Recommendations & Requirements

  • Safety Protocols
    Screening students

    Families are encouraged to check their child’s temperature at home every morning using oral, tympanic, or temporal scanners; students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater should stay home and consider coronavirus testing if symptoms of COVID-19 are present.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols
    Screening students

    Families are encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19. The presence of any symptoms, including cough or shortness of breath, should prompt the family to keep the student home from school and to follow up with a primary care provider.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols
    Screening students

    Any parents or guardians entering the building should wash or sanitize hands prior to entry.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Screening students

    Parents or guardians are not allowed in the school building except under extenuating circumstances as determined by school officials. Only one parent or guardian per child should be allowed to enter except under extenuating circumstances as determined by school officials.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Screening studentsTesting Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to check students’ temperature at home every morning using oral, tympanic (ear), or temporal scanners; students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater must stay home and consider coronavirus testing.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases

    Students who develop a fever or become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school should wear a mask and be transported by their parent or guardian, emergency contact, or ambulance if clinically unstable, for off-site testing.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases

    Staff who develop a fever or become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school should wear a mask and be transported for off-site testing.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases

    Symptomatic students and staff sent home from school should be kept home until they have tested negative for COVID-19, or have been released from isolation according to CDC guidelines.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases

    Phase 4: Families should be notified of the presence of any laboratory positive or clinically diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the classroom and/or school to encourage closer observation for any symptoms at home.

    Phase 5: Parents and guardians should be notified of the presence of any laboratory positive or clinically diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the classroom and/or school to encourage closer observation for any symptoms at home.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Responding to Positive TestsTesting Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases

    In the event of a lab or clinically diagnosed case of COVID-19, immediate efforts should be made to contact any close contacts (those who spent more than 15 minutes less than six feet in close proximity to the student or staff member) so that they can be quarantined for 14 days at home. Students and staff should be closely monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19. At this time, empiric testing of all students or staff members in the class is not recommended. Only those that develop symptoms require testing for COVID-19.

    • If the person was in the school building without a facial covering, or large areas of the school were exposed to the person, short term dismissals may be required to clean and disinfect the larger areas. This decision must be made in concert with the local public health department.
    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Screening students

    Parents or guardians are encouraged to ask their children or monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, congestion, shortness of breath, or gastrointestinal symptoms every morning. Any positives should prompt parents or guardians to keep the student home from school.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Required
  • Safety Protocols

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. The presence of any unexplained symptoms, including cough or shortness of breath, should prompt the parent or guardian to keep the student home from school and to follow up with their primary care provider.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    Parents or guardians are encouraged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including any cough, congestion, shortness of breath, or gastrointestinal symptoms every morning. Any positives should prompt the parent or guardian to keep the student home from school and seek out testing.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols

    All schools, public and private, must cooperate with the local public health department if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, and in particular, must collect the contact information for any close contacts of the affected individual from two days before he or she showed symptoms to the time when he or she was last present at the school.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    Notify local health officials, staff, and students immediately of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.

    • The Local Health Department will initiate contact tracing, following regular public health practice. Anyone who was within close contact of the case (less than six feet apart for 15+ minutes) will be asked to self quarantine for up to 14 days after exposure. Local health officials, depending on the situation, may identify other contacts who require quarantine. Schools can help the local health department by collecting data and contact information of those exposed.
    • Note: schools should provide staff with guidance on confidentiality laws and statutes that protect student and staff health information. Student communicable disease related information is protected health information. (Even if a family/ student acknowledges and publicly discloses a positive test, school staff and officials must not participate in discussions or acknowledge a positive test).
    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols

    Employees with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should only return to the workplace after they are no longer infectious. Local health officials will provide instruction about return to work, using the most current guidelines from the CDC for this determination.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols

    If possible, smaller areas such as individual classrooms should be closed for 24 hours before cleaning to minimize the risk of any airborne particles.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols

    Schools enact food distribution programs.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Required
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    All inter-school activities are discontinued.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Required
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    After-school activities are suspended.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Required
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    Prohibit indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    Classrooms or outdoor areas should be used for students to eat meals at school, if distancing guidelines cannot be met

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols

    If possible, classrooms should be used for eating in place, taking into consideration food allergies.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols

    Serving and cafeteria staff should use barrier protection including gloves, face shields, and surgical masks.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols

    Students, teachers, and cafeteria staff wash hands before and after every meal.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended