Quarantine Reminder
Fri, Jan 15 5:19pm

Hello PS 107 Community, 

Hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and sane.  As we approach our third week back at school, a recent quarantining of two classrooms and a long weekend ahead of us, the PTA would like to remind and reiterate COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

First off, the PTA understands what a huge disruption it is when you learn that your child has to quarantine. However, we expect that everyone in the community takes quarantining very seriously: 

  • This means not only does your child need to stay home, but avoid playgrounds, pod groups, extracurricular programs, outdoor restaurants, etc. 
  • Health guidelines state that a quarantined child needs to be separated from the rest of the family. As this is a challenge in general, let alone in an apartment, we ask that you also keep any siblings home as well.

We want to do everything we can to contain and minimize quarantining.  Since we’ve been back from Winter Break, three schools in our neighborhood have closed due to COVID-19 and we’d like to do everything we can to prevent a closure of PS107. While it is very heartening that our teachers and staff are getting vaccinated, we still need to do everything we can to keep our community safe and healthy. We have a long winter ahead of us and are fighting a new strain of COVID-19; we need to stay vigilant and we need to show respect to each other by truly following quarantine rules. 

As a reminder, if your child needs to quarantine, the requirements are:

 

  • Keep your child at home
    • Your child must stay home for TEN FULL DAYS. Your child can leave home only to visit a medical provider, to get a COVID-19 test, or in the event of an emergency. It is important that your child stay home for this entire length of time, even if they do not feel sick, as this stops the spread of COVID-19.
    • Your child’s teacher will reach out about transitioning your child to fully remote learning for the duration of quarantine.
    • The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) partners with community-based organizations to connect New Yorkers in quarantine to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To immediately connect with these resources, you can call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
    • Children can return to school after the completion of the ten day quarantine. Children do not need a negative COVID-19 test to return so long as they have completed the ten day quarantine. 
  • Get tested for COVID-19
    • T2 strongly recommends you take your child for a COVID-19 test, whether or not they have symptoms. Testing is free at many sites and available regardless of immigration or insurance status. For information about testing, contact your child’s medical provider, call 311 or visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page 
      • Many city-run testing sites, such as the one at the Red Hook Pool, offer free, comfortable “short swab” COVID tests with results often within 24 hours for DOE students.
    • Even if your child receives a negative test result within the quarantine time frame, your child still must STILL stay home for ten days and you should still monitor for any symptoms and ensure illness does not develop.
    • Your child does not need a negative COVID-19 test to return so long as they have completed the ten day quarantine. 
  • Look out for symptoms
    • People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, including fever/chills, cough, difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste or smell. Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms and recover on their own. Some people have no symptoms at all. Less commonly, COVID-19 may lead to severe complications, hospitalization or death.
    • In rare cases, some children have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a health condition associated with COVID-19 that can result in serious illness. Symptoms may include fever lasting several days, red or pink eyes, swollen hands and feet, rash, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, red cracked lips, or red bumpy tongue that looks like a strawberry.
    • Talk to your child’s medical provider if your child develops symptoms that could be from COVID-19. If your child does not have a medical provider, call 311.
  • Quarantine if you have traveled out of New York state for more than 24 hours
    • There is a mandatory ten day quarantine for anyone travelling out of state for more than 24 hours. 
      • If your child has traveled to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont , there is NO REQUIREMENT to quarantine.
    • Your child can test out of travel quarantine early by following these instructions exactly:
      • Travelers must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
      • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
      • On Day Four of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID-19 test. 
        • If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

While we know those are a lot of rules to follow, and please reach out to Ms. Pamela if you have any questions or need clarification about quarantine rules. 

Lastly, we do want to remind everyone of the HIPPA Privacy Rule.  Please remember that when classes need to quarantine, it means people have become ill with COVID-19. As a community we hope the ill individuals recover quickly and recognize that their privacy must be respected. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Wishing you all a restful, and safe long weekend. 

We are 107!

PS 107 PTA