February 8, 2023: Health and Safety Update
Message from the NYC Department of Education
Per the Mayor’s announcement on Monday, the New York City Board of Health is expected to make changes to the City’s current vaccination
requirements this week. Specifically, as of February 10, 2023, NYC Department of Education (DOE) staff and other individuals in DOE schools
and buildings – including visitors and family members – would no longer be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This
means that COVID-19 vaccination would be optional for DOE staff and others who work in DOE buildings, as well as for volunteers at
school-led functions such as field trips and others participating in activities in school buildings.
Schools will continue to provide masks and have COVID-19 tests available for distribution for students and staff. These tests can be used by
students, staff, and family members for testing due to symptoms, in case of known exposure, or for testing after participation in high-risk
activity (such as travel and large gatherings).
As a reminder, staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations is still the best tool we have to fight COVID-19 and to keep our schools safe
for all our students. Children aged 6 months and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine
boosters are now available for people aged 6 months and older. We encourage all those eligible to receive these boosters. If your child is
eligible but not yet vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19, please take the opportunity to make an appointment at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or call 311 to find a vaccine site near you. You can find more information here: nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page#boost.
Please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html
for more information on COVID-19 vaccination schedules. To stay up to date with our current covid information please visit here: schools.nyc.gov/schoollife/health-and-wellness/covid-information
To protect against COVID-19 and other viruses, and in alignment with the recent health department advisory, we strongly recommend that
everyone wear a mask at all times when in a crowded, public indoor space, including at school; practice frequent handwashing; and cover
their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Additional information about this change is included below.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
The New York City Department of Education
Will parent-teacher conferences be in-person?
Parent-teacher conferences will continue to be conducted remotely, though Parents and caregivers may always request in-person conferences at
a mutually agreeable date and time.
Does this mean non-vaccinated parents can enter schools again? Attend PSAL games?
Yes, this means non-vaccinated parents and community members can enter schools and attend Public School Athletic League (PSAL) games and
other activities that take place in school buildings.
How does this affect PSAL and other sports activities at schools?
As announced in September 2022, students are no longer required to be fully vaccinated to participate in high-risk sports or extracurricular
To view a copy of this document in your language, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/messages-for-families.