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Teachers and staff will be required to show proof of vaccine or submit to weekly testing in New York State

New York has passed the requirement for teachers needing to either provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

On Thursday the Health Commissioner issued a determination that would require all teachers and any other school employees to get tested weekly or show their vaccine card or Excelsior Pass.

Onondaga County had already required this for their schools before the regulation went into effect.


The state is requiring that schools have the capacity to offer screening testing for all staff once a week minimally.

They must also have the ability to provide testing for anyone appearing symptomatic or who has been exposed to the virus.

The state is suggesting schools work closely with their Department of Health and says there is funding available to achieve this.

Students all need to be three feet apart from each other and teachers need to be six feet apart from students.

Buses require both drivers and students to wear masks.

All indoor settings including sports and activities will require students and staff to wear masks, unless it’s something like swimming in which case six feet of social distancing must be implemented.



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