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COVID-19 Resources for Schools

COVID-19 Algorithm – a stepwise algorithm for schools to use when staff or students report an illness.

COVID-19 Article Library– a searchable library of relevant COVID-19 scientific publications.

U.S. COVID-19 Tracker– A display of case positivity, new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, by State. (Mobile version here)

New York COVID-19 Dashboard – Case Positivity, Cases, and Deaths for NY State and NYC.

New York Controversies – an explanation of where CDC, NY Dept. of Health and others guidelines vary.

Sample School Re-Opening Plan – A sample plan built using the New York Dept of Health required structure.

Questions and Answers – Review answers to school questions. Post new questions.

Helpful Links

  • CDC Guidelines: Schools and Childcare Programs , last updated July 24, 2020.
  • CDC Guidelines: Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations, last updated July 23, 2020. Primary concern is the change in language to discourage schools from performing symptom screening. The rationale given by the CDC for this change is the concern over reducing the number of days children miss school and the burden on parents missing work due to false alarms (symptoms mimicking COVID-19 that are due to other illnesses).
  • CDC Daily Home Screening For Students, published July 28,2020. This details two sections for parents to review each morning. The explanation for its use is found at the bottom of the Screening Guidelines page linked above. The CDC explains that symptoms of COVID without an exposure or high community disease burden, should be treated as a non-COVID illness and simply require isolation at home for 24 hours after symptoms are gone. However, most U.S. states have a moderate to high disease burden based on the CDC definition. In this instance, symptoms of COVID-19 should trigger quarantine and further evaluation. If you elect to use the CDC daily home screening symptom pdf, please be aware that several symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the CDC website were not listed in the home screening pdf, including chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, loss of tase or smell, congestion or runny nose.
  • EPA approved list of “Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)” currently lists 473 products.
  • FDA “updates on hand sanitizers consumers should not use” currently lists 135 products.
  • Vaccine Trackers: Milken Institute and New York Times