Revised Definition of Classroom Close Contact
The NYC DOHMH is implementing a revised definition of General Classroom Close Contact, 10 or more minutes within 6 feet over 24 hours of an individual with COVID-19 during their infectious period, regardless of mask or face covering use or the presence of plexiglass or other barriers. Riskier activities such as aerobic activities/singing as well as traveling via school bus will require additional precautions, more information to follow.
Confirm with the parent of the positive individual and the faculty and staff to identify any individual(s) who meets the criteria for a close contact.
This is only for the identified close contacts: We will now be required to send the individuals who have been identified as meeting the revised definition of a close contact to the NYC Health Department for Test and Trace to complete contact monitoring and provide support services.
QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPOSURE TO COVID-19
Consistent with recent CDC guidance, quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end after ten days without a testing requirement if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period.
Individuals must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
Individuals must be counseled to continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14.
Individuals must be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
These quarantine requirements are also applicable to travelers who are not essential workers and/or who did not complete the testing requirements described in Executive Order 205.2.