Notes from our Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Chow
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As your Parent Coordinator of P.S. 38, I am happy to welcome the new families and also our returning families. A parent coordinator is the liaison between the parent/guardian and the school. Kindly email me at email@example.com with any question or concern.
Due to the current situation of COVID 19, I will be working remotely at home.
Keep in mind that throughout the school year I will keep in contact with you via email, phone calls, phone blasts, flyers, calendars, letters about events and any programs that may be available to you.
Also, our school website has a wealth of information. Please do check it periodically.
Be safe and healthy!
P S 38 will be distributing books and materials from 9 am to 12 pm on Friday, September 18 for remote only students who were unable to come at their scheduled time. Blended learning students will receive their books in person when blended learning begins. We will not be using these materials until blended learning begins. Thank you.
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In The News!
September 22, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As per the NYC DOE and DOH protocol, beginning Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, all families must screen each child before coming to school by completing an online screening questionnaire or by filling out a paper questionnaire. Temperature checks need to be done at home prior to entering the school. Families will be required to show their clearance to the designated personnel by displaying it on their smartphone or by providing a filled out paper.
For your convenience, we encourage you to download the Health Screening Tool on your phone.
In addition to at-home daily health screenings, random temperature checks will be done at the school upon entry using hand-held, non-touch thermometers.
Students, staff and visitors can complete the health screening in 2 ways:
- Use the online health screening tool - Download the APP on your phone OR
- Print and Fill Out the paper version each day and bring it to school.
A printable version of the health screening questionnaire can be found at
Families must complete the screening and fill out the paper questionnaire prior to boarding the bus. Bus personnel will not be conducting screenings. Upon arrival at the school, staff check for clearance and collect the forms.
Morning DROP-AND-GO students who are brought to school by car:
Families must complete the health screening prior to dropping off their children at the school.
Should you have any questions or want additional information please go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/
Notes from the Chancellor
September 29, 2020
We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health
and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will
look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school,
every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay
healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.
Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing
our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and
take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC
Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace
Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.
Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The
number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition
to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who
are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested
positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is
a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that
tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage
you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.
Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19
transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present.
As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this
testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.
While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to
identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep
school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students
who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough
students in the school.
We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will
not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing.
We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.
If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results,
which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.
We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked
Questions document. Please review this with your child.
Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.
Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Ted Long, MD, MHS
Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID-19 TESTING
What is this form?
We are seeking your consent to test your child for COVID-19 infection. The New York City Department of Education (NYC
DOE), working with NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has partnered
with laboratories and other providers to test NYC DOE students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection.
How often would you test my child?
We are arranging for our laboratory and provider testing partners to come to every school once a month to test some of the
students and staff. If you consent, your child may be selected for testing on one or more of these occasions. In addition, your
child may also be tested throughout the school year if they exhibit one or more symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact
of a student, teacher, or staff person with COVID-19 infection.
What is the test?
If you consent, your child will receive a free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus. The attached letter provides more
information about the types of tests that may be used. Collecting a specimen for testing involves inserting a small swab, similar
to a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose and/or collecting saliva (spit).
How will I know if my child tests positive?
If your child has a specimen collected for testing at school, we will send information home with them to let you know. COVID19 test results will generally be provided within 48-72 hours.
What should I do when I receive my child’s test results?
If your child’s test results are positive, please contact your child’s doctor immediately to review the test results and discuss
what you should do next. You should keep your child at home and inform your child’s school. If your child’s test results are
negative, this means that the virus was not detected in your child’s specimen. Tests sometimes produce incorrect negative
results (called “false negatives”) in people who have COVID-19. If your child tests negative but has symptoms of COVID-19, or
if you have concerns about your child’s exposure to COVID-19, you should call your child’s doctor. If you need help finding a
doctor, call (844) NYC-4NYC.
UFT PARENT CONFERENCE 2020
UFT Citywide Parent and Family Virtual Conference
Reimagining Parent Voice in the Age of COVID-19
Join parents, guardians, grandparents and educators for a
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to problem solve the challenges of educating our children in
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special teen summit, too! Parent voice has never been more
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Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information and to register, visit www.uft.org/parent-conference