COVID Safety Town Hall + Additional Updates
Wed, Dec 22 11:37am

Dear PS 107 Families, 

 

It was great to see so many of you at yesterday’s Town Hall, addressing the current rise in COVID cases across the city, and at PS 107. I am so grateful for your support, for your thoughtful questions, and for your advocacy on behalf of your children. 

 

For those of you who were not able to attend, I have attached the presentation that I gave. I added to the presentation answers to the questions that were asked by parents in attendance. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at jcohen72@schools.nyc.gov or jcohen@ps107.org  

 

A parent asked how many COVID cases we currently have and whether the automated email that parents receive each night (from RTSCH@buildings.nyc.gov) provides an accurate count of cases. That email does not provide an accurate case count because the Situation Room is backed up and catching up on cases that were reported last week or earlier this week. Our current case count is 7. This is unofficial because some cases were reported to us based on at-home rapid test results, and the Situation Room requires a lab-confirmed test to process the case. We have two full classrooms quarantined, and three classrooms partially quarantined (meaning close contacts are quarantined). In one case, there were no close contacts. 

 

A few reminders as we go into the holiday break: 

 

  • First, a fun reminder: we are having schoolwide PAJAMA DAY tomorrow, Thursday, 12/21. All children in attendance can wear their pajamas to school!
  • Second, please continue to report positive cases to us over the break. Depending on the timing, your child may need to quarantine beyond January 3rd, the first day back. Please report positive cases to me at jcohen72@schools.nyc.gov or jcohen@ps107.org and to Pamela Rosenberg at prosenberg@ps107.org 
  • Third, we highly, highly recommend testing your children before returning to school on January 3rd. The PTA is working on getting a testing van outside of school on the morning of January 3rd, before school starts, but it is not guaranteed. If we are able to secure a testing van, they will be able to do rapid tests and PCR tests. 
  • Finally, the NYS Vaccine Registry is reporting student vaccination status to us, but this isn’t foolproof. You can also upload your child’s vaccination status to the DOE’s Vaccine Portal by going to https://vaccine.schools.nyc/ and logging in with your child’s DOE email address and password. 

 

As I noted during yesterday’s Town Hall, no matter where you fall in terms of COVID risk-tolerance, our entire community very much wants students to be in school AND to be safe while they are in school. We are doing everything possible to make both of those things true, and I thank you for all of your support in this effort. I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a wonderful New Year. It is truly a privilege to serve as your principal. 

 

Yours, 

Ms Joanna