In-person Reopening

As we work back toward having 100% of our students back in school five days a week, we’re committed to getting it right. We’re all in this together – because even when we face uncertainty or unfamiliarity, DREAM is family – always.

our guiding principles

We’re approaching this year with three core principles. These principles will guide all decisions we make.

  • The health and safety of everyone in our learning community – youth, staff, and families – is priority.

  • DREAM students will get an excellent education – they will learn as much as they would in a typical school year.

  • DREAM will continue to invest in our Grow the Whole Child model and attend to students’ social, emotional, and physical development.

As circumstances continue to evolve, our policies and practices will change if it means keeping you and our community safe. Read on for more details about how we’ll return to school while keeping each other safe and healthy.

Travel policy

Effective immediately, asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test-out or quarantine. It is recommended, but not required, that fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who have not recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months get tested 3-5 days after arrival in New York from international travel or domestic travel.

As a result of this policy change, DREAM students traveling internationally no longer need to inform us of their travel plans prior to travel—you will also notice that the travel question is no longer on the daily wellness check. Still, we ask that we all remain vigilant in the practices set forth by DREAM, the CDC, and other authorities to maintain a healthy community, during travel or otherwise.

Close contact policy

We are updating our close contact policy as follows to align with the CDC and NY State Department of Health:

If your child is over 16 years old and fully vaccinated (the vaccine is not currently approved for children under 16) and they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID, they do not need to quarantine or test out if they meet these guidelines:

  • They are within 90 days after full vaccination and you email a photo of your vaccination card to the Director of Operations. Please note that being fully vaccinated means at least two weeks have passed since they received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. AND

  • They have remained symptom-free since your last COVID-19 exposure.

If your child has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has since recovered, they do not need to quarantine or test out if they come into close contact with a confirmed case if they meet these guidelines:

  • They are within 3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial COVID infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness

  • You notify the Director of Operations about their recent COVID-19 diagnosis

  • They are symptom-free

If your child doesn’t meet all the criteria above and has been exposed to COVID-19, our policy remains as follows:

  • They need to quarantine for 10 days. OR

  • They can test out after 7 days if they receive a negative PCR COVID test result from a test done at least 5 days after beginning quarantine.