Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases in New York City, the city is now at a COVID-19 high (orange) alert level. This means there is significant spread of COVID-19 in the city.
Tue, May 17 6:08pm
Dear PS20 Families,
As you may have heard, NYC is reaching the CDC's "High" level of COVID-19 alert, which represents the high community spread and increasing pressure on the health care system.  This is consistent with the increasing number of cases we are seeing within our school community.
The CDC and our local health officials recommend that communities that are at the "High" level of COVID-19 alert wear masks in indoor settings.  Please see the attached Health Advisory from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  
As of now, DOE, the City and the State have not brought back the mask mandate, but we want to share what public health officials are recommending and ensure that families that want to begin masking feel supported to do so.  The purpose of the new CDC system of levels of COVID-19 alert is to provide guidance to communities so they know when risk is high and they should wear a mask and when risk is low and it is "safe" to take their masks off.
Even more importantly, we want to remind families, if your child is at all sick, please keep them at home until they feel better and are symptom free, even if they test negative for COVID-19.  No one wants to get sick with COVID-19 or anything else!

With the current variant, it has been reported that people are experiencing symptoms before they test positive.  For this reason, it is essential that we behave as though any COVID-19 symptoms are in fact a COVID infection. COVID-19 related symptoms include, but are not limited to, a fever, a cough, sore throat, sneezing and/or congestion, loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath.
Thanks for your support in keeping our community healthy and safe.
L. Barbera