Family Letter from Chancellor Porter (Spanish/Chinese inside) - June 18th

Dear Families,
We made it!
Despite a pandemic that turned our lives upside down, we are at the finish line of this school year. I want to take this moment to honor and celebrate all that our families and students have accomplished during this difficult year and a half. We are ending this school year strong because of you. Because you and your children made education a priority.
There is a quote from my favorite author, Maya Angelou, which speaks to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. In an essay in her 2009 book Letter to My Daughter, Angelou wrote: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
This sentiment, of rising in the face of adversity, describes our amazing students and families, who persisted despite untold challenges. Together, you:
 Adapted to learning from home, and in some cases returning to buildings after months away.
 Stayed focused on schoolwork.
 Learned a new way of connecting with family members and friends.
 Made the most of every single day, whether studying remotely or coming to school with masks on.
You also raised your voices when you saw terrible acts of violence towards your neighbors and made it clear that you would not tolerate anti-Black violence, anti-Semitism, anti-Asian violence, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, or any acts of bias or discrimination that cause harm every day. You have stood in solidarity with your communities—because that’s what New Yorkers do.
In that same spirit of solidarity, I want to call your attention to an important date, June 19, which commemorates Juneteenth and the end of slavery in the United States. As an educator, I believe that it’s critical to teach our students about the ongoing legacy of slavery in both the context of Black history and American history at large. And now Juneteenth will enter the history books for another reason: this week, President Biden signed legislation making June 19 a federal holiday. This year, Juneteenth occurs as we continue to reckon with systemic racism, and the harm and hurt it causes our neighbors, fellow New Yorkers, and fellow Americans. I think about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on people of color. I think about our nation’s first true reckoning with the Tulsa Massacre, 100 years later. And I think about all the work we must do to create equity in all our schools.
If you want to learn more about Juneteenth and its significance to New Yorkers and Black Americans, please visit schools.nyc.gov/Juneteenth to watch our video and find resources for learning and thinking about this important day.
As your Chancellor, it’s my job to ensure that our one million students learn to think critically and have the skills to succeed in a world we adults cannot even imagine. Honestly, I am awed by you. You and your children taught us so much this year—from how to use your voice to create change to how to stay strong when times get tough. How to adapt to the things we cannot control, and how to follow Maya Angelou’s lead and not be reduced by them.
Although I have been in this role for less than four months, I am certain of one thing: Together, there is nothing we cannot achieve. If we made it through the last year and a half, we will be ready to rock in September. In advance of in-person learning for all students this fall, I encourage everyone ages 12 and older to get vaccinated for COVID-19! It’s the best way to keep our communities and city safe. You can make an appointment for yourself and your child by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.
Being an educator for more than 20 years, I also cannot help but close with an assignment (don’t worry, there won’t be a test). I want you and your children to celebrate all that you have achieved this year. I hope you spend a lot of time together, hug often, have new experiences, find reasons to laugh. And recharge your batteries.
We made it this far together, and I cannot wait to see what we do this fall.
In partnership,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor
P.S. A quick reminder that all students in grades K–12 are eligible to participate in Summer Rising, our free, fun summer academic and enrichment program. To learn more and to sign up, please visit nyc.gov/summerrising.

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5th Grade Family Letter

  

June 17, 2021

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Congratulations on your child stepping up from fifth grade to middle school! We are so excited about the wonderful journey ahead for our students and would like to celebrate with you.

Please save the date of June 22, 2021. We will be celebrating our students moving up to middle school with a virtual ZOOM ceremony that will begin at 9:00 AM. You should be able to log in to the ceremony from your student’s computer device. We look forward to seeing you. The ceremony link will be on your child’s Google Classroom page. The teacher will post it Tuesday morning.

Our PS 163 PTA has generously donated Class of 2021 T shirts for all our students. You may pick up the T shirt and any certificates that are requested on Monday June 28. Ms. Tiffany Tung, our parent coordinator will be coordinating the pickups and drop off of I pads and Laptops. Please follow the schedule below:

8:30 - 9:30 AM --Students that DO NOT have a DOE Device can report to school to pick up T shirt and requested certificates.

