Family Letter September 20 2021 (English, Chinese, Spanish)

 33174-family-letter-september-20-2021-chinese.pdf 

 33174-family-letter-september-20-2021-spanish.pdf 

Dear Families,


It was so exciting to welcome students back in our classrooms last week, seeing the joy on their faces as they all could finally return to learn in-person with their teachers and classmates! This is a very special time, and we are doing everything possible to make sure everyone in our schools remains safe and healthy.
I invite you to share the amazing experience of that first week of school with me through this video (vimeo.com/609642752/70f8506d67) capturing our homecoming experience across the city.
In addition to the extensive health and safety measures summarized on our school year 2021-22 webpage (schools.nyc.gov/homecoming), we are making two important adjustments to COVID-19 protocols in our schools:
 Weekly testing. Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE will increase random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:
o Fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc or
o Download the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and bring the completed form to your child’s school.
 Updated quarantine policy. Also starting Monday, September 27, in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will no longer close an entire classroom when there is a positive case in the classroom. Unvaccinated students who are masked and at least three feet distanced from a student who tests positive are not considered close contacts under CDC guidelines and will not have to quarantine. This new policy applies to all students in any grade.
Vaccination is the most important step that we can take to protect our families and our communities against COVID-19. To protect your children and school communities, we have mandated that all DOE school staff be vaccinated against COVID-19—by September 27, all employees will have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule a vaccination appointment for yourself or your eligible student aged 12 and older, please visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.
We will continue to share everything we are doing to keep your children safe. Our school year back together again is already off to a fantastic start, and I look forward to seeing your students thrive and grow this year as they learn alongside their peers.


In partnership,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor

2021-22 Outdoors Picture Day /戶外圖片日/Día de fotos al aire libre (10/4-10/5)

  

End of Week DOE Update (9/17)

Welcome Back to School- Homecoming!

   

Teachers, room and class numbers 2021-2022

 

 

Class

Room

Staff Member

501 

342

Michelle Lee

502

442

Stephanie Yip

503

319

Christina Banome

504

313

Cynthia Lee

505

317

Eun Ge Jung/ Cynthia Liu

506

407

Danielle Mistretta

 

 

 

401 

MPR

Chia Hao Lin

402

MPR

Christina Abbruzzese

403

413

Dana Efstathiou

404

409

Joanna Antonopolous

405

415

Dawn Kelly-Hodes/Rossella Como

 

 

 

301 

439

Lishan Kao

302

339

Yichen Wang

303

337

Elisabeth Feld

304

437

Patricia Vatakis

305

309

Finny Cruz/Ionna Germanis

306

243

Stephanie Stucchio

 

 

 

201 

438

Lina Chiang

202

440

Luo Qian (Cindy) Chen

203

340

Danielle Luchan

204

344

Queenstar Ikwuagwu / Jennifer Walsh

 

 

 

101 

244

Lixin Zhang

102

242

Kimin Kim

103

237

Barbara Presvelis

104

240

Michelle Agassi

105

140

Julissa Reynoso/Diane Haber

106

215

Yajun Shen

 

 

 

K01 

139

Lucy Lu

K02

137

Cassey Hanna

K03

132

Meng (Peyton) Dang

K04

138

Dana DiPerri

K05

217

Lisa Schiller

K06

239

Kayla Georgiadis

 

 

 

PK1

209

Alice Lai

PK2

211

Cindy Wong

PK3

203

Lily Pak

PK4

205

Argina Tsamblakos

 

 

 

 

 

 

New NYCSA Portal and Creating Accounts for Families

MyStudent: Track your Student’s Academic Progress

In MyStudent, you can track your student’s academic progress. View their grades, schedule, test scores, transportation, attendance, and more! If your student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you can view their student’s recommended services. You must be linked to a student in order to view this information. See the Adding Students section to learn how to link your student to your account. 

School Based Testing Consent

Beginning October 2020, we will begin monthly random testing of students and staff in New York City school buildings. Provide consent to test your child for COVID-19 directly through NYCSA.

Contact Information

If you are a parent who lives with your child, or a custodial or non-custodial guardian, you can update your own cell phone number and email address in your NYC Schools Account, using the Emergency Contact page found under My Account.

Bullying Reporting: Report an incident 

If your child is a target of bullying, report the incident to your school’s Respect for All liaison. Use the Bullying Portal feature to report incidents of student-to-student discrimination, intimidation, and harassment. Please see the Fostering Anti-Bullying Practices(Open external link) page to learn more. 

