Parent Coordinator

Ms. Ramirez

Phone: 347-563-4320

Email: Bramirez2@schools.nyc.gov

 

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2/28/2021 2:58 PM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 013 Clement C. Moore at 55-01 94 STREET Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Velez

February 11, 2021
Dear Families,
It is hard to believe we are already in the second half of this unusual school year. I am so grateful for your
continued perseverance and flexibility during these difficult times, including the added challenges of our recent
snowstorms.
Your voice and leadership are important, and I want to briefly share how you can use them to help our schools
and students in a very important way. You can now apply to run for a seat in the coming election for Community
and Citywide Education Councils. As a member of a Council, you are a voice for your community—and you can
help make a direct impact on education policy. This includes through hosting Town Halls with me, collaborating
with superintendents to improve student achievement, and advising on school building changes.
Each of the 32 geographic school districts has a Community Education Council, and there are four Citywide
Councils: High Schools, English Language Learners, Special Education, and District 75. To apply to be a
candidate for a council, simply log into your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) to get started. If you don’t have a
NYCSA account, you can sign up for one at mystudent.nyc and then contact your parent coordinator to add your
students. You can submit your application through February 28.
Later in the year, for the first time ever, parents and guardians with a child in a New York City public school will
have the chance to vote for their preferred Community Education Council candidates and have a direct hand in
shaping important decisions in our city. You need a NYCSA account to vote, so if you don’t have one, again,
please sign up at mystudent.nyc. Whether as a candidate or a voter, I very much hope you will take advantage of
these opportunities to impact our schools.
In other news, I am excited to share that we will be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on
Thursday, February 25. We have developed strong practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe.
If you have a student in grades 6-8 and selected blended learning, your child’s principal will reach out with their
new schedule. All schools will have 20 percent of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis. Students
who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning
day in order to learn in person. I encourage families to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account prior
to your child’s first day of in-person learning.
And here’s some good news for families currently applying to middle or high school: We’re giving you more
time to submit your applications. The new deadline to apply to middle school is February 23 and the new deadline
for eighth- and ninth-grade families to submit their high school application is March 1. As a reminder, you can
apply one of three ways: online at MySchools.nyc, through your child’s current school counselor, or through a
Family Welcome Center (schools.nyc.gov/WelcomeCenters).
This is an exciting and important time in our schools, as together we celebrate both Black History Month and
Respect for All Week. Our educators and students across the city are engaged in thoughtful exploration of these
issues as they connect to our lives and our national experience. Having this conversation deepens our
understanding of how we can make progress toward justice and fairness. You can find some great resources to
help with these discussions on the DOE’s official blog The Morning Bell at
morningbellnyc.com/2021/commemorate-bhm and at morningbellnyc.com/2021/celebrate-rfa-week. You can
also enroll in courses related to Black History Month on Parent University at parentu.schools.nyc
Thank you again for working alongside us as we educate your children. We know how important school is for
your student, whether they are learning remotely or in person—and our dedication to them remains unwavering
during this challenging time.
I hope you and your families enjoy the upcoming midwinter recess, February 15–19. And Happy Lunar New
Year to those who celebrate on February 12!
Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
Wednesday 02/17 & Thursday 02/18
on the phone 8am-3pm
347-563-4320
 
Thursday 02/18
on Zoom 12pm to 1pm
Meeting ID Code :  951 4552 4097
Password: 241724
 

3/8/2021 2:22 PM

 

Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases

 

Dear P.S. 13 - QUEENS at 55-01 94 STREET Families:

 

I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 3/15/2021.

 

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

 

What Happens Now?

● The school building will remain closed through 3/15/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 3/16/2021.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified, and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.

