Principal Newsletter 12.17.21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Next Week Reminders

 

Monday, December 20th….Regular Day of School

Tuesday, December 21st….Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Christmas Raffle at 1pm and Christmas Concert at 6:30pm (Zoom)

Wednesday, December 22nd…12:30pm dismissal, last day of school before Christmas break, no extended care, students may dress down in regular clothes

 

Return to School After Isolation, Quarantine or Calling Out Sick

For Reference:

  • A person who has completed quarantine does not need a doctor’s note to return to school as long as they show no symptoms of COVID-19 and did not test positive.
  • A person who has completed isolation does need a doctor’s note stating they can safely return to in person instruction. The NYC DOH does not recommend a negative COVID-19 test after isolation as an individual can continue to test positive for many weeks or months after infection even though they are no longer contagious
  • A person, faculty, staff, or student, who has called out sick with COVID-19 symptoms is required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in addition to a doctor’s note indicating they can safely return to in person instruction.
  • A person, faculty, staff, or student, who has called out sick is required to submit a doctor’s note indicating they can safely return to in person instruction.
  • Contacts of someone in quarantine do not need to stay home unless the quarantined person develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 (becomes a case).

Core Four Reminders

 

You can help keep your school community safe and healthy by following these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission: 

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your health and stay home if you 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.

Revised International and Domestic Travel Advisory Guidelines

 

Please Note the CDC Update:  Starting December 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

 

Out of precaution at this time the Elementary schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will require all Faculty, Staff and Students to follow the CDC Travel guidelines for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals for

 

International Travel

 

This will apply to ALL International Travel.

International Travel: Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 1 day before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

 

International Travel: Non-Vaccinated Individuals:

 

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 1 day  before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

 

Domestic Travel:

Quarantine is not required following Domestic Travel. All Domestic travelers should adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and contact your Healthcare provider if your child develops symptoms.
  • Keep your child home if they are sick and experience any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, new cough, new loss of taste or smell, and new shortness of breath, even if the symptoms are mild.
  • Mild symptoms such as a runny nose or backache have been mistaken for other illnesses and have turned out to be COVID-19.
  • Call the school to report any illness or positive test results for COVID-19.

 

Please Note: These guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve and information is shared by city and state agencies. Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn reserve the right to implement COVID safety and health guidelines above the required city and state requirements.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ms. McCann, Principal