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Covid-19 Response

Threshold for Closing School Buildings
School buildings will need to close if New York City meets the following criteria:
  • The percent of positive tests in New York City is equal to or greater than 3% using a 7-day rolling average.  If we cross this threshold, school buildings will close, and all students will transition to full time remote learning for a minimum of two weeks.
As of November 19, 2020 all school buildings are closed until further notice, and all students are learning remotely 5 days a week.  
Important Precautions
It is critical that all members of the school community to continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Wear a face covering, indoors and outdoors.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Keep six feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Do not shake hands.  Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
  • Get your flu shot.
  • Reduce overcrowding by walking to taking a bike where you need to go, if possible
  • If the train is too packed, wait for the next one.
You Feel Sick
  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat.
  • If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, contact your doctor.  
  • Do not go to school or work until you have been fever -free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • If you need help getting medical care, call 311.
Covid-19 testing for Students and Staff
Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re bringing testing directly into schools beginning in October 2020. Our testing partners will come to district schools, every month, and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12. The number of people to be tested will depend on the size of the school, but will consist of 10-20% of a school’s population each month, students and staff included. Schools throughout the city will be tested every day for the remainder of the month.
This testing initiative is organized by our partners at NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test & Trace Corps. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit). The whole test will take about two minutes.
  • In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the consent form, below, as soon as you receive it from your school.
  • If you have a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify your child’s school as well.