COVID Safety at HVA

HVA is deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and the school community. We aim to create an environment that reduces risk and supports student learning. On this page you’ll find important information about steps we are taking to protect our students and community, as well as helpful resources you can use to stay informed, healthy and safe. As public health guidance evolves, we will update this page.


Protect Our Children, Keep Them Safe

The CDC recommends that all children age 5+ and their families get vaccinated. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in New York City due to the Omicron variant, it’s critically important now more than ever for you and your family to get the vaccine.

Click here for a list of convenient vaccination sites in East Harlem, West Harlem and the Bronx. For many more locations across all five boroughs, visit To request an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine at home, click here.


our Safety plan

In accordance with CDC guidance, we are implementing the following prevention strategies to support safe, in-person learning. View the HVA COVID-19 Safety Plan for more information.

additional resources

covid vaccine answers

Have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? That's good. Get the fact-based answers you need to make an informed decision.

vaccine town hall q&a

In this community-wide event hosted by Harlem Children’s Zone, physicians from Columbia Medical Center provide fact- and science-based responses to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools

This updated version of COVID-19 guidance for school administrators outlines strategies for K-12 schools to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations.

New York State Health & Safety Guide

This summary guide was released by the New York State Education Department to aid schools and districts as they prepare for the 2021-22 school year.