Recommendations & Requirements

  • 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
  • Operations

    Create master teaching schedules, student and faculty arrival/dismissal schedules, bus schedules, lunch schedules for staff and students, and bell schedules with safety protocols in mind.

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

    Collaborate with food service staff to ensure any necessary food handling changes are implemented based on local public health guidance.

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

    Students, teachers, and staff should wash hands before and after every event.

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

    Large scale assemblies of more than 50 students are suspended.

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

    Off-site field trips that require bus transportation to an indoor location are suspended.

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

    Recess should be conducted outside whenever possible with appropriate social distancing and cohorting of students. If more than one class is outside, students should wear facial coverings.

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

    If possible, school-supplied meals should be delivered to classrooms with disposable utensils.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Food Service, Gathering and Extracurricular Activities

    Phase 4: If cafeterias must be used, meal times should be staggered to create seating arrangements with six feet of distance between students.

    Phase 5: If cafeterias need to be used, meal times should be staggered to create seating arrangements with six feet of distance between students.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Food Service, Gathering and Extracurricular Activities

    Phase 4: If possible, schools should offer telecasting of assemblies and other school-sanctioned events.

    Phase 5: Schools should offer telecasting of assemblies and other school-sanctioned events.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Food Service, Gathering and Extracurricular Activities

    All gatherings, including those that occur outdoors (e.g., graduations) should comply with current and future executive orders that set caps on congregations of people.

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