COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Aged 12 and Up (from NYC Dept of Health)-May 28, 2021
May 24, 2021
All of us at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) hope you are safe and well. More than eight million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New York City, marking a major step forward in ending this public health emergency.
I am writing to share the good news that all New Yorkers age 12 and older can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, I strongly encourage you to get them vaccinated as soon as possible. To find a site near you visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692). Many sites do not require an appointment.
Please consider vaccination for yourself and other household members age 12 and older, if not vaccinated already. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, but if you or your child has any concerns around getting vaccinated, talk with your child’s health care provider. Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19. While we encourage everyone age 12 and older to get vaccinated, vaccination is especially important for those with an underlying health condition (such as asthma, obesity or diabetes) that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness. The same is true for people who live with someone age 65 or older or with an underlying health condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Vaccination is and provided regardless of immigration status.
In the U.S., the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children ages 12 to 17. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be very safe and effective at protecting people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death.
A few things to know about the Pfizer vaccine:
• Type of vaccine: mRNA (see How the mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Work).
• Number of shots: Two shots, 21 days apart.
• How it is administered: A shot in the upper arm muscle.
• Ingredients: Does not contain eggs, animal products, preservatives, latex, or the virus that causes COVID-19.
• Side effects: Usually mild to moderate and may include soreness or swelling on the arm where you got the shot, headache, body aches, tiredness and fever. Side effects are more common after the second shot and less common in older adults. Side effects usually last about one to two days after they begin.
• Your child cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
For more information about the Pfizer vaccine, see the FDA factsheet.
Where can my child get vaccinated?
Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder to find a site that offers the Pfizer vaccine (you can search by vaccine brand). You can also check with your child’s provider to see if they or their affiliated hospital are offering the Pfizer vaccine. Sites that offer the Pfizer vaccine include:
• Some NYC-run vaccination sites (available with and without appointments); see here for a list of sites
• Hospitals and hospital clinics, including NYC Health + Hospitals acute care hospitals
• Certain Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and community health centers
• Pharmacies, including select CVS and Walgreens/Duane Reade locations
• Some New York State vaccination sites (available by appointment or walk-in services), including Javits Center and Bronx - Bay Eden Senior Center
How should we prepare for an appointment?
If your child is nervous about getting vaccinated, here are a few things you can ask them to
do for an easier vaccine visit:
o Listen to music.
o Concentrate on something else in the room.
o Think about something that makes you happy.
o Take slow and deep breaths.
o Try to relax the arm as this will make the injection less painful.
• What to expect at the appointment:
o Your child will be checked in.
o Your child will see the vaccinator and be asked basic health questions.
o Your child will get vaccinated.
o Your child will be given a proof of vaccination card (keep this card in a safe place and
bring it to the second dose appointment; do not share a picture of the card on social media).
o Your child will be observed for 15 to 30 minutes to make sure they feel okay after the vaccine.
o Your child will make a second dose appointment before they leave the site.
1. Everyone must complete the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form prior to getting vaccinated. Also, if your child has an appointment, they should bring their appointment confirmation (they can show the email or printout the confirmation).
2. For minors under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must consent to vaccination. Consent can be given in person or by phone at the time of the . Some sites will also accept written consent.
3. Children 12 to 15 years of age must be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent/guardian or an adult caregiver designated by the parent/guardian.
4. Everyone over the age of 2 entering the vaccination site must wear a face covering. You and your child will not be allowed in without one.
5. While you may be asked about health insurance, insurance is not required. Your insurer may be billed by the vaccinating provider, but you will not be charged a copay or other fee.
6. You do not need to share your immigration status or a Social Security number.
7. Children with disabilities may be eligible for free transportation to and from vaccination sites.
8. Make sure your child gets their second dose by making an appointment 21 days after their first dose (or as soon as possible after that).
If you have any questions about vaccination, we encourage you to speak with your child’s primary care provider so you and your child can feel confident about your choice. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefacts. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine.
Daniel H. Stephens, MD
Deputy Commissioner, Division of Family and Child Health
NYC Department of Health and Mental HygienePS/IS 102Q
Family Letter from Chancellor Porter (May 24, 2021)
May 24, 2021
First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought to us over the past year.
As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support.
As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our reopening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall.
All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall.
As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year, including the following:
Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings
Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home
Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home
Every school building will continue to have a nurse
Every classroom will have working ventilation systems
On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health guidance
The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases
We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to support our students. Here are some ways that we are supporting with the transition now, and we encourage you and your children to participate:
Chancellor’s Borough-Wide Family Forums: I am hosting borough-wide family town halls to hear more from you about this fall, and how we can use our resources to ensure a positive homecoming for your children and provide an enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning. To learn more and register, please visit us here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/familyempowerment/chancellor-porter-s-family-forums
School Open Houses: Starting in June and throughout the summer, every school will host open houses for families to visit, take a tour, and learn about the health and safety precautions in place that have kept our schools safe over the last year. Your child’s school will be in touch with you about when these will be scheduled, and we encourage you to participate to learn more.
