COVID-19

Important School Reopening Update | February 2021

Please see letter which discusses the school building reopening schedule and required consent for mandatory in-school testing for BLENDED students ONLY. 

When MS217Q reopens, weekly COVID testing will occur in the school building. All families of blended students will need to provide consent to be tested prior to the first day of in-person learning. Please note - you may have already provided consent at the beginning of the school year, however, you will need to provide consent again for weekly testing.  Please consent before January 25, 2020. 

Translations of the family letter will be available as soon as possible at schools.nyc.gov/messagesforfamilies. Note that students must submit consent by the first day of in-person attendance in order to attend.

Families can submit consent using their New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) online. If you need assistance or have any questions about providing consent please reach out to our parent coordinator, Ms. Vega at yvega7@schools.nyc.gov

Important Safety Information 2020-21

Dear MS 217 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, of a potential case of COVID-19 in our school community. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results. At this time there are no plans for classroom or school closures.
If the case is confirmed, we will work with NYC Health and the NYC Test + Trace Corps to quickly take all appropriate action, including tracing close contacts. Any close contacts will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been cleaned and disinfected.
Please be reassured 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. Our school has designated 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.If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to the school until they have isolated for 10 days and been fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication and have other symptoms 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.

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.

Important Forms

Completing the NYCDOE Health Screening

COVID Consent Form Instructions

  1. Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) 
    • If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.
    • If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. 
      • If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent
  2. Print and sign the form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages, under Consent Forms below.

Safety Reminders

  1. All students in Group Orange and Green must complete the NYCDOE Health Screener every morning before coming to school on their scheduled date. The NYCDOE Health Screener is an online 4 question survey families will complete with their child each morning before their child goes to school. The NYCDOE Health Screener can be found online here: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/ The screener may be translated in to the family’s language of choice. A link to the screener is also available on our website in the STUDENT section. Please bookmark the page because your child will be accessing it every morning they are scheduled to come to the school building.

    • If a child answers “YES” to any of the four questions listed on the screener the child cannot come to school that day. This is very important in keeping us all safe.

    • Each morning at student entrance all students scheduled for in-person learning are expected to display on their phone to an MS 217 staff member the image or a printed hard copy that they have completed the NYCDOE Health Screener prior to coming to school that day. The screener must be completed every time the student is scheduled to go to the school building.

    • If the student forgets to complete the screener or is unable to display the completed health screener on their phone or a hard copy, please do not worry. A staff member will ask your child the same four questions found on the NYCDOE Health Screener and will then take the child’s temperature.

      • If the child answers YES to any of the four questions on the NYCDOE Health Screener or if the child has a temperature at or above 100 degrees the child will be escorted to our health room.

      • The child will be evaluated by our school nurse. If it is determined the child is displaying COVID19 symptoms, or if the child has answered YES to any of the four questions on the NYCDOE Health Screener the child’s family may be called and may be required to pick the child up.

      • Families are reminded to please be sure they are sending someone that is listed on the student’s Blue Emergency Card to pick the child up. We will not release the child to someone if they are not listed on the Blue Emergency Card.

  2. Students must properly wear a mask once they enter our school grounds. Students may remove their mask briefly when they eat breakfast and lunch. Students may wear a mask from home. Students will be provided a mask by our school if they do not have one.

  3. Students may wear medical gloves but are not required to do so.

  4. All students must demonstrate social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart at all times. Student socialization that does not comply with our social distancing expectations will not be permitted.

  5. Students may enter our school building only through their identified door for which they are programmed to enter. All students have received documentation in the mail and emails to their school Gmail account informing them of their assigned entrance door. At the end of the school day students will be escorted by their teacher out of the same door they accessed to enter the school building.

  6. Students must use the proper one-way staircase when ascending and descending the staircase

  7. Students must social distance when on the staircase.

  8. Students must follow the one way directional when in the hall ways.

  9. Students must consistently sanitize their hands using our hand sanitizing stations in classrooms

  10. Students that arrive after entrance doors have closed at 8:30AM must use the Late Entrance Door accessed through our school yard. Students that arrive after 9AM must use the Main Entrance doors of our school.