Note from NYC DOE COVID-19 Situation Room – P.S. 217 Colonel David Marcus School / Building Code K217

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Good Afternoon  P.S. 217 Colonel David Marcus School at 1100 NEWKIRK AVENUE   Community,

I hope today finds you and your family safe and healthy. We will be sending information directly to families on all current positive cases of COVID-19 in your school building. This means, we will be sharing updates on any new positive COVID-19 cases or any old cases that still have members of your school building quarantining. The report below is at the building level and includes information on all the schools in your building.  All the information reported below has been verified by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Today, between 5:30 AM and 6:00 PM, we confirmed 0 new COVID-19 positive cases

Total Number of Ongoing COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

This represents all new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported between 5:30 AM today and 6:00 PM and all old cases that still have members of your building quarantining.

 2

No Intervention: A member of the school building has tested positive but the school community was not exposed.

Example 1: A student in your school building tests positive, but is fully remote and never reported to the building.

Example 2: A staff member in your school building tests positive, but was not in the building during their infectious period or has no close contacts in the school building.

Infectious period is the time when an individual can spread the virus to others. It typically begins two days before symptom onset or day of COVID-19 test (if no symptoms).

Close contact is someone who is at-risk for contracting the virus due to prolonged exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 during their infectious period.

  No

Classroom Closure: A member of the school building has tested positive and members of the school community have been quarantined.

Example 1: A student in your school building tested positive, and was in the building during their infectious period, and has close contacts who are students and staff.

Example 2: A non-instructional staff member in your school building tested positive, and was in the building during their infectious period, and has close contacts who are also only non-instructional staff.

Please note: Any case in this category will show up daily until that quarantine period has ended.

Infectious period is the time when an individual can spread the virus to others. It typically begins two days before symptom onset or day of COVID-19 test (if no symptoms).

Close contact is someone who is at-risk for contracting the virus due to prolonged exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 during their infectious period.

 Yes

Building Closed: Two or more unlinked positive cases in a school building.

When two or more cases without a clear link are reported, a school building will be closed for at least 24 hours in order for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene epidemiologists to perform an investigation.

Sometimes there are two or more cases in a building where it is not closed. In those cases, the Test + Trace Corp has been able to identify a link between the cases, either within the building or outside of the building.

  No

COVID-19 related activity in schools is monitored closely throughout the day and evening by a partnership of City agencies including the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test + Trace Corps.

As a reminder, if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a classroom, all students and teachers in the affected class(es) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and will be notified of the need to quarantine for14 days since the last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and teachers will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period. 

If there are two or more cases in your building within seven days, the building will close at the conclusion of the school day for an initial 24 hours, and you will be notified immediately through your New York City Schools Account. We cannot share additional details about any pending or confirmed cases to protect the privacy of the affected individuals. We do, however, take swift action in the event of any positive case:

·       Anyone with a recent positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school, and will be safely separated, until they are no longer infectious. 

·       The NYC Test + Trace Corps and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will investigate and identify close contacts of the individual(s) who tested positive.

·       If your child is a close contact, you will be notified, and your child will need to stay home for 14 days since the last date of exposure to the person who tested positive.

·       The building will continue to be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19transmission:   

 ·       Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs. 

·       Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. 

·       Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”  

·       Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.   

Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school leadership with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

  DOE COVID-19 Situation Room

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