9/21 - Potential COIVD CASE
9/21/2021 11:54 AM
Dear P.S. 008 Isaac Varian at 3010 BRIGGS 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.
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.
Family Letter September 20 2021
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: o 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.
New York City Schools Chancellor
Parent Association and SLT Elections
- Recording Secretary Treasurer
- Three (3) SLT Parent Positions
Meeting ID: 835 5681 6782
PS. 8 Fall 2021 School Reopening: UPDATE
Dear PS 8 Families,
We are excited to welcome all students back to full-time, in-person instruction! The first day of school for all students is Monday, September 13, 2021. As we prepare for homecoming, we will continue to prioritize health and safety and will share any new guidance and information about our re-opening plans on our school’s website www.ps8lions.com.
IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION, POLICIES & PROCEDURES
DAILY MORNING ROUTINE
All students re-entering PS 8 in September will need to comply with physical distancing guidelines and must maintain a distance of 3 feet, where possible while wearing a face covering when on school property. These new guidelines, which are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will significantly change how students move throughout the building during the day. Our school entry procedures will align with health and safety measures as outlined below:
DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR STUDENTS
Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families. These daily health checks are aimed to keep school communities healthy and safe. The online screening tool may be accessed here: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc
Upon entering the school facility, families/students will be asked to provide the results of their screening either by showing the email on their smartphone or a printout of the results. Families should support students as needed with this online screening questionnaire and should ensure students have proper documentation for morning entry.
THE SCHOOL DAY BEGINS AT 8:00AM.
EARLY DROP-OFF WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.
(Note: Pre-K and Kindergarten Families, please adhere to the staggered schedule shared with you regarding the first week of school routines.)
DISMISSAL TIMES/EXITS: Grades Pre-K to 2@ 2:10 p.m.
Students will be dismissed from Exit 4 at 2:10 PM
Students will be dismissed from the mini-school at 2:10 PM
Students will be dismissed from the cafeteria at 2:10 PM
Students will be dismissed from Exits 5/6 onto the school yard at 2:10 PM.
DISMISSAL TIMES/EXITS: Grades 3-5 @ 2:20 p.m.
Students will be dismissed from Exits 2/3 onto Briggs Avenue (nearest Mosholu Parkway)
Students will be dismissed onto school alley nearest Briggs Avenue
Students will be dismissed from Exit 7 onto Bainbridge Avenue
PreK & Kindergarten
10:17 AM – 11:07 AM
Grades 1 & 2
11:07 AM – 11:57 AM
Grades 3 & 4
11:57 AM – 12:47 PM
12:47 PM – 1:37 PM
SUPPLY LISTS: Grade specific supply lists have been posted on our website, www.ps8lions.com.
BEACON AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM: BEACON 8 will be returning to PS 8 and will offer afterschool activities for your child. Registration information is posted on our website, www.ps8lions.com
MONTEFIORE SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CLINIC: Montefiore Health Center information flyers and electronic clinic enrollment forms are available at www.ps8lions.com. Once completed you may email the forms to PS08@Montefiore.org or drop them off in person.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you!
DOE Homecoming 2021- Important Documents for The New School Year
Family Letter from Meisha Porter New York City Schools Chancellor
NYC DOE Family Update :What's Happening in NYC Public Schools
NYCDOE Health and Safety Guide for 2021-2022 School Year:
2021-2022 School Calendar :
Parent Consent Form for Student Testing:
2021- Arrival and Dismissal Schedule
2021 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. Sept 15- Oct 15
Virtual Tour/In-Person Open House of P.S. 8
Dear P.S. 8 Families,
We are happy to announce a virtual and in-person open house tour of P.S. 8. This tour will help you learn more about the return to in-person learning in September 2021. If you are interested in taking advantage of the in-person open house at P.S. 8, please fill in this Google Form-In-Person Open House Form
Those dates are Wednesday June 16th and Thursday June 24th. The timeframe is from 3:00- 3:30.
Please note anyone entering the building will have to complete the nYCDOE daily health screening and adhere to 6ft social distancing during the visit. NYCDOE Health Screener
Here is the virtual tour narrated by Ms. Sofia- P.S. 008 Virtual Tour
Parent engagement is an important component of establishing a strong school/home partnership aimed at improving student achievement. Since we currently do not have a PA at PS 8, we have arranged a meeting on Monday, September 27, 2021 to re-establish the Parents’ Association. At this meeting the District Office will be assisting with the process.We look forward to seeing you!P.S. 8 Isaac Varian
Health & Literacy Back to School Event
Join us and enjoy a day of music, health activities and raffles! Backpacks and school supplies will also be distributed while supplies last.
September 23rd. 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM.
Williamsbridge Oval Park Holt Place and, Reservoir Oval E. Bronx, NY 10467P.S. 8 Isaac Varian
Citywide Council on English Language Learners Annual, Calendar and Business Meeting September 14th
Citywide Council on English Language Learners
Annual, Calendar and Business Meeting
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 6:15 p.m.
Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street – 2nd fl. Conf. Rm
New York, N.Y 10007
All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities.
Additional Safety Guidelines – Social Distancing and Wearing of Masks
Link to health screening https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/?type=G
*Please register in advance (by noon September 14) at email@example.com, or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccell-annual-calendar-and-business-meeting-tickets-167114797859 if you plan to attend in person. Space is very limited.
Otherwise you can join via Zoom please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.P.S. 8 Isaac Varian
Character Pillar of the Month
September's Pillar of the month is Being a Good Friend (Caring for Others).
Visit the Library page to learn more about this month
and try some fun activities associated with the pillar.