Good Evening AmPark Families,
For all of our new community members, please know that this communication is in keeping with a practice of complete transparency that we have embraced since the beginning of the pandemic, to share all communication of COVID cases in both our AmPark community as well as those reported in our shared campus community of PS/MS 95. We are grateful everyday for the partnership of the staff and leadership at PS/MS 95 and this open communication on cases that could impact all is a key piece of that collaboration. Below this note, please find the official letter that was generated for our shared 95 campus community regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 with exposure and quarantined of community members there today.
On a separate but related note, once again, please fill out a digital copy of the Daily Health Screening on your mobile device to show at arrival. A best practice is to take a screen shot of this screening so that you have it regardless of WiFi connectivity etc.
As we build independence for students at arrival, please know that only PreK parents will come into the building to support drop off. Kindergarten families, we know it's hard but we'll have staff on hand to help escort children to class and ensure that they are safely with Denise, Ashley, Natasha, Meagan, and Melody!
Finally, a request to ALL families to please send your child with a small mat or a towel to act as a sit-upon for when they go out to eat picnic style in the park. Having their own separate and personal mat/towel will be the most sanitary and safe way for them to eat comfortably when they go to the park for lunch and recess. Thank you for being our partners in continuing to be as safe as we can as we continue to adjust to be back and all together through the ongoing pandemic.
In solidarity and with wishes that you all stay safe AmPark,
Kelly, Bonnie, and Dany
Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined
Dear P.S. 095 Sheila Mencher 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?
●All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and 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 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 middle and high school students who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.
●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 12 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 12 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:
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.