Falcon Family Newsletter
October 4, 2021
From Ms. Becco, Parent Coordinator
Parents, please remember to complete your child's health screenings before your child arrives at school. We have QR codes posted on the door for easy submission by phone.
Please keep the Emergency Blue Cards coming in. We are still missing a few, and they are still very much needed in case of an emergency and we need to reach you or someone in your family for your child.
We are trying to find the most efficient way to keep you informed about what's happening at PS199. Please make sure we have your current personal email address. You can send it to myself at email@example.com or Mr. Daliposki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PTA will hold their first virtual meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 6th at 6:15 pm.
Please register for our email alerts from our school website. Just visit our website and retrieve the parent school code. You would then download the Echalk app and enter the code there after proceeding without registering.
If you need to contact me, you may do so directly at email@example.com, or (917) 830-5755 or (718) 784-3431. Please do not hesitate.
Join me tomorrow on Google Meet at either 10am or 6pm for a quick meeting to answer questions about our upcoming clinics and about accessing some of the school online applications. See the links below:
Welcome to my first meeting of the 2021-22 school year. We will discuss the upcoming Dental and Eye clinics and cover how to access these DOE accounts for both parents and students. Class code is: 3u6vwid
Effective Monday, September 13, all visitors to DOE school buildings are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (1 dose), in order to enter the building, except in the case of an emergency. This proof may be provided in several ways, please see schools.nyc.gov/2021health for more information.
Pending an Order by the Health Commissioner
On the first day of school, 3K/Pre-K parents, in small groups, are able to walk their children into the classroom and stay with them briefly on the first day of school without showing proof of vaccination. All other requirements apply.
In order to enter the building, a visitor must:
have proof of vaccination,
complete the daily health screening form, and
wear a face covering.
UPDATE: Consent Forms for Covid-19 Testing
It is important that you provide consent for your child to participate in the in-school testing program. Submit your updated testing consent form for your child using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) at schoolsaccount.nyc or by downloading the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and providing the completed printed form to your child’s school.
You can fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc
Download the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/NYCSA
Testing consent forms submitted in the previous school year expire on September 30, 2021. If you previously provided consent, your child may be tested this month as part of the in-school testing program—however, for your child to participate in the testing program for the remainder of this school year, you must submit a new consent form.
UPDATE: Pop Up Vaccination Sites
Thanks to a partnership between the DOE and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), all New Yorkers aged 12 and up can get free COVID-19 vaccines at select schools across the City. You can simply walk in by yourself or with any student, friend, or family member who needs a vaccine (minors will need parental consent) and get your “jab” for free—no health insurance or proof of citizenship will be required.
To help keep schools safe, the DOE and DOHMH strongly encourage all New Yorkers aged 12 and up to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Many sites now have walk-in appointments, making it easier for any New Yorker to obtain the ultimate protection currently available for COVID-19.
For a limited time, New Yorkers can get giveaways for getting vaccinated against COVID-19, including free tickets, complimentary memberships, or even $100 pre-paid debit cards.
To find a vaccine site near you, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov, or call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site.
UPDATE: New NYC Schools Account (NYSCA)
Families can now access the new NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) portal, which consolidates several important parent-facing applications in one place. In addition to seeing information for MyStudent, such as grades, attendance, and transportation, families will also be able to access Parent University and the Bullying Reporting online form.
Parents can reset the passwords to their student’s DOE email accounts through the Manage Account page; please note the change in URL from http://mystudent.nyc to http://schoolsaccount.nyc. Families who currently have a NYCSA account will automatically have access to new features in the portal.
To support families in accessing the new NYCSA portal, you should ensure that your family access managers (i.e., school principals, parent coordinators, or other designees) create accounts for all students and backpack letters home using the FAM tool. Family access managers can use the Reports section in FAM to generate a list of student families without NYCSA accounts. Family access managers should print pre-populated Account Creation Code letters at the beginning of the school year and backpack them home with students. These letters can be batch-printed by official class or by class meeting time (for classes with more than one section). By default, the letters will batch print in the parent’s home language, if it is one of the DOE-supported languages. Generic translated letters will be available at the bottom of the NYC Schools Account website by September 13. Note that if you would like to provide FAM access to other designees, you may do so by assigning them the role of family access manager in myGalaxy.
For more information about creating NYCSA accounts, see the NYCSA wiki page on the Family Access Management (FAM) tool. For questions, suggestions, or support with the MyStudent application within NYCSA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Help Desk (212-374-6646). Please note that you may not direct parents to contact the Help Desk number or inbox, as the Help Desk only supports DOE staff. Parents should be directed to the resources on the family-facing NYCSA page.
