Chancellor's Letter of September 21 & Daily Health Screening Requirements
Attached is a letter from Chancellor Carranza welcoming everyone back to school.
It includes important information about Daily Health Screenings, and links for information about testing and transportation.
Here are some highlights from the letter:
Daily Health Screening Before Entering the Building
Blended Learning Students in Cohorts A, B, C and E will be expected to have performed a Health Screening, including a temperature check, every morning before entering the school building. All staff and teachers have to do it as well. Free thermometers will be available for students to take home.
Parents/Guardians/Students can use the DOE's online health screening app at https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
The app asks questions such as "Have you experienced any symptoms of Covid-19, including a fever of 100 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of tast or smell or shortness of breath within the last 10 days?" If the answer is yes, the person may not enter the building.
When the app is used, a confirmation pops up and can be printed at home, or the phone screen can be shown at the door of the school before a student enters.
If you are unable to use the app, paper copies of the form will be sent home and students can bring in the signed copy every day. If you or child forgets or is unable to pre-screen, someone at school will be available to assist your child in completing the form and checking your child's temperature.
Where to Get Tested for Covid-19
Students in 3K - 12th grade can get priority testing at 22 Health + Hospitals testing sites. To find a location near you, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
Beginning in early October, we will begin testing a random sampling of students and staff in school. More information and a link to a parent/guardian consent form will be shared soon.
What Transportation To and From School Will Look Like
Most students at WJPS will recieve a MetroCard for travel to and from school. When using public transportation, students will be expected to follow the same social distancing and face covering protocols as all New Yorkers.
School buses transporting students will belimited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. Seats will be clearly marked to help with social distancing. If a student does not have a face covering, the bus driver will provide one.
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