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Calendar for 2021-22 school year has been released: The DOE has published the calendar for the upcoming school year which includes 180 days in session, inclusive of four staff development days during which students will not be in attendance. See the calendar »

Update on three-foot guidance:  An upstate judge has ordered the state Department of Health to issue guidance on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines that permit schools to reduce distancing between students from six feet to three feet. Under the new state guidelines, school staff must still maintain six feet from other adults and from students. The guidance also says students must maintain six feet apart in any public area, such as gyms, hallways and lunchrooms. Students and teachers must be in distinct cohorts throughout the day. We will be taking all steps to make sure that any school that moves to the three-foot guidance can do so safely.

New protocol for school closures: The UFT has negotiated with City Hall to create a new protocol for closing classrooms and schools that will take effect on Monday, April 12. The goal of these negotiations was to preserve our current level of safety, mitigating spread within schools, while reducing classroom disruptions for our members, students and families. Read the FAQ »

Dates for New York State assessments announced: State exams for grades 3-8 will only be offered in-person this year. The English Language arts test will be administered April 19-29, the Math exam will be given May 3-14 and the grades 4-8 science exam will be held June 7-11. Students  receiving  fully-remote  instruction are not expected to come to school  to take the  exams but  may participate if they choose.  Schools will contact all families to determine their interest in exam participation. Read the DOE FAQ »

Domestic travelers arriving in New York State no longer need to quarantine: As of April 1, 2021, asymptomatic domestic travelers arriving in New York State from other U.S. states and territories are not required to test or quarantine. International travelers must either quarantine for seven days with a test, three to five days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. Read the full guidance »

Updated DOE health screening guidance: To match new CDC guidance, the DOE will now allow fully vaccinated staff to travel within the United States without having to quarantine and they will also no longer need to quarantine if they have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Read the DOE memo »