.

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

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

1/17/2021 1:06 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, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 10-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 Marsaggi regarding a confirmed case of covid-19- January 12, 2021

1/12/2021 10:24 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 class(es) 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.

● 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

RETURN AFTER SYMPTOMS LETTER

1/12/2021 10:24 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, they can return to school only after:

● Quarantining for 10-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

Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19- December 24, 2020

12/24/2020 11:35 AM

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

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 through 12/28/2020.

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 12/28/2020, 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 Marsaggi

Letter from Principal regarding a case of COVID-19-12/23/2020

12/23/2020 5:20 PM

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

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 through 12/24/2020.

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 12/24/2020, 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 Marsaggi

SCHOOL BUILDING CLOSED TOMORROW, DECEMBER 23RD

12/22/2020 7:46 PM

Subject: 24 Hour School Building Closure

Dear P.S. 163 - QUEENS - Q163 at 159-01 59 AVENUE Families:

As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours so that the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) may investigate the source(s) of transmission.

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

What Happens Now?

● Effective 12/23/2020, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.

● 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.

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

● 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.

● Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.

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 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.

Sincerely,

FRANCINE MARSAGGI

 

12/22/2020 7:46 PM

Dear Member of the P.S. 163 - QUEENS - Q163 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

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

Random Testing Letter

Dear Families,

As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.

As the September 29, 2020 letter co-signed by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Executive Director Ted Long of New York City Test + Trace Corps, and Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated, the test is easy, quick, and safe. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.

If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. The majority of all testing results will be available within 48 hours. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.

If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Francine A. Marsaggi

 

各位家長:

作爲紐約市堅持不懈努力制止新冠病毒(COVID-19)傳播並確保我們社區的健康和安全的一部分,我們學校從現在開始到學年結束,每個月會對教職員工和學生進行一次新冠病毒檢測。我們已收到通知,檢測提供方會在下個星期來到我們的學校。請注意:只有1年級至12年級的紐約市公立學校學生符合檢測的資格。

如2020年9月29日由紐約市學校總監卡蘭扎、紐約市檢測+追蹤計劃(New York City Test + Trace Corps)執行主任Ted Long以及紐約市健康及心理衛生局局長Dr. Dave Chokshi聯合簽署的信件所述,檢測很容易、快速並安全。「小拭子」(類似棉棒),會伸進鼻腔前端五秒至十秒。本學年稍後時間,檢測有可能將收集少量唾液(口水)。

只有那些在同意表格上簽字並提交了該表格的學生和學校的教職員工才符合接受檢測的資格(schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting)。如果在檢測過程中,您的子女在任何時候感到不自在或者不舒服,那麽就不會給您的子女進行檢測。如果出現這個情況,我們將與您合作來解決任何可能會有的憂慮,這樣您的子女對於參加將來的檢測能感到自在。

如果您的子女會在學校接受檢測,則您的子女將把有關檢測過程的資訊以及您什麽時候以及如何可獲得結果等資訊帶回家。大多數檢測的結果會在48小時之内出來。如果您的子女的新冠檢測呈陽性,檢測提供方會打電話通知您,紐約市檢測+追蹤計劃也會打電話為您的家庭提供資源和支援。

如果在測試過程中,學校社區任何人檢測呈陽性,我們的學校社區將繼續遵守以下網站的健康與安全部分概述的指南(schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety)。

我們非常感謝您的合作和承諾,讓我們的學校社區保持安全和健康。

誠致敬意!                                                                                                                                                              

Francine A. Marsaggi

 

Estimada familia:

Como parte de las medidas de la Ciudad de Nueva York para frenar la transmisión de COVID-19, y garantizar la salud y seguridad de nuestra comunidad, las pruebas de COVID-19 a los miembros del personal y estudiantes se realizarán en las escuelas una vez al mes desde ahora y hasta el final del año escolar. Nos han informado que el proveedor de pruebas de COVID-19 visitará nuestra escuela la próxima semana. Tenga en cuenta que las pruebas son solo para los estudiantes de 1.er a 12.o grado de las escuelas públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Como se indica en la carta del 29 de septiembre de 2020 —firmada conjuntamente por el canciller de las escuelas, Richard Carranza, el director ejecutivo del equipo de pruebas y rastreo de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC Test & Trace Corps), Ted Long, y el comisionado del Departamento de Salud y Salud Mental de la Ciudad de Nueva York, Dr. Dave Chokshi— la prueba es fácil, rápida y segura. La prueba utilizará un hisopo corto (similar a un Q-tips) que se inserta en la parte delantera de la nariz entre cinco y diez segundos. Más adelante, es posible que las pruebas se hagan mediante la recolección de una pequeña cantidad de saliva.

Solo los estudiantes y miembros del personal de las escuelas que hayan firmado y presentado el formulario de autorización podrán hacerse la prueba (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). No se le hará la prueba a su hijo si se siente incómodo o nervioso durante el proceso. Si eso sucede, trabajaremos con usted para responder cualquier inquietud y su hijo pueda así participar en las pruebas más adelante.

Si se le hace la prueba de COVID-19 a su hijo en la escuela, le enviaremos la información a casa con el estudiante, comunicándole los detalles sobre el proceso de la prueba, además de cómo y cuándo recibirá los resultados. La mayoría de los resultados de las pruebas estarán disponibles en 48 horas. Si su hijo da positivo, el proveedor que realizó la prueba lo llamará por teléfono y NYC Test & Trace Corps se comunicará con su familia para proporcionarle recursos y ayuda.

Si algún miembro de la comunidad escolar da positivo durante este proceso de pruebas, continuaremos siguiendo las directrices descritas en la sección “Health and Safety” (Salud y seguridad) del sitio web (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).

