Schools and Child Care Programs​

Schools and Child Care Programs​

Plan, Prepare, and Respond

Updated Mar. 2, 2021

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School and Program Administrators

Operational Strategy for Reopening Schools

When and Under What Conditions

Considerations for returning to in-person learning

K-12 Operational Strategy Overview

Implementing Prevention Strategies

To prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19

K-12 Schools Child Care Programs

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March Is School and Child Care Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Month

On March 2, President Biden announced he is directing all states to prioritize school staff and child care workers for COVID-19 vaccination.  He is challenging states to get teachers, school staff, and workers in child care programs their first shot by the end of March.  To help states do that, the federal pharmacy program will prioritize vaccinating all school staff and child care workers during the month of March. In addition to their existing state and local COVID-19 vaccination sites, by the end of the week, teachers and staff in pre-K-12 schools and child care programs will be able to sign up for an appointment at over 9,000 pharmacy locations participating in the nationwide program. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

Returning to In-Person Learning

COVID-19 Mitigation Toolkit

To help schools plan for in-person instruction and ongoing operations: K-12 Mitigation Toolkit pdf icon pdf icon[2 MB, 36 pages]

Get Ready for In-Person Learning

Conduct a 5-step walkthrough with health officials to review mitigation plans: School Walkthrough Guide pdf icon pdf icon[1 MB, 30 pages]

Setting Up Your Classroom

How Do I Set Up My Classroom? pdf icon[1 MB, 7 pages]

Teacher and Staff Checklists

Teachers and Staff Resuming In-Person Learning pdf icon[115 KB, 3 pages] (print only)

For Teachers and Staff
For Administrators
For Everyone

Frequently Asked Questions
For administrators, teachers and parents

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COVID-19 Vaccines

Protect and prepare your community. Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.

Vaccination for Communities
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Science Brief

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within schools can be limited with strict implementation of layered mitigation strategies, including universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.

Scientific Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools

Printable Posters and Graphics
A student is showing signs of covid-19 in my classroom: what do I do?pdf icon
A Student is Showing Signs of COVID-19 in My Classroom: What Do I Do?

Quick Guide for Teachers

A student is showing signs of covid-19: Quick guide for School Nursespdf icon
A Student is Showing Signs of COVID-19 and Needs to be Isolated: What Do I Do?

Quick Guide for School Nurses or School COVID-19 POC(s)

Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick!pdf icon
Stop the Spread (Poster)

Preventative actions to help protect yourself and others.

Hands that look clean can still have icky germs! wash get soap Washpdf icon
Wash Your Hands (Poster)

Help children learn how to wash their hands.

Germs are all around you.pdf icon
Germs Are All Around You (Poster)

Stay healthy. Wash your hands.

Handwashing is your superpower!pdf icon
Handwashing Is Your Superpower (Poster)

Fight off Germs. Wash your hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes stop the spread of germs that can make others sick!pdf icon
Cover Coughs and Sneezes (Poster)

Educate children on how to stop the spread of germs.

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Did You Wash Your Hands? (Poster)

Help students do their part by washing their hands often.

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Don’t Let Your Germs Go For A Ride (Poster)

Remind students to cover their coughs and sneezes.

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Keep Space Between You And Others (Poster)

Encourage students to keep 6 feet of space when possible.

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Class Rules for COVID-19 (Poster)

Encourage students to follow these rules to stay safe and protect others.

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Don’t Feel Well? (Poster)

Encourage students to tell a teacher if they feel sick.