COVID-19 Precaution

9/24/2021 10:26 AM

Attention PS7 Academy Families

Dear P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeone at 76-05 51 AVENUE Community:

The health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID- 19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.

Today we are writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, that on 9/24/2021 10:21 AM a member of our school community was sent home with COVID-19 symptoms.

We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend school as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If, and only if, the individual tests positive, you will receive another update informing you and framing the next steps.

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our school community, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building can isolate. Our school has designated an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to the school until they have been isolated for 10 days and been fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication and their overall symptoms are improving.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

All New Yorkers age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports, or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

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 set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

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.

Sincerely,

Robert Aiello

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Attention P.S. 7 Academy families:

9/23/2021 3:31 PM

Dear P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeone at 76-05 51 AVENUE Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has 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 you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
  • T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.
  • Unvaccinated middle and high school students who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms after the seventh day. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class after the seventh day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
  • All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.
  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  4. 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.  

Sincerely,

Robert Aiello

Updated COVID-19 Policies

September 20, 2021 

Dear Families, 

It was so exciting to welcome students back in our classrooms last week, seeing the joy on their faces as they all could finally return to learn in-person with their teachers and classmates! This is a very special time, and we are doing everything possible to make sure everyone in our schools remains safe and healthy. 

I invite you to share the amazing experience of that first week of school with me through this video (vimeo.com/609642752/70f8506d67) capturing our homecoming experience across the city. 

In addition to the extensive health and safety measures summarized on our school year 2021-22 webpage (schools.nyc.gov/homecoming), we are making two important adjustments to COVID-19 protocols in our schools: 

  • Weekly testing. Starting Monday, September 27, the DOE will increase random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways: 
    • Fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc or 
    • Download the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and bring the completed form to your child’s school. 
  • Updated quarantine policy. Also starting Monday, September 27, in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will no longer close an entire classroom when there is a positive case in the classroom. Unvaccinated students who are masked and at least three feet distanced from a student who tests positive are not considered close contacts under CDC guidelines and will not have to quarantine. This new policy applies to all students in any grade. 

Vaccination is the most important step that we can take to protect our families and our communities against COVID-19. To protect your children and school communities, we have mandated that all DOE school staff be vaccinated against COVID-19—by September 27, all employees will have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule a vaccination appointment for yourself or your eligible student aged 12 and older, please visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov

We will continue to share everything we are doing to keep your children safe. Our school year back together again is already off to a fantastic start, and I look forward to seeing your students thrive and grow this year as they learn alongside their peers. 

In partnership, 

Meisha Porter 

New York City Schools Chancellor 

Student Transportation for PS7 Academy Students

Dear Families,


We have received information from The Office of Pupil Transportation. In order to receive transportation, students will need to apply for a hazard exception.

Staff members will be available from 7:30-10:00 AM at The P.S. 7 Academy schoolyard to assist families with completing the form on the following dates:

  • Wednesday September 22nd
  • Thursday September 23rd 
  • Friday September 24th  


In addition, links to the forms are below.  Please submit the completed forms to:   

BusingExceptions@schools.nyc.gov

Please let us know when you have submitted a form. Links to Hazard Exception Forms


Bussing will also be discussed at our 6PM Weekly Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 23rd. 

Potential COVID Case

9/21/2021 8:42 AM

Dear P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeone at 80-55 CORNISH AVENUE Community:

I hope you are staying healthy and safe. Today I am writing to inform you of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community, and to let you know what will happen now.

Next steps

We are working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closure, and students should continue to attend as regularly scheduled unless they are feeling ill. If a positive test result is confirmed, you will receive another update.

What if the case is confirmed?

In partnership with NYC Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test + Trace Corps, we will take all appropriate action, including:

● Ensuring that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 quarantines until they are no longer infectious, and it is safe for them to return to the school building.

● Work to trace close contacts in our school.

● Instruct close contacts to quarantine for 10 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive (unless they are fully vaccinated).

Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that anyone who feels sick in the school building isolates. Our school has an isolation room where a student with symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be safely isolated and evaluated by a healthcare professional until they are picked up by a guardian.

It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. Please continue to stay home if sick, stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household, wear a face covering, and practice healthy hand hygiene.

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.

Sincerely,

Robert Aiello
Principal

To view translations of this letter, please click on one of the links below.

Supply Lists

Below you will find a list of supplies that your child will need for school.  Please label all supplies with your child’s first and last name, and class number/grade. 

As we continue to plan for how in-person school will look like for all of our students, please keep in mind that further guidance/updates regarding supplies might be given at a later time. 

Thank you so much for your understanding and patience. 

Fourth and Fifth Grade Supply List 2021-2022

4th & 5th Grades Supply List Printable PDF

  • Large back pack
  • N95 face mask OR other face covering
  • Ruler
  • 1 pack of black or blue pens
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 pack of colored markers
  • 1 black Sharpie marker
  • 6 plain composition notebooks (no spirals, please)
  • 1 pack of sharpened #2 pencils (NO mechanical pencils, please)
  • 3 packs of post-it notes
  • 1 zipper pencil case (no boxes, please)
  • 1 pair of safety scissors- round tip
  • 6 two-pocket folders
  • 1 pair of earbuds
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 1 spiral sketch book
  • 1 small, covered pencil sharpener
  • 3 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • OPTIONAL: 1 pack of sanitizing wipes/ baby wipes
  • OPTIONAL: 1 bottle of hand sanitizer

Fourth and Fifth Grade Dual Language Supply List 2021-2022

4th & 5th Grades Dual Language Supply List Printable PDF

  • Large back pack
  • N95 face mask OR other face covering
  • Ruler
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 pack of colored markers
  • 1 black Sharpie marker
  • 6 plain composition notebooks (no spirals, please)
  • 3 packs of sharpened #2 pencils
  • 3 packs of post-it notes
  • 1 zipper pencil case (no boxes, please)
  • 1 pair of safety scissors- round tip
  • 8 two-pocket folders (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 purple, 1 white, 1 black, 1 orange)
  • 1 pair of earbuds
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 1 spiral sketch book
  • 1 small, covered pencil sharpener
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • OPTIONAL: 1 pack of sanitizing wipes/ baby wipes
  • OPTIONAL: 1 bottle of hand sanitizer

First Day of School Schedule

The first day of school will be Monday, September 13th. We will have a staggered arrival schedule to welcome our students back.

First Day Arrival Times for Grades PK – 3 (September 13th, 2021)

Students in grades PK to 3 should report to the Main Building (80-55 Cornish Avenue)

GradeFirst Day of School Arrival Times
3rd Grade8:00 AM
2nd Grade8:00 AM
1st Grade9:00 AM
Kindergarten9:00 AM
Pre-K (shorter days on 9/13 & 9/14)Sept. 13: 10:30 – 12:30 PM
Sept. 14: 10:30 – 1:30 PM

First Day Arrival Times for Grades 4 -5 (September 13th, 2021)

Students in grades 4 and 5 should report to the Academy (76-05 51st Avenue)

GradeFirst Day of School Arrival Times
5th Grade7:50 AM
4th Grade8:50 AM

P.S. 7 Main Building Regular School Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:20 PM
  • Doors open at 7:40 AM

Dismissal is staggered to maintain social distancing:

  • Pre-K Dismissal: 2:10 PM
  • K & 1 Dismissal: 2:15 PM
  • 2 & 3 Dismissal: 2:20 PM

P.S. 7 Academy Regular School Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 7:50 AM – 2:10 PM
  • Doors open at 7:30 AM
  • Dismissal is at 2:10 PM

DOE Update for Families

From the DOE’s Messages for Families website:

Week of August 30, 2021

Back-to-School Family Forums

You’re invited to attend virtual Back-to-School Family Forums to learn about our preparations for the first day of the 2021–2022 school year! In the forums, you will hear directly from Chancellor Meisha Porter and a public health expert from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition, executive superintendents will review the DOE’s protocols for a safe re-opening, followed by a live Q&A.

