District 24 Virtual Town Hall – Meet the Superintendent Candidates

Attention All Community Members!

The District 24 Community Education Council Presents:

A Virtual Town Hall Event to meet your district superintendent candidates!

Tuesday, May 24

7:15 p.m.

Do not miss this excellent opportunity to provide feedback, which can be used by parent leaders to support the superintendent hiring process!

Registration Link

You can also participate by calling in on any phone using conference lines below:

English Conference Line: Dial 1 929 205 6099 (Local NYC) and enter Webinar ID: 813 0128 4526 Mandarin Conference Line: Dial 833-548-0282 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 685 187 0290 ## Spanish Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 962-530-4959 ##

Rise in COVID Cases

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued the following letter:

May 17, 2022 Dear Families,

Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New York City, the city is now at a COVID-19 high (orange) alert level. This means there is significant spread of COVID-19 in the city.

We urge you to take the following proven precautions to protect your family and our communities:

  • Wear a mask. We recommend that everyone age 2 and older wear a well-fitting mask in all public indoor settings, including at school and early childhood education (ECE) programs, even if not required. Encourage your child to wear a mask while at school or ECE program and when gathering with friends. Your child’s school has masks available.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted. Everyone age 5 and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19, including getting a booster shot when eligible. Vaccines have saved countless lives and are our best defense against the virus. Find a vaccination site at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can get vaccinated for free, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
  • Stay home when sick. Everyone should stay home if they are sick or test positive for COVID-19 and follow all guidance, including wearing a well-fitting face mask for 10 days.
  • Get tested. Everyone should get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms, were recently with someone who has COVID-19, recently traveled or were at a large event. Schools are giving each child four at-home tests per week and testing is available throughout the city. To find a testing site, visit nyc.gov/covidtest. Testing is free at many sites.
  • Consider other precautions, such as avoiding crowds, limiting gatherings to a small number of people, increasing ventilation, and wearing a higher quality mask. This is especially important for people who are at increased risk due to age, underlying medical condition, or because they are unvaccinated. If you or your child tests positive for COVID-19, call your health care provider or 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to ask about treatment options for people age 12 and older. To learn more, including about who is eligible, visit nyc.gov/health/covidtreatments. If your child tests positive, please inform their school or ECE program. Children who test positive or are home with symptoms can receive free online learning and office hours while out sick. If we all do our part, we can beat this COVID-19 wave and enjoy a safe and healthy spring and summer.


Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

David C. Banks
NYC Department of Education

Notification of COVID Case

5/17/2022 9:03 AM

Dear P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeone at 80-55 CORNISH AVENUE community,

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?

  • In K-12 classrooms, students and staff who shared classroom space with the individual who tested positive will receive at-home tests with guidance and directions. All may continue to attend school as long as they test negative for COVID and have no COVID like symptoms.
  • The Situation Room will monitor our school for any further interventions.
  • 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 and disinfected.
  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.
  • If your child is at least 2 years old in a Pre-K, 3-K or LYFE program, they must quarantine for at least 5 days since their last exposure. To return to school on Day 6, your child must be asymptomatic, and have a negative lab-based test taken on Day 5, or 2 negative home tests, taken on Day 4 and Day 5 respectively. Your school will send your child home with a COVID Test kit so they can test to return from quarantine on Day 6. Children that do not get tested can return after quarantining for 10 days. Children who return on Day 6 must wear a well-fitting mask until Day 10. As a reminder, regardless of age, students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine when they are exposed to COVID-19, unless they have symptoms.
  • If your child is under 2 years old in a LYFE classroom, they must quarantine for at least 8 days since their last exposure. In order to test to return to school on Day 8, your child must be asymptomatic, and have a negative lab-based test taken on Day 5. Children that do not get tested can return after quarantining for 10 days. Note: home test kits are not considered valid for children under 2 years old, unless administered by a health care provider.
  • Students that have had, and recovered from, COVID within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine.

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.

Vaccine booster shots are now available for all fully vaccinated people 12 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series. A booster shot is recommended for any adult who received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago, the second dose of the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

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 if you are symptomatic or exposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Children ages 2 through 4 should continue to be masked indoors at all times.
  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. 


Robert Aiello

Virtual Town Hall Event with Chancellor Banks

Attention Parents! The District 24 Community Education Council Presents: A Virtual Town Hall Event with Chancellor David C. Banks

  • Tuesday, May 10th
  • 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Registration link

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity. Issues and concerns will be addressed.

English Conference Line: Dial 929 205 6099 (Local NYC) and enter Webinar ID: 835 9700 6395 Spanish Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 735-255-0102 ## Mandarin Conference Line: Dial 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 565-808-2412 ## Bangla Conference Line: Dial 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter PIN 933-059-6663 ##

Polish Conference Line: Dial 347-966-4114 and enter Phone Conference ID 369-748-390 #