May 14, 2020
Dear Academy of Public Relations Families,
Your health and safety, and the health and safety of all New Yorkers, is our top priority. The
Department of Education (DOE) continues to work alongside the rest of the City to keep the city’s
students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-
19) pandemic evolves. Today we are writing with an important update in the continued fight against
As part of the work to defeat COVID-19 and reopen New York City, the City must provide
widespread testing so that, in every community, everyone who needs a COVID-19 test can get one.
In order to expand testing access citywide, 100 diagnostic testing sites for COVID-19 will open
across the five boroughs in the coming weeks. Every City agency, including DOE, has vetted their
buildings for suitability for this effort. Some of the spaces that will be used as testing sites are DOE
The X184 Gymnasium has been identified as a COVID-19 testing site. The site will open for testing
later in the month of May. Testing will be restricted to the gymnasium.
Every testing site across the city, including Academy of Public Relations, will operate seven days a
week from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each day, the NYC Department of Buildings and NYC Health +
Hospitals will partner to clean and disinfect the sites in accordance with established protocols and
standards, including cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning and wiping down
all areas used for medical testing, cleaning all surfaces that may have come in contact with medical
providers, and performing turnover cleaning between tests.
Testing sites will be in use until mid-August. Prior to the school building reopening for the 2020–
2021 school year, we will conduct deep cleaning with our partners at NYC Health + Hospitals using
established infection-control standards; we will also conduct environmental and quality testing to
ensure school buildings are safe before school communities return.
We will continue to partner with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYC
Health + Hospitals in the battle against COVID-19. We will also continue to follow all guidance and
take all appropriate health and safety measures. Nothing is more important than the health of our
students, families, and staff, and we will work diligently with our City partners to make sure our
school buildings are safe for use when they reopen. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to contact your principal or FACE@schools.nyc.gov.
Working together, we will overcome this disease.
Deputy Chancellor, School Planning and Development