9:45 -11:00 AM--Students returning I Pads, and Laptops should report to school to pick up T shirts and requested certificates.

Thank you so much for your cooperation,

Tina Mavrikos-Kual

Assistant Principal

 

親愛的五年級家庭,

恭喜您的孩子從五年級升入中學!我們對我們學生未來的美好旅程感到非常興奮,並希望與您一起慶祝。

請在 2021 年 6 月 22 日這一天, 上午 9:00 開始舉行虛擬儀式來慶祝我們的學生升入中學。您應該可以從學生的電腦登錄儀式。我們期待您的光臨。儀式鏈接將顯示在您孩子的 Google 課堂頁面上。老師將在周二早上發布。

我們的 PS 163 家長會(PTA) 慷慨地為我們所有的學生捐贈了 2021 年 的T 恤。您可以在 6 月 28 日星期一領取 T 恤和您要求的證書。,我們的家長協調員Ms.Tiffany Tung將協調領取。請遵循以下時間表:

上午 8:30 - 9:30 : 沒有 學校或教育局電腦的學生可以到學校領取 T 恤並索取您要求的證書。

上午9:45 -11:00: 是歸還平板電腦和筆記本電腦的學生應到學校領取T 恤並索取您要求的證書。

非常感謝您的合作,

Tina Mavrikos-Kual

副校長

 

17 de junio de 2021

Estimadas familias de quinto grado,

¡Felicitaciones por su hijo pasando del quinto grado a la escuela intermedia! Estamos muy entusiasmados con el maravilloso viaje que tienen por delante nuestros estudiantes y nos gustaría celebrarlo con ustedes.

Por favor, guarde la fecha del 22 de junio de 2021. Celebraremos que nuestros estudiantes pasen a la escuela secundaria con una ceremonia de ZOOM virtual que comenzará a las 9:00 AM. Debería poder iniciar sesión en la ceremonia desde el dispositivo informático de su estudiante. Esperamos verte. El enlace de la ceremonia estará en la página de Google Classroom de su hijo. El maestro lo publicará el martes por la mañana.

Nuestra PTA de la escuela PS 163 ha donado generosamente camisetas de la Clase 2021 para todos nuestros estudiantes. Puede recoger la camiseta y cualquier certificado que se solicite el lunes 28 de junio. La Sra. Tiffany Tung, nuestra coordinadora de padres coordinará la recogida y entrega de I pads y laptops. Siga el programa a continuación:

8:30 - 9:30 AM - Los estudiantes que NO tengan un dispositivo DOE pueden presentarse en la escuela para recoger la camiseta y los certificados solicitados.

9:45 -11: 00 AM - Los estudiantes que regresen I Pads y Laptops deben reportarse a la escuela para recoger camisetas y certificados solicitados.

Muchísimas gracias por tu cooperacion,

Tina Mavrikos-Kual

Asistente principal

Last Day of School- June 25, 2021

       

June 25, 2021 is the last day of school and a FULL DAY for all.  Have a great summer!!

El 25 de junio de 2021 es el último día de clases y un día completo para todos.  Que tengas un gran verano!

2021年6月25日是學校的最後一天,也是全天上課的日子。 有一個美好的夏天!

Remote Election Day (6/22) Letter to Parents - 6/9

June 9, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised that June 22, 2021 will be a fully remote day as a result of our building being used for Election Day voting.  The cafeteria is currently a classroom and is used for breakfast and lunch for three grades.  It would be a hardship to support the safety protocols that we must follow for instruction and eating while having the general public use this space. All in-person students should log-in for full remote instruction on this day.  I thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Francine A. Marsaggi

親愛的家長/監護人:

請注意,由於我們的大樓被用於選舉日投票,2021 年 6 月 22 日將是一個完全遠程網課的日子。 現在餐廳做為教室使用,供三個年級的早餐和午餐使用。 在讓公眾使用這個空間的同時,實行我們必須遵守的指導和飲食安全協議將是一項艱鉅的任務。 所以到校面對面的學生都應在這一天以登錄網課以獲取完整的遠程指導。 我感謝您的合作。

真摯地,

Francine A. Marsaggi

Estimados padres / tutores:

Tenga en cuenta que el 22 de junio de 2021 será un día completamente remoto debido a que nuestro edificio se utilizará para la votación el día de las elecciones. La cafetería es actualmente un salón de clases y se usa para el desayuno y el almuerzo para tres grados. Sería difícil apoyar los protocolos de seguridad que debemos seguir para la instrucción y la alimentación mientras el público en general usa este espacio. Todos los estudiantes en persona deben iniciar sesión para recibir instrucción remota completa en este día. Les agradezco su cooperación.

