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Letters Home from Eagle Administration via PupilPath

About the Letters

Each letter home was sent via PupilPath. Parents and scholars are strongly encouraged to register for PupilPath. Important note: for Gmail account, updates from PupilPath are going to the "Updates" tab and are coming from donotreply@casenex.com. We have changed our procedures to add "Eagle Academy" to the start of the subject line so that all parents can easily locate our emails. You can learn more information about PupilPath here.

Information gets updated through each letter; for example, information in the February 27 letter might not reflect the most recent information, however we want to make sure families are seeing everything we have sent home.

March 12, 2020 from Mr. Mathur

Sent at 2:54pm

Good afternoon Eagle community,

Although we have kept you informed and updated regularly regarding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) as news becomes available from the New York City Department of Education, we wanted to inform you that:

  1. At our school, the Eagle Academy For Young Men (Bronx), there have been no known/no confirmed cases of students or staff with COVID-19. We continue to monitor our scholars' and staff members' well-being and health. We are following all established protocols established from the NYCDOE's partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
  2. As you may be aware, two NYCDOE schools (South Bronx Preparatory & The Laboratory School of Finance & Technology) have been closed today because of a student's "self-reported" positive result for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The NYCDOE has posted information regarding this at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update.
  3. Principal Velazquez has met with our nurse, custodial staff and staff regarding updates and information that we have received from the NYCDOE. We share updates and information with our scholars in our Town Halls so that students are aware of new information about COVID-19 and strategies to combat the spread of coronavirus. (see attached flyer).
  4. Please continue to visit the NYCDOE link that keeps parents, students and staff updated regarding coronavirus : https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update. It is important that you visit reliable news sources regarding coronavirus to make sure you get the facts about coronavirus and its impact on our schools and everyday life.
  5. We want to reassure you that we are doing our best to calm some of our students' fears and to reassure them that they should go about their school day by continuing to follow school rules and taking some extra steps regarding washing their hands, covering their coughs and reporting any possible symptoms of coronavirus to their parents, school nurse and/or medical professionals. (See attached flyers)

Eagle Bronx is fortunate to partner with you and your sons in order to provide help and guidance during this time, as we look to ensure the safety and health of the entire Eagle community. Please be sure to read the attachments for more information about COVID-19/coronavirus.

Thank you, and we will continue to update our community as needed.

S. Mathur, Assistant Principal

The Eagle Academy For Young Men

Attached letter in English: click here

Attached flyer in English: click here

March 11, 2020 from Principal Velazquez

Sent at 10:19am

Good morning Eagle Families,

The DOE continues to aggressively work to keep our students and families safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves in New York City. I would like to keep you informed with the latest update regarding COVID-19. Please see the attached letter and see the information below.

Staying Healthy

It is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot – it’s never too late.
  • Reduce overcrowding by walking or biking to work, if possible.
  • If the train is too packed, wait for the next one.

If You Feel Sick

  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat.
  • If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, contact your doctor.
  • Do not go to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducers like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • If you need help getting medical care, call 311.

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school?

In the event that the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DOHMH) determines that there is a need for investigation, closure, or other action at your work location, you will immediately be notified.

Per the State, if there is a confirmed case in a school, the school must be closed for at least 24 hours while DOHMH investigates and determines whether additional closure is needed. We are working with the State to provide more information on school closure guidance to share in the near future.

Accurate, up-to-date information will continue to be provided through official communications from DOHMH or DOE. We urge you to ignore any rumor you might hear from others.

At the moment, there is no reason for any school to call DOHMH to report potential or confirmed cases. DOHMH is receiving information from about positive test results strictly from laboratories. We can support our colleagues at DOHMH by keeping their phones clear to speak with laboratories.

The City has not advised any cancellations, but is actively monitoring developments and will keep you informed.

Travel Abroad Programs

At this time, DOE is cancelling all international school trips, including study abroad programs and visits, for the remainder of the school year. All non-essential international travel by City workers has also been cancelled.

Travelers returning from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea on or after March 4, 2020 should stay home, monitor their health, and avoid contact with others for 14 days from the time they left the affected country.

If returning travelers from affected countries develop fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their medical provider and tell them about their symptoms and recent travel.

Any and all questions are welcome and appreciated. Please contact the school or email me should you have any concerns or issues.

For the young men,

Hector L. Velazquez, Principal

Attached letter in English: click here

March 3, 2020 from Principal Velazquez

Sent at 3:25pm

Dear Eagle,

We will be sending you updates periodically on information regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

In advance of those updates, we are attaching to this message an updated letter to you, as well as an overview document on COVID-19 and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet that we asking you to distribute to families.

Materials will also be posted on the DOE’s website. Translated versions of the letter will be made available shortly on the DOE’s website as well. Additional information will continue to be updated here as well: nyc.gov/coronavirus

Regards,

Principal Velazquez

Attached letter in English: click here

Attached letter in Spanish: click here

February 27, 2020 from Mr. Mathur

Sent at 9:28pm

Good evening Eagle families,

Below is a letter that all NYCDOE schools received yesterday regarding information about the coronavirus. A translated copy is attached to this email. If you would like more information about the coronavirus, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed possible options for what could happen if there is local person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United States, including recommendations for child care programs to consider.

At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York City and the risk to New Yorkers remains low. However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised our level of concern, and we are preparing for the possibility of person-to-person transmission in New York City. The measures that are put in place should local person-to-person transmissions begin will depend on the number of individuals affected and the general severity of illness we experience in our city. Our public health experts are vigilantly preparing for a spectrum of possible scenarios, and we are in close contact with them regarding how that may impact our school communities.

There are no plans to close schools at this time.

This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day to day life, and the decision to implement will be at the direction of public health experts. All students and staff should continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick.

Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms, travel history, and if you’ve had contact with people who are sick.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your support of Eagle and the mission.

Stephen Mathur, Assistant Principal

Attached letter in English: click here

Attached letter in Spanish: click here