As Winter Break begins tomorrow, and with the uptick in cases in the city, the PTA would like to share some reminders on how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our beloved PS 107 community. You and your child’s adherence to all COVID safety measures has kept our community safe and thriving. Thank you!
Please consider getting yourself vaccinated (or boosted) and your child vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Vaccination is our best strategy in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are far less likely to test positive for COVID, be hospitalized and become seriously ill.
- DO find a vaccine or booster site and make an appointment! Many doctor offices, pediatrician offices, and pharmacies are offering the vaccine. Currently, the city is offering $100 to any adult who gets boosted at a city-run vaccine site.
- DO upload proof of your child's vaccination to the DOE’s Vaccine Portal. Please log using your child’s DOE Student Account credentials.
What can we do to slow the spread at school when we return from Winter Break?
- DO try to get everyone in your family tested before returning to school, even members of your family who are fully vaccinated. While access to testing is currently difficult, new testing sites will open before the break is over. Testing before coming back to school helps rule out any inadvertent exposure and allows us to start back from the break safe. Please consider using one of the following services below:
- Book your family’s COVID tests now for early January at nearby pharmacies like Ballard, Neergard, or Oak Park.
- Check this map frequently as new testing sites near you are being added every day!
- Visit the city’s Health+Hospitals website for a list of borough-based testing sites. New sites and vans are added every day! You can view estimated wait times for the large H+H sites.
- A home rapid test is also a great way to test before returning to school. Unsure of how to use your test? There are videos on YouTube that can guide you through the process.
What should I tell the school and when?
- DO report any positive cases of COVID-19 in your family, including over the break, to our principal Joanna Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and to Pamela Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DO know that your and your family’s information will be kept confidential.
Someone in my household doesn’t feel so good and gets a COVID-19 test…
- DO go get the whole family tested!
- DON’T send your children to school until you know everyone in the family is negative. If anyone in the house is exhibiting possible COVID-19 symptoms, keep everyone home until you receive negative test results and know it is safe for you to send your children back to school.
My child had a playdate with a friend. I just learned that the friend tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?
- DO report this to Ms. Pamela at email@example.com.
- If your child is fully vaccinated, meaning 2 weeks have passed since your child’s last vaccine shot, DO monitor your child for symptoms but there is no need for your child to stay home. DO get your child tested for COVID-19.
- If your child is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated against COVID-19, DO keep your child home until you receive a response from the school. DO get your child tested for COVID-19.
My child has symptoms of something other than COVID-19, like a tummy ache, fatigue or a runny nose.
- DO keep all your children home and get everyone in your family tested before sending them back to school. Sometimes children present atypical symptoms and sometimes children are completely asymptomatic. Unsure but have a gut feeling? DO get your child tested, even if your child is fully vaccinated!
My child’s class is closed for 10 days and my child has been told to quarantine…
- DO quarantine your child and follow the instructions received from school.
- DON’T go on playdates, don’t bring your child to the grocery store, don’t play at Harmony.
- DO quarantine any unvaccinated siblings and unvaccinated adults in your house. This helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and keeps everyone safe.
- DO get everyone in your household tested for COVID-19. If your child has no symptoms, they can test out of quarantine (see details below).
- DON’T call the school to ask for the name of the person who has COVID-19. PS 107 cannot and will not give out any information. The school is obligated to protect the privacy of students, staff and their families. Privacy laws protect all of us.
My child is quarantining as a close contact but got a negative COVID test recently. Can my child be released from quarantine?
- If your child has no COVID-like symptoms, DO get your child tested on Day 5 (or later) of quarantine. A PCR or rapid test is acceptable, but not a home rapid test. If your child’s test is negative, your child may return to school on Day 8. Please submit proof of this negative test to Ms. Pamela firstname.lastname@example.org before your child returns to school.
Thank you for keeping our PS 107 community safe! Your vigilance is appreciated. CLICK HERE to find the latest information on COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols from the New York City Department of Education.
Wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter break.