No. 15 | January 17, 2022
Dear BNS Families,
The cold is real! Brrr! We’ve sent a few urgent calls for donations of snow pants and snow suits. Help keep our kids warm during lunch and recess. If you haven’t already, please read the (updated) letter outlining new preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. A big thank you to families, caregivers, teachers and staff for the herculean effort everyone is putting in to keep school going during this weather and the Omicron surge. We are pleased to share that 77.06% of K-5 students are currently vaccinated (with at least one dose!).
Urgent call for Snow Pants/Snow Suit Donations for BNS
Weekly On-site COVID Testing the LabQ Van
We have arranged for a LabQ van to come to BNS/BCS every Monday from 12-4pm for Covid PCR testing beginning next week. This will allow BNS to greatly increase our testing pool of students and staff, at no cost. Testing through the LabQ Van also includes pre-k and kindergarten students who are excluded from the DOE’s regular Covid testing program. If you would like your child to be Covid tested at the van each week during the school day, please fill out the following Google form: https://forms.gle/Z5nQ47P8UeS1BKvP6 Drop-ins are welcome after school, between 2:30 and 4pm. We are not yet sure if the LabQ van will visit a different day this week (since today is a holiday) but it will definitely be there on Monday, 1/24.
Thank You For the Mask Donations
Please Continue to Upload Proof of Vaccination and Consent to Randomized Testing
Please upload your child’s or children’s proof of vaccination to the Department of Education COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Activities, such as band and high risk sports, require proof of vaccination for participation. The vaccination portal provides the New York City Department of Education with information about vaccination status.
BNS PTA is Still Eligible for Funding from Vaccines
Did you know that the BNS PTA is still eligible for $4,000 in much needed funds if you list “The Brooklyn New School PS 146” as the referring agency for your child’s vaccine appointment (at a city-run site)? All you have to do is schedule an appointment at a city-run vaccination site or school pop-up site (check https://
Please click on the link below so we can track the number of referrals (no names are required).
BNS Virtual Open Houses Continue; Share the News
DAILY HEALTH SCREENER
WEEKLY COVID TESTING
The DOE now conducts random COVID-19 testing for students in grades 1–5 every week. Only students whose families have provided an updated testing consent form can be tested. You are strongly encouraged to provide this consent for your child. Go to your child’s NYCSA at http://mystudent.nyc/ to give consent for random COVID testing in school. If you gave testing consent last year, you will need to submit again for this school year. You can also fill out a paper consent form—email it to Janine at firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to school in your child’s backpack.
UPDATED QUARANTINE POLICY
The DOE will no longer automatically close an entire classroom when there is a positive case in the classroom. Unvaccinated students who are masked and at least three feet distanced from a student who tests positive are not considered close contacts under CDC guidelines and will not have to quarantine. Any individual who is determined to be a close contact will have to quarantine.
LEADERSHIP’S WEEKLY LETTER TO THE BNS COMMUNITY: Read Diane and Malika’s weekly letter
SCHOOL FOOD MENUS: Check what’s on the menu in January
January 27: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion General Meeting (7pm)
February 1: Lunar New Year – No School
February 8: PTA Executive Meeting (8:20am)
February 15: PTA General Meeting (8:20am)
February 21-25: Midwinter Recess – No School
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