CDC Guidelines for Reopening U.S. Schools

Check out the CDC Guidelines for U.S. School Reopenings.

Video transcript:

1. Please check the CDC school reopening link ( for authentic updates.

2. CDC identifies low, medium, and high-risk groups.

3. Sick employees/students to stay home without fear of reprisal.

4. Employees/students who have been in contact with an affected person to stay home without fear of reprisal.

5. Schools to check CDC’s return to work policies for patients.

6. School assessment not to be based on absenteeism.

7. Schools to offer virtual learning/telework options.

8. Schools to teach/reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 s.

9. Sanitizers used by staff/older children MUST contain at least 60% alcohol.

10. Schools to ensure hygiene adherence among students and staff.

11. Students/staff MUST cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue.

12. Used tissue to be trashed; hands to be cleaned with soap + water (or sanitizer) for at least 20 s.

13. Face coverings to be worn by staff/students (particularly older students), as feasible.

14. Face coverings MOST essential when physical distancing is difficult.

15. Students/staff to be asked to NOT touch their face.

16. Schools to share information on how to use, remove, and wash cloth face coverings.

17. Cloth face coverings NOT for kids below 2 years.

18. Cloth face coverings NOT for anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.

19. Cloth face coverings NOT for anyone who is incapacitated.

20. Cloth face coverings NOT for those who’re unable to remove them without help.

21. Schools to stock adequate hygiene-related supplies.

22. No-touch/foot-pedal trash cans a MUST.

23. Schools MUST post signs in highly visible locations.

24. Schools MUST broadcast regular announcements on reducing the spread of the virus on PA systems.

25. Schools to post videos on social media handles for educating students/staff.

26. Schools to access FREE print/digital resources from CDC’s communications resources main page.

27. Schools to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

28. Schools to clean and disinfect all school buses.

29. Schools to develop a schedule for increased routine cleaning and disinfection.

30. Schools to use/store cleaning products responsibly.

31. Schools to discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean/disinfect.

32. Schools to minimize the use of shared objects.

33. Schools to ensure proper air ventilation.

34. Schools to disinfect water fountains and storage systems carefully.

35. Schools to encourage ALL to carry their own water bottles.

36. Schools to space seating/desks at least 6 feet apart when feasible.

37. Schools to turn desks to face in the same direction OR have students sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.

38. Schools to practice social distancing on school buses.

39. Schools to install physical barriers such as sneeze guards/partitions at reception desks, inside bathrooms, etc.

40. Schools to provide physical guides such as floor tapes/wall signs and create one way routes.

41. Schools to avoid the use of communal space (playgrounds, dining halls, etc.).

42. Schools to ask children to bring in their own meals.

43. Schools to opt for pre-packed lunch boxes.

44. Schools to avoid sharing/buffets.

45. Schools to use disposable food service items.

46. Schools to protect the privacy of people at high risk for severe illness.

47. Schools to avoid conducting events (gatherings, trips, sports activities, etc.) and ensure perfect compliance with the related policies.

48. Schools to opt for online activities as much as possible.

49. Schools to ensure static groupings; limit mixing between groups.

50. Schools to discourage unnecessary visitors.

51. Schools to stagger pick-ups, drop-offs, and shifts.

52. Schools to designate a single point of contact for your school for easy reach.

53. School staff to participate in community response efforts, as feasible.

54. Schools MUST ask students/staff to self-report in case of an infection.

55. Schools to notify ALL about school closures/restrictions.

56. Schools to revise leave policies.

57. Schools to draft a plan of action for back-up staffing.

58. Schools to conduct online safety training for staff.

59. Schools to conduct safe daily health checks in accordance with the local regulations.

60. Schools to ensure compliance by organizations that share school facilities.

61. Schools to ensure the mental wellness of all students/staff members.

62. Schools to check the CDC school reopening guidelines for the plan of action if someone gets sick.

63. For a detailed list, all schools MUST visit the CDC school reopening webpage.

64. Please check the CDC school reopening link below for guidelines/updates.

65. #Staysafe dear school staff and students!

Authentic CDC School Reopening Guidelines:

#CDC #guidelines #school #Staysafe

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