COVID-19 Testing for Students
Please see link: fall-2021-student-testing-
Face Covering Policy
We are pleased to announce that, face coverings will be optional on school grounds for students in kindergarten through grade 12 beginning Monday, March 7.
To maintain the safety of our staff and students, we will continue to practice strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily health screening, and test kit distribution. Mask-wearing will become optional indoors, outside, and on school buses. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so, and your child may request a mask from their school if they need one.
The indoor mask mandate is still active for LYFE, EarlyLearn (Infants & Toddlers), 3-K, Pre-K, and 4410 classrooms. Children two years old and older, and all staff in these classrooms, must continue to wear a face covering indoors. Since children under the age of five are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, face coverings remain our strongest defense against COVID-19 for our youngest learners.
In addition, any staff member or student in grades Kindergarten or higher returning on Day 6 following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-like symptoms is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10.
Masks are strongly recommended for any staff member or student who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is still required in medical rooms and nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers. Nurses will have masks on hand for anyone entering who may need one.
Submitting COVID Testing Forms
The DOE increased random COVID-19 testing in all elementary, middle, and high schools for students in grades 1-12 from biweekly to weekly. We can only test students whose parents have provided an updated testing consent form to their school. You are encouraged to provide this consent for your child if you have not done so. If you have already submitted a testing consent form for the 2021-22 school year, that consent form remains in effect. If you have not yet submitted your consent, you can do so one of two ways:
● Fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc or
● Download the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and bring the completed form to your child’s school.
Mental Health Resources for All New Yorkers
NYC has greatly expanded mental health and substance misuse services, and increased services as the COVID-19 pandemic created additional challenges. The 24/7 helpline 1-888-NYC-WELL is FREE and provides many different kinds of support and interventions. The website Mental Health for All helps with finding support for recovery from depression; grief support; support through any kind of crisis; and substance use disorder services.
New York City has universal health care NYC Care that includes counseling services. No New Yorker, documented or undocumented, needs to go without coverage. Mental health is as important as ever during tough times. NYC will continue to promote universal access to mental healthcare during the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.
Pfizer booster doses are now available for certain groups of people who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Those groups are:
- People who are 65 or older
- People who are 18 or older with an underlying medical condition, or
- People who are 18 or older and live in a nursing home or other long term care facility.
- People who are 18 or older at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to occupational (e.g. healthcare workers) or institutional setting (e.g. people who live in shelters)
- Eligible New Yorkers can access booster shots starting today (9/24) and will need to attest to their eligibility
- Separately, there has been no change to the August guidelines about third doses for people with underlying conditions. Adults who received the Pfizer OR Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago, and are moderately to severely immunocompromised, are still eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as part of their initial vaccination series. Eligible New Yorkers can access third doses citywide, and need to attest to their eligibility
- People who received the J&J vaccine are not eligible for additional doses of the vaccine at this time.
- Monitor the CDC’s Website and nyc.gov/
covidvaccine for updates as additional guidance is released from the federal government.
Thanks to a partnership between the DOE and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), all New Yorkers aged 12 and up can get free COVID-19 vaccines at select schools across the City. You can simply walk in by yourself or with any student, friend, or family member who needs a vaccine (minors will need parental consent) and get vaccinated for free—no health insurance or proof of citizenship will be required. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the DOE strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment as soon as possible by visiting:
- Vaccinations at home
- Walk-up vaccination sites
- NYC mobile vaccine vans and buses
Vaccine Requirements for Eligible Students Participating in High Risk Extracurricular Activities
Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Vaccination Policy
As a reminder, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for DOE students and staff participating in Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) sports considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission. High-risk sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, stunt, and rugby. Vaccination will also be required for participation in bowling because while the sport is not high risk, the locations where it occurs require vaccination.
Participants in fall high-risk sports must get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the first day of competitive play, which varies by sport. Winter and spring PSAL participants have until the beginning of their season to be fully vaccinated. For additional information about health and safety protocols for PSAL in the 2021-22 school year, please visit schools.nyc.gov/PSAL.
Extracurricular Activities Vaccination Policy
Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State guidance, COVID-19 vaccination will be required this year for students who are at least 12 years old and are participating in afterschool extracurricular activities considered high-risk for potential COVID-19 transmission.
