Dear PS 107 Families,
"... we will be able to hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." - Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
All this week, our 5th graders led morning announcements for the PS 107 community, speaking about the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, whose birthday we celebrate on Monday. Two students included the quote above from Dr King's famous I Have a Dream speech in their announcement. They spoke of the persistence of activists fighting for social justice during the American civil rights movement, as well as the fortitude of our community as we continue to make our way through a global pandemic. These fifth graders reminded the school community that during dark times, when we feel surrounded by negativity and divisiveness, we must continue to hold onto hope.
I remain hopeful about the future because of the thought and care our students exhibit daily; the kindness and generosity of our families; and the dedication of our staff. Thank you to the entire PS 107 community for making these last two weeks a time when we all could still feel a "stone of hope."
As for the daily case update, 2 positive cases were reported to me between 3 pm yesterday and 3 pm today. Only 1 involved exposure to the school community.
There was one additional positive case involving an after-school instructor.
Today's attendance was 83%.
All parents whose children were in classrooms of individuals testing positive received an email (NOT a Konstella) directly from me earlier today. If they have not already received test kits from the school this week, children will bring home test kits today.
Sandy Phillips contacted families of students who were close contacts to the after-school instructor.
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. 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.
The DOE's official notification letter to the community is attached.
Have a wonderful three-day weekend, and please take some time to remember the legacy of Dr King, who dedicated his life to justice, peace, and equality for all.