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Update from Chancellor - MIS-C

Dear Colleagues,

As this crisis evolves, we continue to confront and address new and different challenges. You have been steadfast in your service to our students and families in a reality we could not predict. Your adaptability as changes have unfolded has been remarkable, and I am deeply inspired by your service.

Today I want to share information that impacts those we serve, our DOE employees with children, and all New Yorkers.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) is currently investigating cases of what is now called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS)— a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. 

MIS-C is a rare condition. However, because children with this syndrome may become seriously ill, it is important that parents know the signs and symptoms their children may have, so they can get help right away. NYC Health has prepared a Fact Sheet; please take a moment to review it. We have also shared this information with all principals, and families.

Per NYC Health’s guidance, most children with MIS-C have a fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees F) lasting several days, along with other symptoms, including:

· Irritability or decreased activity

· Abdominal pain without another explanation

· Diarrhea

· Vomiting

· Rash 

· Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes

· Poor feeding

· Red, cracked lips or red, bumpy tongue that looks like a strawberry

· Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red

If you are a parent or caregiver, you should call your doctor if your child becomes ill and has had a 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.

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, as per NYS Executive Order 202.17. We are also continuing to take all possible precautions to prevent children from being exposed to COVID-19 while attending a Regional Enrichment Center (REC), Early Childcare Center (ECC), or Family Childcare Center (FCC).

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. I encourage you to visit the Employee InfoHub to review the practices and the policies that help keep us all safe and protect our physical and mental health during this crisis.

This situation is still developing, and we will share further updates and guidance from NYC Health on a regular basis as new information becomes available. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact stayinghealthy@schools.nyc.gov.

Thank you again for your service, commitment, and resilience during this crisis. I am inspired by your dedication and resolve to support the students, parents, and families of New York City, and committed to support you in the work you do every day. I am proud to serve alongside you.

In unity, 

Richard

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