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Updated: Can my child go to school?

Recently, the New York State Department of Health released new COVID-19 guidance regarding students. We hope the two flowcharts below make these guidelines easy to understand. Please reach out to your child’s program if you need additional information.

Update: As of January 19, 2021, if a student was identified as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case by Nassau BOCES only, they do not need a note from a medical provider to return to school. The parent must submit a note stating that their child has quarantined for 10 days, is symptom free and has been without a fever for 72 hours.

[Sample parents' note: My child [Name of Child] has quarantined for 10 days and has been symptom-free during that time, and free from symptoms or fever for 72 hours.]

Parents should continue to monitor symptoms until Day 14. If the student was identified as a close contact by the local health department, they must provide a release notification from the health department.


A student would not be considered a contact if they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months or have been fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks or more after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single dose vaccine.

If a student has recently traveled outside of New York, they do not need to quarantine or get tested before returning to school unless they have COVID-19 symptoms. All students with COVID-19 symptoms need to be evaluated by a healthcare provider, regardless of their vaccination status.

Can My Child Go To School Today? ⭳
This decision tree will help parents to know whether to send their children to school.

My child has COVID-19 symptoms. When can they go back to school? ⭳
This decision tree will help parents to know when their child may return to school following a healthcare provider evaluation for COVID-19.

Can my child go to school today?

Healthcare provider evaluation for COVID-19

Accurate as of April 10, 2021