Recommendations & Requirements

  • Safety Protocols
    Personal Protective Equipment

    Phase 4: Facial coverings must/should always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals. Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one. Any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one. Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

    • Homemade facial coverings must be washed daily
    • Disposable facing coverings must be disposed of at the end of each day.

    Phase 5: Facial coverings should always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals. Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one. Any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one. Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

    • Homemade facial coverings must be washed daily
    • Disposable facing 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
    Personal Protective Equipment

    Facial coverings must be worn by preK-12 students, staff, and bus drivers during school transportation. Any staff or student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one. Any staff or student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one. Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

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

    Note: Students with significant disabilities preventing the use of facial coverings are referred to forthcoming guidance from MDE.

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

    All students in grades K-5 must wear facial coverings unless students remain with their classes throughout the school day and do not come into close contact with students in another class.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols
    Responding to Positive Tests

    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
    Personal Protective Equipment

    Facial coverings must/should be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12. Any student who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one. Any student who is incapacitated, or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.

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

    Schools must cooperate with the local public health department regarding implementing protocols for screening students and staff.

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

    Educate staff and students on how to cough and sneeze into their elbows, or to cover with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately using proper hand hygiene techniques.

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

    Facial coverings should be considered for preK students and students with special needs in hallways and common areas.

    • Facial coverings are not recommended for use in classrooms by children ages 3 and 4.
    • Facial coverings should never be used on children under age 2."

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

    Limit use of classroom materials to small groups and disinfect between use, or provide adequate supplies to assign for individual student use.

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

    Keep students’ personal items separate and in individually labeled cubbies, containers, or lockers.

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

    Limit sharing of personal items and supplies such as writing utensils.

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

    Students and teachers must have scheduled handwashing with soap and water every 2-3 hours.

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

    Systematically and frequently check and refill soap and hand sanitizers.

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

    Procure portable handwashing and/or hand sanitizing stations to set up throughout school buildings.

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

    Facial coverings should be considered for K-5 students and students with special needs in classrooms.

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

    Students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after changing any classroom; teachers in the classroom should wash their hands or use sanitizer every time a new group of students enters their room.

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

    Facial coverings should be considered for K-5 students and students with special needs in classrooms, especially if students and teachers are not placed in cohorts.

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

    Facial coverings are not recommended for use in classrooms by children ages 3 and 4.

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

    Facial coverings should never be used on children under age 2.

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

    Gloves are not required except for custodial staff or teachers cleaning their classrooms.

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