• March 2024, The NYSED recommends that schools follow the updated NYSDOH Recommendations (March 7, 2024) and CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance (March 1, 2024) for COVID-19 prevention and to work with their Local Health Department if local cases are high. NYSED currently has no plans to issue additional specific school COVID-19 guidance.

    The updated CDC guidance utilizes a unified approach to addressing risks from common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV. There are no changes to respiratory virus guidance for healthcare settings.


    On March 7, 2024, NYSDOH revised its guidance for when to stay home and when individuals can return to normal activities after respiratory infections, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Non-Healthcare Settings.

    Updated Recommendations (March 7, 2024)
    Questions about this guidance may be addressed to the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at bcdc@health.ny.gov or call 518-473-4439.
    Address school-related questions by email to SchoolQuestionsCOVID@health.ny.gov

    Data in New York
    This page monitors data on positive cases by geographic distribution, positive cases day by day, and other helpful reports.

    COVID-19 Prevention and Symptoms Webpage

    Contact Information
    Local County Health Departments
    Local Health Department Websites and Phone Numbers by Counties Listing   

    CDC Resources

    Please Note:

    Schools and school districts are not required to report vaccination status or information by employed teachers or other staff as detailed in Executive Order 202.95 at this time. Requesting staff vaccine status is a labor-management decision at the local school district level. Districts should consult their attorneys. Individual employees should consult their union. If vaccine status or any other personal health information is provided directly by the school staff member, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is not involved. HIPAA protects patient health information from being disclosed without the patient's consent or knowledge by a healthcare provider. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protects student records and does not pertain to school staff.

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