Parent University: Learn and become an advocate 

Parent University offers training, coaching, and other resources for families to help you advocate for the educational success of your children. Take courses and modules and even gain certificates. 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

 ac-policy-nycsa-parent-flyer.pdf 

ac-policy-nycsa-acc-letter-sample.pdf  

School Year 2021-22: Homecoming Health and Safety Guide and Other Important Information

Fall 2021 marks an important homecoming for our schools. On September 13, we begin the journey to recovery by welcoming New York City students back to school communities and classrooms where they can feel safe and well-cared for, and where they can learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

Our return to full-time, in-person learning starts with a safe and healthy learning environment for every student and staff member and ensuring students have the tools and support they need to succeed.

As we prepare for the first day of the 2021-22 school year, we will continue to update this page with information about health and safety protocols in our schools, important changes to academic policy, supports and services for students and families, and more: 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year/school-year-2021-22

 Homecoming Guide.pdf

 33086-doe-bts-healthpolicies-spanish.pdf  

33086-doe-bts-healthpolicies-chinese.pdf 

 

21-22 School Year Letter

Dear Families,

I am so happy to be able to welcome each and every one of you back to our school building. I truly do not have the words to express just how excited we are as a school community to begin a school year together! The past 17 months have been difficult and filled with so much emotion. We know that many members of our community have dealt with tremendous challenges. Our number one goal is to support our students and their families as we transition to the new normal. It will take time for many of our young people to adjust to an in-house school day. We welcome our children with open arms and will do our best to support them emotionally, academically and socially. We have learned so much over the past year and a half about the importance of community. Our goal is to make you and your child/children feel welcome and safe. My team and I look forward to seeing you and for a successful return!

Sincerely,

Francine Marsaggi (Principal)

  • First day of school: Monday, September 13th
  • School Day: 8:15am-2:35pm for Grades 3-5.
  • Pre-K students: modified schedule for September 13th and 14th. Full day begins on September 15th.
  • Breakfast is served in the classroom once students arrive.
  • Please join the P.S 163 Remind. Send a text to 81010 and text this message: @ps163qf . Please enable notifications on your phone.
  • If you have not received your child's letter with their new class and other information, please call the school and we will share the information with you.
Grades Morning Ingress Location (8:13am) Afternoon Dismissal Time
Pre-K Exit 2: Main Entrance 59th Ave and 159th St Exit 2: Main Entrance 59th Ave and 159th St 2:30pm
K, 1 and 2 Exit 8: Located in School Yard off of 159th St School Yard off of 159th St 2:25pm
3, 4 and 5 Exit 4: 160th St and 59th Ave School Yard off of 160th St 2:30pm

Summer Rising Goodbye Video 8/20/2021

(Summer Rising) Inside Broadway 3rd/4th/5th Grades Finale Performance

(Summer Rising) Inside Broadway Kindergarten/1st/2nd Grades Finale Performance

(Summer Rising) Inside Broadway First Grade Performance

(Summer Rising) Inside Broadway Second Grade Performance

Family Welcome Centers

Family Welcome Centers serve NYC families all year round with enrollment and admissions. Our staff members provide remote support Monday through Friday via email, phone, or video conference. 

To request support and/or set up an appointment, please complete and submit this form: Request for Support

When we receive your form, we will call or email you to support with your request. We’ll make every effort to respond within 72 hours. We are grateful for your patience.

Need help accessing or submitting the online form? Call 718-935-2828 for assistance.

 2021 BTS FWC Digital Flyer - 20210615 - English.pdf 

 32920_2021_BTS-FWC-Digital-Flyer-20210615_Chinese_PR.pdf 

 32920_2021_BTS-FWC-Digital-Flyer-20210615_Spanish_PR.pdf 

P-EBT Benefits Information (English and Spanish)

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

Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973(Open external link) requires public schools to offer accommodations for eligible students with disabilities. These accommodations help students with special health needs to participate in New York City Department of Education (DOE) programs and activities on an equal basis with their peers who do not have disabilities. Your child may be eligible for health services and/or other types of accommodations.

guidelines-for-the-provision-of-health-services-school-year-2019-20.pdf 

guidelines-for-the-provision-of-health-services-sy-2020-21-spanish.pdf  

guidelines-for-the-provision-of-health-services-sy-2020-21-chinese.pdf

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

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.

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

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Mission Statement at PS 163Q

  

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