The guidance in the toolkit will be adjusted over the coming weeks based on feedback and the evolving situation with COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Transmission Mitigation Tactics
There are multiple approaches to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. As feasible, use all of the transmission mitigation tactics below.
When it is not feasible to use all of the mitigation tactics, consider how to layer them. For instance, if students cannot remain 6-foot apart, cohort students. Cohorting is the most important strategy to keep schools open. If strict cohorts cannot occur, some cohorting is better than none. In addition, consider layering other tactics, such as masks, to reduce transmission risk.
Deciding how to implement multiple layers of protection is specific to the local school/district community and grade level. Additional grade-level-specific guidance, based on the health guidance by COVID-19 phase,is provided in the charts below.
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6 feet Apart or More
Within Recommended Gathering Size
Wearing a Mask
Normal Respiratory Output
Less Than 15 minutes Together
Minimal Touching of Surfaces
Less Than 6 Feet Apart
Above Recommended Gathering Size
Not Wearing a Mask
Increased Respiratory Output
More Than 15 minutes Together
Increased Touching of Surfaces