Atentamente,

Francine A. Marsaggi

FREE-Virtual Family Storytelling Performance & Workshop Grades 2-5

Title 1 Fund-for school year 2020 to 2021

Parents, guardians & children are welcome

FREE-Virtual Family Storytelling Performance & Workshop by LuAnn Adams

Click the appropriate link below to view the flyer for your child's grade:

Grade 2.docx

Grade 3.docx

Grade 4.docx 

Grade 5.docx      

 

Shadow Box Theatre

  

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Councilman Peter Koo has arranged for the families of his district to view two wonderful videos. Please view these videos at your convenience and complete the two question google form below. Enjoy!

親愛的父母/監護人,

議員Peter Koo已安排其所在地區的家庭觀看兩個精彩的視頻。 請在方便時觀看這些視頻,並填寫下面的兩個問題Google表單。

Estimado padre / guardia:

El concejal Peter Koo ha hecho arreglos para que las familias de su distrito vean dos videos maravillosos. Vea estos videos cuando le resulte conveniente y complete el formulario de Google de dos preguntas a continuación.

   Please Register https://forms.gle/UTXhCGWajChAZY199

 

The vitality of diversity comes to life in this inspiring show. In an enchanted landscape deep beneath the sea, the little fish Spinny and his friends face up to a big bully of a fish and find courage, tolerance and the true meaning of friendship. At the conclusion they - and the children - learn to envision a more peaceful world. Following the puppet show, the audience joins in a stirring "Sing." There are wonderful original songs like "Many Colors" and "Same Inside" as well as international songs that speak to the hearts and minds of the audience about how, when we work together "Hand in Hand," we can create a peaceful world. Recommended for 3 to 7 years old.

Link to LITTLE IS BIG https://vimeo.com/508194010

 

The Earth & Me

Celebrate Earth Day

With a flowing tapestry of song, dance, puppetry and music, The Earth & Me inspires children with hope and empowerment. The children learn how they can help protect the Earth's delicate ecosystem through harmony, tolerance and peace.

 

Please Register https://forms.gle/UTXhCGWajChAZY199
 Link to THE EARTH AND ME https://vimeo.com/543599769/ab1cd4a1b3

Moving Up Ceremonies

  
 

 

Summer Rising: DOE Summer Program (Updated 6/1)

 

Registration is now open for Summer Rising, NYC's new free summer program for students in grades K–12. Summer Rising will offer academic and social-emotional support, arts, and recreation. There will also be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are both educational and meet State health and safety guidelines. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student. All programs are in-person. Remote programs are only for mandatory summer school students.

DOE website page about Summer Rising: nyc.gov/summerrising

Searching & Applying for DYCD Programs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdmLucUl5qE

DYCD documents such as guides/consent forms: https://www.dycdconnect.nyc/Home/Docs

To apply now, please take the following steps:

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.

