NYC Relaxes Quarantine Rules for Students as Vaccine Mandates for Staff Take Effect

Beginning September 27, public schools in New York City will be changing their regulations for quarantining and testing for COVID-19, as well as updating their rules for vaccine mandates, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.

© Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images An analysis by the Associated Press found that most of the largest public universities in the U.S. do not require students to be vaccinated. A nurse administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to high school student during a City of Long Beach Public Health COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic at the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) campus on Aug. 11, 2021 in Long Beach, Calif.

The city was requiring all elementary school students in a class to quarantine for 10 days if a positive case was in the classroom, per the NYC Department of Education. Regulations for middle and high school students stated that those 12 and older who were either unvaccinated—or vaccinated but showing symptoms—were also required to quarantine for ten days.

The new policy, which is in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, states that if a student has a mask on and was more than three feet apart from a student infected with COVID-19, quarantine is not necessary.

“That will allow more kids to safely remain in the classroom,” de Blasio said in a news conference.

The rules regarding the testing frequency of students are also changing. Although the original testing schedule for students was set to every other week, the United Federation of Teachers called for testing to take place weekly. In a letter to de Blasio, the president of the teacher’s union, Michael Mulgrew, implored the mayor to have students tested more frequently.

“While so far our public schools have successfully reopened, I am concerned that this year’s reduced frequency of Covid testing means that thousands of children will spend days in classrooms without the early warning system that last year made our schools among the safest places in the community,” Mulgrew stated in the letter.

A vaccine mandate for teachers and staff in the district starts on Monday. In an announcement last month, de Blasio said, “The New York City Department of Health will be issuing an order requiring all staff in the New York City public schools to be vaccinated: This will require that all staff of every kind—principals, teachers, custodians, food service, you name it—needs to have at least one dose by September 27. We know this is going to help ensure that everyone is safe.”

At least 63 percent of staff in the district had already been vaccinated, the Associated Press reported last month when the mandate was announced.

During the first week of school in the city, schools reported 976 COVID cases, 592 students and 384 staff members, according to the NYC Department of Education.

Last week, a school in Harlem was closed after at least 19 students and staff tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of school. P.S. 79 will be closed until September 28, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said in a tweet on Saturday.

“The goal is to get our kids in school for the foreseeable future,” de Blasio said, adding that the city would work with schools and parents to get eligible students vaccinated.

Start your unlimited Newsweek trial

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

USA-Reisen ab November möglich nach Impfung mit anerkannten Stoffen

© Keystone/CSM via ZUMA Wire/Kostas Lymperopoulos Ab dem 8. November können Ausländer wieder in die USA einreisen, wenn sie mit international anerkannten Präparaten vollständig gegen das Coronavirus geimpft sind. Akzeptiert ... Read more »

ISIS bride convicted in Germany of 'crimes against humanity'

A German court has convicted the wife of an ISIS fighter for “crimes against humanity and attempted war crimes” in the death of a 5-year-old Yazidi girl, The Washington Post ... Read more »

Pep Guardiola targets cut-price Real Madrid player and more Man City transfer rumours

Manchester City are eyeing up a move to see Pep Guardiola reunited with Toni Kroos – according to reports. The former Barcelona coach spent a season with Kroos at Bayern ... Read more »

Everything We Know About Ed Sheeran's ‘=' Album (So Far)

Ed Sheeran Sheerios only have to wait it out until Friday (Oct. 29) to finally get their hands on Ed Sheeran’s upcoming fifth full-length studio album, =. After keeping the ... Read more »

Garth Brooks Reveals Grand Ole Opry House Concert After Selling Out Two Ryman Shows

Garth Brooks Garth Brooks is adding a third Nashville show to his November lineup, announcing a concert for Nov. 18 at the Grand Ole Opry House. The concert, titled “Just ... Read more »

Who is Robert Sarver? Background and history of Suns majority owner

After ending an 11-year playoff drought and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993, the Phoenix Suns entered the 2021-22 NBA season with a goal of ... Read more »

