New York State Department of Health releases official COVID-19 guidance for schools

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Health released new guidance and requirements Thursday evening for schools to follow while reopening.

Under the official guidance:

  • Unvaccinated teachers and school staff members will be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Everyone inside a school building must wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating, drinking, singing, or playing an instrument.
  • Unmasked individuals must be at least 6 feet apart.
  • Distance requirements should not preclude students from participating in in-person learning.
  • A distance of at least 3 feet is strongly recommended between all students.
  • A distance of at least 6 feet is recommended between unvaccinated individuals.
  • Passengers and drivers must wear masks on school buses.
  • All “close contacts” with someone with COVID must quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated.
  • Vaccinated individuals who come in “close contact” with someone with COVID do not need to quarantine unless they present symptoms. They should be tested 3-5 days after exposure and must wear a mask indoors for 14 days or until they receive a negative diagnostic test result.

Read the complete guidance

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