Covid-19 Information

Covid DOE Protocols

March 7 Face Covering Update 

We are pleased to announce that, face coverings will be optional on school grounds for students in kindergarten through grade 12 beginning Monday, March 7.

To maintain the safety of our staff and students, we will continue to practice strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily health screening, and test kit distribution. Mask-wearing will become optional indoors, outside, and on school buses. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so, and your child may request a mask from their school if they need one.

The indoor mask mandate is still active for LYFE, EarlyLearn (Infants & Toddlers), 3-K, Pre-K, and 4410 classrooms. Children two years old and older, and all staff in these classrooms, must continue to wear a face covering indoors. Since children under the age of five are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, face coverings remain our strongest defense against COVID-19 for our youngest learners.

In addition, any staff member or student in grades Kindergarten or higher returning on Day 6 following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without testing is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10.

Masks are strongly recommended for any staff member or student who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is still required in medical rooms and nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers. Nurses will have masks on hand for anyone entering who may need one. 

Mask Policy

Beginning on Monday, February 28, masks or face coverings are optional when outside on school grounds. Masks will still be required for all students, staff, and visitors inside schools. We will continue to maintain strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, distancing when possible, a daily screener to make sure those with symptoms do not come to school, and test kit distribution.

As a reminder, vaccination is the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and to keep our schools safe for all our students. Children ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child is eligible but not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, you can make an appointment for vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or call 311 to find a vaccine site near you. The vaccine is free for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration or insurance status. We thank you for your continued partnership.

Covid Testing Sites

Covid-19 Testing Sites

At-home testing for COVID-19 is now available to all immunocompromised New Yorkers and those ages 65 and older. To
schedule an in-home appointment, call (929) 298-9400
between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (seven days a week). For more information visit NYC.gov/covidtest

The NYC Department of Health operates eight COVID-19 Express Testing sites. Appointments are available here.

We also offer the ability to pre-register for your visit at some locations. Click the link under the location you
plan to visit for details.

Beginning the week of 2/14, the following locations will be open for pickup of free at-home rapid testing kits. One
kit is recommended per person.

Home Covid Testing

Home Rapid Test Kits

Home Test Kits for Spring Break

To keep our school communities safe after the midwinter recess, we strongly encourage all students to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school on February 28, regardless of vaccination status. Your child can test through a PCR, lab-based rapid test, or a home test kit. Your child will come home with two COVID-19 home tests, which may be packaged in one box or two.

When should my child take the tests?

  • First test on April 23: Please help your child take one of the COVID tests provided on the evening of Saturday, April 23.
  • Second test on April 24: Please help your child take the second test 24 hours later, on the evening of Sunday, April 24.
  • If your child tests negative and feels well, they should come to school on Monday, April 23.
  • Please note, if your child has recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they do not need to take a test and should attend school on Monday, April 23, if they are feeling well.

What should I do if my child tests positive on one of the tests?

  • Kindergarten and older: Please inform your school and isolate your child for five days. Your child may return to school on the sixth day if they have no symptoms or their symptoms are improving (including being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication) and your child can wear a well-fitting mask while at school through the tenth day after their positive test.
  • Pre-K and younger: please inform your school/program school and isolate your child for ten days. Your child may return to school/program after the tenth day.
  • For all ages:
    • Please remember that if your child tests positive, your child is entitled to asynchronous learning and Office Hours for the duration of your child’s isolation period.
    • Please refer to our COVID-19 Guidance Charts, available at: schools.nyc.gov/2022Health, for additional steps to take if your child tests positive.

COVID-19 Exposure at School for Students in Kindergarten and Above

Beginning January 3, schools will distribute free, take-home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any student (in grades kindergarten or higher) or any staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has been identified.

  • If your child was exposed to COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test on the day they receive the home test and help your child take the second test five days after exposure or at the first indication of symptoms.
  • Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19. Please ensure your child wears a well-fitting mask to school on Days 6 through 10 after exposure while at school. 
  • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth day, please have your child isolate and take the second home test immediately.
  • If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for at least five days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately to inform them and for further guidance.

COVID-19 Exposure at School for Students in Pre-K and Below

All children sharing early childhood classroom space with an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days if exposed to that individual during their infectious period.

However, beginning January 31, children ages 2 and up who are exposed to COVD-19 at school will receive a home test kit. Families may choose to use these home test kits to test out of quarantine and have your child return to school early.

  • If your child is in an early childhood class and was exposed to COVID-19 at school, please quarantine your child for five days.
  • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth day, please have your child isolate and take a home test immediately.
  • If your child has no symptoms, please help your child take the first test on Day 4 and the next test 24 hours later.
  • If your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19, your child may return to school on Day 6. Please ensure your child wears a well-fitting mask to school on Days 6 through 10 while at school.
  • If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for ten days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately to inform them and for further guidance.

COVID-19 Symptoms at School (Students of Any Age)

If your child had symptoms of COVID-19 at school, please help your child take the first test immediately and help your child take the second test 24 hours later. Additionally, beginning January 10, schools with 3-K and Pre-K programs will distribute these take home kits to any 3-K or Pre-K student who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.

  • Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID test.
  • If your child tests positive on a take-home test, you should immediately report it to the school and ensure your child begins isolating.
    • Children in Kindergarten and up who test positive must isolate for five days.
    • Children in Pre-K and below who test positive must isolate for ten days.
    • After completing the isolation period, your child does not need a negative test to return to school.

Please note that children who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID within the past 90 days should not receive at-home test kits following exposure.

 

For additional information, you can also visit the manufacturer’s websites.

Carestart home kit: https://www.letsongo.com/

Acon Flowflex home kit: https://flowflexcovid.com/
 iHealth home kit: https://ihealthlabs.com/