Recommendations & Requirements

  • Safety Protocols
    Cleaning

    Phase 4: Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other hands-on classrooms must undergo cleaning after every class period with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.

    Phase 5: Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other hands-on classrooms must undergo cleaning after every class period with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution. Efforts must be made to minimize sharing of materials between students, as able.

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

    Student desks must be wiped down with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution after every class period.

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

    Playground structures must continue to undergo normal routine cleaning, but using an EPA-approved disinfectant is unnecessary.

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

    Athletic equipment can be cleaned with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution before and after each use.

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

    Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children, and with adequate ventilation when staff use products.

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

    Staff must wear gloves, surgical mask, and face shield when performing all cleaning activities.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    All busing operations are suspended.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Required
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: Require the use of hand sanitizer before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer must be supplied on the bus.

    Phase 5: Strongly encourage the use of hand sanitizer before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer must be supplied on the bus.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    PHase 4: The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus. Note: there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. Decisions about these situations should be made on a case-by-case basis with local public health officials.

    Phase 5: The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, should wear facial coverings while on the bus.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: Clean and disinfect transportation vehicles before and after every transit route. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.

    Phase 5: Clean and disinfect transportation vehicles before and after every transit route. Children should not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Clean, sanitize, and disinfect equipment including items such as car seats and seat belts, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools daily.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Create a plan for getting students home safely if they are not allowed to board the vehicle.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: If a student becomes sick during the day, they must not use group transportation to return home and must follow protocols outlined above.

    PHases 5: If a student becomes sick during the day, they should not use group transportation to return home and should follow protocols outlined above.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: If a driver becomes sick during the day, they must follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and must not return to drive students.

    Phase 5: If a driver becomes sick during the day, they should follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and should not return to drive students.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Weather permitting, keep doors and windows open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Weather permitting, consider keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Systematically review all current plans (e.g. Individual Healthcare Plans, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Family Service Plans, or 504 plans) for accommodating students with special healthcare needs and update their care plans as needed to decrease their risk for exposure to COVID-19.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Create a process for students/families and staff to self-identify as high-risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 and have a plan in place to address requests for alternative learning arrangements or work reassignments.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Staff caring for children and providing any medical care that include aerosol generating procedures (e.g., nebulizers) should have N95 masks.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Phase 4: Enable staff who are high-risk for severe illness to minimize face-to-face contact and to allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from others, modify job responsibilities that limit exposure risk, or to telework if possible. Meaningfully engage and consult with local bargaining units.

    Phase 5: Enable staff who are high-risk for severe illness to minimize face-to-face contact and to allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from others, modify job responsibilities that limit exposure risk, or to telework if possible.

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

    As able and appropriate, schools should try to cohort groups of students to isolated hallways or areas that can be monitored for positive cases if there is a COVID-19 exposure.

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

    Facial coverings must always be worn by staff except for meals. Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks. Any staff member who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one. Any staff member that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear a facial covering.

    • PreK-5 and special education teachers should consider wearing clear masks.
    • Homemade facial coverings must be washed daily.
    • Disposable facial coverings must be disposed of at the end of each day.

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

    Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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

    Provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors (including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for safe use by staff and students, paper towels, tissues, and signs reinforcing proper handwashing techniques).

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