New York City public schools will halve the minimum quarantine period required for students who test positive for coronavirus, and isolate unvaccinated students exposure to the virus, from 10 days to five, officials at the Education Department said.
The new policy, effective January 31, will require all students in kindergarten and above who test positive to stay home for at least five days. Unvaccinated students exposed to the virus outside of school will be required to do the same.
Students may return on Day 6 as long as they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and wear a “fit” mask, although all students and staff must still wear masks at all times.
Policy change, first time Reported by NY1 on Tuesday, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Nathaniel Styer, a spokesman for the education department. They also brought the city in line with state guidelines for schools Released on January 14.
Preschool students 2 years of age and older and have tested positive for the virus are still required to be isolated for 10 days, but those who have been exposed but have not tested positive will be allowed to return after five days. , as long as they have no symptoms. and received a negative result with a PCR test performed on their fifth day of isolation, or two negative home rapid tests performed on Days 4 and 5.
Children under 2 years of age will be allowed to return after seven days, as long as they are asymptomatic and receive a negative result from a PCR test done on Day 5 or later.
The recent increase in cases from the Omicron variant has begun to decline in the city, although the test positive rate remains very high and hospitals are still struggling to keep up with admissions. As of Tuesday, an average of 10,375 people tested positive for coronavirus in New York City every day, according to a New York Times database.
The rapidly changing Covid-19 situation continues to disrupt the city’s classrooms, with 1,445 students and 307 staff testing positive for the virus on Tuesday, according to data provided by the education department.
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