Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

Schools and Child Care Programs​

Schools and Child Care Programs​
Updated Aug. 31, 2021
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K-12 Schools Guidance

Strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations

ECE/Child Care Guidance

Guidance for all types of early childhood education (ECE) and child care programs

New Parents and Caregivers

What Is Your School Doing to Protect Your Child from COVID-19?

Testing for COVID-19 in Schools

As schools go back to in-person learning, many offer free, regular COVID-19 testing for students and staff.

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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.

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools

Printable Posters and Graphics
Quick Guide: help protect your child care center from COVID-19pdf icon
Quick Guide: help protect your child care center from COVID-19

Help protect your family child care home from COVID-19pdf icon
Help protect your family child care home from COVID-19

Parents Quick Guide Symptoms of COVID-19 at Child Carepdf icon
Parents Quick Guide Symptoms of COVID-19 at Child Care

A Child in My Classroom is Showing Signs of COVID-19: What Do I Do? Quick Guide for Child Care Providers pdfpdf icon
Child Care Providers Quick Guide Symptoms of COVID-19 at Child Care

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)

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.

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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.

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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 Feel Well? (Poster)

Encourage students to tell a teacher if they feel sick.

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