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Updated Protocols for COVID-19 (January 11, 2022)

The Petrides School

Updated Protocols for COVID-19

January 11, 2022 
 
Dear Petrides Parents,  

 

Please be advised of the current Covid-19 guidelines: 

  • If a student tests positive for Covid, via at-home, rapid or PCR test, parent should contact me immediately (via email if possible: Jbuckhe@schools.nyc.gov).  Please provide the following information: last day child was in school, date of positive Covid test, type of test: at-home or lab test. 
  • Students who test positive for Covid must isolate for 10 days.  Date of positive test is day 1; student may return to school on day 11, if symptoms have subsided.  We will confirm this information when you report a positive case. 
  • Students in the class with someone who tests positive will receive an at-home test AND letter with instructions for testing of close contacts.   
  • Students exposed to someone testing positive for Covid-19 in their household, including siblings, must quarantine for 10 days.  Exception: Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine.   
  • Students who do not feel well should stay home from school.   
  • Every student must complete the NYC DOE Health Screening prior to entering the school building each morning.  Please use this tool to help you determine if your child should come to school that day. 

Students who are isolating or quarantining may access their schoolwork through their Google classrooms.  Isolating/quarantining students working from home can log their attendance as described below: 

  • Elementary and Middle School students working from home should email their assistant principal:  Elementary, Ms. Ponzi-Caputo jcaputo9@schools.nyc.gov and Middle School, Ms. Souffrin bsouffrin@schools.nyc.gov 
  • High school students working from home should note their attendance at the link found in their grade-level assembly page.  Or contact Mr. Tabbitas, high school assistant principal atabbit@schools.nyc.gov 

 

Students working from home will be coded as such “working from home”.  You will still receive an automated call from the school stating that your child was absent. 

SEE BELOW regarding recent positive Covid-19 cases in our school community: 

Dear The Michael J. Petrides School Community:  

I am writing to notify you that members of our school community have 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 our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Test & Trace Corp (T2), and the New York City Department of Education (DOE). 

What Happens Now?  

  • Your child will come home with a COVID test kit today. The kit contains two tests. 
    • Please take the first test on the day they receive the home test. If the test is negative, your child can continue to attend school. 
    • Please take the second test on the fifth day after exposure.  
  • Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results both times and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.   
  • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill, please have your child isolate and take the 2nd home test.  
  • If your child tests positive on either home test, you must notify your child’s school and your child must isolate for 10 days. 
  • If your child is in 3-K or Pre-K, your child must quarantine for 10 days since their last exposure. Children who shared space with the individual who tested positive may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, children should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. 

    How do we stay healthy?  

    Vaccination is the most important tool we have to protect ourselves from COVID-19. All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 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. We encourage all eligible students to get vaccinated. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/.There is no cost to be vaccinated. 

    Please remember to follow these important actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:    
  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing). 
  2. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
  3. 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). 

 

Sincerely,  

JOANNE BUCKHEIT

Principal