COVID-19: Universities, Schools and Childcare Facilities

Schools and Childcare Facilities

Schools and childcare centers can take precautions to protect students, children, and staff from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Resources for schools and childcare centers:


At all times…

  1. Encourage your staff or community members to protect their personal health.
  2. Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: Fever/ chills, Cough, Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle/ body aches, Headaches, Sore Throat, New loss of taste/ smell, Congestion I runny nose, Diarrhea, Nausea or vomiting

  3. Encourage people to stay home when sick.

  4. Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.

  5. Limit events and meetings that require close contact.

  6. Practice social distancing or putting 6 feet between yourself + others.

  7. Wear a face covering that covers your nose + mouth when you're in public settings.

  8. Stay up to date on developments in your community.

  9. Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.

  10. Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.

During an outbreak in your area

  1. Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
  2. If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
  3. Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person's area.
  4. Connect with your local health departments.
  5. Cancel large meetings or events.
  6. Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.

Follow the detailed Guidance for School Setting from the CDC.

 

Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities can take precautions to protect students, children, and staff from the spread of respiratory illnesses, which includes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Resources for Institutes of Higher Education:

Administrators of colleges and universities should take the following actions to plan and prepare for what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community or school:

  • Review and update your emergency operations plan. Focus on components that address infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Encourage students and staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
    • Stay home when sick
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Practice social distancing or putting 6 feet between yourself + others.
    • Wear a face covering that covers your nose + mouth when you're in public settings.
  • Monitor and plan for absenteeism.
    • Review the usual absenteeism patterns at your school among both students and staff, so you can identify if the rate of absenteeism increases.
    • Make accommodations (e.g., extended due dates, electronic submission of assignments) for students if they become sick.
    • Plan for alternative coverage by cross-training staff and faculty.
    • Alert local health officials about increases in absences, particularly those that appear due to respiratory illnesses