Recommendations & Requirements

  • Operations
    Technology

    Review issue tracking and inventory results frequently as a way of understanding the quality and progress of technology processes in your district.

    Note: In Phase 4, this is strongly recommended before schools reopen.

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

    Continue infrastructure evaluations until all issues are resolved.

    Note: In Phase 4, this is strongly recommended before schools reopen.

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

    Identify chronic technology issues that arose during the school closure period and use them to begin the development of a long-term technology maintenance plan.

    Note: In Phase 4, this is strongly recommended before schools reopen.

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

    Inventory buses, contractors, including any vehicles used for transporting students to/from school or to other school events, and students riding buses. Address questions, such as:

    • How many buses are or could be made available in the district?
    • How much variation is there in the size and maximum capacity of buses in the district?
    • How have the buses been currently or historically used (i.e., transportation to/from school, transportation for multiple schools, athletic events, food service delivery)?
    • How many drivers will be returning? How many are in the training pipeline? What is the plan to address any shortage of drivers?

    Note: This is strongly recommended in phases 4 and 5 before schools reopen.

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

    Assess whether any bus contractors have been impacted by COVID-19 (i.e., closed or opt-out from current routes).

    Note: This is strongly recommended in phases 4 and 5 before schools reopen.

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

    Inventory bus drivers to understand the extent of high-risk populations.

    Note: This is strongly recommended in phases 4 and 5 before schools reopen.

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

    Finalize bus procedures for bus drivers and students that are informed by public health protocols.

    Note: This is strongly recommended in phases 4 and 5 before schools reopen.

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

    Encourage close collaboration between transportation and IEP teams to monitor changes to students’ IEPs and implement accordingly.

    Note: This is strongly recommended in phases 4 and 5 before schools reopen.

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

    Utilize buses to provide food service and delivery of instructional materials where possible.

    Note: This is strongly recommended in phase 4 if schools are instructed to close in-person.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Operations
    Budget, Food Service, Enrollment, and Staffing

    Phase 4: Assess need for new or additional positions with a specific focus on student and staff wellness, technology support, and other COVID-19 related needs.

    Phase 5: Assess need for new or additional positions with a specific focus on student and staff wellness, technology support.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly 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
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Establish and communicate guidelines to all staff regarding identification and rapid referral of at-risk students to appropriate building-level support teams.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Required
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Continue to maintain schools in good working order to prepare for the subsequent return of students.

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