The New York City Department of Education is lowering the bar for COVID-19 in the city’s public schools.

The New York City Department of Education is lowering the bar for COVID-19 in the city's public schools

Beginning with the start of the new school year on September 8, the New York City Agency of Education will no longer give pupils the arbitrary COVID-19 assessments, as stated in a statement that was issued by the department on Tuesday.

In its stead, test kits will be sent to the homes of children, parents, and teachers who have been exposed to the virus.

As a consequence of the new regulations that have been put into place by the department as a component of COVID-19, it will no longer be necessary for students to fill out a daily health screening form. This change will take effect on January 2, 2019.

Masks will no longer be required for students to wear, although it is highly recommended that they do so in case they get exposed to harmful particles.

Students and staff members who have a positive test result or who are exhibiting symptoms are required to remain in quarantine for five days, and they are only allowed to return to school from the sixth to the tenth day while wearing a mask. If a student or staff member has a positive test result or is exhibiting symptoms, they are required to remain in quarantine for five days.

When a person shows symptoms of the coronavirus or visits the medical office of a school, they are required to wear a mask. Masks are also required in other situations when the virus may be present.

It is now necessary that positive incidents be reported to an entity inside the agency called as “The Situation Room.” This organization is in charge of keeping track of COVID-19 instances that have been reported in schools.

Students were responsible for 190,301 of the nearly 250,000 positive COVID-19 incidents that took place in schools located within the five boroughs of New York City between September 13, 2021 and August 15, 2022, according to the most recent statistics that were provided by the New York City Education Department. These incidents took place between September 13, 2021 and August 15, 2022.

According to the group, anybody who attends a public school, including instructors and those employed on a contract basis, would be forced to have proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter the building. Everyone else who is an adult and wishes to attend a facility is required to submit paperwork proving they have gotten at least one dose of a mandated vaccination. This documentation must state that they have received the vaccine.

In order for students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as high-risk public school athletic league sports, they will be required to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against the disease. The Department of Education is responsible for overseeing these many endeavors and activities.

To ensure that the city satisfies the standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the city’s education department will update HVAC systems, evaluate ventilation in buildings on a regular basis, and deliver more than 160,000 air purifiers to the city’s educational institutions.

This week, when millions of kids headed back to school, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for the COVID-19.

The practice of isolating children who have not been vaccinated should be eliminated, and a program called test-to-stay should be implemented. This program would allow children who have come into contact with an individual infected with COVID-19 to continue attending school as long as they do not exhibit any symptoms and test positive for the virus. In addition, the social distance threshold of 6 feet should be reduced.

Dr. Gretchen Massetti of the CDC, who was one of the writers of the new guidance, stated the following the week prior in an interview with ABC News: “We’re in a better position as a country now, with more options — such as vaccines, boosters, and therapies — to protect ourselves and our communities against severe COVID-19 sickness.” This guidance takes into consideration the fact that the pandemic has not yet been contained, but it also helps us come closer to a moment when COVID-19 does not considerably interrupt our regular day-to-day life.

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