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Applications for medical accommodations and exemptions for the upcoming school year to be available in August: Members who were granted an exemption or medical accommodation for the 2021-22 school year cannot yet request an extension for the upcoming school year. The application for medical exemptions and accommodations for the 2022-23 school year will be available by early August. We will provide you with additional information as it becomes available. 

DOE releases summer COVID protocols: Health and safety COVID protocols for this year's Summer Rising program were announced, which includes information on testing, vaccination requirements, rapid tests and more. Read the guidance »

Masks optional for students aged two to four as of June 13: The Mayor announced that masks would now be optional for students two to four and staff members working in early childhood settings as of Monday, June 13. Masks are still strongly recommended indoors, however, and masks will be available for any child or school staff member who wants to continue wearing them. See the mayor's statement »

DOE to provide additional rapid test kits to students and families: Every student will be provided with four COVID-19 home tests each week until further notice. If there is a classroom exposure, students will still receive two test kits and a notification letter from the Situation Room, and would also receive two more test kits during the week. Read the DOE letter to families »

Resolution regarding spring break vacation days for members with negative CAR balances: A decision has been finalized for DOE employees who worked during the spring break of 2020 but did not receive the full number of vacation days awarded to them because they had negative CAR balances at that time. Under the new ruling, members who had a negative CAR balance on May 1, 2020, will receive three vacation days and then have their CAR deficit reduced on a two-for-one basis.  Read the full ruling »  

Guidance from the DOE