In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Fri, Mar 18 9:07am

 

Dear Member of P.S. 020 Clinton Hill at 225 ADELPHI STREET Community:

In this letter you will find information about when students and staff can return to school after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This guidance reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2).

When Is It Safe to Return to the School Building?

Any student in Kindergarten or a higher grade who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  • Isolating for 5 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms AND
  • Is able to wear a well-fitting mask, such as KN95, or use a cloth mask over a disposable mask to improve the fit and add layers, through Day 10 after exposure.

 

Any student in a Pre-K, 3-K or LYFE program who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to school only after:

  • Isolating for 10 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
  • Experiencing overall improvement in symptoms.

 

Any staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has no or mild symptoms can return to school after:

  • Isolating for 5 days AND
  • Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Is experiencing overall improvement in symptoms
  • Staff members returning after 5 days must wear a high quality (e.g., KN95, or using a cloth mask over a disposable mask to improve the fit and add layers) mask until day 10. Schools will provide KN95 masks to staff members who need them.

 

Please note: A person may continue to receive a positive COVID-19 test result for up to three months even though they are no longer infectious.

 

Any student in grades Kindergarten or higher, or any staff member showed symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

  • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • They have been fever free 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving AND
  • They must wear a high-quality mask (e.g., KN95, or using a cloth mask over a disposable mask to improve the fit and add layers) mask until day 10.

 

Any student in a Pre-K, 3-K or LYFE program showing symptoms but did not get tested for COVID-19, they can return to school only after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • They have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND
  • Overall symptoms are improving OR
  • They have received two negative results from two at-home tests taken at least 24 hours apart since the onset of symptoms.
  • Symptoms have been improving and they have been fever-free for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • They will continue to wear a well-fitting mask through Day 10, as required daily.

 

Once recovered from symptoms, get vaccinated.

 

Vaccination is the most important tool we have to protect ourselves from COVID-19. All New Yorkers age 5 years or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. People who are between 5 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Vaccine booster shots are now available for all fully vaccinated people 12 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series. A booster shot is recommended for any adult who received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago, the second dose of the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

All DOE employees, as well as DOE/City contractors in DOE buildings, are required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. All are expected to receive the 2nd dose within 45 days of the first dose to remain compliant, according to the order issued by the Commissioner of Health. You must submit proof of vaccination using the DOE’s Vaccination Portal.

 

How can I stay updated? 

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  

Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what. 

 

Sincerely,

DOE Situation Room.