Here you will find the Latest News for what is happening at BWA and the Department of Education.
Wed, May 20th 2020. (UPDATE)
For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. Professional learning for teachers and staff will be offered on Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2
Mon, May 18th, 2020.
Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.
Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)—formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.
NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.
As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:
· As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.
· Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.
· When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
· Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.
The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
List of Free internet Providers (List will be updated as we get more info)
As you prepare to move to a distance learning environment, we realize that not all of you have Internet services where you live. I am writing you to let you know about a few companies which are offering to K-12 and college students that do not currently have Internet where they live, free internet service. If that is your situation, Please reach out to one of these Internet Service Providers who are Offering a Free Period to Students, some will waive all installation fees and you may cancel at any time without penalty - including at the 60th day.
1. Charter will offer its Spectrum Internet services free for 60 days.
Contact Charter at 1-844-488-8395 to inquire about this service.
2. Comcast will be offering Families 60 days of free internet service Along with with a Free self-install kit and WIFI Router.
Contact Comcast at 855-846-8376 English | 855-765-6995 Spanish
3. AT&T is offering 60 days of free service
Contact AT&T at 866-861-6075
May 11, 2020
Health and safety is our top priority, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) and the Department of Education (DOE) continue to work together to keep the city’s students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves.
The NYC Department of Health is currently investigating cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The NYC Health Department is also investigating the possible association between PMIS and COVID-19 in children. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID-19, but the connection is still not clear. PMIS is a rare condition that is not contagious. However, because it is life-threatening, it is important to know the signs. Most children have a persistent, high fever lasting several days, along with other symptoms, including:
- Irritability or sluggishness
- Abdominal pain without another explanation
- Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes
- Enlarged lymph node (“gland”) on one side of the neck
- Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberry
- Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red
You should call your doctor if your child becomes ill and has had continued fever. Your doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and use that information to recommend next steps. If your child is severely ill, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately. Although it is not yet known whether it is associated with COVID-19, it is important parents and children take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.