You can sign up for the forums at learndoe.org/face(Open external link) and you’re welcome to attend any of the events. If you missed a session, feel free to attend another of your choice or watch a forum later at learndoe.org/face/recording(Open external link). Interpretation will be provided in the top languages spoken in each borough. American Sign Language (ASL) will be available at all sessions.

  • September 1: Brooklyn, 6:00–7:30 p.m. (Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic)
  • September 1: Queens, 8:00–9:30 p.m. (Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali)
  • September 2: Bronx, 6:00–7:30 p.m. (Spanish, French, Arabic)
  • September 2: Staten Island, 8:00–9:30 p.m. (Spanish, Mandarin, Russian)
  • September 9: Manhattan, 8:00–9:30 p.m. (Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese)

Updated Health and Safety Guidance

As you prepare for the first day of school, we hope your first stop will be the DOE’s website for school year 2021–22: schools.nyc.gov/homecoming. There you will find the most up-to-date information on how we’re working to keep students and staff healthy and safe this school year.

In addition, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Porter have released the DOE Homecoming 2021 Health and Safety Guide. The guide includes updates about vaccination, health screenings, quarantine protocols, and other important information. It is available in multiple languages on the School Year 2021-22 page on our website.

Attendance and Grading

Attendance

Regular school attendance is crucial to learning successfully. Here are attendance policies for the 2021-22 school year:

In-person: To be marked “present,” your child must be physically present in the classroom or school learning environment for at least one instructional period during the school day.

Remote: When students must be remote (for example, when they are quarantining or their school buildings are closed in whole or in part), they must be virtually present for synchronous or asynchronous instruction during the scheduled program day.

Grading

Grades provide you and your student important feedback about how they are progressing in their learning. Here is what you need to know about grading for 2021–22:

  • Schools will continue to select their own grading scales—as they did prior to the pandemic and again beginning last school year. Grading options include the 1–4 scale, alphabetic scale (A –F), and the 100-point scale. “Course in progress” (NX) is available to individual students in exceptional circumstances.
  • Middle and high school parents will continue the policy adopted last year to choose to replace any passing final grade with a grade of “CR” or “P,” indicating earning course credit or passing. 
  • Schools will not factor attendance into grades at all, continuing the policy adopted last school year. Your student’s grade will be based primarily on their academic progress.

Transportation

School buses transporting students will follow guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State. Buses will take the following steps:

  • Where practical and weather permitting, windows will remain open and the air system on the bus will run in the non-recirculating mode during transit; please dress your child appropriately.
  • Everyone in a school bus must wear face coverings (masks) at all times regardless of vaccination status, unless they have an approved medical exemption from the mask requirements
  • Students should maintain physical distance when possible.

Update Your Contact Information

Stay up to date on important announcements from the DOE, including school closures and events happening in your district or citywide! With a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) account, you can update your contact information, fill out important school forms online, see your child’s grades, schedules, test scores, assigned transportation, attendance and more. You can sign up for an account today with just your name and contact information! To connect an account to your child’s school records, please contact your school to confirm your information.

Vaccination Reminder

Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers ages 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a child who is at least 12 years old and not yet fully vaccinated, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the DOE strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov(Open external link). For the latest DOE vaccination information, visit the COVID-19 on our website.

Final Day of Community Meals Service

The last day of community meal service at NYC schools will be Friday, September 10. Starting Monday, September 13, please visit your local food pantry, soup kitchen, green market, or call 311 to assist in finding a location near you. Additional information can be found at nyc.gov/getfood(Open external link).

Please note that the NYC Department of Education continues to offer free breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals to all NYC public school students during the school year. We look forward to welcoming our students back and serving them a fresh and nutritious meal.

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