SEPT. 1, 2022 — As we prepare for Fall 2022, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) have collaboratively released COVID-19 operational guidance for schools. As communicated by NYSDOH and NYSED, “we enter a new phase of the pandemic, with increased access to COVID-19 information, vaccinations, testing, and treatment; we are changing our guidance to give school districts and schools more flexibility heading into the 2022-23 school year.”
Based on the shared guidance from the NYSDOH and NYS Education Department:
Students are not required to wear masks, including on a school bus.
All individuals should continue to practice staying home when feeling ill. Students and staff exposed to COVID-19 will not have to quarantine but should practice isolation when ill.
If students or staff exhibit symptoms, testing on day five after exposure is the recommendation.
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for five days at home. After five days, if symptoms are improving and the individual is fever free for 24 hours, they may return wearing a mask by following the isolation guidance outlined by the CDC.
Schools will no longer be required to conduct screening testing.
Unvaccinated staff members will no longer be required to test weekly.
Importance of continuing to practice good hygiene by washing hands and maintaining clean surfaces.
The local Department of Health can impose further restrictions during an outbreak of a virus. We will continue to work in partnership with our local Department of Health and will communicate any changes due to needed precautions as directed by a local Department of Health.
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain at the forefront of our decision-making. We appreciate your cooperation as we look forward to the first day of classes on Thursday, Sept. 8.