Revised School Closure policy for NYC

Dear PS101 Families, 

I am reaching out today to share details on the updated NYC school quarantine and closure protocols, which will be reflected in the COVID-19 School Health Policy, and will go into effect Monday, April 12. These updates, and all the protocols we have been following, were developed in close collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and are based on the best research available about how to keep our schools and communities safe. 

  1. There is no change to classroom closures. If there is at least one confirmed positive case in a class, regardless of the source of infection, impacted students will quarantine for 10 calendar days and transition to remote learning during this time. 
  2. If there are 2 or more positive cases in different classrooms within a school over a 7-day period, in addition to closing the impacted classrooms, COVID-19 surveillance testing will double from 20% to 40% of students and staff in the school on the next regularly scheduled weekly random testing day. 
    1. As a reminder, testing only applies to students in grades 1 through 12. 
  3. If there are 4 or more confirmed cases in different classrooms within a school over a 7-day period that can be traced to a known exposure within the school, the entire school will close for 10 calendar days and transition to remote learning. 
  4. Additionally, schools will no longer close for 24 hours while investigations take place


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