Coronavirus Updates: March 4, 2020 4:20 pm

The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority. In recent days, the DOE has taken the following actions: 

  • DOE increased deep cleanings in schools to two times per week, disinfecting surface areas.
  • DOE has ensured all 1,800 schools have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials.
  • DOE is supplying all schools with facemasks to be used if a student exhibits symptoms and requires isolation prior to transport to a doctor and/or testing.
  • DOE is strongly encouraging students to take time at start of meal periods for handwashing, especially before meals; monitoring this, and will make changes as needed to assure students have the time.
  • DOE issued updated guidance on international travel for school trips, including canceling all DOE-sponsored international trips to the following countries with a level-2 or higher advisory alert from the CDC: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan.
  • DOE, consistent with guidance from the CDC and NYSED, advised the cancellation of all study abroad programs; this includes where students are scheduled to come from other countries to stay with host families in NYC, and where DOE public school students are hosted abroad.
  • We know many parents are worried that absences could affect their child’s admissions process. Today we announced that attendance during 2019-20 SY will NOT impact the current or coming year’s applications to middle or high schools.
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