HSEI COVID-19 Response Plan

Welcome to the HSEI COVID-19 response page. Below is information about how we are operating to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Last Updated: September 15, 2020

NYC DOE Model 2 Learning Schedule

Hybrid Learning Model


  • Three in-person cohorts, one remote.

  • Provides regularity on days per week with some variation by week (e.g. Group A is in-person every Wednesday, as well as on Monday in week 1 and Tuesday in week 3).

  • Because this model provides the greatest degree of regularity among the three-cohort models, it is the only option available for elementary schools and is "Chancellor Recommended" for middle schools that must program for 1/3 of their students.

  • Group A, Group B, Group C: in-person learning 1-3 days per week (5 days every 3 weeks); remote learning for non-in person days.

  • Group D: remote every day; consists of students who opt out of in-person instruction.

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Safety Precautions

Stay home if you’re sick Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.

Keep physical distance Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Wear a face covering You can be contagious without symptoms. Protect those around you by wearing a face covering.

Keep your hands clean Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Get tested: There are COVID-19 testing sites in all five boroughs. To find a site, click on the Find a COVID-19 Testing Site button or call 311.

If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, you should still stay home as much as possible. Those at increased risk are adults age 50 or older (adults 65 and older are at the highest risk), and those who have other health conditions.

For the latest information, click on the COVID-19 Update button.

Link to Back to School Pledge
  • PPE and cleaning supplies will be supplied to all schools, and DOE will have a 30-day supply on hand at all times—with a hotline for principals to call for immediate resupply for their schools

  • There will be a full-time nurse in every public school building

  • Any school building or room found to have inadequate ventilation will not be used by students or staff

  • Students and staff will practice physical distancing in all school buildings

  • Students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the school day; if they do not have them, they will be provided for free

  • Students will remain in pods for as much of the day as possible

  • We will place hand sanitizer in every classroom

  • City-run testing sites will prioritize free COVID testing and expedited results for school staff; free testing is also available to all students, families, and New Yorkers citywide

  • We are encouraging all DOE employees to be tested monthly

  • NYC Department of Health and Test + Trace Corps will immediately investigate confirmed cases to prevent spread of the virus

  • Schools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools

  • When necessary, classrooms or school buildings will temporarily close to maintain safety of school communities and prevent spread of the virus

  • School buildings will close if the percentage of positive COVID- 19 tests in New York City is 3% or more using a 7-day average—the most aggressive threshold in the nation

  • All school buildings will be disinfected overnight, every night

  • High-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day

  • Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact