Preparedness and Capacity to Implement Mitigation Strategies

In addition to levels of community transmission of COVID-19, selecting a Learning Model depends on the school’s level of preparedness and capacity to implement the recommended mitigation strategies outlined below. As part of the learning model

determination process, schools should carefully assess their preparations to ensure all recommended health practices are addressed to confirm they are prepared to operate with student learning in-person, regardless of whether they plan to operate an in-person, blended, or learning from home model.

Required for In-person and Blended Learning:

  • Masking Policy
  • Physical distancing (ideally, at least 6 feet)
  • Policies that encourage students/families/staff to stay home if sick
  • Plan for organizing students/staff into small groups (cohorts) that remain together, with limited mixing between groups (all day for young students and as much as possible for older students).
  • Plan for monitoring and excluding if someone gets sick at school.
  • All Student Support Personnel equipped with PPE including a face shield and mask
  • Plan to incorporate and continually reinforce routines of hygiene education and safe practices.
  • Promotion of appropriate hand hygiene through signage, accessibility to restrooms to wash hands or availability of hand sanitizer (as age appropriate).
  • Cleaning/disinfection plan including schedule for at least daily cleaning high-touch surfaces throughout the day and additional cleaning as needed, person(s) responsible for cleaning and availability of cleaning/disinfection supplies
  • School COVID-19 program coordinator
  • Limiting nonessential visitors/volunteers/external groups
  • Discontinuing large gatherings/activities that do not allow for physical distancing
  • Communication Plan when COVID-19 case identified at school

Required for Blended Learning:
  • School facilities at 50% capacity
  • Transportation at 50% capacity
  • Sufficient staffing levels to meet the requirements of the model
  • Plan to incorporate and continually reinforce routines of hygiene education and safe practices

Required for Learning from Home:
  • Students have internet connectivity and appropriate electronic device at home
  • Plan to incorporate and continually reinforce routines of hygiene education and safe practices 

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