COVID Guidance: 2023-24
See our FAQ below and relevant DOE documents regarding COVID-related health guidance and absence policies for the 2023-24 school year. Read a summary of the COVID protocols for this school year.
If I test positive for COVID-19, how many days will I be paid without having to use my own sick days?
If I have side effects after taking a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose and feel sick, am I entitled to paid time off?
Will I have time off to take my child for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose?
Members may take up to four hours of excused leave for travel during scheduled work hours to accompany their child or children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster dose Members with more than one eligible child should make every effort to schedule appointments at the same time. Time utilized beyond the four hour period will be charged against the employee’s sick leave.
Members should notify their administration at least three calendar days before their child’s or children’s scheduled administration of the vaccine or booster. Documentation of the scheduled vaccination time and the receipt of each required vaccination, including the date and time of administration, must be provided.
Members can use CAR days or sick days over the existing limit of three such days per year if they must care for a family member who is home and has a documented COVID-19 illness, or to care for their child whose school or place of care has been closed for reasons related to COVID-19. Use of CAR or sick time in this case must not exceed more than 12 weeks total per school year.
Do part-time employees qualify for excused leave due to COVID-19?
Part-time employees may receive excused leave for absences due to COVID-19 equal to either the total number of hours that they are expected to work in a two-week period, or the average number of hours they have worked in a two-week period for the last six months preceding their leave.
COVID-related health policies
Will staff members be required to quarantine if they have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Will there be a requirement for visitors to school buildings to show proof of vaccination?
Visitors to school DOE school buildings are no longer required to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine before entry.
. asks are required for those returning to school during days 6-10 after testing positive.
Will rapid tests continue to be distributed at schools?
Rapid tests will be available at schools by request for students or staff who have been exposed to someone who tested positive or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
How should I report a positive result on a rapid test taken at home?
COVID-19 tests administered at medical facilities are covered but may be subject to co-payments or deductibles, depending on your plan. After the federal COVID-19 health emergency order expired last May, insurance plans no longer cover self-administered rapid tests. COVID-19 tests at city-run facilities remain free of charge. Learn more or make an appointment.
How can I improve ventilation in my classroom to help minimize the spread of COVID-19?