Please read this important message from our School Nurse, Kathy Leone, about the symptoms which signal that a child should stay home. Students showing these symptoms at school will be sent home. Communication with Nurse Kathy is critical if your child is absent due to illness or exposure to COVID-19. Nurse Kathy will follow up with you and let you know when your child may return to school.
I would like to express my thanks for your flexibility and patience while we go through this trying time. All of our families have been wonderful in their responsiveness to calls about students who do not feel well and have been sending the school their child’s test results quickly. Our community has been testing their children as an overabundance of caution for more than the symptoms listed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It is only because of your diligence that our school is able to remain healthy and safe.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness and loss of taste or smell.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in adults and children and can look like other common illnesses, like colds, strep throat, or allergies. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough, but children may have any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19:
Any individual showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:
Once I receive the Covid test results sent to KLeone@ps58online.org I will email you a clearance letter, based on the results, for your child to return to school. Please show the clearance email to the person at the door upon arrival. Please do not come to school unless you have received a clearance email from me. It can be upsetting to both the parents and the children to be turned away from entering the school.
Please note I check my email frequently throughout the day and evening and answer as quickly as possible. It is important to email me the results as soon as received so I can clear the children to return to school.
We are all here to care for the children. When I see a child, in addition to making an assessment, I interview the child. If your child informs me they took medication before school, coughed the previous evening or that morning. I will contact you to pick up your child for further medical assessment.
If your child has seasonal allergies, please be sure to inform me and have the proper documentation so we can rule out Covid like illness.
At times parents will email me that their child has cold symptoms. Please include in your emails what cold symptoms they are experiencing. For example: runny nose, cough, stuffy nose, sore throat. If your child had “mild fever”, please tell me what the temperature was/is. The DOHMH considers a fever to be 100.4, but if a student has a 100 and other symptoms, depending on the symptoms, I may request a Covid test.
We expect new guidelines from the CDC to be announced on November 8, 2021.
The DOHMH is no longer monitoring domestic travel and a Covid test is not needed to return to school. Please follow CDC guidelines for Domestic Travel.
If you plan to travel internationally for any reason, please follow the CDC guidelines for travel internationally. If you plan to travel, please notify me at my email address KLeone @PS58online.org.
If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, you test positive for COVID-19, or you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
Recommendations and Requirements
|Not Vaccinated||Fully Vaccinated|
|Get tested 1-3 days before traveling out of the US||Yes|
|Mandatory test required before flying to US||Yes||Yes|
|Get tested 3-5 days after travel||Yes||Yes|
|Self-quarantine after travel for 7 days with a negative test or 10 days without test||Yes|
|Self-monitor for symptoms||Yes||Yes|
|Wear a mask and take other precautions during travel||Yes||Yes|
Kathleen E. Leone RN JPHN
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Brooklyn, NY 11231
PS 58 – The Carroll School
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Brooklyn, NY 11231
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