Principal’s Message

Photo of principal with new Chancellor, Superintendent, and Executive Superintendent
Hello PS/IS 121 Community!
Happy 2022!  I hope that everyone had a safe, fun break with family and loved ones.
Most of this message is COVID-focused, but before that...

PS/IS 121 was the first Brooklyn school to host a visit from our new Chancellor David Banks last week!!!  Students did an amazing job talking to the Chancellor and other members of DOE leadership about the work they are doing at the school, and the leadership team wants to return to 121 to follow up to discuss the good work that is happening here!  It was a real honor and a testament to the work of teachers, students, and families in terms of doing everything possible to stay on track, learning, and having fun during these difficult times.

Speaking of which... This month's Principal's Message is COVID-focused.  There have been a lot of questions around the new DOE COVID policies which went into place on 1/3/2022.
There are currently two different COVID quarantine policies: one policy for students who may have been exposed while at school and one policy for students who were exposed at home or somewhere else outside of school.
-There is no mandatory quarantine, regardless of vaccination status
-Students will receive 2 "take home" COVID tests
-Students should take one test the evening they find out about the exposure and one test 5 days later
-As long as the students are feeling ok and test negative, they can continue to come to school
(see attached sample letter for guidance on at-school potential exposure)
-Fully vaccinated students can continue to attend school with no quarantine as long as they are feeling healthy
-Unvaccinated students must either:
     *Quarantine for 7 days, take a test on day 5-7, return to school on day 8 if test is negative and student is feeling healthy, or;
     *Quarantine for 10 days, return to school on day 11 without testing if feeling healthy
FOR STUDENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE on a lab or at-home kit:
-Please inform the school right away
-Student must quarantine for 10 days from either positive test or end of serious symptoms
-IF the student is feeling ok, he/she can log on to Google Classroom to complete school work
Please contact the school if you have any questions or need any support.  
Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as we navigate the latest wave!
-Mr. Haviland