2022 Returning to School Covid Restrictions Updates

COVID-19 restrictions have been loosened with continuing precautions for the upcoming 2022 in-person school year.

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Students are no longer required to be vaccinated in order to attend school. However, high-risk PSAL sports and high-risk extracurriculars including football, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, band, chorus, and theater will require vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for visitors and staff members working in Department of Education (DOE) buildings.

Students are no longer required to fill out a daily health screening before entering the school building.

Schools will not be administering COVID PCR tests in-person. Instead, students will receive four COVID tests every month and can request additional COVID tests if they are symptomatic.

The Stuyvesant administration will continue providing a form in which students and staff members are encouraged to report their positive cases. Schools must then notify the Situation Room, which will contact school communities with daily emails and up-to-date Daily COVID Case maps.

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for five days before returning to school. Upon returning to school, they must wear masks for up to 10 days after their original positive test.

Students and staff exposed to a positive individual should take two tests on the fourth and fifth day since exposure while monitoring for symptoms.

Mask-wearing remains optional but is strongly recommended by the DOE, especially among individuals who were exposed to COVID-19, are immunocompromised, or are in a crowded indoor setting.

Masks are required to enter a school’s medical room, nurse’s office, and any school-based health center.

School Chancellor David Banks issued plans to spend $27 million on replacing filters in over 160 thousand air purifiers across the city, and ventilation will be monitored daily. Ventilation Reports for Stuyvesant High School can be viewed by searching the school in Find a School, where a Building Ventilation Assessment can be found on the school’s page.

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