Dear Parents and Families,
On Thursday, a physician residing in Manhattan who had recently worked with patients in Guinea developed a fever. EMS was contacted and the doctor was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where a diagnosis of Ebola was confirmed. This is the first case of Ebola in New York City. The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) are working together to ensure that families have the most up-to-date guidance about Ebola.
The facts below are important to help you understand how low you and your
child’s risk of Ebola exposure is:
• Ebola can be spread only by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. It is not spread through the air or simply by being near someone who is infected.
• People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms, such as fever.
• The Ebola outbreak is concentrated in only three countries – Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
• If someone has traveled to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone in the past 21 days but does not have any symptoms, he or she cannot infect anyone else with Ebola.
• If you or your child has traveled to one of these three countries in the past 21 days and has any early Ebola symptoms — including fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or lack of appetite – an adult should call 911 immediately, identifying the affected individual's symptoms and travel history. Health care will be provided across the City with no questions asked about immigration status and regardless of ability to pay. Do not send your child to school until medical attention has been received. New York City is collaborating closely with its state and federal partners to protect New York children and families.
The risk of infection in New York is extremely small, and we hope this information will ease any concerns that you might have:
• All NYCDOE school nurses and medical providers in New York City have been prepared by the
Health Department to look for signs of Ebola and take immediate steps to isolate those who
may be infected and transfer them to a hospital for evaluation.
• Since August, the DOE has been providing weekly Ebola updates to all principals.
• All school principals were provided a guidance document that can be found at schools.nyc.gov
• In partnership with the DOE, the DOH is providing training for central staff who can answer
questions as they arise.
The DOE and DOH are committed to keeping families informed about the latest information related to Ebola. Please visit the www.nyc.gov/health
or talk to your school nurse for accurate updates about Ebola.
Department of Education
Dr. Mary T. Bassett
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Help M.S. 217 Go PINK in hopes to raise $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research
Join us at The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday, October 19th 2014 @ 10 AM.
This event will be a GREAT opportunity to unite our school community together to honor those affected by breast cancer and raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.
If you would like to donate please click the link below
If you would like to join the walk please reach out to the Parent Coordinator, Ms. Vazquez @ 718-657-1120 ext. 145 today!
We appreciate your continued support!
We will be hosting an Open House on November 6th and 7th 2014 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
To attend you Must RSVP For more information contact Ms. Vazquez 718-657-1120 EXT. 145 or email DVazquez10@schools.nyc.gov
- You must bring the following documentation and proof of residency with you when enrolling in a NYC public school.
- If you are enrolling in a zoned school, bring the documents to the school.
- If you are visiting an Enrollment Office, bring the documents to the office.
- Bring your child/children with you when registering.
- Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 includes further details about enrolling in an NYC public school.
- Child’s birth certificate or passport as proof of age
- Immunization records
- Latest report card/transcript (if available)
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)
- Required Proof of NYC Residence (any two of the following):*
- Utility bill (gas or electric) for the residence issued by National Grid (formerly Keyspan), Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority (for the Rockaways); must be dated within the past 60 days
- Water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 90 days
- Original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence
- Current property tax bill for the residence
- Official payroll document from an employer (example: payroll receipt); must be dated within the past 60 days
- Document or letter from a federal, state, or local government agency indicating the resident’s name and address (example: document from Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)); must be dated within the past 60 days