New guidance from the New York State Department of Health will restrict some students, teachers, and school staff from being able to participate in sports, extracurriculars, and other after-school activities, depending on their booster status.
The guidance — issued to school districts and local health departments last Monday — says anyone ages 12 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, and who are not yet boosted, will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular or after school activities if they are exposed to an individual with COVID-19.
This new guidance only impacts extracurriculars, and says all fully vaccinated students who have been exposed may continue to attend school regardless of booster shots. This same rule applies for teachers and school staff members.
Additionally, the new guidance states that students, teachers, and staff who are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for at least five days, but are still eligible for “Test to Stay” programs to continue normal activities.
“We hope this clarification is useful for ensuring that schools remain both safe and open for in-person instruction,” acting Commissioner of Health Mary Bassett wrote in a message to schools. “Detailed guidance reflecting these parameters will be forthcoming soon.”