Science Memos, Waivers, and Guidance
This page houses valuable science memos, waivers, and guidance to help assist educators and administrators in the field. Questions about science education in New York State can be directed to ScienceStandards@nysed.gov.
Science Exemptions and Waivers due to COVID-19:
- Virtual Laboratory Experiences and the 1,200 Minute Science Laboratory Requirement for the 2021-22 School Year - August 19th, 2021
- Flexibility in the 1,200 Minute Science Laboratory Requirement – December 17th, 2020
- Chemical Storage Guidelines – This NYSED publication is intended to provide school faculty and staff with chemical storage guidelines pursuant to New York State Education Law, '305(19) Chapter 627 of the Laws of 1989.
- New York State School Chemical Management Guidance Manual – This publication developed in cooperation with the New York State Department of Conservation provides a framework to accomplish a complete assessment and inventory of the chemicals used and stored by a school district. It also provides guidance on a sustainable chemical management system and chemical hygiene plan.
- Mercury in Schools - Q & A for Schools - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) law affecting the presence and use of mercury and mercury added products in all New York State elementary and secondary schools took effect on September 4, 2004 (Senate Bill 7399-B). Specific questions regarding the impact on schools due to this law are addressed in the Q & A above. Included are directions and information on the disposal of mercury and mercury added products presently used in schools across New York State.
School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide:
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide which includes information related to safety in the high school chemistry laboratory is available on-line. The NIOSH Publication No. 2007-107: School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide, November 2006
- School Chemical Management and Storage Guidelines
Application Form for Commissioner of Education Waiver Education Law §809(5) Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals: