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COVID FAQ UPDATES - JANUARY 2022

Updated: Jan 7



To access this letter in Spanish, Chinese, French, or Arabic, click the links below:

  • Carta de actualizaciones de Covid en español

  • Covid 中文更新信

  • Lettre de mise à jour de Covid en français

  • رسالة تحديثات كوفيد باللغة العربية


Dear Families, Thank you for your support during this challenging time with an increased number of COVID cases across the city and country. We are grateful for your partnership more than ever and appreciate your patience and commitment to keeping our community safe. Please take the time to read through these FAQs so that you are informed about updated policies linked here and shared below. We will continue to update these guidelines as policies change. Important notes:

  • If there is a positive case, we will continue to communicate with the families in the classroom directly.

  • At-Home Test kits will be backpacked home when there’s an exposure to an individual who has tested positive in the classroom.

  • We will share the total number of COVID cases per week in the Sunday newsletter as opposed to sending out daily details.

Together, we will get through this difficult period, and we’re looking forward to being on the other side! Be well, Rebecca, Dawn, Halee, Olivia, and Nurse Pam



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-related Health & Safety In an effort to keep our community safe and our classrooms open please read our FAQs below.

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  • 如果您需要将本文档翻译成中文,请通过 opoor@ps29bk.org 联系 Olivia Poor

  • Si vous avez besoin de traduire ce document en français, veuillez contacter Olivia Poor à opoor@ps29bk.org

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Note: These FAQs reflect guidelines as of 1/5/2022, and will be updated as we receive new information from NYC DOE/ DOH Test + Trace. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS CLEARED TO ATTEND SCHOOL, BASED ON COVID DIAGNOSIS OR EXPOSURE? The BEST way to determine if your child is cleared to attend school is by filling out the NYC DOE Health Screener. This form should be completed DAILY for every PS 29 student prior to arrival. WHAT IF MY CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Please complete this form

  • Members of our PS 29 team will be in contact with you about the length of your child’s quarantine and with an instructional plan.

  • Begin your 10-day quarantine period immediately and await guidance from the school and NYC DOE/ DOH Test + Trace.

  • All NYC public school students who test positive will still need to adhere to the 10-day quarantine with or without symptoms (despite the fact that CDC guidelines have changed, the DOE is still following the 10-day quarantine period).


WHAT IF MY VACCINATED CHILD IS CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

  • Please complete this form

  • DOE guidelines state that your child can continue to attend school as long as they do not have symptoms or have a positive test result.

  • HOWEVER, we are asking that as a community, we exercise caution. We have seen that if a family member with whom a student lives tests positive and they cannot truly isolate, it’s very likely the child will contract COVID. Therefore we would recommend quarantining for at least five days and then testing to return.


WHAT IF MY UNVACCINATED CHILD IS CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?

  • Please complete this form

  • Begin your quarantine period immediately and await guidance from the school.

  • Students may return to school on day 8 after exposure (with a lab-confirmed negative test on day 5, 6, or 7) or day 10 after exposure.


WHAT IF MY CHILD IS CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE INSIDE OF SCHOOL?

  • DOE guidelines state that your child can continue to attend school as long as they do not have symptoms or have a positive test result.

  • Children exposed in school in grades K-5 will receive at-home test kits and will be asked to test twice within a 5 day period. If your child tests positive, please refer to the question above, “WHAT IF MY CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?”


WHAT IF MY CHILD IS EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS?

For a list of Covid-19 symptoms, please click here.

  • If your child is experiencing symptoms at school, your child’s teacher will send them to the nurse and we will contact you to pick them up immediately to be tested.

  • If your child is experiencing symptoms at home, please take your child to get tested, or test using an at-home kit. If you are unable to find testing, please contact Olivia Poor.

  • Should your child test negative, they can return to school once symptom-free.

  • The BEST way to determine if your child is cleared to attend school is by filling out the NYC DOE Health Screener each morning before arrival.


HOW DO I HAVE MY CHILD TESTED FOR COVID-19 IN SCHOOL?

Members of the NYC DOE/ DOH testing team come to test students and staff weekly. A small, predetermined number of vaccinated and unvaccinated students whose families have provided consent are chosen at random. If you have not already consented to testing for the 2021-2022 school year and would like to do so, please:

  • Provide consent on your NYCSA account, or

  • Contact Olivia Poor for a paper consent form.


WHAT ABOUT LUNCH? ARE STUDENTS EATING INDOORS?

  • As we make decisions about eating outdoors VS indoors, we are mindful of the uptick in COVID cases and will do everything to the extent possible to keep our students outdoors.

  • If the temperature is below 40 degrees, we will also consider precipitation, wind and other variables to inform our decisions.

  • Please note that our indoor lunch/recess plan was created with health and safety in mind:

  • Each lunch/ recess period is scheduled for two grades (one grade eats lunch while the other has recess, and then they switch).

  • Indoor lunches will take place in our 3 cafeteria spaces (the main cafeteria and 2 outer cafeterias).

  • Students will be spaced at 3 feet apart, and facing the same direction. We will encourage students to eat quickly and put their masks back on when finished. Lunch is approximately 25 minutes long.

  • Recess will take place outside in our schoolyard if there is no precipitation, or in our auditorium in the event of rain or snow (students will be masked and at 3 feet in the auditorium).


WHAT IF WE ARE TRAVELING? SHOULD WE HAVE OUR CHILDREN TESTED PRIOR TO RETURNING TO 29?

While it’s not required we are asking that as a community we go above and beyond what is required and strongly encourage you to have your children tested before returning to school if traveling or congregating with others beyond your immediate family.


WHAT ABOUT FACE COVERINGS?

If you are able, please send your child to school with a well-fitting, high-quality mask that stays above the nose - N95, KN95, or KN94 are considered the safest options, along with disposable surgical masks. Some students are still wearing thin cloth masks without filters, which have been found to be far less effective. We have also found these cloth masks to be more likely to slide down under children's nose or chin repeatedly throughout the day. Please check to ensure your child's mask fits well and stays up after prolonged wearing. Masks with valves are not allowed.


We are hoping that the DOE will provide us with additional high-filtration masks if students need them, but we don't know yet if they will. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating.


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