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Updated Quarantine Guidelines - 1/14/22
 
People with Known Exposure to COVID-19 Who Do Not Have Symptoms -  Chart as of 1/14/22
covid exposure quarantine chart
Covid-19 Protocols: January 2022 
 
NYSDOH COVID Quarantine and Isolation in the Schools Setting
from the New York Department of Health
 
The recent updates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding recommended vaccination schedules as well as quarantine (for exposed individuals) and isolation (for infected individuals) have been met by many questions from the school community. The NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) has reviewed these documents and will be issuing a revised Isolation and Quarantine guidance, most recently released on January 4, 2022 most recently released on January 4, 2022, shortly. We will also update our “test-to-stay memo last updated December 23, 2021” that was last updated December 23, 2021, to account for the new quarantine length. We are providing the following clarifications to assist school leadership in continuing to provide in-person instruction. NYSDOH recognizes the CDC priority of safely providing in-person instruction, as well as the importance of multi-layer mitigation strategies in place in K-12 school settings.
 
1. Masking and Distancing: Both masking and distancing continue to be required in school settings.
2. Quarantine (for Individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19)
     a. In-classroom activities: All fully vaccinated* individuals (students, teachers, and staff), who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 may continue to attend or work at school, regardless of booster status, while quarantined outside of school. This recommendation continues previous guidance in place prior to January 4. Continued attendance applies only to participation in classroom activities and taking the bus to and from school.
*Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the receipt of either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine or full course of any other recognized vaccine.
     b. Extracurricular or after school activities: Individuals 12 years and older who are eligible for a booster but not boosted, and who have been exposed to    an individual with COVID-19, cannot participate in extracurricular or after school activities and, aside from school attendance for instruction and bus travel, must adhere to a 5-day quarantine at home. Fully vaccinated 5-11-year-old children are not eligible for a booster and have no further restrictions.
     c. Students, teachers, and staff who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact These individuals could be eligible for Test to Stay programs that would allow them to stay in the school setting during the quarantine period. Outside the school setting, quarantine recommendations would apply.
     d. Isolation: Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days (regardless of vaccination status). If symptoms  persist, further isolation will be required; otherwise, they may attend or work at school after the 5-day isolation.
 
We hope this clarification is useful for ensuring that schools remain both safe and open for in-person instruction. Detailed guidance reflecting these parameters will be forthcoming soon. Thank you for your partnership and continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
At Home Covid Test Kit Due To Exposure

You are receiving a COVID-19 home test kit because your child was exposed to COVID-19 while at school.

 

Here is how you should use your test kit:

  • Please help your child take the first test on the day you receive the test kit.
  • Please help your child take the second test on the fifth (5th) day after exposure.
  • Your child may continue to attend school as long as your child receives negative test results and does not experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If your child has COVID-like symptoms or feels ill before the fifth (5th) day, please have your child isolate and take the second home test immediately.
  • 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 to inform them and for further guidance.

 

All test kits come with printed instructions, please follow these instructions when administering the test. You can also check your test kit and watch a video on how to use your test kit:

 

For additional information, you can also visit the manufacturer’s websites.

 
At Home Covid Test Kit Due To Symptoms

You are receiving a COVID-19 home test kit because your child was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school.

Here is how you should use your test kit:

  • Please help your child take the first test immediately.
  • Please help your child take the second test 24 hours later.
  • Your child may not attend school until they receive two negative home tests taken within 24 hours 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 COVD 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 for further guidance.

 

All test kits come with printed instructions, please follow these instructions when administering the test. You can also check your test kit and watch a video on how to use your test kit:

 

For additional information, you can also visit the manufacturer’s websites.

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.