Family Guide for Attendance, Quarantine and Holiday Travel

Attendance

How can I check my child's attendance?

Parents can see the dates that their child has been absent by visiting the Attendance section of their NYC Schools Account at www.mystudent.nyc.  

Will absences affect my child's grades this year?

We are required to take daily attendance in the hybrid and remote cohorts, but your child’s attendance will not play a role in grading this year.

Will absences be excused if my child is ill?

As always, absences can be coded as excused if a note from a medical provider is given to the school.  The note must specify the dates of the illness.

Absences due to COVID-19, or a COVID-like illness (CLI), will be assigned a special code in the system.  Please see the section below on  “Communication regarding a COVID-like illness”.

How has COVID-19 affected school grading policies?

Kindergarten students will receive “progress reports” for the first marking period, and will transition to the 1-4 system for the 2nd and 3rd marking periods.  1st grade – 5th grade will use the N, NL, 3-4 scale for the entire school year.

At the end of the year, families will be given the opportunity to decide whether they would like final grades to be in the 1-4 number format, or if they would prefer that their child receive grades of “MT”(meets target).  More information about this will be sent out to families in the spring.

Learning while in Quarantine

If my child is required to quarantine due to exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, can he/she remain in their hybrid cohort or be switched temporarily to an all-remote cohort?

If your child’s cohort is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, the entire cohort and teacher would transition to an all-remote learning schedule.  Your child would remain in his/her hybrid cohort for the duration of the quarantine.

If individual students have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 at school and have to quarantine, and the exposure was not to the entire cohort, your child’s classroom teacher will prepare work for quarantining students.  Classroom teachers will have scheduled times to meet with their students during their quarantine.

Keep in mind that families always have the option to transition to all-remote learning by submitting the contacting their child's grade supervisor via email.  The sooner we have your preference the better!

When can my child return from quarantine?

The 14-day quarantine “clock” will begin on the day you are notified of a possible exposure to a confirmed case at school, or on the date your child receives a positive test result.  In coordination with the DOE Situation Room, the school will be in contact with you to confirm your child’s re-entry date.

 

Extended Absence due to travel out of NY State

During an extended absence, hybrid students will have access to their teacher’s slides for students on remote days.  In order for hybrid students to receive access to the fully remote program’s content and schedule, parents would need to opt into a fully remote cohort.

Fully remote students may participate in online learning during travel.  Please keep in mind that travel to other time zones may make participation in live lessons difficult.  Students who do not check in with their teacher on any given day will be marked absent.

Return to in-person learning after travel out of NY State

As of 11/4/20, Travelers must quarantine for 14 days from the last day in a non-border state or another country, unless the traveler meets certain criteria. Border states are NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 or level 3 country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
       
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
     
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
    • Exempt from this (no quarantine or testing needed) are NJ, CT, VT, MA, and PA as they are contiguous to NY State

These are the current NYS regulations, but families are asked to check the NY.gov website https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for updates.

Quarantine related to family travel (non emergency)

Teachers will provide work to students who are quarantining due to return from out of state travel.  Students will also have access to their hybrid remote day with regularly scheduled work.

In instances of travel due to family crisis or emergency, please reach out to the school for additional support.

Important: Communication regarding a COVID-like illness at home

Any and all communication regarding illness is appreciated.  If your child or family has Covid-like symptoms, please contact the teacher, Parent Coordinator Madeline Seide at MSeide@ps10.org and School Nurse Sylvia Morris at SMorris@ps10.org.

 

Recommendations for Traveling Pre-K and Kindergarten Families who are not eligible for Random Testing

Dear Families, 

We understand these past few weeks have been challenging. We appreciate your constant support and dedication during our remote sessions while we work from home. The children (and all of you) have been doing an amazing job during our Zoom sessions. Thank you, thank you!

We are writing to encourage all families, including children, to get tested for Coronavirus before returning to school next week. Testing is one way we can continue to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Especially with the upcoming holidays, staying safe around our family members and your families, is of the utmost importance to our staff.

As we all know, people with Coronavirus don't always exhibit symptoms. Frequent testing is one of the best tools we have to curtail the spread. Our staff will continue getting (voluntary) COVID tests.  Although the Department of Education is not requiring Pre-K or K students to be randomly tested for Coronavirus, it is strongly advised that you and your family members also get tested regularly in order to help keep our classrooms and school community safe. Click here for a listing of some sites where COVID testing is available at no cost for all New Yorkers: Additional sites are provided here: https://www.ps10.org/covid_testing_sites

Below are two testing sites a short distance from our school that many parents and students have reported are easy and use the shallow swab (that does not hurt)! They do not offer rapid tests so there is usually no line:

  • Brooklyn Army Terminal – 140 58th Street - open 7 Days 9am-7pm
  • Red Hook Rec Center – 155 Bay Street - open 7 Days 9am-7pm

If you traveled during the past 14 days (including for Thanksgiving), or plan to in the future, please read the information below regarding safety protocols:

The following guidance is current as of November 4, 2020. Travel guidance has been issued by New York State and may be subject to change. Read the latest travel guidance at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

All travelers to New York State from any state other than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, or country with a CDC level 2 or higher are required to fill out the New York State Traveler Health Form upon arrival.

If you were out of New York State for less than 24 hours, you do not need to quarantine, but you must fill out the Traveler Health Form AND take a COVID-19 diagnostic test four days after your arrival.

If you were out of New York State for more than 24 hours, you must fill out the Traveler Health Form AND quarantine for 14 days. You may be permitted to exit quarantine early if you:

  • Take a COVID-19 test within three days prior to your arrival to New York, AND quarantine for three days following your arrival, AND take another COVID-19 test on the fourth day following your arrival. If both tests are negative, you can end quarantine.
  • While quarantining, you must remain indoors and only go outside for critical needs like medical care, including getting tested for COVID-19.

Essential workers are not required to quarantine, but must seek COVID-19 diagnostic testing on the fourth day following their arrival in New York State. Teachers, school employees and child care workers must quarantine for three days following their arrival, and get tested for COVID-19 on the fourth day.

COVID-19 testing is available at no cost to you, and is confidential and safe. To find a location near you, visit https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/test-and-trace/testing/ or call 212-COVID19.

Please feel free to reach out to any grade assigned administrators at PS10 or K280 if you need assistance of any kind or further information.

Pre K - Robert Grant - RGrant@ps10.org

Grade K/1 - Barrett Braithwaite - BBraithwaite@ps10.org

Grade 2/3 - Gary Wong - GWong@ps10.org

Grade 4/5 - Gary Nusser - GNusser@ps10.org

General School Community - Laura Scott - Lscott3@schools.nyc.gov

Best,

PS10 and K-280 Staff and Administration