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NYC DOE School Health Policy 2022/2023 School Year

School Health Policy This page was last updated on August 18, 2022 at 3:53 PM. DOE Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidance This guidance provides best practice considerations for schools for the 2022-2023 school year to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff.

  • Vaccination: Vaccination is the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk. Encourage up to date COVID-19 vaccination for everyone six months or older.

  • Visit the Vaccine Finder page 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 At-A-Glance COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules (cdc.gov).

  • Vaccination Requirements:

  • 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 is still required to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities (band, orchestra, chorus, musical theatre, dance/dance team, marching band, cheerleading, step teams, flag teams) including high-risk PSAL sports (football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby).


  • 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.


  • Isolate if COVID-19 positive: 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 mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.


  • These cases should be reported to their school so they can be report 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 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.


  • Testing:

  • 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.


  • Situation Room:

  • 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.

  • The Situation Room will answer questions from schools and district personnel related to COVID protocols by phone and email and will escalate concerns from schools.

  • The situation room will run Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Subject to change with caseload as determined by CH and DOE leadership.

  • Refer to the Situation Room page of the infohub for the most up-to-date information.


  • Masking- 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:

  • 160K+ air purifiers distributed to schools – at least two in every classroom

  • Monitoring ventilation in buildings on a daily basis and perform any required work in a timely manner.

  • HVAC upgrades in alignment with CDC guidance, including 110,000 MERV-13 filters installed .


  • School Building Cleaning:

  • Routine cleaning of surfaces will be maintained.


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