IN SCHOOL AND At Home Health Screening
Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re bringing testing directly into schools beginning in October 2020. Our testing partners will come to district schools, every month, and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12.
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.
- 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
Should you have any questions or want additional information please go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/
WHEN CAN i RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER CODID-19
12/31/2020 8:49 AM
Dear Member of the P.S. 38 - STATEN ISLAND - R038 at 421 LINCOLN AVENUE Community:
In this letter you will find guidance for when students and staff can return to school after experiencing COVID symptoms.
Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2).
When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?
Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:
● Isolating for 10 days AND
● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms
● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.
● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.
● One may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.
If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:
● Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND
● Overall symptoms are improving
If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:
● At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
● They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
● Overall symptoms are improving
If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, they can return to school only after:
● Quarantining for 14-days since their last exposure to that case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)
Students in quarantine should participate in remote learning to the extent possible.
How can I stay updated?
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). 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.
HEALTH SCREENING FORMS
HERE ARE THE HEALTH SCREENING FORMS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Wear a Mask at all Times
COVID-19 In-school Testing Program Results
The COVID-19 mandatory in-school testing program began on October 9, 2020 and will continue throughout the school year. Beginning in December of 2020, all buildings that remained open for in-person learning required mandatory, weekly in-school testing for COVID-19 for a randomly selected portion of staff and students in grades 1 and higher.
This testing initiative is organized by our partners at NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test & Trace Corps.
FAQs for Testing
My child was tested as part of the NYC Public School random surveillance COVID-19 testing program, what should I expect now?
- Most test results will be available within 48-72 hours after a test.
- Test results will ONLY be made available to patients or their parent/guardian.
- Depending on the lab that performed your test, you will receive either a phone call, text or email.
- Check to see what lab performed your test on this spreadsheet.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WHILE IN THE BUILDING
We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.
- Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students in grade 2 and up while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.
- Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.
- Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you.
- Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.
- While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a name tag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.
- Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between yourself and others.
- Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
- Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.