Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Schools

We know how important it is to keep our schools and classrooms open for learning, and we have done everything we can to make sure our classrooms are equipped to be safe learning environments, including mandating that all staff are vaccinated and ensuring increased ventilation in all school buildings and classrooms. These measures will mean fewer disruptions in your child’s education.
 
There may be times when your child is asked to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. Here are the quarantine protocols for students in:
Elementary Schools: In the event there is a positive case in a classroom,
  • all students in the class will be instructed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. Students will continue to receive instruction while they quarantine.
 
Middle and High Schools: In the event there is a positive case in a classroom, students who are:
  • At least 12 years old, vaccinated, and not showing symptoms will continue to attend school in-person. Out of an abundance of caution, these students are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after exposure.
  •  At least 12 years old, vaccinated, and showing symptoms will be directed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. These students will have access to remote learning while quarantining.
  • Unvaccinated will be directed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. These students will continue their learning remotely. On Day 5 of their quarantine, students may take a COVID-19 test, and with a negative result, return to attending school in-person after Day 7. NYC DOE Homecoming 2021 Health & Safety 2021–2022 9 Accurate as of 8/26/21. Visit schools.nyc.gov/homecoming for the most up-to-date information.
Schools will be closed only when it is determined by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that there is widespread transmission in the school. With the health and safety measures in place, we expect that school closures will be limited.
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