SUMMARY OF NYCDOE POLICY AS OF JANUARY 31, 2022
The flowcharts below summarize appropriate actions for Kindergarten through 5th grade students and PreKindergarten students under different scenarios.
STUDENTS WHO ARE EXPOSED TO COVID-19 IN THEIR CLASSROOM
Students will no longer be required to quarantine when exposed in school to a person who tests positive for COVID-19. All students in a classroom where someone tests positive for COVID-19 will be considered a close contact and will be given one home test per week, regardless of the number of exposures during that week. Students and families must:
- Take the home test on the date notified of exposure
- Monitor for symptoms & stay home if any symptoms develop
Any student who tests positive on a home test must immediately notify the school and stay home for 5 days.
Your child must stay home for at least the next 5 days. If your child tests negative on a lab-based test on Day 5 or if your child tests negative on two age-appropriate at-home tests taken on Day 4 and Day 5 are negative, then your child may return to school on Day 6 if they have been fever free for 24 hours without the medication AND overall symptoms are improving.
If your child tests positive on a lab-based test on Day 5 or if either age-appropriate at-home test taken on Day 4 or Day 5 is positive, please notify us. Your child must stay home and isolate for the next 10 days.
If you are not willing to test your child, please notify us. Your child must stay home and isolate for 10 days from the last exposure.
STUDENTS WHO ARE EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL
K – 5
Actions to take will vary depending upon whether the student is vaccinated or not, and whether the student has tested positive in the last 90 days.
If your child is considered fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated means that 2 weeks have passed since the final shot of a two-dose series or a one dose vaccine), your child may return to school the next day, UNLESS symptomatic. Please watch your child for symptoms. Your child does not need to use a home test kit or get tested for COVID-19.
If a student is not fully vaccinated, the individual must now quarantine for at least five days. Anyone returning from a five-day quarantine must wear a well-fitting mask while at school from Days 6 through 10.
An unvaccinated student who is exposed in the home must continue to quarantine for an additional five days after a household member’s isolation period has ended, if the household member is not isolated from the student or the student continues to be exposed to the household member in the same home during that time.
Students sharing classroom space with an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine if exposed to that individual during their infectious period. Children may test back into school on Day 6, after completing a five-day quarantine. These students must be symptom-free and test negative on a lab-bsed test performed by a health-care provider on Day 5 or test negative using two at home rapid tests taken on Day 4 and Day 5.
Exposed children who do not get tested can return to school on Day 11 after completing a ten-day quarantine.
STUDENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Students 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.
The isolation period for all students in grades Kindergarten and higher and staff who test positive for COVID-19 is five days. Anyone returning from a five-day isolation period should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their overall symptoms should be improving; they must be able to wear a well-fitting mask while at school from Day 6 through Day 10. DOMHM recommends a high-grade well-fitting mask such as a KN95 or KF94 or a surgical mask worn under a cloth mask.
For students in PreK, the isolation period will remain at ten days. These students should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their overall symptoms should be improving before they return on Day 11.
STUDENTS WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
Follow the links below for next steps.
STUDENTS WHO DEVELOP COVID-19 SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL
Students and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will be given two home tests, and can only return to school under the following conditions:
- 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 either home test, your child must isolate for 10 days following the first positive result. Please contact your child’s school immediately and report the test results.
- Any student who tests positive on a take-home test should immediately report it to the school and begin isolating. Students who test positive must isolate for 10 days and can return to school on Day 11. No negative test is required to return to school.
PCR, Lab Rapid, Mail-in Rapid, and Home Rapid tests are now all accepted as a confirmed positive case. It is still recommended that persons testing positive on a home test get PCR confirmation for their medical records.
The number of students tested in school will double and will now include vaccinated students. Please log in to your NYC Schools Account and submit consent for testing ASAP. Parental consent is required for COVID testing, and consent did not roll over from last year.
UPDATED HEALTH SCREENING FORM
The health screening form has been updated to reflect the new guidance. Please print out a new form, or continue to submit it electronically.
UPDATES AND REMINDERS FROM PS 150
Masks that cover the mouth and nose continue to be mandatory. We strongly encourage students and staff to wear high-quality masks- N95, KN95, or KF94. Surgical masks are encouraged if your child is not able to wear a 95 or 94 mask. Cloth masks are permitted if they are the only mask your child can wear properly, but if they can wear a better mask, please have them do so. We have surgical masks available for students who need them.
Students are eating lunch in classrooms. To limit the spread of particles, we are trying to limit talking while eating, and we may do a read aloud, watch movies, etc.
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 now include exposure dates and dates that students and staff must take tests at home.
Some families are not comfortable sending their children to school amid this surge. This is, of course, a family decision. Absences will be excused, but we are not able to offer a remote program at this time.
STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL SICK
The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, and in many cases, it presents as a mild cold. If your child has any of the symptoms on the CDC website, keep them home and get them tested. Symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
UPLOAD VACCINE INFORMATION
You can upload your child’s Covid-19 vaccination information. Be sure to use your child’s @nycstudent.net userid to sign in.