COVID-19 Information & Updates

Threshold for Closing School Buildings

School buildings will need to close if New York City meets the following criteria:

  • The percent of positive tests in New York City is equal to or greater than 3% using a 7-day rolling average. If we cross this threshold, school buildings will close, and all students will transition to full-time remote learning for a minimum of two weeks.

As of November 19, 2020, all school buildings are closed until further notice, and all students are learning remotely 5 days a week. Find important information about remote learning devices, tech support, and tips for learning on our Blended Learning page.

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City.

It’s important we come together as a city and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities.

Important Precautions

It is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Wear a face covering, indoors and outdoors.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Keep six feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms. 
  • Get your flu shot .
  • Reduce overcrowding by walking or biking to work, if possible.
  • If the train is too packed, wait for the next one. 

If You Feel Sick

  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat.
  • If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, contact your doctor.
  • Do not go to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • If you need help getting medical care, call 311.

For More Information

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff

Students from Grades 1-12 who are learning in-person are participating in random testing for COVID-19 throughout the school year. Regular testing of staff and students in schools allows us to keep our schools and broader communities healthy and safe. Visit Covid Testing for Students and Staff to learn more about the school-based testing program and priority testing for DOE students and staff, and to download a copy of the testing consent form for your student.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Please see the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children page for information and letters to families.

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