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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Dear BSSJ Families,

We’re writing to share a few resources that should help everyone make better sense of the new covid-19 health and safety protocols. 

First, the FAQ below walks you through most “if…then” scenarios you might come across with all the new health and safety protocols. 

 

Second, if you need to report a positive covid-19 test result for your child, or an exposure to a person who tested positive for covid-19, we prefer you use this form. If you are unable to, you can still email or call with the information. Special thanks for our friends at MS 447, PS 29, and MS 839 for creating these documents for us to adapt! 

 

Lastly, the information below includes up to date information on DOE Health & Safety Policies and our BSSJ FAQ. To the right you will find information on how to use the at home rapid tests in English and in Spanish.

 

Your child's safety is of the upmost importance to us at BSSJ. If you have any questions about the current policies

 
Message from the DOE:  We will continue to update you as the situation changes and hear your feedback on these updated policies and procedures. In the meantime, please feel free to share your feedback at [email protected] We thank you in advance for partnering with us to keep our children safe in school. 

Update for Families on COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies: March 4, 2022

Update on Social Distancing - March 10, 2022

As an update to our March 4 guidance, schools have been advised to continue to maintain at least 3 feet of social distancing at all times in cafeterias until further notice, and as the DOE phases in further changes. In order to limit potential exposure, schools may continue with distancing strategies already in place, including staggered lunch service and delivery to classrooms.

 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy Updates

Our “Stay Safe, Stay Open” plan has succeeded in allowing us to keep New York City public schools open and remain among the safest places for young people to be during the COVID-19 pandemic. As our schools did their part in reducing transmission rates, so have New Yorkers as a whole. We are pleased to announce that as a result, we will be implementing changes in our current COVID-19 health and safety policies in our schools in accordance with the latest guidance.

Mask Policy Updates

We are pleased to announce that, face coverings will be optional on school grounds for students in kindergarten through grade 12 beginning Monday, March 7.

To maintain the safety of our staff and students, we will continue to practice strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily health screening, and test kit distribution. Mask-wearing will become optional indoors, outside, and on school buses. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so, and your child may request a mask from their school if they need one.

The indoor mask mandate is still active for LYFE, EarlyLearn (Infants & Toddlers), 3-K, Pre-K, and 4410 classrooms. Children two years old and older and all staff and visitors in these classrooms, must continue to wear a face covering indoors. Since children under the age of five are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, face coverings remain our strongest defense against COVID-19 for our youngest learners.

In addition, any staff member or student in grades Kindergarten or higher returning on Day 6 following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without testing is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10.

Masks are strongly recommended for any staff member or student who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is still required in medical rooms and nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers. Nurses will have masks on hand for anyone entering who may need one.

 

Visitor Policy

Visitors are still required to show proof of vaccination and complete the daily health screening (healthscreening.schools.nyc(Open external link)) before entering a DOE building.

Vaccination 

As a reminder, vaccination is the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and to keep our schools safe for all our students. Children ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child is eligible but not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, you can make an appointment for vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov(Open external link) or call 311 to find a vaccine site near you. The vaccine is free for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration or insurance status. We thank you for your continued partnership.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

How to address concerns about COVID and School 

IF

THEN

My child tests positive for COVID (regardless of vaccination status):

  1. Fill out this Google Form
  2. Email documentation of test results to [email protected] 
  3. Complete this attendance survey each morning of quarantine by 10:00 AM
  4. Remain in quarantine for 10 days. No negative test is required for return.

My vaccinated child was exposed to covid outside of school

  1. Your child may attend school as normal, as long as they do not have covid symptoms and do not test positive for covid. 
  2. Please get tested a few times over the next week. 

My unvaccinated child was exposed to covid outside of school

  • Your child must quarantine for 10 days.
  1. Complete this attendance survey each morning of quarantine by 10:00 AM
  2. Your child may take a test between Day 5 and Day 7 and, if negative, may return to school on Day 8. 

My vaccinated child was exposed to covid inside of school

  1. Your child may attend school as normal, as long as they do not have covid symptoms and do not test positive for covid. 
  2. Your child will receive two at-home tests. Please take one on Day 1 and one on Day 5. 

My unvaccinated child was exposed to covid inside of school

  1. Your child may attend school as normal, as long as they do not have covid symptoms and do not test positive for covid. 
  2. Your child will receive two at-home tests. Please take one on Day 1 and one on Day 5.

My child has covid-like symptoms at school

  1. Your child should tell a teacher and go to the Covid Nurse (room 112)
  2. If the nurse determines that your child has covid-like symptoms, your child should be picked up or verbal or written consent to be released from school. 
  3. Your child will be provided two at-home test kits. Take one test when you get home. Take the other 24 hours later.
  4. If negative, return to school when feeling better. If positive, follow instructions in the first row of this chart.

My child has covid-like symptoms at home

  1. Stay home from school
  2. Get a covid test (at home, rapid, or PCR)
    1. A parent may pick up 2 home tests kits at the school for your child
  3. If negative, return to school when feeling better.
  4. If positive, follow instructions in the first row of this chart.

My child is quarantined because they have tested positive for covid




  1. Complete this attendance survey each morning by 10:00
  2. Login to all of the Google Classrooms for the day and do any work that is posted
  3. Read for at least 30 minutes each day

My child is quarantined because they are unvaccinated and were exposed outside of school. 

  1. Complete this attendance survey each morning by 9:30
  2. Login to all of the Google Classrooms for the day and do any work that is posted
  3. Read for at least 30 minutes each day

Communication is very important. Please visit our website at www.bssjbrooklyn.com for more information. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Ortiz at 718-381-7100 Option 4; Extension 1318 or 914-8934990 and via email at [email protected]