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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 notspread 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 haveany 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 anyearly Ebola symptoms — including fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachpain, or lack of appetite – an adult should call 911 immediately, identifying theaffected individual's symptoms and travel history. Health care will be provided across the Citywith no questions asked about immigration status and regardless of ability to pay. Do not sendyour 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 theHealth Department to look for signs of Ebola and take immediate steps to isolate those whomay 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 answerquestions 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.

Thank you,

Carmen Fariña Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Chancellor Commissioner

Department of Education Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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October, 2014

 Dear Parent:

  I am writing to provide you with information about the Department of Education’s Emergency Readiness Initiatives that are in place in all NYC Public Schools.

 Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. In 2000, New York State Education Law Section 2801 was enacted requiring schools to develop safety plans regarding emergency response. In July of 2001, the law was amended to require that plans include information for evacuation and sheltering. In accordance with this, “schools need to conduct drills and other exercises to test components of the emergency response plan.”

 School staff members are trained in various procedures that are outlined in the School Safety Plan and we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Section 807 of the New York State Education Law requires all schools to conduct a minimum of 12 fire drills each year. Section 917 of the State Education Law states that schools are required to provide and maintain automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, and drills are conducted during the year to assess the use of AED units in an emergency. In accordance with Section 3623 of the State Education Law, drills are also conducted at schools that focus on safety on a school bus.

 In addition to conducting these types of drills, our school has a Building Response Team that is trained to activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school. Under the new General Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting specific drills designed to help prepare all school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation, shelter-in, and lockdown. Opportunities for parent engagement are available at our school to ensure that families are involved in our school-based emergency readiness program. Parent versions of the School Safety Plan are available upon request in the main office, and information explaining the GRP is included with this letter. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/OSYD/default.htm

 On Monday, October 20th at 2:05 p.m., our school community will participate in a lockdown drill.  The drill will provide us with the opportunity to practice the steps that are necessary to maintain a safe environment for all students.  I will continue to make announcements to staff and students about Monday’s exercise to ensure that all students understand that it is merely a drill.  Immediately following the drill, students will be dismissed for the day.

 Sincerely,

 Timothy M. Gannon

Principal

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