Notes from Parent Information Meetings
Thu, Dec 3 5:16pm

Dear PS107 Families,

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend one of our Parent Information Meetings today. I hope we answered all of your questions but if not, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

If you were unable to attend, the information below is a summary of what was shared. If anything is unclear, please reach out to us for clarification.

New Blended Learning Students:

New blended learning students will begin on Monday 12/7. Families who opted for their children to return for in-person learning have already been notified of their class and cohort assignments. A separate Operoo announcement with arrival/dismissal locations, health survey information, and other details for returning to the building will be sent to you by tomorrow. Please note that the Health Screening Survey must be completed and shown to the staff person at the entrance every day your child comes to the school building.

Consent for Testing & In-School Testing:

All in-person students and staff are now required to have a signed Testing Consent form on file in order to remain in blended learning. The Consent form is in Operoo. Random COVID testing will be done on a weekly basis, with a plan for 20% of all students and staff to be tested each time. Testing is required for students in grades 1-5 only. It is done in a designated classroom space on the first floor, performed by DOH nurses using the lower nasal swab test, and is done under the supervision of Nurse Kara, Rinah, Pamela and me. The children are never alone with the testers. We make every effort to ensure that the children understand what the test entails and are comfortable with it. Unfortunately, testing cannot be done outdoors, as some of you have requested, and parents cannot be in the building during testing. 

This is a link to a video of the test being done that you can watch with your child:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

If your child denies testing the first time, we will call you to let you know. If your child denies testing a second time, we will need to discuss moving your child to remote instruction. While there are differing opinions about testing in schools, the Mayor has set this policy in place for all public schools and it is necessary for building leaders to adhere to it.

5-Day/Week In-Person Instruction:

The Mayor’s announcement on Sunday that schools would reopen on 12/7 and that full time instruction for all students would go into effect was a head-scratcher. We now understand the details of that announcement. For many schools like ours, this is not possible while social-distancing requirements still stand. We do not have the space nor the staffing that we would need to make that happen for all students. We are taking a closer look at our priority population, students with Individualized Educational Plans, to see if this might be possible for some grades. We will discuss this at our next School Leadership Team meeting. If we are able to do this, we will notify parents after the holidays and will put this into effect in January.

Holiday Travel & School Instruction: 

Some of you have inquired about traveling over the holidays, and how the school would handle instruction. Unless you decide you want your child to move to the full remote cohort permanently, we will ask you to remain in your current cohort. Your child should log in to the Google Classroom each day to mark attendance, and your child should follow the schedule and assignments posted. Let your child’s teacher know so he or she can make sure you have all the necessary learning materials.

The State has released new quarantining guidance if you are traveling which you can find at this link:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

The length of your quarantine can be reduced by testing three days prior to your return to NYC, quarantining for three days, then testing on the fourth day. If all tests are negative, your quarantine is over. If you do travel over the holidays, we ask that you please do all you can to protect our community when you return.

Cluster Schedules: 

We apologize for the confusion about the Cluster Class schedules during this full remote period. The Cluster schedule is complex because the teachers are providing instruction to three separate cohorts. When we are in full remote as we are now, it’s necessary to combine the A&B cohorts into one ‘classroom’ with the same Cluster class schedule to give the classroom teacher adequate time for instruction.

Effective Monday 12/7, the previous Cluster class schedule will resume. The Cluster teachers will post their schedules and links in all Google Classrooms by tomorrow. Should we return to full remote instruction at any time, we will once again resort to the current remote Cluster class schedule.

This is a lot of information, I know. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. As always, thank you for your kind and generous support, especially in this uncertain time. We couldn’t make any of this work without it!

Sincerely,

Eve