Muscota's COVID 19 Plan

MUSCOTA CALENDAR

In School Random Testing

Once a week a random 20% of the staff and students present in the building are tested for COVID-19. To get results from these tests SOMOS hotline for COVID-19 Test Results - 833-357-6267

Results usually come back 48-72 hours after the test. To receive the results:

  1. Go to MISOMOS.COM click on `LOGIN` to register or sign-in. During registration, your information must match the information held by NYCDOE.

  2. Download the MISOMOS MOBILE APP: available on Google Play and the Apple Store (links below). During registration, your information must match information held by the NYCDOE. Apple: MiSOMOS on the App Store (apple.com), Android: MiSOMOS - Apps on Google Play

  3. Call the SOMOS RESULTS HOTLINE: 833-357-6267 - Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m, Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m

KEY CONTACTS

Camille Wallin - Principal - cwallin@schools.nyc.gov

Alli Maltz - Assistant Principal - amaltz@schools.nyc.gov

Denise Rodriguez - Parent Coordinator - drodriguez15@schools.nyc.gov

Learn at home resources/links

  • Health Screening - Must be completed EVERY day your child will be in person and submitted before they can enter the building - online. If you need a printable version, please let school staff know.

  • TeachHub - Log in for Google Classroom , Zoom and many of the online programs students will use for Remote Learning. This is the username that ends with nycstudents.net and is the NYC Student Account.

  • Mystudent.nyc - Where parents log in to see attendance, grades and other information. Also where parents can submit the COVID-19 Test Consent Form online. This is the NYC Schools Account (NYCSA )

  • Muscota tech help -

  • If you have a Muscota-issued laptop that is asking for the Admin username and password, email Martha at techhelp@muscotanewschool.org - Please be sure to include your student's name and grade.

  • DOE issued iPad Tips -

  • DOE Tech Help Desk - For support with DOE tech like iPads and TeachHub

Drop off and Pick up

  • If your child cannot attend school for any reason, please email attendance@muscotanewschool.org

  • Please maintain appropriate social distancing while dropping off any picking up your child. If you need to speak to a teacher, staff member or another parent please do not do so by the entrances or exits at pick up and drop off times.

  • Arrival

Kindergarten students will enter through the gate and then walk to the gym door. They will be picked up in the yard.

First Grade students will enter through the gate and walk to exit door 7 (between rooms 105-107 in school yard). They will be picked up in the yard.

Grades 2-5 will come in through the main entrance and walk directly to their assigned classroom. They will be picked up in the yard.

  • Dismissal

K-2 will be picked up in the yard.

3-5 will be picked up in front of the school. If you have a child in each grade group, please let us know and we will bring the older child into the yard to simplify pick up.

  • If you need to change your dismissal or pick your child up early, please email us at dismissal@muscotanewschool.org by 10 am the day of the change and then call 10 minutes before you will arrive at the school. School staff will meet you in front of the building with your child. You must have a state issued id with you.

  • The school day is from 8:30 am - 2 pm.

Criteria for returning to school after showing symptoms of COVID-19

If your student is kept or sent home because of symptoms of COVID-19, please send any COVID-19 test results to Martha - mlangmuir@schools.nyc.gov.

The potential symptoms of COVID-19 that require notification to the school are:

Fever of 100.0 degrees F or higher or chills,
New cough,

New loss of taste or smell,
New shortness of breath.

Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

● Isolating for 10 days AND

● Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

● Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms

Please note:

● For people with symptoms, the infectious period generally begins two days before symptoms start and continues for ten days from when symptoms begin.

● For people with no symptoms (asymptomatic), the infectious period is estimated to begin two days before COVID-19 testing to ten days after testing.

A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

If a student or staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

Being fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND

Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member did not get tested for COVID-19 but showed symptoms, they can return to school only after:

At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

Overall symptoms are improving

If a student or staff member is considered a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, they can return to school only after:

Quarantining for 10-days since their last exposure to that case (even if you receive a subsequent negative COVID-19 test result)

Students in quarantine should participate in remote learning to the extent possible.

What to do while student is home?

Students in isolation or quarantine should participate in remote learning to the extent possible.

As always, if a family has a particular need that would require them to engage in synchronous instruction during a brief period of their student not attending in person school, they should reach out to Hanin (hawwad2@schools.nyc.gov) to discuss. If a student is going to be absent, either for in-person or remote, they should email attendance@muscotanewschool.org and copy their teacher.

NEED TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?

There are multiple Health and Hospitals sites around the city that offer free testing, regardless of insurance status. DOE students get priority to move up in the line.

They will ask for your insurance information if you have insurance so that they can bill your insurance.

If you do not have insurance simply tell them and there will still be no charge.

They will not ask about immigration status.

