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COVID Health and Safety Protocols

2022-2023 COVID-19 GUIDANCE

This guidance provides best practices to prevent the transmission of COVID among students and staff.

Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

The New York City Department of Education also has important information and resources for you.

SCHOOL VISITOR POLICY

All visitors must show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to enter a DOE school building. Visitors do not include students attending school or school related activities in a DOE school building.

Acceptable proof of vaccination is one of the following:

An acceptable COVID-19 vaccination includes one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine fully authorized or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.

 

VACCINATION

Vaccination is the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk.

GET VACCINATED

We strongly encourage the COVID-19 vaccination for all age-eligible students.  Get more information about where to get vaccinated (or call 877-VAX-4-NYC).

VACCINATION PORTAL

Your are encouraged to record your student’s vaccination status in the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.

  • Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student’s DOE account login credentials (email and password).
  • Visit the DOE Student Account page or help setting up or accessing your child’s account.

The Vaccine Portal will ask you to identify the type of vaccine, where you received it (in or out of New York City) and when you received the vaccine, and will prompt you to upload the image or screenshot of the proof of vaccine.

  • Proof of vaccination can be an image of a vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, or other government record.
  • Take the image or screenshot and save it to your computer for uploading into the portal.
  • The portal can be translated using Google Translate.
PRIVACY AND SECURITY

The privacy and security of your information will be protected by technical, physical, and administrative safeguards, including encryption. This information will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

If you encounter technical issues using the Vaccination Portal, please contact the DOE Help Desk by calling 718-935-5100.

EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 

Students and staff will no longer be required to quarantine when exposed in school to a person who tests positive for COVID-19. All students and staff in a classroom where someone tests positive for COVID-19 will be considered a close contact and will be given two home tests, regardless of the number of exposures during that week. Students and families must:

  • Take the home tests at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure.  
  • Monitor for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their exposure.  If symptoms begin, they should not attend school and should isolate and get tested for COVID-19 again right away.

Any student who tests positive on a home test must immediately notify the school 

 

TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days and can return to school on day 6 if they have no symptoms or symptoms are improving.  They must wear a mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.  

Students and staff who have completed their isolation period are not required to produce a negative test result before being allowed to return to school.  An individual may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to 90 days even though they are no longer infectious.

 

STUDENTS WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

If your child has any of the symptoms on the CDC website, keep them home and get them tested. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Follow the links below for an expanded list of symptoms and for instructions for using rapid tests at home.

 

TESTING

RAPID TESTING AT HOME

We are distributing free, take home COVID-19 rapid test kits to any students or staff who exhibit  COVID-like symptoms or have been in a classroom where a positive case has been identified.  Anyone who tests positive on a take-home test should immediately report it to us and begin isolating.  No proof of a negative test is required for these students to enter our school building.

FIND A COVID-19 TESTING SITE

All New York City students and staff members are strongly encouraged to get tested. Working in partnership with the Test+Trace Corps, families and staff members can go to any City-run testing sites to get tested or pick up readily available at-home rapid tests.

  • To find a testing site offering rapid tests, visit nyc.gov/covidtest text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 311.
 

MASKS

Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn when indoors. Masks will be made available at the school for all those who need/want them.

Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when:

  • Returning to school on the sixth day after testing positive for COVID-19, through day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier, including when traveling on a school bus.
  • Entering the school medical room, nurse’s office, or school-based health center.
  • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at school.

Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to wear a mask:

  • When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred in school or outside of school. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure.
  • When they are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised, and masking is recommended by their healthcare provider.
  • In crowded indoor settings 

 

VENTILATION

We will monitor ventilation in our building on a daily basis and perform any required work in a timely manner.  As a new building, our HVAC system is in alignment with CDC guidance.

CLEANING

Routine cleaning of surfaces will be maintained.

REPORTING A POSITIVE CASE

Please continue to report positive cases of COVID-19 (rapid home test, mail-in PCR, lab rapid test, or PCR) by emailing Laura, your child’s teacher, Christine, and Nico. Contact tracing responsibilities are now the school’s domain, so this form is essential in helping us streamline the process and communicate quickly with the school community.

 Day 1 for COVID cases is the day symptoms began or the date tested for asymptomatic cases.

 

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION REGARDING CASES

We will continue to share updates about impacted classrooms with the school community. These communications will include exposure dates and dates that students and staff must take tests at home.