Below is an update on confirmed cases across the DOE from Tuesday, September 8 – the day staff returned to school buildings – through yesterday, Monday, September 14th. To date, action has been taken at 56 schools and only one school building has been closed. This number is a reflection of escalations to DOE last week and escalations to the Situation Room this week.
Two cases in separate classrooms were identified within 7-days at PS 811X The Academy for Career and Living Skill on Longfellow Avenue, which reopened yesterday after a deep clean and investigation. All close contacts have been quarantined and no link was found between the two cases. As previously shared today, two cases in separate classrooms at PS 139 are being investigated, and the building is closed for an initial 24 hour period.
- 02M158 P.S. 158 Bayard Taylor
- 02M267 East Side Elementary School, PS 267
- 02M545 High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies
- 04M372 Esperanza Preparatory Academy
- 05M161 P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos
- 06M278 Paula Hedbavny School
- 07X154 P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt
- 08X130 P.S. 130 Abram Stevens Hewitt
- 08X530 Longwood Preparatory Academy
- 09X070 P.S. 070 Max Shoenfeld
- 10X056 P.S. 056 Norwood Heights
- 12X214 P.S. 214
- 12X536 P.S. 536
- 13K011 P.S. 011 Purvis J. Behan
- 14K478 The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology
- 15K001 P.S. 001 The Bergen
- 15K088 J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget
- 16K267 M.S. 267 Math, Science & Technology
- 16K243 P.S. 243 The Weeksville School
- 17K161 P.S. 161 The Crown
- 19K214 P.S. Michael Friedsam
- 19K149 P.S. 149 Danny Kaye
- 19K618 Academy of Innovative Technology
- 19K662 Liberty Avenue Middle School
- 21K177 P.S. 177 The Marlboro
- 21K228 I.S. 228 David A. Boody
- 22K139 P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty
- 22K361 P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School
- 27Q197 P.S. 197 The Ocean School
- 28Q055 P.S. 055 The Maure Magnet School of Communication Arts, Technology and Multimedia
- 28Q349 P.S. 349 The Queens School for Leadership and Excellence
- 30Q084 PS 84 Steinway
- 21K281 I.S. 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro
- 21K097 P.S. 97 The Highlawn
- 22K514 Frederick Douglass Academy VII HS
- 26Q430 Francis Lewis High School
- 27Q090 P.S. 090 Horace Mann
- 30Q230 I.S. 230
- 30Q111 P.S. 111 Jacob Blackwell
- 31R078 P.S. 78
- 31R058 Space Shuttle Columbia School
- 31R440 New Dorp High School
- 31R455 Tottenville HS
- 31R062 The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability
- 31R013 P.S. 13 ML Lindemeyer
- 32K377 P.S. 377 Alejandrina B. De Gautier
- 32K549 The Brooklyn School for Social Justice
- 75X811 The Academy for Career and Living Skill
- 75×010 75×010@817
- 75Q075 75Q@276 Robert E. Peary School
- 75X186 P186X Walter J. Damrosch School
- 79X695 Passages Academy Bronx
- XALZ Mid-Bronx CCRP Early Childhood Center, Inc.
- XAVS Bedrock Preschool (NYCEEC)
- KCFA SCO Family of Services
- 75Q009 P.S. 009 Walter Reed School
In all other instances through yesterday, schools have remained open. All individuals who have tested positive are isolating, and the Test & Trace Corps and the Department of Health are following up on all confirmed cases to identify close contacts and have instructed them to quarantine.
New York City has priority testing for students and staff at 22 sites, and we encourage everyone to get tested. For 98% of the tests at these sites, individuals have received a result within 48 hours.
The total number of positive cases through priority testing of 17,000 staff members is also 56, and the positivity rate is .32 percent. These two numbers are not a direct overlap. It is not a direct match to priority testing results, because Situation Room escalations include laboratory confirmations from testing sites outside of the 22 priority sites. Certain priority site results came back before September 8, meaning they did not report to school, and no action was required for the school. These two data points are always going to be separate with some, but not complete, overlap.
Beginning in October, all schools will have mandatory monthly random testing to continue to keep transmission low and our communities safe.
While we continue to navigate the realities of a pandemic, there will be positive cases—we are putting people’s health above everything else by quickly identifying and isolating positive cases to prevent further transmission.
Test & Trace may confirm a case through routine contact tracing and inform the DOE, or an individual may self-report a case to their school. Beginning yesterday, school leaders can either call or email the Situation Room if they receive notice from a staff member, student, or parent/family member of a positive COVID-19 test or if a student or staff member is isolating or sent home with COVID-19 symptoms. School leaders are encouraged to contact the Situation Room if they have alerts, questions, or concerns related to responding to suspected or confirmed cases.
Upon reporting a possible case to the Situation Room, there is an investigation—first into whether or not the case is confirmed, and then for close contacts. All that is required for confirmation is lab documentation, which, if available can be verified within minutes. Schools will communicate to all families and students within school anytime a case is laboratory confirmed. Department of Health, in partnership with Test & Trace, conducts an investigation into any close contacts of confirmed cases, who are asked to quarantine and not report to school buildings. All close contacts are referred to Test and Trace for monitoring during their quarantine period.
These updates will be once daily moving forward to reflect the previous 24 hour period.