SCHOOL NOTES/UPDATES


WINTER UNIFORM REMINDER

 

Requirements from:

Office of the Superintendent – Catholic School Support Services

Diocese of Brooklyn

Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols

All health-related policies and procedures have been adopted from the regulations published by the CDC, NYC DOHMH and NYS DOHMH NYC. (August 2021)

Please Note: 

  • The Office of the Superintendent ~Catholic School Support Services reserves the right to implement more restrictive safety and health protocols than the mandatory NYC or NYS DOHMH protocols.
  • These guidelines, policies and protocols are subject to change as information is received from the CDC, city and state health agencies. 

14.2a   Health Screenings

Parents/ legal guardians are required to monitor and screen students for flu like symptoms prior to their arrival to school.  Any student displaying a cold, allergy or flu like symptom should stay home until a healthcare provider submits a note that the student can safely return to in person instruction.  

Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever of 100.0°F or higher or chills
  •  Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  •  Fatigue
  •  Muscle or body aches
  •  Headache
  •  Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat, congestion, or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  •  Diarrhea

A person, faculty, staff, or student, who has called out sick or leaves school feeling unwell is required to submit a doctor’s note indicating they can safely return to in person instruction. 

Thank you for complying with the mandates from the Diocese of Brooklyn.   These health and safety protocols are in place to help keep our school community healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses.  These protocols helped Visitation have a successful year of in-person learning for the students last year, and these protocols prevented the spread of Covid-19 within the classrooms.  Thank you for helping us to keep our school community healthy and safe!!!

COVID-19 Parent Handbook Addendum- Effective October 15, 2021

#2178_ParentsFightFlu_8.5x11_062619COVID-19 Parent Handbook Addendum- Effective October 15, 2021

Update September 10, 2021

As the new school year begins, it is the shared responsibility of the entire community – faculty, staff, students, parents – to follow important health and safety guidelines.

Wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and other important protocols will help us all stay healthy and keep our community safe.

As per the regulations from the Diocese, Visitation Academy will:

*Require all students and staff to wear masks in the school building

*Continue all health and safety protocols established in our Re-Opening Plan – increased ventilation and air filters, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, cleaning and disinfecting of the school building and high-touch surfaces, social distancing

*Limit in-person presence to only those staff who are necessary to be at the school during normal school hours

*Shift design of class schedules to accommodate social distancing guidelines

*Students will be required to stay home if sick and have medical clearance to return to school

*All Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols

*Implement/enforce hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette practices. 

* physical distancing procedures. 

*Decrease social meetings and contact between individuals. 

*Minimize student mixing of classes. 

*Allow for more frequent handwashing and supervise use of hand sanitizer. 

*Reduce the contact frequency for surfaces. 

*Limit sharing of equipment and supplies. 

*Clean/disinfect shared supplies after use. 

*Hold classes outside to provide fresh air and physical distance – when possible. 

*Reinforce meal and snack policies 

*Limit the use of cloth/fabric chairs or other items with soft, porous surfaces. 

*Provide safety information for equipment and products used to prevent COVID-19 transmission. 

*Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces on enhanced schedule. 

*Use NYS DEC- and EPA-registered disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19. 

*Employ PPE to protect individuals from the COVID-19 virus as recommended by CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics

In this ever-changing and fluid situation, many regulations and guidelines continue to change and update.  We will continue to share changes in protocols with our families when available. 

We look forward to the start of school on September 8, 2021.

Arrival /Dismissal times for:

Wednesday, Sept 8 – 

8am  – 12:30pm 

Thursday, Sept 9 – 

8am  – 12:30pm 

Friday, Sept 10 – 

8am  – 12:30pm 

 Monday, September 13th Full Day of School N – 8

*Before and Afterschool programs begin for N – 8

**Staggered Arrival times – for safety

8am  – 8:15am  – 5th – 8th grade

8:15am – 8:30am – Nursery – Grade 4

 *Before and Afterschool programs for N – 8

7:15am – 8am & 2:30 – 6:00pm 

In Alumnae Room

Dismissal times:

Nursery will dismiss at 11:30am at front door for half-day students

and at 2:20pm at front door for full day students

 Pre-K will dismiss at the front door at 2:25pm 

 Grades K – 4 will dismiss (one class at a time) at 2:30pm at the main front gate

 Grades 5 -6 will dismiss between 2:45 – 3:00pm at 91st Street gate

 Grades 7 & 8 will dismiss between 2:45 – 3:00pm at the main front gate.  

Unfortunately, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO “HOLD“ SIBLINGS FOR SIBLING DISMISSAL.  

Please make arrangement to pick up your daughter at the appointed time.

Our Salesian values are part of our mission for educating our students to become life-long, confident learners; each student is an integral part of our school community and valued for her own unique gifts and talents.  This coming academic year, each of us must do our part to take care of ourselves and one another – remaining flexible in ever-changing circumstances, continuing the “new norms,” and following safety protocols that will limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.  

We are grateful for the patience, hard work, and commitment of the entire VA community in helping to prepare for the new academic year under challenging circumstances.  

Thank you all for your patience, understanding and support.  We look forward to seeing the students in September.

Jean Bernieri

 

BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE BACK TO SCHOOL COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

            The Office of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 69 elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens, today has announced the COVID-19 safety protocols that will be in place when school opens on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

 

            In the absence of a mandate, the New York State Department of Health recommends school districts adopt universal indoor masking for all based on guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Therefore, Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will require all students, faculty, and staff members to wear masks beginning on the first day of school.

 

            In addition, school officials will continue to encourage vaccinations, social distancing, hand washing and hand hygiene, while maintaining the rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing of facilities as well as enhanced ventilation. Parents will be reminded to keep their child home from school if they are sick, and their child will be required to receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider that they can safely return to in person instruction.  

           The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will also continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

            “As the numbers of Coronavirus cases continue to spike in children, and the overall numbers of hospitalizations in New York City are on the rise, this is the most responsible approach to take when we begin the new school year. I know the return to these safety measures is not the situation parents, teachers or students were hoping to be the case in the 2021-2022 school year, but we cannot ignore the trends,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

“Let us do our part from day one to prevent further increase of cases. If we are successful, as this academic year moves along, we will revisit these guidelines and adjust them accordingly. As much as we want a return to normalcy in our classrooms, we want our students, faculty, and staff to be safe,” continued Dr. Chadzutko.

“Looking at the trajectory of past pandemics, it seems that a virus such as this one does linger for some time even with the vaccination. I have received my vaccination and continue to encourage others to do so as well. It is our hope that the COVID-19 vaccines will help bring an end to this terrible virus that has controlled our lives for much of the past year and a half,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, in adherence to strict guidelines, opened on time for the 2020-2021 school year, and were able to offer five day a week instruction. Enrollment increased in nearly 40% of the schools last year in grades K-8. To learn more about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.

 

AUGUST-2, 2021-Letter

WELCOME 2021-22

BUS LETTER

 

THE FLU A Guide For Parents

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

Keep your kids safe. Get their flu vaccine every year.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information about the flu, visit health.ny.gov/flu Or, www.cdc.gov/flu

 

NUT SENSITIVE SCHOOL POLICY UPDATE

Dear Visitation Academy Parents,

Protecting a student from exposure to offending allergens is the most important way to prevent life‐threatening anaphylaxis. Avoidance of exposure to allergens is the key to preventing a reaction.

The classroom environment is a place where students need to feel safe to promote learning. This issue is especially important to the parent/guardian of an allergic student. Safeguards and any required accommodations to meet the specific needs of each student with a food allergy are in place and we need all families to assist with in helping to protect the health of every child attending Visitation.

Protecting a student from exposure to offending allergens is the most important way to prevent life‐threatening anaphylaxis. Avoidance of exposure to allergens is the key to preventing a reaction.

School is a high‐risk setting for exposure to food allergens, due to such factors as the large number of students, increased exposure of the allergic student to food allergens, as well as cross‐contamination.

All students with health issues that may impact the school day have necessary medication and we want to ensure environmental protocols are followed for the health and safety of every child.

PEANUT AND TREE NUT SENSITIVE POLICY

As a school dedicated to elementary education, we know that it is essential that we help our students manage their allergies. While the faculty and staff do an amazing job of cleaning and wiping down surfaces, there are some children within our school who could have a serious allergic reaction from contact with even a microscopic amount of the offending foods.

In order to protect all Visitation students, our school a Peanut/Tree Nut Sensitive School. We ask that no peanuts or tree nuts be brought into our school. Foods sent in for snack or lunch should be carefully checked to make sure they are peanut/tree nut-free. This means the product cannot contain

peanuts and tree nuts and cannot have the following warnings: “may contain…”; “processed in a facility…”, and “manufactured on shared equipment…” Families can help ensure that our school stays peanut/tree nut-free by reading packaging labels and by reminding children not to share food with other children at school. We need to make sure that there is little opportunity for a child to be exposed to foods that could harm her.

Nut-sensitive Policy:

To create the safest, healthiest, and most inclusive environment for all students, the school has implemented a nut-sensitive policy, which states that we will attempt to maintain an environment free of all peanuts and tree nuts. (Tree nuts include nuts such as cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios.) Foods containing these items should not be brought to school for snack or lunch.

We are an allergy-aware school. As such, we seek to build community sensitivity and empower all students. Students with allergies are aware of what they can and cannot eat, and we ask that other students and adults are conscientious of the allergies of others.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Jean Bernieri

Adapted from: foodallergy.org