High risk afterschool activities include:
- Musical Theater
- Dance / Dance Team
- Band / Orchestra / Marching Band
- Cheerleading / Step Teams / Flag Team
Please reach out to thee school for additional information regarding participation in these activities.
Pop Up Vaccination Sites
Thanks to a partnership between the DOE and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), all New Yorkers aged 12 and up can get free COVID-19 vaccines at select schools across the City. You can simply walk in by yourself or with any student, friend, or family member who needs a vaccine (minors will need parental consent) and get your “jab” for free—no health insurance or proof of citizenship will be required.
To help keep schools safe, the DOE and DOHMH strongly encourage all New Yorkers aged 12 and up to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Many sites now have walk-in appointments, making it easier for any New Yorker to obtain the ultimate protection currently available for COVID-19.
Consent Forms for Covid-19 Testing
It is important that you provide consent for your child to participate in the in-school testing program. Submit your updated testing consent form for your child using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) at schoolsaccount.nyc or by downloading the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and providing the completed printed form to your child’s school.
- You can fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc
- Download the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting
- Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/NYCSA
Testing consent forms submitted in the previous school year expire on September 30, 2021. If you previously provided consent, your child may be tested this month as part of the in-school testing program—however, for your child to participate in the testing program for the remainder of this school year, you must submit a new consent form.
Department of Education (DOE) Vaccination Portal for Families and Staff
Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Every school will randomly test biweekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population.
If your child has been vaccinated, please upload an image of your child’s vaccination card or NYC Excelsior Pass to the DOE’s vaccine portal at vaccine.schools.nyc.
School Building Visitors
Effective Monday, September 13, all visitors to DOE school buildings are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (1 dose), in order to enter the building, except in the case of an emergency. This proof may be provided in several ways, please see schools.nyc.gov/2021healthfor more information.
Pending an Order by the Health Commissioner
On the first day of school, 3K/Pre-K parents, in small groups, are able to walk their children into the classroom and stay with them briefly on the first day of school without showing proof of vaccination. All other requirements apply.
In order to enter the building, a visitor must:
- show identification,
- have proof of vaccination,
- complete the daily health screening form, and
- wear a face covering.
Health Screening Tool
Before entering school buildings each day, every student and staff member must complete the Health Screening Form to confirm that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have not recently tested positive, and are not currently required to quarantine based on close contact with an infected person.
We recommend bookmarking healthscreening.schools.nyc on your device so you can quickly and easily complete the form before sending your child to school each day.
Remember, if your child feels ill, do not send them to school! We want to keep your child and our school communities healthy and safe, and we must all do our part.
Vaccination Proof for Indoor Activities – Key to NYC
Starting August 17, people 12 and older will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for:
- Indoor dining
- Includes restaurants, catering halls, event spaces, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, grocery stores with indoor dining, coffee shops and fast food or quick service with indoor dining.
- Indoor fitness
- Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, indoor studios and dance studios, Indoor entertainment.
- Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums and galleries, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas.
This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — includes bars, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums and other indoor venues. Staff at these locations are also required to be vaccinated.
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Proof of Vaccination
Proof of vaccination may include:
- NYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOS
- Excelsior Pass
- CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)
- NYC Vaccination Record
- An official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S
If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:
- First name and last name
- Date of birth
- Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
- Date(s) administered
- Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it
Vax To School
August 9 is the last day to get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine regimen in time to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school on September 13. Vaccines are available at hundreds of City sites, H+H hospitals, mobile sites, and pharmacies and community clinics, and anyone can receive an at-home vaccine. While vaccine sites throughout the City accept walk-ups, you can make an appointment at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or call the vaccine center 877-829-4692 to arrange for free, round-trip transportation to a vaccine site.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
All individuals 12 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine.
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NYC COVID-19 Resources
Get Your Child’s COVID-19 Test Results: Schools offering in-person teaching and learning are conducting weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19. If a student is tested, parents should hear results via text, email, or phone call within two to three days. Please make sure that families provide their schools with their most current contact information. Learn more about COVID-19 testing results here or at schools.nyc.gov/covidresults Flyers available in: Arabic, Bengali/Bengla, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Walk-in testing is available at no cost to you at these NYC Health + Hospitals locations.
COVID-19 Vaccine DOHMH has created a Vaccine web page to keep New Yorkers up to date.
The data reflects the most recent information collected about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC. It is updated daily. Click to access COVID-19 DATA