Health and safety plan for the reopening of schools.

Greetings Fashion Families from Principal Daryl Blank

I hope this message finds you well.  I hope you and your families are safe and healthy!

I wanted to share with you the major parts of the NYC Department of Education health and safety plan for the reopening of schools – you can find the details using this website link:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety

Attached to this message is a letter from the NYC Department of Education Chancellor regarding planned safety measures at schools. 

Letter from NYC Department of Education Chancellor HEALTH & SAFETY 8.5

Below is some of the highlights of the safety plan:

The major components of our health and safety planning include the following: 

Building Safety Measures

□ At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while on school property or on DOE-provided transportation, unless students cannot medically tolerate a face covering or wearing the face covering is developmentally inappropriate. Central will provide these, along with disinfectant; hand sanitizer; and electrostatic sprayers.  

□ School leadership and facilities staff in every school are reviewing school space and making necessary repairs and adjustments to ensure safe conditions for in-person student learning, including repairs to HVAC systems, maximizing ventilation, and replacing regular air filters with higher efficiency types.    

□ Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.  

□ School buildings will display signage on face coverings, hand washing and physical distancing.   

□ Schools will be allowed to modify or reconfigure spaces to ensure compliance with physical distancing rules.  

Test, Trace & Other Health Protocols

□ DOE recommends that all staff take a COVID-19 test in the days before the first day of school and monthly throughout the school year. Staff will have priority access for testing at 34 city-run testing locations, with tests provided free of charge and with expedited results. Free testing is also available for families citywide.   

□ If a student or teacher is feeling sick, they are required to stay home and, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, are asked to get tested.   

□ If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a dedicated staff member until they are picked up by their parents or guardians.  

□ Staff members who become symptomatic at school are asked to notify administration and immediately leave the building.   

□ In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.   

□ If there's more than one case in a school, and it's not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for 14 days for quarantine. The protocol lays out additional steps for each possible exposure scenario.  

□ There will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. A positive confirmed case will trigger an investigation by the NYC Test + Trace Corps and DOHMH to determine close contacts within the school, and to work with the DOE to issue clear guidance and decisions based on the outcome of the investigation. Schools will communicate to all families and students within the school any time a case is laboratory confirmed.  

Screening, Entry/Dismissal and Movement Protocols

To minimize the number of individuals who come in contact with each other, and to identify potentially sick students and staff to the greatest extent possible, schools will be required to develop entry and dismissal protocols consistent with all applicable health guidance, as well as to redesign building movement protocols to keep people in cohorts and allow for physical distancing consistently.  

I wanted to remind all families that this Friday, August 7is the deadline to choose full, 100% remote learning – here is the link to the NYC Department of EducationLearning Preference Survey - https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference.

After August 7th, any family who choses 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year.  I do not have any information on when those specific times are.

Our school continues to work on our reopening plans.  Our goal is a plan that students get the same level of education whether they sign up for full 100% remote learning or choose blended learning that is a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home.  You should feel confident that if you choose 100% remote learning, your child will get the same level of education if they choose blended learning.  You should feel confident that if you choose blended learning, your child will get the same level of education if they choose remote learning.

For more information, encourage families to visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

You can always contact me via email at dblank@hsfi.usor dblank@schools.nyc.gov.  Please know that I will be on vacation for days at a time throughout the summer and it might be a couple of days to get back in touch with you.

Thank you as always for your support.  Continue to enjoy your summer!

The High School of Fashion Industries • 225 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011 • Phone: (212) 255-1235 Fax: (212) 255-4756 • Daryl Blank, Principal