DOE Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidance
- Visit the https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ or call 877-829-4692 to find a location near you.
- Up to date includes boosters for everyone who is eligible and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people. See https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/COVID-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf
- ⚠️Vaccination is still required for all visitors entering school buildings
- Vaccination is still required for all DOE employees
- Vaccination is still required for other individuals who work in DOE buildings
- Vaccinations are still required to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities including high-risk PSAL sports.
- 📌Daily Health Screener:
- No longer required to enter school buildings
- Stay home if sick: Students and staff should stay home if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses and get tested for COVID-19.
- These cases should be reported to the school so they can be reported into the sit room for exposure notifications.
- Get tested if exposed to COVID-19: Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 should get tested.
- These individuals should receive home tests from their school and take two tests, at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure. All exposed individuals should be monitored 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.
- Starting the first day of school, schools will offer home test kits to those with a potential in-school exposure and those with symptoms
- In addition, each staff and student will receive 4 tests per month to take home. These tests can be used by school families for testing due to symptoms, exposures, high-risk activity (such as travel and large gatherings) and can give staff and students immediate results.
- In-school PCR surveillance testing will not be a part of the 2022-23 school year.
- Schools will be required to report positive cases of COVID-19 to the situation room.
- The Situation Room will provide schools with standardized communications for their communities and will notify school communities of cases in their schools through daily email and the Daily COVID map.
- 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
Rapid Testing at Home
Schools 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 the school and begin isolating. No proof of a negative result is required in order for these students to enter the 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 https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 311
- Get more information about https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ (or call 877-VAX-4-NYC).
- We strongly encourage the COVID-19 vaccination for all age-eligible students.
All DOE students and staff who participate in high-risk PSAL sports or competitive afterschool sports must be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed after an individual received a single dose of a vaccine that requires only one dose or the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
A COVID-19 vaccination requirement also applies to students participating in high-risk after school extracurricular activities like chorus, musical theater, dance/dance team, band/orchestra (with concern for woodwinds), marching band, cheerleading/step teams/flag team. Students ages five and up must be vaccinated in order to participate in these extracurricular activities.
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:
- A CDC Vaccination Card; a photo or photocopy is also acceptable.
- A NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization record from within or outside the US, including from a health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.
- NYC COVID Safe App on Android or iOS.
- Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus.
- DOE COVID-19 Vaccine Portal.
- In accordance with Chancellor's Regulation A-701, all students entering DOE public schools for the first time, from kindergarten through grade 12, must submit a New Admission Examination form (CH-205)–completed by a health care provider– to their school nurse.
- Any students needing to take medications or receive any medical treatments must have a Medication Administration Form (MAF) and/or Medically Prescribed Treatment Form that must be submitted every year. For more information on health services in school, visit the Health Services page.