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SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The purpose of this tool is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.


1. Should you consider opening?

✓ Will reopening be consistent with applicable state and local orders? 
✓ Is the school ready to protect children and employees at higher risk for severe illness? 
✓ Are you able to screen students and employees upon arrival for symptoms and history of exposure?

If any No responses:

Do not open.

If all Yes responses:

Proceed to the next question.


2. Are recommended health and safety actions in place?

✓ Promote healthy hygiene practices such as hand washing and employees wearing a cloth face covering, as feasible 
✓ Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation 
✓ Encourage social distancing through increased spacing, small groups and limited mixing between groups, if feasible 
✓ Train all employees on health and safety protocols

If any No responses

Meet safeguards first.

If all Yes responses

Proceed to the next question.


3. Is ongoing monitoring in place?

 ✓ Develop and implement procedures to check for signs and symptoms of students and employees daily upon arrival, as feasible 
✓ Encourage anyone who is sick to stay home 
✓ Plan for if students or employees get sick 
✓ Regularly communicate and monitor developments with local authorities, employees, and families regarding cases, exposures, and updates to policies and procedures 
✓ Monitor student and employee absences and have flexible leave policies and practices 
✓ Be ready to consult with the local health authorities if there are cases in the facility or an increase in cases in the local area cdc.gov/coronavirus 

If any No responses

Meet safeguards first.

If all Yes responses

Open and monitor.


CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus