K-12 School, Childcare, and Early Childhood Education Program COVID-19 Guidance
Is there updated guidance?
Yes. On August 22, 2022, NYS Department of Health adopted the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning (August 11, 2022) and issued its recommendations jointly with the State Education Department.
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services issued a separate letter updating guidance for child care providers to follow.
Summary of Recent changes as of 8/11/22
K-12 Schools and Early Education (August 22, 2022)
- What Parents/Caregivers Should Know about COVID-10 Strategies for the 2022-2023 School Year
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to COVID-19 from NYSDOH and NYSED (updated 9/8/22)
- Summary of recent changes: update to Question #3 and addition to Question #19.
- Letter from NYSDOH and NYSED
Childcare Providers (August 22, 2022)
When is masking required for K-12 Schools and Early Education Programs?
Masks should be well-fitted and appropriately worn (to cover nose and mouth) and should conform to CDC guidelines for masks and respirators
Child Care Providers should refer to the August 22, 2022 Office of Children and Family Service guidance letter for information on masking.
Pursuant to the Dignity For All Students Act, students have the right to a school environment free from harassment and bullying.
Masked and unmasked people will be working and learning alongside each other in schools. There are many reasons a student or staff member may or may not wear a mask, including medical reasons, protecting family members, or a choice for increased protection. It is essential that schools establish “mask positive” environments so those who wear masks, whether by choice, expectation, or requirement, are not stigmatized, bullied, or made to feel uncomfortable, and likewise, those for whom masks have not been required or recommended.