2021-22 School Year & COVID-19


COVID-19 Testing

COVID Test Click here to learn more about COVID-19 Testing. Use one of the links below to find a COVID-19 test site near you. Appointments may be required. Your physician and many pharmacies may also be able to provide testing.


Return to School Testing Registration

Click here to register

This testing registration is only for students and staff who have been excluded from school due to previous symptoms which are now resolved. This is not for individuals who have been placed in quarantine or who are currently experiencing symptoms.

COVID-19 Test Sites

New York State 
Onondaga County

*NEW* Heritage Lincoln | 800 West Genesee Street, Syracuse
Monday-Friday, 9am to 12 noon

This testing is for symptomatic individuals only. Appointments are required, register here.

Since this is a PCR test done by Quadrant Biosciences lab, you are required to register at their website also. You will be prompted to do that once you are registered for a time slot at the testing location.

Syracuse Community Health Center
Upstate Medical University
WellNow Urgent Care

Kinney Drugs

CVS Health Drive-Through

Walgreens Drive-Through

Vaccine Clinics

COVID Vaccine CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. We encourage our families with children ages 5 and up to be vaccinated.You may be asked for insurance information when signing up for an appointment, but the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you. You do not need to have insurance to get the vaccine.

Find a clinic near you:  


Onondaga County


Many pharmacies may also be able to provide vaccination:


Kinney Drug

Rite Aid



Case Updates


School Staff/Student last day on-site/virtual
Clary student 11/30/2021
Corcoran student (2) 11/22/2021
Delaware student 11/29/2021
Dr. Weeks student 11/22/2021
Ed Smith student 11/19/2021
Franklin student 11/23/2021
Grant staff (2) 11/29/2021
Grant student 11/22/2021
Henninger student (2) 9/1/2021
Huntington student 11/23/2021
LeMoyne staff 11/30/2021
Salem Hyde student 12/1/2021
Van Duyn student 11/23/2021
Webster staff 11/30/2021

To view more COVID-19 data for the District or your child's school, please visit the New York State COVID-19 Report Card page.


Frequently Asked Questions


Where and how will students in the SCSD learn during the 2021-22 school year?


Our goal is to provide in-person instruction five days a week to all students in the Syracuse City School District. We know that some students have compromised immune systems or mental health issues, which would warrant remote instruction. Parents or guardians who would like to request remote instruction for their child must provide medical evidence to support that request. Translated versions of the medical exemption form are available under 'Downloads' on the Health Services Department webpage


Will the SCSD offer extracurricular activities for the 2021-22 school year?


Yes. We will resume fall sports, drama productions, music concerts and club activities. We will communicate with students, staff and families any changes recommended by the CDC or Onondaga County Health Department. 


Will students and staff be required to wear masks in the SCSD?


Yes. Masks will be mandatory in all schools and district buildings for all students, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will also be required on buses. Masks will be optional outside for recess. We will continue to provide mask breaks during the school day. Masks will be provided to students and staff.

Not allowed: cloth masks with exhalation valves or vents (they allow respiratory droplets containing the virus to escape), neck gaiters or scarves. A face shield is optional as an additional protection but does not replace a mask.


What will the physical distancing requirements be for students and staff?


We will follow the guidance from the CDC of maintaining three (3) feet of social distancing. Because children under the age of 12 are not eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, we will continue to use the polycarbonate dividers that were used during the 2020-21 school year at all schools.

For any activity that causes heavy breathing such as running during physical education class or projecting the voice during singing or playing a wind instrument, students must maintain (6) six feet of social distancing.

Pursuant to the CDC’s Order, physical distancing is not required on school buses. Face masks must be worn on the buses, however.


Will there be school-based COVID-19 testing for students and staff?


Yes. We will be working with the Onondaga County Health Department to do randomized, voluntary pool testing of the schools. All students under the age of 18 will need consent. Please complete the Screening Consent Form and return to your child's school.


What is the SCSD doing with regard to improving ventilation and filtration systems?


Air quality will continue to be a priority. We will continue to use the air purifiers in classrooms, and we will be adding bigger air purifier units in libraries and cafeterias. 


Will there be daily screening for students and staff?


Yes. We will continue the existing COVID-19 mitigation measures. We will continue to do temperature screening daily at building entrances for all students, staff, and visitors; and we will reinforce the use of masks, hand washing, and physical distancing. 

Parents/guardians are expected to screen their children using this Daily Home Screening Checklist for Students prior to sending them to school also. 


What are the cleaning and sanitizing procedures in the SCSD?


We will continue with the daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols that were in place last year. 


What will happen when positive COVID-19 cases arise in the SCSD? 


We will work with the Onondaga County Health Department to follow their contact tracing procedures. Any student or staff member who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and be tested. Any student or staff member who tests positive should notify the school principal, nurse, or immediate supervisor immediately. 

Families and staff may monitor positive COVID-19 cases by school by visiting the New York State COVID-19