[SCHOOLWIDE NOTIFICATION] Daily Case Update + COVID Isolation/Quarantine Policy Updates
Fri, Jan 28 2:49pm
Dear PS 107 Families, 
Today, one positive case of COVID was reported to me. The individual testing positive has not been in the building since 1/21, so the school community was not exposed.
Many of you attended the Town Hall I held this afternoon to review the DOE's changes to isolation/quarantine policies that go into effect on Monday, 1/31. For those of you who were unable to attend, my presentation is attached for you to review. In brief, these are the main changes about which you need to be aware: 
  • Students in K-5 testing positive no longer have to isolate for 10 days. Like adults, if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and their symptoms are improving, they can return to school on Day 6 (Day 0 is the day of their positive test). Upon their return, these students must wear a high-filtration mask like a KN95, KF94, or a surgical mask underneath a cloth mask from days 6 through 10. 
  • Students in K-5 who are not fully vaccinated and who are exposed to a positive case of COVID in their household must now quarantine longer than before. These students must quarantine 5 days after the positive close contact's isolation period ends. [This is because unvaccinated household close contacts almost always test positive.]
  • Students in K-5 who are not fully vaccinated and who are exposed to a positive case of COVID outside of school, but NOT in their household (eg birthday party, dinner out, etc) have had their quarantine period shortened from 10 days to 5 days. These students may return to school on Day 6 (with Day 0 being date of exposure). These students must also wear a high-filtration mask (as above) upon their return to school, from days 6 through 10. 
  • There are no changes to protocols for students in K-5 who are exposed in school. They will continue to get test kits and can test-to-stay, as we have been doing since we returned from the holiday break. 
  • PreK Families: Please take a close look at the Town Hall presentation for the policy changes in PreK. 
There is a new Health Screening Questionnaire (also attached and very complicated!) which you will see in Operoo starting Monday, 1/31. It accounts for all of these scenarios, as well as for a situation where your child has recovered from COVID in the last 90 days. Finally, there is a nifty flowchart that you may want to print out and post at home in the event that you are unsure what to do regarding quarantine or isolation. 
As always, please reach out directly with any questions -- and enjoy the snow this weekend!
Ms Joanna