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Family Letter - 5/24/21

Dear Families,
First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought to us over the past year.
As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support.
As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our re-opening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall.
All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall.
As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year, including the following:
 Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings
 Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home
 Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home
 Every school building will continue to have a nurse
 Every classroom will have working ventilation systems
 On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance
 The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases
We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to support our students. Here are some ways that we are supporting with the transition now, and we encourage you and your children to participate:
Chancellor’s Borough-Wide Family Forums: I am hosting borough-wide family town halls to hear more from you about this fall, and how we can use our resources to ensure a positive homecoming for your children and provide an enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning. To learn more and register, please visit us here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/family-empowerment/chancellor-porter-s-family-forums
School Open Houses: Starting in June and throughout the summer, every school will host open houses for families to visit, take a tour, and learn about the health and safety precautions in place that have kept our schools safe over the last year. Your child’s school will be in touch with you about when these will be scheduled, and we encourage you to participate to learn more.
Summer Rising: In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, we are so excited to provide an enriching, fun and joyful summer camp experience for any interested student. We encourage your child to join us - to be welcomed back into their school communities, re-connect with teachers and staff, and get ready for fall while having fun! Families can sign up here: https://discoverdycd.dycdconnect.nyc/home
Thank you for your partnership, your engagement, and your dedication to your children’s education over the last year. I am in awe of how our communities came together to lift each other up to ensure our children had the best experience possible despite enormous challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with you, learning from you, and leveraging all we‘ve done together over the last year to create a new normal starting in September - one that is warm and welcoming, affirming and enriching, and exciting and challenging - for each one of your children.
In partnership,
Meisha Porter

Family Letter May 24 2021.pdf 

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Family Letter May 12th, 2021

Dear Families,


As you may know, May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. This is the time when we celebrate the
culture, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. I am
always humbled when I think about the role Asian and Pacific Americans played in the formation of this city
and country. From building the first transcontinental railroad to fighting for America throughout the different
wars, these communities have deep roots throughout our nation. And they have made important contributions as
small business owners, teachers, doctors, artists, scientists, in technology fields, and in so many other ways.

As Chancellor, it is important to me that our students and educators explore the rich traditions and achievements
of people of AAPI heritage. It’s also important to have the hard discussions about the horrific rise in violence
against our fellow AAPI New Yorkers and Americans. In schools, we are supporting this by providing
curriculum resources accessible to educators in all grades. And at every turn, we must reinforce that there is no
room for discrimination of any kind in New York City’s public schools. To our AAPI students, staff, and
families: The Department of Education stands in solidarity with you. We will continue to honor your diverse
and powerful voices.

For some amazing resources that are great for discussions at home with your children, visit
schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice. In addition, your children can access a collection of hundreds of e-books
and audiobooks honoring the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the
lives and culture of the United States. These books are available through the Sora app; students can log in at
soraapp.com/welcome/login/310229 using their DOE credentials.

I want to share one more important link with you: the link to our 15th annual NYC School Survey,
which launched this week! I encourage all families and teachers in grades 3K through 12, and students in
grades 6-12, to visit nycschoolsurvey.org by June 11 to share your thoughts on your school experience this
year. Tell us what you think about student well-being and engagement, communication from your
school, culturally responsive education, how your school has supported you, and teaching and learning. Your
school will use your feedback to think about the learning environment and work with all members of the school
community to make the school a better place to learn. 
As always, I am grateful for you and how you support your children every step of the way. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor

Family Letter May 12 2021.pdf 

New in-person students begin- April 26, 2021 Comienzan nuevos estudiantes presenciales- 26 de abril de 2021 2021年4月26日開始返校的學生

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Welcome back to all new in-person students! 

Beginning Monday, April 26, 2021 new in-person students will begin 

Please remember to complete the daily screener before entering the building every day. 

Below you will find the ingress and dismissal information for our school. 

Please use this information when dropping your child off in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon.

歡迎回到學校的學生!請記住,每天進入大樓前要完成每日檢查。

2021年4月26日開始返校的學生

下面您將找到我們學校的接送資訊。

¡Bienvenido de nuevo a todos los nuevos estudiantes en persona! 

Comienzan nuevos estudiantes presenciales- 26 de abril de 2021

Por favor, recuerde completar el examinador diario antes de entrar en el edificio todos los días. 

A continuación encontrará la información de ingreso y despido para nuestra escuela. 

Por favor, use esta información al dejar a su hijo por la mañana y recogerlos por la tarde.

  

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

FREE Virtual Yoga

     

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.

STUDENT-TO-STUDENT DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND/OR BULLYING regulation

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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

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

Staff Video! WE MISS YOU!

 PS 163Q is BRAVE.mov 

We Miss You Greeting Cards | Family cards, Free ecards, Cards我們想你

TE EXTRAÑAMOS

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.

Our Visit from Chancellor Carranza-November 12, 2019

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”.