Schoolwide Notification (January 28, 2022)
Attention 125 Families: The new protocol is that when we get a confirmed positive case, students that were in class with the positive person will receive an At-Home Testing Kit. If your child tests "negative" and they are showing no symptoms, they can come to school and retest again based on DOE letter guidance. If your child receives a positive test, please contact your child's House Dean:
House 1: Mr. Shapiro- email@example.com
House 2: Mr. Sangirardi- firstname.lastname@example.org
House 3: Ms. Mierzejewski- email@example.com
House 4: Mr. Ziegler- firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have multiple cases across the school but only one notification letter will be posted, so if your child comes home with an At-Home Testing kit, then that means we have a confirmed positive case in your child's class.
1/28/2022 12: 18 PM
Dear I.S. 125 Thom J. McCann Woodside at 46-02 47 AVENUE Family:
I am writing to notify you that a member or members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.
Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Test & Trace Corp (T2), and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
What Happens Now?
Your child will come home with a COVID test kit today. The kit contains two tests.
○ Please take the first test on the day they receive the home test. If the test is negative, your child can continue to attend school.
○ Please take the second test on the fifth day after exposure.
● Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results both times and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
● If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill, please have your child isolate and take the 2nd home test.
● If your child tests positive on either home test, you must notify your child’s school and your child must isolate for 10 days.
● If your child is in 3-K or Pre-K, your child must quarantine for 10 days since their last exposure. Children who shared space with the individual who tested positive may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, children should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day.
How do we stay healthy?
Vaccination is the most important tool we have to protect ourselves from COVID-19. All New Yorkers age 5 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. We encourage all eligible students to get vaccinated. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/.There is no cost to be vaccinated.
Please remember to follow these important actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
2. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
3. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.
How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
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.