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Health and Safety

As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, with increased access to COVID-19 information, vaccination, testing, and treatment, New York State, based in part on federal CDC recommendations, is changing COVID-19 guidance to give school districts and schools more flexibility. The guidance letter below and FAQs, one for districts/schools and another parents/caregivers that we would ask you to distribute to your school community, was developed through a partnership between the New York State Education Department and Department of Health. We hope these resources will help guide your back to school plans as you commence the 2022-2023 academic year. The NYSDOH continues to be ready to answer questions by email at

School Year 2022-23 Back to School COVID-19 Guidance from NYS

Federal Response and Information from the CDC

Cleaning Products

Additional Resources

Archived School Year 2021-22 Resources