Summer Rising: In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, we are so excited to provide an enriching, fun and joyful summer camp experience for any interested student. We encourage your child to join us - to be welcomed back into their school communities, re-connect with teachers and staff, and get ready for fall while having fun! Families can sign up here: https://discoverdycd.dycdconnect.nyc/home
Thank you for your partnership, your engagement, and your dedication to your children’s education over the last year. I am in awe of how our communities came together to lift each other up to ensure our children had the best experience possible despite enormous challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with you, learning from you, and leveraging all we‘ve done together over the last year to create a new normal starting in September - one that is warm and welcoming, affirming and enriching, and exciting and challenging - for each one of your children.
New York City Schools ChancellorPS/IS 102Q
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to Families
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide reduced cost broadband internet service for eligible New York City households during the COVID-19 pandemic. All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.
Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:
- Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or
- One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available.
Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.PS/IS 102Q
PA ElectionsPS/IS 102Q
NYS Math Exam Update
April 28, 2021
Dear PS/IS 102 Families,
We will administer the Math State Exam on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A reminder that ONLY students who opted in will be tested on this day. The ELA and Math State exams are not mandatory this year. There will be no negative impact on your children if they do not take the exam. It will be a regular instructional day for all other students and regular in person classes will resume after the test is administered.
Please note the following guidelines so that testing goes as smoothly as possible:
· Only part 1 (Multiple Choice) will be administered to the students
· The test will only be given in person. There is no remote option for this exam
· ALL students must be in school at 8:30am
· Please line up outside of the main entrance and we will begin checking surveys and temperatures at 8:25am.
· The daily health screening must be filled out before entering the building. Please use this link to do so. Students will not be admitted without the screening. https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
· Although not timed, the test should take approximately 70-80 minutes.
· ALL REMOTE STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP BETWEEN 10:15am-10:30am. This includes students in Grades 6-8.
· Pick up will be in the courtyard outside of the main entrance.
If you change your mind and your child is not taking the exam, please let us know via email.
Family Update from NYC DOE (April 8, 2021)
DOE Family Update
April 8, 2021
• All families: Last day to opt-in to in-person learning extended to Friday, April 9
• Families applying to Gifted & Talented kindergarten programs: Application deadline is Friday, April 9
• Families applying to pre-K: Application deadline extended to Monday, April 19
• Families with children in grades 3–8: New York State Exam update
Spring Opt-in Deadline Extended to Friday, April 9
If your child is currently learning remotely every day, they have one final opportunity to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week. The deadline to submit your request to transition to blended learning for the rest of this school year has been extended to Friday, April 9. How to opt-in to blended learning:
• Online: visit the Learning Preference Survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.
• By phone: Call 311 to submit your learning preference change.
G&T Kindergarten Application Deadline is Friday, April 9
The application for kindergarten Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 9. Interested families with children born in 2016 can apply one of three ways:
• Online at MySchools.nyc
• Through a Family Welcome Center—visit schools.nyc.gov/fwc to learn more.
• By phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions.
Pre-K Application Deadline Extended to Monday, April 19
Now you have more time to explore your child’s pre-K options! The pre-K application deadline for children born in 2017 has been extended to April 19. Apply online at MySchools.nyc or by phone at 718-935-2009—you can also call us with any questions. Learn more at nyc.gov/PreK.
Tests and Assessments
New York State Exams
New York State Exams begin later this month. This year, the New York State Education Department has determined that English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8, and Science exams for grades 4 and 8, will only be administered in person in your child’s school building. No remote option will be available.
If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take State exams, you do not have to take any further action.
The exams will be administered within the following dates:
• English Language Arts (ELA) for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29
• Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14. Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.
• Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11
Your child’s school will be communicating with more details about the testing process and deadlines. Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/testing.PS/IS 102Q
10-Day Building Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases (March 22, 2021)
3/22/2021 2:49 PM
Subject: 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases
Dear P.S./I.S. 102 - QUEENS at 55-24 VAN HORN STREET Families:
I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24 hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 3/29/2021.
Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the DOHMH, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.
What Happens Now?
● The school building will remain closed through 3/29/2021, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on 4/05/2021.
● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified, and will continue their 10-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 10 days.
How Do We Stay Healthy?
Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.
How can I stay updated?
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts, and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.
CATHERINE WEINSTEINPS/IS 102Q
i-Ready Parent Workshop for March 23, 2021 (March 22, 2021)
I-Ready Parent Workshop
Tuesday, March 23rd
1. How Does Personalized Instruction Work?
2. Motivating Children Through Personalized Instruction
3. Developing the Independent Learner through I-Ready
Please use the link below to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.PS/IS 102Q
Family Letter from Chancellor Porter (March 19, 2021)
March 19, 2021
This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.
Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent.
And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places of learning.
As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities, and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very core.
But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator. As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.
Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the standard for the nation in reopening efforts.
This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.
Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.
New York City Schools ChancellorPS/IS 102Q