Agradecemos profundamente su colaboración y compromiso de mantener su comunidad escolar segura y saludable.

Atentamente,

Francine A. Marsaggi

Update for Families on Covid-19 Testing- September 29, 2020

Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - September 27 2020.pdf 

Dear Families,

We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.

Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.

Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.

Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.

While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough students in the school.

We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.

If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.

We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child.

Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or concerns.

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Dave A. Chokshi,

MD, MSc Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ted Long,

MD, MHS Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

 

 

Discipline Code Letter 2020/21

Dear Families,

The NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) is committed to ensuring safe, supportive, and inclusive environments in all
schools. We successfully foster these environments by providing professional learning for teachers and school staff on
how to support students who may be experiencing challenges in or outside of the school day and by engaging families as
partners in our school communities.  

Driven by our Supportive Environment Framework (https://www.weteachnyc.org/resources/resource/supportiveenvironment-framework), we know that schools need to be culturally responsive spaces where all children are
affirmed and all families are viewed as key partners in the educational process. We recognize that students experienced
unique challenges during the 2019-20 school year and need schools that are prepared to support them. Our school
communities are working diligently to support the social-emotional, mental, and physical health and safety of our
students.

We ask that you, along with your child, review the Chancellor’s Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student
Learning (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode), which includes the Discipline Code and outlines the K-12 Student Bill of
Rights and Responsibilities (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights), protections for students with disabilities, and
expectations for student behavior. Please discuss these behavioral expectations with your child. The Discipline Code
applies to all students—and includes both supports and interventions, as well as disciplinary responses. Please note that
the 2019-20 Discipline Code remains in effect for the 2020-21 school year and applies to both blended and remote
instructional settings. The full Discipline Code is available in all NYCDOE-supported at
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode and can be provided by your school in paper copy, upon request. The Discipline
Code outlines how school staff will address behavioral issues with a focus on restorative approaches. For more
information about behavioral expectations during blended and remote learning, please visit
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/behavioral-expectations-and-guidance.

We thank you in advance for reviewing the Discipline Code and for your partnership in contributing to a supportive, safe,
and inclusive school climate. Thank you for making our school community better, stronger, and safer for all children. If
you have any questions, please contact your school’s principal.

Best wishes for the upcoming school year!

Best regards,
Mark Rampersant
Senior Executive Director
Office of Safety and Youth Development

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Special Video from Principal Marsaggi

  

 

Remote Learning Plan for Parents

Remote Learning Plan for Parents

We want to assure you that the P.S. 163 staff has been working hard to ensure that your children will be receiving continuous instruction.   Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 we will be providing instruction remotely using Google Classroom.  

At this point  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:

Grades Pre-K, K, 2, 4     Mrs. Kaul   Tmavrikos-kual@schools.nyc.gov Grades 1, 3, 5   Mr. Barone    JBarone@schools.nyc.gov

For Pupil Personnel   Mrs. Helen Chang Hchang4@schools.nyc.gov

For all other concerns Mrs. Marsaggi  FMarsaggi@schools.nyc.gov

 

I wish only the best health and security to your families.  Be well and be safe.  We will get through this challenging time together.

With Warm Regards,

Francine A. Marsaggi

Principal

 

親愛的父母/監護人,

 

我們想向您保證163名工作人員一直在努力確保您的孩子得到不斷的指導。從2020年3月23日星期一開始,我們將使用Google課堂遠程提供指導。

 

在此刻

 

  • 您孩子的老師應該擁有更新的聯繫信息,包括您的電話號碼和電子郵件

 

 

  • 繼續每天檢查孩子的班級頁面以獲取更新

 

 

如果您有任何疑問或疑慮,請隨時聯繫:

 

幼兒園至K,2、4年級Kaul Tmavrikos-kual@schools.nyc.gov

         1、3、5年級Barone JBarone@schools.nyc.gov  

Helen Chang- Hchang4@schools.nyc.gov     

  1. Marsaggi FMarsaggi@schools.nyc.gov

 

我只希望您的家人享有最佳的健康和安全。保持身體健康。我們將一起度過這個充滿挑戰的時光。

 

Estimados padres / tutores, Queremos asegurarle que los empleados de P.S. 163 han estado trabajando duamente para garantizar que sus hijos reciban instrucción continua. A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, proporcionaremos instrucciones de forma remota con Google Classroom. · El maestro de su hijo debe tener su información de contacto actualizada, incluido su número de teléfono y correo electrónico · Debe tener su contraseña para la cuenta de MySchools https://mystudent.nyc · Continúe visitando el sitio web de la escuela www.ps163 diariamente · Continúe revisando diariamente la página de clase de su hijo para ver si hay actualizaciones · Para actividades de aprendizaje adicionales, consulte el sitio web de NYCDOE https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en contactarnos: Grados Pre-K, K, 2, 4 Sra. Kual Tmavrikos-kual@schools.nyc.gov  Grados 1, 3, 5 Sr. Barone JBarone@schools.nyc.gov  Para el personal del alumno Sra. Helen Chang Hchang4@schools.nyc.gov   Para todas las demás preocupaciones Sra. Marsaggi FMarsaggi@schools.nyc.gov  Solo deseo la mejor salud y seguridad para sus familias. Estar bien y estar a salvo. Pasaremos este desafiante tiempo juntos.

Respect For All Liaison

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Ellen Mermelstein

Guidance Counselor and Respect For All Liaison

emermelstein3@schools.nyc.gov

Statement of Accessibility

Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact ffiore2@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.

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”.

Our Visit from Chancellor Carranza-November 12, 2019