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Coronavirus Updated Information

March 10, 2020

Dear Families,
The health and safety of all NYC Department of Education (DOE) students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. We are writing
today with a number of important updates for all students and families, including the latest information about ways to protect your health.
There are a number of actions we have taken and many things you can do to keep our communities safe. The most important action you can take is to stay home if you are sick.

Please read theWhat You Need to Know and Stop the Spread flyer , and read on for additional information.

Our Preparations and Protocols
School Cleaning Hygiene 

We continue to work in close partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to enhance protocols in schools. These include:
. Ensuring that all DOE school buildings have a nurse; 
. Increasing deep cleanings to two times per week, disinfecting surface areas with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved cleaning disinfectant;
. Ensuring that all schools have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels;
. Supplying all schools with facemasks to be used if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms and requires isolation prior to transport to a doctor and/or testing; and
. Strongly encouraging regular hand washing throughout the day, particularly before meals, and making changes as needed to ensure students have the time to wash hands.

International Travel
. All DOE-sponsored international travel for students and staff for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year is canceled.
. This includes study abroad programs, where students are scheduled to come from other countries to stay with host families in NYC, and where DOE public school students are hosted abroad.

Attendance
We are committed to easing families’ concerns on attendance and admissions. 
. Student absences in the current school year (2019–2020) will not impact applications of current fifth and eighth-graders applying to middle- or high-schools for the 2020–2021 school year.
. Student absences in the current school year (2019–2020) will not impact applications of current fourth- and seventh-graders applying for middle- or high-school for the 2021–2022 school year.

What if a student feels sick in school? 
. In the event a student is sick, complaining of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that child should be taken to the school nurse.
. The nurse will ask the student to wear a face mask, call for parental pick up, and recommend calling a medical provider for instructions.
. Any student with respiratory symptoms and fever should wait in a supervised setting with a closed door, away from other students.

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in my school? 
. In the event that DOHMH determines that there is a need for investigation, closure, or other action at a school, you will immediately be notified.
. Per New York State, if there is a confirmed case in a school, the school must be closed for at least 24 hours while DOHMH investigates and determines whether additional closure is needed.
. We urge you to ignore rumors you might hear separate and apart from official communication from DOHMH, DOE, and your school.
We are working with the State to provide more information on school closure guidance to share in the near future.

Large Gatherings
Right now, the City has not advised the cancellation of large events or public gatherings, but is monitoring developments and will adjust as needed.
. If you are sick, stay home. 
. If you have chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, a compromised immune system, chronic lung disease, and/or cancer, avoid unnecessary gatherings and events.

What You Can Do 
Reduce Overcrowding 
. Walk or bike to work, if possible. 
. If the train is too packed, wait for the next one. 

If You Feel Sick 
. Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath, fever, or sore throat.
. If you do not feel better in 24–48 hours, seek care from your doctor. 
. Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or work until you have been fever-free at least 72 hours 
without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen. 
. If you need help getting medical care, call 311. 
. NYC will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Special Guidance for Vulnerable New Yorkers
. The City is advising those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a compromised immune system to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings.
. If you have family or friends who have one of these conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick. 

If You Have Traveled Recently
Anyone who has traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, or China and returned on or after March 4, 2020, must stay home from work or school for 14 days after their last day in that country and minimize contact with other people.
. If returning travelers from affected countries develop fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their medical provider and tell them about their symptoms and history of travel.
. For those self-monitoring at home, DOHMH has developed a supporting doctor’s note and FAQ available at nyc.gov/coronavirus under “Returning Travelers.”
Students and families who returned from the affected countries before March 4, 2020, should monitor their 
health; if they develop any symptoms, they should stay home and call their medical provider. Please monitor 
CDC.gov for updates on affected countries.

Continue to Practice General Viral Infection Prevention Measures Including:
. Wash your hands with soap and water often. 
. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. 
. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands. 
. Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump. 
. Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.

How to Stay Informed and Fight Bias
To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

Please read the What You Need to Know
Visit nyc.gov/coronavirus at any time for important updates, including ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue.

It’s important we come together as a city and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities.
The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly, and stay in consistent communication with our 1.1 million families.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education 

District 21 Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza- Wednesday, March 25th at Edward R. Murrow High School

Coronavirus Update

March 3, 2020 

Dear Families, 

Over the weekend, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. While we all hoped this moment would not come, it was something the City has meticulously prepared for. At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Despite our first confirmed case, New Yorkers remain at low risk for contracting the virus.

The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. As we monitor the situation, we are enhancing certain protocols and providing additional resources, including:
. Providing CDC-approved cleaning agents to every school
. Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging students and staff to wash hands frequently
. Ensuring principals and school nurses have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited at school, and provide help for any affected individuals

Working in close partnership with the Health Department, we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves, and communicate about any possible impact to parents and our school communities. We will keep all of our latest information on our website at schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus.

There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be taken at the direction of public health experts. As a reminder, it is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve 
• Wash your hands regularly 
• Avoid touching your face 
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late 
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history. 

