Thanks to Jeff Kaufman for creating this link for the 2021 Summer Rising Operations Guide from the New York City Department of Education.
The health and safety protocols begin on page 31.
Here is the part on social distancing:
Implementing Three Feet Physical Distancing for All Grades
During Summer Rising
Due to historically low levels of COVID-19 transmission(Open external link) and as a step towards NYC DOE schools returning to full-time in-person learning(Open external link) in the fall, New York City has reached the Centers for Disease Control threshold(Open external link) to accommodate students in all grade levels, including middle and high schools students, to learn in classrooms this summer with physical distancing of 3 feet between students if certain requirements are met (as further explained below).
Principals in Charge should start to plan for Summer Rising classes to accommodate all students in grades K-12 at 3 feet of physical distancing between students in classrooms; however, 6 feet of physical distancing is still required for:
● Activities such as physical education and sports; see the Physical Education Expectations for In-Person and Remote Instruction for additional physical distancing guidance for physical education instruction.
● Activities that require mask removal (e.g., eating, drinking, playing a wind instrument), and voice-projecting (e.g., singing, chanting, shouting);
● Common areas (e.g., hallways, entrance ways, lobbies, auditoriums); and
● Between two or more adults and between students and adults.
Since the warmer weather is upon us, schools are encouraged to arrange for students to conduct any activities that still require 6 feet of physical distancing outdoors, whenever possible. Please note that meals cannot be eaten in classrooms that are arranged for 3-feet of physical distance for instruction. Please see the Summer Rising Meal Service information (below)for flexible in-school meal service strategies, including the use of the cafeteria.
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