Here's the MTG Innistrad: Crimson Vow spoiler schedule

Innistrad: Crimson Vow is the second fall set of the year and is a continuation of the story and themes of September’s Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. © Provided by Dot Esports ... Read more »

Relatives of American Hostages Around Globe Question Biden's Commitment to Their Release

The relatives of 26 Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained in other countries wrote a letter to President Joe Biden where they questioned his dedication to securing their release, the ... Read more »

How to close tents in Phasmophobia

While exploring the Maple Lodge Campsite in Phasmophobia, it’s a unique environment where you’ll be spending a majority of your time outside. The campgrounds have several tents that are empty ... Read more »

Apex player blasts opponent with non-stop Arc Stars

There are a lot of fantastic Arc Star plays out there, but few of them are quite as impressive as this one. © Provided by Dot Esports Reddit user Important_Emotion_91 ... Read more »

A$AP Rocky's ‘Live. Love. A$AP' Mixtape Coming to Streaming for First Time

A$AP Rocky A$AP Rocky has announced the release of his 2011 mixtape Live. Love. A$AP to all streaming platforms in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. The mixtape will be available to stream for ... Read more »

10 best Roblox games to play with friends

Having a group of friends in Roblox is beneficial when it comes to completing cooperative tasks or teaming up to shoot down a team of strangers. Unfortunately, not many game ... Read more »

S.F.'s latest pandemic battle: Restaurants playing music outside, and the neighbors who hate it

Music was central to the experience of eating at the Señor Sisig and Vegan Mob food trucks parked in a vacant lot at Valencia and 18th streets in San Francisco ... Read more »

Ex-US President Donald Trump facetimes golf star Bryson DeChambeau from Florida course

Former President of the United States Donald Trump was seen facetiming American golf star Bryson DeChambeau, as the 75-year-old took to his course in Florida at an influencer event. Golfing ... Read more »

Rams trading Kenny Young to Broncos

© Provided by NBC Sports With several injuries at linebacker, the Broncos are making a move to bring in more help at the position. According to multiple reports, Denver is ... Read more »

Adele's ‘Easy on Me' Dominates Both Billboard Global Charts

Adele Adele’s “Easy on Me” is the biggest song in the world, as it hits No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (both dated ... Read more »

UK's Frost sets December deadline for reaching protocol agreement with EU

© PA David Frost. A DECEMBER DEADLINE has been set for the UK and the European Union to find a solution on the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to David Frost. ... Read more »

Kennedy Krieger's Festival of Trees Returns in November Online and In-Person

© Provided by WBFF Baltimore Cue the holiday music! The 32nd annual Festival of Trees returns Nov. 26-28 for three days of holiday fun for Kennedy Krieger Institute patients, students ... Read more »

"You wouldn't play him..." - Journo drops interesting claim involving CPFC's Odsonne Edouard

© GiveMeSport Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira encouraging his players Journalist Tom Barclay has claimed that Odsonne Edouard’s versatility is a major positive for Crystal Palace’s attack. Edouard arrived at ... Read more »

Awards Galore For Massapequa High School Artists

MASSAPEQUA, NY — Several student-artists from Massapequa High School have recently received accolades for their extraordinary work. © Massapequa School District Students from Massapequa High School were recognized for their ... Read more »

Longtime NFL official Carl Madsen died Sunday on way home from game

A longtime NFL official died on Sunday after he worked the Kansas City Chiefs-Tennessee Titans game at Nissan Stadium. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports NFL referee Carl Madsen. The ... Read more »

Inside Jeremy Kyle's life off screen as he ties the knot with fiancee Vicky

Jeremy Kyle recently tied the knot with his long-term girlfriend Vicky Burton, in a lavish ceremony at the All Saints Church in Windsor, Berkshire. The newly weds looked thrilled as ... Read more »

Fantasy Football Buy-Low, Sell-High Stock Watch: Patrick Mahomes, Khalil Herbert among trade candidates heading into Week 8

The six-team byes are done for the year, and while there are still plenty of high-quality players yet to take a week off, there’s a decent chance last week was ... Read more »

Offspring of Pablo Escobar's ‘cocaine' hippos recognised as people by US court

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognised as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the US following a US federal ... Read more »

