Confirmed Case of COVID-19

11/22/21

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 7 Academy 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?

  • Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive 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 students who 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 students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, or by submitting the result to the school on paper or electronically.
  • 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 5 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 5 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


Petition for Buses

Dear Families of P.S.7Q Louis F. Simeone,

We are happy to share with you that we have completed the online busing petition in hope that this helps resolve the lack of buses at our school community and at other schools in the surrounding area that have also been affected. Please take the time to sign the online busing petition. Spread the word and share the link with others.  We thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

PTA Committee

Guadalupe Puryear, PTA President


Estimadas familias de P.S.7Q Louis F.Simeone, 

Nos complace compartir con ustedes que hemos completado la petición de transporte de autobus con la esperanza de que esto ayude a resolver la falta de autobuses en nuestra comunidad escolar y en otras escuelas en el área circundante que también se han visto afectadas. Por favor, tómese el tiempo para firmar la petición de transporte de autobús. Corra la voz y compartar el enlace con los demás. Le agradecemos su continuo apoyo.

Sinceramente,

Comité del PTA

Guadalupe Puryear, Presidente del PTA

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尊敬的各位P.S.7Q Louis F. Simeone家长,

我们很高兴与您分享这个消息,我们已经在网上完成了关于校车的请愿书, 希望以此可以帮助缓解我们学校以及我们校区其他也受影响的学校校车短缺的情况。 请您花一些时间来签署这份校车请愿书。请帮助我们一起来传播并分享这个链接。 感谢您一直以来的支持。

真诚地,

PTA 家长教师委员会

Guadalupe Puryear, PTA 主席


Potential COVID Case

11/19/2021 3:32 PM

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 next.

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 or have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID during the last 90 days).

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 until they can leave the school.

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 5 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 5 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


11/19/2021 3:38 PM

Dear P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeoneat 80-55 CORNISH 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 11/19/2021 3:37 PM 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 until they can leave the school building.

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 5 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 5 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

Thanksgiving Food Giveaway

Thanksgiving food bags will be distributed at the NY Hall of Science. There will be interactive activities for children and families.

  • Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • Time: 9am – 3pm
  • Where: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona NY 11368
  • Important: You must pick up a ticket for this event from La Jornada, 133-36 Roosevelt Avenue, Monday – Friday (9:00am – 5:00pm)

Click on a flyer below for more information:

COVID Vaccine Referral Bonus

Dear Families of P.S. 7 Louis F. Simeone,

The PTA is happy to inform you that we are participating in the New York City’s Vaccine Referral Bonus Initiative Program. You can support our school’s association by scheduling anyone from your family age 5 and up for their 1st covid vaccine dose at one of the participating sites. You can even share the news with other families and friends.

Our school’s association will receive a $100 incentive bonus for all that include us as their referral. In addition, individuals getting the vaccine will receive a $100 incentive for themselves. You can schedule 1st dose appointment with a participating site at the following website: nyc.gov/vax4nyc

It is very important to inform the clinician to use the sponsorship field once at the site for any walk-in. When scheduling your appointment make sure to answer YES to the following question, (Were you referred for your vaccination by an organization as part of the NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program?) Then select our organization so that we can receive the bonus by inserting: Parents Association of P.S.7Q 

We thank you for your continued support and hope this has a successful turn out. If you have any questions or need help scheduling 1st vaccine dose to support our school’s association, please come to the school and ask to speak to PTA president Mrs. Puryear or our Parent Coordinator Mrs. Melito. We would be happy to assist you.

To find participating locations you can search on: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. It must say $100 incentive available.

Here are a few participating locations in Queens: 

  • Elmhurst Hospital 79-01 Broadway
  • Queens Mall – Former Modell’s Location 58-56 92nd Street
  • Corona Health Center 34-33 junction Blvd
  • Long Island City 5-17 46th Road
  • Citi Field 36-02 126th St, Cars enter through gate 11
  • Free Synagogue of Flushing 41-60 Kissena Blvd
  • Korean Community Services 203-05 32nd Avenue
  • Queens Public Library at Ozone Park 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard
  • Beach 39th Street 39-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Sincerely,

PTA Committee

Guadalupe Puryear, PTA President

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Universal Mosaic Curriculum Community Engagement Town Halls

The DOE is developing the Universal Mosaic Curriculum program, a new comprehensive, culturally diverse English language arts (ELA) and math curriculum for all students in grades K–12, set to launch in fall 2023. In order to receive feedback from school communities, to guide the development of the new curriculum, the DOE is hosting four virtual town halls, with opening remarks from Chancellor Meisha Porter on all dates. The town halls will also provide opportunities for students to engage in small group dialogue, in order to center the student experience in the curriculum’s development.

The town halls will be hosted on the following dates:

  • November 9 from 6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m. (English, Spanish);
  • November 13 from 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. (English, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish); 
  • November 15 from 6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m. (English, Arabic, Bangla, French, Sign Language); and
  • November 16 from 6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m. (English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Urdu)

You can register through LearnDOE. Click on the flyer below for more information.

For questions, email mosaiccurriculum@schools.nyc.gov.

Thanksgiving Luncheon – November 25, 2021

Plated dishes of cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and a cooked turkey

You are invited to come celebrate Thanksgiving Day with the staff of PS. 7 and P.S. 13.

  • Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Time: 11:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Where: P.S. 13Q Cafeteria (94-19 56th Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373)
  • All adults must be vaccinated to enter the building and proof of vaccination must be shown upon entering.

Space is limited, please indicate your interest in attending our luncheon by completing the form below by November 12.

UPDATE: COVID Vaccine for Children

Mobile units for the Covid-19 vaccination will be parked outside the Main Building (at Exit 3) and at P.S. 7 Academy (at the corner of 51st Avenue and Jacobus Street) from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. today.


On Tuesday , November 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., PS 7 will be a pop up vaccination site for families to bring their children to receive the first dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. It will only be on this day.

Please read the letter below from the NYCDOE Office of School Health for more information. Parents/guardians must accompany their child to receive the vaccine. Please send your child to school at the regular time on Tuesday.

If you would like your child to receive the vaccine, please bring the signed consent form and arrive at the school between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parents/guardians are also encouraged to take their child home after receiving vaccine.

Nutrition Workshop – Saturdays at 9am

Cornell University Cooperative Extension offers FREE nutrition workshops via Zoom. The first workshop will start on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

You will:

  • Know what foods & amount to eat daily to be healthy
  • Learn to read food labels to choose healthier foods
  • Practice food safety to avoid food poisoning
  • Prepare a healthy snack with an easy recipe

There are 8 workshops, once a week for eight weeks. Those who attend 6 sessions will receive a certificate from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Please note that there is a limit of 15-20 attendees so it is first come, first serve, according to responses received by Ms. Melito. If you are interested in attending, please email Ms. Melito (TMelito@schools.nyc.gov) by November 9th. Include your name, child’s name, and phone number.

Parent Teacher Conferences – November 30th

Our Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. You will be able to view your child’s report card on this date through NYCSA. Please note that parent teacher conferences will be held remotely through Zoom.

  • Students will be dismissed at 11:30am.
  • Afternoon Sessions will be from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Evening Sessions will be from 5:00 – 7:30pm.
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