TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Town Hall: Special Education Recovery Services

Town Hall Meeting Academic Recovery.mp4

Ways to Prevent COVID-19

  • Properly wearing a face covering at all times when on DOE property;

  • Increasing ventilation, wherever possible;

  • Washing and sanitizing hands regularly;

  • Staying home when sick, after being in close contact with a person with COVID-19, or if someone in your household is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms;

  • Ensuring students maintain a distance of at least three feet from other students; and most importantly,

  • If eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, getting the vaccine.

811Q Safety Protocols

Physical Distancing

  • We will provide a minimum of three feet physical distancing between people in all of our buildings.

  • When students are eating, they will be seated three feet apart and will be asked to face the same direction.

  • We will be using cafeterias, gymnasiums and classrooms for mealtimes to ensure that students are three feet apart.

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are mandatory for all students who can tolerate them in school and on the school bus.

  • If a student is learning how to use a face covering, we will work with you to increase tolerance over time.

  • Face coverings with exhalation valves cannot be used as they allow unfiltered air to escape.

  • We have face coverings available but we suggest that you send in multiples in case one gets dirty or lost.

  • Adults who work with students who have difficulty wearing masks will wear KN95 masks and face shields.

Ventillation

  • Every classroom’s air conditioning units have new filters.

  • Each classroom has two air purifiers.

  • No concerns have been reported.

  • Windows will remain open.

PPE Supply

  • All sites are stocked with PPE

    • Masks (KN95, disposable paper 2 ply, children’s sized)

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Thermometers

    • Vinyl gloves

    • Face shields

    • Wipes


Random Testing:

Every school, starting in grade 1 will have 10% of their consented, unvaccinated students tested 2x per month.

Families can give consent for testing through their student’s New York City School’s Account (NYCSA).

Daily Health Screening:

  • A health screening must be completed every day prior to a child boarding a school bus.

  • All students, staff and visitors must complete the screening.

  • Students and school-based staff can or cannot report to school based on questions in the NYCDOE’s daily health screener.

  • If you do not have access to your New York City School’s account, you must send in a paper copy of the health screener with your child every day.

  • If you need a thermometer to check your child’s temperature, please let us know and we will send one home to you.


Student Pick Up

  • If a student fails a health screening or shows symptoms of COVID-19, the student will be assessed by a nurse on site. If it is confirmed that the child is showing symptoms, they must be picked up immediately. The individual who picks up the student must be on the Blue Card.


Classroom Closure:

  • In elementary schools, classes will close for 10 days and all students will transition to remote learning.

  • In middle and high schools, individuals who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine as long as they are not showing symptoms.

  • Vaccinated close contacts are still encouraged to get tested.

  • Unvaccinated middle and high school students can test out of their quarantine on the 7th day.


Return to School After Symptoms:

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when the following conditions are met:

  • Received a positive COVID-19 test AND

  • Isolated for 10 days AND

  • The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

OR

  • Received a negative COVID-19 test

  • The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when the following conditions are met:

  • Never got a COVID-19 test AND

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

  • The individual has been fever free for 24 hours

OR

  • Was vaccinated against COVID-19 within the past three days AND

  • The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication




Close Contacts:

  • IF DOHMH or T2 determine the individual is considered a close contact of a positive case, the individual can return to school after 10 days of quarantine without symptoms.

Vaccinated individuals who meet the criteria below are not required to quarantine following an exposure.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals (more than 2 weeks following the receipt of the second dose in a 2 dose series or more than 2 weeks following the receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) AND

  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.


Student Drop-Off & Pick-up:


We will distribute a paper sign in sheet that you will hand to a staff member when dropping off your child.

  • We will meet you outside and accompany your child to their classroom.


Visitor Protocols:

  • All meetings will be held virtually.

  • Visitors will not be allowed into classrooms.

  • Visitors will have to complete a health screening form and temperature check prior to entering the school building.


Attendance

  • Attendance at school each day is extraordinarily important.

  • Students need to be in school.

  • We are making up for lost time.

Remote Learning

  • Will only occur if unvaccinated students are close contacts and need to quarantine.

  • No remote learning option is available for the 2021/2022 school year.

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