Story in a nutshell State of New York is relaxing its COVID-19 regulations for schools. Hochul said that the state will no longer mandate that schoolchildren be quarantined or isolated after being exposed to the virus during a press conference on Monday. People who test positive must still remain in isolation and wear masks.
Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), of New York, declared on Monday that after being exposed to COVID-19, teachers and students will no longer need to be quarantined or isolated.
The days of sending an entire class because one individual had symptoms or a positive test, according to Hochul, are long gone.
The action brings New York schools into compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most current changes to their coronavirus standards (CDC).
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The CDC abandoned its earlier this month instructions for those who come into intimate touch with a COVID-positive person to isolate themselves and avoid social contact.
Hochul continued by saying that the state would also end “test to stay” initiatives that enabled infected pupils to remain in the classroom as long as they tested negative.
Plans implemented by schools that randomly test asymptomatic kids, instructors, and staff will also be dropped, according to Hochul.
Individual schools are still free to test pupils who participate in “high risk” extracurriculars like sports and singing.
Anyone who tests positive for the virus when they are enrolled in school must still stay home for five days and wear a mask when they return.
Because we are still dealing with the consequences of those decisions that were taken when we lacked all the facts, Hochul said, “we are no longer going to be sending kids home and keeping them away from that vital experience of being together in the classroom.”
For the 2022–2023 academic year, New York State will supply one test kit per student, and on Monday, it plans to send a letter to schools outlining the amended COVID regulations.
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