Safety and Health Protocols
Updated: Jul 13
Click here to read the full NYCDOE Health and Safety Updates
School Visitor Policy
All visitors must show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to enter a DOE school building. Visitors include students attending school or school related activities in a DOE school building.
Acceptable proof of vaccination is one of the following:
A CDC Vaccination Card(Open external link); a photo or photocopy is also acceptable.
A NYC Vaccination Record(Open external link) or other official immunization record from within or outside the US, including from a health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.
NYC COVID Safe App on Android(Open external link) or iOS(Open external link).
Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus(Open external link).
DOE COVID-19 Vaccine Portal(Open external link).
School Closure Schools will be closed only when it is determined by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that there is widespread transmission in the school. With the health and safety measures in place, we expect that school closures will be limited.
To learn about what to do if your child tests positive see the Home Rapid Test Kits page.
View the Daily COVID19 Case Map.
Good ventilation is essential to prevent COVID-19. Over the past year and a half, ventilation in every single classroom across the city has been inspected, updated, and repaired as needed. Every DOE room in use by students and staff for extended periods of time will have fully operational ventilation through either natural, mechanical, or a combination of means.
As an added precaution, every classroom across New York City has been provided with two air purifiers. Cafeterias in bigger schools will be provided with large air units for added protection and window-based exhaust fans to provide additional air circulation, and we continue to increase ventilation in classrooms and schools. These measures meet or exceed guidance from the CDC.
You can check the ventilation status of your child’s school online: use Find a School to locate your school's page, which includes a section on Building Ventilation Information.
If a room in your child’s school does not have adequate ventilation, it will not be used.
All classrooms and common areas, such as auditoriums and gyms will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. High-touch” areas such as doorknobs and water fountains will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day, and each classroom will be deep cleaned and disinfected daily using electrostatic technology.