Updates on Testing, Safety, Childcare, Requesting iPads, etc.
Tue, Sep 8 9:25am

Dear PS10 Families,

Sharing some key information from our school district's (District 15) President's Council:

 

New Testing Protocols 

Beginning immediately, prioritized access to testing will be available to students, teachers, and DOE school-based staff at 34 sites across the city. These sites will give priority to all DOE workers so they can quickly be tested, and provide results within 24-48 hours. To schedule a prioritized test, visit this NYC DOH site and use the password doecovidtest2020. Please note that you can schedule an appointment for up to two days in advance. 

Beginning October 1st and recurring each month, it will be mandatory for schools to test a random 10-20% sample of their students participating in blended learning and on-site staff population. The percentage of individuals to be tested will be determined by the number of students enrolled in the school who have opted into blended learning in order to create a statistically significant sample size: 

  • 20% of the individuals in schools with fewer than 500 students 
  • 15% of the individuals in schools with 500 to 999 students 
  • 10% of the individuals in schools with 1000+ students 

 The percentage of staff tested and the frequency of testing will rise significantly in schools in any zip code that reports a percentage of positive tests of 3% or higher using a 7-day rolling average. 

Families will be asked to sign a consent form at the start of the year for their child to participate at random and be notified ahead of time if their child has been selected for the month.  Families in blended learning that have not submitted a testing consent form by November will transition to remote only instruction.  The full UFT/DOE agreement on testing can be found here

 

Building Response Team (BRT)

Every school will have a COVID-19 building response team that is activated to manage health and safety incidents or emergencies, including managing school-related emergencies until first responders arrive.  The BRT will be composed of:  

  • BRT Leader 
  • Special Needs Coordinator 
  • Emergency officer 
  • Assembly Point Coordinator 
  • Recorder 
  • School Nurse 
  • Custodian 
  • School Safety Agent/Agents 

 

Learning Bridges

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and early childhood programs will operate on a blended learning model. This means that each week, students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely.  Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this survey at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, or call 311.  Programs will become available on a rolling basis beginning at the start of school. 

 

Electronic Device Request

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. Please encourage families who need to request an internet-enabled electronic device to complete the survey here:   

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices 

 

Remote Learning

At any time of year, for any reason, families can choose fully remote learning for your child. This means they would learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). Remote learning includes live interaction with teachers every day, and every class includes live instruction.  To choose fully remote learning for your child, fill out and submit this form or call 311. 

 

New York City Schools Account (NYCSA)

When the school year begins, we want to make sure we can contact you quickly and effectively to share information, including about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.  Your NYCSA account can also help you find your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more— from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. 

Best,

PS10 PTA