Dear PS 107 Families,
What a whirlwind of a week! Policies continue to change by the day, and I've attached the DOE's latest family letter (in English and Spanish) for your review. In brief, here's what you need to know:
- First, one positive COVID case was reported to me today. The class community was notified directly and those students were sent home with test kits. I expect that we will continue to have the occasional positive case, and I will still be reporting them to the DOE's Situation Room, as well as notifying all of you via email (if your child was sharing classroom space with the positive individual) or via Konstella (if your child's class was not directly impacted).
- Second, as you may know, the DOE's indoor mask mandate will be lifted, effective Monday, 3/7, for students in K-5. [PreK students and teachers will need to continue wearing masks, as our youngest learners are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.] Teachers spoke with students about this change today and explained how important it is to respect individual family choices about whether to mask or not. Guidance Counselor Sarah Green also held a meeting for families today at noon, and her presentation is attached for your review.
- Third, I was also informed today that social distancing guidelines will also no longer be in effect, starting Monday, 3/7. We were not anticipating this, and this mainly impacts snack and lunch. Our administrative team will be discussing this and will determine whether to make changes to our lunch plans at this point in the school year. An unexpected benefit of not having all students in the cafeteria has been that lunchtime is calmer and more "sensory-friendly" -- for all of us, children and adults!
- Fourth, visitors to the building are no longer required to wear masks, but must show proof of at least one vaccine dose and the completed daily health screening. Students must also continue to complete the daily health screening on paper or via Operoo. We will be continuing to check these each morning.
- Fifth, our parent Community Outreach Team is planning a schoolwide action in support of the people of Ukraine, tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 11th. Please stay tuned for details from the team. In the meantime, if you would like to take immediate action, one of our Kindergarten parents, Olga Morkova, who is currently working on the humanitarian response in Ukraine, recommends making donations to the following organizations:
- All-Ukrainians Network of PLWH AKA 100%life: This is a medical NGO and they run a medical center in Kyiv, Ukraine which is currently operating as a hospital. They have a lot of needs and would be grateful for donations. To donate to 100%life, you need to send a bank draft (see attached letter for directions). Olga is in contact with someone working in this organization and has verified that they are functioning and need help.
- The International Rescue Committee's Ukraine Response: Click the embedded link to make a donation. Please let your workplace know if they offer matching donations.
- Parent Elena Lucero shared that the NYPD's Russian American Officers Association has launched a donation drive, with donation boxes for medical supplies available at all precincts across the 5 boroughs. Please see this article for details on what supplies they are accepting.
- Parent Katherine Tsan recommends donating to the Voices of Children Foundation, which has helped children traumatized by conflict in Ukraine since 2015.
There is a lot going on in the world right now, and it is bound to affect our children. Please reach out if your children are having a particularly difficult time, and we will do everything possible to support them.