October 27: SCHOOL RE-OPENING LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL DEPAOLO


October 27, 2020

Dear P.S. 131 Abigail Adams at 170-45 84 AVENUE Community:

As always, the health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority.

Today I am writing to update you following the closure of our school building as a result of two or more members of our school community testing positive for COVID-19. The NYC Test + Trace Corps and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have completed a thorough investigation and determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on October 29, 2020.

For your information:

  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

  • Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. While we swiftly address this situation, please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for "FAQ About Face Coverings."

  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Veronica Depaolo

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