Welcome to our information page on BOSS policies during the COVID-19 crisis.
Please be aware that the Mayor announced on that all learning will be in-person for next year, starting on Monday, September 13.  There is no remote option available.. Find a vaccination at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov

In addition, updated DOE information is found at: www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year/school-year-2021-22

Vaccinations:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are now available for all students & families 16+: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. Please protect yourselves and our community.

    • Pfizer: (12+) - two shots

    • Moderna: (18+) - two shots

    • Johnson & Johnson: (18+) - one shot

* Age 16-17 must have parental, guardian or legal custodian consent, unless the minor is part of a group to whom the law gives the right to consent to their own care. A parent or legal guardian should accompany a minor to their vaccination or must be available by phone at the time of the minor’s vaccination to provide verbal consent to the provider.

Class schedule:

BOSS is implementing a fully in-person schedule for September 2021.

Technology/Wi-Fi Help:

All students must have a working Learning Device, such as a desktop, laptop, or Chromebook, and Wi-Fi service or Hotspot.

  • Students will bring their Chromebook or device back and forth to school on their in-person days.

Meals:

  • Full breakfast and lunch service is provided at school daily.

  • Students may also bring bagged food into the building.

  • After eating, students and staff wipe down the area where they ate their meal. Every evening, Division of School Facilities staff clean the entire building with COVID-19 approved disinfectant.

The DOE is offering free breakfast and lunch to all families, whether remote or blended learning. Please find more information on the DOE Free Meals site

Community Resources:

Entry to the building:

  • Using the healthscreening.schools.nyc app, schools must ensure all students (or their families on their behalf) have completed a health screening before entering the school; refer to “Daily Health Screenings” in the COVID-19 School Health Policy.

  • The DOE is also committed to purchasing thermometers for at-home use for families who may need them. 

  • Students/Staff are recommended to arrive with their own face coverings, and if they do not have a face covering, one will be provided before entering the school building. Masks are required throughout the building.

  • Schools must implement single file line up with six feet markers and identified traffic patterns with directional markings. 

 

Staff and students cannot report to school if they have:

  • Been knowingly in close or proximate contact in the past 10 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

  • Experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 10 days.

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 are:  

    • Fever of 100.0°F or higher or chills

    • New cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • New loss of taste or smell

 

If a student or staff shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school:

  • Students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the nurse’s office or Isolation Room by a designated staff member wearing appropriate PPE.

  • The nurse or health professional will evaluate the student for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, lack of sense of taste or smell, and other symptoms. If no nurse or health professional is available, the student will wait in the supervised Isolation Room for pick up

  • A family member or guardian will be contacted by a staff member and asked to pick up the student. Upon pick up, the nurse/health professional and school staff should strongly encourage the individual/family to visit a doctor and get the student tested for COVID-19, and provide the information of the closest testing site, if asked.

RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19 SYMPTOMS:

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:

  • Received a positive COVID-19 test AND

  • Isolated for 10 days AND

  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND

  • The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.  

OR

  • Received a negative COVID-19 test AND

  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND

  • The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.  

OR

  • Never got a COVID-19 test AND

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND

  • The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.  


 If DOHMH or NYC Test & Trace Corps determine the individual is considered a close contact of a positive case, the individual can only return to school when all the following are met:

  • The individual has completed a 14-day quarantine regardless of symptoms or COVID-19 test results since their last exposure to that case AND

  • Presents clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND

  • The student has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

  • Students in quarantine should participate in remote learning if feeling well enough. 

 

Facilities Preparation:

  • Custodial Engineers implement nightly disinfecting of all exposed surfaces. All non-porous, frequently contacted surfaces are wiped down and disinfected throughout the day.

  • School spaces are cleaned using anti-viral disinfectant and cleaning product. Custodial staff also utilize electrostatic backpack sprayers with the approved disinfectant.

  • DOE completed a survey of HVAC systems and window operability to identify necessary repairs. We worked with the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) to complete repairs and ensure air circulation before start of school. We  also upgraded central HVAC system filters from MERV 8 to MERV 13 where appropriate.

  • DIIT automatically reviews all schools’ internet consumption every 14 days, and any school that consumes 60% or more of their bandwidth will be provided an additional 100MB.