COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

Welcome to  this year's COVID-19 Resources page. Below, you will find all the critical information about how we are operating in the 2021-22 school year to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe while we deliver quality academic instruction for all students, with purpose, preparation, and pride. 

We urge all students to get vaccinated, and boosted when eligible. Teachers and staff are required to be vaccinated. Please take a look at our COVID-19 Vaccine One-Stop Shopping document, which contains FAQs on the vaccine, reliable resources, up-to-date info on where to get vaccinated, and more. The vaccine is approved for and widely available to all New Yorkers age 5 and over. For more information, go to https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can also text your zip code to the number 438829. In most cases, appointments are not necessary. 

To keep families up to date on our plans, we are holding regular town hall meetings via zoom. Please scroll down on this page to view slides from past town halls. In addition, please check this website regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

This information was last updated on January 9, 2022.

COVID Updates - 1/9/22

The Omicron variant is rapidly on the rise in New York City and is highly contagious. In light of this current condition, please read the below updates of our policies around Covid. If a student tests positive, contact the school immediately by emailing Principal Ort, Parent Coordinator Vickiana Ramirez, or Assistant Principals Edmonds, Edouard, or Jurman. It is very important that you let us know: when was your last day in the building, what are your symptoms, when did they start, and when were you tested.

Currently the quarantine period for students is 10 days after testing positive. Stay home and Zoom into classes until the quarantine period is over. You may return to school on day 11, unless you still have symptoms. If you have any symptoms, regardless of your testing status, please stay home. We need to be extra cautious during the surge, so listen to your body and stay home if you feel sick. And be sure to let us know! PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR ZOOMING IN TO CLASSES FOR ANY COVID-RELATED REASON. 

When there is a case in school, all students and staff who were in close proximity to the infected individual will be notified. Note that students no longer have to quarantine if they do not have symptoms and do not have a positive COVID test result. All close contacts will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over the course of five days. We will have more in-school testing for students, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, as well as staff. We will do our best to get as many at-home test kits as possible out to our community. Nonetheless, If you can get tested regularly outside of school, please do so. For a list of testing sites, including sites with at-home rapid tests, call 212-COVID19, visit nyc.gov/covidtest, text "COVID TEST" to 855-48, or call 311

 While the above policies and protocols are designed to keep our community as safe as possible, there are two important things that everyone should do to ensure our safety:Wear your masks over your mouth and nose at all times. We will have N95 or KN95 masks to distribute as well as surgical ones. These models offer much better protection than cloth masks. Get vaccinated and boosted. Go to https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ to find a site. There is a $100 incentive available if you get vaccinated at a NYC site. 

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Independent Reading

Looking for a book to read? The New York Public Library is open throughout the pandemic and offers many ways to access free books, ebooks, and more.  Watch this presentation on Independent Reading by our librarian, Ms. Holland. Please contact her with any questions at aholland@parkeasths.org