- 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 should wear a mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier. Masks may be removed during this period if the person has received two negative rapid tests 48 hours apart.
- These cases should be reported to their school so they can be reported into the sit room for exposure notifications.
Update on Health Department Masking Recommendation
The safety of our students and staff is our absolute top priority. As such, we are advising you that the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has issued a universal indoor masking recommendation for all indoor settings, including schools and daycare centers, due to the current high rates of flu and other respiratory conditions.
As always, we follow the guidance of our health experts. Therefore, based on the recommendation of our partners at DOHMH, we are encouraging every student and staff member to mask up as we head into the winter season.
All schools and offices are equipped with masks. As a reminder, masks should cover the nose and the mouth, resting snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face.
We also continue to encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with all vaccinations, including flu and COVID.
Principals: A family-facing update about masking recommendations is being prepared to backpack home and will be shared soon.
If you have questions, please email OfficeOfSchoolHealth@schools.nyc.gov.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy as we enter 2023!