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Coronavirus Information for Families

Back to School Resources

Back-to-school preparations are never easy, but with COVID still circulating and most schools returning to full-time instruction, many parents and children may be anxious. Thankfully, due to vaccines for faculty, staff, and students above the age of 12, and mitigations likes masks for younger kids, schools have the ability to re-open safely this fall.

The following resources include information on pediatric vaccines, masking, and potential mental health concerns to be aware of as children re-enter the classroom:


School Masking

Anxiety and Mental Health

Vaccine Distribution

There are a number of options to obtain the vaccine through UR Medicine.

GCH Pediatric Practice (AC6)

For the families whose pediatricians’ office is the GCH Pediatric Practice on AC6:

  • Use MyChart to send a message to request an appointment for COVID vaccine
  • Call the Pediatric Practice at 275-2821, option 2, to speak with a nurse to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment.

Pediatric Specialists (AC6 and AC1)

For the families that see a Pediatric Specialist at GCH:

  • Use MyChart to send a message to the GCH specialist to discuss COVID vaccine options
  • Call their GCH Specialist's office to discuss COVID vaccination options

Your child’s pediatrician or family physician may also contact you if his/her practice is administering the Pfizer vaccine to patients.

For information on other vaccine sites visit the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub: Patients should also watch for announcement on the New York state site: which will have large scale capability to vaccinate this age cohort.

Visiting Restrictions

As of August 25th at 8 a.m., visitor restrictions at Golisano Children's Hospital have changed,
in accordance with the New York State Department of Health. We appreciate your support.
Read the updated visitation guidelines for each area of the hospital

For Providers

Covid-19 Testing for Families of Pediatric Patients

Some pediatric patients will need to be tested for the Covid-19 virus even if they do not have any symptoms of infection. It's important to know if a patient has active virus before starting some procedures. We've gathered answers to some frequently asked questions about testing.

Read more about testing for Covid-19 »

Returning to Sports

The Golisano Children’s Hospital and Accountable Health Partners give the community a protocol for children returning to sports activities.

Return to Exercise after COVID-19 (K-12) Patients, 3/8/21 »

A message from Dr. Patrick Brophy, Chair - Department of Pediatrics

“We care for our patients, our families, and ourselves – and those roles are magnified during this time of rapid adaptation.”

We Redesigned Our Services!

See the precautions we've put in place to make your child's visit as successful as possible!

5 kids masked and physically distanced