2022-2023 School Year - Message from the Governor Hochul, Dept of Health Commissioner Bassett

2022-2023 School Year Message from Governor Hochul, Dept. of Health Commissioner Bassett, and Education Dept. Commissioner Rosa 

Thanks to your ongoing heroic work, schools across New York State have been able to provide in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping your students and staff safe by using protocols issued by local health departments and school districts.

As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, with increased access to COVID-19 information, vaccination, testing, and treatment, we are changing our guidance to give school districts and schools more flexibility heading into the 2022-2023 school year.

Mitigation Strategies: We jointly encourage school districts and schools to utilize the CDC's Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning as a resource for COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the K-12 setting. This guidance from the CDC represents the most up-to-date COVID-19 mitigation strategies for the K-12 setting while considering COVID-19 Community Levels. Changes to the most current CDC Operational Guidance include:

  • Elimination of the test-to-stay policy recommendation.
  • Changed recommendations to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Levels or in response to an outbreak.
  • Removal of the recommendation to pod/cohort.
  • Removal of the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings.
  • Addition of detailed information on when to wear a mask, how to manage cases and exposures, and how to respond to outbreaks.

COVID-19 Exposure: When people are exposed to COVID-19, follow the CDC's Exposure Guidance. It is recommended that those exposed to COVID-19 wear a well-fitting mask or respirator for a full 10-day period and get tested at least 5 days after close contact or sooner if symptoms develop. The current guidance holds for all individuals irrespective of vaccination status or history of prior COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Positive Test Results: Those who are or become symptomatic and/or test positive for COVID-19 are asked to follow the CDC's Isolation Guidance.

The CDC notes that testing is not required to determine end of isolation following_a positive test for COVID..19 infection; however, individuals may use sequential antigen testing, if available, as outlined in CDC's Isolation Guidance to potentially shorten the duration of mask use post-isolation. Those who are not able to wear a well-fitting mask or respirator should either isolate for a full 10 days or follow the test-based strategy to determine when they can return to school without a mask. (read more)



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