COVID Information & Procedures

If my child tests positive who do I contact:

 

1. Please fill out the Absentee Form: https://forms.gle/ZkdCTGao7gGAiS979

 

2. Report to Admin

3. While your child is quarantining they will follow the section below for Quarantine Procedures.
 

The isolation period for all staff and students in grades kindergarten and higher who test positive for COVID-19 has been shortened to five days. Anyone returning from a five-day isolation period should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their overall symptoms should be improving; they must be able to wear a well-fitting mask while at school from Day 6 through Day 10. DOHMH recommends a high-grade well-fitting mask such as a KN95 or KF94, or a surgical mask worn under a cloth mask. Custodian Engineers have adult-sized KN95 masks available for staff and for students who can tolerate a high-grade mask; they also have three-ply surgical masks for students who cannot tolerate a high-grade mask, including younger students.   

When staff and students (in any grade) have completed their isolation period, they are not required to produce a negative test result before being allowed to return to school or work. An individual may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to 90 days even though they are no longer infectious.

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If my child is Exposed outside of school:

 

Students in K-12: If a student is not fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 outside of a school setting, the individual must now quarantine for at least five days; this has been shortened from 10 days. Anyone returning from a five-day quarantine period must wear a well-fitting mask, as mentioned above, while at school from Days 6 through 10.

For an unvaccinated student who is exposed in the home, the student must continue to quarantine for an additional five days after a household member’s isolation period has ended, if the household member is not isolated from the student or the student continues to be exposed to the household member in the same home during that time. 

 

1. Please fill out the Absentee Form https://forms.gle/ZkdCTGao7gGAiS979

 

2. Have your child complete the work on the google classroom. Follow Quarantine Procedures below.
 
 
 
 
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Quarantine Procedures(When your home due to COVID):
  • All work is completed asynchronously and will receive support from their teachers using the Office Hours. Students must be actively asking for help.
  • Office Hours: Every teacher has one period per day set for Office hours. This period is set aside for teachers to support students on quarantine. Teachers have placed an announcement on each of their google classrooms on how to reach them and what time their office hours.
  • Students can also reach out to their teachers either on their google classrooms or email using the staff directory. https://www.is228.org/apps/staff/
  • Attendance: We have merged our attendance and absentee form to make it simpler for students. Once your absentee form is filled out, if you are out for COVID you will be marked present due to COVID. *It takes 24-48 hours to reflect on your child's NYC Schools Account each day your child is out on quarantine.
 
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New Quarantine Policy
Our goal is to ensure that students safely remain in school as much as possible, and we have updated our policies to ensure we meet this goal. This means that if there is a positive case in a classroom:
  • For students in kindergarten through grade 12, unvaccinated or not yet fully-vaccinated students who were in close proximity to a positive case will no longer have to quarantine and will continue attending school if they do not have symptoms and do not have a positive test result from a COVID test. Instead, all students and adults in that classroom will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over the course of five days.
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Home Test Kits
 

All test kits come with printed instructions, please follow these instructions when administering the test. You can also check your test kit and watch a video on how to use your test kit:

For additional information, you can also visit the manufacturer’s websites.

 

**Home test kits are only to be used by the student that the kit was for. You cannot use the kit on any other family member. Students must take both tests when instructed to. There are no replacement kits when used the incorrect way. 

If the home kit is positive please follow the directions on top.

If the home kit is negative the student comes to school the next day. 

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Exposed At School

  • Beginning January 3, schools will distribute free, take-home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any student or staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has been identified.
  • If your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test on the day they receive the home test and help your child take the second test five days after exposure or at the first indication of symptoms.
  • Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth day, please have your child isolate and take the second home test immediately.
    • If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 5 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately to inform them and for further guidance.
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COVID Symptoms at School
  • If your child had symptoms of COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test immediately and help your child take the second test 24 hours later.
    • Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID test.
    • If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 5 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately and report the test results.
  • Any student who tests positive on a take-home test should immediately report it to the school and begin isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 5 days and can return to school on Day 6. No negative test is required to return to school.
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COVID Testing at School
  • In order to test your child, we need your consent. Please note that even if you previously provided consent, you must provide a new consent form for this school year to participate in the testing program. Testing consent forms submitted in the previous school year expire on September 30, 2021. If you previously provided consent, your child may be tested this month as part of the in-school testing program—however, for your child to participate in the testing program for the remainder of this school year, you must submit a new consent form. Please use one of these easy methods to provide consent:  
    • If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click on “MyStudent” and click the banner at the top of the page to access the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form. After you have read the text, choose the consent option at the end for your child.
    • If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent.
    • Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to nyc:
    • Paper Form: Fill out and return the paper form to school.If you need a copy of the form, the school can print and provide this form to you, or you can print it at home and send in with your child. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at nyc.gov/covidtesting.   
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive two phone calls. The testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.
    • If a patient does not receive results within 72 hours, please:
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Health Screening
  • As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors must pass the DOE health screener in order to enter school buildings. Additional questions will be added to the health screeners for those students and staff who receive at-home rapid test kits to share their negative result. No other proof of a negative result is required in order for these students to enter the school building.
 
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How does my child get in touch with their teachers?

They can either post on their google classroom or send an email using the Staff Directory.

 

If a child is having difficulty with zoom, who can they contact? What happens if a child’s device does not work?

If a child is having any technical difficulties, please contact 

Ms. Joudeh -6th & 8th Grade Tech Support

[email protected] 

Ms. Tweeddale- 7th Grade Tech Support

[email protected] 

Mr. LaVeglia if a child’s device is not working. 

[email protected]

 

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