Owl Blog for November 5th, 2021
Thank you for your collaboration in meeting with the teachers on Thursday during Parent Teacher Conferences. If you were not able to schedule, please reach out to your child’s teacher for availability through the month. As a reminder, report cards will be available in NYCSA mid-December.
Our Wonder Walk page is still open and we are just shy of $2000! Thank you so much to our community for supporting healthy moms and healthy babies, a cause so important to us all!
Roads to Success will begin hosting PK students following the December recess on January 3rd.
We are sharing the information on the pop-up vaccination clinic hosted at P.S./M.S. 95 that our students can take part in. We are in collaboration with the team next door regarding the logistics and will share more information regarding the timing for our students as soon as it is available. A permission slip will be sent home on Monday with all students.
Please read the linked information below with more information regarding the pop-up site and permissions.
NYC DOE InfoHub COVID Vaccination Information for Families
Frequently Asked Questions
Can members of the community get the vaccine at my pop-up vaccination site?
· Only students ages 5-11 can obtain the first dose of the vaccine at the pop-up site.
· Anyone age 12 and up can visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov to choose from hundreds of sites across the city offering appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost.
Will the provider return to the school for the second dose?
· No. The provider will refer families to a local vaccine site for students to receive their second dose.
· All necessary paperwork will be given to the parent/client at the time of first dose.
How does the provider obtain consent?
· Students ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult designated by the parent or guardian, while receiving their vaccine. This requirement is outlined in the Vaccine Family Letter and schools should accommodate parent and guardian admission to the vaccine site to accompany their student.
· If the student is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, the vaccine provider must obtain verbal consent from the parent or guardian by phone at the time of vaccination.
· There is no consent form option for vaccination of students ages 5-11, as they must be accompanied by the parent, legal guardian, or adult designated by the parent or guardian at the time of vaccination.
Does the parent/guardian need to fill out the visitor screening in order to enter the building?
· Yes, the parent/guardian accompanying the student to the vaccination site should adhere to the DOE’s Visitor Policy and Protocol for Visitors.
· Any individual accompanying their child to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a DOE vaccine site is not required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the building for this purpose. Please inform your School Safety Agent of this visitor vaccine mandate exemption.
Upcoming Virtual Tours of AmPark
We are inviting prospective new families to join us for virtual school tours on November 19th, 30th, and December 7th. AmPark Families, please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested in joining our AmPark Family! All of the information, including a Google Form to sign up can be found here on our website: http://www.amparkneighborhoodschool.org/school-tours.html Zoom links can also be found on our AmPark Calendar page here: http://www.amparkneighborhoodschool.org/calendar.html
Picture Days at AmPark
What's for Lunch?
Confirmed Case of COVID Reported in our Shared Campus Community
In our practice of full transparency, we are sharing that a confirmed case of COVID has been reported in our shared 95 community, with potential exposures. Please see the letter, generated by the Situation Room, and shared with us by Mr. Davis below. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Kelly, Bonnie, & Dany
11/5/2021 2:38 PM
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?
● 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 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:
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.
Serge M. Davis
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