[SCHOOLWIDE NOTIFICATION] Daily Case Update + Homework Update
Tue, Jan 18 5:41pm

Dear PS 107 Families, 

 

I hope that you had a peaceful and reflective 3-day weekend. Your children have been learning a great deal about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's work and the strong value that he placed on service to the larger community. Because of these conversations, over the weekend, several students from PS 107 decided to hold a hot chocolate/bake sale to raise funds for the victims of horrific fire on January 9th in the Bronx. Their sale was so successful that they will be doing an even larger bake sale outside of PS 107 this Thursday at dismissal, also raising funds for victims of the fire. (Stay tuned for additional information about this via Konstella.) Truly, what remarkable students we have here at PS 107! 

 

In COVID-related news, our afterschool program has requested that we pause homework for the remainder of the month of January in order to reduce the possibility of COVID transmission during after-school hours. Because students do homework in grade-based groups while having their snack, there is an increased risk of transmission between classes (due to space constraints, students are in rooms with students from at least one other class while doing homework/eating snack). After surveying PS 107 staff, I have decided that pausing homework from 1/19 through 1/28 is the most prudent course of action. This will apply to all students in all classrooms, not just students attending our afterschool program. Assuming that positivity rates continue to trend downwards, homework will resume on Monday, 1/31. 

 

Between yesterday evening and today at 3 pm, 5 positive COVID cases were reported to me. Two of the 5 involved no exposure to the school community. 

 

All parents whose children were in classrooms of individuals testing positive received an email (NOT a Konstella) directly from me earlier today. These children will bring home test kits today.

 

If the cases also resulted in after-school exposures, parents will receive an email directly from Sandy Phillips and these students will also bring home test kits today. 

 

Please note that if your child has recovered from COVID in the last 90 days, they do not need a test kit, and you should not administer the tests if they receive a kit in error. The DOE's Health Screening Questionnaire will be updated soon to reflect this possibility. If you have a test kit that you do not need, please have your child return it to school. Thank you!

 

The DOE's official notification letter to the community is attached. 

 

As always, please feel free to reach out directly with any questions about COVID cases, homework, or anything else. 

 

Warmly, 

Ms Joanna