Dear PS 20 Community,
As we get closer to school reopening, we understand that you have many questions and concerns about the 2021-2022 school year. Last week the Mayor and Chancellor Porter announced updated health and safety measures for NYC public schools. We have posted a summary of the health and safety measures below. For the most part, the measures are similar to the end of last year - masking, physical distancing, pick up and drop off outside of the school building and regular COVID testing. Ms. Barbera and her team are working diligently to prepare for the coming school year.
We would like to invite you to a school-wide Back to School Virtual PTA Meeting with Ms. Barbera this Thursday, September 2nd from 6:00-7:30pm, so Ms. Barbera can take the school community through what the coming school year will look like and answer your questions. Information for the meeting is posted below.
One other update we would like to provide is that this year, PS 20 will be going back to its normal school schedule, meaning drop-off will be at 8:20am and pick-up at 2:40pm. One change will be that 3-K and Pre-K will start and end ten minutes earlier (8:10am drop-off and 2:30pm pick-up) in order to allow our little ones get to and from their classrooms before the big rush.
Since school health and safety policies and procedures are still being finalized by the DOE, and Ms. Barbera and her team are still working on how implement these policies and procedures at PS 20, we wanted to let you know that the PTA will be working with Ms. Barbera to provide regular updates via our website, Konstella (if you haven’t signed up yet please do!), and our social media accounts (Instagram & Twitter). You can also check out the NYC DOE link for updates. Thank you for your patience.
We look forward to a safe, healthy, and happy school year. Sincerely,
The PS 20 PTA Board
Back to School Virtual PTA Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 8894 8201 Passcode: 769658
Please note: you will need to login to join the meeting, but you can login with any account (e.g. Gmail account), DOE accounts are not required for this meeting. Please wait in the waiting room to be admitted to the meeting.
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Summary of 2020-2021 NYC public school safety measures:
● Physical distancing - The DOE will follow the CDC recommendation to maintain
at least 3 feet between students within classrooms. When it is not possible to maintain 3 feet in a given school, the DOE advises layering multiple other prevention strategies. During meal service, schools will use outdoor spaces and additional spaces in school buildings where possible.
● COVID-19 testing in schools - Every school will have 10 percent of unvaccinated individuals who have submitted consent for testing in their school population tested biweekly. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated are not required to be tested.
● Positive cases of COVID-19 in elementary schools - If there is a positive case in a classroom, all students in the class will be instructed to quarantine for 10 calendar days.
● Vaccine mandate for all DOE employees - All Department of Education employees must have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27.