REPORTING A CASE OR AN EXPOSURE
Please use the form below to inform us if your child has either (1) tested positive or (2) is a close contact. It is important that you provide us with as much information as possible, so that we can ensure that work will be posted on your child's Google Classroom as well as us notifying the attendance office and the DOE Situation Room.
TEST KIT INFORMATION
Beginning January 3, schools will distribute free, take-home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any student or staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has been identified.
Here is how you should use your test kit in the event your child receives one:
Please help your child take the first test on the day you receive the test kit.
Please help your child take the second test on the fifth (5th) day after exposure.
Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth (5th) day, please have your child isolate and take the second home test immediately
Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID test.
If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. Please use this form COVID TEST REPORTING FORM to report your case to the school
All test kits come with printed instructions, please follow these instructions when administering the test. You can also check your test kit and watch a video on how to use your test kit:
ACON Flowflex: https://youtu.be/CtENzECCmG8
New Quarantine Policy
New Quarantine Policy
Our goal is to ensure that students safely remain in school as much as possible, and we have updated our policies to ensure we meet this goal. This means that if there is a positive case in a classroom:
● For students in kindergarten through grade 12, unvaccinated or not yet fully-vaccinated students who were in close proximity to a positive case will no longer have to quarantine and will continue attending school if they do not have symptoms and do not have a positive test result from a COVID test. Instead, all students and adults in that classroom will receive a take-home rapid test kit and take two tests over the course of five days.
● For students in 3-K and Pre-K, the quarantine policy will remain the same, meaning that any 3-K or preK student who was in close proximity to a positive case will still have to quarantine for 10 days.
Increased In-School Surveillance Testing
To further ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff, the in-school surveillance testing program is expanding to double the number of individuals tested in each school, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, in grades 1 and up. The random in-school surveillance program continues to provide public health experts with an accurate look at the prevalence of COVID-19 in schools. We encourage all families who have not yet submitted consent, regardless of whether their child is vaccinated, to consent to inschool testing through their NYC Schools Account (schoolsaccount.nyc) or return a signed paper form to the school. Additional information on testing for students and the printable version of the consent form in multiple languages can be found on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) website: schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and communities safe. Thank you to those families who have already consented to testing, and for your cooperation by participating in our in-school testing program!