We are in direct and regular communication with principals to ensure they have the latest information and to answer any questions that may arise. Additionally, we remind all families that they can receive regular updates on this topic and many others by signing up for an NYC Schools Account. Please visit https://mystudent.nyc/ to create an account and to update your emergency contact information.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit nyc.gov/coronavirus at any time for important updates. The health and safety of our students continues to be our chief
priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education 

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

To sign up for an NYC Schools Account (NYCSA):

1- Visit NYCSA homepage from any computer, phone, or tablet, and click “Create an Account.”

2- Enter their name and email address, create a password, and set up brief security questions to help retrieve the password in case they forget it.

Once a family has created a basic account, they must still verify their identity and relationship to a student in order to link that student to their account. After they link their students, they can see grades, test scores, attendance, transportation information, test scores, and more. However, having a basic account will allow families to begin receiving emergency notifications from the DOE.

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Updated Corona Virus Letter

February 26, 2020 

Dear Families,
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for school systems to consider.
At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low.

However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. The NYC Health Department is vigilantly preparing for all possible scenarios, and we will continue to monitor and communicate about any possible impact to our school communities.
There are no plans to close schools at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts.

All New Yorkers should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve 
• Wash your hands regularly 
• Avoid touching your face 
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late 
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history. 
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit nyc.gov/health at any time for important updates.
We will continue to clearly communicate with our school communities about our ongoing efforts regarding the coronavirus.

Sincerely, 

Oxiris Barbot, MD 
Commissioner 
New York City Department of 
Health and Mental Hygiene 

There’s Still Time! Apply Now for Exciting Spring Break STEM Enrichment Programs!

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There’s Still Time! High School Students Can Apply by 2/10 for Exciting Spring Break STEM Programs!
This spring break, STEM is taking over the city! Students in grades 9-12 can apply now to participate in exciting STEM enrichment programs offered this spring break at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and New-York Historical Society. Programs feature a computer science and historical inquiry program as well as high school internships. All participants receive a daily metro card.
Have fun, new experiences this spring break! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Monday, February 10.  Download our flyer, learn more, and apply now. For questions, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.

Tech Scholars at the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society is offering young women in high school who love technology and history the chance to gain hands-on JavaScript training. Scholars will gain skills in coding and historical inquiry, design and launch their own web-based projects, and meet professional mentors from a variety of industries. At the end of the week, scholars will have designed a custom app to present to their mentors and friends!
Internship Opportunities at the Genovesi Environmental Study Center
The Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in exciting internship opportunities. GESC offers a variety of internships including teacher and urban farmer assistants, and animal care providers. Interns will create and complete a culminating project at the end of the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation and contributions to GESC.

Dear Families:

Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China. A “novel coronavirus” is a strain that has not been previously found in humans. This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The City is monitoring the outbreak closely and working with our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is not authorizing school-sponsored travel to China. Local field trips will go on as planned.

Please be reassured that there is no need for alarm or to change daily routines in any way. The City is closely monitoring the situation, and all New Yorkers are advised to follow the same precautions they normally would in cold and flu season. Please see the recommendations below:

Students and staff with NO recent travel from China:
Everyone should go about their daily lives and not panic, but practice the same precautions you do during cold and flu season:
• If not already vaccinated — get your flu shot.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
• Wash your hands with soap and water often — use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Stay home if you have a fever or are feeling sick.

Some students may come to school wearing face masks. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks among healthy individuals. However, they are permitted. If the face mask becomes a distraction in the classroom or school community, school staff may ask students to remove them.

Students and school staff with recent travel from China:
The federal government has issued a requirement for up to 14 days of either mandatory quarantine or home isolation (depending on travel areas in China) for individuals who left China after 5pm EST February 2, 2020. This means that those individuals should NOT report to work or school for up to 14 days from the date that they departed China.

Students and staff who left China before 5pm EST February 2, 2020, and who have no symptoms of illness, may return to school immediately.

Anyone who has left China in the last two weeks and has a fever or a cough or shortness of breath should call their medical provider and report their symptoms and travel history. They should not come to school until they have been evaluated by a doctor and told they are no longer sick.

With the best public health system in the world, New York City stands ready to respond to any confirmed cases of the coronavirus. We urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant, and if you or anyone you know matches the criteria and have recently traveled to the affected areas of China, please see a medical professional.

To learn more, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus.

Sincerely,
Oxiris Barbot, MD
Commissioner
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Guidance on Coronavirus

Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in hundreds of people worldwide. A “novel coronavirus” is a strain that has not been previously found in humans. This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath.

There are currently zero diagnoses in New York City, and the risk to New Yorkers is low. The City is monitoring the outbreak closely and working with our agency partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Right now, everyone should go about their daily lives, but practice the same precautions you do during cold and flu season: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing; wash your hands with soap and water often; and stay home if you are feeling sick. If you were recently in China, and have a fever and either a cough or shortness-of-breath, call your healthcare provider.

Per the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) there is no need to cancel field trips.

For more information, visit the Health Department’s website.