For questions about helping families reset passwords of student email addresses, refer to the Reset Student Password page on the Infohub.
UPDATE: New Agreements for 2020-2021 School Year
The DOE and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) have reached an agreement regarding pivoting to remote instruction in the event of an emergency closure. We are working on creating a corresponding easy-to-read document, but in the meanwhile, here is a quick summary:
In the event of an emergency school or classroom closure, whether due to positive COVID-19 tests or snowstorms, classes will shift to remote learning for a period of time. In most such cases, teachers and other school personnel will conduct on-line lessons in real time (synchronous instruction).
If only a subset of students in a classroom is quarantined, those students will receive access to remote lessons that teachers and other school personnel have videotaped in advance (asynchronous instruction). However, those students will also be able to interact live with teachers during specified office hours.
In addition, on Election Day — Tuesday, November 2 — school buildings will be closed but students will receive remote asynchronous assignments.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be conducted remotely; teachers will still have dedicated parent engagement time weekly.
UPDATE: Enhancing Communication Among Parents
In the most recent update to NYCSA, parents will be able to opt-in to sharing their contact information with their local parent leaders. Please see below for the new “Stay Connected” feature of NYCSA.
All the latest updates and information on School Year 2021-22 can be found at schools.nyc.gov/homecoming, and health & safety information is available at schools.nyc.gov/2021health. Here’s a summary of some of the pertinent information from the guide:
Effective, Safe Vaccinations for All Eligible Community Members
Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic and has proven to significantly reduce the health effects of COVID-19 and reduce the transmissibility of the disease. Due to the incredible safety vaccination provides, all DOE staff and contractors in DOE buildings are required to have their first dose by September 27th and upload proof of vaccination to the DOE Vaccination portal. Every parent can be assured that the educators and school staff who work with their child every day will be vaccinated, providing yet another layer of protection and safety. During the first week of school, there will be an open vaccination site at every middle and high school.
At this time, students 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and approximately 60 percent of young people ages 12 – 17 have already done so. All eligible young people are encouraged to get this life saving vaccine as soon as possible.
Health & Temperature Screenings
Daily health screenings are required for admittance to DOE buildings and must be completed at home prior to the school day. Additionally, as part of the screening, student temperatures must be taken at home. Any family that needs a thermometer can request one from their school.
If a student or staff member is feeling ill, they must stay home and get tested. Staying home and getting tested is an effective way of protecting the whole school community. Every school will have a nurse on staff who students can report to when they are feeling ill.
Universal Face Covering Usage
As announced in May, protective face coverings will be required for all people inside and outside of DOE buildings, including all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are a simple, effective way to keep everyone in the school community safe. Masks can be removed during meals and for designated breaks throughout the day, during which physical distancing will be maximized. Students who are not medically able to tolerate masks will be provided with alternative accommodations and staff will receive additional protective equipment.
Physical Distancing in Schools
Following CDC and NYSED guidance, schools will provide three feet of physical distancing, where possible. Physical distancing is one part of a multi-layered strategy, and additional safety is provided by vaccinations, mask usage, improved ventilation, a focus on hygiene, testing, and surveillance by the Situation Room. Elementary schools will utilize cohorts of students wherever possible, or have teachers move between classes to minimize the movements of students.
During meal service, schools are highly encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces and additional space inside the school to provide three feet of physical distancing. The Office of Food & Nutrition Services is supporting principals in serving meals at multiple locations in school buildings and serving multiple meal periods.
The vast majority of classrooms are able to implement three feet of physical distancing. In both meal spaces and instructional spaces, if physical distancing is not possible, then additional mitigation strategies will be put into place such as the addition of more HEPA purifiers or outfitting windows with exhaust fans.
Both the CDC and NYSED emphasize that physical distancing recommendations should not prevent students from fully returning to school this year.
The ability to bring fresh air into a room, circulate, and exhaust it is a critical part of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Every DOE room in use by students and staff for extended periods of time will have fully operational ventilation through either natural, mechanical, or a combination of means. Additionally, as an added precaution, every room has two air purifiers that meet and exceed HEPA standards and cafeterias in over-utilized schools will be provided with large units for added protection and window-based exhaust fans to provide additional air circulation.
The ventilation status of every room in a DOE building can be found by searching for the school at https://www.nycenet.edu/schoolsearch and going to the “Building Ventilation Information” section of the page.