How Do We Stay Healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

To prepare children to read, Kickoff to Kindergarten (K2K) develops knowledge of early literacy skills with guided activities and storytimes for families, while promoting at-home literacy and conflict analysis strategies for adults. Families with children can participate in K2K when the child is between ages three and five. K2K is offered virtually and runs for seven consecutive sessions. Enrolled caregivers and students will participate in weekly group sessions and will also have opportunities to talk privately with the teacher to ask questions and for guidance and feedback. Preregister for K2K here and we’ll reach out with information about our next season of K2K. Email K2K@queenslibrary.org with other questions.

DOE families, school staff, and community members are invited to attend free, live-streamed “Weekend Wellness: Self-Care for Communities & Families” events from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on March 20 and April 24. The DOE, in partnership with Hip Hop Public Health, is hosting this series to raise awareness around self-care, physical, mental, and emotional health skills, and practices that our school communities need to be resilient, as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These events are designed to be especially relevant for communities of color, who are experiencing disproportionate losses and health risks.

You, your parent coordinators, and family-facing staff are encouraged to share the series flyer via email and social media to ensure families, community members, and your School Wellness Council are aware of this opportunity. Families can register for free via the link in the flyer; anyone can view the sessions without registering via this livestream site starting at 10:30 a.m. on the days of the scheduled sessions. ​​​​​​​

For questions, email wellnesspartnerships@schools.nyc.gov.

The DOE’s Parent University invites NYC families to a series of virtual courses on social-emotional learning (SEL). In these courses, families will learn strategies and have access to tools that promote a successful learning environment for their children. Courses will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and taught by DOE partners at Ramapo For Children. Please share these courses with your families, using the course flyers in EnglishSpanish; and Chinese

As shared in the November 20 edition of Principals Digest, the DOE’s Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Please continue to share this resource with your school community by emailing these flyers to families (translated versions of the flyer are available in all DOE-supported languages on the Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) family-facing webpage).

The Wide Open School website provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families. Activities are available in all subjects and grades, and in all languages via Google Translate. Families can use the information to do the following:

  • Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon. 
  • Engage with their child on what is taught at school;  
  • Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;   
  • Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences; 
  • Locate afterschool activities.
March 19, 2021
Dear Families,
This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only
because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were
teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators
I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.
Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More
recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent.
And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our
brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn
about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into
frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite
all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places
of learning.
As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities,
and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every
student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very
core.
But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we
must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator.
As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want
to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in
any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in
our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing
racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.
Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all
our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary
and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have
established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students
and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited
about this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the
standard for the nation in reopening efforts.
This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done
to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet
and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.
Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.
Sincerely,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor
March 22, 2021
Dear Families,
We just reopened high school buildings for in-person learning for the first time since November 2020, and I have
to say that the joy on our students’ faces as they entered their school buildings was amazing. We are thrilled to
see students of all ages safely learning in physical classrooms.
That is why I am very pleased to let you know that all our remote families will now have one more opportunity
to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely
every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week for
the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as
possible.
When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning
 Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey
at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.
 Families can also call 311.
 You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.
When Your Student Can Return to the School Building
 Students in district 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into
blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April.
 Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later
date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible.
 Updates will be posted at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus.
Requirements for Returning to the School Building
Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random
COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning. You can submit your consent for testing
one of two ways:
 Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or
 Complete and sign the consent form available here and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they
are back in the school building.
Families that select blended learning are expected to have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled
to do so.
Please note that if your child is currently learning fully remotely and you do not complete the survey indicating
a preference for blended learning, your student(s) will remain fully remote.
We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely
accommodate more students in a classroom. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the
dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. That has been our priority since day one, and will continue
to guide everything we do.
Thanks to our strong health and safety practices—including wearing masks, hand hygiene, weekly random testing
for COVID-19, physical distancing, and more—our school buildings are among the safest places in the whole
city.
Thank you, as always, for your faith and partnership. We continue to show the nation what is possible in terms of
safely educating our one million students—and we couldn’t do it without you. I thank you for your
commitment and, in turn, I promise you that our commitment to your child is unwavering.
Sincerely,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor