All schools are required to follow health and safety protocols to prevent, identify, and address the spread of COVID-19.
- Promote healthy behaviors such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings, handwashing, and using sanitizer
- Clean the school throughout the day and disinfect every night
- Maintain an isolation room for students with symptoms with a dedicated staff member or health professional
- Communicate clearly with families and the school community
- Have a nurse in every public school building
You can learn more online about how schools plan to reopen safely, including:
- Thresholds for opening and closing schools
- Building preparations and safety measures
- Testing and tracing protocols if someone is feeling sick or has COVID-19
- Closure and quarantine protocols when there is one or more COVID-19 cases in a school
Get COVID-19 health and safety information for public schools.
To report a school not following COVID-19 health and safety rules, visit the School Reopening Complaint page.
Mandatory In-School COVID-19 Testing
In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing. Mandatory in-school testing will happen weekly for a random selection of staff and students from grades 1-12 in all reopened school buildings. The number of people to be tested will depend on the size of the school, but will consist of 20% of a school’s population each month, students and staff included. Exemptions will be granted only in certain limited cases.
If you have already submitted consent, you are encouraged to do so again to ensure your student has the latest form on file. There are two ways to submit:
- You can complete the consent form on your child's NYC Schools Account.
- Print and sign the form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building. Printable consent forms are available in ten languages. Download consent form.
If your child is tested, your school will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which are usually available within 48-72 hours.
Learn more about school-based COVID-19 testing.
Daily Health Screenings
Once public school buildings reopen, students must complete a health screening (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. All students will receive an oral thermometer in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature.
You are encouraged to use the DOE Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning. When you do the screening at home, you or your child just need to provide the results of the screening either by showing the email on a smartphone or a printout of the results before entering the school building.
If you or your child is not able to pre-screen using the online tool, you may use the Paper Health Screening Questionnaire and have your child bring the completed form to school and show it upon entry. Your school will provide you with printed copies so you can complete the questionnaire at home.
If you or your child forgets or is unable to pre-screen, someone will be available at your school's entrance to assist your child in completing the form and checking your child’s temperature.
Students will not be able to attend in-person classes if they have:
- Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days, including:
- Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
- A new cough
- A new loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath
- Received a positive result from a COVID-19 test that tested saliva or used a nose or throat swab (not a blood test) in the past 10 days;
- Been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
- Traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
As always, please keep your child home if they are sick.