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 DOE Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidance

This guidance provides best practice considerations for schools for the 2022-2023 school year to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff.

  • Vaccination: Vaccination is the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk. Encourage up to date COVID-19 vaccination for everyone six months or older.

    • Call 877-829-4692 to find a vaccination location near you.

    • Vaccination Requirements:

      • Vaccination is still required for all visitors entering school buildings

      • Vaccination is still required for all DOE employees

      • Vaccination is still required for other individuals who work in DOE buildings

      • Vaccinations is still required to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities including high-risk PSAL sports 

  • Stay home if sick: Students and staff should stay home if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses and get tested for COVID-19. 

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days and can return to school on day 6 if they have no symptoms or symptoms are improving. They must wear mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.

  • Get tested if exposed to COVID-19: Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 should get tested.

    • These individuals can receive home tests from their school and take two tests, at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure. All exposed individuals should monitor for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their exposure. If symptoms begin, they should not attend school and should isolate and get tested for COVID-19 again right away. 

  • Testing:

    • Starting the first day of school, schools will offer home test kits to those with a potential in-school exposure and those with symptoms

    • Each staff and student will receive 4 tests per month to take home. These tests can be used by school families for testing due to symptoms, exposures, high-risk activity (such as travel and large gatherings) and can give staff and students immediate results.

    • In-school PCR surveillance testing will not be a part of the 2022-23 school year.

  • Situation Room:

    • Schools will be required to report positive cases of COVID-19 to the situation room.

    • The Situation Room will provide schools with standardized communications for their communities and will notify school communities of cases in their schools through daily email and the Daily COVID map. 

  • Masking- Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn when indoors. Masks will be made available at the school for all those who need/want them.

    • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask when:

      • Returning to school on the sixth day after testing positive for COVID-19, through day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier, including when traveling on a school bus.

      • Entering the school medical room, nurse’s office, or school-based health center.

      • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at school.

    • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to wear a mask:

      • When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred in school or outside of school. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and day 5 of their exposure.

      • When they are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised, and masking is recommended by their healthcare provider.

      • In crowded indoor settings 

  • Ventilation:

    • 160K+ air purifiers distributed to schools – at least two in every classroom

    • Monitoring ventilation in buildings on a daily basis and perform any required work in a timely manner

 

Daily health screening is no longer required.