Back to School Pledge

Health and safety always come first

  • PPE and cleaning supplies will be supplied to all schools, and DOE will have a 30-day supply on hand at all times—with a hotline for principals to call for immediate resupply for their schools
  • There will be a full-time nurse in every public school building
  • Any school building or room found to have inadequate ventilation will not be used by students or staff
  • Students and staff will practice physical distancing in all school buildings
  • Students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the school day; if they do not have them, they will be provided for free
  • Students will remain in pods for as much of the day as possible
  • We will place hand sanitizer in every classroom
  • City-run testing sites will prioritize free COVID testing and expedited results for school staff; free testing is also available to all students, families, and New Yorkers citywide
  • We are encouraging all DOE employees to be tested monthly
  • NYC Department of Health and Test + Trace Corps will immediately investigate confirmed cases to prevent spread of the virus
  • Schools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools
  • When necessary, classrooms or school buildings will temporarily close to maintain safety of school communities and prevent spread of the virus
  • School buildings will close if the percentage of positive COVID19 tests in New York City is 3% or more using a 7-day average—the most aggressive threshold in the nation

NYC Public Schools will be cleaned and disinfected, day and night

  • All school buildings will be disinfected overnight, every night
  • High-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day
  • Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact

Students will be learning 5 days a week, no matter what

  • Whether in-person or online, students will study in supportive environments with rigorous academic standards
  • Remote students will interact with their teachers every day
  • Student schedules—both remote and in-person—will be preset and consistent to allow families to plan

Learn more about NYC DOE’s reopening plans at

schools.nyc.gov/ReturnToSchool2020

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