What NYC students and staff need to know if they test positive for COVID-19

Staff and students can now return to school faster after testing positive for COVID-19, starting Jan. 31.

News 12 Staff

Jan 26, 2022, 5:27 PM

Updated 854 days ago

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Staff and students can now return to school faster after testing positive for COVID-19, starting Jan. 31.
Staff and students in kindergarten and up who test positive for COVID-19 can return to school if they are fever-free for 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medication. Their symptoms must also show signs of improvement, and they must wear a well-fitting mask while at school from days 6-10.
For students in Lyfe, 3-K, and pre-K, that isolation period stays at 10 days. They must be fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication
Now for students who are not vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19 outside of school, the quarantine time is now reduced to 5 days.
Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 at school do not need to quarantine and should use the at-home test kits provided by the school.
Turning to the mask mandate, the mandate is back on after a state appellate judge issued a stay Tuesday. This temporarily blocks a lower court ruling that found the mask mandate unconstitutional.


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