CDC has updated its guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. See Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
CDC recommends schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more
Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.
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​

Plan, Prepare, and Respond

Updated July 9, 2021
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School and Program Administrators

NewK-12 Schools Guidance

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

NewECE/Child Care Guidance

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

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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

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)

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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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