ALBANY, NY (WROC) – New guidelines from the New York State Department of Health will prevent certain students, teachers and school personnel from participating in sports, extracurricular and extracurricular activities, depending on their recall status .
The guidelines – issued Monday to school districts and local health departments – state that anyone 12 and older who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot and who is not yet boosted will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular or extracurricular activities if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
These new guidelines only affect extracurricular activities and indicate that all fully vaccinated students who have been exposed can continue to attend school regardless of booster shots. This same rule applies to teachers and school staff.
Officials say fully vaccinated students between the ages of 5 and 11 are not yet eligible for a booster, so these new guidelines do not prevent this age group from participating in extracurricular activities.
According to state guidelines, continuous attendance only applies to participating in classroom activities during school hours and riding the bus to and from school.
Additionally, the guidelines state that students, teachers, and staff who come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for at least five days, but are still eligible for Test to Stay programs to continue school activities during regular school hours. .