Update on the NYC Schools Mask Mandate

To maintain the safety of our staff and students, we will continue to practice strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily health screening, and test kit distribution. Mask-wearing will become optional indoors, outside, and on school buses. Anyone who chooses to wear a mask may continue to do so, and your child may request a mask from their school if they need one.
 
In addition, any staff member or student in grades Kindergarten or higher returning on Day 6 following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without testing is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10.
 
Masks are strongly recommended for any staff member or student who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is still required in medical rooms and nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers.
 
Social Distancing: There are no requirements for social distancing in public spaces, including classrooms, cafeterias, and auditoriums.
 
Visitor Policy: Visitors are still required to show proof of vaccination and complete the daily health screening before entering a DOE building.
 
Vaccination: As a reminder, vaccination is the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and to keep our schools safe for all our students. Make an appointment for vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or call 311 to find a vaccine site near you.