Dear PS 107 Families,
As you may have heard, Mayor de Blasio made some major announcements about the return to school on 1/3/2022 at a press conference today. I am attaching to this message a letter from outgoing Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter and incoming Schools Chancellor David Banks detailing, among other things, changes in quarantine policies and distribution of at-home tests. Below I'm highlighting important pieces of information in the attached letter:
- COVID-19 Testing Before Returning on January 3
- This is not a requirement, but a recommendation (and of course, we encourage it as well!).
- Our PTA will be sending an announcement soon about the availability of testing outside of PS 107 on Sunday, January 2nd (through a LabQ testing van). Note that there will be limited availability and families will have to sign up to take advantage of this. More details forthcoming from the PTA.
- Home Test Kits
- Starting, 1/3, the DOE will be distributing at-home test kits to students who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or who are identified as close contacts to someone who tested positive.
- As long as students who are identified as close contacts are not exhibiting symptoms, they can "test to stay" in school using these rapid tests.
- Increased In-School Surveillance Testing
- We advocated for this, and I'm pleased to see that it is part of the DOE's plan.
- 20% of all students in grades 1-5 (vaccinated and unvaccinated) and whose parents have given consent will be randomly tested with PCR tests in school on a weekly basis.
- If you would like to opt-in your children to in-school random testing, you can do so on your child's NYC Schools Account. You can also reach out to Pamela Rosenberg (starting on 1/3/2022) for help with this.
And an important reminder: If your child tests positive for COVID during the holiday break, please continue to report these results to me (email@example.com) and Pamela (firstname.lastname@example.org), so that we can advise you about when your child can return to school.
Amidst all of this, I sincerely hope that you are having a peaceful holiday, filled with love, joy, and community. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.