RE: Principal Letter to School Community
Wed, Oct 7 8:06am
Dear families,
 
We have been presented with many challenges since the reopening of our school and we want to thank you all for your resilience, patience and understanding. Recently, we have received many questions concerning a report of a student in attendance who tested positive for covid 19. Please find a summary below.
 
On Friday, October 2, 2020, Cohort B students in Kindergarten and third grade were outside in the school yard playing during the first teachers' duty free lunch period, when it began to rain extremely hard. The administration made the decision to bring the students into the building for shelter. Kindergarten was sent to the auditorium and third grade to the cafeteria. All doors and windows were opened and fans turned on to maximize cross ventilation. Students were socially distanced and supervised by paras, aides and two administrators. At the end of the period, teachers picked up their classes and returned to classrooms. 
 
On Monday, October 5, 2020, an administrator received a phone call from a parent stating that her child, a third grade student in cohort B, tested positive for Covid 19. She shared that her son was the only one who tested positive in their family. We contacted the Test and Trace Committee at the DOE's Situation Room. After several hours of deliberation, the committee contacted and advised us to quarantine all staff and students who spent an extended period of time in the classroom or cafeteria in the presence of the child who tested positive. We were further instructed to reach out and share this information with staff and families of students who had direct contact first and then with the school community. 
 
Subsequently, all third grade students in Cohort B and staff who had direct contact with the child who testing positive for covid 19 are now being quarantined. The Test and Trace Committee further advised that cohort A 3rd grade students, the teachers of cohort B students and their siblings were not at risk since they did not have direct contact with the child and could therefore continue to attend school. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information shared, please feel free to reach out to any administrator. 
 
We thank you for your continued support and understanding.