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New York Controversies

The landscape of organizations and guidelines is complex, especially in New York State. In addition, there are some guidelines which are mandatory and and some that are recommended. These guidelines also vary depending on the type of school. This is an attempt to clarify some of the controversies.


Organizations

  1. Center for Disease Control (CDC) : Releases and updates national guidelines while encouraging all persons and organizations to also consult local and state guidelines. The CDC website has a specific section for Schools and Childcare.
  2. New York Dept of Health : A governing department with numerous responsibilities, one of which includes setting policies and recommendations for schools (public and private) on matters related to health. Relevant links from its website include:
  3. New York Dept of Education : A governing department responsible for administration of all public schools in New York State. 

COVID-19 Guidelines Map and Areas of Controversy

CDC

NY Dept of Health: 

For Pre-K through 12th grade

  • Fever is 100.0 F of higher, within the pat 14 days
  • Symptoms screening is required and should ask about symptoms within the past 14 days
  • If sick with symptoms of COVID-19, refer to a healthcare provider for examination and testing. If a student or staff member tests positive, report to Dept of Health. 
  • Returning to schools “…must include at minimum documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID-19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation. “
  • 6 ft physical distancing is required at all times “unless safety or the core activity (e.g. moving equipment, using an elevator, traveling in common areas) requires a shortFace coverings are required when less than 6 feet apart, and strongly encouraged all the time. “
  • Face masks are required when cannot distance or during instruction. However, ther are recommended to be worn at all times, even during instruction.

For Child Care Programs

  • Fever is 100.0 F of higher, within the pat 14 days
  • Symptoms screening is required and should ask about symptoms within the past 14 days
  • If sick with symptoms of COVID-19, refer to a healthcare provider for examination and testing. If tests positive, report to Dept of Health. 
  • Employees are recommended to remain 6 feet apart unless the activity requires otherwise. (No mandate or recommendation for students to stay 6 feet apart)
  • Employees must wear masks when less than 6 feet apart from each other or students.

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