Tippett: Goaltender Mike Smith “Very Doubtful” For Flyers On Wednesday

© 2Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Smith’s lower body injury will likely keep him out of Wednesday’s game versus the Flyers According to Oilers head coach Dave Tippett, Mike Smith ... Read more »

Check Out A Pair Of New Clips From Star Trek: Prodigy

Paramount Plus This week, CBS has given interested viewers a double-whammy sneak preview of the upcoming animated show, “Star Trek: Prodigy.” The show is part of a new slate of ... Read more »

A New Avengers Adventure Will Screen Exclusively On The Disney Wish Cruise Ship

Marvel Studios/Disney Disney’s reach is far and wide across the globe. The company has stakes in pretty much every media-adjacent industry, including broadcast television, video games, theme parks, publishing, and ... Read more »

49ers, Kyle Shanahan don't sound thrilled about sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo will remain the starting quarterback for the 49ers, probably, and Kyle Shanahan is fine with that, he supposes. “I would guess so,” Shanahan told reporters when asked if ... Read more »

The Jonas Brothers will be roasted in upcoming Netflix comedy special

The Jonas Brothers scored their own comedy roast special where they’ll take the heat from a slew of celebrity guests. Netflix The Jonas Brothers are “only human” and it’s about ... Read more »

Costco Is Closed On Thanksgiving So Make Sure To Get Your Shopping Done Ahead Of Time

I truly hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as you start to get your Thanksgiving plans in order, I must tell you that your favorite big-box retailer ... Read more »

Clay County prosecutors charge Kansas City man in Friday stabbing death

Clay County prosecutors have charged a 44-year-old man in the stabbing death of another man following an altercation Friday afternoon at a residence in Kansas City, North. Gordon T. McBeth ... Read more »

Kansas judge, DUI attorney say GOP senator received ‘typical' treatment in plea deal

Kansas Democratic lawmakers jumped on social media Monday to criticize the sentence handed down to state Sen. Gene Suellentrop — which includes two days in jail — for driving drunk ... Read more »

Botschafter-Eklat: Erdogan signalisiert Entspannung

© Keystone/Turkish Presidency/AP/Pool Der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan will zehn westliche Botschafter nun doch nicht ausweisen. Erdogan wertete zurückhaltende Reaktionen der Botschaften als Einlenken. Sie hätten vor der “Verleumdung ... Read more »

Weather news: The National Weather Service warns of rapidly developing East Coast storm

As a historic “bomb cyclone” winds down on the West Coast, computer forecast models are hinting at a possible autumn nor’easter on the East Coast starting Tuesday. © CNN Weather ... Read more »

Virginia parents slam Obama's 'tone-deaf' dismissal of education issues amid alleged sexual assault

Former President Barack Obama condemned Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin for focusing on hot-button education issues during the campaign, dismissing those issues as unserious and “fake outrage.” Virginia parents ... Read more »

Nor'easter set to soak NYC area just weeks after Hurricane Ida damage

A Nor’easter is hitting the tri-state area Monday night into Tuesday. AccuWeather The tri-state area could see up to four inches of rain Monday night into Tuesday, New York officials ... Read more »

Hochul gets COVID booster at nursing school ribbon-cutting in upstate N.Y.

ALBANY — Gov. Hochul mixed it up on Monday when she got a COVID booster shot. Hochul received a dose of Moderna’s coronavirus shot while attending the grand opening of ... Read more »

I was left with burns and rotting flesh after botched butt and boob jobs

Sivan Himmelman claims botched plastic surgery left with uneven and bumpy skin. Mercury Press & Media A woman was left with rotting flesh and burning skin after botched bum and ... Read more »

Glazers miss out on buying IPL team

The Glazer family, owners of Manchester United and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have missed out on buying an Indian Premier League cricket team. After it was announced the IPL ... Read more »

Deepest earthquake ever detected struck 467 miles beneath Japan

One spring evening six years ago, hundreds of miles underground, our planet began to rumble from a series of peculiar earthquakes. Most of Earth’s temblors strike within a few dozen ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic