Stay Open, Stay Safe Plan For Schools


Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio and, Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, and Incoming Schools Chancellor David Banks announced a multi-pronged approach for safely returning to school in-person this January following winter break. The Department of Education (DOE) is strongly encouraging all eligible students to get vaccinated, and all students and staff should get tested prior to the resumption of classes on January 3. The DOE will double the in-school surveillance testing program and deploy millions of at-home rapid tests to allow students to continue learning in school.

Families can book an appointment at any eligible site with "$100 incentive available "listed on the  or call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a participating site.

The nation’s largest in-school surveillance testing program is expanding to double the number of individuals tested in each school by including both unvaccinated students and vaccinated students, as well as staff. All families, regardless of whether their young person is vaccinated, should consent to in-school testing at or return a signed consent form to their school.

New State policy, which aligns with new CDC guidance and was co-written with the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, shortens the isolation period for fully-vaccinated critical workers (including school personnel) who test positive, but are asymptomatic, to five days. Staff can return on the sixth day as long as they remain asymptomatic, have not had a fever in 72 hours, and wear an appropriate high-quality mask (such as a KN95, which will be provided to staff).

Every student and adult in a classroom with a positive case will immediately receive an at-home rapid test kit and will need to take two tests in five days. Students who are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine and can continue attending school.

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