Department of Health Guidance
Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being. They provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity. This guidance provides feasible actions schools can take to reduce risks to student and staff from COVID-19 and allow schools to resume in-person instruction.
The main ways of reducing exposure to the coronavirus and other respiratory pathogens involve:
• Keeping ill persons out of school. Educate students, families and staff to stay home when sick, and use screening methods.
• Using Cohorts. Conduct all activities in small groups that remain together over time with minimal mixing of groups.
• Physical distancing. Minimize close contact (less than six feet) with other people.
• Hand hygiene. Frequently wash with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand gel.
• Protective equipment. Use face coverings or shields and other barriers between people.
• Environmental cleaning and disinfection. Prioritize the cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
• Improve indoor ventilation. Open windows when possible.
• Isolation. Isolate sick people and exclude exposed people.
•Low risk spaces. Outdoor spaces are safer than indoor spaces. Consider moving activities outdoors when possible.
Wash Your Hands
Wear A Mask