CDC School Reopening Guidelines

In response to COVID-19, schools must be flexible, follow state reopening guidelines, and follow recommendations from the CDC.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released the following school reopening guidelines for Fall 2020:

What should a school do if someone inside the building has a confirmed case of coronavirus?

  • Coordinate with local health officials.
  • Dismiss students and most staff for 2-5 days.
  • Communicate with staff, parents, and students.
  • Clean and disinfect thoroughly.
  • Make decisions about extending the school dismissal. Child care and school administrators should work in close collaboration and coordination with local health officials to make dismissal and large event cancellation decisions.
  • Implement strategies to continue education and related supports for students. Ensure continuity of education, continuity of meal programs, and consider alternatives for providing essential medical and social services for students.

How can a school properly plan and prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19?

  • Review, update, and implement emergency operations plans (EOPs).
  • Develop information-sharing systems with partners.
  • Teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices.
  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts.
  • Monitor and plan for absenteeism.
  • Assess group gatherings and events. Consider postponing non-critical gatherings and events.
  • Require sick students and staff to stay home. Establish procedures for students and staff who are sick at school.
  • Create and test communications plans for use with the school community.
  • Review CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers.

Here are some pictures to get an idea of how to follow CDC guidelines for school reopening.

Fall 2020 Schools CDC School Reopening Guidelines

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Ellen Paxton is the Chief Learning Officer of Professional Learning Board. As a two-time National Board Certified Teacher, Ellen has authored and successfully designed best practices, research-based, job-embedded  and standards-aligned professional development and learning to help teachers and schools meet their state requirements. Through, and, Ellen has established and maintained partnerships with several accredited universities, higher education institutions, teachers’ unions and state Departments of Education while overseeing curriculum development, alignment, implementation at the classroom level and strategic direction.