Enhanced Cleaning, Facilities Maintenance, & PPE Availability
DOE custodial engineers and facilities staff have over a year and a half of experience keeping our buildings safe and clean during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will continue using enhanced cleaning techniques, including the use of electrostatic sprayers, and all buildings will continue to have a full 30 days of PPE available at all times.
P.S. 199 Parents Teachers Association
PTA Executive Board:
President: Ska Ska Morales
Vice President: Fakiha Khan
Treasurer: Kiron Flowers
Recording Secretary: Diego Carracundo
Parent SLT Members:
Ska Ska Morales
General Meeting Dates
A step by step guide to setting up your NYCschools account. Send your child' name, your name phone number and your personal email to email@example.com to receive your unique creation code.
Letter to the Parents
Good afternoon PS 199Q Families,
I hope this email finds you and your family well. In a few weeks, we are looking forward to welcoming back our students and staff in the building for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. We hope that this year will continue to be a great year in a safe learning environment.
At this time, I can share the following information. Please be advised that this information can change and will depend on the guidance that is issued by the Department of Education and Department of Health.
· Schools will open for in-person learning on September 13, 2021.
· For the safety of all students and staff, we will continue the same arrival and dismissal procedures that we used during the 2020-21 school year.
o Students will continue to wear a mask
o Parents must complete the daily health screener
o Temperature will be taken.
· You will receive your child’s class information by Thursday, September 2, 2021.
· We will hold a Coffee with Admin and Ms. Becco on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to share any information that we receive throughout the next three weeks.
· Cleaning/disinfection measures implemented last year will continue in the 2021-2022 school year.
For all up-to-date information, please visit our website (www.ps199q.org) and to receive important mobile alerts, download the eChalk Notify App.
· Download the eChalk Notify App for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
· Click on “Proceed without logging in. Enter your school's eChalk Notify Alert Code A62884 Connect to receive emergency alert notifications only".
Buenas tardes, familias de PS 199Q,
Espero que este correo electrónico los encuentre bien a usted y a su familia. En unas pocas semanas, esperamos volver a dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes y personal en el edificio para el inicio del año escolar 2021-2022. Esperamos que este año continúe siendo un gran año en un entorno de aprendizaje seguro.
En este momento, puedo compartir la siguiente información. Tenga en cuenta que esta información puede cambiar y dependerá de la orientación emitida por el Departamento de Educación y el Departamento de Salud.
· Las escuelas abrirán para el aprendizaje en persona el 13 de septiembre de 2021.
· Para la seguridad de todos los estudiantes y el personal, continuaremos con los mismos procedimientos de llegada y salida que usamos durante el año escolar 2020-21.
· Los estudiantes seguirán usando una tapaboca
· Los padres deben completar el examen de salud diario
· Se tomará la temperatura.
· Recibirá la información de la clase de su hijo antes del jueves 2 de septiembre de 2021.
· Celebraremos un café con el administrador y la Sra. Becco el jueves 2 de septiembre de 2021 a las 6:00 p.m. para compartir cualquier información que recibamos durante las próximas tres semanas.
· Las medidas de limpieza / desinfección implementadas el año pasado continuarán en el año escolar 2021-2022.
Para obtener toda la información actualizada, visite nuestro sitio web (www.ps199q.org) y para recibir alertas móviles importantes, descargue la aplicación eChalk Notify.
· Descargue la aplicación eChalk Notify de forma gratuita desde Apple App Store o Google Play Store. Simplemente busque "eChalk Notify".
· Inicie sesión con el código de alerta de notificación de eChalk de su escuela (A62884). Haz clic en "Continuar sin iniciar sesión"> ícono de Configuración> +> ingresa el código de alerta de tu escuela> Conecta para recibir solo notificaciones de alerta de emergencia.
¡Continúe disfrutando el resto de su verano!
P.S. 199 Maurice A. FitzGerald
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The DOE has increased random COVID-19 testing in all schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. Please provide your child's school your consent for testing.
NYCDOE UPDATE: Family and Community Wellness Collective
1. How to identify families strengths and resiliency during this time, understand community and intergenerational trauma, as well as healing centered practices.
2. Defining what trauma is and what trauma isn’t, recognize signs and symptoms of trauma, help to highlight families strengths within a traumatic time.
3. Proactive wellness and calming strategies as well as, when and how to seek additional support.
4. Discussing practical implementation tools for the school’s parent workshop.
The Family and Community Wellness Collective focused on the mayor’s list of the 33 communities “hardest hit” by COVID-19. Be on the lookout for Ambassador facilitated workshops throughout communities in participating schools. Together we will build on areas of strength and will continue to work collaboratively providing supports towards healing.