A complete list is here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing/priority-testing

The two closest sites to Muscota are:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health
Dyckman-Clinica de Las Americas
175 Nagle Avenue
New York, New York 10034
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Highbridge Pool
2301 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10033
844-NYC-4NYC
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

BLENDED AND REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION

At Muscota we believe children learn best in a strong, stable, and caring community where they learn from and with one another. Whether a student is learning in-person or remote, all students will receive a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction and will have opportunities to celebrate and communicate their learning to a wider audience. We will be establishing a stable routine through consistent structures such as Morning Meeting and Closing Circle for all students. These structures will support students in feeling safe, connected and secure.


Hybrid Learning

For students in blended learning, in person and remote learning experiences will complement each other. When creating schedules for synchronous instruction, we will keep in mind a schedule that will work best for students and families, whether they are in an all-remote or blended setting.

All our synchronous instruction for remote learning will be posted in the calendar on google classroom to allow students to easily organize themselves. Parents will also be given schedules via our grade level google groups.

Remote Learning

For students learning in a remote-only setting, synchronous instruction will be directly tied to the asynchronous learning activities in which they engage, allowing for learning experiences that will be fluid and connected.

When creating schedules for synchronous instruction, we will keep in mind a schedule that will work best for students and families, whether they are in an all-remote or blended setting.

All our synchronous instruction for remote students will be posted in the calendar on google classroom to allow students to easily organize themselves. Parents will also be given schedules via our grade level google groups.

Technology

Muscota is committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.

  • If your student needs a device for remote schooling, please complete the form here and then contact Martha Langmuir, mlangmuir@schools.nyc.gov

  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location at your home. Please do not travel with the device unless necessary.

  • If you do not have internet access at home there are some internet companies offering free internet. Please contact us to find out more.

  • If you are having trouble connecting to any of our online resources, please contact Martha .

SAFETY INFORMATION

Expectations of Students and Staff

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.

  • Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.

  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you. Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office.

  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Parent-teacher conferences and other meetings will be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.

  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between yourself and others.

  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If a child begins to exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the school day they will be taken to the isolation room and evaluated by the nurse. The parent will be called by the nurse after evaluation..

  • COVID testing: If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. If you or someone you know suspects COVID-19, free testing is available at a number of locations. Click here to find the closest clinic.


Safety Precautions at School

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size from 25 to between 9 and 18 for in-person instruction depending on room size.

  • Improvements in ventilation: We have increased the fresh air being drawn into our ventilation system and have replaced our filters with the newest models. We will also be opening windows whenever possible.

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team will be following DOE guidelines regarding cleaning and santization of classrooms and bathrooms. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.

  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms will be stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas.

COVID-19 Updates

NYC DOE Coronavirus Updates

NYC Coronavirus Updates

Resources for Families -

Manhattan Resource Guide - Accessing shelters, free meals at schools, soup kitchens, schedules for uptown and downtown food van, legal services and emergency phone numbers for mental health, suicide and domestic violence.

Neighborhood Guide to Food & Assistance - Food stamps, WIC, meals for seniors, delivery of meals to home, employment and training, health insurance and legal assistance.

Managing Student Loans Amid COVID-19 - CARE Act updates which provide some relief for student loan borrowers, information about loan forgiveness/relief, steps to take if you lost your job and can’t pay.

COVID-19: What Workers Need to Know - Unemployment insurance benefits, stimulus payment information, family and medical leave, federal emergency paid sick leave, small business loan information, child care assistance and centers for children of essential workers.

COVID-19: Navigating Every Day Activities - At-home activities for children, homeschooling info, MTA info, NYC parks, volunteering/donation opportunities and financial resources and tips

COVID-19: Navigating Essential Services - Stimulus payment information, additional financial assistance (cash, social security), health assistance, mental health resources, housing assistance

COVID-19: Financial Tips - Budgeting and spending, payment obligations, income supports, prioritizing necessities and NYC financial counseling centers.

PREPARE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR

1) Set up your child's NYCStudents account. This account will be the way that your child accesses Google Classroom and many other programs for learning. Follow the instructions on the DOE site here. You will need your child's birthdate and OSIS/Student ID number. If you don't have your OSIS, you can email Martha at mlangmuir@schools.nyc.gov.

2) Set up your NYC Schools Account. this is the way that you, as the parent/guardian, will access your student's school records - attendance, report cards and such. Please email Denise drodriguez15@schools.nyc.gov for the creation code and instructions for this account.

3) Plan your child's schedule and learning space. If blended learning - make sure you and they know which days will they be in school in person each week. For remote learners and for blended learners on home days - how will you be creating structure and routine? Do you need a device? Do you have a dedicated spot for your child to do their school work? Talk through the details with your child.

4) Check your student's device. If you need a device, please fill out the device request form here: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices and then email us your child's name and grade at techhelp@muscotanewschool.org so we can make sure you get the devices you need.