Hello AmPark Family,
I am writing to inform you that we have had multiple confirmed cases of COVID in our AmPark community with potential exposures and the close contacts quarantined. Impacted students and staff have been made aware of their exposure and/or potential exposure as of yesterday afternoon, 12/6. Only those students who were directly impacted by being in close proximity to the confirmed cases will quarantine. Please see the letter below, generated for these cases by the NYC DOE Situation Room, offering guidance and next steps for our community.
Do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.
Please be well and stay safe AmPark,
Bonnie & Dany
Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined
Dear Ampark Neighborhood at 3961 HILLMAN AVENUE Community: The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.
Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
What Happens Now?
● Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
● T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
● Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.
● Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.
● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
● All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.
● If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.
How do we stay healthy?
All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.
How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.
Dear AmPark Families,
There are several exciting AmPark announcements to share with all of you this week!
First, we are absolutely thrilled to share the arrival of our newest and tiniest AmPark Family member! Fiona James Fitzpatrick was born on Saturday November 27th, happy, healthy, and gorgeous. Both Kelly and the baby are home safe and sound. We have it on good authority that they are awash in snuggles and send love to you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes you’ve sent throughout.
In more wonderful news about exciting additions to our AmPark Family, we are so happy to officially announce that 2 members of our AmPark family are officially transitioning into their new roles this week. First, Elvira De Jesus (formerly known as School Security Agent De Jesus and a friendly face at our School Security desk for the past few years) is now official as AmPark’s new Parent Coordinator! Should you need any support you can always reach out to her. Elvira's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and please see her letter of introduction below.
Also, as of this week, our own amazing Sandra Herrera is moving into the position of AmPark's School Secretary! Sandra's email address is email@example.com, should ever you need her.
In more excellent news, the AmPark PA truly made all of us at AmPark feel deeply appreciated this week with a lovely Staff Appreciation breakfast this week. Thank you so much to the PA and to Odaliz, Janine, and David for being there to let us know that you value us all and for treating us to a beautiful breakfast spread!
Please mark you calendars for these upcoming events:
The AmPark Parents Association brings you... Love & Light on a Winter's Night on December 11th!
Please join us for part of the event as a parent volunteer or make a donation to our celebration- love and light on a winters night! We will start with hot chocolate and warm cider in the school yard. We will continue on with music in the air and take a winter walk before heading back to the school yard to pick up a craft for our children to create and for our families to enjoy!
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up or make a donation. Thank you! Looking forward to creating a special, safe event together!
What's for Lunch?
An Introduction From AmPark's New Parent Coordinator Elvira De Jesus
Dear AmPark Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Elvira De Jesus, and I am the new Parent Coordinator. I thought I'd share a little bit about my background to give you a better understanding of who I am. Up until now I worked as a school safety agent in your school AmPark and PS/MS 95 among others, therefore I might look familiar to some of you. I worked as an assistant preschool teacher in a head start for over ten years as well as a home visitor for Cardinal McCloskey.
I look forward to working with each and everyone of you, as a parent myself I understand your perspective and as professional I’m here to help.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. I can be reached at 401-702-7734 and firstname.lastname@example.org or you can simply call the school at 718-548-3451 extension 1026.
Elvira De Jesus
Estimado AmPark Familias,
Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para presentarme. Mi nombre es Elvira De Jesus, y soy la nueva coordinadora de padres. Quiero compartir un poco sobre mis antecedentes para darles una mejor comprensión de quién soy. Hasta ahora trabajaba como agente de seguridad escolar en su escuela AmPark y PS / MS 95, entre otras, por lo tanto, podría parecer familiar para algunos de ustedes. Trabajé como maestra asistente de preescolar en un Head Start durante más de diez años, así como visitadora domiciliar para el cardenal McCloskey. Espero trabajar con todos y cada uno de ustedes, como padre yo mismo entiendo su perspectiva y como profesional estoy aquí para ayudar. Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tiene preguntas o inquietudes.
Me pueden comunicar al 401-702-7734 y email@example.com o simplemente pueden llamar a la escuela al 718-548-3451 extensión 1026.
Elvira De Jesus
Coordinadora De Padres
Dear AmPark Families,
We are truly grateful for you this Thanksgiving season. We wish you a healthy, happy, happy and safe holiday weekend.
Thank you to those that attended our PA meeting on Monday night. Updates discussed included:
Virtual School Tours Tuesday, November 30th @ 8:30am (& Tuesday, December 7th)
AmPark Prospective Family Tour Registration Link
Bonnie Durgin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AmPark Prospective Family Tour
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 814 4806 3255
Family Wellness Event on December 1st from 6:00-6:30
You're invited to a Brainpower and Wellness inspired session led by AmPark Wellness Representative Audrey on December 1st! This virtual event will be for the whole family and we hope that you'll join us for some lovingly led self-care and wellness practice. Please be on the lookout for a Zoom link soon to follow!
Fall Spirit Week, City Harvest, Swag Sale, Brilliant NYC District 10 Town Hall Event & AmPark General PA Meeting
Reminder, for tomorrow, November 22nd, don't forget to wear your pajamas & bring a breakfast food item!
Why? It's Fall Spirit Week and we're working together to support City Harvest!
All foods must be packaged, store-bought, and non-perishable.
The vintage AmPark Swag sale continues for one more day!
You asked for an encore of our swag sale, and you've got it! We'll be selling the final pieces of vintage AmPark swag at dismissal tomorrow, at the 95 Yard exit from 1:45-2:45.
Finally, tomorrow evening there will be a District 10 Town Hall at 6pm followed by our AmPark General Parent Association Meeting. Please see the link for the PA meeting here and the links for the D10 Town Hall in the flyers below. We hope to see you there!
Ampark PA General Meeting
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Meeting ID: 351 441 9880
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Good Afternoon AmPark Families!
Please drop by the Main Hillman Entrance tomorrow at arrival and dismissal to purchase some of our AmPark swag inventory. New swag is to come, but this fabulous, vintage AmPark gear will be here for a limited time only! : ) Please see the flyer below for more details...